Preparing a Wedding Day Emergency Kit

246595_5274One of the most memorable moments of your life may be your wedding day. Help make your dream day come true by being prepared for the unexpected with a wedding day emergency kit, a collection of helpful items for minor mishaps that may spoil an otherwise perfect day. These are kits that may be store-bought or do-it-yourself containing a wide variety of wedding day survival items from personal care to bridal; the important thing to remember is that you are prepared should a disaster strike such as broken heel or wine stain. Create a kit that suits the needs of your wedding. Read on to learn more about what goes into a creating a wedding day emergency kit.

Beauty

One of the most common mishaps that occur at a wedding is makeup flaking. Keep in your emergency kit precision tip cotton swabs, the pointed ends make lifting debris off your face quicker and easier. Other items to include are a nail emery board, blotting tissues, clear nail polish, makeup removal wipes in case you cry and small mascara for reapplication, travel-sized hair dryer, compact mirror, extra lipstick for touchups, small hair brush or comb, hair spray and a dozen bobby pins.

Personal Care

Weddings can be all day events subject to a multiplicity of minor upkeep moments. Keep on hand in your wedding day emergency kit a selection of essential items including hand sanitizer, personal hygiene care wipes, small liquid travel soap, dental floss or dental picks, tooth brush, mouthwash, deodorant, tweezers, nail clippers, breath mints, tissues, tampons, hand lotion and chap stick. Add a small bottle of water for hydration and a small quick snack such as granola bar or sunflower seeds.

Bridal and Attire

All is not lost if you should trip on your gown hem by including double-sided tape in your wedding day emergency kit. Other attire fix-its include lint roller, extra earring backs, safety pins, travel needle and thread kit, super glue, static cling remover spray, cleaning wipes, spot remover pen, scissors and nail polish great for pantyhose runs or chipped manicures. Add a stiff dry sponge to your kit for removing deodorant streaks on clothing.417853_6906

First Aid

Pack a basic first aid into your wedding emergency kit. Things to include are pharmacy prescriptions, pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen or naproxen, antacids, adhesive bandages, antiseptic, non latex gloves, antibiotic ointment and cold compress. If your wedding is outdoors, consider adding sunscreen and insect repellant.

Tech Extras

Bring an extra cable and wall adapter for charging your electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and computers.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Home-Based Wedding Business: Writing a Business Plan

81363526Couples getting married seek the products and services of a wide variety of wedding professionals to help make their wedding dreams come true. Each year over two million couples get married in the US, planning a wedding requires lots of organization and attention to detail. Offer your customers the same consideration, an organized wedding business that helps with the details and a good way to start is with a sound business plan, a document outlining your plan to success. Read on to learn some of the basic elements of writing a business plan for home-based wedding businesses.

Wedding Business Description

Provide a detailed description of what your business does and describe what section of the wedding market that you intend to fulfill. Describe how exactly your wedding businesses will serve the needs of couples looking for your products or services. List how your wedding business will be competitive and what are the factors that will contribute to success such as expertise or value.

Wedding Market Analysis

In this section of your business plan you will conduct a market analysis of your particular sector in the wedding industry. Determine who your target market is, the current size of the market and what their pressing need is and how your business will help. Understand who your competition is and what are their strengths and weaknesses as well as your own. Outline your pricing structure, determine gross margins levels and decide on the types of discounts you plan to implement.

Selecting a Business Structure

Choose a structure for your wedding business such as sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporations or Limited Liability Company. Establish ownership information, listing the owner names along with profile information including expertise, previous experience and nature of involvement with company.

Services or Products

In this section of your business plan you will elaborate in detail about the features and benefits of your products or services. Focus on meeting your client’s needs and the competitive edge you have to offer.

Marketing and Sales Strategy

Describe how you plan to get customers and your method of approach. Go into detail regarding your market entry strategy, growth strategy, distribution strategy and communication strategy.

