Beauty Tips For Your Wedding Day

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Beauty Tips For Your Wedding Day

What did I learn from my own wedding? Work out a time schedule and stick to it. Plotting out your beauty details months before your wedding will help you remain calm and collected so that your big day goes off without a hitch.

Two Months Before

A good skin care regimen is important to get ready for your big day but don’t do anything too extreme. To bump up your normal routine, try adding I-Skin Intelligent Microdermabrasion System.

Moisture is so important for healthy glowing skin. Apply an oil-free moisturiser each morning before your makeup and after you take if off each night.

Four to Six Weeks Before

Make your appointment now to have your hair and makeup done. Schedule a consultation and try several different styles with and without your veil and experiment with more dramatic makeup. Remember the waterproof mascara.

Two Weeks Before

Time for a trim and to touch up your hair colour or highlights. Keep hair healthy with a deep conditioner twice a week.

One Week Before

Schedule a pedicure but keep feet fabulous until the big day with some extra pampering. A soothing lavender foot sSoak can be handy if you plan on dancing the night away at your reception.

Don’t leave any waxing until the last minute. You could end up with shiny, red skin and that isn’t what you want for your wedding photos.

Day Before

Slip an eye mask in the freezer for a few minutes and use it to minimise puffy eyes.

Wedding Day

Help the day go smoothly by keeping a small bag with beauty basics such as clear fingernail polish to stop a run, bob pins to help hold an unruly curl and toupee tape for a fallen hem.

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8 Tips For Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress


When little girls spend their math classes daydreaming of weddings (instead of winning the World Series — not to say you can’t do both), what do they dream of first? The perfect wedding dress, of course: a gown in white satin with a bustle and sweeping train, the perfect embellishments, and the perfect shoes.

There are few occasions in our modern world where a woman finds herself in a position to wear a no-holds-barred ball gown, much less a crystal tiara, and all too many where she’s called on to wear to a neutral suit or an uninspiring skirt and blouse combo. No wonder that with so many brides, their wedding plans start with the dress.

Many of these brides are lucky. They may search high and low, braving chilly department stores and pushy bridal shops, but eventually they come face-to-face with The One. They know this is The One because they start crying, or their mother or friends all start crying at once. Suddenly the rest of the planning … the theme, the tone, the right kind of venues … it all springs to life.

Other brides aren’t as fortunate. They’ve searched just as hard, working their way through shops across three or four states, but they haven’t found The One. Instead, they’ve found three or four Contenders, all of which are serviceable and nice, but not earth-shattering enough to tell them that now is definitely time to stop the searching and get on with the planning. These brides have it harder.

Even if you’re the first kind of bride, buying the dress is such a momentous decision that you run a risk of falling into that wallet-skinning category known as the Two-Dress Bride. Here are some tips for picking the perfect dress and avoiding that awful fate.

1. Bring the entourage, but don’t buy. It’s fun and useful to bring your mother, friends or sisters on the dress-shopping expedition. It gives you a buffer against an overbearing sales staff, and it’s fun to see if your impressions of perfection are shared by your loved ones, not to mention how they’ll love being part of such an important decision. But no matter how enthusiastic everyone gets over a certain dress, don’t buy in the heat of the moment. Give yourself time to reconsider and buy with a cool head later, alone. The vast majority of dresses are non-returnable, so when you’ve bought it, you’ve bought it.

2. Don’t buy too early unless you must. Bridal gowns can take four to ten months to come from the manufacturer, but there’s no reason to buy over a year ahead of time, unless your chosen style is going to be discontinued. Give yourself some time to sit on your decision. Once you pick a gown, you’ll see a hundred others nearly like it. You’ll become a walking encyclopaedia on that style of gown. All the better if you still have room to choose.

3. If you’ve bought “The One,” stop shopping. Any more window-shopping at this point will only lead you down the road toward the dreary land of Two-Dress Brides. What you need to do instead is remember that blissful feeling of having tried on The One. Go get The One out of the closet, put it on and stand in front of the mirror. You’ll remember exactly why it’s The One.

