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Tips for the Bride
Do It Up Right PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 14:19
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How can you make sure  your hair is as perfect as everything else for your big day? 
* Plan ahead:    Book appointments and set up a schedule for the services you want, from cuts to hair colour, as well as a practice session and the actual wedding day. You’ll want regular trims, even if you’re growing your hair out. Schedule the final hair cut two weeks prior to the wedding. (One if your hair is short). 
At that time, stock up on any product you'll need to hold wedding-day style. 
Book the final hair colour application one-to-two weeks prior. 
And don’t forget to pick up a lightweight style-minder while you’re at the salon for the groom. You want something that will provide   the right amount of clean, flexible hold plus shine.
* Be Real: Work with your stylist to honestly assess your hair type, facial shape and personal style. That ornate updo worthy of Marie Antoinette doesn't suit everyone. If you are more of a natural type,  consider something less structured.  Bring lots of photos to the salon. Think about the location of your wedding, too. If it's outside you will want to consider  the possibility of wind, humidity, even rain. 
* Get the Picture:  It’s your big day and you’re going to be photographed a lot. Think about that when deciding on your hair style, not just how it will look in the photos today but down the road. Avoid anything too trendy. Make sure there's visual interest at the front. Snap pictures from every angle when you’re in the salon.
*Rehearse:  Bring your veil, and have your hairdresser do the ‘do'. 
 
Saying Thank You PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 14:07

Many people help make the wedding day special and it's customary for the bridal couple to acknowledge them in some way. These gifts are generally given out  at a pre-wedding occasion, often  the rehearsal dinner.
• Like the sentiment they convey the  gifts should be something thoughtful and enduring, not jokes or fads. 
• A nice gesture is to deliver each gift with personal remarks rather then pass them out en masse. This way the gift will have more significance.
• Start thinking of  ideas early. Make sure you allow for extra time if the gifts require engraving or personalizing.
GROOMSMAN
When selecting gifts for groomsmen, think about a gift they would like but probably wouldn’t buy themselves. Some options are cuff links, a fine watch, money clip, or a high-quality wallet. Feel free to splurge a little more on the best man.
BRIDESMAIDS
The traditional gift  for bridesmaids is  jewelry. But if you are looking for something a little different consider monogrammed stationery, a spa treatment, or another pampering session. As you have with the best man, feel free to bestow a little more thanks on the maid of honour with a more lavish gift. Younger bridal party members can get a similar gift, but keep their age in mind.
CLERGY
Many couples choose to make a financial donation to their house of worship. Additional tipping or monetary gifts can also be made for musicians, alter boys/girls, etc. A donation toward an officiant may also be appreciated.
PARENTS
The couple may  bestow a gift on their parents, especially meaningful if they are financially contributing to the wedding.  Jewelry or fine gifts in similar scope to that of the bridal party are good ideas. An excellent idea as well are engraved picture frames to hold a wedding picture.
OTHERS
Readers, soloists, ushers, etc. can be given a small token of   appreciation. A couple of suggestions are gift cards or a personalized memento. 
 
Flowers 101 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 14:01
A number of components should be considered when planning the flowers for your wedding.
* The bridal bouquet. It’s tradition for bridal bouquets to contain white or cream-colored flowers such as stephanotis, roses, orchids, or lilies. Many bridal bouquets also include fillers like baby’s breath as well as some green or ivy, as well as ribbons or additonal accessories.
* Bouquets for attendants. Attendants’ bouquets should be identical, and it’s best to co-ordinate these bouquets with the attendants’ gowns. Only the maid of honour traditionally receives a slighlty different bouquet, as it’s customary to give her one apart from the rest, though not significantly so.
* Boutonnieres for groomsmen and ushers. The guy’s side of the wedding also needs to take part in the floral plan. Worn in a buttonhole or lapel, a boutonniere should be worn on the left lapel and match a flower from the bridesmaids’ bouquet. The groom should also wear a boutonniere, though his should match a flower from the bride’s bouquet. When wearing boutonnieres, men should not wear additional accessories such as pocket squares.
* Flowers for special guests. Certain special guests, such as grandmothers and mothers, should receive corsages. While the corsages do not need to be identical, they should match the bridesmaids’ bouquets. It’s best to consult with a florist for a corsage colour that goes with anythings, as typically the corsages must be ordered before the bride and groom know what their mothers, grandmothers and other special guests will be wearing. 
 
