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    Different Makeup Styles for Weddings

    People tend to put a great deal of effort into everything regarding wedding preparations. Wedding fashion is often the most important part of the entire day. For lots of people, this doesn’t end with the wedding dress and the suits. The different makeup styles for weddings are just as important. People who add the right styles of makeup on their weddings are really going to get some excellent wedding photographs as a result, and they’re truly going to have a day to remember.

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    Different Makeup Styles for Weddings

    Traditional Makeup Styles

    While most people aren’t going to want a return of the mid-twentieth century in other ways, the mid-twentieth century clothing styles and makeup styles have been making something of a comeback in recent years. These are styles that are going to allow people to look very classy and elegant without looking as if they are wearing too much makeup.

    Wearing some bright red lipstick, strong mascara, and smooth red blush is going to cause a lot of people to think about the 1950’s right away. Light blue eye shadow works well here as well. Thinning the eyebrows only adds to that effect, since natural eyebrows are ‘in’ these days, but heavily trained eyebrows were more popular in the past.

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    Women in the 1950’s and 1960’s tended to put a lot of effort into their appearance, but they didn’t look as if they were wearing an extreme amount of makeup. The bright red lipstick and the bright eyes of 1950’s glamour can still work well in the context of a modern wedding. Some people might even decide to go back further in time for the same thing.

    Smoky Eyes

    Wearing some silvery eye shadow or darker eye shadow combined with heavy mascara can automatically make the eyes look really smoky. Combining these smoky eyes with nude lipstick or subtle foundation that evens out the complexion without adding any color can draw more attention to the eyes.

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    For a lot of people, it’s the eye makeup that’s the most important. This is especially true for a wedding, where people are going to want to leave their lips free for the kissing part of the ceremony anyway. Smokey eyes can have a dramatic look without looking the least bit tawdry. They are classic in a way that is still very modern, and so a lot of people are going to prefer them for a fashionable modern wedding. People can find lots of great makeup styles at Makeupbyellia. Hiring a makeup artist on a wedding day can make all the difference in the world. Read more

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    Choosing His and Hers Wedding Rings

    It’s time to choose your wedding rings. Are you going to opt for matching his and hers matching rings? Do you prefer to have individual styles? Is your husband-to-be not bothering with a ring at all?

    Even after making this decision there are more to come. Do you want platinum, gold, titanium, or something else? Do you want contemporary or vintage? Would you like precious stones set into your ring? Will your wedding band match your engagement ring?

    Today I am bringing not advice, just ideas on choosing his and hers wedding rings, so that you can see just some of the options available to you.

    Choosing His and Hers Wedding Rings

    Matching wedding bands

    This can be a romantic gesture, especially if your rings are engraved or fit together in a special way.

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    Love this white gold set with the heart motif when placed together.

    Vintage wedding rings

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    If you want something a bit different, that maybe has a back story and some history behind it, then a vintage wedding ring may be for you. There are lots of specialist stockists or you can shop in vintage shops or online stores such as Etsy.

    Contemporary wedding rings

    You could do ultra modern with a contemporary wedding ring. Some designs are like mini modern pieces of art and are sure to be a talking point wherever you show it off.

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    Love this angular design from Orro.co.uk.

    Or this super sleek platinum design. Read more

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    Help! I’m a Bridesmaid! How to be the best bridesmaid ever

    So your best friend just got engaged and she’s asked you to be a bridesmaid. Yay! Well…maybe. Being a bridesmaid is exciting and fun, but it can also be stressful and a little overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what your responsibilities are. To give you some idea of what it’s all about, here are six things you’ll probably need to do as a bridesmaid. We have also added six ways you can go the extra mile and  learn how to be the best bridesmaid ever!

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    Help! I’m a Bridesmaid! How to be the best bridesmaid ever

    1. Ask the bride!

    This isn’t just a disclaimer, it is fundamental! Ask the bride what she expects from you as a bridesmaid. Make sure she knows that she can contact you for help with anything. Try to get an understanding of what she has in mind first so you can adjust your expectations. In some cases it might be a good idea to find this out before agreeing to be a bridesmaid, to ensure you have the time and money to dedicate to the task.

    Be the best:

    At the start of wedding planning, your friend might not even know where to start with wedding planning or what it is she expects or needs from you! Help out by doing your own research first (reading this article is a great start!) and give her some concrete examples of things you are able to help with. Try offering your email address and phone number as the RSVP details on her engagement party invitations so guests can contact you about whether they’ll be attending or not. This will save her having to deal with that. Making an offer like this (or something similar) shows that you are on board and thinking about what needs to be done. Let her know that you understand the commitment is more than just showing up to the wedding in a pretty dress.

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    2. Buy the bridesmaid dress

    As a bridesmaid, you will likely be expected to pay for your bridesmaid dress, shoes, jewellery, and maybe even your hair and makeup appointments on the day. While some brides are extra generous and will shout you for some of these things, you should definitely set aside a little cash for it. Chat with your bride about what she has in mind so you can determine the price range to be prepared for, and then be ready to pay when the time comes.

