5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Hairstylist or Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Hairstylist or Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Nyoka Gregory, owner of Nyoka Gregory Beauty! Enjoy:

It’s “Bridal” season…or is it? As a Makeup Artist and Hairstylist I feel like every season is bridal season.  Brides don’t just get married in June or July they get married all year long.  However it does seem like “tragedy” season as it seems as though I’m coming across more and more brides with horror stories when it comes to bridal beauty.  I’ve heard about how they’ve had several bridal consultations and/or trials and couldn’t seem to find the right match until they met with me.  While that is a compliment it also saddens me.  If a bride truly knows what she wants then it should be fairly easy to be matched with the perfect glam squad.  Try these tips before you jump the broom!

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Meet a Wedding Vendor in Oyster Bay, NY: Bella Bridal & Heirlooms (2)

Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Grace, the owner of Bella Bridal & Heirlooms, an online boutique specializing in elegant bridal accessories! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

While studying Fashion Design at FIT, I worked for a Wedding Photographer and interned at Amsale and Bruce Oldfield. I loved being around all the gorgeous wedding dresses and accessories. After graduating, I worked as an Assistant Designer on the Lauren Ralph Lauren Collection working my way up to Associate Designer. After 10 years in the fashion industry, I decided to stop designing and start raising a family. Now, 12 years later, I am a proud mom of 4 wonderful children and an amazing business. Bella Bridal & Heirlooms is a one stop shop for your wedding day needs. I started this company because I wanted every bride to be able to have a Royal Wedding without the price tag!

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We’ve partnered with 77 Diamonds to showcase this awesome infographic about the ‘7 Cs’ you should know before buying your engagement ring (spoiler – the carat, color, clarity, cut, certification, contour and cost!) Sound like a lot to remember? This infographic will surely help:

Diamond buying guide infographic
An infographic brought to you by 77 Diamonds

Everything you need to know before making your engagement ring purchasing decision. But wait, we’re not done yet! Get her ring size by downloading this handy printable chart.

What do you think? What other tips should you know before buying an engagement ring? Let us know below in the comments!

A lot of effort is usually put into planning a wedding. Whether its the location, the guest list, food, or decorations, everything adds up and it makes sense why people plan this event so far ahead of time. No matter how much effort is put into all of these things though, the dress remains a huge focal point of the event. And how can it not, right? The bride has an entrance, and everybody watches in awe as she walks down the aisle.

It’s particularly interesting to see how celebrities have done the wedding dress since we’d expect they can go extravagant and do whatever they’d like based on their own style. The Shari’s Berries team made a cool graphic that shows the most interesting of these dresses since the 1950s. Some of these older dresses would probably look great even today. Check it out for yourself:

Celebrity Wedding Dress Infographic

Great infographic; thanks to Shari’s Berries for sharing! For more information about Shari’s Berries, please visit their website.

With so many great gowns it’s hard to pick a favorite! Which one is yours? Let us know in the comments below!

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photo credit: Leibish

With the advent of the internet, shopping has become so much easier — no need to leave your couch to purchase your groceries from Amazon or buy shoes from Zappos.

Here at WeddingLovely, we’re huge fans of the internet and how much easier it has made our lives (which is why we do what we do!) But there has always been one category that seems the most scary to trust a website for, as it’s one of the biggest and longest lasting purchases for your wedding: your wedding rings.

Modern jewelry and diamond websites has improved in quality, trustworthiness, and experience. Thinking of buying your engagement or wedding rings online? We’ve partnered with Leibish & Co. with to provide a few reasons why you should:

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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Band in 3 Simple Steps

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Vince La Rosa has been matching couples with their perfect wedding band for over five years at TungstenWorld.com. You can see more of his tips and advice on all things tungsten carbide, cobalt, titanium and weddings online at the Tungsten World Education Center.

Since I started working in the wedding industry, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to thousands of brides and grooms about their wedding bands. And in that time, I’ve helped every type of customer from the picky bride to the ambivalent groom, the big spender to the bargain-conscious couple and everything in-between.

While I’ve quickly learned no two couples are alike, over time I’ve gained enough experience to know the best way to help narrow down the vast array of wedding bands choices out there to help find The One. And it really boils down to three simple questions: color, budget and lifestyle.

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This infographic was created by Danielle Bagworth, a fashion and beauty writer and an extremely excitable wedding guest (always the bridesmaid, never the bride). She recommends eden spa to any bride-to-be for a luxurious and relaxing spa break in Nottingham, UK.

The inspiration for this infographic stemmed from a Summer filled with countless wedding invitations. As a giddy guest, I often obsess about my outfit, make-up and hair and this made me think; what must the bride be going through? Therefore, I have provided 6 top tips and tricks to applying perfect bridal make up that will last all day long.

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His and Hers Wedding Bands by Angara

His and Hers Wedding Bands by Angara (1)

Good morning lovelies! As I’m sure you’re more than aware, there are a lot of details that go into planning a wedding, not the least of which is where to buy your wedding bands. Here is an option for you to consider: Angara is an online retailer with decades of experience in jewelery and fine gemstones. From Angara’s website:

Angara is a word in ancient Sanskrit that means “the fire within.” It is with this Angara that the Earth has created our magnificent gemstones. Our family has been in the fine gemstone business for generations and has deep roots in gemstone cutting, polishing and design. We specialize in Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Tanzanites, Diamonds and other precious gemstones.

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Custom Gowns for any Occasion (1)

Finding the perfect gown for that special occasion, whatever it may be, is always a thrill.  Not being able to find one, on the other hand, can be devastating.  Rather than exhaust yourself trying to find the perfect dress, why not have one created, that’s one-of-a-kind and just for you?

As a designer, this is one of my favorite endeavors.  Many clients come to me with a variety of ideas and styles, or perhaps pictures of a few different gowns.  Together, my clients and I collaborate to piece together the perfect ensemble.

Creating a custom gown is a lengthy process, but well worth it.  In general, the process consists of anywhere from three to five consultations over the course of three to six months.  The price of a gown will vary, depending on the intricacy of the design, but in general price ranges from  $1,200 to $4,000.

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SimplyBridal has created another helpful infographic to help you get ready for the big day. Today’s infographic is a do-it-yourself guide to beautiful bridal makeup. Enjoy!

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DIY Makeup — Infographic

See our other previous infographics here!