Have you heard the tale of Bridezilla?

A sweet bride turns into a raging terror–created by combining stress, emotions, excitement and the perfectionistic obsession of having the perfect wedding day. It’s the stuff of nightmares…and reality TV.

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Believe me, I know. My name is Kristy, and I’m the Wedding Coordinator at Atelier Salonspa and Atelier Studio. I have worked as a Wedding Planner, and I happen to also be a Bride-to-Be, planning my own wedding. So I feel your pain, and I want to help make your special day and the journey leading up to it, as pain-free as possible.

A wedding is THE big day. While you’re obsessing over the small details of ceremony: music, decorations, seating arrangements, and centerpieces; everyone is thinking about how fun it’s going to be to celebrate your special day and how stunning you will look. That’s right, did you forget? You’re going to be breathtakingly jaw-dropping gorgeous! Whether you’re a low-key kind of bride or planning to outshine The Royal Wedding, there are important beauty regimens and appointments to set in stone before you walk down the aisle. The best way to beat Bridezilla is to be organized. Let’s start with a pre-event schedule:

9-12 Months before
Find your beauty team. I’m lucky that I work at the top salon in the Bay Area –Atelier—so I didn’t have to look far to find my bridal day beauty crew. Great sources for referrals to your own dream team are your wedding venue, your photographer, or your recently married friends. Book a short consultation with a couple of stylists to meet them and see if you ‘click’. The hair and makeup artist are important to your photo album—you’ll want to look your absolute best and be comfortable with the stylist you choose.
Reserve your wedding day hair and makeup for yourself and your bridal party. Be sure to start your research and have photos to give your hair and makeup artists some inspiration.

6 Months Before
Working backwards from the big day, pre-book all of the necessary appointments up until your wedding day, such as nail care, waxing, facials, and of course, your hair. Whether you’re looking for a dramatic change, need to grow some length or have to get your hair into better condition, plan ahead–it might take a few appointments to achieve your look.
Schedule a facial and get one every 4-6 weeks until a week before the wedding to be sure your skin is radiant. Make sure you take home products to keep your skin healthy and looking great between appointments. Pre-booking ensures you aren’t scrambling to get in with an in-demand stylist or esthetician at the last minute. That’s not relaxing for anyone!

3 Months Before
Schedule your Wedding Hair and Wedding Makeup Trials. If you’re having photos done or have any pre-wedding parties, it’s nice to schedule for the same day. Your hair and makeup will look great. If not, it’s also a great reason for a nice date night with your fiancé!

1-2 Months Before
Start your waxing/hair removal treatments, and pre-book those appointments too. You have so much to get done before your special day—it’s nice to get a few beauty breaks into your hectic schedule.
Be sure your Bridal Party schedules trials, if necessary, too. Chances are they’ll all have different needs, and getting everything “tested out” and perfected prior, will help things go smoother on the day of. (I heard Bridesmaid-zilla is just as scary!)

2-3 Weeks Before
Treat yourself to a well-deserved day of pampering and relaxing, since next week will be hectic. Try to squeeze in a massage if you can.
We know you’re going to be in tip-top beauty shape, but how about your Groom? Make sure he goes and gets his haircut too.

1 Week Before
Go in for your final waxing/hair removal appointments. You may consider adding an Eyelash Tint, Eyebrow Tint or Eyelash Extension service too. Talk to your stylist to see if those are good options for you. Time to go in for your final color and cut services.

1 Day Before
Get your manicure and pedicure. What condition are your Groom’s hands in? Keep in mind that your photographer will most likely take photos of both of your hands and rings. Your groom should probably join in on the nail services.
The best beauty tip I can give you, is…get plenty of sleep. No amount of makeup can hide a sleepless night.

The Wedding Day
At last, THE day has arrived. It goes by so fast, so enjoy this day, which is all about you and your future spouse. Relax… all you have to do is sit and have your hair and makeup done, put on your special dress, and exchange vows with your Prince Charming. Then enjoy the party with your friends and family. (That’s what I’m looking forward to!)

I have two simple tips that are the key to defusing Bridezilla:
1 – Stay organized, don’t procrastinate, and DELEGATE! Your bridesmaids are there to help you. I know I couldn’t have planned my wedding without my besties.
2 – Keep up with your beauty appointments and at-home regimens. If you look good, you’ll feel good.
Atelier Salonspa and Atelier Studio can handle all beauty aspects of your Wedding Day or Special Occasion. We have a variety of hair and makeup experts that can bring your bridal vision to life. You’ll have so much on your plate; let us help you make it a relaxing, fabulous, and fun experience.

Bridezilla? Not if we can help it!

Happy Wedding!
From the Wedding and Special Events Coordinator,
Atelier Salons at Santana Row



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