Perfect makeup for cooler weather

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Forever Flawless

What winter weddings lack in sunshine and warmth, is more than made up for with dreamy white backdrops, cozy fur shawls, DIY hot cocoa bars and inviting fireplaces. It’s also the one season of the year where you don’t have to worry about makeup melting down your face or sweat putting a damper on your curls. While the unpredictable weather comes with a few beauty caveats, like dry skin and staticky strands, it’s nothing that these hair and makeup experts can’t fix. And lucky for you, they’re into sharing.

Here are the simplest steps to ensure your winter wedding look lasts all day and night.

Emphasize hydration

The week before your wedding isn’t the time for a major upheaval to your skincare. You don’t want to risk a bad reaction or a lingering irritation. A few product swaps to make your skin as plump and moisturized as possible will make all the difference in creating a flawless canvas for your day. “Hydrated skin is the key to your makeup’s longevity. In the winter months, you want to switch out lighter, summertime moisturizers for thicker ones and be more diligent about exfoliating at least twice a week to slough off dead skin,” says Cassandra Garcia, Bobbi Brown makeup artist. “With the constant change of humidity in the air, hair-whipping winds, and dry office heaters, your skin is thirstier than any other season. Pay close attention to the areas around your nose and cheeks where it tends to get driest. Then, feel free to spot treat with a double dose of a thick, intensely hydrating cream, like Bobbi Brown Soothing Balm.” (Soothing Balm, Bobbi Brown)

Take a short break from SPF products

We’ve heard enough reminders from derms to know that slathering on sunscreen is a non-negotiable part of our daily routine, but your wedding day could be the single exception. “The extra slickness from an SPF is tricky because sometimes it can eat through your makeup, especially if you have oily skin. Plus, sunscreens tend to give your face a weird, paled-out look in photos, particularly in outdoor pictures where there’s a harsh reflection of light from white snow,” says Cassandra. “You can get an SPF-free pass this one time, but absolutely don’t forget to pack the sunscreen for your honeymoon!”

Apply a smart combo of liquid and powder formulas

Since your skin is drier in the winter, liquid and cream formulas will hydrate and provide coverage at the same time. “You want to achieve that quintessential ‘glowing bride’ look and it’s easier to play around with the level of dewiness you want if you avoid a matte base. Use a Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick or a liquid formula that’s long-wearing and provides cushion and comfort for your skin. Creamy blushes and highlighters not only look really natural; they are easier than powders when you need to touch up after shedding a tear or two during your ceremony. It won’t look as cakey as another layer of powder makeup,” says Cassandra. “Then, add a light dusting of setting powder to certain areas that are overly shiny, like your T-zone, so your makeup doesn’t budge.” (Skin Foundation Stick, Bobbi Brown )

Consider a colourful punch to your wedding makeup

Save the runway trends for another day. A subtly smoky eye or a classic red lip can look particularly gorgeous against a white dress and a snowy setting. Plus, bolder colours tend to have stronger, longer lasting pigments that won’t wear off like lighter neutrals. “I often see brides request a red lip in the winter, and a pop of colour looks so chic as long as it’s your only focal point within your makeup look,” says Cassandra. “First, line your lips with a liner that matches your lipstick shade. Use the same liner to fill them in before applying your lipstick – it gives it something to grip to. Then, apply a layer of matte lipstick, which won’t quickly wear off the way glossier formulas do.”

Stock up on waterproof formulas

“This is the time to invest in high-quality products with long- wear and waterproof formulas, or make sure your makeup artist has them handy,” says Cassandra. “Cold air and harsh winds will probably make you teary-eyed way before you’re ready to walk down the aisle. So if you’re worried about smudging, apply a cream shadow on your lids and use it as an anchor for a waterproof powder shadow. Then, apply gel eyeliner, which lasts longer than most pencil formulas. And of course, top it off with a water-resistant mascara for an eye makeup look that will stay put.”

