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    Randy Fenoli, Designer, and Star of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Launches Bridal Collection

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    Randy Fenoli is the Most Trusted Source in the Bridal Industry

    As a lover of all things bridal, I adore Randy Fenoli. I remember attending the 15th Anniversary of Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine. I spotted him as he was talking with a few people. He noticed that I had recognized him. He smiled at me. So I took that opportunity to ask for a picture. To my great surprise, he asked someone to take my camera and take a picture of the two of us. So awesome. From that day forward, he would always say, “Hey Beautiful,” every time that we would see each other during Bridal Market. I heart him so much.

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    Who Won the 11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest?

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    Eleventh Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winners

    Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com announced the winners of their Eleventh Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest, presented by Charmin. Celebrity judge Mikie Russo, Star of FYI Network’s Mikie Saves the Date and wedding planner to the stars, helped with the final judging which took place on Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan. VIP judge Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld was also on hand as a VIP Judge.

    This year, for the first time in contest history, Kleinfeld Bridal is making the Grand Prize winning toilet paper wedding dress into a ready-to-wear wedding gown.

    Grand Prize Winner, $10,000: Donna Pope Vincler of Brentwood, TN

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    Second Place Winner, $5,000: Mimoza Haska, Surfside Beach, SC

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    Third Place Winner, $2,500: Carol Touchstone, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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    Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com is a website dedicated to helping brides save money on weddings. Owners Laura Gawne and Susan Bain based the contest on the popular bridal shower game where you ask guests to make a toilet paper wedding dress. They asked their readers to create wedding gowns using just toilet paper, tape and/or glue. Entrants were allowed to sew as well. “The top dresses this year showed incredible attention to detail,” said Laura Gawne. Susan Bain added, “We are continually amazed by the talent our contestants display!”

    The Eleventh Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest was presented by both Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin. This year marks the fifth time Charmin has partnered in the contest. The winners were announced at an event hosted by Kleinfeld Bridal NYC. Dresses were judged on creativity, originality, beauty, workmanship and the use of toilet paper.

    For more information visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com

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    Win 2 Tickets to Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

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    The Chicago Martha Stewart Wedding Party

    Martha Stewart’s  Wedding Party is coming to Chicago on Sunday, March 22 from 11 am – 3 pm. This event, produced by Claudia Hanlin the Wedding Library and Lovebird Events, Inc., brings together over 100 of the finest wedding vendors, expert speakers, and bridal fashion, all under one roof.

    Expert advice will be shared by top industry pros including Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings in conversation with Lauren Conrad, celebrity and designer of the paper crown bridesmaid collection. The Marketplace features over 60 local and national wedding vendors. There will be mini-demonstrations on crafting a boutonniere, mixology, floral arranging, tying a bowtie and calligraphy. The Destination & Honeymoon Lounge features luxury properties and travel services from around the world. See the latest in bridal fashion, including an in-person introduction to the paper crown bridesmaid collection. Enter for a chance to win raffle prizes throughout the day.


     WIN TWO TICKETS TO ATTEND MARTHA STEWART’S WEDDING PARTY

    Chicago Brides, here’s you chance to win two tickets to this amazing event. If you are planning  your wedding, this event is a must-see. To enter, sign up for our mailing list. Winners will be chosen on Thursday at 6 pm from our mailing list. Good Luck!

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    Details for Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

    Sunday March 22, 2015 from 11am – 3pm

    The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

    160 East Pearson Street

    At Water Tower Place

    Buy Your Tickets: http://weddingpartynewyork.com/tickets/

     

    Wedding Rings To Drool Over

    Unique Wedding Rings for the Modern Woman

    It’s very hard to find wedding rings that are truly unique and different. Not to mention that most styles haven’t evolved to accommodate our busy, crazy lives. The modern woman needs a wedding band to match her busy lifestyle.  A ring that is both elegant and versatile while expressing a woman’s individual style. Sandra Biachi Fine Jewelry offers a creative solution with her innovative design. Fusing fashion and tradition, the Quatrain bridal collection turns ordinary wedding rings into a fashion statement. With on trend stacking rings that take accessorizing to another level, the Quatrain bridal collection is ideal for any occasion.

