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Lauren Conrad's perfectly planned events up to wedding

Planning a perfect wedding is a tall task to achieve, but if you don't have a step by step method for absolute perfection, you're guaranteed to have an absolute disaster. So today, Lauren Conrad devotes her second post at Brit + Co via LaurenConrad on planning every little occasion that leads up to your big day down the aisle.

Lauren strives to make the entire wedding experience perfect in simple steps

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Lauren first stresses that a timeline is key leading up to your wedding, timeline of events vary pending if wedding is 6 months after engagement or 18 months. It's also important to know what time of year you want to have your wedding, as well as the location you want to share your love with family and friends.

Next up is putting that list of invitees you want at your wedding being the guest list, as well as a headcount of how many people will be attending your wedding. But first, know who you want to invite by not inviting those to your engagement party who you know you won't be able to invite to the wedding, get everybody's contact information earlier than you think, and keep that info for save the dates and thank you notes.

Lauren adds 3 more inputs at Brit + Co like treating every pre-event before the wedding like the wedding itself, you want those occasions to all be streamline and special as possible, you also don't need to stick to your wedding theme for every event. In all those parties, add a personal touch like you and your fiance's favorite dessert or drink, and plan out all your outfits as best as possible for each wedding event leading up to the wedding, which is obvious what you'll be wearing that day.

Today also brings another edition of Ladies Who Laptop by contributor, Anna James who chats with Hillary Kerr and Katherine Powers who are the founders of Who What Wear. Hillary and Katherine explain how former Elle employees being them reimagined content from print onto a computer morphing onto your mobile phone and social media, the 2 also have an upcoming Target clothing line out this summer, as well as a book called "The Career Code" coming out this Tuesday.

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Fresh, natural makeup and hairstyles for Vermont brides

Whether your style is laid-back — flowers in your hair, a radiant natural glow — or glam, with a perfect cat eye, full eyelashes, and a bejeweled updo, you’ll want to choose a hairstyle and makeup that make you feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day.

A good makeup artist and hairstylist can ensure that you’ve got your beauty bases covered. It just takes a little planning, a spark of inspiration, and a test drive!

“The last thing a bride wants to worry about on her wedding day is her hair and makeup,” said Jamie Dragon, owner, artist, and stylist at Lush Salon in Stowe.

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Planning ahead

With so many decisions to make before the big day, hair and makeup may seem like insignificant details. You’ve got to pick a date! You need a venue! What are you going to feed dozens of guests? But if you’d like to hire a professional makeup artist and/or hairstylist, arrangements need to be made well in advance.

In Vermont wedding-makeup and hair specialists are in high demand, and finding that perfect artist who will travel to your site on a designated date can be a tricky equation.

“My general rule of thumb for the bride is once that ring is on your finger and your date is set, you need to call us,” said Sarah Crowley, a hair and makeup artist based in Burlington. “Ninety percent of my wedding season is booked the September before the next season.”

Stylists will often book weddings one to two years in advance, although some prefer to wait until the year of the actual wedding before locking in an appointment.

Finding the right ‘look’

While it’s important to book hair and makeup artists in advance, you’ll want to take your time deciding on the right style for your wedding day.

“A lot of brides are just looking for an enhanced version of themselves,” Sarah said. This often translates to very natural-looking makeup with a few special details — false lashes, a darker lip color, and a bit of extra highlighting.

“They want their makeup to represent something, whether it be romantic, completely natural, or bold,” said makeup artist Jennifer Perellie. “They want it to add to the overall feel of their wedding day.”

Jamie loves “natural and fresh” makeup, as well as elegant, timeless looks.

“Cat eyes, 1920s waves, and an elegant French twist for the mother of the bride are classics,” she said. “They never go out of style!”

“Strong brows and the use of contouring and highlighting” are popular, said makeup artist Beatriz Jarvis. “Many Vermont brides love a polished natural look, and these two trends can be done subtly to accommodate their wishes.”

Deciding on a bridal ‘do

The possibilities for hairstyle choices are nearly endless, so you might want to consider other details — the vintage bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and style of the wedding — for cues on what hairstyle will be the most complementary.

“Braids and very loose, romantic styles are very popular amongst my brides,” Jamie said. “A lot of Vermont brides are looking for a very casual barn or rustic setting, which is complemented by loose waves, casual, and somewhat strategically messy styles.”

A bride’s hairstyle should match her dress and the overall feel of her wedding. A simple wedding dress requires a simple hairstyle; a more dramatic, over-the-top gown calls for a bolder hairstyle, Sarah explained. “My job as a stylist is to help achieve a hair and makeup style that goes along with the whole picture.”

Some brides have a clear idea of what they want, but many are looking for guidance from their stylist. It’s always helpful for your stylist to see photos of your dress and any other wedding details, or of makeup and hairstyles you love.

