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Tips

Pictures are a great way to get ideas and also to show and explain your likes and dislikes. Save any web searches (ie. Pintrest) and/or magazine photos for reference.

Keep the whole picture in mind. Think of a final vision, what you want your dream day to look and feel like to you and your guests. From there you can break it down, you want your hair and make-up, clothes and accessories for you and your bridal party, to fit your theme and atmosphere. Little details are what is going to make the final product uniquely yours.

Makeup Tips

Great make-up starts with healthy skin. Facials and a good home care routine will help to give your skin a healthy glow and keep it clear of blemishes. Speak to your esthetician to find the right products for your individual needs.
* Don’t forget to hydrate! Water intake helps to reduces dark under eye circles, dehydration and fine lines and skins natural moisture barrier. Drink up!

Clean eyebrows make all the difference! A well-shaped brow frames the face and gives an all-around polished look.

Have your own lipstick/gloss with you on your day. Whatever colour/product you and your makeup artist agree upon, go get yourself a tube. On the big day, give it over to your M.O.H. for safe keeping. You are going to be reapplying all day so keep it close!

Veil Tips

Veil Types

Angel: Long, straight veil cut wide at the sides like angel wings.
Ballerina: Ends just above the floor. Also called waltz.
Birdcage: Falls to just below the chin, covering the face. Often worn attached to a small hat.
Blusher: A short veil that covers the bride's face as she enters the ceremony.
Butterfly: Oval-shaped and folded in half. Ribbon edging follows a crescent shape rather than a straight line.
Cascade: Two or more layers of various lengths. Can do double duty as a blusher.
Cathedral: Falls 3-1/2 yards from the headpiece.
Chapel: A yard shorter than a cathedral veil. Often worn with a sweep train to give the illusion of a longer train.
Elbow: A blusher that goes to your elbows.
Fingertip: The veil touches the tips of your fingers, a length that often works with ball gowns and is therefore one of the most popular.
Flyaway: Touches or just covers shoulders. Sometimes called a Madonna veil.
Mantilla: A long, Spanish-style, circular piece of lace that frames the face. Can be attached to a high metal armature and is usually secured with a comb. The fabric is either lace or lace-edged tulle.
Snood: Netting that holds hair at the nape of the neck.

If your dress is ornate, wear a plain veil. A simple dress, however, can take either a plain or ornate veil. Any ornamentation on the veil, such as flowers or crystals, should start below where your dress ornamentation ends. Decoration on a cathedral veil, for example, should cover only the bottom third. Crystals reflect light and usually photograph better than rhinestones, which can look like black dots. Ribbon trim may look better than unfinished tulle, but depending on the length of your veil, a ribbon could create a horizontal line across your middle, effectively stopping the eye and making you look shorter. A poufy veil or headpiece does not necessarily make you look taller. In fact, if you're short, a super poufy veil can make you look like a mushroom. Many women are opting for narrow-cut veils, which create a vertical line. Remember, your head is not flat. Examine a veil from all angles, preferably while you're trying on your dress. One that suits you from the back may not flatter your face or vice versa.
If you're lucky enough to have lace from your mother and/or grandmother's wedding dress, you can use it to create a new veil. Avoid making the mistake of trying to dye an antique veil. Its appeal lies in its uniqueness and should not match the dress exactly. Likewise, on a new veil, the seed pearls, sequins, or other adornments don't need to match those on your dress. All the elements should merely complement each other.