Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday Wedding Tip - Looking Gorgeous for your wedding

Today's tip is courtesy of Brides a la mode member Nicholas J Salon & Spa

Let’s face it; planning a wedding is no simple task, but looking great on your ‘big day’ is something every bride can achieve by following a few simple steps! Not every salon works with wedding parties on a regular basis and working with true professionals on your wedding day will ensure that everyone is exactly where they are supposed to be, exactly when they are supposed to be there! (Looking their best!)

Book your Salon: Depending on the popularity of your wedding date, booking your salon at least 6 months in advance is our recommendation. This way you can be sure to get the time you need with the stylist you want! Master Designers, who are known for their ‘Special Occasion’ look, book up quickly! Reserve appointments for you, your family and your wedding party at this time. When you are booking appointments remember to factor in travel time and changes of time if you or any of your guests are not from the area to ensure timeliness.

Haircolor & Conditioning Treatments: 6 weeks to go........this is no time to ignore your hair! Your stylist should suggest a conditioning treatment for you to use at home once a week until the week before your wedding. An analysis of your hair will determine what you need- moisture or strength or both! At this color appointment you should be 100% satisfied with your color and special attention should be paid to color placement and formula.

Trial Run Hair and MakeUp:  Schedule a trial run for your hair and makeup approximately 4-6 weeks before your wedding. You don’t want any surprises at the last minute! If you have a certain ‘look’ in mind, bring a picture or two! This gives your stylist and makeup artist a base to work from and avoids any misunderstandings. Your trial run is a must, a reputable salon will insist on one! This gives you the opportunity to make changes if necessary! Bring your head piece, veil or a sample veil from your bridal shop, they are accustomed to loaning these out and your stylist will appreciate knowing how the head piece or veil will attach before beginning your style.

Waxing or Sugaring: If you regularly use waxing or sugaring for hair removal, you can wait up until the week before the wedding to see your esthetician. If you are new to the world of waxing we suggest two weeks in advance. You don’t want to run the risk of blemishes marring your flawless look!

Haircolor & a Trim: Two weeks and counting! I know, I’ve been growing out your hair and you just can’t bear to cut it! Your ends need a trim; those ends don’t need to make an appearance on the big day! Remind your stylist of your upcoming nuptials so she is sure to only dust the ends! During this appointment a retouch of your color will ensure a fresh, but not over done look.

Manicure & Pedicure: Mani and Pedis are best with friends and family! The day before your wedding consider scheduling a ‘girls day out’ at the salon! This is a great time to include everyone.......who doesn’t love a little pampering? Enjoy the people who surround you, it’s time to soak it all in! (many salons offer delectable treats or allow you to bring in your own!)

The Big Day: The day of your wedding, hair and makeup are the only services you should be receiving. All of the decisions have been made; your salon is on board and knows your schedule for the morning. The hard work is done! This is where you sit back, relax and enjoy the day!

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