Opt for a no-fuss hairstyle

When your hair is exposed to the elements, it immediately starts losing its shape. So instead of spending hours beating curls into submission, or trying to make stick straight hair hold a wave, find something that complements your type and texture. “You’ll deal with a lot less stress if you prepare for the worst case scenario weather situation, and go for an easier hairstyle that you won’t have to fuss around with too much during the day,” says Jeanie Syfu, TRESemmé celebrity hairstylist. “For example, if you have straight hair, think about a sleeker-than-ever pony with lots of shine and a few special hair accessories. Or if you have curls, give them definition with smoothing serum and change up your part from your usual ‘do – like a chic centre part. Whatever the style, the key is to blast it with anti-humidity hairspray so it seals in the look.” (Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray, TRESemmé)

Make sure your hairstyle works with your accessories

If you plan on wearing a hat, veil, or any other hair accessory as part of your bridal style, make sure to bring the items with you to your trial and take note. “Hair tends to get static with the changes of temperature in the winter months due to dryness, and a clingy veil or synthetic hat or scarf can exacerbate frizz and flyaways,” says Jeanie. “The best bet to combat static and keep your style intact is to soak your hair in a hydrating mask the day before your wedding. Apply it to your ends for five minutes and rinse it out. Then, stick a single dryer sheet into your day clutch for touch-ups throughout your wedding day. It works wonders at taming flyaways when you gently smooth it over your hair.” (Botanique Nourish & Replenish Mask, TRESemmé)

Quick fix for a chipped, dark-coloured mani

“When it comes to nails, spring and summer brides often use more neutral colour palettes than they do in the winter. The cold weather feels more appropriate for winter brides to take the opportunity to wear gorgeous dark red, navy, or burgundy nails. It punctuates a white dress, makes your ring stand out in photos and adds a touch of glamour,” says Jin Soon Choi, founder of Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa. However, darker shades also mean smudges and chips will stand out. “Make sure you always apply cuticle oil before and after your manicure, and keep your nails super moisturized throughout the day,” says Liliana Pennington, Londontown director of education. “The more hydrated your nails are, the longer your polish will last.” If you still notice a smudge on the day of your wedding, lightly dab a cotton swab in nail polish remover or use Londontown Instant Smudge Fix to smooth out the area. (Kur Instant Smudge Fix) W

Source: brides.com.

Bridal Bootcamp #FTSpotlight

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How to Prepare Yourself for Your Big Day

Your wedding requires months of planning and preparations, from the flowers and caterers to the music and seating charts. Don’t forget that you also need to be prepped and primped for your day in the spotlight. Make sure you look your best with a fit figure and a bridal glow. With a few months of focus and dedication, you can transform your look and wow your guests when you walk down the aisle. Here are some important tips to help you develop your pre-wedding bridal regimen and get you ready for your big day:

Nutrition

Your number one nutrition mantra should be “keep it clean.” Eliminate processed foods from your diet, as they tend to have chemicals and sugars that can adversely affect your body and skin. Gluten and dairy can cause gastro or colonic problems, which have a negative effect on your skin and can cause bloating. So, substitute alternatives, such as gluten free bread, rice instead of pasta and coconut milk.

Fruits and vegetables are your best friend during your pre-wedding diet. Produce is low in calories and contains a lot of vitamins to keep you healthy. Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox” provides guidance and information that will help you on your quest toward radiant skin and the body you’ve always wanted.

Supplements

Certain vitamins amp up your energy and appearance. They fuel your body with the elements it needs to be fit and beautiful. When you can, go natural. For example, use black walnut leaf as an anti-fungal and a blemish remedy. Fish oil provides the Omega 3 vitamins you need for soft, supple and glowing skin. Vitamin C is important for supporting a strong immune system.

One of the most dangerous elements of planning a wedding is the stress. Ward off any damaging physical effects of stress with supplements like melatonin, magnesium, valerian root, vitamin B-complex, theanine and phosphatidylserine. For some in-depth information on these stress-fighting supplements, reference One Medical’s website.

Bridal Fitness

A solid fitness regimen will do wonders for the way you look and feel. Mix up your fitness routine so you don’t get tired of your workouts. Do cardio every other day and strength training about two days per week. There are a number of helpful fitness programs that you can follow. One of the most effective and popular female fitness programs was created by an Australian fitness instructor, Kayla Itsines. The “Sweat with Kayla” app or other similar apps will keep you on track with your workout goals and provide clear guides for each exercise.

