Friday, April 18, 2014

Video Promo: Fitzpatrick's Castle; a stunning wedding venue!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grooms: Top Tips for the very best skin care from the experts!

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This one is especially for our grooms, but no doubt brides will find it very interesting too!! 

We all want to look good in pictures all the time but we do even more so in our wedding photos and while a quick splash of water might have been all you grooms to be have been doing in the morning so far, we've spoken to the expert and have the low down on what, where and when you should be doing to ensure your skin looks fabulous when you come to say 'I do'! 

We were lucky enough to get the opportunity for a quick interview with the very fabulous Dr. Jeffrey Benabio a leading Dermatologist who among many noteworthy accomplishments is the Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation, with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. He kindly answered our questions on how Grooms can best take care of their skin in the lead up to the wedding and indeed for the rest of their life! 

Tell us about yourself?

I am Dr. Jeffrey Benabio a Dove Men+Care product expert and practicing dermatologist in San Diego, CA, so I get to talk to guys everyday about their skincare needs and concerns. But, most importantly, I am a husband to my incredible wife Susan.

What is different about men's complexions compared to women’s?

The obvious difference is that men have more hair, especially on their face. Men usually have thicker and oilier skin than women, which is why they should use products designed specifically for them. In addition, men’s pores are generally larger, which makes their face more prone to acne and blackheads.

Will a groom's skin benefit from a skincare regime?

Absolutely. Men who stick to a disciplined skincare regime, reap the benefits. Men who regularly cleanse and moisturize their skin generally have skin that is healthy and looks great. But there’s more to a skincare routine than just using deodorant – guys should also remember to care for their faces, too, because I’ve seen that too many guys simply splash some water on their face and consider that “washing their face.”  Products in the Dove Men+Care Face range, including the Hydrate+ Face Wash, will effectively cleanse skin of dirt and build-up.  Follow this with a face lotion like the Dove Men+Care Hydrate Face Lotion and you’ve successfully cared for your face.

What's the best way for a groom to care for his skin before the wedding?

Grooms should make sure they are washing and moisturizing their skin every day – leading into, during, and after their wedding day.  And, if they live in sunny/warm climates, using sunscreen every day will help skin stay healthy.  The best way to care for your skin is to make this your daily routine.

How important is it from a groom to use skincare products aimed at men, rather than 'borrowing' his fiancées?

Since men and women have different skin, they should use products specifically formulated for their needs.  That’s why Dove created the Dove Men+Care line, a line of products for men’s skin and hair – which also includes shampoos like the new Aqua Impact Fortifying Shampoo and 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioners like the Fresh Clean 2-in-1, which were developed to make men’s hair three times stronger.

What products should he be using?

In addition to the products I’ve already mentioned, guys should remember to think about their shave as a three-step, four-product, routine (that includes a pre-shave scrub, pre-shave oil, shave cream and post-shave balm.)  The Dove Men+Care Expert Shave range products follows this approach. 

Step one is all about the preparation. First, use the Expert Shave Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub to clean, scrub and smooth skin for a closer shave. It also lifts hairs and helps reduce ingrown hairs. Next, apply the Expert Shave Softening Pre-Shave Oil, which is specially formulated to soften hair and help deliver a closer shave.  It also moisturizes the skin to help protects it while shaving.  

The second step is the actual shave. Dove Men+Care understands that all skin is different, therefore, the range includes two different shave creams: the Expert Shave Total Comfort Shave Cream and the Expert Shave Smoothing Shave Cream.  The Total Comfort Shave Cream is the richest, most protective formula, designed especially for drier skin. This moisture-enriched cream is clinically proven to hydrate skin and to help reduce shaving irritation.  The Smoothing Shave Cream also helps protect against irritation and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated better than its competitor creams, foam and gels. 

The final step is the post-shave. Apply the Expert Shave Intense Post-Shave Repair Balm to help soothe skin after shaving. It’s fast absorbing formula is clinically proven to rehydrate and help repair skin after shaving.

