Don’t Miss That Great Wedding Picture

In the heat of the moment , while running around shaking hands , hugging and kissing family one of the things that may fall through the cracks could be your wedding pictures.
These are images that you will look back on in the years to come and remember the exact way you felt at that spectacular moment . Imagine missing the shot with your grandmother , matron of honour or the one your really wanted of your partner and the new in-laws.
Once the moment has past , it really has past
” Oh that won’t happen to us … ” isn’t the way you want to leave ANY part of your wedding . It could end up being followed by ” Oh WHY did we let that happen to us ? “
No matter how awesome your photographer or videographer is I suggest you follow the old boy scout motto ALWAYS BE PREPARED.
Below is a sample list of shots that I found online . I give it to all my clients now.
Print out a copy for your vendors and keep one in your wedding emergency kit.
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Make-up And Beauty For Your Wedding

What have I learned from all these years in the wedding business ? Work out a time schedule and stick to it. Plotting out your beauty details months before your wedding will help you remain calm and collected so that your big day goes off without a hitch.

Two Months Before

A good skin care regimen is important to get ready for your big day but don’t do anything too extreme.

Moisture is so important for healthy glowing skin. Apply an oil-free moisturizer each morning before your makeup and after you take if off each night.

Four to Six Weeks Before

Make your appointment now to have your hair and makeup done. Schedule a consultation and try several different styles with and without your veil and experiment with more dramatic makeup. Remember the waterproof mascara.

Two Weeks Before

Time for a trim and to touch up your hair color or highlights. Keep hair healthy with a deep conditioner twice a week.

One Week Before

Schedule a pedicure but keep feet fabulous until the big day with some extra pampering. A Soothing Foot Soak can be handy if you plan on dancing the night away at your reception.

Don’t leave any waxing until the last minute. You could end up with shiny, red skin and that isn’t what you want for your wedding photos.

Day Before

Slip an eye mask in the freezer for a few minutes and use it to minimize puffy eyes.

Wedding Day

Along with seeing your beauty specialist early help the day go smoothly by keeping a small bag with beauty basics such as clear fingernail polish to stop a run, bobbi pins to help hold an unruly curl and two-sided tape for a fallen hem.Remember nothing beats being well rested to accentuate that beautiful smile.

If you are getting married in the Toronto area we suggest our preferred Make Up And Hair Specialist at Beauty By Jemz  

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Bridal Trail Checklist

The number one thing to remember during your bridal trial prep, is that you want to feel comfortable, prepared and have peace of mind so that on your wedding day, you’ll have no mishaps or surprises and you’ll know exactly what to expect from your hair and makeup artist. These ten tips will help you prepare for your bridal trial with your makeup artist and/or hair stylist.

1. Wash your face the night before and remove all traces of makeup. Cleanse and moisturize your face the day of the trial and do not apply any makeup. This give the makeup artist a clean canvas to work on during the trial.

2. Wash you hair and blow-dry it the day before the trial. Make sure the hair is clean and product free and dry when you arrive for your hair trial.

3. Any waxing/threading should be done 2 days prior to the makeup trial (facials/microdermabrasions may need 10-14 days depending on your skin sensitivity) because makeup doesn’t adhere as well to freshly waxed or harshly exfoliated skin.

4. If you have any ideas of the makeup or hair style you want to have on your wedding day, bring photos with you to your trial. That way the artist can get a clear idea of what you’re looking for and make sure that you’re getting the look you want on your special day.

5. Bring a photo of your wedding dress/outfit, bouquet and/or bridesmaid dresses (or a cloth swatch) with you to your trial so that if you want to incorporate any of the wedding colours into your makeup look, the makeup artist can be sure to colour match you for the perfect look.

6. If you’re planning on having a tiara/veil/hair combs/hair crystals/flowers in your hair on the day of the wedding, be sure to bring those items with you so the hair stylist can position your pieces into your hair to see what feels comfortable for you so on the day of the wedding, your hair pieces will be sure to stay comfortably in place.

7. If there are any specialty items you want the makeup artist to use, be sure to bring them with you. Things like bindis/gems or specialty false lashes are things you want to make sure to try out before the wedding day to make sure you get the look just right and you’re comfortable with the look and feel of everything.

8. If you plan to discuss the makeup and hair you want done for your bridesmaids/bridal party on your wedding, bring any additional photos with you to the trial so you can set a aside a few minutes to discuss those details with your makeup/hair artist that way there won’t be any surprises for you on the wedding day with regard to how any of your bridesmaids look. It’s also always a good idea to choose one look for makeup and hair for all the bridesmaids to give your party a more uniformed and classy look.

