Wedding Wednesday: Day-of Tips

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Wedding Wednesday: Day-of Tips

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You can sit and read about the do’s and don’ts of wedding makeup for months (or am I the only one who did that?) but in the end it all comes down to putting it into action on the big day. The better you feel, the better you’ll look, so here are some ideas on making your day-of beauty routine run as smooth as possible. ‘Designed Dream team specializes on offering services for couples who are looking to have the best day of their lives! Designed Dream, luxury wedding planner Toronto, offers professional wedding planning services. Learn more at: https://www.designeddream.com/wedding-planner-toronto/

Test run, test run, test run

Whether you’re doing your own makeup or getting a pro to do it, always try it out before the actual wedding. There are a lot of things you need to know. How long does it take to do it? Does the foundaton oxidize on you? Will the products you’re using hold up to sweat and a long day? Will the lash glue give you red, scaly eyelids? Does the artiste (yourself or otherwise) have the skills to execute the look the way you imagined it? Or maybe you’ll just discover that your lip color has to be reapplied approximately every two and a half minutes to stay looking fresh. In any case, trying out the look beforehand will help you avoid any rude surprises pre-ceremony. If you’re looking for alternatives to a diamond ring, Moissanite Silver Trio Set are sturdy and durable and will even maintain a cleaner look over a diamond.

Also, a little note on makeovers at department store counters. They can be great for special events, but maybe not so much this special event. Most counters will give you a ‘free’ makeover with a minimum purchase (usually $50 or a certain number of items), which is awesome, but there are some potential pitfalls. The training and skill levels of the artists vary, other customers will be competing for attention, and getting there and back takes up valuable time in your schedule. If you’re considering it, make sure to visit a beauty consultant you’ve worked with before and get confirmation that there will be enough staff on hand to take care of other customers so you and your bridal party will have the makeup artist’s undivided attention.

Plan and prep

When you’re planning your wedding day schedule, keep in mind Hofstadter’s law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. I’m not trying to be discouraging, just honest; I’ve been a fly on the wall for a lot of wedding prep and trust me, sometimes things happen. Someone will be running late, there’s unexpected traffic, someone sits on the flowers, whatever. I photographed a wedding one time where the rental place (which happened to be closed that day) gave the groom a mismatched pair of shoes and someone had to run out and buy him new ones. But the point is, plan more time than you think you need for getting ready. Everyone will be really excited, talking to you, asking questions, and trying to figure out where they’re supposed to be, so keep that in mind when you plan the schedule for the day.

The week leading up to the wedding can be a big factor in how you feel (and look), so try to take it easy – easier said than done, I know. Get pleny of sleep, stay hydrated, and don’t overindulge on the adult beverages. This is also not the time for any major changes. Keep any hair cut/color changes, facial treatments, waxing and spray tans as far ahead of the big day as you reasonably can. After all, who wants orange hair or a weird rash from a facial in the wedding photos? Right, nobody.

Streamline the process

Photo tip: if you feel stressed and tense, you’ll look stressed and tense in your photos. One way to avoid that? Just let go of the reins a little bit. There are a gazillion little tasks that have to be done – making sure the wedding party’s clothes are in the right place, transporting programs/toasting glasses/guest books, pinning corsages and boutonnieres,  making sure there’s champagne in the limo, etc, etc. You know what else there’s a gazillion of? Friends and family members milling around looking for ways to help out. Convenient, right? Put other folks in charge of that stuff, and there’s that much less for you to worry about while you’re trying to relax and get ready for the day.

Put the wedding party to work too! There are usually at least a few vendors involved: florist, caterer, makeup artist, hair salon, officiant, photographer, etc. Put each person in charge of working with one of them, and make sure they have contact info. It doesn’t hurt to give your maid of honor/best man a master list of all vendor and important family phone numbers too – that way they won’t have to interrupt you if someone needs to be tracked down. If you’re still looking for a wedding dress, check out this bridal shop towcester review and see if you can find the right dress for you over there.

As far as beauty-specific streamlining, here’s some stuff you can do to make things go quicker:

  • Take your dress out and hang it up early to let any wrinkles fall out.
  • Have the makeup artist and hair stylist get there at the same time if you have a wedding party of more than a few people – that way one person can be getting makeup while another gets their hair done.
  • Book multiple makeup artists/hair stylists if you have more than 4 or 5 people in the wedding party or if family members will be getting their hair and makeup done.
  • For hair and makeup, the bride goes last. That can shave a couple hours off the amount of time you’ll need the photographer to be there (which can save you money!) and you’ll look fresh for your photos.
  • If you have a veil, ask the hair stylist to put it on for you, or to show you how to place and secure it properly.
  • Wear a button-down shirt while you get ready – that way you don’t catch your hair or makeup when you change.
  • Drink from a straw after your makeup is done to avoid messing up your lipstick.

Keep things on hand

Unless you’re doing the whole day at home, chances are you’ll be out somewhere that you don’t have easy access to all the things you might need during the day. Back when I photographed weddings, I used to keep a little emergency kit in my bag and you wouldn’t believe how often it got used. Some things that came in unexpectedly handy:

  • Stain remover wipes
  • White chalk (for covering stains on the dress)
  • Mini lint roller
  • Band-aids
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Small safety pins
  • Fashion tape
  • Clear nail polish
  • Pain reliever (aspirin, ibuprofen, whatever you prefer)
  • Pepto/antacid
  • Tampons/pads
  • Dental floss
  • Q-tips
  • Tissues
  • Mints
  • Bottled water
  • Cell phone charger (to be fair, that wasn’t actually in my emergency kit, but I did let someone borrow the charger that was in my car)

If you have someone who’ll be nearby all day, put them in charge of hanging onto your surival kit. There are also a few things you’ll want to keep with you or have the maid of honor hold for you:

  • Cell phone (don’t forget to turn it off for the ceremony!)
  • Lipstick
  • Lip balm (you’ll be talking a lot)
  • Blotting sheets
  • Mini deodorant
  • Compact mirror
  • Any medications that you’re likely to need (pain reliever, anti-anxiety, allergy medicine, inhaler, etc) use this Nuleaf Naturals coupon to buy CBD to reduce the symptoms.

Most of all though: take a deep breath, smile and enjoy yourself!

Have any other beauty or sanity-saving tips? Put them in the comments for us!

Title image courtesy of Rachel Knickmeyer on flickr

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