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5 Wedding Day Beauty Tips for Brides

Photo Credit: Ashley Caroline Photography

Photo Credit: Ashley Caroline Photography

Even though you’re most likely paying a professional to do your makeup for your wedding, it’s helpful to be aware of the process and prepared to speak up about the type of look you want for your big day. That’s why we caught up with Dana Bartone, owner, stylist and makeup artist at the Dana Bartone and Co. Salon and Spa.

How can a bride stay in control of her final look when getting her makeup done for her wedding day? A bride can stay in control with one easy thing — communication. All brides should have a trial run with the actual artist who will be working with her on her big day. It is always easiest to arrive at a trial with a clean face so the artist has no pre-conceived notion about rights or wrongs with her look. The bride should also have images of any looks she is hoping for. Having one friend weigh in on her final look for confirmation may be helpful if she has a friend she trusts to be selfless and honest. If a bride is not completely satisfied, she most definitely needs to speak up and let the artist know what adjustments need to be made. Do not let it just be acceptable. She needs to love it!

Photo Credit: Eric Foley Photography

Photo Credit: Eric Foley Photography

What are the top five mistakes you see brides make with their wedding day makeup? Unprepared skin and lips for one — if it’s dry, flaky, not exfoliated or properly moisturized. Other mistakes are unmanaged eyebrows (not considering it as important as their hair or accessories because they feel they do a nice job themselves), wanting to look like someone completely different which I find has lead to discontent in retrospect and being too trendy with a look that doesn’t suit the overall aesthetic from head to toe.

What are some easy ways to steer clear of trends, but still make your bridal beauty look pop? I think any trend can be interpreted by the artist to make it timeless. What’s old can be new again and what’s new can transcend time — it’s all in their hands. Bringing out the best of each face to straddle that line is a delicate balance, but always doable.

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5 Wedding Day Beauty Tips for Brides

Even though you’re most likely paying a professional to do your makeup for your wedding, it’s helpful to be aware of the process and prepared to speak up about the type of look you want for your big day. That’s why we caught up with Dana Bartone, owner, stylist and makeup artist at the Dana Bartone […]

5 Details Brides Might Overlook Before The Big Day

Photo Courtesy of Em Devaud Events

Photo Courtesy of Em Devaud Events

Your wedding day is fast approaching and you’re officially in the home stretch. But here’s the problem: It’s easy to lose sleep over details you’re worried you’ll forget in the harried days leading up to saying “I do.” That’s why we caught up with Em Devaud, founder of Em Devaud Events, to discuss the top 5 things brides tend to overlook. As a planner, she once had a bride forget escort cards: “I was only hired to do set up and when I saw she had no escort cards, I set straight to work hand writing 200 cards. Thank goodness for calligraphy training!” Here, her tips.

HAVE FUN! Brides and grooms do such a wonderful job planning and fussing over this event for the pleasure and enjoyment of their friends and family that they often forget that they should enjoy it as well. I always recommend having brides and grooms do a date day or spa day a couple of days before the wedding (where they have to shut the wedding out of their mind) and enjoy the last few moments of being engaged.

BE A HOST, NOT A PLANNER. Similarly to my previous point, I remind my brides and grooms to be the hosts and the center of the party. Don’t worry if the linens and vendors arrived on time. Leave that to your wedding planner or event coordinator.

ATTENTION GROOMSMEN, MAKE SURE THEY PROPERLY TAILOR THEIR TUX/SUIT. This might seem like a no-brainer, but some gentlemen do not get their attire properly fitted for the wedding and boy does it make a difference. No “penguin pants” on my watch! (AKA, when the crotch of the pants is a little saggy on men’s pants.)

ATTENTION BRIDESMAIDS, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THE SCHEDULE. I always provide my bridal parties (both bridesmaids and groomsmen) with a one-page “cheat sheet” on the itinerary of the wedding weekend so they know where they need to be and when. For the bridesmaids, this includes the hair and make-up schedule. If a bridesmaid has a schedule issue (if they are breastfeeding or have difficult-to-manage hair for stylists or can’t wake up before 10 a.m., etc.), they should inform the planner or coordinator to reschedule as needed.

PREPARE YOUR SPEECHES. Though I have seen some beautifully spoken “off the cuff” speeches, I have seen more speeches that are incoherent, uncoordinated and downright terrible. Whether you are the FOB giving a welcome to the guests, the bride and groom saying a quick thank you, or the best man and maid of honor performing this formality, prepare your speech ahead of time, practice, practice, practice and try to memorize it as best you can. If you can memorize it, that’s OK — but it’s absolutely appropriate to use small note cards. Just please no reading off of cell phones!