    This unique collection consists of four wedding rings to be worn in any combination, on either hand, depending on the occasion.  Each set consists of an Engagement Ring, Wedding Band, Anniversary/Baby Band and a matching Gold Band (can also be purchased individually). Busy work day? Why not wear the engagement ring with the diamond wedding band? Going to the gym after work?  Put on the matching gold band and leave your diamonds safe at home. A night out on the town with family and friends? The two diamond bands stacked with the matching gold band between is perfect!

    What I love the most about these wedding rings are the color options. You can mix up the set by choosing a band in rose gold or yellow gold. That’s how you make a fashion statement. It’s the mark of a true fashion girl. Tell us what you think about the Quatrain bridal collection. Which one of their beautiful sets of wedding rings would you want? We want to hear from you!

     

     

     

     

    Upper Story: The New Hot Spot for Weddings

    Weddings Hot Spot: Upper Story by Charlie Palmer

    Brides are always on the hunt to make their weddings different from every other wedding. There’s nothing wrong with that. At some point, weddings start to all look the same if you are not careful.  But there may be help for you. Upper Story by Charlie Palmer might be just what you are looking for. As the quintessential Manhattan event space, Upper Story’s breathtaking views and understated elegance create the perfect place to say, “I do.” From the signature Charlie Palmer food, sophisticated service and décor to Katherine Leong’s careful guidance and planning expertise, your wedding celebration will come together seamlessly, amazing your friends and family with each and every detail.

    Upper Story’s kitchen, led by Executive Chef Adam Bordonaro, turns out a wide range of menus from cocktail receptions to elegant seated dinners. Under the influence of renowned chef Charlie Palmer and his Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Aureole, menus at Upper Story are innovative and mouthwateringly delicious. Chef Bordonaro and his team are happy to help customize menus for you to meet your every need for your very special day. They love weddings.

    Debut of The Anne Bowen Bridal Collection “Escape Together” Film 

    Debut of the Anne Bowen Bridal Collection SS15

    Designer Anne Bowen creates spirited, sexy and modern collections to reflect on the inner confidence and individuality of women everywhere. Anne Bowen Bridal has been a staple in the wedding industry since 1999. She’s well known for having live musical performances at her runway shows with a particularly memorable performance by hip-hop legends, De La Soul. Her designs possess simplicity in silhouette with an exquisite structure and are often adorned with semi-precious and precious stones. It’s one of the things that sets her apart from the others in the industry. Her dresses have been worn by many celebrities including Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Kim Cattrall, Cameron Diaz, to name a few. For her SS15 bridal collection, she decided to tell her brand’s story in the wonderful short film, “Escape Together.”

    “Escape Together” is a lovely film which captures a moment in a bride’s wedding day when she is alone with her amazing dress. It’s that quiet moment she needs to ponder the magnitude of this day. The day she marries her love. She begins to revel in the beauty and splendor of her wedding dress. She admires its exquisite details including the incredible blush pink color, the extraordinary lace overlay covered in Swarovski crystals, it’s gentle sweetheart neckline, and the billowing rows of petals adorning her train. She takes it all in her suite at The Pierre Hotel.

    Her handsome groom waits patiently outside for her arrival. He looks pensive. It’s the big day. The only day that matters. He has horse and carriage waiting. Waiting to take his love for the ride which will start the beautiful journey together. The moment arrives and she is finally ready to start their new journey as husband and wife.

     

     

     

     

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    Summer Men’s Fashion: Wedding Guest Attire with Swag

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    Summer Men’s Fashion with Swag

    A wedding, typically, is a ritualistic ceremony that represents the union of two individuals. The wedding reception has become every bit as ritualistic as the ceremony. Every culture has its own iteration with unique rituals. In the American South, two newlyweds “jump the broom” together showing unison in their movements forward together in life. There are many rituals associated with the Jewish wedding reception, including the Horah, or and the Chair Dance, where guests lift the bride and groom above their heads in chairs while dancing around them in a circle. Just about every wedding reception comes with a barrage of cheesy monologues made by members of the wedding party, parents, and well-wishers.

    With all of the excitement of surrounding the new union and love between two families realized, wedding receptions tend to evolve into the best party party atmosphere and a prime opportunity for bachelors to connect with their future wife. First impressions set the tone for every interaction that may come to follow, so here are a few sartorial tips for stocking your wardrobe with the best summer men’s fashion that will make you the most eligible bachelor in the room.

