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How do I look my very best on my wedding day? This is the question that most brides think of during the entire wedding planning process. Sure, we instantly think of gym memberships and dermatology appointments, but these beauty secrets will have you glowing without the big dent in your wedding budget:

Start drinking lemon water and green tea at least 7 days prior to your big day, to purify your skin.

Do not have a traditional facial or chemical peel close you your wedding day. If you have any facial peels or extracting facials, make sure you get them at least 7 days prior to your wedding. The Hydrafacial is highly recommended for glowing, blemish free skin.

Use a transparent powder to obtain a smooth finish.

Have a make-up and hairstyle trial, and wear a top that has the same neckline and color of your wedding dress. Bring your sister, a friend or a relative to take pictures of you during the trial. This will allow you to see what works best so adjustments can be made.

It would be better if you can hire one person to do your hairstyle and makeup, to have continuity in your overall appearance.

Do not use sunscreens with SPF25 and above to avoid ghosting results in photos.

Put a thin film of vaseline on your teeth to have a glistening, lipstick-free smile.

These wedding makeup tips are easy to follow, and will surely help you to look striking on your wedding day!

Green Wedding Favors


Trying to think of an eco-friendly wedding favor? Consider giving your guests evergreen trees. The trees may be placed on a table for your guests to pick up on their way home, or could serve as a place card for table assignments. Guests who plant their trees will think of your wedding day, as they watch their trees grow for years to come. There are various online companies selling trees, but make sure to purchase trees with a substantial root plug. This will ensure a better chance of the tree surviving after planting. Also, don’t forget to consider the climate zones of your wedding guests before purchasing. Some companies will assemble tree favors for shipping, but the creative bride may also assemble her own. Volare has successfully purchased quality trees from following:

Itasca Greenhouse, Inc.

Wedding Invitations: What to Write?

Your wedding invitation undoubtedly sets the stage for your wedding. Whether you are a modern or traditional bride, it is essential to choose an invitation that represents your personal style. Once that decision is made, selecting the correct verbiage for your invitations is of utmost importance. Here’s a quick rundown for Miss Manners:

Names and Spelling
The host(s), or who is essentially paying for the wedding issues a wedding invitation. The hosts’ name(s) are mentioned first and are spelled out to include middle names and titles. Titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are not spelled out. Doctor should be spelled out, unless the name would be too long to fit on one line. The phrase “the honour of your presence” is used when the ceremony will take place in a house of worship. Honour is spelled with a “u” in the British fashion. For other venues “the pleasure of your company” is the traditional wording. If the bride shares her parents’ last name, only her first and middle name are used. The groom’s name is spelled out, and is preceded by a title. For example: Mr. Stephen Eugene Hall.

Date and Time
The date is also spelled out, as is the year. Note that there is no “and” two thousand thirteen. The day of the week and the month are capitalized; the year is not. Use the phrase “half after” when indicating time, rather than “half past” or “four-thirty.” The phrases “in the afternoon” and “in the evening” are not necessary. Provide the city and state of the wedding location. The state is spelled in full, but may be omitted if all guests are local.

RSVP is only used on reception invitations or combination wedding/reception invitations; it’s not used on wedding-only invitations. When used, it goes on the lower left. RSVP on its own indicates that replies should be sent to the return address on the outer envelope of the invitation. If you want replies sent to a different postal address, or to include an email address or phone number as alternative methods, then that information should be put on the lower left below RSVP. RSVP isn’t necessary if you’re including stamped addressed reply cards.

Do not mention gifts or attire on the wedding invitation. It is assumed that most weddings are semi-formal. For formal weddings, “Black tie” may be written in the lower right on a reception invitation.