9. If there’s anything else that you want the makeup/hair artist to know, such as special makeup products that you need to be use or that you will bring for them to use, if you have any skin allergies or makeup sensitivity, etc. please use the opportunity to discuss all of those details with your artist during the trial so that you’ll have no surprises or mishaps on the day of the wedding.

10. Bring your camera! Capture a few shots of yourself so that you can go home and review your look and take a few days to decide which look you liked best. That way you won’t feel rushed on the day of the trial to make a decision plus you get to see how your makeup could photograph so you’ll know exactly what to expect on your wedding day.

This is an add-on depending on your makeup artist, but…

11. Be prepared to sign a contract and leave a retainer for services (typically 25-50%) in order to secure your date. Most artists give you a 24-48 hour grace period to email the contract and wire your retainer after the trial, but if you liked the service and skills, be prepared to book on the spot in cash (many do not accept cheques).


If you are getting married in the Toronto area we suggest our preferred Make Up And Hair Specialist at Beauty By Jemz  

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Wedding Lore And Traditions

There are few other life events so steeped in tradition as weddings.  Do you know the origins of our present day customs? Why do we follow them? Well that one is easy you do it because your mom did and her mom and so on back countless generations. Here is some of the history behind many of our modern day wedding traditions. 
Bridesmaid Dresses are often identical in style and colour. Why? In ancient times the brides friends and female  relatives would dress exactly like the bride in an effort to fool evil spirits bent on spoiling her happiness.
The Post Vow Kiss  The Ancient Romans sealed every legal contract with a kiss. Thus the marriage was not legal until the bride and groom kissed. This is why the wedding official says,  ìYou may now kiss the bride.î
The White Wedding Gown brides have always worn white, Right?  No white wedding dresses did not become common in the west until Queen Victoria wore one at her wedding.  Before that bright colours were the norm.
The Receiving Line originated  in ancient times when it was believed that good luck came to anyone who touched the bride and groom on their wedding day. Giving Away the Bride Long ago an unmarried girl or woman was considered  her father’s property, so at the wedding he would walk her down the aisle of the church, and give her away thereby transferring ownership to the husband.
Why Does the Groom Carry the Bride Across the Threshold? There is more than one bit of lore about this practice. One is that when a girl could be kidnapped and forced to marry against her will, the groom would have to carry her by force into her new home.
Another is that ancient Romans considered it bad luck for a bride to trip when crossing the threshold of her new home.  So the groom would carry her in. 
Tying the Knot In Celtic, Egyptian and Hindu cultures, the hands of the bride and groom were tied together to symbolize their new bond and commitment to the marriage.
June Weddings  Roman mythology held Juno as the god of home ,childbirth and marriage, this is thought to be where the popularity of June weddings originated.
Best Man  Back when a man would steal his bride, he would often have to fight her male relatives to keep her. He depended on his best man (friend) for help in fighting them and to get him and his bride safely to the church.
A Locked Church Door  In Irish tradition, once the bride and groom were safely inside the church, guests would lock the church door to prevent the groom from running if he changed his mind.
 Honeymoon  This is another practices with different legends about its origin. One is that if a man kidnapped a girl and could keep her hidden from her family, for a month (moon)  she was his to marry. Another is that parents would keep the couple supplied with mead a drink made from fermented honey  for a moon, there would be a male offspring within a year.
There are hundreds of other wedding customs many of them unique to a particular religious or ethnic heritage. So if you want something different at your wedding seek out the traditions of your heritage
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Wedding Cakes

A wedding is one of the sweetest moments in ones life, and to compliment the great occasion, it is only natural to serve sweets. Cakes, like sweets, are an integral part of a Western wedding.

Once the wedding ceremony is over, the traditional wedding cake is served to the guests. For this, even the knife, the container, and the table are decorated beautifully.

The wedding cake should go well with the wedding. The taste and style of the couple is clearly reflected in the design, shape, and decoration of the wedding cake. There are some prerequisites to choosing the most suitable wedding cake. The proposed budget is the prime factor. After deciding the budget, a good baker, caterer, or expert chef should be selected. The correct selection of the wedding cake remains a stiff challenge due to the wide range of options available regarding flavours, colours and decorations for the cake.

Usually, the wedding cake is massive in size, and multi-layered or tiered. It should complement the wedding dress, the place of reception, the weather conditions, etc.

Tradition demands that the bride and the groom share the first piece of the cake, after which other guests partake of it. Sometimes, a portion is preserved so that the couple can share it either on their first wedding anniversary or on the birth of their first child.

The wedding cake can be made in various flavours and colours. Some opt for the traditional ones, while others prefer new designs and tastes too. A single flavour can be used. But it would be nice if it could cater to the different tastes of the guests. To achieve this, each layer can have a different flavour. The topping or the icing can also be done in many ways, the traditional being the white cream icing. Even the shape is undergoing changes, and miniature cakes are becoming a common sight.

