By ALEXANDRA MATZKO
Now for the final final details before I wrap up this wedding series with my honeymoon post, we’ve got the invitations, the hair, and the makeup.
So far I’ve given an overview of the planning, the venue, the dress, the DJ, the photographer, the videographer, the groom’s duties, the wedding planner, the flowers, and the cake. These are the only two things left.
Here’s what you need to know to wrap up your wedding planning and to feel set for the big day.
I wasn’t overly concerned about the paper products for a wedding, and thankfully my mom had an “in.” She’d been invited to a bat mitzvah and fallen in love with the invitations done by Lynne Srebnik. Lynne crafts personalized cards that fit perfectly into a color-coordinated folder. Once we began plotting out the invites, we realized ours would have several pieces: a reply card, hotel information for out of town guests, and return envelope.
To get started with invites, I recommend, once again, the Internet. We went with a concert poster theme to reflect the Nashville location. I showed Lynne a picture of an invite I liked from Pinterest, and she created mock-ups from there. They were absolutely perfect. After viewing the digital version, we met with her to see the invitations in person.
Immediately, my mom and I were sold.
1. Cost – All in all, we ordered 110 invitations, reception cards, reply cards, thank you cards, and three sets of envelopes for $725. If you compare costs to other packages, that’s a great deal.
2. Options – I’d recommend ordering all of your paper needs at once, so they are all uniformly themed and don’t forget to include hotel information for out of town attendees.
Also, personalize your invites somehow. We included a line on the reply card encouraging guests to suggest a song for the reception. It was so fun to read their answers, and enlightening!
3. Extras – Two final notes. First, don’t forget to pick up return postage for your guests!
Next, see if your invitation creator can turn your invitation theme into a PDF if you have a photo booth. That way, the theme can be added to all of your photo booth pictures! It’s a cute and personal touch.
Hair and makeup
Makeup and hair were a bigger concern for me than invitations, and they are both overwhelming. I did a lot of Pinterest scrolling and had a vague idea before going in.
1. How to find an artist – My mom recommended Mandy from the Harper and Olive Salon in Nashville. I sent her an email, and we booked a trial day. I would ask recently married friends or your very coiffed friends or family for recommendations. Yelp is great, but I think word-of- mouth endorsements are better.
2. The Trial – I showed Mandy some Pinterest pictures of hair and described the makeup look I was going for. Most of all, I wanted to look like me and not some painted lady.
Mandy is super skilled and did a beautiful job. Thanks to the trial, I was able to better tweak my makeup for the actual wedding day. I liked the trial makeup, but it was too dark and vampy for me. Mandy was very easygoing and lightened it up for the day. I cannot emphasize enough how important trial makeup is! It’s fun to get all done up, and you will pinpoint what you really want.
3. Timing and the day of – You need to know who is getting hair and makeup done.
Check in with bridesmaids and other close family to get a headcount. We had a total of five, and Mandy came to the house along with a hair stylist to get us gussied up. We were aiming to leave the house by 1 p.m. to take pictures before the ceremony, so the girls got to the house at 10 to start working. This gave us a lot of time to get ready and be together before the wedding.
I loved it! This is one of the best memories from the day, and it helps to start the day off on the right foot.
4. Cost – For five girls, the cost of full hair and makeup cost $900, and our hair and makeup did not budge all day and night. I think I took about 100 bobby pins out of my hair when things were all said and done.
Phew, there you have it — the last piece of planning for the actual wedding day.
What’s the last piece? The honeymoon.