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Selecting an Up-Do Hair Stylist For Your Wedding Day

The big day of your wedding ceremony is almost here.  You can’t wait to stand before your family members and friends as you whisper those sweet and sacred vows to the man of your dreams.  You can’t wait to dance alongside the most important people in your life as you celebrate a future lifetime of happiness and joy.  But before you can get to the good stuff, you need to consider one of the biggest wedding day decisions you’ll ever make…

Selecting the perfect up-do hair stylists for your big day!

Let’s face it: your wedding photos will last for lifetimes.  You want to look absolutely breathtaking – and if you end up with the wrong hairstyle, your wedding pictures won’t bring as much joy and happiness as they should.  That’s why it’s so important to pick an up-do hair stylist who will make you look as gorgeous as you feel.

Wondering how to select an up-do hair stylist for your wedding day?  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Ask your favorite hair stylist if she or he specializes in wedding up-dos.  Many people tend to forget that favorite hair stylists are often experienced in creating gorgeous and stunning wedding up-dos.  You don’t have to hire a stranger or go to someone expensive to get the hair you want for your wedding – instead, ask the person who knows your hair the best!
  2. If your favorite hair salon stylist can’t give you the hair style of your dreams, not to worry.  Ask your female family members and friends who styled their hair to get a good idea of who can do your up-do.  Better still, go on Facebook and look at some of your friends’ favorite wedding photos.  Does anyone have a hairstyle that absolutely takes your breath away?  If so, ask which hair stylist she used.  After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words.
  3. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask a family member or friend to do your hair for the big day.  If you’re going down this road, make sure that they have a few practice rounds on your hair before the big day.  You never know how many talented hair stylists you have in your family, so don’t be afraid to put your feelers out there.  Make sure you compensate your family member with a special gift or some money for their time and efforts.

Use these tips to find a hair stylist who will give you a dream up-do on your wedding day! Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get FREE return address printing (quite the hair-raising offer!). Hurry, this deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Tips on Selecting Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day will be the most important day of your life – and you want to make sure you have the best wedding photographer on hand to capture all of those amazing moments.  From the first step down the aisle to the last dance with your new husband, selecting your wedding photographer will be one of the most important decisions you could make for your wedding ceremony.

Of course, selecting a wedding photographer is also one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make.  There are tons of talented photographers out there who are willing to vie for your business.  Add to the fact that many photographers have portfolios of gorgeous and stunning wedding pictures, and it’s no wonder you’re having trouble selecting a photographer for the big day.

And that’s exactly where these tips on selecting your wedding photographer come into play!

  1. One of the best places to find a high-quality wedding photographer in your location is on Facebook – and many of them will be your friends!  Carefully scroll through your timeline to see if any of your artsy friends have photographs that speak to you.  Do they have a photography business set up?  Are they photographers by profession?  While you may save a bit of money hiring a friend who does it in his or her spare time, this may cause issues in case the pictures aren’t professional or the friend suddenly flakes.

Hiring a friend who runs their own photography business means they’ll treat your wedding with the professionalism you deserve.

  1. Selecting a wedding photographer means finding someone who is willing to do the work at a price you can afford.  However, don’t expect to a professional photographer for just pennies on the dollar.  The best photographers will charge a decent price, so be wary of photographers who are willing to deeply discount their prices.
  1. Be sure to ask for plenty of references and portfolios.  Sometimes choosing the right wedding photographer simply comes down to liking one photographer’s pictures over another.  Follow up with references to see what the photographer is like on the actual wedding day.  Was the photographer on time?  Did he or she capture the best moments?  Was he or she quick to respond to emails and phone calls?  Ask these questions to get an accurate idea of a photographer’s professionalism.

Use these tips and techniques to find the best photographer for the most important day of your life: your wedding day!

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Engagement Photos: Should You Have Them?

When it comes to throwing the kind of wedding your friends and family members will be talking about for years, there’s no denying you and your sweetheart will have to spend a great deal of money.  With this in mind, it’s no wonder you’re considering cutting some things out of the budget, including engagement photos.  Since an engagement photo session can easily run past the $1,000 mark (even the $2,000 mark, depending on where you live), you and your fiancé figure you can put that money towards a few extra dinner plates at the reception.

However, don’t let the idea of saving a few extra dollars stop you from enjoying engagement photos.  There are plenty of ways you can incorporate engagement photos into your wedding without paying extra.  So if you and your fiancé are debating about having engagement photos, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Engagement photos are sweet, sentimental, and far more casual than traditional wedding photos.  This is why so many couples opt to use their engagement photos as backdrops for save the date cards and magnets.  It’s a great way to personalize these cards as well as let the world know how in love you are.