4. If you’ve bought “The One” and can’t stop shopping, get a second opinion. Show your first and second choices to other brides. Be honest — tell them you’ve already remortgaged your condo for the first dress, but you think this second dress might be It. They’ll be truthful, too — the first one was better. You’ll feel reassured.

5. Don’t tell yourself “I’ll sell the old dress and choose a new one.” This old saw of the Two-Dress Bride just won’t work. You’ll never get more than a fraction of what you paid for your first dress if you bought it new.

6. Don’t be afraid to aim high, no matter what your budget. Some brides knew from the start they wanted a designer label, but life just didn’t cooperate by making them heiresses. Yet all is not lost if you’re willing to shop courageously. At any given moment, a better-heeled bride is selling her once-used St. Pucchi or Ulla-Maija on eBay. She paid thousands upon thousands, but you, smart shopper, will pay half that or less. To take this road, you must shop earlier than other brides so you’ll have a choice of gowns. Always pay with a credit card so you’ll have recourse if the dress doesn’t arrive in acceptable condition, and again, shop early so you can buy another if necessary. Shop courageously, but not recklessly.

7. Shop online, but never send a check. Bridal gown businesses sometimes have a way of disappearing overnight. No matter what the proprietor tells you, never make a purchase as large as a wedding gown without the chargeback protection of a credit card. If they say they can’t take plastic, move on.

8. Don’t hold out forever for The One. Some brides never find The One. What they do find is a few dresses they look beautiful in. If you’re this bride, try starting your planning from the theme instead of the dress. You’ll probably eventually get sick to death of dress shopping. When that happens, “good enough” really will be good enough. Concentrate on other aspects of the wedding that mean a lot to you, like the venue, the food, or the inevitable adoration of your soon-to-be husband.

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Your Wedding Countdown


Your Wedding Countdown

This is intended as a guide to help you plan the essential elements in the count down to your Wedding day. Organise everything in advance and everything should go smoothly and seek help from family, close friends and professionals.

One year before your Wedding

First things first, set the special date and arrange a time with the priest, minister or registrar.

Discuss in full detail your plans with the person who will be performing the ceremony.

Decide on a budget and stick to it.

Remember to suit the ceremony to your budget, and to both your personal tastes and wishes.

Talk it all out now!

Decide on the type of ceremony, type of reception and how many guests will attend.

Choose your venue and arrange a meeting with the people in charge.

This goes for hotels, caterers, musicians (for the ceremony, the reception) etc.

Plan your Wedding cake, cars, photographer and florist.

Think about wedding clothes and traditional costumes, particularly your bridal dress, colours, fabrics and accessories.

Remember you will probably want a colour scheme and a style that carries throughout the day so talk your plans through with the your dressmaker, florist and caterer.

Both of you should book in for a pre-marriage course. Start thinking about your honeymoon.

Six months before your Wedding

Order Wedding stationery, cake boxes, and favours.

Discuss the order of the service with the person performing the ceremony and decide on service sheets for guests.

Discuss your Wedding menu with your caterers/reception venue.

Decide on a Wedding present list or gift registry.

Choose the rings.

Plan vaccinations for your honeymoon if necessary.

Organise visas, passports etc.

Think about your going away attire and clothes for your honeymoon

Three months before your Wedding

Make sure you have all the appropriate pre-marriage documents and certificates.

Finalise details of your colour scheme, bouquets, buttonholes with the florist.

Finalise the wedding guest list and have the invitations sent.

Remember to keep a careful track of replies.

Choose gifts for the best man, bridesmaids and attendants.

Arrange accommodation for attendants and advise travelling guests of the rates for your hotel.

A month before your Wedding

Organise the final fittings for your dress and for the bridesmaids.

On the day of your final fittings make sure all the bridesmaids are wearing the same shoes that they intend to wear on the big day.

Finalise fittings for the groom and best man.

Have a hair and make-up rehearsal.

On the day of the hair and make-up rehearsal remember to bring the head-dress with you for the experts opinion.

Finalise seating arrangements for the church and Wedding reception.

