Brides don’t need anyone to stress to them the importance of looking good on their wedding day. After all, they already know of the photographs that they will be displaying for the rest of their life, the friends and family members they haven’t seen for years and probably won’t see again for a few more years to come and the fact that they (along with their partner) are going to be the center of attention all night long. But as much as a hair and makeup professional can make a difference, there are some things you can do to help them out. Clear skin and healthy hair, for example, are easier for any professional to work with.
1.) Get plenty of sleep. As much as you’ve probably heard it, sleep has more benefits than you think. Growth hormones that initiate tissue repair, for example, are most active during your deepest stage of sleep (the stage right before REM. Plus, collagen (which is responsible for increasing the firmness of your skin) is at its peak during sleep hours. Beauty sleep, indeed.
2.) Drink plenty of water (and ditch the other stuff). Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps to flush out toxins and other waste products (which your energy drink, coffee and wine are only adding to), and it helps your organs function properly (which can be reassuring with the amount of stress you are probably under). Plus, being properly hydrated helps you have more energy and improves the texture of your skin.
3.) Eat clean food. That means lay off on the preservatives and salt, specifically. If you’re drinking plenty of water, let it do its job! Don’t sabotage it by eating crap! Fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those that are darkly colored, like spinach, blueberries and blackberries) have anti-oxidants and plenty of water, while foods like bananas, cranberries and asparagus are natural diuretics, ridding your body of any excess fluid it’s holding on to (hello no more bloating).
4.) Get plenty of exercise. Not only does an adequate amount of exercise keep you feeling great (literally, it’s the best natural anti-depressant out there), but it also keeps your looking great. Besides the obvious health and beauty benefits (you’ll look amazing in your wedding dress and be able to dance the night away without feeling out of breath), your skin, hair and nails will thank you as well. Not only does regular exercise keep cortisol levels (which create wrinkles) at bay, it also improves circulation, which means less acne, healthier shinier hair and the end of yellow, brittle nails.
5.) Moisturize and use SPF. Dry hair and skin is not attractive on anyone, and as much as you love that tan, it’s only doing damage to your body. Help yourself out by keeping your skin moisturized with an SPF rich lotion, and consider giving your hair a weekly deep moisturizing treatment during the weeks leading up to your wedding.
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There is a lot that goes into choosing a bridesmaid dress for your wedding; you don’t simply pick the first thing off the rack and apply it to the five girls that will be standing alongside you on your wedding day. Something that would look darling on you might look incredibly unflattering on your friends, and something that you think anyone could afford might be a whole month’s rent to another pal. However, as much thought that goes into choosing your bridesmaid dresses, you should be good as long as you keep these four tips in mind you should be good to go:
1.) The price is right. You might even want to ask ahead of time before deciding on a price range. Of course this is your wedding, but if none of your bridesmaids can afford the dress, they might have to bow out of being your bridesmaids, and isn’t who is standing up there with you more important than what they’re wearing?
2.) If the dresses suit the wedding theme. Formal weddings need formal bridesmaid dresses while casual countryside weddings can get away with casual bridesmaid sundresses. There are countless bridesmaid dresses available to you, but don’t go choosing one until you have an idea of what kind of wedding you’ll be throwing. Many brides make the mistake of buying a wedding dress and then deciding on other factors later. Then they realize the whimsical, breezy dress they fell in love with isn’t going to be appropriate for the formal church wedding they’re planning. With how difficult it is to find a new wedding dress, can you imagine how difficult it would be to find five new bridesmaid dresses?
3.) Comfort is key. Nothing spoils a good time faster than wearing something uncomfortable. Whether it’s shoes that are too high, a dress that is constantly riding up or undergarments that pinch in all the wrong places, it’s pretty tough to have a good time when you’re in constant discomfort, so aim to find dresses that all your girls can dance the night away in without feeling self-conscious.
This also includes considering which undergarments they’ll have to wear. Strapless dresses can be difficult for busty girls to wear all night. Even with a good bra, they’re likely to be pulling and tugging to make sure everything is in place. If you have a couple girls in your ensemble that are, shall we say, a bit “top heavy’, consider choosing dresses that have straps or some kind of built-in support.
