Fall in Love with Your Skin and be a Glowing Bride

Hello gorgeous brides!! The lovely folks at DHC Skincare sent us some wonderful samples to try out and we LOVED them! If your wedding coming up and you are looking for ways to look and feel even more beautiful on your special day, check out the amazing products DHC has to offer!

I absolutely loved their Deep Cleansing Oil, which is an olive-based formula. How awesome is that?! I was a little weary when I first tried it as I always get nervous about putting more “oil” on my skin but it was awesome! It not only helped to dissolve my makeup but it also helped to remove my excess skin oil and dirt! It left my face feeling and even looking super soft! And, who doesn’t want that?!

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Another super cool product that they sent us is their Face Wash Powder. Yes… I said powder! This product is SO cool! It is PERFECT to travel with because it is so light weight. Don’t get me wrong though, just because it’s light weight doesn’t mean that it isn’t a heavy fighter against all things that ruin your complexion. I could feel it working and thought that the powder-to-foam wash was super simple and easy to use. It didn’t leave my skin feeling dull or dry. It actually exfoliated and left it feeling refreshed and hydrated.

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They also sent us their Eyelash Tonic which helps nourish strong and healthy lashes, the Clarifying Pore Cover Base which minimizes pores and combats shine, their Q10 Mask which helps promote firmer and younger-looking skin and their Olive Virgin Oil Swabs which are convenient, individually wrapped olive oil enriched swabs to help cleanse delicate areas, sooth cuticles and erase makeup mishaps as well. I can’t say enough!

So, if you’re looking to vamp up your skincare routine and get gorgeous, healthy and glowing skin for your BIG day, like the bride below, be sure to check DHC out!

 

Creating A Wedding Day That Your Guests Will Remember Forever

It seems that often, there are two types of people when it comes to weddings. There are those couples who want a private, intimate affair – sometimes the kind of ceremony when only the immediate family are in attendance, or maybe no actual guests at all. Then, there are those couples who long for a big, flashy wedding, with lots of friends and family around to see them say the words ‘I do’. If you fall into the latter category, you probably see your wedding as just as much about your loved ones as you do about your partner. After all, it’s a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy a great big party, and the opportunity to catch up with people they maybe haven’t seen for a while. But a large majority of your guests will probably have been to many weddings before yours – so what can you do to make your big day stand out among your guests?

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Have a theme

Okay, so themed weddings either make you jump for joy or make you cringe until you can cringe no more. But whatever camp you sit in, there is always a way to tie a theme into your wedding day in a way that suits you. It is a great way to grab your guest’s attention and from the outset you know it will be a wedding to remember. You can go as full on or as subtle as you like depending on your own personal tastes. For example, if you are a huge lover of Disney but don’t want your wedding day to be taken over by princesses, fairies and flying elephants, you can inject your theme in a more muted manner. This could be by wearing some Disney inspired jewelry, or even naming your tables after famous films.

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Deliver the goods when it comes to the food

Wedding catering is notorious for being typically poor – but many highbrow companies have seen this gap in the market and have seized it with both hands. Browse the market to find reputable  catering services for events and weddings that may be able to help you feed the masses on your big day. Weddings are very long days in themselves, especially for your guests that attend both the ceremony and the reception – so make sure you have some good food and drink on offer to help replenish them!

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An amazing venue

They say it’s not about where you are, it’s who you’re with. While this is certainly true for many occasions, on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to have a great venue at your disposal. Obviously, most people are limited in where exactly they can pick for their wedding as location is usually the prime factor. But, as venues are typically the most expensive part of the wedding package, you need to make sure you get it right. Stately homes and castles are pricey but provide a stunning backdrop to your special day – or why not go quirky by getting married on a boat or outdoors?

Sensational Ways To Include Your Mother At Your Wedding

Brides generally come with an entourage of people in the lead up to the big day. Whether you are newly engaged, in the middle of prepping your wedding, or on the cusp of the biggest day of your life, you have very likely got a flock of people around you at your beck and call. That’s not to say you’ve turned into a demanding Bridezilla, ripping people to shreds with a mere cut of the eye. It’s just that friends, sisters, cousins, aunts, your soon to be mother in law, your mum…all these people PLUS hairdressers and make-up artists will be hovering round you and waiting for instruction. The most important person in that entourage is your mum. She’s been there from your first breath, first steps and first words. It’s only fitting that she should be there by your side to see you take the next set of first steps in your life: as a bride.