Skin Care

You’re going to take a ton of photos on your big day, so make sure your skin looks the best it ever has. Take care of your delicate skin with a careful curation of beauty products. Combat summer sunspots with serums and lotions that protect your skin from damage and keep your skin well-hydrated. Take a break from or use less makeup for a few months so your skin can fully repair itself before your wedding day. If you let your skin breath and only use skin care products that build up and not cover up your skin, it will have time to transform.

Bridezilla Warning Signs

 

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by Diane Lynn Thomas

There is a bridezilla in every bride,  but the question remains if it is controlled or not. All of us have different personality types and perhaps that may play a role in becoming a bridezilla or not.  Any stressful situation can bring the worst out of us whether it’s a death, financial problems or planning a wedding.

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lives and you want everything to be perfect.  I guess the key word here is “perfection”.  To reach perfection is virtually impossible and we must learn to cope with some of the ups and downs that you will cross along the way.

Are you a bride in the green zone? Green being very relaxed and you just go with the flow.  You don’t obsess about the wedding 24/7 and openly accept help from others.  You know what you want and plan everything in it’s appropriate timeframe.

There are subtle warning signs of becoming a bridezilla which I call the yellow zone.  What are some of these signs you ask?  Well, do you think, live and breath wedding details?  Are you constantly on-line looking up information for hours on end? Do you find that you are spending less time with your fiancé? Are you acting selfish and only talk about the wedding to every person you see or meet?  If you are answering yes to two or more of these questions you may be entering the yellow zone meaning “proceed with caution”.  If you don’t proceed with caution then you are allowing yourself to enter the red zone.

The red zone is full blown bridezilla tendencies and most likely you have gone to far.   Are you angry or edgy all the time? Has a bridesmaid dropped out from your wedding party?  Are you friends staying away from you more than usual?  Do you fight more with your fiancé?  Are you having disagreements or changing vendors on a regular basis? Do you react very quickly to the slightest problem or change in your wedding planning?   If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions than you need to stop, take a deep breath and remember what your wedding is really all about.

As a wedding planner, I can tell within my first 10-minute consultation what type of bride she will be.  My job is to make them feel as comfortable as possible.  Since I am not part of their family, they find it very easy to speak with me about problems or questions, as I will not judge them.

Brides, you don’t have to do it alone.   You don’t have to control every little detail.  Put some trust in your family, friends and fiancé to help you along the way.  The more relaxed and calmer you are the better the wedding day will be.  Always remember….. if something  should go wrong, you are the only one who will knows as the guests were not privy to your planning process information.

This article is courtesy of I Just Said Yes.

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Beauty Tips for your Wedding Day

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Whether you’re high maintenance or fuss-free, you will want to consider some sort of beauty regime for your wedding day. It doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to break the bank, but it should give you a boost of confidence and have you feeling and looking great from morning to night. Add these few simple steps to your list with these beauty tips and you’ll be feeling fab in no time.

Hands and Feet

From showing off the stunner on your finger, to meeting and greeting guests in the receiving line, your hands are on display all day long. A professional manicure and pedicure will give your hands and feet that clean, polished look. Most salons use a quality base and top coat to prolong the life of the polish and give the nail a smooth finish. If you are going with colour, be sure to purchase the bottle. This way you’ll be ready for touch-ups throughout the day.

Tip: Leading up to the day, try to incorporate more olive, sunflower seed, grape seed, coconut and fish oils into your diet. They contain essential fatty acids that help keep skin smooth and supple. Creams that contain shea butter or argan oil are great moisturizers for the hands and feet and last through multiple washings.

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Teeth

If professional teeth whitening isn’t in the budget, there are things you can do at home to improve the appearance of your pearly whites.

The right choice of rouge is an instant whitener for the teeth. Avoid oranges, salmons, peaches, browns and corals as they give the teeth a yellowish tinge. Reds and pinks with cool or blue undertones will make your smile look shades brighter. Creamy lipsticks with shine or shimmer are preferred to a matte formula. Although matte may last longer, it tends to absorb more light, leaving the teeth looking darker. A cream or gloss will reflect the light and give you a whiter, brighter smile.

Tip: Leading up to the day, try to stay away from deeply pigmented drinks, such as pop, coffee, dark tea and red wine.