Plan the Wedding rehearsal with the priest, minister or registrar.

Eat properly for the next few weeks, you will need all your energy with all the running around you will be doing.

 A fortnight to go

Arrange your honeymoon and going away clothes, including passports, tickets and visas.

Now is the time to arrange travellers cheques, insurance, car hire and all other documentation.

Let your caterer  or reception venue know the approximate number of quests for the reception.

Plan the table setting, place cards and linen etc.

Finalise details with the florist, photographer and caterers.

Try all your Wedding clothes on and make sure all fits correctly and all is comfortable.

A week to go

Have the Wedding rehearsal.

Nominate someone to look after the Wedding dress and the grooms outfit after the Wedding.

Wrap all the gifts for the bridesmaids, best man and attendants.

Arrange all fees for the church or registrar, musicians (best man should do these).

Do one last check on all documentation required including passports for the honeymoon.

Give all documentation to the best man for safe keeping.

Two days before your Wedding

Confirm your final guest list to your hotelier.

Make sure the wedding cake is fine and arrange all transport to and from your reception.

The day before 

Have a manicure and pedicure, a long hot bath and an early night

The Big Day


Have a good breakfast.

Get your hair and make up done.

Give yourself plenty of time to reach the church or registrar and always allow for the last minute hiccup.

Have a fantastic day to remember


Till next time





Sue Taylor Photography – Supplier of the Month

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Business Name: Sue Taylor Photography

Phone Number: 0416 144 277

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What do you love most about weddings?
I love capturing each and every moment as it unfolds, whether it’s happy, sad or reflective.
To be able to tell a story with only images and no words is what I love.

Why did you decide to start your wedding business?
I never wanted to be a wedding photographer, I’d hear too many bridezilla stories and it scared me off.
I did my first wedding and loved it. The rest is history.

How long have you been in business?
10 years.

Tell us a little about your service?
Five star, boutique, old fashioned serviced. Like business used to be years ago.

What’s your favourite wedding moment that you have experienced with one of your clients?
When a groom surprised his wife at the reception with a key to their new house, that she knew nothing about.

Best piece of advice you can give a couple planning their wedding?
Don’t stress. It’s not rocket science, you are planning a special event that is only one day of your life.
Don’t get too caught up in hype. Think about your planning like a business, not with your heart as your heart will spend a lot more money than your business brain will.

Your favourite wedding trend?
I like tradition. Tradition is now becoming rare so it’s a trend onto itself in my eyes.

What is your favourite Romantic Movie?
Joe vs the Volcano

What do you do in your spare time?
What is this thing called spare time you speak of?

What’s your favourite dessert?
Any lemon dessert, any chocolate dessert, any ice cream dessert, any cake dessert, shall I go on?

Favourite Wedding song?
Paradise, Cold Play

Do you have a special talent?
Every photo I take reflects my special talent

Tea or Coffee?
Tea but with no caffeine and no milk

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Number One Wedding photographer in Australia (make that 2 years)

A last word from Sarah…
I have worked personally with Sue for quite some time now and I can not recommend her enough. She is passionate, fun, honest, extremely talented, kind, a great problem solver and above all a wonderful person. If you are after a true professional who will capture all your treasured memories, that will last generations, then Sue is your girl.

Till next time.



Your Wedding Theme

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Whether it’s a traditional, formal or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

Till next time.



4 Tips to Help Write Personal Wedding Vows


A person’s wedding is one of the most memorable, important, and high points in an individual’s life. At a time when a man and a woman want to make the ultimate commitment to spend the rest of their lives together, the desire to have personalized vows is certainly understandable. This is one of the most unique and special days in a person’s life, so if you want to speak your own personal wedding vows, than by all means, you should go for it!

Writing your own vows can be intimidating. Wedding days always add pressure to even the most mundane of tasks, and certainly writing the vows you want to say to your significant other in front of all your friends and family is no small matter! Still, don’t let fear cause you to go along with some basic commonly used wedding vows if you really want that personalized touch. Just follow a few basic tips, and this will help you be on your way to writing the tips your future spouse deserves!