All the attention can get a little overwhelming, so take some time to step back and look at the big picture. Look at the women in your life who have come together from two families to make your day beautiful. Think about how you can honour what they’ve done for you. Perhaps your mum has been your automatic wedding planner, helping you write lists and making plans across a calendar so the timing is prompt and efficient. Perhaps she actually paid out for an actual band of Luxury Wedding Planners to take the stress out of your hands for your day. So how can you honour your mum on your wedding day? The day may be about you, but without her you wouldn’t be standing where you are now.

  • Get traditional on the day. If there’s a necklace, piece of precious jewellery or even a tradition that your mother hopes you could do for your wedding day, honour it. Wear the jewellery with pride and make it your ‘something borrowed’.
  • Get giggling! Prepare your wedding favours together, arrange freshly cut wildflowers together, take a calligraphy class to write place cards together. Any wedding job can have a fun injection just by sitting and being together.
  • Let your photographer know that there has to be a few photos of your mum and you together without anyone else in the picture. This woman brought you into the world and taught you how to do everything you know how to do now. Cherish that in print.
  • A special gift goes a long way. An embroidered handkerchief with a poem describing your love for your mother is a keepsake gift as well as a place to capture the tears.

Weddings are emotional ceremonies. It’s your day and about you as the bride, but don’t forget where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Even if your relationship isn’t the best friendship in the world, you can still include and be grateful for the mother you have by your side on your wedding day.

Preventing The Lesser-Known (But Still Terrifying) Threat of the Bridemaidzilla

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Your wedding should be, in theory, the happiest day of your life. Well, at least one of the top five. There are the days your kids are born, if you have them. There is your first paycheck. And then there’s the day you realize you paid the store clerk with a single and they gave you change for a ten. Those are all pretty sweet, also.

But I digress. It should be the happiest day of your life, but the thing about a wedding is this. Although it has two leading characters, there is a sizeable supporting cast. While the two of you may give virtuoso performances, there’s always the risk of some scene-stealing further down the card.

It may be for the best of reasons – a giggling fit during the vows, a funny best man speech or the priest catching the bouquet. It may also be because of a spectacular tantrum pulling focus from the happy couple. How do you avoid the lesser-known wedding day disaster – the Bridesmaidzilla?

Picking Your Bridesmaids

As noted before, you do need to be decisive when picking bridesmaids for a wedding. It’s the bridesmaid’s choice in the end, and you have to pick who you’re happy with. That said, if there is a chance of one bridesmaid being miserable because her sister couldn’t be one, think. Does it make a huge difference to have five instead of four?

Picking The Dresses

Outside of the shallower Hollywood rom-coms, you rarely get a group of four friends who are identical in shape and size. Picking the right dresses for your crew, then, can be a tense process. You may have three who are delighted with the cut and the color. There may then be one who looks at what you’ve bought and says “Oh, they’ll look great! I will look like I’ve dressed up for Hallowe’en!”

That’s why sites like alanavivi.com are so useful. You can decide on a color theme, but allow each bridesmaid to choose their cut and style. No need to play the percentages, everyone can look drop dead gorgeous. Just a bit less so than the bride, of course.

Maid Of Honor/Head Bridesmaid Fiascoes

The bridesmaids at any wedding should usually be the best friends of the bride herself. The best, best friend will be the head bridesmaid or maid of honor. However, do you know who your best friend is? Do they? And more to the point, do those who are not your best, best friend know that? This is something that requires clarity early on.

It may be worth making the decision that you won’t be having a maid of honor at all. Should the decision be questioned, explain that they’re all bridesmaids because they mean the world to you. Putting one of them above the others would just be too difficult emotionally on such an important day.

The one caveat to this is if you have been asked to play the part of maid of honor to one of your own party. In that case not returning the favor would look like a snub – and guess where that leads?

Bridesmaid 101: Get It Right First Time With These No-Hassle Tips

As any soon-to-be-bride will know, there are hundreds of different components that make up the average wedding. When you are planning your big day, you will know how important it is to keep a handle on all of these, as hard as it can often be to do so. However, what you will soon realise is that some aspects of your big day are more important than others. Sure, it will be really nice if the chair covers and the table centrepieces are both in exactly the right shade of apricot. But, what really matters is that you have a great day spent with those you love, and some of these people will include your bridesmaids. The concept of bridesmaids dates back many thousands of years, although their role has obviously evolved since then. If ‘bridesmaids’ is the next thing to tick off your wedding to-do list, here are some things you need to know.

