Wedding Day Hair Styles - A Top Ten Checklist Written by Mike Jones
The big day is fast approaching, and energy of moment sweeps you up. But does it carry your hair along too? Use following checklist to ensure your wedding day hair is everything you dream it will be:
1. Which stylist? Make bookings for consultations with more than one stylist well in advance and decide on one you feel most comfortable with. You should be able to express your likes and dislikes without feeling awkward.
2. Long hair, shoulder length, or short hair? It is important to consult with your stylist well in advance and make a decision. Long hair obviously gives stylist much freedom for creativity but a skilled stylist can also work well with medium and short styles. Be sure to choose a length that fits with your personality and style.
3. Have your hair compliment your wedding dress. This can be done by both style and accessories. Smooth, straight hair and pinned up curls are often paired up with smooth satin gowns, whereas a tulle dress often goes well with soft curls.
4. Take into consideration your silhouette. If it's along horizontal lines such as with a wide dress, you'll want to stick with that look for your hair as well. The same goes for a vertical profile.
5. You'll be spending a lot of time at salon picking out perfect hairstyle, so it's best to be prepared. Be sure to wash your hair night before your consultation, and try to have some pictures of styles you'd like to try out.
6. Take a picture of your wedding dress along to your stylist. This will greatly help process along. Also take your veil with you, and let stylist know what kind of wedding you are having: formal, informal, evening, daytime. Alternatively, consult with your stylist before deciding on your headpiece.
How to Have a Dream Wedding on a BudgetWritten by Rachel Greenberg
No one wants to pay more than they have to for anything, especially something as costly as a wedding. And if you’re like me, and you had to foot your own bill, then you certainly want to keep costs down. I was afraid it couldn’t be done, especially since my husband and I live in one of most expensive regions of country. But my wedding is proof that it can be done, and here’s how:
Reception Venue Look for non-profit organizations that host wedding receptions, since their rental fees are extremely reasonable. And many of them - American Legion is one example - have gorgeous, well-maintained facilities. If you prefer an outdoor wedding, then skip country club and go to a state or national park, where you can get beautiful landscapes at a fraction of cost.
Catering Many rental halls offer full-service catering, which includes linens and tableware, wait staff, all food prep and cleanup, etc. But unless you’re at a non-profit (which hopefully you are, if you followed step #1), then this can be extremely expensive. Try to find a smaller catering company that typically does at-home meal service, since they know how to do things on a budget. And they are sure to give you excellent customer service.
Alcohol You must, must, must buy your own alcohol. If you purchase it through your rental hall at retail price, you will be paying through nose. If you have followed step #1, then you have most likely found a place that will allow you to bring your own alcohol, or will give it to you at a non-profit price. This is only way to go.
Flowers & Decorations Eliminate additional expense by keeping everything simple. There really is no need to have little party favors at each table, since hardly anyone remembers or appreciates those items anyway. And go easy on flowers – having a few simple arrangements strategically placed can be very sophisticated and elegant.