1. Write from the heart. Your wedding day represents the epitome of love between you and your future spouse. The two of you are together for a reason. Anything you write should be honest and from your heart, because that is what will really make your words special.

2. You don’t have to be Robert Frost or Emily Dickinson. If you are a poet, great. Keep in mind, though, that in the end words are just words. Your wedding vows do not have to be an amazing classic piece of literature, they need to be an honest display of your feelings for the other person. Don’t use long poetical words if all it does is put distance between your words and your feelings.

3. It’s okay to brainstorm. Before you sit down to write everything, make a list of the things about your spouse that you absolutely love, then make a list of the commitments you want to make. Figure out what parts of those lists you really want to include (keep in mind the vows are read in front of families and friends) and keep those.

4. Short and Sweet. It doesn’t take many words or a lot of time to make your heart known to everyone present. A lot can be said in a really short time, so don’t feel like you have to make the vows any longer than they naturally come out.

Follow these four tips, and you’ll find yourself getting over your worries to write some great wedding vows that your spouse will love!

Till next time



Bridal Shower Themes and Costume Ideas

bridal shower

If you are to organize a bridal shower for your friend, sister or cousin, make it a point that you think of a particular theme so that when you get to send the invites, all your expected guests will come in prepared in in accordance to the theme you have set.

Here are some themes for bridal shower:

Coloured themes Red bridal shower party, blue party, black party… any colour which you think the bride loves can definitely be used as the theme for the party. The guests then will come wearing or bringing something red. They can bring flowers; they can bring red balloons, or any gifts such as red lingerie, red candles, red bags, etc. for the bride-to-be.

Costume-related themes

There are many various costume themes which are very popular these days.

Fitness party themes can also be done which of course has something to do with exercise. There can be zumba, yoga, aerobics or any fitness routines. You can also try to hire fitness instructor just for this day. Pirate parties are great and also P parties are very popular. You can also try to have spa party, where you and your guests will be pampered to a spa salon or you can have the beauty therapists go to your home with all her paraphernalia so you and your guests can enjoy spa treatment inside your home.

Bring-me something theme.

Bridal showers can also be in the form of bringing something which will coincide with the theme. For example, hat party, where everyone is expected to bring or wear a hat for the party. Stiletto party, where guests should all be wearing stilettos. This will be a good time for the girls and the bride-to-be to practice their feet, walking, dancing and/or partying wearing their own stilettos, because it is most probable that during the wedding, the girls would be wearing stiletto as well.

Indeed, there are many different themes that you can set off for the bridal shower party. There is not boundary for unique and cute ideas.

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Wet Wedding Day

wet weddingWe have been having lots of rain on the Central Coast lately so thought I would share this extract from Sue Taylor’s book. Its full of tips for that rainy Wedding Day.

‘There’s nothing like a winter wedding. It’s cool and fresh and it’s much nicer to feel a little chilly on your wedding day than it is to feel boiling hot! Nerves make you hot also. Buy yourself a beautiful wrap or shawl, maybe made of faux fur or lace or something that accentuates your dress and makes you look even more gorgeous. It’s much easier to get warm on a cold day than it is to get cool on a very hot day.

The biggest problem with a winter wedding is obviously rain. A light sprinkle and you’ll be fine, but any more than that you’re going to have to have umbrellas, and it is going to impact on your photo shoot.

Go down to your local discount store or get online and buy however many matching umbrellas you need for the bridal party. You can buy them in black or white or a colour to match your bridal party. Make sure they are big umbrellas so each pair in your bridal party can stand under them and be protected from the rain. Photos can be stunning on a rainy day under umbrellas so don’t feel disappointed if it is wet. You also can shoot reflections on the wet ground, which makes for pretty special photos.

It’s very important not to get yourselves wet and not to get your hair or face wet or you’ll ruin your makeup and hairstyling. Be very careful in wet weather with walking across wet ground not to drag your dress through it and make it very dirty.

I think the best times to get married are the moderate and mild seasons like Autumn and Spring. It’s going to give you a better chance of being more comfortable on your wedding day.’

Till next time