    Form

    Although a wedding is a very serious occurrence. But after the last bottle of champagne is opened, the newlyweds will be one in business, law and life. Lucky for you, the eligible bachelorettes in attendance will probably be looking for someone with whom they can plan their own wedding bells in the near future. So, dress accordingly. Anything short of a suit with dress shirt is unacceptable, but you don’t want to be too formal either, unless the occasion truly calls for it. Summer men’s fashion can be tricky if you don’t get it just right.

    Linen, cotton twill, and seersucker suits inject a bit of leisure and luxury into your luck while showing the potential Mrs. Last Name Goes Here that you’re no slacker. Match your suit with tailored fit and a bottle of champagne at the reception. #Winning.

    This is also a great opportunity to wear that one sexy bow tie that you have.

     

    Color

    A wedding is not a funeral, business meeting, or interview. Leave the dark colors at home (especially black, unless it’s black tie). Trade your conservative palettes in for muted colors, lighter hues, and neutrals. White dress shirts always establish a clean look, but use this as an opportunity to add a bit of color into your look.

    Use your accessories as well. Summer men’s fashion calls for jazzy pieces like a red rose brooch/lapel pin or colorful tie. The ladies in attendance will surely take notice.

    Contrast

    Form and color can distinguish a man, but contrast is what validates him. This can be achieved by mixing and matching different textures and patterns. One of my favorite things about summer men’s fashion is a great seersucker suit. If you don’t have one, get one. If you’re wearing a solid shirt, match it with an embroidered tie. If you’re wearing a solid suit, fill in the blanks with a striped shirt. Soften cotton twill suits with linen shirts. Be sure to leave your harsh leather shoes at home. Decorate your feet with suede or nubuck. Bachelorettes will be paying attention to details. You want to be impeccable on every level.

     

    NOTE: If the invitation says “Black Tie Optional”, then black tie is not optional, and you should have your tuxedo pressed immediately.

    Semi Formal Dresses: Choosing the Right Dress

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    Semi Formal Dresses: Choosing the Right Dress for A Wedding

    Love is in the air once again as we are in wedding season. When looking at tons of semi formal dresses, you have to consider the attire request, follow etiquette, and most likely – stay on budget. It can be challenging to accomplish these things and be stylish. But I believe it’s possible. Here is how! I focused on finding one great dress that could do double duty, maximizing its wearability by switching up the accessories.

    First, lemmetellya how much I love this adorable Camilyn Beth dress! It is fun and has a mod, ’60s kitten vibe. It’s flirty but not side-eye-inducing or overtly sexy. Did you see the color? I can’t get enough of fuchsia. It is flattering on a variety of skin tones. It’s just a bright, joyful color. In both wedding guest arrangements, I chose to stay mostly tonal as a styling strategy. Best of all, it fits in the category of semi formal dresses.

    When scouring through pages and page of semi formal dresses for a day wedding, I chose to accent the main color, fuchsia. It  pops when mixing it with orange, black, and gold. I went with a pair of  low, colorblock heels with an ankle strap. These shoes match perfectly with the clutch. I chose a slightly oversized envelope clutch. A simple yet sparkly bracelet finishes off the look without over complicating things. I love how this look nods to the ’60s vibe. The sandals and the chunky bracelet keep the look modern. It is a quirky, beautiful look.

    When deciding what to wear to weddings at night, it gets easier to choose. There are so many great semi formal dresses to choose from. I chose black, gold, and turquoise as the complementary colors with the fuchsia dress as the backdrop. The statement sandals add a bit of drama to the look. I love this color pairing. It’s so chic! The look is heightened by the high-end, vintage earrings. An evening wedding is the time to pull out your best pieces. I finished the look with a structured, black handbag. It pulls the look together for an elegant, eclectic look.

    Figuring out what to wear to weddings can be tricky. Especially if you need to pick one great dresses in the sea of great semi formal dresses. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow my advice and you will be one of the best dressed wedding guest at the event.

     

    Wedding Venues: Choosing the Right One in 5 Steps

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    Wedding Venues: Which One Is Right For You?

    The history of weddings is almost as long as the history of humanity–from the Nile to mighty Rome. Many traditions have remained, some thankfully have not.

    How many of you remember Carrie’s wedding to Mr. Big in Sex in the City?  I certainly could never forget it.  What left the most lasting impression upon me was the scene where Carrie is waiting for Mr. Big at the NYC Public Library. Talk about a wedding venue from heaven. Wedding venues are so important to the planning process. It definitely sets the tone when you choose an iconic location such as the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, DC. Think massive columns, 150-seat theater, and awe-inspiring 1900’s architecture.

