We all know the classic Chicago wedding spots like the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium - but what about those hidden gems that all the other brides seem to be finding? Well look no further, because I am in full holiday mode, and am going to share with you my 5 all time favorite Chicago winter wedding venues!
With all the chaos of planning a wedding, your bridal trial may easily slip your mind as something that should be taken seriously. As a result, as it approaches you could find yourself stressing about what to expect, or how to prepare for the appointment. Fortunately, as an artist that does many weddings, I have seen it all, and therefore am going to share with you how to make the most out of your upcoming bridal trial!
With the amount of trendy weddings that we’ve seen these days, it almost feels that your bridal brand is competing with everyone else’s. But with all the different fonts, colors, and monograms, where do you begin? Read on to find all the answers on how to create your personal wedding brand, that is sure to leave your guests impressed!
Picking your wedding dress is considered one of the most important parts of the bridal planning process. For many brides there is common advice that many people will tell you, but you are still unsure about how to make the most out of the appointment. That is why I have shared with you my 5 unique tips that will help you find your dream dress!
Ivory and champagne? Mint green and pink? Navy and gold? The options are endless, making it seem absolutely impossible to pick the perfect color scheme for your wedding. Well, don’t stress anymore, as this blog will be your guide on how to easily choose your the color palette best suited for your big day!
Many brides know exactly what they want when it comes to their dress or flowers, but struggle when it comes to picking the time of year to actually have their wedding. This might happen for many different reasons – maybe they love every season, or simply don’t even know where to start. So if you are having a hard time with this decision as well, I am here to help guide you. Although I have good things to say about every part of the year, I am going to talk about why getting married in the fall is a perfect choice for any type of bride, and why it should be a final contender!
After a recent client experience where I was called in a panic because a bride's makeup artist had no showed on her wedding day (which thankfully I was able to go help with), I knew this blog post needed to be written. I hear too many horror stories of clients getting burned by unprofessional makeup artists and wanted to warn people of a few red flags to look out for when you're hiring a makeup artist to ensure you're going to have the best possible experience.
The makeup you choose for your wedding day is important, it's going to be there on the day of as well as in every photo of the event. I have a lot of brides that stress out about choosing their look for the big day, but it isn't as difficult as it seems! Here are some of my tips for choosing a wedding day bridal look you'll love now and for years to come.
Finding the right artist for you can be tough. Here are some tips on what to look for when you are booking your makeup artist for your wedding.
Find an artist who specializes in bridal makeup. There are tons of people out there who love makeup as a hobby, but only someone who does this as their job knows the intricacies of the art. Not only do they understand how to avoid any makeup malfunctions, but they also are intimately familiar with how a wedding day goes, and know how to schedule and plan to ensure it goes off without a hitch.
Don't wait until the last minute to book. Seasoned pros can book up months in advance, so do your research early and once you have settled on the artist for you, book them! This will ensure that your date doesn't get booked by another bride and have you left high and dry.
Find an artist who is running a real business. An artist that does this as a hobby may love it, but they may be skimping in other ways. They may be slower to respond to emails, or they may be flaky. You don't want to be left with an emergency on the wedding day and nobody to fix it. Ensure that you sign a contract with your artist, this will protect both you and her. Ensure she runs a real business, this means having a license and paying her taxes. Finding someone who follows the rules will ensure that you are going to get the best, and most professional, experience possible.
Find someone who you like. Obviously, you want to love their work, but they're going to be spending the morning of your wedding with you and you want to make sure that's a pleasant experience. Pick an artist that you feel comfortable around, as they will be the one setting the tone for your wedding day.
Make sure you know your budget, but also know what bridal makeup costs in your area. It is totally fine to be on a budget and to look for vendors that fit into that. But don't expect vendors to change their pricing for you. Most wedding vendors do not negotiate on pricing as they have set it at a rate that is both fair to you and ensures that they are getting properly compensated for their time, talent, and experience.
Find someone who listens to you. You know yourself and your comfort level best, so your artist should listen to you about the style of makeup you want and the amount you feel comfortable with. Don't let yourself get pushed into something you're not comfortable with, you are the client and you should be getting what you want. Your makeup artist may have suggestions for photography or what might look better on you, which are great to take into consideration as they are a professional, but ultimately you should be the one choosing your final look.
Look for a makeup artist who practices good sanitation. Brushes should not be re-used from client to client unless they are being cleaned first. Watch for someone who sanitizes their hands and does not work directly out of any cream products. The best practice is for your artist to use a palette and spatula to get the exact amount of product they need without contaminating the tube. This is a HUGE deal, a makeup artist can potentially pass an infection from client to client so you need to make sure your artist is taking proper precautions to prevent this.
Look at an artist's online reviews. These are a great way to get an idea of what past brides loved about their artist (or if there are any red flags to be aware of). Finding an artist with good reviews online will ensure you are getting the highest quality experience possible.