 

Choosing your bridesmaids

If you are a bit of a social butterfly with a lot of pals, you may find it excruciatingly difficult to choose your bridesmaids from all your friends. But it is something that must be done. When picking how many you are going to have, consider a few things. Practically speaking, the size of the altar is one thing that could potentially affect the number of bridesmaids you have. Also remember to think about the size of your wedding party. If you and your fiance only have 30 guests between the pair of you, it may be a bit odd if 12 of those people are bridesmaids! You might need to be ruthless when it comes to who makes the cut, but think about who you truly want by your side when you finally say ‘I do’.

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Having the bachelorette party

Wedding planning can be stressful. One of the best ways we can blow off some steam is by throwing ourselves into the bachelorette party – arguably one of the most fun things about getting married! The bachelorette party planning is the responsibility of your bridesmaids, but a little guidance from you will never go amiss. For example, you might need to outline certain things, like price and what kind of activity you are comfortable with. Bachelorette parties are now up there with bachelor parties in terms of notoriety – so go wild if that’s what you fancy, but remember to tell your bridesmaids what kind of event you want.

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Delegating responsibilities

 

As weddings become more and more contemporary, the actual role of the bridesmaid has got somewhat lost in translation. Unfortunately for your bridesmaids, it isn’t just about drinking cocktails and getting to wear a pretty dress! You will find that in the run up to the wedding you may need to rely on your bridesmaids for emotional support, planning and just generally getting everything together for the big day. Once you have chosen your bridesmaids, sit down with them and tell them gently what you need from them. That way, you can all look forward to planning the wedding together – after all, who better to do it with than your best friends?

Planning Your Wedding: What You Can Leave To The Groom

If you are preparing for your upcoming nuptials, you will know just how stressful it can be to organise a wedding. You only have a few people you trust to help you out with it – you know, people who just ‘get’ what you want your big day to be like. If you are anything like most women, that small list of people will probably include your husband to be. After all, how can you expect someone who still doesn’t use the laundry bin, to organise a wedding?! But, by getting your fiance involved you could actually save yourself a tonne of work – and help him gain a sense of accomplishment too. So what exactly can you leave to the groom, and what is it best that you stick to organising?

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The catering

You might think that is a risky thing to leave your groom to sort out. But, as long as you chat to him about it first and impose some guidelines, there’s no reason why he can’t arrange the catering for your wedding. Plus, men like food – chances are he’ll be better at organising this side of the wedding rather than the decor! Encourage him to read reviews of local companies and chefs just to ensure that there aren’t any horror stories lurking anywhere. If you both love a certain cuisine, ask him to look at companies that specialise in that certain food. Leaving your man to organise the food will free up plenty of your time, so you can focus on other aspects of your big day.

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The suits

When it comes to suits for the groom and his groomsmen, you might think you know better than them – especially if you help your partner with his clothes shopping on a regular basis. But this is one occasion where it is best if you leave it to him to sort out. The most important thing is that your groom feels comfortable and confident in what he wears on his wedding day. If you are hovering over the fitting, he may feel pressured to buy something that he thinks YOU will like instead. Plus, fittings are always supervised by an expert, who will be able to help you man choose the perfect suit. Suit fittings are also a bit of a groomsmen tradition, so it is best to let them have their boys time together!

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The bridesmaid dresses

We’ve all seen the television show ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’, where the groom organises the ENTIRE wedding; including picking the bridesmaid dresses. Even if your man is a pretty dapper guy, he’s fairly unlikely to know much about women’s clothing. It is definitely better to follow your female intuition and  choose your bridesmaid dresses with your girls in mind. You will be able to understand how they will fit and fall on a female body much more than your groom would be able to.

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The finishing touches

In many cases, it is actually better to delegate some of the ‘bigger’ tasks for the wedding to your groom. This is because typically, men pay less attention to detail than women, especially when it comes to weddings. Your groom may overlook certain things to do with your wedding that might not seem huge, but that will certainly make a difference to the day. For example, he could forget to organise any flowers for decoration, or place names for the wedding dinner. If you have a very clear idea of the individual details you want to make your wedding special, it is best to organise these yourself.

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6 Easy Ways to Thank Your Wedding Guests in Style

With so much emphasis on the brides and grooms, it can be easy to forget about saying two simple words. Thank You. Guests will often have traveled a long distance to celebrate your union. Maybe they bought expensive gifts or donated their time to help you prepare for the ceremony. A wedding day wouldn’t be the same without your guests.