4.) Keep it appropriate. That gorgeous mini-dress might look absolutely adorable on your 5’2” frame, but on your 5’11” Maid of Honor it could look downright scandalous. If you fall in love with a specific dress though, consider getting the long version and then leaving it up to the girls to hem it to a shorter length that would be appropriate to their height.
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Summer Wedding Hair Tips
Summer is quickly creeping up and that means plenty of summer wedding hair dilemmas. Many brides this time of year make the mistake of choosing their hairstyle while they’re in the salon; they pick out something that’s absolutely gorgeous that fits their theme and compliments their features, only to have it all fall apart on the day of their wedding. Wind, humidity and high heat can all cause chaos on a perfectly planned updo. So this summer, whether you are getting married or are simply attending a wedding, here are a few tips to ensure your hair will be the least of your problems:
1.) Fight sun damage. You probably remember to apply sunscreen to your skin, but what about your hair? UV rays are just as damaging to your hair as they are to your skin, leaving your hair dry, brittle and dull. Plus, if you’re planning on wearing your hair that leaves a part somewhere, you’re going to want to make sure you have sunscreen on that area of your scalp. Various leave-in conditioners and hairsprays now have SPF (or HPF), so choose wisely.
2.) Fight humidity. No one wants frizz and fly-aways on their wedding day, so be ready to counteract any unsuspecting humidity. The best thing to do in this case is to work with your hair, not against it. A leave-in conditioner may once again prove useful, while a smoothing serum will help with those out of control fly-aways. Less is more though; too much will make your hair appear greasy and limp. A light touch with the styling products will keep your look fresh.
3.) Consider your hair length. Long hair and short hair often need entirely different styling products and techniques. A haircut might also be in order if you want to look your absolute best. Long, flowing curls might look better with some longer layers added throughout and an already short do might look absolutely darling if you were to have an sophisticated pixie cut. Of course, you should always consult an experienced hair stylist before trying anything drastic.
4.) Trust your stylist. Hair stylists have seen it all, so they do know what they’re talking about. If you have issues with a specific style you should absolutely voice your opinions, but you should also trust that your stylist knows what they’re doing. Plus, if they suggest a specific product or style, you have every right to give it a test run. Use the products they will use on your wedding day a month or two before to see how your hair reacts.
5.) Don’t forget the accessories! Part of the fun in wedding hair is the accessories! There are veils, flowers, brooches, hair clips and many other things to play around and have fun with. Whatever style you’re going for, there is most likely a perfect accessory to go along with it. Of course a natural look is perfect as well, but you’ll want to know all your options before making a decision!
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5 Things to Do Immediately After Getting Engaged – Now A Wedding!
One of you asked and the other said yes: congratulations! Now a WEDDING!!!!These next few weeks are probably going to be some of the happiest times in your entire life, so it’s completely understandable if your mind checks out of a few things. How are you supposed to focus at work when people are stopping by your cubicle for a quick proposal story? How are you supposed to do anything with your new shiny ring staring right at you? Which reminds us, you might want to take a day or two off from driving…
Of course there are also a few important things you need to take care of, and lucky for you we have already made a list:
1.) Tell those closest to you. It might be your first instinct to shout the good news from the highest mountaintop you can find (aka: Facebook), but your closest friends and family deserve better than that. These are the people that love you most, so deserve to find out from you in person, not over a computer screen. Besides, announcing it on Facebook before you’ve told your inner circle will rob you of seeing their faces the first time they hear the news.
2.) Insure your ring. The immediate weeks after you get engaged are some of the riskiest times for your new ring. People will not only want to see it, but they’ll want you to take it off so they can see it up close (and even try it on, as some of your closest girlfriends will probably do). So make sure you insure it right after the proposal.
3.) Lay off the wedding logistics. Wedding planning is stressful, and there’s plenty of time to lose sleep over the guest list and the price of the venue. So kick back and relax, this is a truly unique time in your life and you should enjoy the feeling of just being engaged!
4.) But feel free to fantasize. However, we know that wedding planning is also part of the fun, so by all means collect inspiration! Invite your girlfriends over for a night of drinking wine while flipping through bridal magazines. Stay up late with your fiancé laughing about the idea of the two of you using a penguin as your ring bearer. Have fun with it!