    So, how should you choose between dozens of wedding venues to pick the perfect location?

    Start by brainstorming and jotting down places where you and your fiancé would like to have your wedding. There are so many wedding venues to choose from. So working together will be important to the wedding planning process. Here are some things to consider:

    1. It takes two – The both of you will need to discuss how large the wedding and reception will be. Determine if you will be inviting everyone you both know or just close friends and family members. The number of people that a venue can accommodate will be a key in your selection process.
    2. How much are you willing to spend – Paying for years on a wedding is not fashionable in this economy. Come up with a firm amount you are willing to pay, and stick to it. If the venue you want costs more than what you have budgeted, try to negotiate that cost. If they are averse to budge, then you will have to decide if you want it bad enough to cut back on some other wedding expenses. Also consider changing the day of your wedding to a Friday or Sunday. There may be more availability on those days and most venues tend to be a bit cheaper on those days.
    3. Ceremony Type – A typical ceremony site would be a church, mosque, or synagogue. But what if you want something a little different? Decide as a couple beforehand what kind of feel you want for your wedding. Unique wedding venues can create a special atmosphere for your event. Consider having your wedding at one of these venues:
      • Museums and libraries offer the enjoyment of art and history;
      • Botanical gardens are lovely. Your guests can stroll the grounds and your decorating costs will be at a minimum;
      • A winery is incredibly beautiful (and tasty);
      • Trains and boats offer a unique experience.
    4. Narrow down the choices – What does the venue site provide? Do you have to provide your own tables and chairs or will they be provided? If dancing is important, you want to make sure that the venue can accommodate dancing and has a terrific dance floor. Do they have a kitchen where your caterer can heat up the food? Is parking easily assessable for guests? The venue location should be easy for people to find.
    5. Visit the venue – Once all information has been determined, head out the wedding venues and look around. Some wedding venues may look good on the web but may not be what you are looking for once you go inside. Make sure you both are comfortable with your decision. You do not want to be stressed out on the big day.

    I would love to hear about some unique wedding venues you’ve visited. Drop a comment below.

    #GLAMOURDATENIGHT Comes to DC!

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    GLAMOUR  LAUNCHES #GlamourDateNight in DC

    A Nationwide Campaign to Bring Back the Date on June 28

     

    Okay folks. Dating has become a little stale. Where l’amour? Glamour Magazine actually took a poll and an overwhelming number of women didn’t even know if they had been on a date or not! That’s criminal. So here’s what Glamour decided to do. Get your date night on with #GlamourDateNight. #GlamourDateNight features exclusive deals with local DC restaurants, beauty bars, a fashion website, and dating services all over the country to make it easier than ever to get date night right!

     

    WHAT:                   Glamour is launching #GlamourDateNight, a nationwide campaign aimed at inspiring all women, whether they are single or in a relationship, to bring back the date on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Kicking off with the July issue and at Glamour.com/date-night, #GlamourDateNight is a multi-faceted campaign consisting of exclusive deals with national and local DC restaurants, beauty bars, a fashion website, and dating services, plus original in-book, online, and social media content geared toward all things dating, from fashion and beauty to etiquette.

     

    LOCAL DEALS:      For June 28, 2014, Glamour has also curated special #GlamourDateNight meals, menus, and treats at more than 40 restaurants in cities across the country. In the DC area, exclusive deals are available at all three area locations of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Mention Glamour Date Night for two free ShopHouse Southeast Asian bowls and two free desserts. Exclusive deals are also available at Volt, Range and Family Meal. Mention Glamour Date Night and get a free appetizer with the purchase of any two entrees.

     

    EXTRA:                   Glamour has brokered exclusive deals to help with every aspect of planning for #GlamourDateNight:

        • The new app Hinge searches your extended Facebook network for potentially compatible singles and connects you.
        • For #GlamourDateNight new and current members will get two free bonus matches a day for any seven days between June 10 and June 28, 2014.
        • All month long HowAboutWe has special #GlamourDateNight offers for singles and a free first date for couples.
        • To look your best on your date, get 20 percent off your date-night outfit on Piperlimethrough this link (valid June 18–27, 2014).
        • For great hair on June 28, 2014, get a free Mai Tai Spritzer (a $25 value) at any of 36 Drybar locations or online when you buy a Morning After Kit.
        • Mention #GlamourDateNight for free s’mores at any Così nationwide when you order two entrées.
        • For #GlamourDateNight every Whole Foods Market in the country has cheese, crackers, and wine for under $20.

