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How to Speed up the Wedding Prep Process – Follow These 5 Steps

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Your wedding morning is almost here – it’s the culmination of months of preparation, and you’re nervous about it. You have put together every detail meticulously, and have had a few almost-disasters with family or vendors. But have you thought through the last 24 hours leading up to the ceremony? How do you speed up the wedding prep process?

Many brides neglect to plan for their final day of spinsterhood. As a result, they end up frayed, behind-schedule, and panicky on what should be the best day of their lives.

Don’t be caught playing catchup by setting up a minute-by-minute final preparation schedule. Leave room for unexpected events, so you’ll have time to respond calmly and still get to the ceremony on schedule. Below are some tips to help you speed up the wedding prep process.

 

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1. Don’t Leave for the Morning What Can Be Done In Advance

This is perhaps the most important tip, especially if you have an early wedding. Two days before D-day, you can get a wax job to allow the redness to subside. Then get a spray tan (after the wax!) after your final exfoliation (you should have been following a beauty regimen already).

Gel nails can be done as early as three days prior, so they’re in place for the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. For regular polish, do it the night before the wedding and make sure to put an extending topcoat to prevent chipping. Apply at-home gloss for extra sheen and have your eyelashes applied if you didn’t have a natural extension treatment.

 

2. Rest and Eat Well

Sleep on your back with your head and chest slightly elevated to keep the drainage flowing. Take a soothing bath with aromatic candles or essential oils, and have an early night. The bath can help you relax from all the excitement and put you in a sleeping frame. The alone-time doesn’t hurt amid all the buzz either.

If you do meditation or yoga, devote a half-hour in the morning to calm yourself before the preparations. Going in calm, rested, and relaxed will help everything to run faster. Have a layered breakfast that’s filling and minimize the drinking, because of pee breaks.

 

3. Plan Your Get-Ready Space

If you can, forego the parent’s home, because the house will be so full you won’t have much room for yourself. Instead, get a bridal suite or several adjoining hotel rooms, where you and your girls will have ample space to prepare. The last thing you want is to be fighting for the only bathroom with fifteen other people. 

Additionally, a hotel allows you to give ample space for the hair and makeup technicians to set up their tools. If you have multiple stylists, this works great. Just be sure to carry all the tools and accessories you need and ensure the hotel knows your schedule beforehand. Alternatively, you and the girls can rush to a salon for your beautification before coming home to get dressed. 

As you choose the space, ensure it has plenty of natural light, so that the getting-ready shots will be stunning. Assign all the maids time slots for hair and makeup the night before. If you have more girls, get more stylists. 

 

4. Lay Out the Clothes and Accessories before Sleeping

 

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You’ll want everyone’s dresses to hang up in an airy place to allow them to breathe, especially the gown. Lay out your shoes, veil, earrings, necklace, bracelet, and underwear, as well as any lotions or oils you’ll apply. When you get up, all you need is to take a shower and start getting ready.  

Laying out is essential, especially if you’re not at home so that you’re sure you have everything you need. Additionally, once the photographer comes, he/she can quickly get through the detail shots and focus on you and your girls. Lay out the place cards, invitations, rings, bouquet along with your other things. Again, find the spots with the most natural light

 

5. Consider Your Timelines

Timelines are especially crucial if you don’t have a wedding planner to ensure everything is running on time.

You can designate someone to help you keep things moving, such as a close friend or relative who’s not in the party. If it’s shopping, you can save time by getting all your the necessary stuff from one place, such as  Azazie.

Typically, hair and makeup will take 30-45 minutes per activity and 60-90 minutes for the bride. A practice run with the stylists can help you figure out how best to use the tie slots. 

The bridesmaids should do much of their hair preps the day before the wedding, leaving only touch-ups for the morning. And don’t forget to plan for the mother of the bride too! 

 

Conclusion

Once you have everything in place, focus on making sure everyone in the party has everything they need. Create a playlist that will clam or relax you or help you have fun with your bridal prep routine. If you start running behind, a wedding coordinator can help you find ways to speed things along. These are the ways to speed up the wedding prep process. 

