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Wedding Day Essentials

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Your wedding day is something you prepare for a long period of time. The planning process itself is planned out, because you definitely don’t want to be caught unprepared on your wedding day, having to run home to go grab something. Just like that, when the bridal look is planned, so are all the things that the bride should have on-hand during the ceremony. Not literally – the bride’s hands should be completely free, but a designated bridesmaid should have all of her essentials in a small bag on her. So, let’s take a look at what are the things you should have.


Wedding Day Makeup
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Makeup Fix-Ups

If you’re having your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, you should ask her which products you should have on-hand during the wedding so that you can fix your makeup on the go. If you are doing it yourself, then you should have a pretty good idea what those items are. Either way, there’s one important thing to keep in mind when putting together an emergency makeup kit: do not pack too much. If you have your entire makeup array at your disposal, you’re going to spend far too much time fixing your makeup, and you will be tempted to completely redo it every time you go to the bathroom. “Definitely have your lipstick, some pressed powder, one eyeliner in the color you’re wearing and a concealer for under eye mishaps.  Maybe even some blotting papers for humid wedding days,” says Dana Persia, professional makeup artist and owner of Beautiful Brides Philly.” Try wearing your look for a day beforehand and see how much fixing it requires.
Bride Hair With Braids and Babies Breath
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Hairdo helpers

While you’re jumping around and dancing, your hairdo is bound to fall out of place. It’s not something that you can avoid by putting extra hairspray and pins in your head, and it will probably only make you uncomfortable. Firstly, you have to let go. Accept that your hair is not going to look perfect the entire evening and that some strands will fall out. Just roll with it. Secondly, you want to have a designated bridesmaid to be your personal hairstylist for the evening. When she sees that your hairstyle is getting a bit too loose, she should take you aside, break out the bobby pins and mini hairspray out of her bag and fix you up in a minute so you can go back there and get dancing. Make sure she’s present while your hair is being done, so that she can know what to do.


Non-traditional bridal hair and makeup

See Well

A lot of people wear glasses, and it’s a perfectly good accessory, even for your wedding day. However, many brides would rather opt for contact lenses, which give them more freedom without worrying whether their glasses will fall off. If you don’t usually wear contacts, make sure you put them on a couple of times beforehand and wear them throughout a day to make sure you get used to the feeling. In your emergency kit, you should have eye drops and a cleaning liquid. If you’re a crier, and you know you’re going to be tearing up during the ceremony, make sure you have a spare pair of contacts with you so that you can change them after you’re done crying and rubbing your eyes.

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Dress Repair

The worst things that can happen to a dress – sometime happen. And you can always be extra careful and chant “What are the odds?!”, but when that wineglass falls or a seam rips, you’re going to need some help. A good trick is to have white chalk close by. If you get an unexpected stain, rub it all over to conceal it for the time being. White thread and a needle, along with safety pins and spare buttons are a must in your bag. If anything happens, you and your bridesmaids should be able to jump onto it and fix it in a matter of minutes. Remember, this doesn’t have to last – it just needs to get you through the night.
Classic Glamour Bridal Hair and Makeup
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Nail polish

When you are getting ready to leave, make sure you pack some clean nail polish, as well as one that fits the color of your shoes or handbag. The clear one is to seal any holes that might appear in your tights or chipped nails, and the colored one is to fix any scuff marks on your shoes. It can also be used to secure buttons or make a stubborn string stay in place.
Wedding Makeup for Bridesmaids with purple dresses
Photo:  Asya Photography,
No matter what happens, you have to relax and understand that nothing will go exactly according to plan. No matter how many wedding planners you hire and how many times you go over the plan, as long as you are ready for anything that happens, you’ll have a great, stress-free time!

Guest Blogger:  Diana Wills, from  A biochemistry graduate and blogger based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.

Dana Persia

Owner of Beautiful Brides Philly

Dana invites industry pros to contribute to her blog along with writing many of the posts herself.  She is a licensed esthetician and has been a professional makeup artist for over 20 years.  Bridal beauty is her specialty and her blog includes every aspect of wedding planning.

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