    Be the best:

    Be prepared to help the bride choose bridesmaid dresses and accessories, but be as accommodating as you can. Don’t make a fuss if you hate the dress or it isn’t your colour, and don’t try to make things about you. Give your honest input if it is asked for, but don’t make the bride’s job difficult! Planning a wedding is hard! The exception to this is if the bride is selecting a dress that is well outside a reasonable price range (eg. several hundred dollars for a dress might be excessive).. It is definitely acceptable to let her know you are going to have difficulty affording it, and let her decide whether to stick with it and make up the difference or find something else.

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    3. Go to everything

    One of the most important aspects of being a bridesmaid is offering support, and unless there is a very good reason (props to all you long-distance bridesmaids!), this requires you to actually show up! Find out key dates as far in advance as possible, and do what you can to be there for them. This includes the engagement party, the wedding (duh!), wedding rehearsal and other events. This applies most of all to the wedding, of course. Unless you are in hospital, incapacitated, there’s really no excuse for missing the wedding.

    Be the best:

    Take it upon yourself to be a sort of behind-the-scenes host when it comes to wedding-related events. Help the bride with the planning before the day. Get there early and help set up. Make sure there is enough food out and that everyone has a drink. Talk to the Aunty that’s sitting by herself and looks a little out of place. Hit the dance floor first to encourage others to get into it. Your energy and support will make all the difference and truly cement you as the best bridesmaid (and friend!) ever. Plus, it’s good practice for the wedding day, when you need to be the bride’s eyes and ears for problems so she can focus on enjoying herself.

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    4. Throw the bridal shower/hen party

    This one is a step above just showing up! The bridesmaids, led by the maid of honour, are usually expected to throw the pre-wedding party for the bride. Usually this is either a bridal shower or a hen party, depending on the preferences of the bride. Sometimes the bride wants both, in which case she will likely designate one to you. The bridesmaids are usually responsible for both the planning and the financing of the event, but this depends on the expectations of the bride.

    Be the best:  

    Know your friend and what makes her tick, and communicate with her about what she wants the party to be like. Don’t be that friend that invites strippers to the party with her religious family, or forgets to buy alcohol for the shower of a bride that loves to party. Remember that the party is for her, not for you, even though you are the one planning it. Try your best to make it a day that she will love! For best results run everything by her to make sure she likes the sound of it, but keep one or two meaningful surprises up your sleeve to really blow her away.

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    5. Help the bride with everything

    Okay, this might seem a little obvious, but this is the most important part of being a bridesmaid! Find out what your friend needs help with, and help her! You don’t actually need to help with everything, of course, but be willing to help with anything! This might mean taking responsibility for addressing wedding invitations, helping her choose wedding flowers, or listening to her rant about a disagreement with the groom. Be the person she can bounce ideas off or take along for a second opinion. This should pretty much be second nature if she’s your best friend, but it’s kind of official now, in your role as her bridesmaid.

    Be the best:

    Find out what is stressing the bride most and see if you can take it off her hands for her, or at least help her out. Is she freaking out about choosing the right photographer? Offer to do the research for her and come up with a few good options to make the choice more simple. Does she have to DIY bonbonniere for 200 guests, but she has no idea how to work a glue gun? Take some home with you to do while you watch Game of Thrones, or offer to come round and spend the day marathoning the craft.

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    6. Make a great speech

    If you’re the maid of honour, you get the pleasure of making a speech at the wedding reception. Usually this speech is focused on the bride, your friendship, and how happy you are for her to be marrying the love of her life. When you’re writing the speech, keep in mind that guests at the wedding will include the bride’s new in-laws, some of whom she will be meeting for the first time. There might also be other special guests, like her boss or an important client. Make sure the speech is appropriate, not embarrassing. This is absolutely not the time to roast your friend! Don’t hit the champagne before giving the speech, either. Be on your best behaviour, basically, and show your friend in a positive, loving light. Let everyone in the room know how much you adore her, and why.

    Be the best:

    After the wedding, give the bride a beautiful copy of the speech as a gift. It might be carefully handwritten or typed up, framed or on loose paper she can scrapbook or put away in a memory box. You could also include a favourite picture of the two of you, perhaps one taken at the wedding. This will be a great memento of the wedding day as well as of your friendship, and will remind the bride of all your support and love during the months of planning.
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    So now you know how to be the best bridesmaid ever. Wedding planning can be stressful, but it can also be a beautiful (and fun!) experience to go through with friends by your side. If you’ve had the honour of being asked to be a bridesmaid, throw yourself into it and take the opportunity to show your friend how much you love her in a whole host of practical ways. After this, you’re going to be friends for life.

    This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust Wedding Invitations. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.

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    Should You Spend More on Your Honeymoon Than on the Wedding?