Objectives and Projections

Know your objectives and generate a projection for your wedding business including pertinent information such as balance sheets and cash flow statements to a ratio and trend analysis. The purpose is to assist with applicable allocation of your resources and reach goals.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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References

Create Your Business Plan

SBA.gov: Home-Based Businesses

Library of Congress: Wedding Industry Research

 

June 26, 2015 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Pre-Wedding Hair Care Essentials

Beautiful woman portrait with a headscarf - isolated over a white background

Beautiful woman portrait with a headscarf – isolated over a white background

Weddings involve lots of planning and myriad decisions culminating into one special day of marrying the one you love. Lots of details go into creating your wedding day look such as coordinating wedding attire and hair. Ensure that your hair gets special attention as you embark on your journey to matrimony. After selecting your wedding day hairstyle to coordinate with your attire, take the time to create a maintenance program to keep your hair in tip top shape. This usually occurs several months before the big day. Customize your care schedule according to your individual hair type; consult with your stylist for suggestions. Read on to learn more about the basics of pre-wedding hair essentials.

Conditioners                                                                                     

Conditioners help make hair softer, shiny and supple. Select a conditioner according to your hair type such as oily, normal or dry. Types of conditioners include daily rinses, leave-in conditioners, deep acting conditioners, acidic rinses, restructuring and conditioning creams. Use after shampooing or per conditioner instructions.

Coloring

Whether you are changing your hair color or want to add some pop to your current color, the sky is the limit for coloring choices. Types of hair coloring include permanent, semi-permanent, demi-permanent and temporary. Hair coloring may be used for simple highlights to overall shade coverage. Make plans to color your hair approximately two weeks before your wedding, avoid last minute coloring to deter potential catastrophes. If possible, do a test run or two before your final coloring.

Products

Product is a term used that refers to a class of hair styling products for setting or holding hairstyles, providing certain defenses against the elements, adjusting the texture of hair and sculpting the shape. Types of hair products include gels, mousses, oils, serums, sprays, waxes, tonics, pomades, and volumizers. Products may be applied for a variety of reasons from increasing volume, protecting your hair from the heat of hair styling tools to general styling needs.

Styling Tools

Portrait of a mid-adult African-American bride on black background.

Portrait of a mid-adult African-American bride on black background.

Give your locks a wedding-ready look by using hair styling tools, sometimes making the difference between a good hairstyle and a great hairstyle. Styling tools help create the design of your hairstyle. Types of styling tools include essentials such as combs and brushes to modern tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, curlers and trimmers. Make an appointment with a professional stylist or practice your hairstyle well before your wedding day to ensure you achieve the exact look you want for this very memorable day.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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June 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Tips for Long-Lasting Makeup on Your Wedding Day

img_0089Say “I do” to looking your best on your wedding day with long-lasting makeup. Weddings are often all day celebrations and many photos are taken to commemorate this important life event. Pay attention to your makeup throughout the day with these simple tips and tricks to prevent fade out of your makeup Read on for these do-it-yourself tips for making makeup last longer on your wedding day.

Preparation

Long-lasting makeup begins when you wake up in the morning. Thoroughly wash your face with your favorite cleanser, rinse and pat dry. Apply moisturizer containing SPF and allow to dry hallway before makeup application, be careful to not over-moisturize. If necessary, dot concealer sparingly underneath your eyes and on blemishes or blotches.

Primer

Use primer before applying foundation and eye makeup on your wedding day. Primer is a well-known base for making makeup last longer and is applied somewhat frugally. This also helps with combating shine, preventing eye makeup creases, assists with skin color correction and smoothing skin texture.

Choosing the Right Makeup

Select the right products when choosing your wedding makeup. Look for labels that advertise beauty items as “waterproof” or “long wearing.” Popular items include lipsticks, mascaras, lip liners, eye shadows, eye liners and blushes. When putting on your makeup, it is OK to mix and match creams and powders. However, apply cream makeup before powder. An added benefit is the powder helps “set” your makeup. Always do a test-run of your makeup before your wedding day to avoid potential allergies and to make sure you like your look.

