It’s no secret that being a bridesmaid is an expensive role for your friends to take on. They will find themselves paying for pre-wedding events, transportation costs, and of course the dress you’d like them to wear on the big day. So if you’re looking for a way to pick up some of the expenses your bridesmaids may incur, here are 6 things you should pay for, if you can, for your bridal party.
1. A Wedding Survival Kit
Whether it’s a bowl filled with travel-sized toiletries from the drug store or a personalized tote bag filled with emergency items for the day, be sure to equip your bridesmaids with any last-minute must-have items.
2. Their Transportation Home
Since the average wedding day for a bridal party is 10+ hours, be sure to provide your wedding party with transportation home or back to the hotel. You can do this through a taxi service or a scheduled shuttle for all of the guests.
3. Hair and Makeup
If it’s in your budget, a great treat (and gift!) for your bridal party is to pick up the tab on the glam squad, paying for them to get both their hair and makeup done on the wedding day. If you can’t manage to pay for both beauty fees, opt for one or the other. They’ll definitely appreciate the gesture.
4. Bridesmaid Accessories
Any and all items you’d like your bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day to accentuate the dress can be items that you buy for each bridesmaid as the ultimate thank you gift.
5. A Mani/Pedi
There’s no better way to before the wedding than with a group outing to get a mani/pedi, especially when you’re paying for it! Treat your girls to a fun day at the spa, and get wedding-ready while doing so.
If you’re asking your bridesmaids to buy their dresses themselves, one thing you can do to help keep the costs down is offer to pay for any alterations that they might need. That way, you can be sure the dresses fit optimally and look stunning in photos on your big day.
Modern motifs meet vintage flair at this lavender wedding
Love the trendiness of mixed metals but know your an old soul? Look no further than this dreamy lavender wedding theme! Pulling inspiration from the historic gadgets and machinery that drive steampunk fashion, the elegant scene contains copper and gold table decor as well as a vintage camera. Leading the colour palette are creamy hues of lavender and yellow in the floral, vintage chair, appliquéd tablecloth, sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes and even stationery suite. Between the baroque dining chairs and the four-tier paper crepe cake, we can’t decide which detail is our favorite!
Photography & Videography: Lula King Photo and Film | Planning, Decor, Rentals & Linens: Raven Luxury Events Inc. | Flowers: Zora’s Flowers | Invitations: Flourish Grace Calligraphy | Cake: MelinArt Cakes | Makeup, Hair & Jewellery: A List Beauty | Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | Venue: Bowmanville Museum
There’s more to the perfect wedding venue than just the aesthetics (though good looks are a huge bonus!). There are all sorts of important details you’ll need to cover before you sign on the dotted line. We’ve asked the pros for the key questions to ask your wedding venue you’ll want to ask before you book. You just might want to bring this list with you!
Pricing & Availability
- Is my date of choice available? If not, are there any surrounding dates available? Or do you have a wait list for dates?
Pro tip: Try to visit venues before you’ve chosen an exact date. If you have a few options or a range of dates that might work, you’ll be more likely to secure a spot at the venue of your dreams!
How far in advance can I reserve my date?
3.What are the rates for different days of the week and times (Friday, Saturday, Sunday; morning, afternoon, evening)? What about different seasons!
Pro tip: If you don’t have your heart set on a Saturday-night wedding in the summer, you may find more available dates on a Friday or Sunday and during the slower season—as well as lower prices!
How many hours are included in the rental of the space? How early can we arrive, and how late can we stay?
Is there an additional charge for extra hours? How much?
How many weddings or events do you host on one day? On one weekend?
Pro tip: Ideally, you’ll want to be the only event on-site on your wedding day, as having other events happening can result in less set-up time, limited venue access, and confusion for your guests. If you’re not guaranteed to be the only event that day, find out how much it would cost to do a complete buyout, as well as ask about how the staff handles having multiple events at once.
How much is the deposit?
How do you structure the payment schedule?
Pro tip: Most venues will have you pay a deposit upon signing the contract, and the balance in installments between the day you sign and your wedding date.
- What is included in the total? Does it cover service charges, gratuity, and cleaning fees, or are those additional line items?
Pro tip: You may see a “++” on certain items on the bill. Called “plus plus,” that means you’ll be paying tax and gratuity on top of the listed cost.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Pro tip: You’ll want to find out how long you have to cancel and get your money back (or at least some of it).
- When is the last possible date to make changes to our reservation?
Pro tip: If there’s a chance you might need to change your wedding date, find out how long you have to do so without incurring a penalty or fee.
Do you have a list of approved or recommended vendors we can use?
Do we have to use your approved vendors? If not, are there limitations or guidelines we need to meet when bringing others in?
