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Wedding Day Hair

Weekly Wedding Tip
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"The month before your wedding is not the time to experiment with a drastic haircut or color change. Instead, start about six months out so you can fine-tune your 'do' before the big day."

For me, whenever I've had a new look, it always seems to take at least 2 weeks before it starts to look ok. Either a little too much hair was cut and/or it takes that long me for to get acquainted to styling the new look, etc.

Also, don't forget to take into consideration how you would like to wear your hair on your wedding day if you plan to change your hairstyle. Here's a couple of fun sites I found if you're looking for a new hairstyle or need tips for the perfect wedding hairdo.

All images courtesy of Wedding HairStyles Den

Wedding Gowns and the Written Contract

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"When you order your gown, be sure to get a written contract or receipt that describes the dress you ordered in detail, your alterations agreement, any special services and the date your dress will be delivered."

Additionally, you might like to take digital photos (if allowed) of the dress(es), gown swatches, etc so that you don't go by just your memory or written documentation on what you expect things to be in the end.

I recently caught an episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC where a bride was saying that the color of her custom dress was not what she had chosen when designing the gown with Pnina Tornai. Luckily everything worked out and the bride did end up getting a gown she liked (although if I remember correctly, the original gown she created was not the one she ended up with).

Featured Gowns (left to right):
Style 2008 from Alfred Angelo
Yaling from Catherine Langlois (Toronto based)
Arabella from Caroline Parkes (UK based)
Harlow from Maggie Sotero

If They Don't Make the Bridesmaid List

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"Do you have close friends or family members who didn't make the bridesmaid list? Tell them the reasoning behind your decision personally, privately, and before you spread the word about who you did select."

For those that didn't make the list - why not ask your friends or family members to do something special either on your wedding day or in the preparation process so they can still be involved? Some examples:

Wedding Day Tasks:
1. ask them to do a reading at your ceremony
2. maybe they could even officiate your wedding
3. they could serve as a greeter at the ceremony and hand out programs
4. maybe you have a friend or relative that can sing at your ceremony or reception

Pre-Wedding Tasks:
1. they can accompany you when trying on wedding dresses
2. they can help with either favor or invitation assembly
3. maybe they have ideas of places to hold your reception

Anybody have more ideas to share?

Above Image Courtesy of Scarlett Lillian
I love this image, but I'm also a bit partial to pink and parasols :)

Save the Date with Personalized Widgets

Save-the-Date Widget provided by Bridal Guide now lets you create your very own personalized save-the-date widget. After you create your widget, you can then post it to your personal wedding website or social networking page. Now, your guests can add your wedding date to their personal calendar by clicking on the "add to my calendar" button.

The cutest part of the this widget? You can choose skin tone, eye color, hair style, hair color and even glasses so the bride and groom resemble you.

Click here to get your widget from

PS - above sample is a test I did using my husband and myself with our anniversary date