Brides are stressed out enough on their wedding day without having to worry about all the little
things that can go wrong. And not to be the harbinger of doom, but something will go wrong. Hopefully, whatever foibles occur will be minor and easy to fix. To help, I've compiled a list of hints and tips that will make your big day go easier so that you can enjoy yourself and have fun!
1) You don't need an arsenal of makeup and hair products for touch ups. All you really need is
translucent powder, lipstick or gloss, hairspray, bobby pins, and some cotton swabs. Keep the
hair products in the bridal suite at the reception hall and have someone in your bridal party hold
on to the powder and lipstick for you in their purse.
2) Lipstick on your teeth can ruin a beautiful shot. To prevent this, I like to apply lipstick, blot,
pat on some translucent powder over the lips to set it, apply another layer of lipstick, blot again,
and then lightly apply gloss. Be careful not to overdo it with the gloss, as this can cause the lips
to bleed. Just a small dab in the center is all you need.
3) At some point during the day, there's probably going to be some tears...happy ones! Instead of
hiding a tissue or hanky in your cleavage, which won't look so classy when you need to pull it
out, fold a small piece of tissue and hide it in your bouquet. Then when you need it, you can
elegantly pull it out and dab your (happy) tears away.
4) It's the middle of your reception and you're done with formal pictures, but your feet are killing
you! While we must all suffer for beauty sometimes, now is the time to kick back and enjoy
yourself. Trade the strappy five-inch heels for some comfy white platform flip flops...if your dress is long, no one has to know! You can then boogie-woogie to your heart's content.
5) If you get a small smudge of makeup on your dress, don't panic. Take a small piece of white
chalk or white pencil eyeliner from your Bridal Emergency Kit (more on that in my next post) and
lightly rub it on your dress to temporarily cover the stain.
6) A light glow is sexy, but not a full-on sweat! Instead of piling on powder over the shine,
which can look cakey after a while and darken over time, blot your face with a tissue or blotting paper first. Press lightly to absorb all the oils, then powder lightly with a big fluffy brush.
7) You spent all that time, money, and effort on your hair and makeup but don’t forget about
your body. A nice shimmer body lotion on your shoulders and collarbone will look gorgeous in
person and on camera. Just be sure not to use anything with glitter – it’s too disco for weddings
and will reflect badly in photographs.
8) While you are getting primped and prepped, take off any socks, bras with straps, or other
clothing that will leave marks on your skin. I once had to go to a wedding and forgot to take off my ankle socks before I got dressed and had to arrive with sock marks on my ankles. So classy, Jess! After taking off any tight clothing, cover up with a nice fluffy robe or a loose button-down shirt for easy changing.
Hope these tips are helpful! Happy wedding day!