Make Mascara Last Longer

Emotions run high on your wedding day, avoid smearing mascara from tears of joy and happiness with these simple tricks. Use a mascara primer before applying your mascara. Choose waterproof mascara with a thin brush in your desired color.

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Before applying lipstick use a lip liner, this helps prevent lipstick from bleeding. Apply two thin layers of lipstick using a lipstick brush. Stains and matte often last longer than glosses that may slip and slide during the day. Use lip gloss sparingly in the center of your lips, avoid the corners.

Powder Power

Set your makeup with translucent powder, paying the most attention to the shine zones: nose, chin and forehead.. Avoid applying too much a this may result in a chalky finish

Carry blotting tissues for on-the-go touch ups during your wedding day.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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June 19, 2015 at 11:58 am 1 comment

Home-Based Wedding Business: Wedding Consultant

business woman portrait - isolated over a white background

business woman portrait – isolated over a white background

Share your passion for love and become a wedding consultant, a type of planning professional who helps direct the strategy, preparation and management of weddings. As a home-based wedding consultant much of your work will involve a variety of locations and traveling outside the home from cake tastings to ceremonies. Enjoy helping couples as they prepare for one of the most special days of their lives. Read on to learn more about a home-based career as a wedding consultant.

Do You Have What It Takes?

No formal education or certification is required to become a wedding planner. Taking classes or obtaining a degree in business management, hospitality and tourism or marketing may prove helpful. Gain experience as an intern or assistant to an established wedding consultant. As a wedding planner you will be required to work many weekends and nights along with long hours that are often physically and mentally demanding. Desirable qualities include being a people-person, multi-tasker, highly organized; thrive while working under pressure, problem-solver and patient.

Make a Business Plan

Take the time to set goals and map the direction of your home-based wedding consultant business by creating a business plan. This important document will help you get started with goals and directions for your home-based business. Consult with the US Small Business Administration on the web or locally if you need help with questions about writing a business plan.

Establish Your Home Office

Designate a specific area of your home as your office space, this goes a long way in helping maintain a balance between home and work life. Furnish your office with basic necessities such as desk, chair, computer, printer and internet.

Rates and Contracts

Create your price list and contract agreements for customers. Check out the rates of competitors in your area and make your rates competitive. Contracts are the legal agreements used between yourself and client for business purposes. Attain the services of an attorney if you should need assistance regarding contracts.

Create a Vendor Network

Make connections with wedding vendors to create a network of go-to business services for your wedding planning business. Schedule meetings with vendors in your area for the purpose of introducing yourself and learn more about their services or products. Attending a bridal show is a great place to network with wedding vendors.

Promote Yourself!

Spread the word about your home-based wedding consultant business. Get business cards, build a website, create a social media presence, advertise in bridal magazines or attend community functions. Ask clients to write testimonials and act as referrals. Strive to always be proactive in your marketing and promotional efforts.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

Request Exhibitor Information Here

 

References

SBA.gov: Home-Based Businesses

Library of Congress: Wedding Industry Research

Starting and Managing a Business: US Small Business Administration

June 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

About Hair Straightening for Weddings

Bridal portrait.One of the most special events in your lifetime may very well be your wedding day. Choosing a hairstyle is one of the many decisions made before walking down the aisle. Should you wear it in an updo, loose, curly or straight? With so many options, it may seem daunting at first selecting the perfect hairstyle. In the first of a four part series on wedding hairstyles and treatments, the focus is on hair straightening. Read on for more information about hair straightening for your wedding.

What Is Hair Straightening?

Hair straightening is a hair styling technique that involves flattening methods to create a sleek and smooth look to all types of hair. Popular since ancient Egyptian times when hot plates were heated to smooth hair, more modern appliances and techniques are used today. There are two types of hair straighten techniques: chemical and nonchemical.

