March 25, 2009

Road Tested: 5 Waterproof Mascaras

1. Definicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara by Lancome

2. Lash Injection Mascara by Too Faced

3. Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara by VMV Hypoallergenics

4. One Coat Nourishing Mascara by Almay

5. Tarte -- Lights, Camera, Splashes! by Tarte Cosmetics



March 18, 2009

How To Have A Cheap but Wonderful Wedding

In an ideal world, we would all like to have fancy cars, expensive flowers, an exclusive venue, and a top band at our wedding. However, with the average cost of of wedding in the UK in 2009 being anywhere from £11,000 - £20,000 many people are finding it very difficult to even contemplate a traditional wedding.

One of the most expensive parts of any wedding is the meal. Even in a modest Hotel in Scotland, this can cost about £50 per head. So, if you have one hundred guests attending, that means the meal is going to cost £5000.

Therefore, if we can find ways of dispensing with the meal, that would bring down the overall cost considerably.

With that in mind, let's look at some ideas for cutting costs, generally, and eliminating the meal, in particular.

Hire Your Wedding Dress
Thousands of brides are hiring instead of buying. With the average cost of a wedding dress being £700, this can make good sense. Where else would you get a Vera Wang, Armani, or Carolina Herrera dress for a few hundred pounds?

Hire the Groom's and the Best Man's Outfits
In the UK, men have been doing this for years and it has become normal practice. Yes, girls, it's a "Man" thing!

Don't Buy Expensive Wedding Shoes
Instead of buying wedding shoes that you will only wear once, buy a pair that you will have fun wearing again - or a cheap pair that you will never have to wear again...ouch!

Get A Friend To Drive You To The Ceremony Venue
If you have a friend or relative with a big, fancy car, then get him to drive you to the ceremony venue. It's a shame to waste that big BMW or Mercedes. Also, think of the fun you will have getting to wear a chauffeur's hat...

Walk To the Ceremony Venue
If stay close to the venue, then you could always walk. If you live in a small village, this could be lovely way to go to the Church, as people line the streets to cheer and wish you well. This is what brides used to do it in the old days.
Only Have Close Family At The Wedding Meal
Instead of inviting one hundred people for the meal, just invite your close family. All your other relatives and friends can be invited to the evening reception. They will not be insulted and they will still love you as much.

Have The Wedding Reception In Your House
You could get married on one day and then invite people to your house (or your parents house) on another day for a finger buffet. You could invite people at different times. The older relatives in the afternoon and younger friends (who want to party) in the evening. This would dispense with having to hire an expensive wedding venue.

Have The Wedding Reception In A Hall
You could hire a local hall and decorate it yourself. If you wished to have a formal meal, then you could hire caterers to do it for you. They could also provide a bar. The meal would be a fraction of the cost that you would pay at a Hotel or Reception venue.

Have A Wedding Party Instead
This is becoming more and more common. After you get married (local or abroad), you can have a wedding party in a local hall. Decorate the hall yourself. Hire a band or DJ and supply a finger buffet.

Run Away To Gretna Green or Las Vegas
Traditionally when couples wanted to get married quickly, cheaply, and with the minimum of fuss, they ran away to places like Gretna in the UK and Las Vegas in the USA. So, find somewhere romantic and just go and get married. You can then put all the money you save towards your house.

These are just some ideas to get you started and you will probably thinks of lots more.

Have a cheap - but very happy wedding!

What’s up Your (Wedding Gown) Sleeve?

Sleeves are back! OK, it’s not necessarily wedding fashion news that one shouts from the rooftops, but it’s true nonetheless. More and more high-fashion wedding dresses are going down the aisles and catwalks with a little something extra at the shoulder.

Here’s a quick rundown so you’ll know what to ask for:

Bell – Bell sleeves are a lot like the legs of bell-bottom pants. Only better than that sounds. There sleeve is fitted, with nice flare at the wrist.

Bishop – These sleeves are puffed at the forearm, especially the lower half, and usually have a broad cuff. Have these tailored carefully or done in very soft fabrics to keep your guests from thinking about Popeye.

Capelet – These will give you a nice princessy look – they fit fairly close until the elbow, then drop into an elegant flare.

Capped – Cap or capped sleeves are the shortest you can get – they’re just a short curve of fabric right at the shoulder. They’re a nice way to have bare arms but still have a touch of modesty.

