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Bridal Beauty: 5 Ways to Get a Perfect Faux Glow

Every bride wants to look like they just stepped off a Florida beach on their wedding day. However, you might need some help if it’s a winter wedding or your skin just doesn’t retain the perfect tan like you want it to.

Instead of stepping into the harmful UV rays that accompany a tanning bed, try an alternate solution to get the perfect glow. Here are five ways to get the faux tan you’ve been looking for before your wedding day.

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1. Airbrush Tan

An airbrush tan is a bit more invasive than a spray tan. While that might seem like a potential downside, it leads to a more even and custom colour than a spray tan. The colour gets custom-calibrated to your skin tone so your technician can create the best hue for you and contour your muscles to give you a well-defined look.

Try to book an appointment for an airbrush tan a few days before your wedding, or a week before if you’re super busy. This is the most expensive option, so you want to ask questions and make sure you’re going somewhere with plenty of experience. Like spray tans, you should try to exfoliate beforehand to make your tan last longer. Moisturize as well, since fully hydrated skin retains your tan for longer.

2. Spray Tan

Gone are the days when spray tans left you with an orange glow that made you look like a Halloween decoration. Today’s spray tans are quick and easy and leave you with a nice even tan for your wedding day. You strip down, apply some lotion, step into a booth and finish up one or two minutes later. A spray with a bronzer leaves you with an instant glow, while the regular spray works in about four to 12 hours.

It’s important to note that you should exfoliate before your spray tan to smooth out any rough areas of skin that could lead to uneven colour. Before getting into the booth, make sure you apply lotions to the places you don’t want to look too dark, such as your hands. Start the process about a month before the big day to make sure you get the exact colour you want. Take a few days to wait between each session so you can decide if the tan you have now is good or if you want to go a shade darker.

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3. Tanning Lotion

If you don’t want to travel for your tan, you can use a self-tanning lotion to create the perfect shade at home. Every product is different, so make sure you test different tanning lotions before choosing the one you want to use on your wedding day.

You can choose to apply the tanning lotion, or you can talk to a friend or a technician to see if they will do or offer the service. Just make sure that whoever applies it doesn’t apply a small amount. If you apply only a little product, you could end up with streaks. Use enough tanning lotion so it goes on smoothly over your skin. Your body will only absorb a certain amount, so there’s no way to use too much of it.

4. Tanning at Home

You can do any of these faux tanning options at home. More and more technicians are offering at-home services, so you don’t need to leave the comfort of your house to get a spray tan or an airbrush tan. There’s also the option of doing your tan yourself. This way, you know exactly how much you’re using and can control the shade you want.

This option is inexpensive, since one bottle or tube will work through several applications. You can choose a shade that’s a little lighter than you want and reapply it every couple of days before your wedding. Make sure you use a gentle body scrub in the shower, and then use moisturiser on the parts you don’t want to get too tan. Apply an extra layer on parts of your body that you want to contour with a tanning mitt.

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5. Facial Oil

Don’t forget about your face! It’s easy to go through the entire tanning process without adding a little colour here. Talk to your technician about the best option for keeping a glowing tan on your face during the wedding. However, in many cases, you can use a facial oil that’s designed specifically for your face and stays on for a while. Just make sure you choose something that won’t come off if it gets too wet.

Start Early

The key to any faux tan is to start examining your options well before your wedding day. Decide what kind of a tan you’d like and call around to see what products and options people recommend. No matter what you choose, you’ll be a glowing bride full of love on your big day.

2018-10-24T23:15:50+00:00 October 28, 2018|Weddings|

Avoid Procrastinating: Prioritise These 2 Wedding Purchases

When you are planning a wedding, you are likely to have a whole host of things to organise on your plate. It’s by no means an easy task! It’s not all too surprising that the majority of people begin to procrastinate. Now, there are various ways that people tend to do this. Some simply sit back and watch time tick away, letting the wedding day draw closer without actually preparing for it.

Others will try to make themselves feel productive by making the small, frivolous or “extra” purchases before actually sorting any major purchases out. But it’s extremely important that you avoid this means of getting things done. After all, the wedding can go on without tiny features, such as table decorations or party favours. It can’t really go on without some of the bigger parts that keep the wheels of the event turning.

