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Don't cut back for your wedding

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The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos. It really is one of my favorite things to do. Most often I get to travel to the bride's wedding location to do her and her bridal party's hair, and in Maine that usually means visiting the coast. I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous weddings. 

As I start to think about this upcoming season, I wonder what it will bring, what the trends will be this year and the people I will meet along the way. I love every aspect of it. I encourage you to plan ahead when it comes to your hair and makeup. Leave it to the professionals, don't skimp and plan ahead.

You're engaged! Congratulations! There is so much to consider when it comes to wedding planning - and it is never too soon to start. I highly recommend that you reserve your date with your stylist ASAP. Don't be too concerned with the exact number of people in your party - that can be finalized closer to your wedding day (I recommend no later than one month prior and no less than two weeks prior). If you are not sure where to go, ask around. The best recommendations don't come from ads you see in magazines but by word of mouth. Maybe you attended a wedding last year and noticed that you loved their hair and makeup. Ask who did it and set up a free verbal consultation with that stylist. If you are having a wedding where there isn't a local salon, hire a stylist who travels. I know there are not many that do, but they do exist. I love to travel on location and I can't be the only one who does.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. Don't skimp the budget on your hair and makeup. You will get what you pay for here for sure. Leave this up to the professionals and pamper yourself. Not only do you deserve it, but you'll appreciate it for years to come when you look at photos from your day. 

Not all stylists like to do updos. Ask around and don't be afraid to find someone who does - after all, it is your day.  I also encourage you to insist that all of your bridesmaids have their hair professionally done, even if that means that you foot the bill. I speak from experience here. The one bridesmaid who does her own hair or goes elsewhere always tends to stand out. It just works best for them all to have their hair done. After all, this is the most fun part of your entire day. Reserve the whole salon, relax and have fun.

Don't wait until the last minute. You make think your chosen date is unique, but I promise you that if it is between the months of May and November, it isn't. Wedding season is busy for vendors. Make sure you stay ahead of the game. There are many places to cut your wedding budget. Your hair and makeup is not one of them.

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