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Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor - Beauty by Mallory.

On this Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor, I got the opportunity to discuss hair & makeup with Mallory Antone, owner of Beauty by Mallory. One of the biggest mistakes we both see in wedding planning is brides thinking they don’t need to hire a hair and makeup artist. Often, it’s something that brides think they can cut out of their budget or sometimes it’s just not seen as a necessity. This often leaves brides scrambling at the last minute trying to find a professional hair & makeup artist who is still available for their wedding day. Unfortunately it can be one of a brides biggest regrets after the wedding. After all, it’s wonderful to start your wedding day feeling pampered. Having your hair & makeup professionally done will also make a huge difference in your photographs, which are your only keepsakes from that day.

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Beauty by Mallory, provides on location hairstyling and makeup artistry to brides and their bridal parties. She is also a fully trained and licensed salon hairstylist. The best part of her job Mallory says is that she, “loves meeting people and creating a fresh look that makes them feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside“.

Mallory says there are three mistakes she sees too many brides making when it comes to their hair & makeup for their wedding day.

1.) Not booking a trial or not leaving enough time for a full trial. She says, “trials are important for us to get to know each other and find the perfect style for your big day.” She likes to book trials about 3 months before a bride’s big day so they can enjoy the process and not feel rushed.

2.) Not bringing the essentials to your hair trial. She recommends bringing your earrings, veil, hair clips, necklaces, headbands or any other accessory that you would like to incorporate so you can see the finished look with your and makeup done.

3.) Not making an educated decision on who your stylist should be. Mallory suggests that you shop around and know what to look for in a safe and professional stylist. Ask for their training background and ask to see photos and read reviews of their past work. Cheaper is not always the best bet, but there’s no guarantee that the most expensive service provider is the best fit for you either.

Mallory adds that her favourite part of doing hair & makeup for weddings is that “it's incredible being a part of such a momentous day! Knowing that I'm helping a woman achieve her picture perfect day.”

If you have any other questions or would like to book Beauty by Mallory’s services please contact her.

www.beautybymallory.ca

www.facebook.com/beautybymallory

Phone: 519-697-1384

www.instagram.com/beautybymallory

On location services for bridal parties and special occasions. Salon services performed at Style House Salon 292 Dundas Street, London ON 519-432-6888

What to do if you panic...

Not all brides do it. But it’s not completely uncommon. What happens if you get home, your heart starts pounding and you start regretting the decision that you just made? Let’s talk about bridal panic for a minute.  If you didn't panic, don't panic now, that's ok too :)

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It’s been a day you’ll remember for a while. You went dress shopping. It was a great day with mom and maybe a friend or two. Maybe you even dragged grams along for the ride. You found the gown. You pictured walking down the aisle. You said yes. Maybe mom cried, maybe she didn’t. {it’s still your gown either way} Then you get home. You are excited but then the finalization of what you just did hits you in a wave of sheer panic. Shut the front door! Did I just really find a gown? WHAT DID I SAY YES TO!? There are a number of reasons why this panic might be hitting you and they’re not bad reasons and it’s not uncommon.

The first reason is you might feel like you didn’t shop enough. How can it be this easy? Shouldn’t I have dragged mom and grams to every store there is before I decided. Many brides, partially thanks to good, old reality tv shows feel like every bride must try on every single dress to be found before making a decision. Or they see their drama tv shows and think that it must really be that hard to find a gown. But it’s not. It doesn’t have to be difficult. You don’t have to try on 22 gowns to know FOR SURE. Because the truth is once you find one you love, you’ll just keep searching for something so similar to that one that you may end up getting frustrated or overwhelmed. So remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be difficult and just because it was easy, doesn’t mean that it was wrong.

Another reason is that sometimes that purchase suddenly makes the whole wedding feel real. A lot of times it’s not even about the dress, it’s about the realness of the decision that you are committing to. Remember to breath and remember all those reasons you said yes to the proposal. You are getting married. Don’t let that scare you, let it excite you.

Whatever reason you are panicking, reach out to us. We’ve helped brides who have felt the same way, and we’re HERE for you. Call, text, email, Facebook message, morse code us. It’s part of our job and if you have any questions or concerns then reach out to us. It’s a sad part of our reality, that brides think to hop online and write a negative review or complain publicly before they’ve even chatted with us. We can’t fix a problem we don’t know exists If you are able to, come back into the store and slip that gown back on and you’ll realize all over again why you love it and why you said yes.

If you do think you want to change your mind take the high road. You are signing a contract and you are agreeing to abide by the outlines of the contract. If you change your mind or want us to alter that contract for any reason, remember you are asking us to change. Don’t treat us like we did something wrong by selling you, your gown. Be respectful and remember we are human beings too. Calling us names or being rude won’t get you anywhere. Every single one of us working at Once Upon A Time Weddings cares so much about our brides & our customers that we want the absolute best for you. We want you to love your gown and be so, so happy with your choice long after the I Do’s. But we are a business and we have contracts in place for a reason. All we’re asking is that you be mature about the decision you are making. We agree to take the journey with you and be there every step of the way.

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