Gretta's Wedding Beauty Tips
Rach's style pal, Gretta Monahan, shares her best-kept wedding planning secrets, no matter if you're saying "I do" in your own backyard or halfway across the world.
BACKYARD WEDDING: SAVE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS SOME CASH
You'll probably save big if you say "I do" out back, but save your bridesmaids some dough, too! Let each choose her own dress, whether it's something she already has or a new purchase for the big day. Just give out a few loose guidelines: a length you prefer and a color family to stay within (for example, tell them that all black looks glamorous, or broaden it to "anything pastel"). Have them incorporate one matching element, like a necklace or pair of shoes, to unify the look.
SECOND WEDDING: KEEPING IT EASY
Set on keeping it simple? Say "I do" to an easy updo. Pull back hair into this elegant low bun in no time, and add a fresh-cut flower or a jeweled barrette. 1. Spritz dry hair lightly with gentle-hold hairspray. 2. Make a low ponytail at the base of the head using a thin hair tie. 3. Twist the ponytail tightly, then spray again, lightly. Coil it around the base of the elastic to form a bun, and secure with small bobby pins. 4. Gently ease the bun apart to hide the elastic. Spray with strong-hold hairspray.
MULTICULTURAL WEDDING: HAVE GUESTS DRESS THE PART
Welcome guests to join in (and explore) different customs by inviting them to dress the part: Place a little card in the save-the-date announcement with Web sites or local stores that can help guide guests through their outfit selections. Or pick up a few dozen inexpensive accessories (like Indian bindis, Jewish yarmulkes or Polynesian silk flowers) and leave them in marked baskets by the entrance for guests to wear during the ceremony.
DESTINATION WEDDING: LOVE YOUR HAIR + MAKEUP
Hiring someone you've never met to do your hair and makeup doesn't have to be risky business. Ask the hotel to recommend a salon, then check out prices and read customer reviews online (try yelp.com). To see the stylist and the digs for yourself, ask if you can set up a video call through Skype. Before leaving home, work with your regular stylist to get your hair into the condition, color and shape you want, and play with some trial 'dos. Take pictures (get every angle) of one you like, and ask your stylist for any buzzwords that could help communicate the look to someone else once you get there. If there's time, meet your on-location stylist and chat about final details. If bad vibes strike, you still have time to seek alternatives.