There are lots of simple yet effective ways to thank friends and family with keepsakes that are worth keeping. The following six tips have been compiled to provide some extra inspiration to ensure everyone is smiling as much as you two are!

 

Welcome gift bags

A small bag of essentials is perfect for showing gratitude to guest on the wedding day itself. If all of your guests are staying at the same hotel, ask the reception staff to give a handmade bag to each of the wedding parties when they check in. This simple gesture provides a very warm welcome. Fill with mini treats such as luxury bath products and fancy biscuits so they can enjoy some home comforts during their stay.

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Special treats for bridesmaids, groomsmen and top table

Chances are these are the people who have provided you with the most encouragement and love during the planning process. A bachelorette or bachelor party is a treat you can plan a few weeks beforehand.

On the morning of your wedding, say a personal thank you to each of your parties. While the focus may be on the couple make sure that everyone else is feeling good too. Treat bridal and groom’s party to a delicious breakfast and some pampering alongside your schedule.

Gifting each of your bridesmaids a spa day pass will help them relax after looking after the bride! Groomsmen may appreciate a good bottle of liquor or pair of suave cufflinks. You know your wedding party best! So pick out gifts that reflect your personal taste and interests. Mothers and Fathers will appreciate simple yet sentimental gifts such as photo canvases or vouchers for a mini-break. They deserve a generous gift after putting so much effort into your big day.

 

A subtle way to say thanks

Write a heartfelt thank you note on a chalkboard at the entrance to your ceremony or reception. Do the same on the back of your table markers for guests to read when they take a seat. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated; just a simple thank you for all the support from guests.

Also, make sure to mention guests in your wedding speech. It’s easy to focus on your partner, so try to name-drop a few special people before thanking the entire reception for attending.

 

Cheap and cheerful keepsakes

You can add your name to pretty much anything you like! Fill mason jars full of snacks for guests to grab when leaving. Candies are usually cheap in bulk and will provide a colourful effect. By adding a ribbon and a mini label with your wedding name and date you can transform a simple item into a gorgeous gift. Music lovers could even provide guests with homemade CD’s featuring their favourite romance tracks.

 

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are the first official correspondence you will send out as a married couple. How very exciting! Choose a notecard that reflects your style. You could carry on your wedding’s colour scheme right through to your luxury wedding stationery.

A handwritten thank you note is a traditional and sentimental keepsake for guests. Add in a specific note about the gift they bought you, or a memory from the day. Maybe they were throwing some great shapes on the dance floor? Did they catch the bouquet? Personal mementos will make guests feel truly appreciated.

To save time, you could try using Touchnote. It’s a photo printing app which sends a picture postcard straight to your correspondents from your smartphone. You could even send these out during the honeymoon if you want to keep friends updated from your exotic location!

 

Provide the best experience for guests

The simplest way to thank guests is to provide a comfortable and enjoyable day. So if you are planning an outdoor wedding, ensure you have umbrellas on hand in case it rains. Provide warm blankets for the evening reception. Even something as obvious as stocking up the bar and ensuring there is enough food to go around will make all the difference. Just think about the next wedding you will go to. What sort of day would you like to experience? If you can cover the basics, you won’t go far wrong.

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Sweating for the Wedding- At Home Workout Fitness Mat

We totally get how stressful and time consuming planning a wedding can be. Coupling that with work and your other every day activities can oftentimes leave little room for going to the gym. Don’t worry though, this is where FitnessMat can help.

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Don’t give up your dream body for your BIG day because you’re short on time. Workout at home with FitnessMat! It is AMAZING! We are absolutely LOVING ours that they sent over. It’s perfect for any kind of workout and is super soft yet supportive and durable.

FitnessMat’s unique anti-fatigue technology provides you with the best “ground support” you could ask for. Whatever your go to, at home, fitness program/workout is, the comfort, support, cleanliness and durability allows you to exercise safely. The mats even suspend your body weight, reducing impact on joints during exercise! How awesome is that?

You know what else is great about them? They are made in the USA and come with a 7 year performance warranty!

So, while you’re planning for your wedding, sweat for it with the help of the FitnessMat!

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Adorable Ring Bearer Idea

We are always looking for super cute and unique ideas to share with you for your wedding and we just LOVE this adorable way of getting kids involved in your special day!

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