Pro tip: If your venue doesn’t require you to use their vendors, ask if there are any they recommend most highly. A vendor who is familiar with your venue will already know the quirks and challenges of the space, which will make your planning process that much easier!
Is the site handicap accessible?
Are there noise restrictions?
Pro tip: Many venues are under noise ordinances (town or county rules requiring music to stop at a certain time) or have restrictions of their own. Find out how late you can play music, as well as whether you need to turn it off at that time or just turn it down or move inside.
How many bathrooms are there? Will we need to rent additional portable restrooms?
Is parking available on-site? How much space is there? Will guests be charged for parking?
Pro tip: Sometimes use of parking is included in your site rental fee, sometimes it isn’t. If there is a fee and it isn’t covered by your rental, ask how much it would cost for you to pay for your guests’ parking for the evening.
- What is the venue’s capacity?
Pro tip: Find out how many guests you can fit in the space with and without a dance floor, with a band vs. with a DJ (as a band will require more space), and with round vs. rectangular or square tables to understand which decisions will help you maximize the space and your guest list.
Do you have your own sound equipment and speakers, or will those need to be rented or provided by the entertainment?
What is the backup plan for rain or inclement weather?
Pro tip: Go look at this space closely, too! While no one wants a rainy wedding day, it happens quite often, so you’ll want to love your Plan B just as much as Plan A.
- Are there any décor restrictions?
Pro tip: Ask about where and how things like lights and drapery can be hung, as well as whether you can use candles with an open flame or if you need to use LED candles instead.
When can vendors arrive for setup?
Will your staff be involved in setting up and breaking down the décor? In what capacity?
Pro tip: A venue like a hotel will usually have staff available to help arrange and set the tables, then help pack up any rented glassware, flatware, and dishes at the end of the night. Confirm exactly what the venue’s staff will be doing so you can pass that information on to your other vendors.
Food & Drinks
Do you have an in-house caterer? If so, are food and beverages included in the venue rental fee?
If there is not an in-house caterer, do we have to choose from a list of approved options, or can we hire our own caterer?
Do you have a food and beverage minimum? What are the consequences if we don’t meet it?
Pro tip: Venues with in-house caterers will often have a food and beverage minimum that you’re required to meet as part of the contract—essentially a minimum amount you need to spend. Find out what happens if you don’t meet it, as well as what upgraded options you might be able to add to your menu to help you meet that minimum.
- Do we have to purchase liquor through you, or can we source liquor elsewhere?
Pro tip: Many venues offer the option of purchasing liquor directly through them (especially if they have an exclusive or in-house caterer), which is super convenient. It can, however, come with a hefty markup. Find out if you can source your liquor elsewhere, which allows you to price-shop, or if you can buy it yourself and bring it to the event.
- If we can bring our own liquor onto the property, is there a corkage or service fee?
Pro tip: If your venue does allow you to buy your own alcohol, they may charge a fee to serve it on the property—which is still often much less than the price of ordering straight through the venue.*
- Who will be our point person as we plan our wedding? Who will be our point person on our wedding day?
Pro tip: It’s always best if these two people are one and the same, but that’s not always the case. Find out who your contact will be for the planning process, as they’ll be the contact for your vendors as well. But also make sure you get the contact information for whoever will be at the venue on your wedding day, so you can ensure they have all the necessary details in order.
- Can we meet them today?
Pro tip: If they aren’t the person you’re doing your tour with, try to meet these contacts in person ASAP to find out if you get along. It’s not a deal breaker, but having a good rapport will make the process much more smooth, and it’s always nice to put a name and face together!
Listen up, fall 2018 brides! Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone, and we’ve pored over every wedding dress to make your search for the One as easy as possible. Want to know the latest wedding-dress trends before you kick off a season of wedding-dress shopping? We’re here for you always. While last season’s wedding-dress trends aren’t going anywhere (off-the-shoulder, blue, lace!), this season saw a new take on some of our favorites. Capes are still going strong, but this season they’ve been upgraded from capelet to full-on princess cape. Off-the-shoulder dresses are still everywhere and ultra flattering, but designers put a new spin on sleeves for them. And ladylike mid-length dresses have us all seeing visions of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.
From princess-inspired capes to cool moto jackets, detachable sleeves, tea-length ladylike frocks, and even shorts, these are the wedding-dress trends we’re loving for 2018.
New fall fragrances debut every year like clockwork, but your wedding day scent leaves a lasting impression on one of the most important occasions in a bride’s life. Whether your nuptials are right around the corner or you’re looking for your new signature scent, consider the newest crop of autumnal perfumes hitting the shelves this season. Below, eight new irresistible fall fragrances on alistbeauty.ca radar right now.