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5 Details Brides Might Overlook Before The Big Day

Your wedding day is fast approaching and you’re officially in the home stretch. But here’s the problem: It’s easy to lose sleep over details you’re worried you’ll forget in the harried days leading up to saying “I do.” That’s why we caught up with Em Devaud, founder of Em Devaud Events, to discuss the top […]

Vendor Spotlight: Providence Public Library

Photo Credit: Lauren Termini Photography

Photo Credit: Lauren Termini Photography

Name: Providence Public Library

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Tell us a little bit about the history of the space as a wedding venue. When did it open and how has it evolved over the years? The Providence Public Library announced their exclusive agreement with Southern New England’s Premier Caterer, Russell Morin Catering and Events and underwent major restorations in 2012. The library opened their doors for events in January of 2013. Many of our 2013 couples booked the space based on artist renderings! We did roughly 25 weddings in 2013 and anticipate close to 60 in 2016. The space is becoming more and more popular every year.

Can you give us a brief overview of the venue? What are the options for a bride planning her wedding there? The Providence Public Library is an incredible venue. One unique feature is that we only host one wedding per day. This gives our couples the flexibility to customize their time frame to any 5 or 6 hours they would like. They can even adjust their time frame after booking. We offer a gorgeous bridal suite and breathtaking photo locations. New England has some pretty unpredictable weather so it’s nice to know you will have gorgeous photos regardless of Mother Nature!

Photo Credit: Molly Lo Photography

Photo Credit: Molly Lo Photography

What is your busy season? We are fortunate to have weddings year-round, but historically our busiest time is May through November. This year we have several January and March weddings and we are noticing the winter months are filling up in 2017 as well.

In addition to weddings, what other events is the space available for? The more detail you can provide, the better. We host a wide variety of events including weddings, conferences, concerts, galas, workshops and dinners. The library also has a 300-person auditorium which many people don’t know about!

Is there a favorite event that you’ve hosted? Any celebrity visitors to the venue? It’s hard to pick a favorite! We have done the Pell Awards for the past 3 years. We also did an incredible holiday party for Alex and Ani in 2014. We’ve had a few celebrities including John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, Richard Jenkins and Debra Messing.

What makes the space so special–especially as a destination for getting married? For weddings, rentals include the Grand Hall, indoor Garden Courtyard, Ship Room and Bridal Suite. For larger guest counts, we also offer the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room as an additional rental space. These spaces are truly unique, and we invite our couples to customize the use of each of them to create their one-of-a-kind wedding day! Since no two weddings will be alike at the Library, we assure a truly unique experience for our couples and their guests.

Photo: Courtesy of Providence Public Library

Photo: Courtesy of Providence Public Library

Do you have any advice or recommendations for brides that may be considering the venue? I would recommend securing their date as soon as possible, especially if they have a specific date in mind. Once they book with the library they will be in great hands. Russell Morin Catering and Events will provide them with a complimentary Event Specialist who will help guide them through everything from vendor recommendations, floor plans, time lines and of course menu selections!

What is the mission or business motto that the Providence Public Library functions under? How did it get it’s name? While its mission is to provide free public library services, many people aren’t aware that the Providence Public Library is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a board of trustees and supported primarily through private funding sources. Russell Morin Catering and Events helps support this mission by giving back a percentage of the catering for each event. The venue rental and furniture rental are also given back to the library.

How far in advance should you put in a request to secure a date? We are heavily booking into 2017, especially for Saturdays. We have even had a few 2018 inquiries! If someone is looking for a Saturday in 2017, I would recommend reaching out now!

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Vendor Spotlight: Providence Public Library

Name: Providence Public Library Location: Providence, Rhode Island Tell us a little bit about the history of the space as a wedding venue. When did it open and how has it evolved over the years? The Providence Public Library announced their exclusive agreement with Southern New England’s Premier Caterer, Russell Morin Catering and Events and underwent major restorations […]

Enchanting Oasis

Enchanting floral arrangements transformed the New Haven Lawn Club into a magical oasis. Michael and Benjamin had no intentions of playing by the rules when they were planning their wedding. For them it was an opportunity to create a magical day. The floral design set the vibe of the entire day. Lush green moss, ferns, green amaranthus, and hypernicum berries perfectly complimented white calla lilies, lily of the valley, and the silvery leaves of the dusty miller. “They were arranged in a very naturalistic, masculine fashion, which stood in elegant contrast with the slate grey linens, silver-edged white china and cut crystal glasses from Be Our Guest,” explained Michael. It made for a truly enchanting night for all.

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Enchanting Oasis

Enchanting floral arrangements transformed the New Haven Lawn Club into a magical oasis. Michael and Benjamin had no intentions of playing by the rules when they were planning their wedding. For them it was an opportunity to create a magical day. The floral design set the vibe of the entire day. Lush green moss, ferns, […]

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