Hair and Makeup for your Boudoir Session

Hair and makeup can make or break your boudoir session. This is why I include as part of the session fee.  I have a salon near my studio that is AMAZING. I have talked about them many times before but I cannot say enough great things about the Blowout Bar.

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Why include hair and makeup in the session?

The main reason I include hair and makeup in the session is because it relaxes you.  You feel pampered and special while the makeup artist is doing your makeup. By the time she is done, you feel beautiful and are ready to rock your session.

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The makeup artists at the Blowout Bar know exactly how and what I need them to highlight to bring out your best features in your photos.  They are specially trained to apply makeup specifically for photography and their skills coincide with my photography vision so well.

Natural Makeup while still highlighting your features

The big thing to remember is that when you leave the salon, you are going to feel like you are wearing a ton of makeup, which you are.  Your boudoir photos are not going to show that you are wearing a lot though.  The camera won’t pick that up. They will look very natural and beautiful!

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How should you wear your hair?

I think natural is best here, but this is totally up to you. If you go to the salon not knowing what you really want, the girls will do a soft wave, which looks great.  I have also had a few girls go in asking for second day curls.  This is probably my favorite.  It’s super natural and messy and very fitting for boudoir!

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Anyway…

Put your trust into my girls at the Blowout Bar so you can get the entire session experience.  I promise the results and experience is worth it!

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Accessories for your STL Boudoir Session

Many clients ask about props and accessories when booking their boudoir session. I am very opinionated about this subject. There are some things I absolutely love and there are some things I don’t particularly care for but we can make them work if they are important to you and your significant other.

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Good Accessories for your STL Boudoir Session

Heels. I feel like this is an obvious choice.  Good heels are going to lengthen your legs and make your calves look great.  Don’t worry if you aren’t great at walking in them.  You won’t have to walk far. 🙂  There are black stilettos in the studio in multiple sizes for those of you who don’t have any at home.

You can’t go wrong with black or nude heels.  If you want to go all out, get these Louboutin heels.

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High socks with your bodysuit or a sweater and lace panties is something I love.  I haven’t decided if this is a trendy thing yet or not, but I’m going with it because it’s adorable and sexy at the same time. I love these thigh high socks that are on Amazon Prime right now.

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Pearls are classy and necessary accessories if you are going for a timeless look! I don’t think they make or break your photos, but they do give you something to do with your hands. Unless you are someone who wears pearls often, I think you can get away with this imitation pearl necklace.

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I love coffee cups, especially the ones with cute sayings on them, like “hello gorgeous“, “future mrs.”, or “does this ring make me look engaged?“, etc.

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Accessories I don’t necessarily love but we can definitely make work

Hats and caps are really hard.  They can cover the light on your face, which is something I don’t love, but with a little adjusting, we can make it look beautiful. 🙂

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Jewelry in general is difficult just because it doesn’t lay right if you are in a pose laying down. Usually, if an outfit really calls for jewelry, we will photograph some sitting or standing poses.

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Anyway…

No matter what though if certain accessories are important to you, we can make them look beautiful in the images. Talk to me prior to your session so we can brainstorm ideas. I want this session to be exactly what you dream! 🙂

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STL Wedding// Bridesmaid Proposals

Many of you have recently became engaged.  By the way, congratulations!  You have so many big decisions you are making right now, including who you are choosing to be in the wedding. Bridesmaid proposals have become so popular in the last few years. I LOVE the idea of asking your best friends to be in your wedding with a gift.

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What are Bridesmaid Proposals?

A bridesmaid proposal is a fun and thoughtful way to ask your bridesmaid to be in your wedding.  It can be in person or sent in the mail. Many brides give a fun gift box with things like macarons, puzzles, a hanger, or bath bombs and attach a note.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but just make it special!

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When to send the proposals?