Dolmen – These are good for a dramatic effect. They drop wide from the shoulder, giving you almost the same sweep as a cape. They’ll be fitted to the wrist to keep you from getting tangled.

Illusion – These long sleeves give you a lovely effect. They’re either made from a sheer fabric to give you the feel of being covered with the illusion of bare arms, or they’re encrusted with beads for a layer of sparkle.

Juliet – Have your balcony scene while walking down the aisle! This is a long, fitted sleeve with a puff of fabric at the shoulder.

Leg-of-Mutton – An unfortunate name for an attractive look. These sleeves are full from shoulder to elbow, then fitted from the elbow to the wrist.

Melon – Just like they sound – wide, round sleeves from the shoulder to the elbow.

Off-the-Shoulder – These are a terrific look that flatter most shapes. The upper shoulders are bare and the neckline is usually low, but the look is still demure. Off the-shoulder sleeves may be long or short.

Peek-a-Boo – Two sleeves in one! A fitted sleeve in an opaque fabric is contained by a fuller, sheer sleeve.

Petal – These are a bit longer than Capped sleeves, with graceful overlaps of fabric.

Pointed – These will also give you an elegant, royal look. Pointed sleeves are long and fitted, coming to a graceful points at the base of your hand.

Puff – These are cousins to Juliet sleeves. They’re just little bursts of fabric at the shoulder.

Tapered – Just like they sound, these are full at the shoulder, perhaps with pleats or gathers, and then they gradually narrow and are closely fitted at the wrist.

Enjoy your wedding dress search – and don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve!

Wedding invitations and ideas for a hot and cool August wedding

August can be a beautiful time of year to get married. The hubbub of the June and July brides has passed and you can enjoy a nice quiet ceremony and reception. August is also getting closer to fall so you can take advantage of the summer weather and some of the influences of fall as well.

While summer colors are bold and bright, your August invitations can also hint at some rich fall tones. Pick jewel tones with an earthy brown for an elegant look. You might want to pick designs in florals and leaf patterns for your August wedding. Your wedding invitations will be delivered to your guests in June and July, skip the summer look and opt for something different to make your invitations stand out.

There are no major holidays in the month of August, so you don’t have to worry about planning around a holiday. However, many families plan vacations for the month of August, while the kids are still on summer vacation. Get your save the dates and wedding invitations in the mail early before your guests make other plans.

Ceremony and reception
August is still a great time for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Just keep in mind that the mid-day sun can be a little too warm for some guests. Have umbrellas and stands handy for shade. And some indoor space is never wasted as some will want to get out of the elements all together. Make sure you take advantage of the warm weather that lasts well past sundown. Your August reception can last well into the evening as the nights can stay warm well into the later part of the month. Don’t forget to note your outdoor plans in your wedding invitation so guests can come prepared.
Your August wedding can include elements from summer and from fall. Add poached pears to the salad for a warm autumn feeling. Choose one chilled entrée and one hot to satisfy both summer and fall palates. Your caterer will know what is fresh and seasonal for your wedding date.

Keep your bar stocked with both red and white wines and plenty of water. For your signature cocktail look to fall fruits for inspiration – a cranberry martini or apple martini can be a perfect compliment to your late summer menu.

Since it is still summer, you have many choices when it comes to flowers for your bouquet, centerpieces and ceremony and reception décor. Specific flowers in bloom in August include many colorful choices like Daisy Mums, Gerbera Daisies, Roses and Calla Lilies. Pick your favorite looks and colors to make your flowers like you’ve dreamed of. There may be some flowers that are more readily available in your area. You can save yourself some money by choosing local blooms. Check with your florist for the best advice.

Make the most of your August wedding with the freshest seasonal foods, blooms and colors. August is the prefect time to combine the best of summer and of autumn and make your ceremony and reception unique.

March 14, 2009

Wedding Planning

Your wedding is one of the moments in your life that you will never forget so planning it carefully should be a top priority.

Further you will find the most important things that you should consider when you are planning your wedding.

Wedding Planning - Photographers

First you should hire a photographer who is specialized in wedding photography, because they are experienced in wedding procedure and make sure they are familiar with your reception sites and ceremony. This will allow him/her to capture all the special moments by anticipating your next move and being at the right time in the proper place.

