The Running of The Bride – Literally? How to Plan a Wedding

That “crumb snatcher” father time is setting you up and putting obstacles in your way! Even the most organized bride can find that time has a way of getting away from you leading up to your wedding day. Having to look for things and people. Verifying that party members understand how they should look on the day of. Waiting in traffic while trying to run from one appointment to the other stealthily eats holes in your schedule. Still the show must go on… on time, or it will cost you! There are a few things you can do to keep your crumbs and sanity, so you and your loved ones can revel in every moment of that special day.

Weddings are expensive, large or small. Your budget should be a real number, so be honest and pay attention to how the costs of one choice will affect how much you have to spend on another. Failing to adhere to this can result in missing wedding essentials. Don’t wear a gorgeous expensive dress and rent a beautiful venue only to have amateur makeup and a photographer with a slightly better camera than you do. Translation: If you do not have any formal experience planning a large event or really dedicated family and friends that you can work with, hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner will help you stay organized and guide you through the sea of details. Wedding planners are often treasure troves of information and connections. They may have good references for other services you need.

Venue rentals, chair rentals, the list of things you’ll pay a premium for continues. A professional wedding photographer will cost $1000-4000. Grand weddings can expect to pay anywhere from $4000 to well over $10,000, and there is a reason for it. Google “images of bad wedding photography,”and see what could end up with, forever. Take the time to select a photographer that has the style aesthetic you like. Once you have a date and have booked your venue start the process of selecting your photographer, a DJ, and wedding day grooming professionals.

How will this hairpiece look when my hair is styled? I need to confirm that everyone knows what time the photographs are being taken. On your wedding day you don’t want someone standing out in an unflattering way (they are your wedding pictures). “This will be my wedding gift to you,” Maggie Seay remembers telling her sister when her sister was making styling arrangements. Having a professional come to you and make sure everyone looks perfect is the way to go. If you’re going to spend all that money on a wedding and photographs and not look perfect in the pictures, that doesn’t make sense.”

The true value of an on site service is that it saves you time and reduces stress. Corralling everyone to make it to appointments and trying to evade traffic, is not what you want to be doing on your wedding day. Onsite wedding party packages are comparable to salon and spa wedding packages. It is easier for the hair and makeup theme to look more cohesive if all party members are visible to the stylist and/or makeup artist when they are being created. You and your party will have the undivided attention of beauty professionals. No worries about fixing hair and makeup disasters after you leave the salon or get dressed.

Venue rentals, caterers and staff, photographers, and various wedding necessities are contracted based on availability due to time. Time is limited and overages add up quickly, so avoid unexpected expenses by avoiding the wedding day obstacle course. The last wedding gift and one you’re sure to want to return is the bill so. Having a hairdresser and makeup artist or team on location allows you to save time, multitask, and stop running around.


1. Avoid the complications by having makeup and hair including male grooming done on site, or at the locations party members will be getting dressed.

a. It’s convenient and allows you and your party to get dressed in a more relaxed orderly fashion.
b. You’re less likely to run late or missing party members when its time to start.

2. Schedule a hair and makeup trial after you have purchased your dress and selected bridesmaids dresses.

a. The shape of your wedding dress and headpiece will influence your hairstyle and makeup.
b. Make arrangements for a barber or stylists for the males.

3. To help facilitate a successful trial carry a few things as reference tools.

a. Take pictures of your dress (with you in it), pictures of the bridesmaids dresses, and a few magazines with previously selected examples of hairstyles you like for yourself and bridesmaids.
b. Provide logistical information such as amount of members they will be serving in the party, colors, dates, and accurate times.

4. At the trial take and keep a picture of the hairstyle you like as a reference for your wedding day.

a. Once you’ve selected your styles and picture examples to match provide all wedding party members with the same pictures of hair and makeup.
b. Make available the option or include on site hair-styling, male grooming, and makeup to party members or hope everyone arrives on time.

5. It’s a busy day and there’s no AC in that dress. Knock Out! Panties can be a wedding day treasure!

By Rashida Lambert

My resources are based on a series of interviews with brides, other industry professionals, and from working experience.

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