What's the best way to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation bumps on a grooms face?

In my experience, there are two sure-fire ways to avoid ingrown hairs. First, you must exfoliate, and that’s why I recommend the Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub I mentioned earlier.  It not only cleans, scrubs and smoothes skin for a closer shave, but it also lifts hairs and helps reduce ingrown hairs. Guys should know never to shave against the grain because that’s the easiest way to get ingrown hairs.

Because time can be precious in the morning, what is the best 3 minute routine you can suggest to our grooms?

My best advice here is - it’s your wedding day, take some time and spend more than three minutes on grooming.  But, if you’re in a crunch (I’ve seen The Hangover, so these things do happen) here’s a quick three minute routine – brush your teeth, wash your face with Dove Men+Care Hydrate Face Wash, followed by Dove Men+Care Face Lotion and, finally, apply some Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake Antiperspirant, which will give you 48-hour sweat and odor protection in a non-irritating formula, and very quickly style your hair with whatever you use.  Those, I think, are the bare essentials when it comes to grooming.

Tell us about the range you've recently developed for Dove?

Dove Men+Care worked with leading dermatologist and barbers, like myself, on their brand-new premium link of shave products called Expert Shave. This new range was developed using our expert insights because we’re the ones talking to guys every day about their skin and using these products ourselves. When used together, the Expert Shave regime will better care for skin before, during and after shaving. 

To learn more about any of the products I’ve recommended, please visit and check out my own skincare blog

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Accessories that add a statement to your wedding dress

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After hours upon hours of shopping and deliberating, the hunt is finally over! You've found the one, the dress for your big day. But the process is not over yet. Now it's time to deal with the finishing touches. In fact, finding the right accessories is an important part of bringing your look to completion. Here are a few accessories that might add the perfect statement to the wedding dress of your dreams.

Hail The Veil

Regardless of your dress, a veil can bring elegance and mystique to your bridal attire. Birdcage veils are currently in vogue, creating that sought after vintage flair. But, perhaps, a long veil of lace would add the traditional look that you desire. Veils come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials, and it can be difficult to choose the best one for you. To narrow down your best options, consider your dress, your hair, your face-shape, your height, and your overall wedding style.

Bling Other Than Your Ring

Of course, your wedding ring will be the crown jewel of the day, but don't forget to look for other complimentary jewellery. Cool skin tones (those with bluish coloured veins) look best with silver metals, pearls, and diamonds, whereas, warm skin tones (those with greenish coloured veins) look best with gold. Stick to delicate, sophisticated pieces so as not to draw attention away from your dress.


Flashy Sash

If you've chosen a simple but classic wedding dress, a lovely sash may add the missing panache and personality you're looking for. Not to mention, this accessory provides a sliming effect to any waistline. Floral sashes are fun and fresh. Beaded sashes are classy and luxurious. Maybe you want to add a ribbon sash in the colour of your bridesmaids' dresses.

Heel Appeal

Last but not least, every girl needs a sexy pair of heels to complete the bridal package from head to toe. You don't have to stick with the color white. Many brides choose to use their shoes as their "something blue." Finding a pair of heels that you love will give you the confidence you need to walk down that aisle with grace and ease.
Finding the dress is the hard part. Accessorizing is fun! Take the time to look through the veils, the jewelry, the sashes, and the heels. These accessories just might add the perfect statement to the wedding dress of your dreams.
This is a guest blog post from Savannah Coulson
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Wedding Celebration - How to Make the Whole Day Perfect

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One of the most memorable and special days in a couple’s life should be the wedding celebration. From morning till night time the whole day should be a celebration of the love and union that you two are embarking on. However, ensuring that the entire day is picture perfect can take time, thought and careful planning. The following are some helpful tips to help create an unforgettable wedding day. 


