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Between dress fittings, sending out your invitations and organising flower arrangements, preparing for a wedding can be an exciting yet hectic time. You may even find that you’re too busy to treat yourself to a professional manicure. Although your schedule may be jam packed up until your big day, there’s no reason why you should skip on treating your hands. So that your nails look stunning for the main event, follow our handy guide to learn how to treat your hands to a home manicure.
Treating your Hands to a Home Manicure before the Big Day
Get yourself the right tools
So that you can give yourself the perfect at-home manicure, it helps if you’ve got the right tools to use. The basic essentials include nail polish remover, cotton wool pads, a nail file, a nail buffer, cuticle sticks, hand cream and a top and base polish, and you may also want to include your favourite coloured varnish. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert to use these products and it’s easy to access them from most beauty high street stores and online retailers such as www.lloydspharmacy.com. Once you have the correct tools in place, you should be fully prepared to start treating your hands.
Prep your nails
Begin by making sure your nails are completely clean by removing any existing polish using nail varnish remover and cotton wool pads. Then use a file to shape and trim them to the desired length. Next, use a nail buffer to smooth over the nail itself. This will give you a clean, level surface when you need to apply your polish, as well as getting rid of any stains.
Care for your cuticles
Now that your nails are clean, use a cuticle stick to push back your cuticles on each finger. Doing this will improve the shape of your nails and make them appear longer. You can also use this tool to clean underneath the nail to remove any built up dirt. Next, take a moisturising hand cream and massage this into your hands and nails.
Apply your polish
Sweep a clear nail polish over each of your fingernails. This is called the base coat and it will create an even surface for applying colour. The base coat will also prevent the coloured varnish from staining.
Now it’s time to apply your colour. Paint on a thin layer of polish, allow it to dry and then apply another coat. Professional manicurists will usually sweep the polish down the centre of the nail first and then fill in each side. Keeping the layers as thin as possible will help your manicure dry quicker and last longer.
Next, apply a top coat. This should be clear and add a shine to your nails. If possible, choose a top coat product that is strengthening, or better still, use a product that is both a top coat and base coat rolled into one.
Let your manicure dry
Allow your nails to dry fully so that you don’t ruin your hard work. Most polishes are quick drying, so you probably won’t have to wait long before you can start enjoying your newly decorated fingernails.
Giving yourself a manicure before your wedding could be much easier than you think. If you have the right tools and follow these handy instructions, you should be well on your way to achieving a beautiful manicure in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you choose to have a wedding that is traditional or outlandish, it’s always good to customise your big day in some form. After all, it is your wedding, and you want it to represent you as a couple as much as possible. So why should you customise your wedding day?
Why Should You Customise your Wedding Day
Alternative venues are exciting
Today, venues associated with entertainment or sports are trendy choices for many couples to customise their wedding day. For example, Durham County Cricket Club is a very popular hosting venue, and offers a wide range of facilities which will allow you to find what you’re looking for. Ultimately, a break from the norm or the expected can be very exciting, and the right venue will tie your wedding theme together.
It gives your wedding an edge
A wedding that is customised gives your big day an edge, and is potentially very exciting and memorable for you and your guests. For more ideas on how you can customise your special day, check out this great guide from Hitched.
A customised wedding gives you more control
It’s always interesting to put your own spin on things. Customising your wedding allows you to be prepared for if anything goes wrong, which ultimately gives you more control over your special day. So, whilst it might seem like added stress to begin with, a customised wedding could actually reduce some pre-wedding anxiety.
You’ll have fun regardless!
It’s your wedding day! Everything will fall into place by the time the big day arrives. The most important thing is not just enjoy the day itself, but the days leading up to it. It’s important that planning is exciting. To make sure that your excitement isn’t lost at any point of planning, pick up something that is going to remind you that your special day is getting closer, such as this personalised countdown calendar from notonthehighstreet.
For some women a brand new sparkly engagement ring just isn’t enough. They want a ring with a big more history and meaning behind it. For others that new engagement ring signifies a new start. So why buy an antique engagement ring? Is it just a matter of personal taste? Let’s investigate.
Why Buy An Antique Engagement Ring
People nowadays see antique jewellery not just as something that you buy at an auction house but a glimpse of the wearer’s life and passions. The many lifetimes that antique jewellery has gone through make them a great conversation starter for just about anyone wearing it.
- But besides the mysterious allure, what are the reasons that make antique engagement rings a better option than the traditional engagement ring?They’re ethically-sourced. One of the biggest concerns in buying a diamond engagement ring is of whether they’re ethically-sourced or not. Watch out for jewellers who are quick to claim that all their diamonds are “conflict-free’’. Many are not even certified but they claim it anyway as a way to lure customers in. With antique engagement rings for sale at Kalmar Antiques, this isn’t even a question you need to ask. All antique engagement rings pre-date to a time when diamond conflict was still non-existent. Antique engagement rings also reduce the demand for gold, diamond, and gemstone mines which greatly impact the environment. So if you’re getting an antique engagement ring, you are supporting ethically sourced jewellery while saving the environment at the same time.