Using your engagement photos for save the date cards and magnets is incredibly easy.  If the company is online (like www.savethedateforless.com), all you have to do is upload the photo of your choice to the website, order your ideal number of cards, and type in personal information for the cards.  Your save the date cards will be ready before you know it – and you might even save a significant amount of money as opposed to going to a traditional printer!

  1. Your engagement photos can also be used as a really cool way for your guests to wish you and your now-husband a happy life together.  To do this, simply send your favorite engagement photo to a photo lab (www.mimosadigital.com can help).  Have the lab use the photo to create a mat or a larger picture that can be placed on a prominent table during the reception.  While you and your honey take wedding pictures, your guests will be able to sign the mat with their well-wishes.  Take this picture home after the wedding to enjoy a truly amazing memento courtesy of your engagement photos!

Engagement photos represent a special time in your life – so be sure to enjoy them! You’ll also enjoy saving money on your save-the-dates. Remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get FREE return address printing! Hurry, this deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

How to Pick The Best Limousine Options For Your Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding ceremony, you may be focused on the big show-stopping details, like the style of your wedding dress and the colors of your bridesmaid dresses.  But there’s another component of your wedding ceremony that can play a big role in impressing your wedding guests: your limousine options.

Traveling to and from your wedding ceremony should be just as special as that walk you take down the aisle.  After all, this is the moment where you’ll be able to bond with your father before you become a Mrs., or when you can excitedly squeal with your bridesmaids as you see the church up ahead.

Therefore, you want to ensure that your limousine plays just as special a role in your wedding day as your cake, dress, and DJ!

Wondering how to pick the best limousine options for your wedding?  Take a look at these tips and techniques:

  • Word of mouth is one of the best ways to discover a limousine driver that will give you the high-quality transport experience you deserve. If you have any friends that were recently married, consider asking them who they used as a driver, and if they’d recommend the company.
  • On a similar note, you may want to go online and check out customer reviews for local companies.  Have the customers posted relatively positive reviews for the limousine service?  Is the company usually on time?  Do they go above and beyond to make their customers happy?  If you can find a company that meets all these requirements, then you’re well on your way towards finding a high-quality limousine service.
  • Of course, you’ll want to make note of which limousine style you want to sport on your wedding day.  Classic black stretch limousines can make a stylish impact on your wedding ceremony, while stretch white limousines offer a fun throwback to vintage styles.  Classic cars such as a Rolls Royce or Excalibur are all beautiful options that allow you to arrive in style.
  • Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your limousine options fit your wedding budget.  You don’t want to start your wedded life in debt just because you ended up splashing out on your wedding transportation!

Use these tips and techniques to find the best limousine option so you can focus on other things – like writing your vows or tasting that delicious wedding cake!

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Deciding on Groomsmen Dress Options

When it comes to dress options for your wedding party, most couples tend to focus on the brides maids.  After all, they’re the ones who get to enjoy beautiful dress styles in a variety of colors, while the groomsmen will only need to get the standard tux…

Right?

Not necessarily.  As soon-to-be-wedded couples will find out, choosing groomsmen dress options isn’t always so black and white (pun intended).  The groomsmen dress options will vary based on the theme of the wedding, how formal the ceremony is, and the unique style tastes of the couple.

Ready to discover how to decide on groomsmen dress options?  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to learn how to make your groomsmen shine!

Decide On Your Budget

Like with wedding dress shopping, you’ll want to set aside a budget that your groomsmen can stick to when shopping for tuxedos.  If there’s a particular designer style you have your heart set on, you’ll want to contribute money to your groomsmen, particularly if this style may be out of reach for their budgets.  Assess your wedding budget to see how much you can contribute.

Pick a Lapel

When deciding on groomsmen dress options, you’ll be faced with a world of lapel options.  These options will include the following:

  • The Notch Lapel: This suit jacket is squared off to the top collar, which creates a notched appearance.
  • The Peak Lapel: This suit jacket is a double-breasted style that’s been imported straight from the shores of England.  It’s one of the most traditional tuxedo looks, so this should be common enough to find.
  • The Shawl Lapel:  This tuxedo cut creates a continuous curve that resembles the traditional smoking jacket.
  • The Fashion Lapel: This tuxedo cut utilizes two flaps of cloth to create a double-breasted appearance.  The fashion lapel is perhaps the most formal of all four of these lapel options.

Decide on a Color

Like with bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want to pick a groomsmen tuxedo color that perfectly complements your wedding colors.  For many couples, this will be the traditional black tuxedo.  Many couples also opt for white tuxes, which is common at more formal ceremonies.  Playful couples may opt for colorful tuxes that incorporate the wedding theme, like navy blue or chocolate brown.