It doesn’t get more timeless than the newest floral iteration from Chanel. Consider this fragrant bouquet of jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, and grasse tuberose the new classic every woman should own. Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
Cool spices make for a surf-meets-campfire vibe in this chic autumnal fragrance. Refreshing notes of seaweed are juxtaposed beautifully with an oud blend and pink peppercorn to put you in the mood for fall.
Tiffny & Co.
If you could bottle up a glamorous New York City–inspired perfume, this would be it. Tiffany & Co.’s new signature fragrance was inspired by jewelry, of course, and has a fresh radiance with notes of vert de mandarine and iris (the lovely flower synonymous with the brand). Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum, at Bloomingdale’s
Floral fragrance lovers will clamor over this contemporary jasmine and tuberose-infused perfume. Rangoon creeper—a south Indian plant that changes colors from pink to red when it blooms—rounds out the scent with a powdery finish. Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
Inspired by the quintessential Ralph Lauren woman, this decadently balanced scent of feminine florals with rich woodsy notes is a perfect fit for the fall season. Ralph Lauren Woman Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
The iconic American brand has remixed the circa-1993 classic Obsession with this new lavender and musk iteration. The aromatic intensity makes quite the statement, in the best way possible. Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women.
The name says it all: With an energizing mix of fruity florals, this pomegranate, jasmine, and rose-infused fragrance is the ultimate feminine scent of the season, pink hue and all. Burberry My Burberry Blush, at Sephora
With a harmonious mix of bold ginger and sultry tuberose, this powdery floral has quite the unexpected pairing of notes. The striking infusion is balanced seamlessly with sandalwood for a fragrance that’s anything but ordinary. Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau de Parfum, at Hermès
From Black Tie to Casual Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained
I am sure you have received a wedding invitation that has left you comedpletely clueless about the wedding guest dress code? Between “black tie optional” and “semiformal,” what does this mean? The language can be tricky to decipher, but we looked it up. Here are the most common wedding-guest dress codes explained so that you arrive appropriately—and stylishly!—dressed to the celebration.
The Invitation Says: “White Tie”
This the most formal of all dress codes (think: White House state dinners).
For the ladies: A formal floor-length evening gown.
For the men: A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, white or gray gloves, and black formal shoes.
The Invitation Says: “Black Tie”
This is the next most formal wedding dress code, and usually means the wedding is an evening event.
For the ladies: You can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress. (If you’re unsure about the appropriate dress length, the bride, wedding party, or friends should be able to answer your questions.)
For the men: A tuxedo. A black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. For summer weddings, a white dinner jacket and black tuxedo trousers are also acceptable. (You might be able to get away with a conservative black suit as a substitute for the tux.)
The Invitation Says: “Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”
The wording here indicates something slightly less formal than black tie is acceptable. So, a tuxedo isn’t required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.
For the ladies: A long dress, dressy separates, or a formal cocktail dress.
For the men: A tuxedo or a formal dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie.
The Invitation Says: “Semiformal” or “Dressy Casual”
Take your cues from the time of the event: Wear darker, more formal colors for an evening wedding; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime event.
For the ladies: A cocktail dress or a long, dressy skirt and top.
For the men: A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.
The Invitation Says: “Festive Attire”
Relatively new, this one can leave many guests scratching their heads. Basically, guests are given the go-ahead to have fun and play with their look. Opt for cocktail-party attire featuring bolder colors and playful accessories.
For the ladies: A cocktail dress or party dress in a fun color, paired with playful accessories.
For the men: A suit and tie, jazzed up with a bright tie.
The Invitation Says: “Casual”
This indicates the wedding will likely be held outdoors or on the beach, meaning the event will be much more laid-back, especially when it comes to attire. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they’re specifically noted as acceptable.
For the ladies: A summer sundress is appropriate (just make sure the fabric isn’t overly formal).
For the men: Dress pants or khaki pants with a button-down shirt, tie (though you might be able to get out of wearing a tie), and sport jacket or sweater.
We get it that all this prep for your wedding make up can be overwhelming , so let us at Alistbeauty help! Here are 2 bridal makeup scenarios see a lot: One, you’re not much for make up person in general and have no clue where to start; two, you’re a beauty diva at heart but you’re getting too in-your-head to choose the perfect look. Either way, figuring out what kind of look to bring to your first makeup trial can be downright nerve-racking. After all, the image you choose to give yourself can sketch the entire vibe of your wedding day. Aim to have your first trial about two to three months out from your date so that the Alistbeauty makeup artist can understand the palette we are working with.
