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Getting married? Be prepared

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Wedding season is in full swing - my most favorite time of year as a hair stylist. Having been a part of many weddings, I have learned a few things that I can share with all of you brides-to-be in hopes I can help you avoid a few of the common mistakes I see.

If you have not hired a wedding planner yet, do it! I wish I had known this for my own wedding. There is absolutely NO comparison between a wedding that has a planner and one that doesn't. As the bride, you should be soaking up every little moment and spending time with loved ones instead of running around like a crazy lady all stressed out on your wedding day. You may think that hiring a planner is too expensive, but a planner can help you get organized, recommend vendors, plan the entire event or be hired to work the day of the wedding setting up and organizing the day. I just can't stress to you how invaluable a wedding planner is to you and your wedding. Leave this stuff to the professionals.

Consider hiring your stylist to come to you at your location on the day of the wedding. This is yet another way to take more stress out of your day. Reduce the risk of having to organize people to get to yet another location and then back again. I love to travel to the bride; it gets me out of the salon for a day and off to some pretty gorgeous locations. Hiring your stylist to come to you is a bit more expensive than going into the salon, but well worth every penny. Consider that you are paying for the convenience, their travel time and the fact that the stylist is pulled out of the salon for the day and therefore has to be able to bring in the same money they would in salon at the least. You also have the option (with your stylist at your spot) to change it up and maybe sport two wedding hairstyles (one for ceremony and one for reception) as well as having the stylist there for last minute touch ups once you are dressed and ready to roll.

There is something that I like to call the 'Oh crap' moment that happened to all of us and most likely will happen to you. This really is the whole reason for my writing this article today. I wanted to prepare you for it and to reassure you that it will happen and it really is going to be OK. Almost every bride has her "Oh crap" moment in my chair. Why? I think it is because once I sit you down to do your hair, you are stuck in that seat (usually staring at yourself in a mirror) until I am done and the mind starts racing. An "Oh crap" moment isn't a bad moment, and usually is just that "I am getting married today' feeling. After all, this is the day that us girls dream about our whole lives. Nonetheless, it can be overwhelming. I know how to handle it and recognize it immediately. I reassure her that she is not the first to feel this way (it happened to me too on my day), and she won't be the last. The best part about the "Oh crap" moment is seeing her get past that and just become overjoyed and literally glowing.

Really brides, wedding day jitters really are normal. Just remember that at the end of the day, you WILL be married and that is what counts! I do think it is important to be prepared, organized and follow my advice and that of other professionals you are working with to avoid most of the stuff that does or can stress you out. Remember that the professionals have worked for many more weddings than you have planned, trust their expertise. Good luck to all of you! I welcome questions, please e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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