No matter what you decide on for your groomsmen dress options, we’re sure they’ll all look dashing and handsome on your big day! Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to FREE return address printing! This deal ends October 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Deciding on Bridesmaid Dress Colors and Styles

 You’ve finally chosen the special women in your life that you want by your side when you’re getting married.  Whether they’re your best friends, sisters, or cousins, these women represent some of the closest bonds you’ve formed throughout your life (except, of course, for the bond you have with your future husband!).  That’s exactly why you want to pick gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that will flatter your bridal party as well as match the theme of your wedding reception.

Of course, this is all easier said than done.  With so many different body types to account for, it can be difficult to select a universally flattering bridesmaid dress style.  And what happens if your wedding colors aren’t exactly dress friendly?

Not to worry: this article will help you decide on the best bridesmaid dress colors and styles for your wedding ceremony.

The Bridesmaid Dresses That Flatter Everyone

First, it’s important to note which bridesmaid dress styles are flattering on all body types.  You may be tempted to give your bridesmaids strapless dresses, but keep in mind that this isn’t exactly flattering to women with larger busts or arms.  Therefore, consider buying dresses with delicate spaghetti straps or gorgeous sheer sleeves.  You may also want to consider going with a longer dress style, particularly if you’re having your wedding in an elegant indoor space, like a ballroom.

Speaking of length, be sure your bridesmaid dresses hit at a flattering part of the leg.  Dresses that hit above the knee are great for all leg shapes.  Avoid dresses that hit below the knee or in the middle of the calf, as this can make shapely legs look much bigger.

How To Choose The Best Bridesmaid Dress Color

When it comes to choosing the best bridesmaid dress color, you’ll want to incorporate the dresses in your wedding theme.  When planning your wedding, you’ll choose two or three wedding colors that will be incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception.  Therefore, the bridesmaid dresses should pick up on one of these colors.

When choosing the color, be sure to pick the wedding color that will be most flattering on your girls.  A nice neutral color like chocolate is always a safe choice (if your neutral color is white or cream, avoid picking this color – you want to stand out up there at the altar!).  If you want to opt for one of your brighter colors, make sure that it flatters the complexions of your bridesmaids.  For example, blue is universally flattering, while coral or hot pink can only be worn by certain complexions and body shapes.

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Tips On Selecting a Make-Up Artist

It goes without saying that you want to look your best on your wedding day.  That’s why you’ve taken the time to choose the best wedding dress that will make your guests drop their jaws in amazement.  You’ve also been hitting up the gym to ensure that you look your absolute best.  You’ve even been making regular appointments at your local spa to get rejuvenating facials and glow-boosting treatments.

So it’s no wonder you want to select a make-up artist that will highlight your features and make you look absolutely gorgeous on the most important day of your life!

Choosing a make-up artist should be just as important to your wedding planning process as choosing a DJ or a caterer.  After all, a make-up artist can either enhance your natural beauty or make you look completely different.  And since your wedding will be captured on film forever, you want to find a make-up artist who will make you look like a glamorous movie star.

Wondering how to find that make-up artist?  Here’s how to select the best make-up artist for your wedding!

Take Advantage of Free Makeovers

In order to attract your business, make-up artists will typically offer a free makeover to demonstrate what they can do.  Don’t feel bad for taking advantage of this service – after all, it’s going to help you make your final decision!

Don’t forget to bring along a member of your bridal party with you.  This should be a close friend or relative who will be able to tell you honestly how you look.  The make-up artist can also give the bridesmaid a free makeover, which will illustrate how she’ll make your bridal party look on the big day.

Consider Your Budget

Don’t forget that your budget will play a big role in finally deciding which make-up artist you’d like to opt for.  Remember, you should be able to pay your make-up artist for doing your make-up, as well as the make-up of your bridal party, your mother, and the mother of the groom.  If you can’t afford to do the make-up of all these people, be sure to tell the make-up artist that you’d like her to only do your make-up.  This will give you a more accurate price point to work with.

Selecting a make-up artist doesn’t have to be a big affair – just use these tips and you’ll find the right person in no time!

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How Can I Limit the Size of My Bridal Party?

Now that you’re getting married to the love of your life, you want all of your friends and loved ones to be part of your bridal party.  You thought you could have a large group of your sisters and best friends in your bridal party – but unfortunately, it’s just not something you can do anymore.  Perhaps the budget doesn’t allow for such a large bridal party, or maybe your bridal party will far outnumber his groomsmen.

Whatever the case may be, you need to learn how to limit the size of your bridal party without putting precious friendships and bonds at risk.

Not to worry – we’ve outlined the tips and techniques that will let you limit the size of your bridal party without risking the relationships you love.

Have a Destination Wedding

At first glance, destination weddings might seem like an expensive endeavor.  After all, you have to plan for hotels, plane tickets, and a number of other costly expenses.  But destination weddings also have an amazing ability to cut down on the number of guests who can afford to attend.  No matter where the destination, having a wedding with only one hundred guests is a lot more affordable than a hometown wedding with 250 guests!