Choosing a Stylist

You can choose to style your hair yourself or employ a professional stylist. When selecting a stylist inquire about experience and methods used for hair straightening. Ask for references.

Practice Run

Several months in advance of your wedding, schedule an appointment to try out your wedding day straightened-style. The purpose is to ensure that you are satisfied with the look before your big moment and allowing for plenty of time to change your mind if necessary and avoid any allergic reactions. Bring your wedding day accessories such as veil or tiara and a photo of your dress.

When to Book Your Appointment

Depending on the straightening technique you choose, make an appointment with your hair stylist for the day of your wedding or several days before the event. Consult with your stylist and create a hair timeline and care program from pre-ceremony to day-of touch-ups. Reserve hair services early in the wedding planning process to ensure availability.

Temporary Methods of Hair Straightening

Temporary hair straightening is a nonpermanent method that does not use caustic chemicals to relax hair. Types of temporary hair straightening include blow dryers, straightening combs and hair irons. Additional products such as over-the-counter gels or relaxers may be used to achieve results.

Types of Chemical Hair Straightening Treatments

Chemical treatments result in more permanent solutions to hair straightening and comprises of many ingredients including sodium hydroxide, formaldehyde, ammonium thioglycolate or guanidine hydroxide. Other products used may include petroleum jelly, neutralizers and conditioners. Test strand your hair to ensure chemical compatibility. Popular methods of hair straightening include keratin hair treatments and thermal conditioning.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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References

Chemical Hair Straightening FAQs

Keratin Hair Treatments: What to Expect

Hair Care and Styling: Permanent Hair Straightening

June 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

10 Wedding Nail Polish Inspirations

Gone are the days where everyone gets the same manicure for their wedding. Each wedding is unique and brides are more expressive than ever with tiny detail including nail polish choices. Your hand will most likely receive many photo ops on your wedding day from the ring ceremony, to signing the license, after the ceremony holding hands, holding the bouquet to cutting the wedding cake. Show off your wedding ring in style with the perfect manicure that suits your personality. Read on for wedding nail polish inspiration.

Love Pink

Pink is a romantic wedding day classic that never goes out of style. Popular shades of pink include blush, ballet slipper pink, rose, cotton candy, seashell pink and strawberry.

Ooh-la-la

Bride in a white wedding dress showing her wedding rings

Bride in a white wedding dress showing her wedding rings

The French manicure is a traditional wedding day manicure featuring a base painted with a clear polish or natural shade such as pale pink or beige. The identifying feature of a French manicure is the white line painted across the tips.

Something Blue

Need ‘something blue” for your wedding? Consider painting your nails blue such as sky blue, baby blue, powder blue, teal, Tiffany’s blue, Air Force blue or periwinkle.

678828_59960276Bling Accents

Give your nails a glamourous look with bling accents, custom jewels or decorative rhinestones glued directly onto the nail. Decorate one or all your nails with 3d accents ranging from single rhinestones to glittery charm shapes inspired by charm bracelets.

Glitter Polish

Add a touch of magical sparkle to your tips with glitter polish. Glitter polish is a type of nail color featuring small reflective confetti-like particles that shimmer and catch the light. Colors vary from metallic to rainbow colors.

Going Au Natural

Naked nails are a new trend featuring well-groomed and manicured tips buffed to a natural shine or a simple swish of clear nail polish across the top.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror nails make a modern statement featuring a highly reflective and glossy surface. Popular colors include, silver, chrome and gold.

Lace Nails

Lace creates a feminine look for your nails and complements your wedding day attire. Achieve a lacy look with the application of lace decals layered atop your favorite nail color.

Ombre Style

Seamlessly meld two colors on your nails with a unique ombre blend. Mix your wedding colors on your nails by subtly blending the darker color into the lighter.

Of a Different Color

Express your new marriage joy by painting all of your nails the same color except for your wedding ring finger. This fun trend places the focus on your shiny new ring.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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June 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

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