Create a Budget

A budget will determine the amount of money that you’re looking to spend on the event. It will also help you financially prepare for selecting the most affordable venue, wedding attire, guest list and menu. In addition to the wedding celebration, you want to make sure you have enough money left over for you and your new spouse to relax and unwind on your honeymoon.


Whether you hold your wedding celebration on the beach at sunset or you have a backyard wedding, catering the food can ease you of substantial burden on your special day. It can also be a great way to bring in your favorite foods for you and your guests to enjoy. You’ll find a host of options from barbecuing burgers and ribs to tasty cheese snacks like those at Finding the right catering company is easy when you do your research. You can also ask friends, family members and co-workers for recommendations as they are sure to have an opinion or friend that may be able to help give you a discounted service. Before you hire the right catering company, you want to determine a menu for your wedding reception and a budget. You can also taste test your selections to ensure the food is high both in quality and taste prior to the wedding.


Make Reservations

Dependent on what type of wedding you wish to host, you’ll want to make reservations far in advance. This includes everything from the venue and church to the catering company and photographer. As your wedding day approaches, you’ll want to double check the reservations and ensure that everything is in order for your special day.

Wedding Attire

Choosing the wedding dress and grooms attire ahead of time can alleviate fears of the clothing arriving in time. You should also ensure that the items are properly tailored and fitted before your big day. If you’re having bridesmaids and groomsmen, you should choose pick out the items around the same time. This may seem like a simple task that wouldn't get forgotten but you'd be surprised at how little thought goes into others wedding attire. Make everyone happy even if it is “your” day by making the suits and dresses amazing!

Finalizing last minute arrangements can alleviate stress and anxiety that can often accompany your wedding day. This is also the best time to confirm your reservations and add the finishing touches to your catering menu. By going over your guest list and preparing for unexpected emergencies, you can make your wedding day a perfect celebration.
This is a guest blogpost from Meghan Belnap.
Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

Photo Credits from top to bottom: On Screen Weddings, Cleveland Blog, Wedding Journal Online.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Wedding Guests; this is what you are spending to attend that wedding!

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We all know that weddings cost money. Second to your house { and possibly luxury car }, your wedding will {most likely} be the single most expensive day of your life. Probably why, in some cultures parents and indeed men and women start to save for their wedding even long before they even dating. 

There are numerous articles, features and advice for couples planning a wedding and how they can save money, how to calculate their budget and so on... but do you ever think about the wedding guest? 

We've all been there. Christmas comes and about 5 million friends get engaged at once  {or so in seems}, and they all seem to want to get married within the same 6 month period {some even in the same month, the cheek!}. You do some quick calculations and realize you'll have to sell a kidney just to make in through June this year and that's before you get your Christmas credit card bill. 

So where does all a guest's money go? 

Let's see what seriously smart gift card company One4all survey found... 

The highlights... 

  • 72% of Irish people plan to attend a wedding this year with almost a third (31%) saying they will go to two weddings this year
  • 41% admit to declining an invitation due to the cost of the day
  • Over two thirds (67%) give the happy couple a gift even they don’t attend
  • 1 in 4 spend €150 - €200 on a wedding present
  • Almost half (40%) say they always buy a new outfit for a wedding
  • 60% spend up to €150 on a new outfit for a wedding
  • 30% splash the cash on a hotel or B&B when attending with 44% spending €100-€150 on accommodation
  • 1 in 5 women get their hair and make-up professionally done
  • Cash is the most popular wedding gift (57%) followed by 1 in 4 giving the happy couple a gift card
  • Gift cards, an all expenses paid honeymoon, cash and a washing machine topped the list of the best wedding presents while his & her towels, bedding, canteens of cutlery and a kitchen clock were voted the worst

The gift of generosity

When it comes to buying a gift for the happy couple, it seems that we are a generous nation with 67% saying that they give the bride and groom a gift even if they don’t attend the wedding. Over half (57%) give cash while a gift card is the second most popular choice for 1 in 4.  Two thirds (65%) spend up to €150 on a gift for the happy couple while a generous 1 in 4 say they usually spend €150-€200 on a wedding present.