A destination wedding can help you limit the size of your bridal party because not all of your friends and loved ones will be able to attend.  Therefore, you can place the blame on budget limitations.  Speaking of which, that brings us to our next technique…

Blame Your Budget

If you want to save face, you can always blame your budget.  If you’re worried that loved ones and friends will be hurt that they’re not in the wedding party, you can gently point out that you and your fiancé don’t have enough money for a large bridal party.  You can also use this excuse if someone else is paying for your wedding.

Choose Only Family Members

Finally, you can always have a family-only bridal party.  This is a great option if you have the good fortune of having too many good friends to choose from.  Have your sisters and future sisters-in-law make up your bridal party.  That way, your friends won’t be hurt and you’ll be able to make everyone feel valued during your ceremony.

If you really want to involve all of your closest friends in your wedding, consider having some friends read a poem or play a piece of music during your ceremony.

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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

You’ve got the sparkling diamond engagement ring.  You’ve got the venue picked out.  You’ve already chosen your bridal party, and you can’t wait to share the most exciting day of your life with your loved ones.  But before you can really settle into wedding planning mode, there’s just one more “small” detail you need to settle…

Choosing your perfect wedding dress!

Whether you’ve been dreaming about your wedding dress since you were a little girl or haven’t given it a second thought, choosing the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important things a bride will do.  Think of the wedding dress as your show-stopper: choose the right one, and people will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

Ready to choose the perfect wedding dress?  Of course you are – and here’s how to do it!

Know Your Body

Choosing a wedding dress is no different than shopping for flattering clothing.  In order to pick a dress that will stun your fiancé – as well as everyone else at your wedding – you need to get familiar with your body type.  Your wedding dress should tastefully accentuate your shape without taking away from your glowing beauty.  For example, if you’re top-heavy, you may want to avoid strapless dresses.  Petite brides will look fantastic in dresses with ruffles, while curvier brides will look stunning in A-line gowns.  Finally, athletic brides can strut their stuff in mermaid or fit-and-flare designs.

Know Your Budget

Once you have a general idea of what dress type will flatter your figure, you’ll need to set out a budget.  Be sure that your budget accurately reflects your financial situation.  After all, you don’t want to spend the majority of your wedding budget on your dress – you still have to pay for the venue and catering!  If you’re frustrated by a limited budget, be on the lookout for sample sales and flash sales, as you can get designer dresses for dirt-cheap.

Choose the Dress That Makes You Glow

Choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a funny process.  Many brides walk into a dress shop with a very specific style in mind, only to be absolutely floored by a completely different dress.  Keep an open mind and try on several different styles.  The perfect wedding dress for you will make you feel like a glowing goddess – bonus points if it makes your shopping partners cry with happiness!

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How Should I Choose My Bridal Party?

The man of your dreams just proposed to you with a shining diamond, and you’ve just told your friends and family members the big news.  Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to get started on wedding planning – and that includes choosing the loved ones who will make up your bridal party.

For some brides, choosing the bridal party is a simple matter.  They’ve had their bridesmaids in mind since they first started dating The One – and it only comes down to making a phone call or sending out an email to the lucky few.  But for other brides, choosing the bridal party isn’t so easy.  What happens if you have too many great friends to choose from?  What if you have several sisters?  What happens if your best friend happens to be a man?

Take a deep breath and relax: we’ve outlined the best tips and techniques for choosing your bridal party.

Forget the Rules

If you’re a stickler for tradition, choosing the bridal party will be relatively simple: your closest sister should be your maid of honor, with your remaining sisters and best friends as your bridesmaids.  If you don’t have any sisters, your best friend or future sister-in-law should be your maid of honor.

But today’s modern bride doesn’t have to follow these traditional rules.  Therefore, don’t feel like you “should” choose your sister over your best friend, despite not being that close to her.  Additionally, you don’t have to ignore your best friend just because he happens to be a man.  These days, you can have a “man of honor” or as many bridesmaids as you want – it’s all up to you!

Be Diplomatic

If you’re fortunate to be blessed with plenty of best friends and sisters, you’ll need to be diplomatic when selecting your bridal party.  If you have to leave some loved ones out, don’t make an announcement on Facebook – this can be very insensitive.  Send a polite email or make a phone call.  Let your other friends know that you would have loved for them to be bridesmaids, but your budget meant you could only choose a few (this is an especially good excuse if you’re not paying for the wedding).  Consider asking them to play another role in your wedding, like reading a poem or playing a solo piece when everyone’s taking their seats at the ceremony.

Now that you know how to choose your bridal party, you can focus on other things – like enjoying being engaged to the love of your life!

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