By anniedaly
September 05, 2013 03:04 PM

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New York Fashion Week has officially begun! On Wednesday night, Benefit Cosmetics hosted the REAL-volutionary Awards to kick off the big week, and when we hit up the party, we assumed everyone would be talking about designers and runway shows. But Ashley Tisdale had something else on her mind: her big day.

“I want to make sure it’s perfect!” the 28-year-old actress gushed to PEOPLE exclusively about her upcoming wedding to rocker Christopher French. “But it’s going to be a while. I started a Pinterest board, but I’m not one to rush anything. For me, it’s stressful just thinking about my birthday, so I can’t imagine my wedding day!”

The star also revealed that she’s thinking about cutting (or, uh, getting rid of) her long locks soon. “It’s more like taking my extensions out,” she laughed. “I love to rock a shorter ‘do in the fall. Summer’s fun for long beachy hair, but then I like to be lighter in the fall. Everyone goes darker and I want to go lighter — it’s not as typical.”

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Wonder if she’ll get bridal gown (or hair) inspiration from any of the looks that will go down the runway at New York Fashion Week. (Tiz, we’ve got you covered: We’ll keep an eye out for wedding inspiration looks for you to add to your Pinterest board.)

Tell us: Are you most excited to see the clothing or the beauty looks at New York Fashion Week?

–Annie Daly