5.) Throw a party! Not an engagement party (that takes planning and comes later), just a celebratory “We’re engaged!” party. Invite everyone over for a backyard BBQ or have everyone to get dressed up and meet you at your favorite restaurant. Be prepared to show off your ring and tell the proposal story over and over again (trust us, at this point, it just gets better every time). And once again, congratulations!
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Chances are, you’ve probably had an idea of what you want your hair to look like on your wedding day for some time now. You probably have a decent Pinterest board of various cuts and style that you’re considering incorporating somehow. Of course all of these styles will look amazing on you in the salon chair, but as soon as you need to test them out by dancing in a hot and humid environment, everything could very well fall apart. Your hair stylist should be able to take care of that for their wedding day (after all, that is what they do for a living), but we’ve got a few other things you might want to consider if you want to make their job as easy as possible.
1.) Don’t forget the hair protection factor. Sure everyone knows to put sunscreen on their skin, but what about their hair? Your hair and scalp is just as susceptible to UV damage as the rest of your body. Fortunately, it’s the 21st century, which means there are plenty of products on the market that can alleviate this issue. Just choose your favorite spray-on product or leave-in condition that comes with a little extra UV protection power.
2.) Understand how humidity works. You can’t make your hair immune to the effects of humidity, but with the right products a little humidity can actually help your style. Using smoothing conditions and serums will work with the moisture in the air to help seal the cuticle and tame fly-aways. This is definitely an occasion where you want as little product in your hair as possible; otherwise your style will end up looking limp and maybe even greasy.
3.) Have the right haircut. As we all know, a decent haircut can make a world of differences in the way a person looks and feels. So getting a quick trim before your wedding day is of course recommended to make sure your style looks as fresh as possible. However, doing something drastic like going from long hair to a pixie-cut might be something to save until after your big day. You might love it, but then again you might hate it, and now you’ll have hundreds of pictures reminding you of that haircut you despised. Work with a stylist and save the experimental cuts for the honeymoon or later.
4.) Choose the right accessories. There are so many accessories to choose from, it’s a wonder you can even narrow it down to one. Work with a stylist so choose a hairstyle and a perfectly complimenting hair accessory. Perhaps you want something soft and romantic, like long flowing locks with a sweet flower, or something elegant and sophisticated like a one-of-a-kind tiara atop an intricate updo. Either way, you should be able to choose something amazing to make your hair look the best it’s ever been for your wedding day.
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Before the wedding there is the bridal shower. The task of throwing a bridal shower can stress a lot of people out, and when it’s a surprise party the stress can be even greater. However, we’re some of the millions of people out there that believe making the bridal shower a surprise bridal shower is what takes it to the next level. So we’ve got a few tips to help you pull it off with ease:
1.) Choose your date with care. Choosing the date is probably the most important part of this process, especially with all the extra work the bride will be doing in relation to her upcoming wedding. If she thought she was busy before, she’s definitely going to be busy now, so make sure you pick a date that she will absolutely be able to stick to.
A great way to ensure she’s coming is to make the party for someone else, then give her a small role. She has to bring cookies or something. Just that small commitment will usually be enough to make sure she comes no matter what. Plus, then if she catches wind of the “party”, she’ll still think it’s for a friend and your cover won’t be completely blown.
2.) Don’t forget about the groom! No matter how well you think you may know the bride, the groom is the one who is going to spend the rest of his life with her, so he probably knows her pretty well too. Keeping him in the loop will not only give you an inside edge into what she’s thinking during this crazed time, but will also help the groom bond a little bit with all of the bride’s favorite people.
3.) Plan to have guests there with plenty of time to spare. If you’re going to plan a surprise party, the guest of honor obviously needs to be the last one to arrive. Tell your guests at least an hour (maybe even two if you still need help with setting up and decorations) to ensure everyone will be there with plenty of time to spare. Besides, getting to see the look on her face when she realizes the party is for her is the highlight of the night, and who would want to miss that?
4.) Make it all about her. If she’s obsessed with everything French, make it a Parisian themed party. If she every Disney movie ever made, have the games revolve around this love of Disney movies. No matter what you do, make it something that she will absolutely love.
