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One Salon & Bridal Co.

One Salon & Bridal Co.

One of the fun parts of planning your wedding day is planning your bridal beauty! Your wedding day is a special day! This occasion warrants special treatment and a more formal look. As many brides are beginning to look for bridal beauty vendors, we interviewed Ami Christianson, owner of One Salon & Bridal Co. in St. Charles, Illinois. Read below to learn more about One Salon & Bridal Co., as well as tips on bridal beauty!

How would you describe One Salon and Bridal Company?

One Salon and Bridal Co. is a full service Boutique Hair Salon located in a two-story Brown Stone near historic downtown St Charles. Specializing in Bridal Hair styling and Airbrush Bridal Makeup. We welcome brides to our cozy salon on their wedding day, or we will be happy to travel to their home, venue, or hotel. We love making our brides look and feel beautiful. It’s your day, you’re the “ONE.”

Wedding Hair

One Salon & Bridal Co.
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What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding day beauty?

I advise brides to bring photos of inspiration for their hair and makeup goals along with a photo of their bridal gown and hair accessories or veil with them to their bridal trial. It’s important that the hair and makeup photos match their skin tone and hair color. Be very clear with your stylist regarding your expectations. “Communication is the key to meeting those expectations. “Another great tip is to schedule your trial prior to a dress fitting, your bridal shower, or Bachelorette celebration.

Bridal Veil

One Salon & Bridal Co.
Photo By: Preservation Photography

What trends do you see coming for the 2021/2022 bridal seasons?

The bridal hair trends this season are more sleek and sophisticated. Think classic, elegant, and romantic. Hair and makeup trends also follow the bridal dress trends where we are seeing more lace, long sleeves, and more traditional, elegant styles.

What is your favorite part of working with brides and their families?

Our favorite part of being a part of our brides’ wedding day are the special relationships we build with them. It is an honor to be a part of this monumental day in their lives. We are not just there to do our beautiful work, we build relationships that last decades. “We are a part of their families and they are a part of ours.”

Bride and Flower Girl

One Salon & Bridal Co.
Photo By: Preservation Photography

How should brides contact you if they would like to book One Salon and Bridal Company for their wedding day beauty? How far in advance should they book you? What aspects of wedding planning should brides do before contacting you?

Brides typically contact us through our website. They fill out our intake form and our bridal Coordinator walks them through the process, scheduling their bridal trial and setting up their time line for their wedding day hair and makeup.
We suggest setting up their contact with us no less than 6 months prior to their wedding day. Due to the pandemic the next few years are going to be our busiest bridal seasons ever, so the sooner the better.

We recommend setting up your bridal contract with us once you have your wedding venue reserved and have chosen your wedding gown. We will also need to know how many are in your wedding party and what services they will be having done from our salon. That way we can reserve the number of stylists, and makeup artists we need to accommodate your bridal party and timeline.
We absolutely adore our Brides!


Now you have all the information you need to book your bridal beauty! If you would like to learn more about One Salon and Bridal Co. you can reach out to them via their website (https://www.theonesalon.com/). For more wedding planning tips and inspiration, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog Posts below! Happy Planning! Thank you so much to Ami Christianson, owner of One Salon & Bridal Co. for participating in our Vendor Feature and for answering our questions!

Geode Wedding Cake Ideas

2021/2022 Wedding Cake Ideas

2021/2022 Wedding Cake Ideas

Cake at a wedding is such a classic. In years past, people were leaning toward cupcakes, candy bars, and even donuts for their wedding dessert of choice. But coming back strong for this wedding planning season is the classic wedding cake! 2021/2022 has plenty of stunning, yummy, & creative wedding cake ideas. Here are some of our favorites sure to inspire your wedding cake selection.

Geode Cake

From the trend of gemstones and crystals comes the geode cake! Geode cakes are easily customizable for your wedding colors. The sparkle, often made from sugar, adds fun and formality to your wedding cake. Below is a geode cake by Erica Koren Cakery. This is just one beautiful option of many options for shapes and colors.

Timeless White Wedding Cake With A Twist

A white wedding cake is a classic option! There are so many variations and textures you could choose from. If you have a lace wedding dress, you can choose a coordinating lace design. If you are having a wedding with lots of vibrant colors, a simple white cake is a great neutral option. For a simple white wedding cake, frosting can be in beautiful patterns without overwhelming your color scheme. The beautiful cake below with sugar pearls is by The Cakery Inc.