    Original #GlamourDateNight content posted at Glamour.com/date-night includes:

    So grab your Sweetie, or a Sweetie and let’s take back date night!

    Image: From the July issue of Glamour Magazine

    Designer Wedding Dresses: Amsale Spring 2015

    Beautiful Designer Wedding Dresses: Amsale Spring 2015

    Amsale never disappoints. Their exquisite designer wedding dresses are some of the best in the bridal industry. Each season, designer Amsale Aberra is inspired to create elegant and understated dresses for women who are definitely not looking for dresses which are overdone and overworked. There is a beautiful simplicity about Amsale designer wedding dresses. The spring 2015 collection falls right in line with this idea of simplicity mixed with elegance. The runway was alive with looks of long, flowing bridal gowns adorned with intricate details and carefully placed tulle and lace with beading that sparkled.

    There was a great range of silhouettes in the spring line. So if ball gowns are your pleasure, there is something for you. The Ryan and the Kelly styles are the truest to that shape. The Ryan is a silk taffeta natural waist ball gown with corded lace bodice. The Kelly is a corded lace dropped waist ball gown will full tulle skirt. Looking for a fit and flare wedding dress? You might fall in love with Cate with its scoop neck fit to flare. The Carter is a fit and flare option which is covered in beautiful corded lace slim fit to flare gown with a silk chiffon underlay.

    If you are looking for designer wedding dresses with a fit and flare style but have that dramatic element, you will swoon over the May and the Heather dresses. Both dresses have that crisp, clean look on the front, but have that drop dead gorgeous wow factor with a sheer back covered with buttons from neckline to hem. There is something for the bride that loves tulle. The Aimee has it all. Tulle and that sexy sweetheart strapless bodice plus a slim fit for that extra something. Another stunning look from behind can be found on the Nicole. Covered in corded lace with a silk chiffon underlay and back lace applique. There will be gasps as you walk down the aisle.

    There is a little something for every bride who wants to walk down the aisle in something elegant but understated. Take your pick. You won’t be disappointed.

    For buying information, Visit Amsale.

    Gorgeous Designer Wedding Dresses: Which One Should You Choose?

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    With Designer Wedding Dresses, There are So Many Options

    It’s your wedding day. You want everything to be perfect. You are planning out every single detail. Looking through bridal magazines at tons of designer wedding dresses. You know that your dress has to be jaw dropping. Need help? We are here for you. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind  before, and while, you shop for that perfect wedding dress.

    1. Set and stick to a budget – As much as you want to run out and start trying on designer wedding dresses, don’t do it until you have in mind how much you plan to spend. Keep in mind the cost of your veil, headpiece, shoes, lingerie, jewelry and alterations. When trying on dresses, stick to the ones only in your price range; don’t even touch the ones outside your range. The worse feeling is falling in love and not being able to make the purchase.
    2. Begin shopping early – You should start shopping for your dress at least 8-10 months before the big day. Don’t procrastinate this – you have to consider the dress you fall in love with may actually take you two months to find. You will more than likely need to be order it, and it could possibly require alterations. That alone could take six months.
    3. Consider the venue – So you’re having a beach wedding? Why are you picking out a floor length dress that has your arms covered? Think about where you are getting married and what you will be doing after the ceremony.
    4. Have a solid vision of your style – You say your style is “vintage”, but you are being drawn to eclectic dresses? Try some different styles on to help you to figure out what look you really want for your wedding day. You may want to look at designer wedding dresses but you fell in love with a beautiful vintage wedding dress.
    5. Book appointments – Many salons require that you book appointments. Don’t be that bride who shows up to a salon only to realize she needed an appointment, and now they only have availability 6 months from now.
    6. Let the salon help you – The stylist at the salon will love to make recommendations for you. They are experts in this area. Let him/her bring you dresses to try on and consider. If they’re in your price range and you are in love, go for it.
    7. Shop on the weekday – Many bride-to-be’s will head out to shop on the weekend. Don’t do it. I suggest you head out on a weekday. Not only is it less crowded, but you’ll be sure to get the undivided attention from stylists at the salon.
    8. Bring a small group with you – When first heading out, I think it’s a good idea to do the first trip alone. You can form your own unique opinion without the influence of friends. On your consecutive trips, keep the circle small. Bring only your closet friends, the larger the group the more ideas that will clash.
    9. Buy to fit now – This is so important. Don’t even think about buying a dress based on losing 15 pounds. Buy the dress for your body type now. It’s much easier to take a dress in, then having to add fabric to it.
    10. Read the fine print when making your purchase – This purchase is a contract. Make sure you read and understand everything about this purchase. If it’s being ordered, triple check what the contract says. You don’t want to find yourself picking up a fuchsia wedding gown because you failed to meticulously review the contract.
    11. Bring your accessories – If you already have some accessories purchased, bring them along. This will help you to see the whole look together. Even if you know the height of the shoe, but haven’t purchased them, bring something similar with you.
    12. Sleep on it – Don’t make hasty decisions. If you feel you found the right dress, ask the salon to hold it for you.   The worse thing is buying a wedding dress that you think you love, only to realize later you hate it and can’t return it.
    13. Trust your instincts – Go with your gut. There are so many designer wedding dresses to choose from. But if you constantly need reassurance about the dress, it’s not the right one for you. When the right one is found, you’ll know, it’ll feel right.