Foods such as blueberries, cherries and soya sauce can also stain the teeth. Keep in mind that all vino, red or colourless, can roughen enamel and make the teeth more susceptible to stains.

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Face

Always prep your face before applying makeup. A cleanser will not only give you a glowing result on the day, but it will also ensure healthy skin for years to come.

Tip: Don’t leave everything to the last day. Pluck your eyebrows and any other facial hair at least one day before the wedding to avoid redness. Cleanse skin with an exfoliator, followed by a toner. Apply a good moisturizer that doesn’t leave a greasy finish. Too oily will leave you shiny for photographs, while too dry will cause makeup to crack and bunch.

Hair

When scheduling a hair appointment, be sure to also schedule a trial appointment. Book a bridal consultation ideally three months before the wedding, and schedule two appointments where you and your stylist can try different looks. Don’t make these appointments too close to the day in case you aren’t happy with the results and want to meet with other stylists. At the appointments, have a friend snap a few photos. Wear the style for a few hours to see how it holds up. If possible, try to coordinate the hair appointment with the dress fitting to get a better sense of what works with your gown.

Tip: Get a trim no more than two weeks before the day and no less than one week. Have your colour touched up at least one week before the day. If you’re growing your hair, arrange weekly treatments to ensure those luscious locks stay healthy. If you’ll be tanning leading up to the day, cover your hair to avoid drying or fading.

If your wedding is a destination wedding, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist to come along. If he or she is unable to travel, do pre-trial appointments and take pictures to show another stylist the look you want.

This is your special day and your day to shine. Happy primping! W

From the files of Ottawa Wedding Magazine.

Tie The Knot Urban Wedding Show

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For hip, trendy, modern couples

Who says your big day has to be all ho-hum fluff and frills? There’s plenty of cutting-edge style, expertise and know-how right in Ottawa, not to mention edgy, intriguing choices, to ensure you can have exactly the wedding-day vibe you want.

If you’re dreaming about a modern, non-traditional wedding with a unique venue and personalized theme, you don’t want to miss the Tie the Knot Urban Wedding Show. It’s  February 20 at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road.

Tie The Knot Ottawa 2016 will feature up to 75 local area exhibitors, roaming fashion shows, an interactive inspiration gallery, food & drink tastings and a multitude of ideas to help the coolest brides and grooms plan their special day.

A WellsGarbe Production, Tie the Knot is the premier urban wedding show featuring the best and brightest of locally based talent and options. Think cool. Think trendy. Think urban glam. From wedding gowns and jewelry, to florists and DJ’s, to bakers and wedding invitations, everything you need to plan your special day will be readily available for you at Tie The Knot.

Hours are 9 am to 11 am for those with VIP access and 11 am to 5 pm for regular show tickets.

Website: http://www.tietheknotweddingshow.com 

Tickets: http://www.tietheknotweddingshow.com/buy-tickets/

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Up or Down? Match Your Hairdo to Your Dress

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When I started dress shopping for my wedding, one question that came up again and again was, “What kind of veil do you want?” To be honest, the question always caught me off guard because I knew there was only one answer: “It depends on the dress!” Your entire wedding look, including your jewellery, veil and hairdo, should absolutely complement the dress. So how can you match your hairstyle to your wedding dress? Don’t fret. We’ve got some great tips on coordinating the two with ease.

Backless dress

Backless wedding dresses are very on trend. And whether it’s completely open in the back, partially bare, or just the illusion of an open back with lace detailing, you’ll likely want to show off that sexy back. Consider an up-do to give your back the spotlight. If you aren’t feeling an up-do but still want something flattering, try a longer look where your hair is pulled back and styled to the front and side. Think an ultra-glamorous low side pony with curls.

One-shoulder gown

A one-shoulder gown is great for showing off fabulous arms and a little skin, so don’t have your hair covering that up! A half-up/half- down ‘do is a great way to balance this asymmetrical look. If your wedding is a bit on the formal side, an up-do works really well too. And since the focus of the gown is showing off the shoulder, you can rest assured that just about any veil length will work.

Strapless or sweetheart dress

Strapless and sweetheart-neck designs are still some of the most popular wedding styles. The good news is, they not only flatter just about every figure, but they work with just about any hairdo too! If you are having a church ceremony or concerned about showing too much skin, consider a long style instead of a half-up or formal up-do.