Watercolor Cake

A fun, colorful option is watercolor cakes! We love how different shades of the same color, or even different colors, can be blended together in one cake. Often, these cakes pull together multiple different wedding colors making them a beautiful decorative piece for your wedding reception. This artful watercolor cake is by Two Wild Seeds.

Drip Cake

This wedding cake idea is perfect for the chocolate or fruit lovers! Drip cakes can have either a chocolate drip or a fruit flavored drizzle down the cake. This is a great choice if you are indecisive as to what kind of cake you want. If you are in between chocolate and vanilla, you could choose vanilla cake with a chocolate drip to make each of you happy. The delicious drip cake below is by The Sugar Path.

We hope the photos above will make your wedding cake selection easy as cake! If you have already chosen your wedding cake, we’d love to hear which you chose! Comment what kind of cake you chose below! For more wedding planning inspiration & tips, check out the Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!

Burnt Orange Wedding

Color Inspiration- An Orange Wedding

One of the hot wedding colors coming for 2021/2022 season is orange! Orange does not have to be for Halloween. There are so many shades of orange and coordinating colors to help you create your wedding vision. Here is some orange wedding color inspiration for the orange wedding of your dreams!

Wedding Formality

Wedding Formality Options

Wedding Formality Options

Once you get engaged your next step is to establish what type of wedding you want to have. Wedding formality options are a great place to start. The options range from back yard casual to white tie formal. It’s important before you choose your venue you think about how formal you want your wedding to be. To make your decision easier, here are some wedding formality options you can choose from.

White Tie Formal

White tie formal is typically the most formal of weddings. Think attire from “The Princess Diaries” ball. For women, wear a floor length, formal gown. Specifically, you should wear a ballgown with long, maybe with white gloves. It is, however, important to remember to not outshine the bride, don’t go too eye catching. For the men, plan on wearing a white bow tie and a long, black tailcoat with white gloves.

Black Tie Formal

A black tie formal wedding is a small step down in wedding formality from a white tie formal wedding. Black tie formal typically means women wear sleek, floor length gowns, no ballgown necessary. For the men black tie formal typically means a black bow tie and black tuxedo, no tailcoat necessary.

Formal/Black Tie Optional

Another step down in wedding formality from the black tie formal wedding is the formal/black tie optional wedding. In this case, women can wear a formal cocktail or T-length dress. Men can choose to wear either a tuxedo or a suit with their tie of choice. Remember, while this wedding is less formal than the white or black tie affairs, suits and dresses are still recommended.

Cocktail Attire

For a cocktail attire wedding, think going out for a date in the city. For women, a cocktail dress or skirt and formal top are great options. Another great option for women is the ever popular jumpsuit! For a cocktail attire wedding men can wear a suit with, or without, a tie. Feel free to leave the bow tie at home.

Semi-Formal

For a semi formal wedding there are multiple options for both men and women. Women can wear either a nice, but practical dress, nice skirt and top, or nice formal pants and formal top. For the men, plan on wearing suit, or dress pants, and a dress shirt or sweater are a great option. Preferably do not wear khaki pants. There is much room for interpretation with semi-formal weddings, but it is always better to err more on the formal side just incase.

Casual Wedding

For a casual wedding you can keep the formal clothes such as dresses and suits at home. Preferably, you would not wear sweats to a casual wedding. However; cute jeans and a nice top, or a casual sun, or maxi, dress are a great options for women. For men plan on wearing nice jeans or comfortable khakis with a polo shirt or whatever shirt feels nice, but not barbecue to you.

Back Yard Casual

Speaking of barbecues, at a backyard casual wedding you can wear anything you would hang out at a barbecue wearing. That being said, it is still a wedding. For women, jeans and a cute top work well. For men jeans and a nice t-shirt are a good option. Think what you would wear to hang out with your friends if they invited you over for dinner. This will help you avoid looking too informal but also not too formal.

Which wedding formality option did you choose? How did you make your decision? Did it make choosing your venue and wedding attire a lot easier? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Wedding Day Tissues

Wedding Day Essentials

Wedding Day Essentials

With so many things to do planning for your wedding day it can be easy to forget some personal essentials. These small things will make your wedding day a lot more comfortable. Even better, you could prevent any mishaps before they happen! We put together a wedding day essentials checklist so you can enjoy your day; regardless of any hiccups.

1.) Blister Band-Aids

While wedding shoes are so pretty, they can be painful by the end of the night. It’s important to wear in your wedding day shoes weeks before the wedding day, but if you forgot; we’ve got you covered. Blister Band-Aids are thicker than normal Band Aids. These essentials are perfect for any location on your aching feet, or even if your dress is rubbing in an uncomfortable place.