- They have a rich history. If your special one gives you an antique engagement ring with a rich history behind it, consider yourself lucky. You get to tell a story that’s beyond just the typical ‘’He bought it from the jewellery store, got down on one knee, and surprised me with it.’’ Wearing an antique engagement ring is like having a little thread that ties you to its rich past. It could be from your favourite historical period, an heirloom, or from the same era that belonged to someone special in your life. Whatever it is, you get to choose the story that goes with your antique engagement ring or it chooses you.
- They’re affordable. Why buy new when you can get an old one that has a friendly price tag and a value that increases over time? That’s antique engagement rings for you. Many antique types of jewellery come at affordable price, more budget-friendly than that of your regular brand new diamond engagement ring. The best part is, if maintained and cared for properly, it can help increase the ring’s value over time.
- They’re unique. Most of the antique jewellery made back then were custom and handmade. When you get an antique engagement ring, you are sure that there is none like it that exists out there. This is a great difference from the mass produced diamond engagement rings that you see in the market today. Not only that, you get to enjoy selecting among the many periods, designs, and styles. Get all the latest catalogues from your favourite antique jewellery store and pick one that fits you best.
Antique engagement rings have more qualities that make them far more superior than your regular diamond engagement ring but the ones we have outlined above stand out the most. Whether you’re the one giving or receiving it, you can rest easy knowing that you got the value for your money. Would you consider an antique ring or are you all a modern bling? Would love to hear from you.
Not sure what you want your flower girl or page boy to wear at your wedding? Attending a wedding with children and want something pretty or smart for them to wear? Well today we have a little children’s wedding fashion inspiration for you. If your kids want to dress to impress then this is the place to look.
With sharp suits for the boys and pretty as a picture dresses for the girls I have discovered that there is a wealth of choice at Roco Clothing. If you want your children to look their best whether a bridesmaid, page boy or attending as a smaller wedding guest then check out today’s post.
Here are a few of my favourites but make sure you look at the rest of the stock to see for yourself.
Children’s Wedding Fashion
Love this cool blue suit for your older boys. They may even crack a smile when they see themselves in this.
Sharp tailoring in dark blue and the coast with the red is spot on.
Cool grey with burgundy accessories. Smart for every age.
Bridesmaids and flowergirls
Love this fresh aqua colour in a pretty floaty fabric.
Soft mint green in chiffon with spaghetti straps. A perfect sunshine wedding outfit.
Love the higher hemline at the front of this dress. Perfect for all those dancing queens.
Soft neutral shade ideal for any wedding theme. From country chic to city cool, this dress will fit in anywhere.
Love this blush shorter length dress. Feminine and pretty for any age.
With shades from hot pink to pastel blue and various lengths and styles, there is a dress for every princess of every age and taste.
So what will your little guests to wearing at your wedding? Please share your style and colours with us. We would love to hear from you.
Whilst wedding planning is exciting, the stress that derives from wedding planning is inevitable. One thing to always remember is that you are not alone. Managing stress during wedding planning can be crucial to making your wedding journey an enjoyable one.
Today we have some top tips for managing this stress from Luxury Wedding Planners Luxe by Mini Haha Stress during wedding planning comes from many different sources including your family, your suppliers and your partner. It’s proven that the number one person that will stress you out the most is the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. But don’t worry! Your big day is just around the corner.
Managing Stress During Wedding Planning
Take a deep breath and consider the following stress management tips: –
Budget Management: It is an absolutely crucial task to undertake whilst wedding planning. Money is such an easy thing to fight about generally and you will probably fight over it a lot more when wedding planning. Sit down with your partner and determine a wedding budget diving it into sections. This will allow you to see where you are going to spend the most money on. The final tip is to STICK TO your budget unless you absolutely have to go over it.
Your wedding suppliers can add on stress by constantly adding upgrade options or pressurising you to make decisions on things you might not necessarily want. The best thing to do before even booking a wedding supplier is to research as much as you can about them, their portfolio as well as reviews. This allows you to know everything you need to know about them and make an informed decision on whether to book them or not before they can even start stressing you. Once you have hired them; Go through supplier contracts! This allows both you and the supplier to set realistic expectations. Know what you are paying for!
Schedule some time to yourself once or twice a week. You could meditate or go for some pampering sessions to help reduce your stress levels. Consider softening scented candles such as lavender to help you stay relaxed once you get back home.
Hire a wedding planner if your budget permits. Believe you me; they can save you the stress. One of the many things that couples have to go through is trying to manage everyone’s expectations. If you have a wedding planner, blame all the decision making on the professional. Your family and friends will steer away. Well at least for a while.
The most important thing to always remember in the midst of it all is to stay strong with each other. Don’t forget to do things that helped you fall in love in the first place. Make time for date nights for some quality alone time to enjoy other things other than wedding planning.
Do you have any top tips for managing stress during wedding planning? Would love to hear from you.