A change of a dress

Over a third of those polled (38%) admit to always purchasing a new outfit for a wedding while a thrifty 22% say they tend to recycle something that’s already in their wardrobe. An image conscious 40% say that they’re more likely to buy a new outfit if they know that someone attending the wedding has already seen them wearing the outfit previously. 60% spend up to €150 on a new outfit while 17% say they spend €150-€200 while a further 9% claim to splash €200-€250.

Unsurprisingly weddings are most costly for women with 1 in 5 women polled saying they tend to get their hair and make-up done professionally for the big day while 40% say they just get their hair done. A price conscious 19% of women polled say they tend to do both themselves to save money.

An overnight stay

Almost a third (30%) say they always book into a hotel and B&B when attending a wedding and 45% of those staying over spend €100-€150 on accommodation. However, the majority only stay over for one night with 64% admitting to skipping the second night of celebrations. Almost half of people polled who have a partner (40%) say they tend to split all wedding costs 50:50.

The breakdown 

Gift                          €200
Dress                       €150
Hair & Make Up        €80
Accommodation      €150
Pocket Money         €150  {because not all weddings have open bars :) } 

Total                       €730 { multiply by the number of weddings you have to attend this year.... now breath} 

Pretty steep eh... 

What did you think it cost you to attend a wedding?

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Church Ceremonies - How they are traditionally meant to run.

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Every wedding needs organisation in order for things to be glitch free on the big day. Bridal Party members have traditional roles on what they should do on the day itself so things run smoothly. These traditions are not gospel, that said, the bridal party have undertaken the role not just to look pretty and be highly involved in the wedding but to help out the best they can!
The groomsmen - your role
The groomsmen will be first to arrive at the Church. It is necessary to send two of them to The Church a little earlier to ensure they are there before the guests arrive. Their duties include ushering guests to their seats and directing them to either side (If you are doing this). They will also hand out the mass booklets. The groomsmen are also responsible for lighting the candles on the altar, this can be done as guests are arriving.
Best Man & Maid of Honour - your roles
Important roles for these guys!! Best man must ensure that the groom gets to the Church on time!
The Maid of Honour is there to assist the bride, she will take her bouquet from her when she gets to the altar and will ensure that the bride's dress and veil are perfectly laid out at the altar. The Best man and Maid of Honour will also be required to sign the Marriage Certificate post ceremony.
Order of Procession
This is entirely your choice. In America the groomsmen walk down the aisle but that doesn't happen in the UK and Ireland. The groom, priest and bestman will enter through the side door or already be present at the top of the aisle. The grooms father should accompany the mother of the bride to her seat and one of the groomsmen should escort the mother of the groom to her seat. These people should be the last to be seated.
Traditionally it is best to let the flowergirls and page boys go first, whether they are carrying signs or sprinkling petals. Bear in mind  children under 4 may get very overwhelmed by the crowds and stop in their tracks. Have their parents take aisle seats so that they can go to them if they get a little anxious. Also prepare the next bridesmaid to walk down to take their hands and accompany them down if needed.
There is no particular order your bridesmaids should go in. It is best to have an order prepared however to avoid confusion on the day. Either have them walk in according to height, age or where they need to be seated for readings. Maid of Honour is always the last bridesmaid to walk down infront of the bride.
After a few moments, the bride's entrance music will begin and enter bride and her father (or whoever is giving her away). This will be very over powering and emotional so remain calm and take your time.
The Service
Depending on  the religion each service will be conducted in a different manner. Christian Churches tend to follow this general order of service.
- Welcoming of guests and couple, opening remarks and a call to worship
- Opening Prayer
- Congregation is seated
- The 'giving away of the bride'. Whoever is doing this is asked to declare it.
- Song or hymn
- The charge of the bride and groom (this is when the priest/minister outlines their duties as husband and wife and the role of marriage)
- The Pledge (I do solemnly declare......)
- Wedding Vows
- Exchange of rings
- Lighting of the unity candle (this sometimes happens at the beginning of the ceremony)
- The Pronoucement (Officially declaring that they are husband and wife)
- Communion
- The Closing Prayer
- You may now kiss the bride!
- Presenataion of the couple by the Priest or Minister
This is when the bridal party exit the Church they should follow the same order that they entered the Church in. This time the groomsmen should link with a bridesmaid and the best man with the Maid of Honour. The parents should then follow the bridal party out the Church.
Now that you have a better idea of how things will run on the day it will be easier to know what happens when and where you would like to have singing or instrumental pieces. Once you have picked your Church the priest or minister will give you a clear indication of readings and periods where music is normally played.
Now you can take a breath, relax and know that you will enjoy your day!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Global Wedding Survey Shows Irish Couples Choose Tradition Over Trendy for Their Big Day