Wedding Planning - Cakes and Bakers

A caterer or a bakery is the right places to order your cake, but some restaurants and hotels may also provide a wedding cake. The best idea is to order it from a bakery that is specialized in wedding cakes. In this case you should ask to see photographs of the wedding cakes they offer and don't forget: ask for a tasting!

Wedding Planning - Caterers

For hors d'oeuvres there are many options depending on your reception formality and the type of food that are served at the meal. Hors d'oeuvres will be offered to your guests during the first reception hours if you will serve a full meal during the reception. However, at a cocktail reception or a tea the "mail course" will be hors d'oeuvres.

Wedding Planning - Flowers and Florists

Wedding flowers will add beauty, color and fragrance to every aspect of your wedding, and like everything else they should fit your color scheme and style. Five Star Floral Design and Events, Ingela's Floral Design, Nancy Liu Chin Design, Las Vegas Florists, Fleurs de France, Suzanne M. Smith Design, Pacific Event Productions, Twice Touched Treasures Floral Preservation, Bouquets of Del Mar and Leilani Creations are some of the specialist that could help you plan the event.

Wedding Planning - Music

This is one of the most important elements for a successfully wedding planning. Music sets the tone for a lavish wild party or for an elegant and romantic affair. One of the newest books that could help you in the process of selecting your wedding music is The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music from Wedding Solutions Publishing, Inc.

Reception Site Fee

There are two types of reception sites. One may charge a per person fee which includes food, tables, silverware, china, facility and so forth, and another may charge a room rental fee and you will have to provide the food, linens, possibly tables and chairs and beverages.

Good luck with your wedding planning and make this event the most happiest of your life!

Unique Wedding Tips and Ideas for a Beautiful Wedding offers ideas of the wedding, advice and masters on the ceremony of the wedding, the cake of the wedding, the flowers, the gifts, music, the photos, the videos, the responsibilities etc. The unique ideas of the wedding will help him to glide for the wedding of their dreams.

Marriage as its veterans know well, is the continuous process of getting used to things you hadn’t expected. (by Tom Mullen).

As per the different sources of language and culture, wedding is defined as the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed. Wedding is the act of marrying and its nuptial ceremony. As per another culture, a wedding is a religious or civil ceremony which is marked by the celebration of the beginning of a marriage.

Now you can transform your wedding inspirations into reality with our helpful ideas and articles. Planning a wedding is essential and needs to be done well in advance of the wedding day. If you have been planning a wedding for any length of time, or if you have seen someone else planning theirs, you will agree that a smooth wedding isn't easy to happen.


There are so many details to think about and so many arrangements to make. All this can be done by effective planning and celebration preprations. Modern weddings force ordinary people to become professional event planners.

Here are some tips to make your wedding day memorable:

  • Comfort should be your top priority while considering any type of accessory or hair do when you are going to be getting married.
  • An important thing about your wedding day is that you want to accent your natural beauty, not change your looks dramatically.
  • Don’t lose sleep over raised eyebrows.
  • Move every deadline up by a week. Bridal magazines say this will give you more time to relax and visit as friends arrive in town.
  • Plot a wedding-day schedule.
  • Provide icebreakers. Give your guests something to do besides watching you.
  • Give yourselves a day or two to regroup before leaving on your honeymoon.

March 8, 2009

Saving Money on Your Rehearsal Dinner Decorations and Favors

Your wedding is going to be one of the most exciting times of your life, but also one of the most expensive. So, don't be ashamed of trying to save some money while you plan for it.

The best way to save is to cut your costs in just one area of the wedding rather than trying to shave a few cents off of each decoration and favor. That will simply be too difficult.

Many people who do this usually pick the rehearsal dinner to cut costs. It's not as memorable as the ceremony and it is sometimes easier to find deals on rehearsal dinner decorations and favors.

If you really want to save try the discount wedding outlets and other stores that sell a lot of wedding items. If you are lucky you could catch them when they are having a sale. They sometimes give discounts on larger purchases too, so think bulk. Buy one or two favors and get them for every one of your guests.

You can even buy rehearsal dinner favors that are really cheap like candies and mints and just put them in a favor box (you can also buy favor boxes in bulk and use them for the wedding, rehearsal and bridal shower).

There's many ways to save and cutting costs on your decorations and favors might be the best way to go.

March 2, 2009

Wedding Dresses