1. The Dress
Finding a dress may be your most daunting task. Consider a beautiful Semi-formal dress or Sunday's best dress to wear instead of a traditional wedding gown. Begin searching as soon as you decide your budget and your wedding date.
2. The Shoes
As soon as you lock down the perfect dress start searching for those shoes. Now, if you find the perfect pair, DO NOT hold off on purchasing them. Your feelings will be hurt if the store no longer has them in stock.
3. Hair & Head Piece
Decide on your style. Will it be a style you can do on your own? If it is not one that you do very often try to do a few trial runs so it's super easy to get right on your wedding day. If you have decided to color or cut your hair, do it in advance. If you are looking for something posh and elegant find someone who can help you achieve that fab look! If you are adding a hair piece, a flower or accessories in your hair consider them when styling your hair. Take them with you if you go to the salon.
Don't forget about your flowers! If you need help deciding on a bouquet check out this article, it walks you through things to consider before making your decision.
If you are wearing makeup don't forget to pack it! Again, do a few trial runs before the big day and test it out during the day and evening to see if you love it. Once you have chosen your makeup grab a travel makeup bag and get it ready to go! Grab a few other lady items while you are at it. Sanitary napkins, and a few aspirin/ibuprofen if you are prone to headaches or *cough* hangovers *cough*.
Make your mani/pedi appointment and possibly a wax session before the big day. Pick out fancy lingerie for the wedding night, jewelry, extra hosiery and a gift/card for your fiancé.
To make sure you don't leave anything when traveling to your ceremony is to establish a bridal "bugout" bag. Store essential items in a cute duffel, oversized purse or carpet bag to make sure it travels with you.
There is a lot of planning ahead and we would like to help out. We have created a checklist based on everything we have discussed so that you can take it with you. Sign-up to receive news when we have more free goodies for you and you can download the checklist today!
Crystal McDonald blogger for IbayPhotography