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To start off this topic, I should explain that I don't specifically mean summer weddings.

What we're talking about here is all of you who are doing your wedding planning right now, in the summer months (for a wedding day anytime in the year).

You may not realize it, until you really get into it- but this time of year is unique.

Compared to the other popular engagement time of the year (Winter), your potential wedding vendors are not only receiving inquiries from lots of couples, but they're also working with a booked calendar helping all of their current clients bring their wedding day visions to life while also working closely with couples getting married over the next few months to make sure that everything is in place for a smooth wedding day.

I sometimes hear feedback that clients are frustrated with other vendors who are taking a long time to respond to them. I don't necessarily know if this was something experienced in general or just during this time of the year. Although, it's worth mentioning that if you're experiencing a delay in response times during busy season (and your wedding is 3 + months away) it's probably not cause for concern.

To share a little insight, most of the wedding vendors you will be working with are local small business owners. Some of us have some admin help, while with others, the person you are working with on the wedding day is also the person responding to all of the emails and holding all of the other rolls in the business.

Personally speaking, I don't leave a client hanging, but occasionally I'll have someone ask for something (like a trial run or a detailed wedding itinerary) months ahead of our timeline that I am simply unable to work into my schedule at that moment. In this case I like to remind our clients of our process and assure them that they will hear from me on a specific date to handle it.

Similarly, if you're requesting an in-person meeting of any sort prior to booking (when this isn't typical) you might find unfortunately, that you have to wait awhile for that to be available. In our business, a client will occasionally request to have a trial run session prior to booking and this is the time of the year when that gets a little tricky. Through early fall, our trial run schedule is quite booked with our clients who are getting married in the coming months, so it's typical that there may not be availability for a little while.

Read on for my 3 Pro Tips!

Tip #1. Focus on one - two vendor categories at a time. Find a few options to connect with and learn more about their processes and then close out each task by finalizing your booking. While you can expect response times to be a bit slower than in the winter, if a vendor takes a week or more to get back to you during this phase you might want to take that as a sign. I would.

Bonus tip; Request a phone/video call rather than in person meeting when possible. This will be much easier to coordinate much sooner. I know that I can always offer options for a phone conversation within the current week, while coordinating a hair and makeup session during busy season might take 3-8 weeks.

Tip #2. Make sure you're aware of the next steps with each vendor, if they involve any action on your part, and then make note of them in your calendar. This one is HUGE. This prevents you from worrying because you haven't heard anything from your vendors in August through November (or sending multiple check in emails) when your next steps aren't actually happening until March. I recommend using Google calendar and entering each item like this "Wedding Task- work on hair & makeup inspo". Then you can always search "Wedding Task" to see everything at a glance.

Tip #3. Enjoy all the lovely current work your vendors are producing. Once you've completed 1 & 2, it's your opportunity to relax, enjoy the rest of the summer and be sure to follow all of your vendors on Instagram so you can see the newest work they are creating. This may even help you with your wedding day vision!

I hope you found this helpful!

Happy Wedding Planning,


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  • Writer's pictureAnn Krause

One thing that I love about this work is that we get to help people feel their best on one of the most important days of their lives. It's so gratifying to see the expression on a client's face when they look in the mirror for the first time on their wedding day knowing that they look AMAZING!

Here's some of our favorite moments with our recent clients.


hair only by Beauty by Ann Krause


Colin Lyons Photography



Photography: Gerber Scarpelli Weddings

Coordination: Amanda P Events

Venue: Lacuna Events

Floral: Studio Poppy



Roni Rose Photography



WS Photography

Libby & Kat

makeup only by Beauty by Ann Krause


Meredith Donnelly Photography

Isabella & Chandler


George Street Photography



Photos by Kerri Carlquist and Katy Carl



Mackenzie Maeder Photography



Photos by The Adamkovi

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It's about that time again, if you're someone who gets frustrated with your hair in the hotter months- it has probably crossed your mind that we are approaching humid season again.

The thing about humidity is that it always wants to bring our hair back to it's natural state, and maximize that curl and the frizz potential.

If you can relate, this concern has already crossed your mind at least once recently.

The way I see it, we have three options.

Number one- you can embrace your hair in it's natural state frizz and all.

The right products and a great cut will help. Simply start off the summer with an update to your cut to help your curl take its best shape. Curl creams and oils can help control areas of concern, and you can avoid the frustration of smoothing your hair out for 45minutes and having it not last.

Number two- you can use accessories/hair styles to downplay frizz and even tuck away the most challenging areas.

I'm a big fan of hats, of course. I also love the look of a scarf tied as a headband to tame those wild pieces at the front hairline

A simple top bun also does wonders. You can twist those curls on the top and at your temples as they lead back to the bun for more control.

Number three- you can opt for a Keratin smoothing treatment to reduce frizz and soften your curl pattern. A lot of my curly clients like to still wear their natural texture in the summer knowing that it will be much more manageable and less prone to frizz. Then if they want to blow it out, they get to wear a beautiful round brush look that doesn't default to frizz at the roots after 15minutes outdoors. These results can last between 1 1/2 to 5 months based upon individual texture, home care, and the exact treatment chosen.

If you are new to the Keratin concept, right now is the perfect time to schedule your consultation and determine if this service is right for you. You can even get it scheduled before the humidity kicks in this time.

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