If you're planning a wedding, you won't want to forget to consider the hairstyle and makeup that will make your look complete.
Sometimes, people forget that they need to take care of hair and makeup, said Kim Johnson, owner of the Steamboat Springs salon Hair's to You.
"Then you're kind of stuck," Johnson said.
Wedding hair should not be a last-minute thought. Johnson recommends starting to think about styles about six months before the big day. That way, brides can grow out their hair, if needed, and reserve a stylist for the day that works best.
It's important to select the right stylist and salon, said Char Clifford, owner of the Bee Bop Hair Shop in Steamboat. She recommends talking to different cosmetologists eight to 10 months before the wedding.
Johnson agrees that the relationship between the bride and stylist is important.
"You really, really want to feel comfortable with your stylist and your salon. You want to feel like your stylist really understands what you're looking for," she said.
Johnson said a good place to start is by looking at magazines, pictures and movies. She suggests taking those pictures into the salon when meeting the stylist.
"It gives me an idea of what kind of personality they have," Johnson said.
Johnson said she sometimes meets the brides somewhere instead of having them come to the salon. But be careful when making that decision, she said.
"It's so busy that day. The last thing you want to worry about is if the stylist will show up or be there on time," Johnson said.
Area stylists warn against trying for a look that varies too much from a person's everyday style.
"You want to be able to look back years down the road and say, 'Yeah, that's what I look like,'" Clifford said.
For example, Johnson said, a woman who typically doesn't wear a lot of makeup should go for a subtle look.
Her salon also offers new elements such as hair extensions that can create a natural look but not be overdone.
"You can look like the person you want to be for that day, without going too overboard," Johnson said. "You don't want people saying, 'Who's that going down the aisle?'"
After the initial direction of the hair is selected, she said, the bride shouldn't forget the hairstyle and makeup in the rush of planning a wedding.
"Make a little effort and keep in touch with the stylist," Johnson said.
Later in the process, she said, a stylist should do a dry run and try different hair and makeup styles.
"It's kind of like a play date, your makeup day. It helps you know if you feel comfortable with the salon and the stylist," Johnson said.
Remember that the trial run is a guide, said Jan Livingston, who works at Knezovations in Craig.
"It won't look exactly like that the day of the wedding," she said. "It's kind of like a road map."
On the day of the wedding, Livingston said, allow lots of time for the stylist to work his or her magic.
"I would allow for two hours," she said. "Then you have plenty of time if things aren't going right."
Livingston stresses that the wedding day is not the best day to take chances.
"You do not want to do anything totally drastic before the wedding," she said. "You may be in shock and not really like it."
And remember to keep that hairstyle fresh throughout the day, Livingston said.
"Always wear a button-down blouse so you don't mess your hair up," she said.
Clifford said the wedding day is a fun time for the girls and women.
"Many times we have done the bridesmaids down to the flower girl," Clifford said. "We make a big party of it in here."
The wedding day is the bride's day, Johnson said.
"You want to be beautiful; you want to be yourself that day," Johnson said. "It's your princess day."
But don't forget the prince, Johnson said.
"Don't forget the guys. They also need some grooming time, too."