All brides-to-be dream of the moment the procession music begins, and they walk up the aisle to begin their new life with the man they love. All eyes will be on them, so they have to look fabulous.
Most hair and makeup experts advise the bride to make arrangements well in advance of her wedding day to try out hairstyles and makeup. (Every woman has had a bad experience at the beauty salon; she doesn’t want any disasters on her big day.)
Bridal hairstyles should not only suit the bride but also complement her dress and the veil, says Frank Marasco of A Touch of Class. He suggests simple but elegant hairstyles that will look perfect from morning to midnight.
Many brides select updos because they look regal, but an updo is not for everyone. A trusted stylist can be a bride’s best friend. He or she can help make decisions about colour changes or highlights, to add curls or to go straight, as well as whether she should wear her hair up or down. The stylist can also advise about hair extensions that give the bride more options.
When it comes to makeup, keep it simple as well. The groom doesn’t expect to see a Hollywood movie star walk down the aisle. (There will be tears of joy, so take it easy on the mascara.)
Wedding-day hair and makeup appointments for the bride and bridesmaids should be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment and unnecessary stress. Facial appointments and other spa treatments should take place no later than two weeks before the wedding. Waxing, pedicures and manicures can take place two to three days before the wedding.
Editor’s note: Frank Marasco (right) and Melissa McNamara at Sudbury’s A Touch of Class perform their magic on our hair models. Kim Harrott of Occasions by Anastasia did the styling and makeup. Veils and tiaras supplied by Nelia’s Designer Fashions.