5.) Plan to keep it short but allow it to continue. Plan for a short party and then if she still has time it can be extended to include certain events. Don’t automatically expect her to be able to stay for six hours after she was just surprised with the idea 30 minutes ago. And if there is to be drinking involved, make sure she has a way to get home safe (insert fiancé’s name here).
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When it comes to wedding planning, everyone wants their own wedding to be entirely unique. You want people to think to themselves, “Aww, isn’t that cute! Oh man I wish we would’ve thought of that for our wedding!”
But with the birth of social media (Pinterest, specifically), it’s become pretty difficult to come up an idea entirely your own. However, while many of these ideas listed below are not entirely new, what you do with them can create a one-of-a-kind experience.
1.) Make your own photo booth. Photo booths have become increasingly more popular in the last few years, and many couples are bucking the trend, but we think you should give it a second thought. While there are definitely high priced options available (actual photo booths that you plug in and receive tiny slides of your photos), you can easily make your own. Simply grab some props (crazy hats, mustaches and giant drinking glasses) and something to frame it (a window without glass) and let your guests line up and take photos of each other. Watching them interact with each other and all the props also makes for a great addition to your wedding video.
2.) Unique guestbooks. Everyone has a guestbook at their wedding, but this is a great opportunity to really get creative! Instead of just having them sign a book, have them leave their thumbprint on a thumbprint tree. Have them add their favorite “recipe for happiness” and place it in a recipe box. The options are endless!
3.) Interesting place cards. Place cards are another way to add a unique twist to your wedding. By no means do you have to use actual place cards; you can use playing cards, keys, clothespins, or even make your own. I’ve seen a couple that laminated their guests seat information on dried leaves for their fall wedding. So beautiful!
4.) Expand your venue. Just because you have a specific site for the ceremony and reception does not mean you have to limit yourself to only decorating these areas. Decorating the place where you get ready makes for fantastic photos and videos. You won’t have to worry about taking pictures in a boring and nondescript hotel bathroom. No need to go overboard, just a few flowers, balloons or signs that match the theme of your wedding. And speaking of signs…
5.) Make some signs. Signs are a great way to put your own personal touch on your big day. Of course everyone knows who you and your soon-to-be spouse are, but why not add some fun signs? It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to bring your entire theme together. Plus, homemade signs create some of the best keepsakes around. You’ll be able to hang it in your bedroom for years to come.
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For many of us, the thought of getting married is also accompanied by the excitement of going on the honeymoon; a small amount of time that we get to spend with our new spouse without a care in the world. Of course that’s how it’s supposed to be, but if you hastily plan your honeymoon you could end up with some regrets upon arrival back home.
So we’ve got a few tips for you that should make your trip the most memorable (in a good way) honeymoon you could’ve ever planned.
1.) Go somewhere new. Relationship experts all agree that new experiences strengthen relationships. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip, but make sure there are at least a few new components of the trip. Even if you head off to your family’s cabin that you know better than the back of your hand, go off hiking to a new location or try your luck at fly-fishing for the first time.
2.) Hire a local photographer. This may seem completely random, but when will you ever have the chance to have professional picture taken of the two of you in Rome? Or Maui? Or Paris? A session would only take 30-60 minutes, and it would be an amazing way to capture the memory of your trip.
3.) Spread the word! Don’t hold back that the two of you are on your honeymoon. Many businesses will give you perks based on the fact that you are newlyweds. Hotels will comp you a better room, airlines will bump you up to first class and restaurants will give you dessert, on the house. Not always, of course, but you’d be surprised!
4.) Be prepared from day one. The fastest way to ruin your honeymoon is to get sunburned on the first day. Just go ahead and say goodbye to lounging by the beach and…you know…that other thing couples spend all day and night doing on their honeymoon. Wear the wrong shoes and you’ll be stuck with blisters all weekend long. So lather on sunscreen, wear the right shoes and look forward to enjoying your entire honeymoon.
5.) Let friends and family help. Many couples now list a “honeymoon fund” as part of the gift registry for their wedding. And for good reason too: guests can donate cash to your travel fund, or they can purchase things that you will be able to use on the trip, like scuba diving lessons or a historic tour of the location you’re headed to. Plus, this also allows them to be a part of your honeymoon without them actually being there. You’ll be thanking Uncle Phil for those surf lessons the entire time you’re out there, allowing him to be part of your memory without actually sneaking his way into your suitcase.