    Congratulations on your engagement ~ make this planning period fun!

    View our previous wedding issues for more wedding ideas.

    Summer Bridal Beauty Tips

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    Wedding season is here and nothing is more beautiful than a summer Bride.  From the less traditional but increasingly popular route of the destination wedding or beautiful backyard gazebo weddings to the more traditional ceremonies held in houses of worship, brides are expressing their personal style when it comes to their special day.

     

    Many brides are also taking matters into their own hands when it comes to styling their own weddings.  From hand-crafted invitations,  to designing their own veils, to overseeing the beauty and makeup for their bridal look, modern brides are taking a hands-on approach to their entire day. Brides are ensuring that their bridal beauty game is on point. If that is you, the following tips will help you to ensure that your look is glowing and flawless.

     

    1.  Start with a good skincare routine. It should include cleansing, toning, moisturizing and an eye cream based on your skin type (dry, combination, oily).  These steps will ensure that your skin is soft, smooth and free from irritants which can lead to breakouts.

     

    2.  To keep your bridal beauty camera-ready, skip the additional sunscreen as well as products that contain sunscreen for that day.  SPF tends to “flash up” when photographed. This leads to that washed out or ghostly appearance.  So to avoid that white cast in your bridal photographs, it is best to skip it for this one day.  You may also want to bypass products that deliver excess amounts of shimmer on the eyes and face, as it can sometimes look harsh and unflattering as well.

     

    3.  Even if you don’t normally wear foundation, on your wedding day, it is important to invest in a  good primer and foundation to give a flawless yet lightweight finish.  MakeUp Forever and Smashbox foundations and primers  are great choices to help you achieve the complexion look you are going for.

     

    4.  Choose a blush that is soft and can be used to sculpt and define, as well.  Some great choices are Makeup Forever HD Blush, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush.  Again, to ensure that your blush delivers the best look to enhance your bridal beauty, avoid formulations that are too shimmery and sparkly.

     

    5.  Use an eyeshadow primer such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance to smooth out texture on the eyelid, increase the wear of your eyeshadow and to intensify the color.

     

    6.  When choosing eyeshadows, choose colors that complement your wedding colors, skin and hair tone. Take into consideration the time of day and the venue of the wedding (i.e. morning vs. evening wedding, beach wedding vs. indoor wedding).  Great eyeshadow options which have excellent color pay-off and staying power include Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Marc Jacobs and Urban Decay.  Be sure to layer on a waterproof liner and mascara as well.

     

    7.  To ensure that your lipstick stays put throughout your special day, start with a lip liner. It gives shape to the lip.  Follow it u with a lip stain such as  Tarte Lipsurgence or YSL lipstain as a base.  Finish off with a long wear lipstick for added color and intensity.  Great long wear lipstick options include MakeUp Forever Aqua Rouge Lipstick and Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color.

     

    As a final touch, finish your look with a makeup setting spray from MakeUp Forever Mist & Fix.  This spray creates a sweat proof, rub proof barrier to lock your look in for hours as well as hydrate the skin and leave a beautiful, luminous finish. Use these tips to get the ensure that you are a true bridal beauty on your wedding day.