First things first, you have to to choose who your bridesmaids will be. Do you want a large wedding party or a smaller one?  How many groomsmen are you having?  Choosing your bridal party within 2 months of you engagement and proposing by three months is ideal, as long as your wedding is at least 8 months out. This will give your bridal party time to schedule and plan your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and prep for the wedding!

Find this card at TheIvoryShoppe on Etsy.

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How much to spend on each gift?

Be sure to consider that you are about to ask them to put quite a bit of time, money, and dedication into helping you with your wedding and the events surrounding your wedding, not to mention hair and makeup, the bridesmaid dress, and other expenses.  This gift is a great way to show your appreciation before the whirlwind starts! Consider a meaningful and thoughtful gift in the price range of $20-60.

Where to get the Bridesmaid proposal gift?

Etsy is the obvious choice I think.  I searched and found so many cute ideas.

I love these two Bridesmaid Proposal Gift boxes.  You can find this one at Lala Confetti on Etsy.

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This one is at ModParty on Etsy.

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And how about this puzzle? Find it on Bulroses on Etsy.

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What about groomsmen proposals?

Groomsmen proposals are less trendy, but are still fun ways to ask the groomsmen to be in the wedding.  This is totally up to your groom and his personality, but how cute is this bottle opener?

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Anyway…

The bridesmaid proposals will just make sure your bridal party feels appreciated.  They are going to be going above and beyond for you in a stressful time! Start it all off on a good note!

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STL Boudoir Session//Emily

An STL boudoir session I photographed of Emily was one of my favorite ways to end 2018.  I have photographed her before, so it was super important this session to make sure the images were different than last session.

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New Found Confidence during her STL Boudoir Session

One big thing I remember when we were discussing Emily’s first session is that she wanted to be more conservative.  Her outfits were super cute, but she still wanted to stay more covered, meaning less lingerie and more workout outfits that cover more skin.

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This session, she went all out with some gorgeous lingerie from Victoria’s Secret.  She wasn’t afraid to show off the abs and booty she has been working so hard for as well as her natural curves.  Her confidence was obvious!

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Body Positivity

Something I really love about Emily is her body positive attitude.  In person and on her instagram, she is full of meaningful wisdom that you wouldn’t expect from someone so young.

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Here is a quote from her IG.

“That scar on my face? Yeah I’ve had it since I was 2 days old. My stubborn little baby self scratched myself the second day I was alive. Lol but I absolutely love it. I think of it as I’m always smiling so it’s kind of a permanent smile scar. It fits me well! I’m learning to embrace all of my stretch marks and scars, because they are part of what makes me different than everyone else. I love my little smile line honestly, and you should learn to love your scars too. ❤️”

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There is so much more on her instagram and if you want to feel inspired, be sure to follow her.

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Botox Party in St. Louis, MO

The botox party in August 2018 was such a hit that I decided to host another one! Nurse Lauren will be back in the studio again in March 2019 and I am so excited. Lauren is AMAZING at what she does.  I personally had Botox on my forehead during the last party and LOVED the results, plus I didn’t feel a thing during the procedure.

Who is Nurse Lauren?

She is a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren has always loved cosmetics, skin care, and helping people feel good about themselves. She specializes and is certified in Aesthetic Injections and aging prevention in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Also, her skin looks AMAZING, which it should right?

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What is Botox and when should I start?

New studies say your mid 20s is an appropriate age to start Botox to prevent wrinkles from causing permanent creases due to aging and expression over the years. As in all things, it’s easier to prevent than to correct these wrinkles!

Botox targets the underlying cause of your lines/wrinkles from frowning and squinting over the years reducing muscle activity for visible smooth lines.  It is recommended for preventative measures to get Botox treatments at least twice a year.

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When and where?

The Botox party will be held in my studio March 23, 2019 from 3pm-6pm.

Here are the details.

  • $15 ticket
  • $10 per unit for Botox. Normally priced at $14/unit in the St. Louis area.
  • Giveaways
  • Champagne and snacks

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To secure your ticket, click here!