“Most brides will have a Pinterest board of hair and makeup ideas,” Jamie said. “I’ll ask during the trial that the brides have their bridesmaids do the same for the wedding day.”

Many stylists offer a consultation and/or trial run. This gives you both a sense of the time required to complete hair and makeup. Plus, knowing what you’re going to look like on your wedding day “really eases those nerves,” Sarah said.

“The trial is the time to plan it all out so there are absolutely no surprises on the big day,” Jamie agreed.

Primping the wedding party

When it comes to other members of the bridal party, there are no hard-and-fast rules for hair and makeup. Ask your stylist what options she can provide, and keep your budget in mind when deciding if you’ll pay for your bridesmaids’ makeup and hair or ask them to contribute.

Some artists will require a three- or four-person minimum if they’re traveling to do hair or makeup, and will sometimes bring an assistant.

But it’s not just your bridesmaids who want to look their best. Grooming for the groom is also done on request. “It’s easy and very noninvasive,” Beatriz said. “Usually I’m covering a few blemishes or under-eye circles and cutting down on shine. Super simple!”

Communicating with your stylist

Ultimately, great communication with your stylist is the surest way to achieve a look you love, Beatriz said.

Before the big day, let your stylist know what to expect at the location, and ask what they might need — table space, electric outlets, or lighting sources. Chances are, they’ve seen it all in Vermont, from barn weddings to mountaintop ceremonies.

“It truly is such an honor for me to help a bride look and feel her best on such a special day in her life,” Jennifer said. “Being a part of the wedding planning journey is really something I don’t take lightly.”

Good stylists have not only perfected their hair and makeup techniques, they’re flexible, responsive and eager to make sure clients are totally satisfied with their wedding-day look.

“Really, it’s like finding the plus size bridesmaid dresses,” Jennifer said. “When you know, you know.”

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Wedding: Sandra and Tito Gutierrez

For most of the guests attending the nuptials of Tito and Sandra Gutierrez, theirs was a destination wedding in San Diego. But the couple has lived in Bonita for the last year and a half.

“We only had three people from San Diego,” said Sandra, who was born and raised in Calexico. “It was a nice getaway for our guests, who came from Imperial Valley, San Francisco, New York City, Mexico and Europe. We have family and friends in all those places. We’re glad they came to celebrate with us.

“I was worried about the weather, because people were saying February’s a rainy month in San Diego. But we had really nice weather. No rain. Perfect.”


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Tito, who is from El Centro, and Sandra met in Calexico. They moved to San Diego for his job, Private Client Advisor at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Sandra quickly secured a position as an administrative clerk at the Charter School of San Diego.

“We wanted an intimate wedding,” Tito said. “We both come from big families and wanted everything to be more personal than most big, formal weddings. We only chose 100 people — people we truly communicate with, not just Facebook friends.”

Tito also wanted his proposal to Sandra to be intimate. In late December 2014, the couple planned to spend the holidays with family in Imperial Valley. Instead of popping the question then, he arranged a gondola ride in Coronado right before their trip.

“Sandra is very analytical and likes to know about everything that’s going on,” Tito explained.” I had to kind of misguide her. She thought she would be meeting my boss. She got all dolled up. I told her we’d won a gondola ride so we’d do that before going to dinner. On the gondola, we had a violinist, and I gave her roses. She figured it out then.

“I got down on one knee — kind of — because I didn’t want to fall in the water. I still tease her that she didn’t say yes until she saw the ring.”

Sandra admitted hesitating, but she had a good reason.

“He’s making me sound bad!” she exclaimed with a laugh. “I didn’t respond fast because I was actually scared he’d fall into the water.”

Because of the elaborate proposal’s location, the couple chose Coronado Community Center on the peninsula’s Glorietta Bay for the wedding. For another romantic touch, they picked Valentine’s Day. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held outside, but the reception was in the center’s event room. San Diego Linens decorated the venue.

“It was beautiful,” Sandra said. “My cousin did the flowers. We had hydrangeas, roses and orchids. Because it was Valentine’s Day, I used purple, red and hot pink for the wedding colors.

“I had worried about the bridesmaid dresses being different colors and styles. I had seen it on Pinterest, but translating a Pinterest idea to reality sometimes doesn’t work. I told them any style as long as the dress was floor-length, and I gave them each an exact color of dress. When they came together, it created a beautiful color palette.”

During the cocktail hour on the patio, Mariachi Real de San Diego performed while guests munched on bruschetta. The reception was catered by Bekker’s Catering, which offered a buffet of southwestern cuisine. To save money on the cake-cutting fee, they asked Daisy Manzanero Cakes to provide individual cake-cups, arranged in tiers.

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