A Lovely Wedding, A Beautiful You

One of the many hats I wore before becoming a mostly full time writer was that of a licensed esthetician. I managed a full service salon and spa for about ten years. It was one of the most fun jobs I’ve had. As you can see from my hair, it still hasn’t worn off.

Wedding parties were always a challenge. Managing to do hair, make-up and nails for a group of anywhere from three to ten girls, along with the mother of the bride, and sometimes the MIL to be, in a short amount of time left one feeling frazzled. In a good way.

So I thought I’d give you some tips on how to manage those pesky details that may not be mentioned in the How to Look Your Best on the Special Day wedding guide.

—Do get the groom and groomsmen haircuts the week before the wedding. Not the week of.

For the bride:

The best thing you can do is to think about the look YOU want. Spend some time looking at brides online, in magazines, etc. Pick a few looks for hair, make-up and nails. Bring pictures to the salon with you for discussion.

If you are getting hair, make-up and nails done professionally choose a group of stylists that you trust or find a group that’s highly recommended.

Hair: If you want to change your haircut or color start six months before the wedding. You need time to make sure you’re happy with your new look and also to make corrections if you’re not.

Do schedule a trial run about four to six weeks before the wedding. Make sure when you set your appointment you tell them you want a wedding up-do. These things take extra time. Be fair to yourself and give your stylist time to give you what you want. If you will be wearing a veil or putting flowers or something in your hair, bring it with you this time so you can be sure everything works with your hair.

The day of:  Do wear a button down shirt to the salon. You won’t have to take it off later, over your hair or make-up.

Make-Up: If you’re having it professionally done, do schedule a practice run so you can be sure the look you want looks good on you. The day of, is NOT the day to make adjustments. You’ll be nervous enough.

Remember, you are the star! You’ll be having photos taken of you the entire time, from every angle. You’ll need great make-up. If you’re not comfortable wearing a lot of make-up, practice. You’re not comfortable wearing a gown and heels all day either. The last thing you want is to look washed out.

If you’re doing your own, there are tons of how-to wedding make-up vids on YouTube. Make the time and practice in advance. You’ll be glad you did.

And the very last helpful hint I have, because this happened more often than not, is this – If you’re part of the wedding party, the bride asked you to be in her wedding because she cares for you. Don’t say bad things about her to the professionals who are working hard to make you look your best for her big day.

Now go out there and be beautiful!

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About Sutton Fox

Sutton Fox has been published by Lyrical Press, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and wrote a bi-monthly column for an auto racing magazine for several years. She traded life in Bluegrass Country for life in the Windy City in a home she shares with The Man, a lonely cat, and her beloved dog, Lucy. When she’s not working the edj, you can find her writing or spending time with her extended family.
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14 Responses to A Lovely Wedding, A Beautiful You

  1. Jennifer Shirk says:

    Somebody years ago gave me a tip not to overdo it because you want to look like YOU especially when you look back at pictures. 🙂

    • Sutton Fox says:

      Absolutely correct, Jennifer. That’s where the practice comes in. You’ve got to add depth, and enhance your own look. Not try to become someone else. That’s usually an epic fail. 🙂

  2. landra graf says:

    Love the tips. I was just thinking about the hair/makeup portion the other day.

    It’s crazy how there’s so much with a wedding that this important part gets laid to the wayside.

  3. Bethanne says:

    What a great career, Sutton!! All the people you’d get to meet. And wonderful fodder for a few good stories. 😀

    Ahh weddings. I wish I’d worn my hair up. It was annoying me all night. Oh well, it hardly matters now.

  4. Nina Croft says:

    Great blog, Sutton – I’m so impressed (I didn’t even know what a licensed esthetician was!). There’s so much to think about – so much that I never thought about. I think I might have to suggest to my other half that we do it again!

  5. Loved the tip on doing the trial run with hair. I waited until the day of my wedding to get it styled and asked the stylist to trim off the dead ends. Well, apparently, my dead-ends were 2 inches long. I had so many things going on in my head, I didn’t even notice until she was nearly done.

  6. Sutton Fox says:

    I’m so sorry, Maggie. That’s the worst. It’s enough that you’re worried about so many things that day. And then dealing with that too? Just awful.

  7. Loved this post Sutton! And the advice about wearing a button-shirt is GREAT advice for anytime you’re getting your hair and make-up done before a big night out!

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