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The rings tend to be the purchase that kick starts the process of getting married. But increasing numbers of people are opting to propose without a ring and sort the actual ring out later down the line. You should attempt to purchase a ring as soon as possible, as it is something that is traditionally worn throughout the process of being engaged.

Consider GIA certified diamond engagement rings and, if you’re already engaged, why not take your partner or yourself to try the ring on and ensure that it fits. You should also pick up wedding bands sooner rather than later, as this will ensure that you have your size available, and that if your size isn’t available in the design of your choice, you can send them off to be adjusted. We’re having our handmade, so it’s something we’re sorting in advance!

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The Venue

Generally speaking, the wedding venue tends to be the most expensive part of any wedding. So, it’s not all too surprising that most people will want to put a lot of thought into which venue they choose. But start your search as soon as possible! Many high-quality and desirable venues have months of waiting list, and you are much better booking sooner rather than later if you want to avoid putting your wedding off for a year or so.

Just make sure to visit any venue before booking, no matter how in demand it may appear to be. Visiting allows you to see the space for yourself and be absolutely sure that it is the place that has stolen your heart.

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It’s time to stop procrastinating and get some actual work done! You won’t only end up rushing about, but you may miss out on what you want for your wedding, as major purchases tend to be in high demand and may sell out or be unavailable at short notice. Here are some major steps to get the ball rolling!

These are just two of the major purchases that you should really place at the forefront of your mind when it comes to planning a wedding. Ensuring that they’re purchased and paid for early on in the process will really lift a weight from your shoulders and allow you to move forward with further steps towards planning the big day!

2018-10-25T00:08:01+00:00 October 25, 2018|Weddings|

5 Quirky Wedding Ideas You Need

If there is one feeling you don’t want on your wedding day, it’s to walk away wishing that you’d done things differently. You don’t want to have another typical wedding reception, either.

You want something that people will talk about for years. It’s those unique things that become the stuff of family legend, where all stories start with: ‘do you remember when?’. Your wedding day is supposed to be the biggest, most amazing day of your life, and finding a wedding style that suits you often means looking beyond the norm in the pretty wedding magazines and thinking a little more broadly.

Whether you decide to check out tricked-out transport with all the bells and whistles, or you want to hire in a live Morris dancing group to entertain the guests while they have their prosecco and canapes, your wedding day has to reflect precisely what you want. So, to make that lasting impression, here are five of the quirkiest ways you can make your wedding memorable.

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Table Decorations

Many people go for the standard flower arrangements and table games as a way to decorate their wedding guest tables. With a little thought, you could go beyond that. What about instead of a standard flower bouquet in a bowl, you go a little better with flower arrangements in ice? It’s bold and unique and most people won’t have thought of it at all. You could also choose to swap flower bouquets for small trees adorned with twinkly lights!

Hang Out Space

A wedding is a place to mingle, but there’s often waiting around while photographs are taken and waiting for the bride and groom. Filling a space with squashy chairs and large bean bags is a good way to make a part of your reception room look inviting and give the guests somewhere to relax at the same time.

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Guest Transport

Some people are working close to their budget when it comes to providing wedding transport to their guests. You could choose to hire an entire bus and decorate it with ribbon, or you could go truly quirky and hire in some hot air balloons or a helicopter. You can customise each mode of transport to your wedding day and make it look great.

Live Escort Cards

Also known as ushers for the reception, you could have your guests taken to their seats and provided with a pre-meal cocktail. This way, you don’t spend money on printing seating cards and if you want to have a little something for the guests, why not go for personalised cake pops?

Party Bags

As a kid, party bags were a big deal after each birthday. Instead of offering favours at the end of the day, why not offer welcome bags, instead? You can have personalised paper tote bags printed and stuffed with goodies like labelled chocolates, a mini bottle of Prosecco and even a bag of confetti for you to throw at the happy couple.

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Your wedding has to stand out and be different from all the rest and these ideas can help you get there.

2018-10-10T10:43:59+00:00 October 10, 2018|Weddings|
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