2.) Tissues, Tissues, & Extra Tissues

Trust us! On your wedding day, you can never have enough tissues! From blotting wedding day makeup, to catching tears, you’ll want to have plenty stocked. Great hiding places are in flowers, on chairs, and in table centerpieces just incase.

3.) A Bottle Of Pain Reliever

No one wants to spend their wedding day with the unexpected headache or cramps. Make sure you have your pain reliever bottle of choice nearby just incase. It’s great incase anyone happens to have a hangover as well. You can never be too prepared.

4.) Period Products

It’s a fact of life. Sometimes we get surprised. Don’t be surprised on your wedding day wearing a white dress! Also, be the real MVP if any of your bridesmaids or guests are in need too. Let’s be real, it’s happened at at least one wedding we’ve been to.

5.) Mints, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash

Everyone loves flavorful food, but maybe not so great for kissing and photos. Make sure your delicious coffee doesn’t show on your teeth during pictures. Have multiple options, you’ll be glad you did when you have fresh breath and a gleaming white smile in your wedding photos. This is great tip for the groom and whole bridal party too.

6.) Heartburn Medication/Antacids

There’s nothing worse than a queasy stomach or heartburn on your wedding day. Make sure you’re prepared with your perfect remedy. It’s also good to have extras on hand for any friends too. You’ll want to be able to enjoy your delicious wedding cake and food without pain.

Do you have any wedding day essentials you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments below. For more wedding planning inspiration and advice check out the other Chicago Wedding Blog Posts below. Happy Planning! 

Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding Favor Ideas

When you think of your wedding guest tables you think of the centerpieces and table linens. But have you thought about wedding favors yet? These are a great way to say thank you to your guests as well as pull your wedding theme together. Here are some great wedding favor ideas sure to please your guests.

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Five Holiday Gifts Ideas For Newlyweds

Five Holiday Gift Ideas For Newlyweds

The holidays always sneak up on us. As they are quickly approaching, there is no time to waste in choosing your holiday gifts. for the newlyweds in your life! Here are five great, helpful newlywed gift ideas for the newlyweds we know they will love!

Unpurchased Registry Gifts

An easy gift idea is to buy them any wedding registry gift that was not purchased. You know they’ll love it because they picked it out. Often, there are a bunch of little things left over. This situation can make a fun gift set by wrapping each small gift individually and putting them in a decorative bowl. You can purchase small gifts as one theme, such as baking, to make a well thought out gift.

Newlywed Christmas Ornaments/Holiday Decor

Every family celebrates different holidays and differently at those holidays. Regardless of what holiday the newlyweds celebrate, a great gift idea is to get them “our first married (insert holiday here)” gifts. Whether you choose an ornament, customized wreath, or wall décor; it’s bound to be a keepsake they’ll treasure for years.

Monogrammed Gifts

If the couple changed last names, this is a great gift! You could get the bride(s) their new monogram in a necklace, clothing, or home décor. You could the groom(s) a newly monogrammed leather wallet, cufflinks, or cellphone case. The exciting and new changes couples experience after there wedding are something to celebrate. What better way to recognize their new life together than using their new initials on a gift?

Framed Wedding Photos or Newlywed Family Photos

Wedding photos are some of the most cherished photos for families. We think a great idea to welcome the newlyweds as a family and into their greater families is framed wedding and family photos. Often until weddings, there aren’t many photos with the full family, including both newlyweds. Giving wedding, or new family, photos is a great way to welcome the spouse of your loved ones into your family.

Home Appliances Or Tools

Often, after couples get married they purchase a home or move to a new rental. A great way to help the newlyweds make their home their own is gifting small home appliances or tools. If the couple loves coffee, there are plenty of fancy coffee and espresso makers to choose from. Home improvement tool sets are always useful. If the couple has new furniture to put together or fixer upper projects; tools are the perfect gift.


We hope this gave you some easy, helpful holiday gift ideas for the newlyweds in your life. No matter what holiday you celebrate; we know the newlyweds in your life would love these great gifts! For more wedding planning inspiration and advice, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy planning!

Wedding Planning Stress Relief

Wedding Planning Stress Relief

Let’s face it, whether it’s a normal wedding planning year or 2020, wedding planning is stressful. To avoid taking out your angst on your friends and family it’s important to take breaks. Don’t allow wedding planning to take over your life! Here are five tips for wedding planning stress relief.

