Beauty Appointments You Must Make Before Your Wedding

Your calendar is full, and you are running all over town pulling details together. One major piece to remember in the chaos is YOU! Leave some space for these important self-care appointments. You will be thankful when you walk down the aisle not only looking, but feeling your best.

Nails

Schedule a Mani-Pedi and bring along your bridesmaids. This is a great way to unwind and spend time with the girls. Ask in advance if you can pop the bubbly and include a snack tray to make it even more festive.

Hair

You may have secured a stylist on location for your wedding day, but don’t forget a maintenance appointment. Trim your split ends and include a deep conditioning treatment one to two weeks prior. You want your hair honeymoon ready after all! This also allows your stylist to focus solely on up-do and curls on your wedding day.

Makeup

Not every bride has a make-up artist on site. Plan a visit with a professional one or two weeks out and include your maid of honor. Ask for tips on proper application and take notes on how to create an extra pop for photos.

Tanning

Whether you prefer the tanning booth or a spray, it is important that you make this appointment within one week prior to your wedding day. You want to allow time for your tan to set so you walk down the aisle with perfectly glowing skin. Tans will fade over time so try to not to make your appointment too early.

Massage

This one is for you. You have worked hard preparing for this big moment, it’s time to relax a little. A massage is a great way to reduce stress and ease any tension you have developed through your planning. This is also a great way to escape by taking your mind off wedding details. You deserve it!

The Beauty of a Simple Wedding

Weddings are very exciting! All the time and planning you put into making it the perfect day pays off when you say, “I do.” Yet, a reception hall with hundreds of guests, a band, and seated dinner may not be your thing. There truly is beauty in keeping things simple.  Here’s why.

Less Stress

There is no doubt that planning a large wedding can make you frantic at times. One of the easiest ways to keep your wedding simple is to invite fewer guests.  By hosting less people, the cost of food and beverages will be noticeably lower, and your budget won’t make you pull your hair out!  You can hold your reception at a smaller venue and worry a little less about the seating arrangements.

Another way to keep things simple it to minimalize the number of vendors. Shuffling from vendor to vendor to plan the perfect wedding can be fun, but also time consuming. Perhaps you can hire a photographer but eliminate the videographer; have a friend capture a video instead.   Consider eliminating planning ideas that you simply can do without.  The extra stress of pulling together the extras may not be worth it.

More Intimate

If you prefer a smaller wedding and decide to keep the perks to a minimum, your ceremony and reception can have a very sweet and intimate feel. You can keep your focus on the guests who are there to celebrate your special day, the ceremony itself, and most importantly, your husband-to-be.  Leave the worry and stress to someone else and just enjoy the moment. A joyful and peaceful presence is contagious, and you set the tone. No one will remember that you opted to do without the ice sculpture but will tell stories of when you sang a song to your new husband at the reception!

Most importantly, realize that not everything will go as planned. Any bridezilla can sweat the small stuff but going with the flow goes long way.  

Hidden Wedding Cost You Didn’t Anticipate

 

You plan and budget like a pro for your wedding, and finally you have it all figured out…until those hidden expenses rear their ugly head.  It happens to many brides, they find themselves surprised by those pesky charges that didn’t exactly make the wedding budget spreadsheet.  Here are a few hidden fees you can anticipate helping you avoid last-minute shock.

Dress Alterations:

You know “the one” when you see it, and it is beautiful!  The price is even right for your budget.  But, don’t forget that all brides are not created the same.  More than likely you will need a few alterations to make it look perfect, and wedding dress alterations can get quite expensive. Be sure to account for last minute tweaks too!  Brides have been known to gain or lose a few pounds right before the big day.

Beauty Treatments:

If you are dreaming of sitting around and getting pampered all day before you walk down the aisle, maybe you have already hired a hair and makeup specialist and planned for this expense.  But, if you have not pre-arranged these details, you may be surprised to find that beauty expenses such as hair, make-up, nails, and waxing will add up fast.  You want to look your best when you make your grand appearance, and of course for all your photos!

Postage:

Remember to add postage fees to the total cost of your invitations.  It is also customary to include a pre-stamped return envelope to make it easy for guests to RSVP.  So, be sure to take your postage cost and double it!

Gifts:

Many couples like to surprise each other with a romantic gift right before the ceremony.  It is also nice to have a gift for both sets of parents on your wedding day; this is a big day for them too!  Not to mention, officiant tips or gifts and something small for the wedding party is a wonderful custom to let these important people know that you appreciate their support.

Venue Fees:

Venue fees can quickly and most unexpectedly add up by the end of the night.  Remember to account for taxes, gratuities for your servers and bartenders, cleanup costs, and overtime hours for the staff working so hard at your reception.  Also, keep in mind that many venues will charge cake-cutting and wine corking fees for items brought in from an outside vendor.

There are many ways to keep the cost of your wedding under control when you are on a budget, just remember to give yourself some breathing room for these unexpected fees!