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4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

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Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.”

Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist and makeup artist is to bring inspiration. Find a bride with the updo or tousled curls you’d like and save it to your phone (or tear sheet it from a magazine). This will give the people helping you go glam a starting point. You can modify your look from there.

Ask questions. Find out exactly what you should plan to do if you need to touchup your makeup post-ceremony (hello, there will probably be tears!). For example, she may tell you to carry loose powder–or purchase the lip color she used to create your look. You’ll want to write those products down so you’re totally prepared come the big day.

Replicate your wedding day look. If you can, try to wear a white tee-shirt or button-down to the trial that mirrors the neckline of your wedding gown. This will help you get a sense of the full picture–even if you’re not wearing your dress.

Take tons of pics. You want to capture every angle possible–not just so that you can show your friends, but so your hair stylist and makeup artist can recreate the exact same look on your wedding day.

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4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.” Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist […]

8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

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You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might forget. Our advice? Pack the weekend before the big day.

1. AN OUTFIT FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT OUT. It’s your first meal as dinner out as a married couple and you’ll want to commemorate it right.

2. PRETTY LINGERIE. Even if it’s just a comfy new bathrobe, you’ll be glad you splurged on something pretty and romantic just for you.

3. A PORTABLE SPEAKER. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may have Wifi, but no easy way to listen to music. A portable speaker makes it a breeze to amplify the playlist from your wedding as you reminisce. Pack a cheap one in your bag.

4. BOOKS. You won’t be mooning over each other the whole time. Pack a couple of “his” and “her” riveting reads for when you’re lounging beside the pool.

5. LUGGAGE TAGS. Seriously, nothing is worse than losing your bags en route to Paris–and trying to locate them so your travels can begin.

6. PHONE CHARGERS. And international power adapters depending on where your honeymoon travels may take you.

7. WORK OUT CLOTHES. If it’s part of your regular routine, you don’t have to make an exception just because you’re supposed to be totally relaxed on this trip.

8. A PAIR OF SHOES YOU LOVE. Practicality rules, but you should also splurge on something that’s fun and unique for this trip (just be sure to stash some extra band-aids, too).

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8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might […]

5 Tips for Staying Relaxed on Your Wedding Day

Erin and Jeff's Wedding. Photography by BellaFoto Studios

Erin and Jeff’s Wedding. Photography by BellaFoto Studios

You’ve done so much to prepare for your wedding day and now it’s here! There’s nothing more you can do except relax and enjoy everything you’ve worked so hard to organize and plan. Here, 5 tips for a relaxed getting-ready experience with your bridal party.

Create a pre-celebration playlist. Your hair and makeup squad is getting busy and your mother-in-law is running all around. You want to set a tone that’s chill and low key and the best way to do this is to prep a “getting ready” playlist on Spotify (or iTunes) in advance. Choose songs with a chill vibe — you want to feel calm, not anxious or jittery, while your waterproof mascara is being applied.

Plot out a good-for-you brunch and snacks. Make sure you map out a menu for the day-of festivities in the bridal suite. Hair and makeup takes a while depending on the number of bridesmaids and flower girls you have. Plan ahead to be sure you have bottled water, healthy and low-maintenance breakfast foods like yogurt and granola and more munchies like fruit salad or light sandwiches to nibble on throughout the day.

Print your run of show and a phone list. Hello, peace of mind — if you have everything in one place (and printed), you’ll be a much happier and relaxed bride-to-be. Include the cell numbers for everyone from your day-of coordinator to your florist. Every vendor and member of your bridal party should be accounted for in case you need to reach them at the last minute.

Go for a pre-wedding run. Best way to calm those nerves? Physical exercise. Even if it’s a brisk walk for 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee, it’s worth it. Fresh air does a stressed out body good.

Delegate, delegate, delegate. You chose your bridal party for a reason and they’ll totally understand if you need to put them to work. For any and all conversations, let them handle it and report back to you later. You’ve got a lot going on and you need to just stay focused on the day ahead (and all the relatives you’ll need to greet and say hello to). Your bridesmaids have got this, promise.

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5 Tips for Staying Relaxed on Your Wedding Day

You’ve done so much to prepare for your wedding day and now it’s here! There’s nothing more you can do except relax and enjoy everything you’ve worked so hard to organize and plan. Here, 5 tips for a relaxed getting-ready experience with your bridal party. Create a pre-celebration playlist. Your hair and makeup squad is getting […]

How To Measure For Your Groom’s Suit

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You thought picking out the wedding dress was the hard part! Just wait until it comes time to order a suit for the groom. The most important part of the process is to make sure you record the correct measurements. If you can’t make it to a tailor (FYI, they usually charge a small fee of $5-15), here’s how to take the measurements yourself.

Measure for the Suit Jacket. Start at the widest part of your torso (the area just beneath your arms and across the chest). Just don’t suck in when you measure — you want the jacket to be fitted, but not too tight.

Next, determine your height. This measurement (plus, the one across your torso) will help you figure out if you need a suit that’s short, medium or long.

Measure your waist to know your pant size. Your actual waist is where your belly button sits, so use that as a starting point when you measure around your torso. Again, not too tight!

Next up, do the inseams. For this, you may need someone else to help. Stand with your legs apart and measure from the crotch to the bottom of your shoe (this is so your pants don’t drag on the ground).

Measure your hips. You’ll need to wrap the tape around the widest part of your buttocks to get this right.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the sleeve length. For this, you should start at the seam of your shoulder and measure to about two inches below your wrist. That’s it!

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How To Measure For Your Groom’s Suit

You thought picking out the wedding dress was the hard part! Just wait until it comes time to order a suit for the groom. The most important part of the process is to make sure you record the correct measurements. If you can’t make it to a tailor (FYI, they usually charge a small fee […]

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