One other great thing to know is I will have 1/2 price sessions available that day AND I will have a giveaway for a session and a $100 print credit.  I will be securing other giveaways in the mean time, so stay tuned!

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Wedding Day Timeline//STL

A lot of my clients are brides who’ve recently gotten engaged. By the way, congratulations.  Little known fact, I use to photograph weddings.  I thought it would be good to discuss a wedding day timeline so you kind of have an overview of how the day may go.

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First things first.

I recommend having your wedding planner and your wedding photographer help refine your timeline. They will know the time they need and the small details right now, though, you just need an overview of how the day will likely go so you can start making the bigger wedding day decisions.  That’s the purpose of this blog!

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Wedding Day Timeline

Let’s say your ceremony starts at 5:30 during the month of May and it’s a 30 minute ceremony.  You will plan the rest of your wedding day around that start time. This is based on 10 hour wedding day coverage for the photographer.

  • 1:30 Photographer arrives
    • Hair and makeup done and the bride ready to get dressed.
    • Detail shots of the dress, shoes, rings, etc.
  • 2:00 Grooms/ Groomsmen portraits and getting ready photos.
  • 2:30 Bride gets dressed.
    • The bridesmaids are dressed and ready to be in the background of the photos
  • 3:00 Bride and Groom wedding day gift exchange.
  • 3:30 Bridal Portraits
  • 3:45 Bridesmaids Photos
  • 4:00 First Look
  • 4:10 Bride and Groom Photos
  • 4:40-5:15 Wedding Party and Family Photos
  • 5:30 Ceremony
  • 6:15 Cocktail hour
  • 7:00- sunset photos
  • 7:15 Dinner
  • 7:30 Grand entrance and First Dance
  • 7:40 Welcome toasts and dinner
  • 8:30 Bridal Party Toasts
  • 8:45 Parent Dances
  • 9:15 Cake cutting/Bouquet Toss/Garter Toss
  • 9:30 Open Dance Floor
  • 11:30 Grand Exit

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Things to Change

Obviously, there are a lot of things that can change in the timeline.  I definitely recommend adding buffer time to be sure you don’t run late throughout the wedding day. Depending on the time of the year, you may need to adjust the time of day as far as sunset photos, and the ceremony.  All of these are things to discuss with your wedding planner and your photographer. They will help you make the best decisions to be sure your day is absolutely perfect!

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Body Confidence//Loving Yourself//St. Louis

Boudoir photography is typically thought of as something a woman does for her man.  I see it as something you do for yourself with the additional perk of gifting your fiancé, husband, or boyfriend a beautiful album in the end. Body confidence is my end goal.

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Body Confidence and Loving Yourself

I think all women, no matter the size, struggle with body confidence.  It’s just something we all deal with.  We have a certain angle we prefer with selfies. We have a better side or we hate our profile.  Most of this is in our heads and no one else actually sees it, but we still deal with it every single day.

The most important thing you can do is not compare yourself to others! You are beautiful just as you are! Boudoir photography can show you this.

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Testimonials

I have had so many women see a huge change in their mindset after their session.  During a recent session, I had a client cry seeing herself in the photos, not because she hated what she saw.  She cried because she LOVED what she saw.  This client has a daughter and in her photos she saw the stretch marks that came from pregnancy and creating life. It was so powerful!

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I have had clients see their cellulite and realize that it’s not a bad thing! It’s something we all have (yes even tiny models). Clients with scars specifically ask me not to remove them in the photos because they make them who they are.  Some hate one side of their profile so much, but when they see the images, they don’t even notice their profile. I seriously love seeing clients learning to love themselves after sessions.  It’s why I do what I do!

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Everyone is Nervous.

Just know that almost every client is nervous before their boudoir photography session. It’s normal! I have mimosas. My studio is a judgement free zone.  And we will most definitely have a blast!

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Outfits for 2019 Boudoir Sessions

Fashion is continuously changing, which means my what to wear guide for boudoir outfits needs to change, too. Thankfully with boudoir, it’s a minimal change, so you can still check out some of my previous what to wear posts.