 

 

 

 

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Where to Shop for a Mother of the Bride Dress

I love weddings. There is something about the event that gets me feeling all excited. The last wedding I attended was over a year ago in Ireland, and I still remember what I wore. It was my younger brother getting married, so I had to show up looking proper glam. It was a small intimate wedding, and I still enjoy looking at the pictures. The wedding season is almost here with spring finally making an appearance. So new wedding dresses and accessories are hitting the stores shortly. We have a friend’s wedding in the summer so I have started thinking of what to wear. The mother of the bride (Kathy) is a good friend of mine, and she has asked me to look around for a mother of the bride dress for her.

Kathy is quite conservative, so she would ideally prefer a knee-length dress or above the knee. She would also need her outfit to come with a matching bolero. With these information in mind, I went shopping online. I have found some amazing ideas for a mother of the bride dress. Here are a few of them that caught my eye.

 

John Charles Mother of the Bride Dress

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This dress and bolero jacket is an amazing dress idea for a mother of the bride. I adore the subtle sparkle Jacquard fabric. It comes in such a beautiful shade and design.

The fact that this piece comes with a matching bolero and will sit below the knee would make it a hit with many conservative mothers.

 

Condici Cobalt Dress

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This stunning Cobalt dress by Condici is such a lovely idea for a mother of the bride. I adore the shade of blue, it is one of my favourite colours. The design is also great. It is a sleeveless dress with a V neckline and sequin applique under the bustline.

The piece is knee-length which means it would be quite popular with many bride’s mothers. I like the matching silk bolero and elegant fascinator the model has on.

 

Ian Stuart Jardin Taffeta Tea Dress

 

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I really like this Jardin Taffeta Tea Dress by Ian Stuart. The crossover V neckline is a great design. The beaded metallic lace detailing to the waist looks so beautiful.

Kathy would love this dress for sure. I think it would suit her fair skin tone and her figure beautifully.

 

Ispirato Printed Dress with Matching Jacket in Shard/Musk

 

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This Printed Dress with Matching Jacket in Shard/Musk by Ispirato would be a popular piece for sure this wedding season. It is such a beautiful piece with a rounded neckline with beaded detailing and semi-capped sleeves.

I see Kathy loving this outfit as well. It will sit below the knee, and the bolero jacket has a high collar and 3/4 length sleeves, which I know she would love.

 

Ronald Joyce 50’s Style Tea Dress and Jacket

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I saved the best for last with this 50’s Style Tea Dress and Jacket by Ronald Joyce. This is hands down my favourite dress from this list. I wonder if Kathy would agree with me.

The shade of blue is beautiful, and so is the print and the fitted bodice. The length will sit below the knee, which is great. The matching jacket has a shawl collar and 3/4 length sleeves. I think it would make a stylish mother of the day dress.

 

What do you think of these mother of the bride/groom dresses? Which is your favourite look? Do you have any weddings this summer? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, share this post on your social media platforms if you enjoyed reading it.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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OOTD: Wedding Guest Outfit

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You don’t want to know how old this dress I am wearing is, you really don’t. It is older than Fashion and Style Police (going to be 4 in October, whoop whoop), and it is older than many other pieces in my wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised to see I could still fit right into it. Quality speaks without saying a word, and that is why I like to spend that bit extra on my pieces so they can last for as long as I need them to. I also take good care of my clothes as well, and I guess the extra care adds to the lifetime of the pieces.

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I wore this outfit some days ago. I have a wedding to attend and I needed to shop my closet for wedding worthy pieces to style, so these pieces came to mind. The dress is an oldie as you all know by now, but the navy blue fascinator is not. It was sent some days ago, and I am happy to say I will be wearing it to the wedding. It is my first ever fascinator and I adore it. I also found it super comfy, I always thought fascinators would be uncomfortable because they do look like a bit of work to have on your head all day, but I found this so light and easy to wear.

The black bolero jacket is another newbie. I got it some days ago for the wedding and I am crazy in love with it as well. I love the sleeves, silk material and the fact that it is so dressy.

 

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What are your thoughts on the outfit? Would you wear this to a wedding? Sound off in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day.

 

WHAT I WORE

White & Black Dress – Debut (Debenhams)

Black Bolero Jacket – Roman (Debenhams)

Navy Blue Fascinator – Biba c/o House of Fraser

Black Shoes – Faith Shoes

Black Bag – DKNY

Sunnies – Swarovski

Gold Watch – Fossil

Gold Earrings – H Samuel

 

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