We know that how you look on your wedding day is probably at the top of your priority list, so we wanted to hear from experts in the hair and makeup industry and find out their tips and tricks for a flawless wedding look. The ladies at Hollywood Hair in Centralia, IL shared their insight on the wedding day preparation and when this process actually begins. Does your wedding day prep start the morning of your wedding day? Sonya Gettinger and Diana Perigo from Hollywood Hair would say absolutely not!

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These beauty experts suggest that brides start thinking about their wedding day hair and makeup after the wedding planning begins. “After you have booked your wedding venue you should start searching for your hairdresser,” Gettinger said. She added that most brides don’t think about the full process to prep for the wedding. The ladies at Hollywood Hair recommend planning and budgeting for prepping their hair and a trial run for a smooth wedding.

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Photo Credit: Arndt Photo and Cinema

 

Top 5 PRE-WEDDING DAY PREP suggestions:
  1. Choose your stylist and make up artist early.
  2. Set up a consultation with your stylist.
    At the consultation discuss maintenance needed for your hair and skin.
  3. Budget for the entire process.
    This could entail color, cut, styling, waxing, skin care, eyelashes, and conditioning treatments.
    Also include the trial run for hair & makeup.
  4. Book a trial run for your hair and makeup.
    The trial run gives the bride a chance to look at different styles that she has selected and see which one she feels will complement the wedding best.]\
  5. Schedule hair-conditioning treatments leading up to the wedding and book your hair color the week before the wedding.

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Photo Credit: Hubbard Photograhpy

The ladies at Hollywood Hair want every bride to feel confident and stunning on their wedding day! They encourage brides to not just save and set a budget for the day of the wedding, but the process from start to finish! They said that taking these extra steps before the big day can help save time and beauty catastrophes the day of the wedding – and we all know that saving time and avoiding hair & make up drama means LESS STRESS on the wedding day!

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Photo Credit: Hubbard Photograhpy


Sonya_1jpg.jpg1.jpgHollywood Hair has been in business for 21 years and is a small town salon that has grown into an award-winning salon. With the leadership of owner, Sonya Gettinger, Hollywood Hair is a salon and spa serving the Centralia, Illinois area with the exceptional services that exceed the most demanding standards! Located in a town with the population of 13,000, Hollywood Hair has places themselves in the position of being awarded "Paul Mitchell Top 20 salons in America" and featured in Salon Today Magazine for 4 consecutive years as one of the "Top 200 Salons" in the country. Along with maintaining the reputation as a superior salon, our Hollywood Hair Salon and Spa team have made it a goal to "give back" to selected charity causes.... because as a company we believe we have the power to really touch people's lives.

Pictured are owner Sonya Gettinger (Left) and Master Designer Diana Perigo.

 

Have you thought about having a wedding planner to plan, design and manage your wedding from start to finish? Do you have ideas and inspiration, but unsure how to turn them into a reality? Are you a busy bride who is looking for reliable, experienced vendors and venues? Do you want to relax and enjoy as your weddings is be planned and know that every detail is accounted for?

Full-service wedding planning or day-of-coordination might be a few choices for you! Wedding planners and day-of-coordinators and experienced to turn your dream into a beautiful experience. Check out everything a planner can do for you.

 

Full Service Wedding Planning

Pre-Wedding Production

  • Coordinate aspects of the rehearsal dinner including venue and design

  • Provide templates and finalization of guest list, RSVP’s, seating plan, photography shoot list, payment schedules, monthly checklists and planning, do not play list and more

  • Source and package favors and welcome gifts

  • Advise on menu and tastings with caterers and bakeries

  • Source save the dates and invitations

  • Help schedule and book all guest and family transportation to/from ceremony and reception

  • Source and manage hotel blocks

  • Source and manage website, welcome notes and gift registry

  • Lead vendor walk-through

  • Create complete timeline for celebration and share with all vendors and bridal party

  • Liaison between client and vendors for all needs

  • Décor conceptualization and coordinate event vision

  • Review and finalize vendor contracts

  • Create and manage budget

  • Wedding etiquette guidance

  • Site visit with client to establish even style, direction and flow

  • Can schedule and attend some vendor meetings

  • Recommend venues and vendors in accordance to quality, budget, personality and style

Wedding Week

  • Schedule final meeting with clients and ensure all elements are purchased and collected

  • Confirm all details and arrival times for vendors

  • Provide schedule for family and VIP friends

  • Coordinate printed materials

  • Coordinate rehearsal with officiant

  • Manage rehearsal dinner including times, venues, décor and speeches

  • Ensure checklist completed

Wedding Day

  • Oversee rentals delivery, cake delivery, catering delivery and floral delivery

  • Coordinate all day- of aspects

  • Coordinate arrival of all vendors

  • Coordinate distribution of final payments and gratuities

  • Coordinate transportation for family and bridal party

  • Provide emergency kit

  • Organize place cards, table numbers and menu cards

  • Conduct final lighting and sound inspection

  • Conduct final décor check

  • Cue music changes, speeches, dances and introductions with band or DJ/Emcee

  • Cue guests and vendors for special moments

  • Manage moment-to-moment challenges

  • Arrange favors

  • Oversee clean up and collection of elements and gifts to designated person

  • Coordinate return or pick up of rentals

 