    10 Things That Brides Forget to Include in the Wedding Budget

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    Planning a wedding can be a huge feat. Often times between the dress, the venue, the flowers and choosing the bridesmaids dresses, some things are bound to be forgotten. Every bride needs a few wedding planning secrets. So after some digging, these matters stood out as the 10 things that brides often forget to include in the wedding budget:

    1)      Hair and Make-Up Trial
    If a bride is planning to change her look on her wedding day, a trial is mandatory. Most brides want the best of the best in hair and makeup. Do your homework. When you find a few vendors that you like, check out their credentials and check for good reviews. Take recommendations from former brides, that fashion-forward friend or even enlist your mother dearest, who probably has been scouring the city for quality vendors for your special day.

    2)      Travel Accommodations for Your Guests
    If you are going to have your wedding in a place where your families do not live, then you should keep in mind what kind of financial burden that this is going to put on the attendees. Who doesn’t want their best friends and close friends of the family there to celebrate their special day? This involves working with a great travel agency or travel agent to get the attendees the best rate possible. Also, advanced notice is always appreciated so that people can start saving their pennies in enough time as possible. Offer to take care of the accommodations for your traveling bridal party.

    3)      Luggage Charges for Destination Weddings
    If you are traveling abroad or away from home for your special day, remember that your dress and other essentials will probably require additional luggage. Check with the airlines to see if they have a special storage area for your dress. Bride and groom should do a cost analysis and include it in their wedding budget the potential cost of extra luggage.

    4)      Postage for the Invitations
    When considering your wedding budget for invitation, be sure to factor in the cost of mailing your invitations. Invitations that are not designed to fit into a No. 10 envelope will incur additional postage costs. Consequently, No. 10 envelopes may also require additional postage based on the weight. Also, don’t forget that you have to put a stamp on each RSVP envelope.

    EXTRA TIP:
    Be sure to tell the postal clerk that you want your  invitation envelopes to be hand-canceled so that the envelopes will be processed by hand instead of by machine.

    5)   Rain Backup Plan
    For your outdoor wedding, the weather can be a little unpredictable. Your guests will surely be dressed in their best. So show concern for your guests and make sure that you have a contingency plan encase it rains on your special day. There may be an extra cost to have the venue setup your ceremony inside. Be sure to consider this cost in your wedding budget. Don’t worry, rain on your wedding day is a good sign!

    6)  Thank you Notes
    Always remember that people spent their time and money to attend your wedding. Make sure that the wedding budget includes purchasing nice thank you notes. Include a few wedding pictures as keepsakes. If your environmentally conscious, ask your guests to include their email addresses in your guestbook. You can send out e-cards (there will be some expense, usually if your number is over 10). This may not work for your grandma who loves good ol’ paper but for the majority of your guests who have smart phones attached their hands, this is a lovely surprise.

    7)   Emergency Funds & Wedding Insurance
    Remember what folks say — anything can happen! Once vendors and venues are paid for, a lot of these people charge a huge cancellation fee offer do not offer refunds after a certain point. It makes good sense to invest in wedding insurance. Premiums are not that expensive. But you may not have considered adding that to your wedding budget. It’s also a good idea to setup an emergency fund. Having an emergency fund, takes a lot of stress off you and your groom. It’s a good feeling to know that there are funds to cover expenses which were not accounted for previously. Typical last minute expenses include flight changes, missing bridesmaid shoes, or that extra family member who waiting until the last minute to let you know that he/she was attending. Remember, there is life after your wedding day and a looming financial burden after your wedding is not a good look.

    8)      Picking up the tab for your Flower Girls
    Unlike your bridesmaids, who more than likely, have been waiting for your wedding day to happen. So they are probably giddy with joy to be a part of your special day. But the parents of your beloved flower girl(s), may not see that expense coming. A nice gesture would be to pick up the tab for your flower girls. Give their parents a break.
    WEDDING TIP: Take your bridesmaids and flower girls into account when you start your dress search. Choose dresses that they can easily wear again.

    9)    Marriage License
    This is one of the most important parts of becoming official! During the hustle and bustle it takes to prepare for the special wedding day, remember that you must have your paperwork in order! Make sure that you research the city, state, and country that you are getting married in to see if blood tests, background checks or other information is necessary to obtain your marriage license.

    10)   Tech Chargers
    Be sure to bring your phone charger to capture special moments during wedding preparation. Also, invest in a few extra chargers for the bridal party. They will want to capture the moment right along with you. Dead phones are not cute.