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We get many interesting things in our inbox here at Wedding High HQ, some we share with you and others, well others shouldn't see the light of day { that is perhaps a post/rant for another day}, but recently we got something  you might all find interesting ... 

Our good friends over at shared a recent survey they carried out as part of the overall Global Hitched Ltd brand, our Irish couples might find some of the results  interesting... 

According to the survey results the majority of Irish couples tying the knot are opting for a traditional approach, when it comes to their wedding day.Despite the world of weddings becoming bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, it’s the traditional touches that are proving the most important to Irish couples on their big day. Are you the same? 

So how are they saying I do? 

Of all the newlyweds surveyed, a significant 76% of Irish couples opted for a religious service. Despite civil ceremonies being more accessible than ever. With over three quarters choosing to have religious wedding ceremony we're wondering are couples doing this for themselves or for their families? What do you think? 

Their British counterparts proved far less focused on religion, with just 37% of newlyweds in the UK having a religious wedding ceremony. 

Let them eat cake! 

While wedding cupcakes and single tiered wedding cakes have taken the wedding market by storm, 73% of Irish couples still opted for a traditional tiered wedding cake. A mere 3.5% opted for a single tier wedding cake and just 5% chose cupcakes. Compare this with newlyweds in Australia where just 58% opted for a traditional tiered cake and in South Africa where fewer than half (45%) opted for a traditional tiered style.

What are they doing with their wedding dress after the big day? 

Irish brides also prove to be sentimental when it comes to their wedding dress – with 43% having their gown cleaned and stored away safely after the event. A further 19% plan to hand down their dress to their children and/or grandchildren, while 13% plan to make their dress into a traditional Christening gown for their future children. In contrast, despite tough economic times, only 17% of Irish brides plan to sell their dress. South African brides surveyed with the same question gave very different results with just 27% planning to keep their wedding gown and safely store it away and 7% planning to ruin their wedding dress with a trash the dress shoot.

Cheque please! 

However, one of the few places where Irish newlyweds had not stuck to tradition was when it comes to footing the bill, with 52% footing the entire bill themselves and just 6% taking the traditional route of the bride’s family paying for the whole day. Newlyweds in the UK were more reliant on contributions from family with just 31% footing the entire bill and 56% splitting the bill with their families.

What do you make of all this? 

Having worked in the Irish Wedding industry for 10 years now Irish couples have already been far more traditional than my international clients, but my experience has been that this is largely down to them 'keeping the peace' so to speak. Couples often have big and bold ideas and want to do things differently like their international counterparts but once a family and friends get in their ears this can soon change. 

I'd love to know what you opinion on this is, are we just traditional at heart or too afraid to go for what we want? 

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Take a look at Qiana Bridal 'Love & Romance' Collection 2015

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Yes, I know this week is all about ceremonies, but  technically speaking a wedding dress is worn at a wedding ceremony so I'm not breaking too many rules... 

