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Use these tips from experts in the wedding industry to help you select the perfect look. Mink will create it for you!

Hair Tips

  1. Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while up-do's portray a formal, evening look.
  2. During the "test run", walk around with the hairstyle you plan to wear to determine its comfort level. A good rule is: the simpler, the better, since pins can hurt, and intricate styles are often delicate.
  3. Stylists and makeup artists do their best work in their own environments with their own tools, so have your wedding party meet at the salon a couple of hours before they need to be at the ceremony for pictures. This increases efficiency, (and usually costs less!)
  4. Six months before the wedding, have a major consultation with your stylist of choice. Bring along the headpiece and the picture of the dress if possible. The more the stylist knows about the mood of the wedding, the better he or she can create the perfect hairstyle.
  5. Do not use the portrait session as the "dress rehearsal". There should actually be a "test run" for the portrait.
  6. During the "test run," walk around with the hairstyle you plan to wear to determine its comfort level. A good rule is: the simpler, the better, since pins can hurt, and intricate styles are often delicate.
  7. Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while up-do's portray a formal, evening look.
  8. Remember that some hairstyles can add inches to a bride's height, and shorter brides may want to use this to their advantage.
  9. Do not have any chemical treatments the day of the wedding. That is not the time for surprises!
  10. Hair color looks its best the first two weeks, so have your hair colored a week to two weeks before the wedding.
  11. If a permanent wave is necessary, have it done a month prior to the wedding.
  12. Hair that is too fine and over-conditioned does not style well, so deep conditioning treatments should not be used within four days of the wedding. For best styling results, shampoo hair lightly the day before the wedding and, if possible, do not wash hair the day of the wedding.

Make-Up Tips

How to Look Your Best in Front of the Camera
  1. When it comes to doing your make-up, don't fall victim to the saying "more is better". Use the same shades of make-up that you normally wear and don't make any radical changes to your looks.
    Remember, you want to ENHANCE your looks with make-up – not cover them up!
  2. Consider using a professional make-up artist. They are trained to understand camera lighting and angles, and how to accentuate your BEST features and minimize others. HOWEVER, always do a "test run" before the wedding day!
  3. Do a TEST RUN with hair and make-up just the way you are going to wear it on your wedding day. Have someone take several pictures from different angles and with different facial expressions. Then, look at the pictures. Do you like what you see? Too much make-up or not enough? How about the hair style? Too much height or not enough? If something doesn't look right - start again and do another test run until everything looks just right.

    It is important to actually TAKE pictures of yourself because it can give you a different perspective rather than just looking in the mirror.
  4. Make sure that you bring along a small make-up bag to "FRESHEN UP" during the day. All you need is some translucent or pressed powder to absorb any shine and some lipstick. If you're outside taking pictures, bring along some blotting paper which works great to absorb moisture without rubbing off your make-up.
  5. When discussing the type of pictures to take with your photographer, keep in mind that full length photographs capture all the beauty and magnificence of the wedding dress, wedding attire and beautiful scenery or backdrops. Close-up or half length (above the waist) photographs better capture facial expressions and reveal more emotions. So, it's a good idea to get a mix of both types of shots.
  6. Particularly if you are taking pictures before the ceremony, remember to RELAX in front of the camera. If you're feeling nervous or anxious, this can show in the camera by your facial expression, your posture and smile.
  7. On your wedding day, you're going to be in front of the camera and you're going to be smiling! Take a break every so often and change your expression and move/exercise the muscles around your mouth. If you don't, your facial expressions in your photographs may look "strained".
  8. When taking your wedding portraits, sometimes it's better to choose a "SIMPLE" background (with nice, soft lighting) rather than an elaborate one. A "busy looking" backdrop or sometimes a floral garden landscape can take away from the picture and distract from the focal point - which is the bride and groom. The location you select should also have plenty of open shade. Bright sunny areas will cause you and your family to squint!

    When your photographer is taking candid pictures during the reception, DON'T look at the camera! The beauty of a candid shot is capturing the magic and emotion of a particular moment when people in the photograph are interacting with each other.

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