1.) Free Exercise Classes Online

Did you know the endorphins you create by moving off your couch make you happier? Why sit in anxiety if you don’t have to? When you’re feeling overwhelmed, YouTube has thousands of free exercise videos, from yoga to HIIT. No need to spend money for expensive subscriptions. Take advantage of free resources. Better yet, make a routine of for how long you wedding plan before you take a break and work it out. Your brain and body will thank you when you feel like an emotionally and physically healthier bride/groom.

2.) Therapy

Weddings can bring up years of family or friend tension and chaos. Those stressful situations are bound to have a negative effect on your emotional health. It is now easier than ever to see a therapist. You can use online resources like Talk Space or Better Help or simply use the therapist finder resource on Psychology Today. You can even narrow down therapist by specialty, location, & sex. There is no shame in seeing a therapist. We all need stress relief from a safe space to speak openly and problem solve. You’ll leave feeling better and continue to grow as a person throughout the process. It’s really a stress relief win-win!

3.) Soak in that Vitamin D, go outside!

Did you know 42% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D? Being deficient in Vitamin D can cause all sorts of negative side effects such as depression, illness, exhaustion, & muscle pain. No one wants that! A great way to soak in some Vitamin D, which is a real mood booster is to go outside! Whether it’s cold or warm, going for a walk outside can do everything from boosting your mood to your immune system. Everyone benefits from some fresh air and sunshine!

4.) Watch a funny movie or TV series with your fiancé!

They say laughter is the best medicine and we agree! If there is a movie or TV series that makes you guys laugh; that’s a great place to start. Stay away from drama or sci-fi if you are stressed. Your body’s adrenaline will pump, which is the opposite of stress relief. Better yet, make a night of it! Pop some popcorn, have some wine, or make your favorite dinner. The more special you make it, the more fun it will be.

5.) Organize Your Living Space

They say if your living space is organized you feel less stressed; we agree! Have you lost a wedding contract under a pile of books, magazines and papers? It’s time to organize! You could get a wedding planning file folder to keep important documents together. Organize one space in your home to do wedding planning to avoid losing anything. Then your whole house doesn’t get buried under wedding planning papers and chaos. This option will not just benefit your wedding planning, but also your every day life.



What did you do to control your wedding planning stress? Did anyone give you good wedding planning stress relief advice? Share in the comments below! For more wedding planning inspiration check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2021

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2021

Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2021 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on The Knot. The Knot is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides. The Knot Best of Weddings 2021 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country.

Wedding Photography

Wedding Day Photography Planning

Wedding Day Photography Planning

Congratulations, you’re engaged and have chosen your photographer! Now your wedding is quickly approaching. It is important to keep track of the photos you would like on your wedding day. We recommend making a list and photo schedule to keep you organized. We will teach you how to create your wedding day photography planning list and schedule.

Who?

It is will make your photographer’s job easier if they know who’s who in your family and bridal party. So make a list of names and titles. For example if your sister’s name is Emma you would say, “Emma, bride’s sister.” You only have to do this for your bridal party and immediate family.

What?

This step is mainly important for the engaged/newlywed couple. Are there specific poses you want together? For example, some brides and grooms want photos of them doing a specific pose or from a certain angle. Make one list of the photos you want of just you two. Step two on this one would be if you want photos with specific groups, for example college friends, high school friends, etc.

Where?

Do you have specific locations you want specific photos? The photographer needs to know your preferences on what photos are taken where. For example, if you want just immediate family photos at the church. In that case, the bridal party gets a break until outdoor photos begin at the reception venue. Group photos by location so your photographer can easily keep track of the photos they need to at each location.

When?

This is an important one! The day of your wedding you’re on a tight schedule, but if you plan ahead it will not seem tight. Your photographer needs the time of your wedding, but will also need the order in which you’d like photos taken. Sometime it is mart to do only immediate family at the church. The bridal party will have a break, then photos are being taken at the park. Lastly, just you and your fiancé are taking solo photos at the reception venue.

Why?

Your photographer can be your best friend on the ‘why’ front. It will be helpful the photographer knows any family or friend dynamics that may be at play at your wedding. For example, if you have divorced parents, who do not get along. Knowing that will help the photographer know to rush through the photos they take together to minimize interaction. In contrast, if grandma has a bad hip and needs to sit down. In that case, the photographer can have a chair ready as well as the ability to get grandma’s photos done first.

Finalized Schedule

Once you have your lists divided by the above categories you’ll put them together in a wedding day timeline, e-mail, and print off copies for safe keeping and for the photographer. This way, you’ll be confident you don’t forget anyone in your photos, have an organized, stress free wedding day, and have perfect wedding day photos you will cherish for years to come!

For more wedding planning tips and inspiration, check out the Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!