If The Shoe Fits

You all voted on Instagram, so we answered! But not to worry we will get to the grand exit another week:)

Lets talk about the shoe! probably the most important accessory after the wedding dress. Have no fear, finding the right shoe is a lot easier then finding the dress. We are here to answer all your glass slipper questions.

When should I go shoe shopping?

You should go shoe shopping right before your alterations, this is because your seamstress needs the perfect hem with your shoes. So here’s the reason to go shopping during that time, lets say you are deciding between about 2 to 3 pairs of shoes. Buy all 3 and bring them to your first alterations and try them all on with your dress, then decide on one there. However if you want 2 of them just make sure they are the same height so it doesn’t change the length of your hem. But when you decide you can return the others, that way you’re still in a 30 day return time! Genius!

I can’t decide between flats or heels!

You can never go wrong with a cute pair of flats, they are comfy all day and night. However it is possible to have a comfy pair of heels too. We always tell brides that if they are going with a heel to have some sort of platform on the bottom and more a block heel. This insures comfort and balance, whereas a stiletto heel you could sink into the grass or the dirt during the ceremony. Walking in heels isn’t the easiest thing for some women, but for those who can, you work those Red Bottoms!

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It’s okay to break in the shoes before!

For the more stubborn shoes, don’t be afraid to wear them out and around. You want to break those bad boys in before you wear them for the most important day of your life. Whether they’re flats, sandals, pumps, wedges, or even sneakers, wear them 2-3 times before the wedding to insure that they fit perfect and they are formed to your foot shape. If you need to get some inserts to help, then do it. The good news is, is that your feet and shoes are only going to peak through the dress, so you will not even be able to see the insoles.

They say diamonds are a girls best friend, they clearly haven’t been to the Nordstrom shoe sale. Feel free to call or DM us on Instagram and Facebook if you have anymore shoe related questions, or just more questions. And for those of you who voted for Grand Exit Ideas look out for next weeks blog!

Seating Chart Madness

Arranged seating can either be really helpful or really stressful!

"We can’t have uncle Tommy sitting with Catherine, but we need John to be with Anna.”

You may think you have everything figured out, and then people will start throwing monkey wrenches in all of your plans.

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Maybe your mom thinks that a distant relative that you’ve never met needs that invite, or maybe your fiance tells a friend they can bring their new girlfriend of 2 weeks. Maybe you don’t know your fiance’s side of the family all that well and you have no idea where to start arranging their seats.

All of these different scenarios will keep popping up that are going to stress you out. You might start feeling like you want to rip your hair out, because this should be easy, but it is far from it.

Your friends should all be okay at the same table, and your cousins should all be okay sitting with the grooms cousins. But then you start to realize that your friends never stop talking when they are all together, and your cousins don’t know the grooms cousins!

Never fear! We have some stress relieving tips to make your seating planning go smoothly.

-Know your table layout and final guest count.

-Start grouping together family members and friends that you know get along well. Or at the very least, know one another.

-Talk to your fiance, or in-laws, about their side of the family and who they think should sit together.

- Make a list of people you know should definitely not sit together.

- Remember, the seating chart will get finished, so don’s stress yourself out thinking you’ll never get it done.

-Do what you think is best, but it is okay to ask for help from your MOH or Fiance for thoughts. You are not alone!

Once you have all your groups together then start placing them at specific tables. Don’t worry about people sitting with others they don’t know, it’s going to happen regardless. You do not need to feel bad about it, because your guests will follow the seating chart no matter what. But also don’t be surprised if they starting moving around during the reception, you will be too busy having the night of your life to notice! And remember that your guests will only really be sitting down for about an hour- an hour and a half for dinner and speeches.

5 Disaster-Proof Wedding Makeup Tips

Every bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day! But once the tears start coming is when things can go south, and yes I’m talking about the mascara! Or for all the summer weddings, that heat is not a hot look and suddenly your highlight isn’t the Fenty Beauty Kit anymore. Here are some sweat, tears, and all of the above proof tips to keep your makeup looking fresh and lasting all night!

  1. Prep Your Skin Early

    If you haven’t had a regular skin care routine its never too late. Start by scheduling facials regularly, this will improve your skin’s texture and help with the base of your makeup. If you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have the time for regular facials, no problem! You can start this at home with some easy steps: cleanse, tone and, moisturize daily then use either a mud mask or a sheet mask once or twice a week. Don’t forget to DRINK WATER, this is probably the most important step, hydrated skin is healthy skin!

  2. Prime Prime Prime!

    Priming your makeup crucial. Most, if not all makeup artists will use a primer, this will ensure you that what is going on your skin is not coming off no matter the sweat or the tears. Not only does the primer help with keeping your makeup on all night, it helps create a smooth, and blurred effect to your skin. Ask your makeup artist which primer is best for your skin type!

  3. Falsies? Maybe. Waterproof? DEF YES!!!

    No bride wants to look like a raccoon on the day of their wedding. While crying is inevitable, preventing the drippy mascara is not! Falsies can be very uncomfortable, if you do choose that route try eyelash extensions. It might be a little bit more expensive, however it will save you and your makeup artist a lot of time and ensure you that even after 3 glasses of champagne, your lashes aren’t going anywhere. If you choose to skip fake lashes all together, waterproof mascara and eyeliner is the way to go! No raccoon eyes half way down the aisle!

  4. You may kiss the bride!

    Can we all give a round of applause for liquid lipsticks and lip stains! Lets be real, on your wedding day there is going to be a lot of kissing and I’m sure your fiance isn’t going to want Mac Velvet Teddy on his face. However if you do plan on using a creamy lipstick, a tip is to apply, blot, apply, blot and apply one more time, then blot again, then dust a little translucent powder on top to lock it in. If you decide on a liquid lip but want a little glossy effect, add a shimmery eye shadow or highlight to the center of the lips.

  5. ready, SET, go!

    The final step to keeping your makeup lasting long all day is to set it all in place with translucent powder. This will block any natural oils and sweat that want to peak through, making you look matte in the places where you need it most. For all the oily skin brides, you don’t want to skip powder! Lastly another step is to spray with a setting spray, its like hairspray but for your face, locking it all in place! Setting spray is what is going to keep your makeup looking fresh all night. If by chance you do need to touch up any oil or sweat, keep blotting sheets and translucent powder near by.

A great makeup artist we highly recommend in the San Diego area is Shear Chic Hair and Makeup