Post # 1
I’m a little stressed lately and I figured you all might be the best source of understanding…
I’ve got two (fairly big) things left on my to do list for my March wedding: PASTOR and make up. The Pastor thing is really heartbreaking to me as I grew up in church. My fiance and I live in a different city than where our wedding will take place, so we don’t have a home church in our wedding town anymore. Additionally, FI didn’t grow up going to church, so he doesn’t have anyone he can contact. I went through four former pastors and three friends who are pastors — all of which cannot help us out. 🙁 I’m starting to freak out about this a little bit.
Our venue (non-religious) has an officiant or two that they recommend, so I suppose if this weekend rolls around and I still have nothing, I’ll be putting in calls to them. I’m dreading that. “Hi, My name is Anna. You don’t know me or my FI, but we need someone to marry us in 2.5 months…” 🙁 I suppose we could always have a friend certified as an officiant in GA. Anyone know anything about this process??
Another point of freak out for me is make up. I don’t wear it on a normal basis so there’s really no hope of DIY-ing my wedding day look. A friend said she would put me in touch with someone but I haven’t heard back from her. I really don’t know where else to turn. I don’t live in Atlanta (where the wedding is) so I have no leads. Anyone know of a good (INEXPENSIVE) make up artist in Atlanta? I don’t want a lot of make up, I just want to not be washed out in photos…
Otherwise, I’m stoked! We’re getting our first registry gifts in and our RSVPs could start coming anytime now. I wish I could just get these two big things nailed down. Any help or advice bees?
Post # 3
I had my brother ordained online at the Universal Life Church, its super easy, all’s they have to do is fill out a form, pay $12 and its done. You just have to make sure the state of Georgia sees it as a legal marriage if done that way. I called the Attorney General’s office in Maryland just to triple check before we did it that way. As far as makeup, I don’t have any tips. I don’t wear it ever, and my BFF is pretty good at it and knows how minimal I like it, so she did mine and my sisters for our wedding and it turned out great even when I was sobbing throughout the ceremony.
I hope you can make it work, if you have a friend or relative you can trust with the ceremony then you have the officiant worked out. Hope you can get some tips on the makeup!
Post # 4
Have you tried posting on the Georgia board, or just googling Atlanta+make-up? I’m sure there are some women on the hive who could help you with the make-up aspect of things.
As for the pastor/officiant. Would you rather have a friend marry you, or someone who is a “full-time” wedding officiant who does not know you? Also, do you have a friend who would feel comfortable being ordained and performing this duty for you?
Post # 5
@pvaulter: We’d really prefer to have a “real” officiant perform the ceremony for us (thus my marathon pastor search). But at this point, we’re willing to pursue the option of having a friend or someone close to the family marry us. We haven’t officially tested the waters with anyone yet though.
@MrsSl82be: Thanks for the tips on make up and officiants. I may end up going the friend route. My only concern is that all of my friends have much darker complexions than I do. (Red hair, pasty skin, freckles here!) I’m just afraid they wouldn’t know what to do with me! 🙂
Post # 6
I just found my makeup lady a few months ago! I’m getting a friend of a friend to do ours, and as for our officiant…we don’t have one either!! And I believe our wedding’s a week or so before yours! Don’t stress too much. A lot of the things for a wedding is done a couple months prior. As long as you have your big stuff (caterer, photographer, florist, etc.) done, then you’re good!!
Post # 7
@Lees4308: Thanks for the reassurance! It’s nice to know that someone else is officiant-less just like me. Makes me feel that I’m not really behind the curve after all. 🙂
Post # 8
I just moved to ATL and we don’t have an officiant either.. but I do have a make up artist.. I love her.. she’s on YT… I’m sure she can do you up as little or as much as you like…
Post # 9
DCAnna, where in the ATL area is your wedding? I might can send you some recommendations based on that…
Post # 10
Hi DCAnna, I dont know if this help, but I attended a bridal show this pass Sunday, and there was an make up artist at the show, she did my make up and I really like it, her name is Michelle (or you can call her Mishy). She told me that she charges 250 for bridal make up, including 1 make up trial before the wedding, and she also stay with you the whole time to do touch up for your photos. I think it’s pretty awesome! her email address is [email protected] and she has a facebook page, just search for Mishmakeup.
Post # 11
I have a friend who is an awesome makeup and hair artist. She does alot of it for runway shows too and is a model.
I could get you in touch w/her as she’s done quite a few weddings before!