That's why I wanted to share some  of the images from Qiana Bridal 'Love & Romance' Collection 2015

This new ‘Love & romance’ Collection has been inspired by the heroines from classic romantic novels and consists of 11 semi couture bridal gowns and one decorative organza coat. Each of the designs is different making sure that there is something for everyone offering brides high quality, beautiful and designer bridal gowns.

We think some of them are just dreamy... what about you? 

Qiana Bridal has more than two decades of experience from within the bridal industry and leading London Couture houses. Designer Wendy Peddlesden adores the glamorous dresses of the 1950’s and is truly inspired by famous style icons of the time. Wendy designs and cuts all the dresses as she believes that the pattern cutter has their own unique hand writing that enables the design to be beautifully and magically transformed into that very special glamorous gown.

For more information please visit

Images: Steve Ramsden Studios
Venue: Bowcliffe Hall
Flowers: Pamella Dunn

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Sand Ceremony - A significant and unique touch to your wedding ceremony

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Wedding Ceremonies have changed significantly over the last few decades. Long gone are the days where everyone got married in a Church and had the same ceremony as everyone else. Personalization of a couple's weddings is very popular and apparent in this day and age with personal vows, unity candle ceremonies and your own choices of music and readings.
The Sand Ceremony is a unique and special addition to your own wedding be it religious or civil ceremony. This meaningful and symbolic ceremony signifies the union of two people's lives together making them one but also observes that they are individuals and that is kept in the marriage also. The poignant moment of the joining of the sands has an extremely personal feel to it.
So how does it work!? You will need at least three vessels for the ceremony, one for bride and one for the groom and a larger pretty vessel as you will be keeping this forever to symbolise your unity as a married couple. Each person has their own colour sand in their own vessel. The colours could be in coordination with the wedding theme, signify something important and special or be sand collected from important or momentous places. The celebrant or officiant will inform your guests of what is about to happen and what the sand ceremony truly represents. The bride and the groom will then take turns to add their own sand to the unity vessel bringing their lives together. A charming touch of a relevant reading or song would be applicable at this time.
Some alterations have been made to the sand ceremony as the years have gone by. Some brides and grooms leave a little of their own sand in each vessel to signify their independence and individuality. If the couple has a child he/she can add their own sand to the vessel to illustrate the family becoming one. Some people ask their guests (those with smaller weddings) to add sand to the unity vessel too. The sand ceremony is also a great way of blending two families together of different cultures as it recognises each persons or families own personalities, beliefs and identities.
The sand ceremony is a fairly new concept in the modern day wedding. It has been around for decades but its popularity due to it symbolism is increasing by the day. This is probably largely due to the change in circumstances of the traditional couple or family, where cultures and religions are uniting, people are getting married more than once and children are born before marriage or are from previous relationships.
The actual known origin of the sand ceremony is unknown but it is evident across many cultures and countries worldwide such as the Aborigines of Australia and the Imperial of Japan that the mixing of different colours of sand to make one unit is extremely purposeful and powerful.
Photo Credits from top to bottom: Jason Collin Photography, The Celebrant 4 U, Vasekino.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Making an entrance! What song are you going to walk down the aisle to?

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Long gone are the days where the bride walks down the aisle to the traditional 'Here comes the bride wedding march'. Although a few bride's still take this option, the majority are branching out to either a different type of traditional classical music, choosing a modern song or taking an alternate route altogether.
As this is a very important decision there a few things that you need to consider first:
- The song needs to fit in with the theme of the ceremony be it in a church or civil premises. If you hired a string quartet or your songs are very much classically based it is better you keep in with this mood. Although a lot of modern songs can be incorporated into classic form. For example below is Taylor Swifts 'Love Story' w. Talented musicians like this give you endless options.

- Instrumental or voice? This is important as the lyrics in the song you choose could have huge significance for you and your other half.

- Consider whether you want to walk slowly down the aisle or at a faster pace. Don't forget your fathers aren't as young as they used to be don't be dragging them down the aisle!