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Boudoir Outfits

There are a lot of things that are still the same from what I recommended before as far as outfits go, but there are things that have changed as well.  I’ll cover both. 🙂

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Things that have stayed the same.

Cheeky underwear, thongs, and high heels are still a must in the lineup for boudoir outfits. Be sure your underwear are about one size too big to prevent those skin indentions. Your high heels need to be really high!

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Body suits are still my favorite to start the session off with a bang. The biggest thing to watch is to make sure they fit well, not too tight or too loose.  You also want to be sure they are thongs or cheeky with a high leg line. We want those legs to look super long!

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I still love off the shoulder baggy sweaters with thigh high socks and Calvins, but I also love the same baggy, off the shoulder sweater paired with heels and lace underwear.  Both options look super classy and beautiful.

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A timeless option is borrowing your man’s button up shirt and pairing it with sexy lingerie and thigh high stockings and heels.  Maybe grab some pearls or his tie as well.

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Things that have changed.

Probably my favorite thing, which isn’t really a change in the lingerie/fashion world, only in my shooting arsenal, are silk or lace robes.  I love that it gives you something to do with your hands. It also covers up areas you may not want to show, plus it looks timeless and classy.

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Jewelry can be a nice touch, especially pearls.  I was always anti jewelry before, but if we pose you just right, jewelry can look super classy.  Pearls are always a timeless addition!

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Soft/neutral colors are still a favorite in the studio, but I’m liking bold colors now as well.  A big thing is to stay away from really bright colors.

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Anyway.

No matter what, the photos will be amazing, so don’t worry.  I have a lot of experience posing different types of clients and different types of outfits. Preparing your outfits is just a small step in the process!  For more tips, check out this post.

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Valentine’s Day Boudoir Session

I mentioned booking back in early December that Valentine’s day is quickly approaching! If you want to schedule your session with time to gift it to your man, your session needs to be scheduled by January 22, 2019.

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The Valentine’s gift for him is also for you!

I want you to understand that although the album that results from this session will ultimately be in his hands, this is a gift for you.  So many of my clients’ lives have changed after having a boudoir session with Boudoir by Tracy Lynn. Here are a few reviews below:

“I just want to say that Tracy totally blew my expectations out of the water with my album. I seriously cannot stop looking at it. It makes me feel so confident and sexy and I can’t wait to give it to my fiancé at our wedding on Saturday.  ❤️❤️❤️”

                                                              – Maddie

P.s. Join my private Facebook group to see Maddie’s husband opening the boudoir album. So cute.

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“Hi Tracy,
We are back from our honeymoon! Mark absolutely loved the album. He didn’t know what to expect really and was impressed by how professional they turned out. My new husband loved the different poses and that I looked natural and like myself. He also appreciated the album with the two pictures. It’s currently on his nightstand! 
I’m super happy he loved them, but let’s be honest I literally can’t stop going through them! I’m so happy I did the photo shoot and I loved every minute! Hopefully, I’ll be able to do it again someday maybe for a maternity shoot. Thank you so much for your professionalism and for being a genuinely nice person! You made everything so easy and relaxed. I’ve been telling all my friends they need to do it!”
                                                              -Sarah
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He will love it though. Especially your new found confidence.

I mean what guy wouldn’t want  sexy photos of the woman he loves? It’s seriously the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

“The morning of my session, my significant other watched me run around the house preparing everything I needed for his birthday gift. On the way to the shoot, he took my hand and told me not to be nervous and that he hopes the photos show me how he sees me every day.

I judge myself harshly and don’t take compliments well, but Tracy made me feel comfortable in my own skin. The outcome was more than I could have asked, and I’ve never felt more beautiful and confident.

The best part of this experience was when the album was given to my boyfriend, he told me that he loved it. The real gift, though, was how it made me feel. He saw the confidence it gave me, and said I was glowing now.

