Bridal Beauty: Make up tips


  1. Choose mascara that is waterproof.  If you don’t like the feel, use one coat of regular and put a coat of waterproof over it.
  2. Use a charcoal, navy or mahogany is best options for eyeliner.   Black or brown may look to severe.
  3. Use a white shadow as a highlighter near your brows if you have light skin.  For darker complexions, use a light peach or vanilla.
  4. If your eyes look red or tired, use some eye drops.  Stick with a brand you have used before to avoid irritation.
  5. Use some blush to give your cheeks a pop of color.
  6. If you have a blemish or a breakout before the wedding, keep your hands away from your face.  The spot will heal better if you leave it alone.
  7. Make sure you blend your makeup well since the camera can pick up visible makeup lines.
  8. Natural makeup is best and if possible should be put on near a window using natural light.
  9. If you need to even out your skin tone, use a bronzing powder on your chest and neck.  Do be careful to not get the bronzer near the top of your gown so you don’t stain your dress.
  10.  Use a moisturizer that has SPF of 30 or more especially if your wedding is outdoors.  You may get more sun than you think and can look pink in the pictures.
  11.  Choose a lip color that is bright so you don’t look washed out.  You may also want to use an over the counter teeth whitener to complete your look.

Suggestions for your wedding day makeup bag:

  • Aspirin
  • Band-Aids
  • Bottled water
  • Blotting papers
  • Breath mints
  • Chalk or cornstarch (cover up smudges on gown)
  • Clear nail polish
  • Cotton swabs
  • Eye drops
  • Hair spray
  • Hair pins
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Mirrored compact
  • Nail file
  • Quick drying glue
  • Safety pins
  • Straws
  • Talcum powder
  • Tissues

Ten things to do now that you are engaged

  1. Start your wedding binder: Look for ideas in magazines and the internet and start to get a feeling about what you want your wedding to be like.  A great tool to help with all the checklists you need is the Western New York Wedding Workbook.
  2. Plan an engagement party: This may be something your parents want to host for you.  Just make sure that those who are invited to the engagement party are also invited to the wedding.
  3. Pick a date: Think about what time of year is a favorite and then decide what month you want.
  4. Find a ceremony and reception site: Some different locations to consider are a ballroom/hotel, country club, restaurant, garden, beach, art gallery ect.
  5. Get engagement photos: This is a great time to check out a photographer for your wedding. Engagement pictures are a great way to get to know each other and become more comfortable with each other for the wedding day.
  6. Set your budget: Decide what elements are important to you and places you can spend a little more and other parts where you can save.
  7. Find a wedding dress: Be sure to try on different styles to see what fits best for your vision and your body type.  Sometimes what might not look good on the hanger may be your dream dress.
  8. Make a wedding website: It is a great way to let your guests know what the events are.  I nice personal touch is to add a story about how you met and got together.
  9. Consider a Consultant: A consultant can help you save time, someone to answer your questions and someone to be there on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes smoothly.   Most planners have a Complimentary Initial Consultation to find out what services are best for you.
  10. Start your guest list: The most important factor is to set guidelines.
  • Who is paying
  • What is our budget
  • Will we invite coworkers
  • What are our limits on extended family
  • Should we eliminate the and guest option
  • Do we want to invite children

Don’t forget in all the excitement of the engagement, to take some time to just relax, take in the fact that you are engaged,  and that you will soon be husband and wife.

Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

Have you gotten your dress yet?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions about your wedding.  Shopping for a wedding gown is very exciting, but it can also be overwhelming.  There are so many different styles, that it may be hard to know where to start.  It is never too early to shop for your wedding gown, but some preparation ahead of time will make the process easier.

There are a few things to consider before you begin your shopping.

  • What is your wedding location?  An outdoor or beach wedding will have a different gown than a wedding in a cathedral or indoor location.
  • What season are you getting married in?  Strapless gowns are worn all year around, but you may want to think of getting a heavier fabric or a wrap that accents your gown, but will add warmth.
  • Are there restrictions for dress in my ceremony location?  In some churches and houses of worship there are restrictions for dress and you may have to have your shoulders or arms covered.
  • What is the budget for your gown?  This is probably the most important question you need to answer.  It would be devastating to fall in love with a gown that you cannot afford.


Your shopping day game plan

  1. Who is coming with you: Most brides are not going to buy a wedding gown without mom.  Other than mom, it is a good idea to only bring one or 2 other people.  Too many opinions could end up making the choice more confusing.
  2. Make an appointment:  Most salons require you to make an appointment.  That way when you go in, you will have someone available to help you with your selection.
  3. Only visit a few places per shopping day:  It may be tempting to go to many places in one day.  That can be extremely tiring and also lead to confusion because of all the different gowns you have tried on.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try on different styles.  A dress that you think you don’t like on the hanger could turn out to be your dream dress.

The shopping day

  • Bring with you photos of gown styles that you like.
  • An idea of what color you want, the level of formality of your wedding and what physical features you want to disguise or even accentuate.
  • Wear underwear that will work well under a wedding gown.
  • Wear or bring shoes that are the same height of the ones you want to wear on your wedding day. (This will be most important for your dress fittings)
  • Bring a camera.  If the bridal salon allows you to take pictures.
  • Notebook and pen.  Keep track of the details of your favorite choices, prices and details.

 The Contract

Now that you have found the gown of your dreams, make sure you get all the details written up in the contract.

  1. Description of the gown
  • name of the designer
  • style number
  • fabric
  • size
  • color
  • any changes made for the designer
  1. Delivery date
  2. Number of fittings
  3. Estimated alterations fees
  4. Deposit amount and dues date for remaining balance
  5. Cancellation and refund policy

DIY Do’s and Don’ts for your Wedding

DIY projects are a great way to personalize your wedding and add that special touch.  There is a fine line though between things you should DIY and things you should not.  Some things are better left to the professionals.

Honeymoon on a Budget

I still have very fond memories of my honeymoon.  It was the best vacation I have ever had.  It was a time to relax, spend time together and revel in the fact that we were a newly married couple.  We didn’t leave the country or fly anywhere but it was still one of the best weeks of my life.  Saving money for a wedding as well as a honeymoon can be difficult on your budget.  There are some great ways to save if you make a plan.

Welcome to my new blog!

I am very excited about the direction that my business will continue to take in the new year!  It is all about helping brides create a wedding that combines value with style.  Where brides can combine the practical side with the bride planning the wedding of her dreams.  Design packages that embrace your budget savvy style combined with couture quality bridal gowns at affordable prices.

Everything you need for the most important day of your life!