Tips from REAL wedding professionals

As your day gets closer, I want to remind you how important it is to have vendors you love and trust. I'm so happy to working with you two and I want to provide you with all my knowledge and experience of weddings days. I've worked 50+ weddings and let me tell you, every single one is different! So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of weddings… ya know, the stuff no one will ACTUALLY tell you…

Vendor Payments

It’s important to make sure ALL your vendors are paid up. The sooner you can get each vendor paid, the more relaxed you can be on your wedding day (this includes food, florals, coordination, etc.). If you have vendors that require payment the day of, assign that task to someone else; a mom or dad, aunt, bridesmaid. The last thing you want to be dealing with on your day is money.

Private Moments

Keep your private moments, well…. private. After your ceremony, get those photos done and take a 15 minute break somewhere alone before your reception. This give you an opportunity to gather your thoughts and really take in the fact that you’re now married! This is a HUGE day and as a couple, you really need time to regroup and remember why you’re there. Don’t be afraid to tell guests and vendors you need alone time.

Make Up

I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to have a great make up artist. Here’s some very important topics to consider about hiring a make up artist, written by someone I trust entirely.

“Makeup artistry may come in a form of a talent but one can definitely still be trained for it. Many makeup artists are self-taught and are actually great at what they do. However, there’s so much more than just knowing how to apply beautiful face makeup. Behind the application are theories, proper sanitation, time management, and a lot more.

* When you’re a bride/client the following is crucial when hiring a professional makeup artist over self taught. As a makeup artist, this should be the number one priority (apart from the amazing application I’ll be doing ;) ) Any artist will be handling quite a number of clients and with this being said, their tools will surely be in contact with sensitive areas on the face that may or may not pass along bacteria. However, if your professional artist is cautious with sanitation, there would be no problem at all.

* A self-taught artist, is most likely to have practiced on themselves almost the entire time. This allows them more mastery of their own face, but not on others. A professional artist that has attended an academy for artistry are in an actual school, I get to work on different faces and for a limited time only. This is not to pressure any artist, rather, it is to prepare a professional artist for the real world where time is always gold.

* The makeup world industry as a professional makeup artist (especially if you are in the fashion industry, such as fashion shoots and runway) it is fast-paced so a professional artist is required someone who can deliver outstanding work even under pressure. And when you are used to a rapid setting, this will be a breeze.

* It’s also not just about mixing different colors to achieve a color that appeals to you. In makeup school, you are actually taken back to learning the color wheel as this is the foundation of makeup. You are taught how to mix foundations and you will know the right colors to mix if you are aware of the different undertones.

* Matching foundation often takes time because you are trying to find the perfect match, closest to the real skin of your client. Your goal is basically to apply a second layer of skin on them to even out their tone.

With this being said I’m knowledgeable in color theory, corrective beauty, face shapes, eye shapes and fully educated on proper way of highlighting and contouring. I’ve been an artist for over 7 years. I have worked on many projects from fashion photo shoots, skin care shoots, advertising, commercials, music videos, documentaries, reality shows, films and live events such as comic con to name one.”

-Juanita Lopez, Master in Make Up Artistry


TRUST ME, you do not want to be orchestrating your wedding day on your wedding day. Find a day-of coordinator or wedding planner to help do the job. They take off an insane amount of stress and really keep the day going well. I’ve experience weddings with and without a coordinator and couples are significantly more relaxed with a coordinator running the day. It really is a great investment if you want your day to run smoothly. You two should be able to show up and let your vendors do the work for you.


Don’t forget that your vendors have creative minds! It’s important to have an opinion but stay open-mind to their ideas of approach, design and organization. Wedding vendors typically have a significant amount of experience and have worked with hundreds of people. Don't be afraid to trust their judgment. They want what’s best for you! I’ve been blown away seeing how vendors work together to create magical days.


Yes, weddings can be expensive. But you know what they can’t be? Re-done. Think about what you actually, physically take away from your day… Images are on of them. This is the one thing that should be your most valuable investment into your day. Find someone you trust to capture your most precious moments. Of course you have a budget for photography, but don't shop solely on price, do your research.

What is most important to you on your wedding day? Food? Decor? Drinks? Photos? Attire? Prioritize what you find most valuable in the long run.