HAIR & MAKEUP
probably two of the more important decisions to make for many brides, your wedding hair and wedding makeup can make all the difference in helping you feel your absolute best on your big day, and this is coming from a girl who pretty much never wears makeup nowadays and considers it a small miracle if her hair manages to stay presentable from sun up to sun down. the trick to it all, as several past brides have told me, is to let the stylists create a wedding day look that simply enhances, not masks, what the good Lord already gave you. well, when i look at it that way, i’m much more open to the idea.
now, the question regarding hair and makeup is where do you begin your search? as far as things go for me, i first started with what i knew, which was who my sister-in-law kari hired when she and kyle got married back in 2014. she happily gave me some contact information, and i quickly turned around to send the first of many e-mail messages. kyle and kari got married in roswell, georgia, which meant most of their vendors were local to the greater atlanta area. therein was a bit of a problem for me: with our wedding being in peachtree city (practically on the complete opposite side of town and definitely outside the greater atlanta area), i would have to pay travel fees per mile for the stylists to get to me. now, if we were having a remote destination wedding, i’d understandably bite the bullet and pay, but before committing, i decided to investigate and see if we had other options.
as it would end up being the case for many of our vendors, i asked the director at glendalough manor if they had any preferred recommendations for hair and makeup. what do you know, they did! as soon as i was able, i booked the trial appointments and invited the crew to come along for the fun.
now, if you aren’t in “the know” in this regard, oftentimes you do a trial or dress rehearsal for hair and makeup before your actual wedding day. i know, i know. among all the other things on our to-do list, you might not feel like you have time for this sort of thing. i used to think that way, too. however, i highly encourage you go through with the trials and here is exactly why.
chugging along through our to-do list, phillip and i had to make a decision about the music for both the ceremony and the reception. we kind of worked our way backwards and began with figuring out what we wanted to do for the reception. the ballroom at glendalough manor does have a fantastic stage for live music, and ever since i was a little girl i always thought it would be fantastic to have a live band playing at my wedding reception. to that point, our friends grant and leah had a great 7-piece band play at their reception a few years ago, and it really was everything you could imagine a good wedding band to be. they played modern favorites as well as great traditional reception songs and fit in perfectly with the atmosphere of the night. the same goes for my cousin sara and her now husband christian. at their wedding earlier this year they had a jammin’ band that belted out every rock hit you could imagine, including “sweet home alabama”! now, as we all likely understand, a great band comes at a great price, and as much as i would love to have live music, phillip and i together decided we’d rather spend those (likely) thousands of dollars elsewhere on our big day. unless you have an unlimited budget, you have to pick and choose at certain points.
now, glendalough manor has dozens of preferred vendors if you need help finding any and luckily one of those includes a house dj who has done nearly every single one of the wedding receptions at the manor. he goes by the name jules and after meeting with him a few months ago, it was an easy decision to say “yes” to him as our wedding dj. he was prepared for our meeting, answered our questions without hesitation, and was even open to suggestions for specific requests we had. as nearly any guest will tell you, a good reception needs good music, so we are hoping that jules will get you all out the dance floor because that is certainly where you will find us!
as for the ceremony, since it is at phillip’s childhood church of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, there are understandably certain restrictions about the kind of music you can and cannot have. however, we do thankfully have some flexibility. for example, we can have recorded music played through the speakers or we can have live musicians. we can go with more contemporary selections or keep it traditional with those wedding songs that have stood the test of time. it really is up to us, and since phillip and i both are musically inclined, i anticipate we will be able to collaborate together to pick music that will complement the emotion of the day and be a perfect fit for us as individuals and a couple. music means so much to us and i bet the soundtrack we pick for the ceremony won’t leave a dry eye in the house. make sure you pack those tissues!