- Would you like a piece of music that starts off slow and then livens up as you approach the altar?

- A grand entrance? Something a little unique and querky might be more for you!

 - Or you could be completely different and sing while you walk down the aisle!

It is extraordinary to see how weddings have changed so much over the last few decades, the input that couples are putting into their weddings is just beautiful, so meaningful and definitely memorable.
I have put together a list of a few of the top songs that are being used by bride's as their entrance song that are also my favourites! When choosing the song always remember you are going to be overwhelmed by emotion, all your friends and family will be looking at you adoringly and most importantly your groom at the altar waiting for you beaming or crying! The song holds great significance for the wedding day so be it something popular or something that means a lot to the both of you don't make a hasty decision with this one.

Top Songs


Ave Maria - Schubert
Pachebel - Canon in D
Air - Handel
The Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke
9th Symphony - Beethoven
The Marriage of Figaro -Mozart

Popular & Contemporary

Kissing You (Romeo & Juliet) - Des'ree
At Last - James Etta
Halo - Beyoncé
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
She - Elvis Costello
You Raise Me up - Josh Groban
The Prayer -Bocelli and Celine Dion
The Rose - Bette Midler
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack


Photo Credits: Here Comes The Bride Sign via The Bridal Guide, Father of the bride via

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Five Great Wedding Day Looks to Consider

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As your wedding day approaches, you'll have to finalize the overall look you want, even after purchasing a gown. Your personal sense of style, along with the time of the wedding and the level of formality of the event can help you select a wedding look that you'll love. Here are a few chic ideas to consider.

Natural and Radiant

If you want to go with the "no makeup" look, a naturally radiant face is ideal. You can achieve this by exfoliating your skin at least once a week in the months leading up to your wedding and using a moisturizer with a high SPF to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles. Getting regular facials before your big day will help you pull this look off successfully as well. You can search for salons such as that use gentle ingredients and have your makeup done naturally for your wedding

Vintage Glamour

A "cat eye" and bold red lips are trademarks of old school glamor. If your dress has a vintage feel to it, this style will help complete the look. If you have warm undertones, choose a red lipstick with tinges of burgundy and bronze. For cool skin tones, a red lip that boasts bluer tinges is best. A smooth liquid makeup that gives your skin an especially youthful look works well, especially if you set the foundation with a translucent powder.

Autumn Beauty

Berry shades and bronze hues are ideal for an autumn wedding. Accent your eyes with eyeshadow in a deep gold shade to bring more attention to the top half of your face and use a foundation that deeply moisturizes the skin. This gives your face a healthy, dewy appearance and keeps your complexion from getting dry if you're exchanging your vows outside. Finish the look with lipstick in a deep raspberry shade, which will pair well with similar colours in your wedding bouquet or decorations.

Summer Fun

A fun summer wedding look includes wispy and whimsical lashes, liquid bronzer, and a lipstick with a tan or pink tint to it. Long lashes that accent the shape of your eyes can be accomplished with using lengthening mascara or strip lashes. A bronzer with an iridescent quality to it is best for this look as well. Apply the bronzer to the apples of your cheeks, along with on your forehead and chin for a naturally sun-kissed look.

Subtle Yet Sultry

Keeping your makeup subtle and adding one eye-catching element can be creative yet elegant. For instance, if you choose to wear a smoky eye for your wedding, choose a nude lipstick and subtle blush so that your eyes will stand out. If you want your lips to be the main feature, select eyeshadow that is close to your skin tone so your bold lipstick will get all the attention.
Keep in mind that using a primer for your foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick and lipgloss is ideal for your wedding day. This keeps the makeup you've chosen in place all day long and makes for more flattering pictures. Don't forget to select a quality waterproof mascara as well, so that your look will stay intact during emotional moments of the day such as exchanging vows or proposing a toast.
This is a guest blogpost from Savannah Coulson
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