Casual or beachy dresses

If you’re having a beach wedding or a more casual affair, embrace the afternoon vibe with a non-fussy look. Long hair styled in “beachy” waves, or even loose braids and half-up/half-down looks are perfect for beach weddings. This is one look where you’ll want to avoid the formal up-do and have fun with your hair. W

Source: www.Latest-Hairstyles.com.

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Raise a Glass to Wedding Plans … #wotw

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Each Friday, #‎Ottawa sommelier Monique Ippolito introduces us to a new wine worth savouring and sharing. #wotw

by Monique Ippolito

Howdy folks! I have been having a fun time seeking out bargain wines this month, so here is another one for us! Five reasons why Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Riserva is our #wineoftheweek:

LCBO Vintages: 111641 | $13.95 (regularly $15.95)

1 – This #wotw totally fits the budget! As we continue to weather our January budget squeeze, here is something to enjoy as a couple without much added expense. Plus, buy before January 31 and get $2 off (regularly $15.95).

2 – It is an awesome table wine and a bargain for what it has to offer. This wine was vinified from a minimum 85 per cent Sangiovese grapes—Tuscany’s rock star red grape— and it carries all the fine qualities of a well structured Chianti.

3 – It’s yummy! This wine shows lovely notes of red cherry, mint, cedar and touch of dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with medium tannins, a satin texture and highly mouthwatering acidity.

4 – With such a pronounced acidity this wine craves food! Enjoy a glass with your sweetie while you have dinner and discuss wedding plans! It happens to pair very well with many dishes including: tomato sauce based dishes, beef/lamb stews, slow roasted or braised chicken/turkey/pork/beef and (my favourite) pizza!

5 – It’s a terrific winter sipper! Ever in a mood to just relax and enjoy a sip of red wine to keep you warm?  Well this wine is not complicated; it’s simple yet elegant, and pairs very well with cozying up to a fireplace.

Cheers!

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Bridezilla Warning Signs

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Bridezilla Warning Signs

There is a bridezilla in every bride but the question remains if it is controlled or not. All of us have different personality types and perhaps that may play a role in becoming a bridezilla or not.  Any stressful situation can bring the worst out of us whether it’s a death, financial problems or planning a wedding.

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lives and you want everything to be perfect.  I guess the key word here is “perfection”.  To reach perfection is virtually impossible and we must learn to cope with some of the ups and downs that you will cross along the way.

Are you a bride in the green zone? Green being very relaxed and you just go with the flow.  You don’t obsess about the wedding 24/7  and openly accept help from others.  You know what you want and plan everything in it’s appropriate time  frame.

There are subtle warning signs of becoming a bridezilla which I call the yellow zone.  What are some of these signs you ask?  Well, do you think, live and breath wedding details?  Are you constantly on-line looking up information for hours on end? Do you find that you are spending less time with your fiance? Are you acting selfish and only talk about the wedding to every person you see or meet?  If you are answering yes to two or more of these questions you may be entering the yellow zone meaning “proceed with caution”.  If you don’t proceed with caution then you are allowing yourself to enter the red zone.

The red zone is full blown bridezilla tendencies and most likely you have gone to far.

Are you angry or edgy all the time? Has a bridesmaid dropped out from your wedding party?  Are you friends staying away from you more than usual?  Do you fight more with your fiance?  Are you having disagreements or changing vendors on a regular basis? Do you react very quickly to the slightest problem or change in your wedding planning?   If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions than you need to stop, take a deep breath and remember what your wedding is really all about.

As a wedding planner, I can tell within my first 10 minute consultation what type of bride she will be.  My job is to make them feel as comfortable as possible.  Since I am not part of their family, they find it very easy to speak with me about problems or questions as I will not judge them.

Brides, you don’t have to do it alone.   You don’t have to control every little detail.  Put some trust in your family, friends and fiance to help you along the way.  The more relaxed and calmer you are the better the wedding day will be.  Always remember….. if something  should go wrong, you are the only one who will knows as the guests were not privy to your planning process information.

You know what financial situation your families are in so if you feel this would put too much pressure on them don’t ask for help and let them come to you.  Keep in mind though if you are asking for help they will have something to say about certain costs and you will most likely hear “do you really need that”?