It’s always best to have an overall idea of what you want to look like but, Alistbeauty understands that there’s some room to play and have some fun, since nothing is set in stone during your first trial. Also very important information to relay to your chosen artist: YOUR dress and hair. In the end, everything should complement each other for a cohesive look.
” I always request that my bride come in with a visual reference—no fewer than two photos and no more than three,” “The pictures help in ways that words can’t. Show us what you like and don’t like”.
Glow: This look is all about glowing cheeks and healthy skin. Think lots of bronzer, super natural and pretty, non-structured, and easy-going. Your makeup artist will want to keep the skin mostly natural, defined with warmer colors and lots of highlighter for a health glow, and a softer, diffused eye and brows. The vibe is “I just woke up like this.”
Glam: Could not be more different than the above. This focuses on a full-on smoky eye, covered skin, and very defined features. Everything is precise for this kind of look. The skin is polished to perfection and contoured, the brows are defined, and the eyes have plenty of smoke and full, glam lashes. You’ll want to keep the lips a balance of all of these other layers, probably with a nude. The vibe is “I just left the red carpet to be here.”
P.S. Remember, bringing reference photos to your trials is helpful, but definitely keep an open mind when you get there. Don’t fall into the trap of setting your mind on what you envision before you get to see what different looks look like on you!
Brides, This Is What Your Hairstylist Wants You to Know Ahead of Your Wedding
From the moment you’ve said, “yes!” you’ve probably been daydreaming of your glamorous bridal look for your big day. While you may have said yes to the dress and accessories, it’s important to spend some time determining your beauty look and it’s hair care needs. There are plenty of steps you can take (and others that you shouldn’t!) to ensure your bridal hair style is everything you’ve dreamed of.
Here are some tips from Alistbeauty, owner Al Fortier on what you should know, do, and expect while getting your mane ready for your walk down the aisle.
What ALL Brides Should Do
As with most things in life, it’s important to be prepared. This means maintaining your hair regularly for it to be in prime condition with professional hair care. Make sure you trim your hair regularly. This makes for smooth strands, for a perfected style. Also, consider adding subtle highlights to give amazing dimension throughout the style, and for the photos.
“Try to keep your hair in its best condition by avoiding too much heat. One of the worst things you could do pre-wedding is to singe your gorgeous locks with too much heat! We recommend using a heat protectant before blow-drying, or heat styling. (REDKEN DUO SHIELD 07: HAIR COLOR PROTECTING GEL CREAM Hair gel provides heat protection and high shine for color treated hair).
What NO Bride Should DO
It may be tempting to give a whole new look a try prior to your day as a bride, but it’s not a good idea. Alistbeauty warns against drastic color changes, explaining, “Make sure you are thinking ahead. These will be memories that last a lifetime. You should want your color to reflect you as a person, not something that was trending.” So, while some styles and hair colours might look gorge on Instagram, you might want to save it for after you’ve wed.
The #1 question Alistbeauty brides ask most often is, “Do you think this will stay?” While of course we wish we could keep our bridal hair perfect forever, try to be reasonable in your expectations. “Of course hair will naturally lose volume and some shape throughout the long day ahead of you,” To try to combat this, we suggests brides-to-be select a style according to weather and texture. For added volume, length, and shape, Al also proposes considering hair extensions.
It’s recommended you begin to follow a great hair care regimen, just as you would a skincare. “Always have high quality products for your hair—shampoo and conditioner followed by styling products,” says Al. “Speak with your hairdresser to find out what products and regimen will work best for your hair texture.” he adds, “I truly love colourproof moisture shampoo and masque.” While you’re at it, be sure to keep up with your coloring services!
Writing Your Wedding Vows
- Develop a plan. First, you will want to work together to develop a plan for the writing of your wedding vows. Ideally, you will most likely want your vows to both be the same length. So, it would be best to choose a time limit or a word count for the writing of yours, so that one is not much longer than the other’s.
- What to write. With so many qualities that you love about your partner, you may be at a loss as to how to represent each detail throughout your vows. While it may seem daunting, there is actually an easy guide in which you can follow.
- To start off, it is best to showcase why you fell in love with your partner.
- Next, highlight the qualities that you love about them.
- Last, explain why you want to spend the rest of your life with them, along with how you will be there to always take care of them.
- Practice makes perfect. We have all heard it before…practice makes perfect! It is best to practice reciting your vows at home, in front of the mirror, so that you can be comfortable when speaking in front of your guests. Also, it is ideal to always bring your vows written down with you, as even if you have a good memory, nerves can kick in, and you certainly wouldn’t want to forget any of those special words.
- The vows you speak to your partner will be the start to your marriage. So, writing them with confidence is certainly ideal. These tips will assist you in creating meaningful wedding vows.