There is so much that you, as the bride, has to coordinate, design, schedule and remember, it can make your head spin! I thought it would be helpful to compile a series of blogs filled with all kinds of tips and tricks.
On my wedding day, I was like most brides, up before sunrise, because let's face it, you will be incredible thankful if you can manage to get just a few good hours of slumber. Our wedding ceremony didn't start until about 4pm, but myself and my bridesmaids had a lot of prepping to do. Between the 7 of us, we had to have our hair and make-up done, get dressed and our bags packed and manage to grab a bite to eat in a spare moment. We didn't go to a salon, we had the hair and make-up artist come to my parents house. I thought it would be more relaxing to get ready in the comforts of my childhood home.
The morning was off to a great start, my hair dresser and her assistant we on-time and got to work right away. All of us girls were chit-chatting about the day ahead and how exciting it all was. The minutes passed quickly and then hours. Something wasn't right. My make-up artist was late! I thought I would give her a little more time before freaking out - after all, it was a very early, rainy morning. I tried to keep my cool. I called the salon, knowing that no one would answer. Who in their right mind would be at a beauty boutique at 7am on Saturday? I called again and again. I was getting desperate.
Then my blood ran cold.... I don't have any "good" make-up, at least not bride-on-her-wedding-day-good make-up and even if I did, I couldn't do my own make-up. This was the biggest day of my life, up until this point, and I was going to have to go without make-up!! Like any bride would do, I began to cry. Of course, all my bridesmaids were there to reassure me that it would be OK. They had make-up, they could make me look stunning. Everything will be fine.
Then, my make-up artist knocked on the door. She profusely apologized and said that she forgot to set her alarm and accidentally slept in. She slept in! I could have yelled at her and cried, but I didn't. I sat calmly and quietly at the table with everyone and waited for her get set up. Everyone kept commenting on how calm I was. No brides are this calm on their wedding day, but honestly, I knew that if I didn't keep quiet, I would have said something that I would have regretted.
In the end, she did an amazing job on my make-up and we all made it to the church on time. But here is what I learned: Always, always, always, get cell phone numbers of all your vendors before your wedding day. Had I known her cell number, I could have easily called her (and woken her up!!) and I wouldn't have been reduced to tears and panic. No bride needs to go through unnecessary stress on their wedding day. Play it smart and get their cell phone numbers!
I hope this helps you on your wedding day. Stay tuned for more tips in the coming weeks.
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