Day-of-Coordination

Wedding Week

  • Schedule final meeting with clients and ensure all elements are purchased and collected

  • Confirm all details and arrival times for vendors

  • Provide schedule for family and VIP friends

  • Ensure checklist completed

Wedding Day

  • Oversee rentals delivery, cake delivery, catering delivery and floral delivery

  • Coordinate all day- of aspects

  • Coordinate arrival of all vendors

  • Coordinate distribution of final payments and gratuities

  • Coordinate transportation for family and bridal party

  • Provide emergency kit

  • Organize place cards, table numbers and menu cards

  • Conduct final lighting and sound inspection

  • Conduct final décor check

  • Cue music changes, speeches, dances and introductions with band or DJ/Emcee

  • Cue guests and vendors for special moments

  • Manage moment-to-moment challenges

  • Arrange favors

  • Oversee clean up and collection of elements and gifts to designated person

  • Coordinate return or pick up of rentals


 

nhouser.jpgMy name is Nicole Houser. I am a southern Illinois native graduating from Iuka Grade School in Iuka, IL and Salem Community High School in Salem, IL. I have lived in Illinois, Missouri and Florida and made Olney, IL home to be surrounded by family. I have a certificate in dental assisting, an associate's in general studies and an almost completed bachelor's in business administration with minor in marketing. I have carried a career in dental, marketing, business, coaching gymnastics and dance choreography my whole life and found my creative edge planning weddings. I have studied and researched wedding planning and coordination and found such a passion in the process. I have been planning weddings since 2010 and have been with Anatime Entertainment as the event planner since January 2016.

I have a daughter, Alaina, born in 2009 and am engaged to be married to, Devan, in 2017. I own a country home to enjoy the outdoors and outside of work can be found with my family, dancing, sky diving, shopping, playing sports or doing crafts.

Here are just a few tips that will help you cut costs on mailing out information about your special occasions.

1. Choose postcards and skip double envelopes.

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Postcard designs are available for RSVPs, Save the Dates or Thank You Notes - this saves you postage and the expense of extra envelopes. You may choose to skip the inner/outer envelopes and printed liners – instead, add a pop of color with a single envelope.

2. Choose flat designs

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Flat cards without any folds, raised textures or embellishments are your most budget-friendly options. Products with added embellishments and folds require excessive processing, which makes the end product more expensive. Simple, flat card invitations can be some of the most elegant – remember less is more! Many retailers offer all-inclusive sets for one low price.

3. Use the Back.

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Instead of ordering extra smaller insert cards, consider including your directions, accommodations, or itineraries on the back of the invitation.

4. Avoid odd shapes, excess layers or extra cards.

Square and bulky items cost extra when mailing them out. You may also be tempted to add embellishments such as bows or wax seals, but anything that increases the weight of each enclosure will increase your postage cost.

5. Choose Self-Mailers.

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Similar to the ever-popular pocketfolds, these are single sheet invitations that fold up and mail without the need for envelopes. You can choose from a variety of designs that feature detachable response postcards.

6. Make it multi-purpose.

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Turn your invitations into a keepsake by including your favorite engagement photo, or give guests a game to play. You can create your own word search, mad libs or crossword puzzle and add a little fun and personality to your wedding programs. Here is a link to create your own crosswords and see ideas for how to incorporate fun and games into your special day:

Crossword puzzle Generator: http://mountainsidebride.com/free-crossword-puzzle-generator/

Mad Libs Wedding Ideas: https://www.theknot.com/content/mad-libs-wedding-ideas


14971533_1534449936582008_248997624_o.jpgI LOVE LOVE LOVE designing wedding invitations, programs and other social stationery. I have been creating invitations since 2008, and have acquired a vast knowledge of the details required throughout the process of planning events of all sizes and styles. I have over 12 years of experience in print design, and hold a BFA in Advertising Design. Indulge my fetish for creating beautiful works of paper for your life's most important events.

- Kelly King is a designer at Gossett Printing / Affordable Wedding Invites in Salem, IL

 


Welcome to the Weddings 101 section of Southern Illinois Weddings! We are so excited to launch this portion of our wedding website! Our hope is for brides to find this resource helpful during their wedding planning process. Each week vendors will share their advice, tips, and insight from their perspective for wedding planning. The combined knowledge from wedding planners, photographers, cake decorators, hair stylist, invitation designers, DJs, and all the other different vendors involved in the planning process will be accessible right here on our site! And the best part? You’ll be getting insight from local vendors in the Southern Illinois area who know all about weddings in the Midwest! Feel free to give us suggestions for articles or vendors you would love to hear from and we will try to accommodate you!

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Be on the lookout this coming Sunday to hear from Kelly King of Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing in Salem, IL. She will be sharing tips on cutting costs during the printing process for your wedding invitations and printed goodies on your wedding day.

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Rachel and Garren King
Southern Illinois Weddings Team

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