It’s amazing how a photo session can change your whole life. The session inspired me to work towards becoming a personal trainer and a fitness model. All of this is because Tracy gave me confidence through something that wasn’t supposed to be about me at all.

Thank you so much for changing my life and showing me that it’s not about all the little things that I see as flaws. It’s about how beautiful I am as a whole and how it makes me unique.”

                                                             – Heather.

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Reminder!

Like I mentioned before, the last day to photograph your Valentine’s Day session is January 22, 2019.  I have limited shooting days left, so contact me ASAP!

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Wedding Planning Timeline//Happy New Year

First things first, Happy early New Year to everyone! I know it’s a couple of days away, but since this is posting before New Year Eve, I wanted to say it now.  🙂 Also, congratulations to the new brides out there! This is such an exciting time in your life. Let the wedding planning begin!

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Wedding Plan Timelines

Because I am sure there are a ton of brides just beginning their research, I thought it would be a good time to call on my past experience as a wedding photographer! I wanted to talk wedding planning timelines with you. This can vary so much between weddings. In general, though, this is the order with which you can start a plan.

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1 Year Prior

  • Work out a budget. Be sure to give yourself enough to plan your dream wedding!
  • Book a venue. For some venues, one year out may not be enough time.
  • Draft a guest list.
  • Have your engagement party.
  • Register for gifts.
  • Hire your wedding planner.  I highly recommend Megan Rusch Soiree’s.
  • Hire your wedding photographer. I recommend Laura Ann Miller, ImageClairity,  or Conner Photography!

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10 Months Prior

  • Pick an officiant.
  • Choose your bridal party.
  • Meet with caterers, Dj’s, etc.
  • Take engagement photos.
  • Launch your wedding website.

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8 Months Prior

  • Order your dress!
  • Block hotel rooms for guests.
  • Begin cake tastings and order your cake.
  • Begin your makeup trials.  I highly recommend the Blowout Bar or Savanah Summer Beauty.

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6 Months Prior

  • Choose your invitations.  I really like On Three Designs in St. Louis!
  • Send out your Save the Dates.
  • Book your Honeymoon.
  • Order your bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Purchase your wedding bands.  Check out The Diamond Family in STL. 🙂
  • Book your florist.
  • Arrange transportation.
  • Begin planning your day of timeline.  I am actually planning to make an entire blog post about this in the next few months so stay tuned!
  • Book your BOUDOIR SESSION!!! You knew this was going to be in here some where.

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4 Months Prior

  • Choose your groomsmen’ attire.
  • Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Confirm vendors
  • Confirm your hair and makeup.
  • Choose your music.
  • Finalize the menu and flowers.
  • Order favors.
  • Plan the readings during the wedding and a list of those giving toasts at the reception.
  • Print menu cards and programs.
  • Finalize the order of the ceremony and reception.
  • Send a timeline to your wedding vendors.
  • Have your boudoir session photographed.

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2 Months Prior

  • Mail the invitations.
  • Write/decide on wedding vows.
  • Purchase your day of accessories.
  • Confirm the day of transportation.
  • Meet with/touch base with your vendors.
  • Pick up your BOUDOIR ALBUM!

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6 Weeks to 1 Month Prior

  • Get your marriage license.
  • Send out final payments
  • Have your bachelorette party!
  • Have your bridal shower!
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and the other vendors.
  • Give your shot list to your photographer.
  • Review the music with the DJ.
  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.

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Week of the Wedding

  • Final head count of guests.
  • Finalize the seating chart.
  • Send a timeline to the bridal party.
  • Pick up your dress.
  • Check in one last time with your photographer.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.

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2 Days Prior

Then…

Get married!

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I’m not gonna lie, even writing all that down stressed me out.  Be sure to have a planner and someone you can trust to help you keep on track! Planning a wedding can be so overwhelming and you don’t want to get behind. It’s a special day and you want it to be perfect. 🙂

Again congratulations to all the newly engaged girls out there! I really am so happy for you!

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