If you are one of those lucky brides where Daddy is paying for it all then that is great.   If things don’t work out that way and you both are paying for the entire bill, you will receive gifts of money from your guests that you can certainly put towards all of your purchases.  Having a wedding is not a way to make money anymore.  Most couples are just happy to break even and enjoy the  celebration!

What Brides are Thinking Walking Down the Aisle

By Molly Hanzidiakou

After months of preparation, the moment is here and,  lined up with her wedding party, the bride is flooded with emotions as she approaches her groom.  Have you ever wondered what brides are thinking as they are about to walk the aisle into their future?

Here are some quotes from women, some who took their walk down the aisle a few years ago, to tell us what thoughts were going through their minds.

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“Don’t cry. Keep eye contact with Matt, my husband!”

“I know this sounds vain but I think every bride thinks, “Is everything perfect?”  I double checked my train, hair and flowers right before.” –April, 2010

“I thought to myself, “It wasn’t a big deal and my Dad looked so handsome.”  I was fine lining up.  I put my arm with my Dad’s, turned the corner and lost my breath because I saw all the people.  It hit me then what was about to happen.  My dad said, “Breath. It’s just another day.”  I was fine after that”. –Jo-Ann, 2003

“I felt a lot of different emotions.  It was a very overwhelming moment.  I was thinking how everyone would be looking at me and I hoped I looked good.  I was also thinking how the burn on the side of my head hurt where the hair dresser burnt me with the curling iron”. –Laurel, 1998

“My whole life I was a very anxious child.  I missed my First Communion because I got sick to my stomach.  When my dad’s company had Christmas parties, I could never go because I always got sick.  I’d have lost my mind if my kids were like that.  So when I was planning the wedding, I was worried I’d be terribly nervous.  However, when the day arrived I was as calm as could be.  I guess I was so sure of who I had chosen to spend the rest of my life with, I had no qualms.  I was just at peace and very happy to walk down the aisle on my Dad’s arm and join Mike to begin our life together”. –Catherine, 1987

“Oh my gosh I’m late!  I was all worried with being 15 minutes late.  And my father-in-law to be was not impressed”. –Stacey, 1992

“This is the next chapter in my life.  Scary, but exciting” –Mary, 1977

“I got married at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.  The Hunt Club has this long staircase that my Dad and I had to walk down as part of our aisle.  My biggest fear was falling down the stairs, so I held onto my Dad and the stair rail for dear life.  I don’t think I thought of much else until I got to the last step. I was so relieved.  The rest was easy!” –Jennifer, 2012.

Do Brides Have The Right to Be Demanding?

Courtesy of I Just Said Yes

When your fiance asks you for your hand in marriage it is a very exciting time, but for some, an anxious experience.  One of the biggest days of your life is actually going to happen and your mind will be going a hundred miles a minute about wedding planning.

Figuring out the season, type of theme, invite list, menu, type of wedding, who the bridesmaids will be, can become overwhelming for almost any bride.  Unfortunately, the brunt of this may be directed towards family, friends, fiance and your wedding vendors.

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Wedding vendors are very patient individuals and know how important the bride’s day is.  When we first meet with a bride (speaking from experience) you can pretty well pinpoint her personality and what’s in store for you.  Is she very passive and will agree to anything, is she indecisive and changes her mind on a regular basis or perhaps bold, obnoxious and knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to tell you.

No matter what type of personality they may have, weddings can bring the worst out in many of us but does this allow you to be mean and demanding to your vendors?  Are t.v. reality shows like bridezilla’s and celebrity weddings making the average bride crazy?

As vendors we must remember what the bride is going through not only with the planning stages but issues or problems may be happening at home we are unaware of.  After doing thousands of weddings it seems so easy for vendors to say “the table is just fine in this corner” but one thing you need to remember is ” this is their wedding day and they want everything perfect.  As vendors we have done thousands of weddings so it is like second nature to us.

Brides actually need more guidance and help that you think.  The best advice I can give is to listen, help, be accommodating and try your best to help with their vision.  Sure, some brides are going to get your blood boiling a little but you just need to remember to step back and take a deep breath.   There is a light at the end of the tunnel and when all is said and done you receive that beautiful gift or thank you note which made the entire process worth it.