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No matter how many articles you read and how many people give you advice about your wedding day, there are still going to be a few things you’ll miss. And that’s no biggie; unless it’s one of these that we have listed. A little mistake here and there won’t ruin your big day, but any one of these might have some lasting effects. So here you go: the five wedding day mistakes you need to be aware of:
1.) Wearing 4-inch heels…all day long. There is nothing wrong with wearing the most extravagant and ridiculous heels you can find down the aisle. After all, this is your wedding day and if you want to be six inches taller (and do it with bright blue Louboutins), more power to you. But physics is physics, and unless you’re a superhero, you aren’t going to be able to dance the night away in those same shoes. Bring a set of flats or at least a more comfortable set of heels to wear for the majority of the night.
2.) Micromanaging your vendors. If you’ve done your research and hired professional vendors, there’s no reason to micromanage. Your photographer knows the best location for photos (and it’s probably not the spot you think), your DJ knows the right kind of music to play to get people up and dancing and your caterer knows how long it takes people to finish their salads before they bring out the next course. Just sit back and let them do their job; micromanaging is only going to make things worse!
3.) Having the bachelor/bachelorette party the night before the wedding. Think back to the craziest night of your life; now imagine how you spent the next day…probably lying in bed next to a trash can watching The Price is Right. You were probably in no shape to have any kind of event the next day, so for the love of God, don’t torture yourself! Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, don’t set yourself up for it to be the most miserable day!
4.) Demanding too much of your wedding party. Remember, your bridesmaids and groomsmen are all doing this as a favor. People don’t usually volunteer to take a ton of time out of their busy schedules, pay close to $1,000 just to be in a couple pictures next to you on the altar. So go easy on them; they are your best friends, and you don’t want to strain your friendship over a blow-out about silver, strappy sandals. Those strappy sandals won’t be holding your hand through the difficult moments of your life.
5.) Budget! It’s no fun but the couples that ignore this simple task are setting themselves up for disaster. Weddings are far more expensive than you probably realize, so take a second and figure out how much you’re willing to spend. You don’t want to be digging yourself out of debt for the next 20 years.
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What’s the first thing when you think of traditional romantic wedding? Red roses probably come to mind, along with some form of chocolates, but what else? Surely, a string ensemble of some kind also entered your mind. Hmm…
When it comes to weddings, many couples choose to accentuate the romantic theme running throughout. And why shouldn’t they; the entire day is about celebrating the love you and your fiancé have for each other, right? Of course it is! And while you don’t want to do something too traditional and played out, really stop for a second and think about the last time you attended a wedding that had an ensemble of string instruments. Personally, I’ve never been to that wedding, nor do I have any friends that have been to that wedding. So as traditional and “tired” as the concept may be, it’s actually very rarely done! And when something is rarely done but is insanely romantic, we say go for it.
Of course we do understand the financial limitations for hiring an entire group instead of a DJ, and we also know that getting down and dirty to a string quartet is a bit tough to do. So we’ve got a few ways to incorporate them into your wedding in a classy way that will still leave a memorable mark will also keep your wedding modern and fresh.
1.) As arrival music. Hiring a group to play for just an hour before guests arrive won’t break the bank and will add a beautiful touch to your big day. Many guests are unsure of what to do when they first arrive for a wedding, as there aren’t usually drinks or food available until after the ceremony. Showing them to their seats with delicate music playing will not only give them something to do (watching a group play is just as interesting as listening), but will also keep them from checking their watch every three minutes wondering when the show is about to start. Plus it puts them in the right mood to watch a beautiful ceremony. Want people to cry at your wedding? Have a string quartet playing in the background.
2.) For walking up and down the aisle. Of course if you’re going to have a short ceremony (20 minutes max), you might want to keep them around for the actual ceremony. They can play the song you walk down the aisle to (any song performed in strings is absolutely inspiring) and the song for your return trip.
3.) During photos. Your DJ may just be getting set up, so have the ensemble play a little something as background music while the cocktails and appetizers are being served. If the group plays modern hits, you can even have the guests request songs as a little fun activity to pass the time. Then as soon as you and your new spouse return from photos, have the DJ turn on the louder music and get your party started!
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