    Both weddings and honeymoons can be expensive. In today’s economy, it is often necessary to decide which of these two events merits the most attention in regards to money output. Should you go all-out on the wedding and maybe book a quick weekend for the honeymoon or should you keep the ceremony small and simple and splurge on a honeymoon?

    While there are many factors, including the amount of time you have available, that go into making this decision, here are a few things to consider.

    Should You Spend More on Your Honeymoon Than on the Wedding?

    It is important, as a couple, to consider what is best for you. You want your friends and family to share in your excitement, but this is your special time and the final choice must be one the two of you feel meets your needs best.

    Focusing on the Wedding

    Very often, little girls dream about their wedding day and plan everything from their dress to the kind of flowers long before they even understand the entire concept of marriage. Weddings can range from a simple ceremony in front of a few to an elaborate affair booked at a wedding resort two years in advance. For most couples, the wedding and reception are considered part of the same event.

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    Pros

    Advantages of spending the most on your wedding include:

    • You can share your special moment with a lot of people.
    • You can have your dream wedding location.
    • A fantasy can come to life.
    • You don’t have to decide between special features but can instead have everything you want, from the ice sculpture to a petal-strewn bride’s walk.

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    Cons

    Disadvantages of spending your budget mainly on your wedding include:

    • Your honeymoon may not be as elaborate.
    • It’s only one day, which some may argue makes spending thousands unjustifiable.
    • Simplicity is often a lot more impactful.
    • In the future, many people regret spending so much on their wedding as the money could have been better spent elsewhere,

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    Focusing on the Honeymoon

    The honeymoon gives the couple a chance to relish in each other’s company without having to deal with the demands of everyday life. It’s their first break as a wedded couple, and the romance is heightened greatly. They can explore a new area or spend time alone, the choice is entirely theirs. The special memories created during this time can fuel family traditions down the road.

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    Pros:

    The advantages of spending more of your budget on your honeymoon include:

    • You’ll be able to spend more on the location, just think about how romantic and relaxing a honeymoon in the Maldives would be. This is something you may not be able to budget for if you spend everything on the wedding.
    • The honeymoon will last longer.
    • You can do more on your honeymoon and explore new locations and activities together.
    • You can connect more as a couple.
    • There are more memories to talk about in the years to come.
    • The honeymoon spot can become a place for renewing vows and going on special family trips.

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    Cons:

    Disadvantages of spending more on the honeymoon include:

    • The ceremony may be a lot smaller.
    • The bride may find giving up a long-held vision difficult.
    • You may not be able to have your dream wedding location.
    • A person’s wedding day is often one of the greatest days of their life, the more you spend on it the more special it will be.

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    Final Words

    Whichever choice you make, both your wedding and your honeymoon are events that are likely to happen only once in a lifetime. Deciding which is the most likely to bring about happy memories throughout the years is the key to your final decision. Take time to think about the pros and cons of both, then go with what your heart tells you.

    In the end, this special time is about you as a couple sharing your love. You can always split the budget evenly and have a beautiful wedding and honeymoon!

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    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses

    After searching for months for the perfect dress to wear on your big day, you’ve finally found it. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect bridesmaids dresses to complement it. That should be easy, right? Wrong!

    For many brides-to-be, bridesmaid dress shopping is a lot more stressful than it was searching for their own dream dress. Why? Because unlike the pictures you see in magazines of perfect, similar-size models, your bridesmaids are more than likely going to look completely different to one another. Not only are they different heights and sizes, but they have their own preferences of what they like to wear. This means it’s extremely difficult to please everyone.

    There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right bridesmaids dresses. If you want to avoid the inevitable headache, here you’ll discover where and how to find the right bridesmaids dresses everyone will love.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses

    Things to consider

    Finding bridesmaid dresses to complement the style of your own dress is the easy part. What you really need to pay attention to is the colour. Many brides have a strict colour scheme in their head, without realising that it may not work in reality. Your bridesmaids have different skin tones, so it’s important to choose a colour which matches each of them.

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    It’s worth considering having different shades of the same colour to address the skin tone issue. For example, if your colour scheme is purple, choose different shades such as a deep purple for darker skin and lighter purple for pale skin bridesmaids.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses shades of purple bridesmaid dresses You’ll also want to think about having different style dresses. This will help accommodate for different shapes and sizes, as well as increase the chances of keeping all of your bridesmaids happy. However, don’t forget that this is your day so never compromise your own happiness for the sake of keeping other people happy.

    Where to look

    Once you know what to look out for, the question is where should you look? Again, this will depend on numerous factors such as the budget you have to work with. At one time, the only place you could purchase bridesmaid’s dresses was an actual bridal shop. However, these days you can find them online and even in high street fashion stores such as Coast.

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    High street stores are an excellent place to look as not only are the dresses considerably cheaper, but the range available is also fantastic.

    Overall, there is a lot to think about when choosing the right bridesmaid dresses for your big day. If you follow the advice above, you’ll find it much easier to choose the best dresses everyone will be happy with.

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