Some of the preferred flavours are cheesecakes, mousse-filled cakes, chocolate, orange mud, and fruitcakes. Fillings can be picked from the list of chocolate, coconut, custard, almond, vanilla, etc. At the top of the cake, the figures of the bride and the groom can be seen. The cake can be decorated using many colours or design themes.

The basic idea or tradition of the wedding cake is to make the occasion memorable, to be cherished by the couple as well as their friends and loved ones. 

The tradition of serving cakes is laudable, as it symbolizes the sweetness, prosperity, fertility, and love fostered through marriage.

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Wedding Shoes

I suppose that you have found the perfect bridal dress to wear on the big day but what about your bridal shoes? If you haven’t really given them some serious thought, it’s time to think again. Your shoes not only need to complement your dress, it should also be a nice fit. Unlike buying other shoes, buying wedding shoes does involve some further attention.

Many people overlook the importance on how the dress matches with the wedding shoes because they both play a critical role for each other. First and foremost, you should try on your wedding shoes together with your wedding gown. Many dresses have a long train and can be a little hard to walk in. You won’t want to trip during the wedding so you should have a good amount of control in the shoes that you choose. Give yourself a basic set of routine to try the shoes with and you should have no difficulty walking, climbing stairs and even dancing in your wedding shoes.

When it comes to heels, it’s true that high heels certainly have a particular sense of elegance and style but there are numerous fashionable flat-heeled shoes that you can choose as well. If you are not used to wearing heels but you want to wear them on the big day, make sure that you practice first by walking in them. Ultimately, make sure that you get yourself a pair of comfortable wedding shoes. A tiny shoe bite can turn into a big pain almost instantly during a wedding. In fact, wedding shoes that you can hardly fit in can result in a few broken ankles. This is an awful sight you won’t want to see on your wedding day. Hence, if your choice of shoes in due course comes down to style versus comfort, go for comfort.

If your gown is going to cover your feet and you’re absolutely sure that they won’t be seen, you can choose something that is simple yet comfortable. Some smart women have put up something as simple as a pair of white tennis shoes as their wedding shoes. If your wedding budget allows, you can also look into designer wedding shoes. There are several high-end designers that are specialized in designing wedding shoes.

However, to find your perfect wedding shoes, you should consider a wedding shoe specialist. They can be quite pricey but you can be sure that you’ll have the best wedding shoes possible for your wedding. These specialists will match your shoes with the fabric and the shade of your wedding gown. Your shoe will also be custom-made to fit your feet size. You can even request for some small accessories to be added to make your wedding shoes to be even more special and unique.

You should make every aspect of your big day as perfect as possible so it will leave good and wonderful memories to you and your family members.

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Popular Wedding Favours

The last thing a bridal couple should need to worry about is the type of wedding favours to have when there are so many other decisions looming on their shoulders. But sticking with perennial favourites such as candles, soaps, personalized trinkets and wedding cameras can make the wedding favour selection relatively painless.

There are many different varieties of candles given as wedding favours, and the possibilities can seem endless. The candles can be very small, as of the tea light variety, or a little larger in the votive size, or even much larger in a pillar size. They can be any colour, such as a formal white, soft pastel colours, or any other colour to match the bridal party colour scheme. Sometimes, the candles are in unique shapes such as a heart, bridal gown, champagne glass, wedding cake, or flowers.

Along the same lines, soaps can also make unique wedding favours, and they are available in many different varieties, colours, and sizes. They are commonly in the shape of hearts or flowers, and are mostly in pastel colours such as yellow, pink and blue. In addition, they can take on different forms, such as bath salts, bath confetti, or bath fizz. These are versatile enough to also make great favours for a bridal shower, especially one marked as a personal shower.

For a more personal touch, there are many different trinkets than can be personalized with the bridal couple’s names and/or wedding date. These can be as simple as tags or ribbons that are added on to other items such as flowers or candies, or as different as tea tins and packets of cappuccino. Some of the most common personalized favours are vases, photo frames and candle holders. Of course you don’t want to leave men out of this. Golf tees and matchbooks can be personalized as well! And don’t forget the napkins to wrap the wedding cake in.

Another very popular option is that of wedding cameras. One or two of these are usually placed at each table. The guests can then use them at their discretion to take pictures during dinner, or of each other dancing, freeing up the photographer to take portraits. At the end of the evening the bridal couple gathers up all the cameras to get them developed. The cameras can be bought in bulk and can have a variety of different designs on them from flowers, to beach, to printed love poems. They can also be personalized, just like any other favour.

Candles, soaps, personalized trinkets and wedding cameras are some of the most common wedding favours, but there are many other ideas as well to make every wedding personalized to the individual couple. This is a time to make everything as special as can be, and wedding favours make it just that much more so.

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