Heads Up on Your Special Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 13:53

 

Hairbands and other unique hair accessories are popping up all over the fashion world, from gala openings to red carpet walks. A blushing bride who wants to explore new possibilities to complement her wedding day look can experiment with hair accessories, which add beauty and originality to her big day.
While bridal veils and tiaras are common adornments for a stroll down the aisle, trendy brides are realizing the versatility and affordability of hairhands. One to try is this vintage inspired band of champagne beaded Austrian crystals on a silk ribbon halo from band-do. Shimmer and sparkle as you celebrate your marriage union. Country sensation Taylor Swift wore this very halo as she made the party rounds after the American Country Music Awards in April.
Pairing simplicity of detail with amazing sparkle enables this accessory to complement a wide variety of gowns, whether you prefer an ethereal gossamer fabric or a Grecian-inspired sheath. 
A variety of unique accessories are a hot trend and today's blushing bride who wants to explore new possibilities to complement her wedding day look can experiment with hair accessories to add beauty and originality to the big day.
While bridal veils and tiaras are the most common adornments for that stroll to her groom, trendy brides are looking for the versatility and affordability. From crystal-beaded combs to hair bands, brides will shimmer and sparkle on their wedding day. 
By pairing simplicity  with impressive glitter these accessories complement a wide variety of gowns, from an ethereal gossamer fabric or a Grecian-inspired sheath. 

 

 
Wedding Dress For Success and Your Personal Style PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 13:35
For most brides-to-be, the choice of a dress is among the first and most important decisions in planning a wedding. With thousands of choices in every price range, finding the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult and time-consuming process. 
But by making some decisions before setting foot in a store, the search will be both easier and a whole lot more enjoyable.
First things first
Start by knowing your limits. To avoid disappointment down the line, determine the maximum amount that you can spend on a dress -- and don’t forget to include all the little extras, such as undergarments, shoes, jewelry, veil, and/or hair ornaments. 
Next, take an inventory of your personal style. If you know that you’re not comfortable in strapless or sleeveless dresses, for example, you can immediately eliminate these options. 
The trick is to rule out a few style options before hitting the magazines or stores and then be open to all other options.
Firm yet flexible
There will be no shortage of opinions -- from mothers, sisters, friends, and store personnel -- about your choice of a wedding dress, but the decision, ultimately, is the bride’s alone. 
A great strategy is to be open to suggestions about dresses to try on, but reserve the right to choose the look that feels right to you. With so many potential options, you might want to consider bringing along a camera and taking photos of yourself in the dresses that could be “contenders”.
Go for a flattering fit
Remember: Your goal is to find a dress that flatters your body and expresses your personal style -- not to fit into a particular size. If you look ghostly in white, feel free to choose a creamier shade or a dress that has decorative accents of a different color near your neck, shoulders and face. 
Similarly, there’s no rule that a wedding dress has to be floor-length. If you’re planning a daytime or more casual wedding, you might want to consider a tea-length dress (one that falls a few inches above the ankle) or go even shorter.
Comfort is key
Style and fit may be the two most important factors in choosing a wedding dress, but comfort should be a close third. Ask yourself if you will be comfortable in a particular dress given the setting in which your wedding will take place. 
For instance, if you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, you may want forego a dress with a long, trailing train that could trip you up on your walk to or down the aisle. 
Even if you’re planning an indoor event, having a dress and shoes that are as comfortable as they are beautiful will greatly increase your odds of enjoying your special day to the fullest. 
For most brides-to-be, the choice of a dress is among the first and most important decisions in planning a wedding. With thousands of choices in every price range, finding the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult and time-consuming process. 
But by making some decisions before setting foot in a store, the search will be both easier and a whole lot more enjoyable.
First things first
Know your limits and etermine the maximum amount that you can spend on a dress, including  all the little extras, such as undergarments, shoes, jewelry, veil, and/or hair ornaments. 
Then consider your personal style. If you know that you’re not comfortable in strapless or sleeveless dresses, for example, you can immediately eliminate these options. 
Ruling out a few style options before hitting the magazines or stores will help you stay open to all other options.
Firm Yet Flexible
A great strategy is to be open to suggestions about dresses to try on, but reserve the right to choose the look that feels right to you. Consider bringing along a camera and taking photos of yourself in the dresses that could be “contenders”.
Go For A Flattering Fit
Remember, the  goal is to find a dress that flatters your body and expresses your personal style -- not to fit into a particular size. For example, white isn't for everyone. A creamier shade or a dress that has decorative accents of a different colour near the neck, shoulders and face may be something to consider. 
Also, there’s no rule that a wedding dress has to be floor-length. If you’re planning a daytime or more casual wedding,   a tea-length dress (one that falls a few inches above the ankle) or even shorter are suitable choices.
Comfort Is Key
Style and fit may be the two most important factors in choosing a wedding dress, but comfort should be a close third.  
For instance, if you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, you may want forego a dress with a long, trailing train that could trip you up on your walk to or down the aisle. 
Even if you’re planning an indoor event, having a dress and shoes that are as comfortable as they are beautiful will greatly increase your odds of enjoying your special day to the fullest.