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13 most important things to avoid the week before your wedding

As the wedding day approaches, brides and grooms will have hundreds of last minute things to tick off their checklists. Now, here is another list for brides to take note of—the Don’ts!

Brides, don’t take them lightly, for some mishaps cannot be undone when you have little time left. So, look out and stay away from making these big mistakes during the days leading up to your wedding.

1.Have a drastic haircut

Your hairstyle and length of hair will greatly impact your bridal look. So, this is something you should decide early on. We always tell brides to pick their hair accessories and veil, after they decide what to do with their hair on their wedding day. It is also advisable to consult your wedding hairdresser to sort this out. Once you do, stick with the same hairstyle till your wedding. If you change it closer to your wedding day, you risk your hairstyle not going well with your veil, hair accessories, wedding dress neckline and more.

If you must cut your hair short during your engagement, make sure you do so at least 3 or 4 months before the wedding. This way you will have enough time to outgrow the style, in case you aren’t happy with how it turns out. Definitely get a trim in the month leading up to your wedding, so your hair style looks fresh. But wait till after the wedding to chop your tresses off.

2.Drastic hair color change

Just as with your hairstyle, your hair color can drastically alter your bridal look. So, we think you should refrain from changing it close to your wedding day. Unless it is a color that you have previously tried and love, there is no guarantee of how it will end up looking. So, a drastic change of hair color isn’t recommended when you wedding is soon approaching.

If you change your hair color closer to the wedding and aren’t happy with the results, you may be able to reverse it by recoloring it right away. Nonetheless, if you had to bleach your hair in the process, it could significantly damage your hair. This can affect the overall health and texture of your hair. So, decide on your hair color earlier on, and simply refresh it in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

3.Crash diet

You need energy to stay active and alert in the week leading up to your wedding. Sudden diets are not going to help you shed those extra pounds. If anything, it is only going to do more harm than good. Whether it is a juice cleanse or skipping a meal every day, your body won’t have enough time to adjust to the change when you start now. As a result you could end up with sugar cravings, restlessness, loss of sleep or even exhaustion.

Also, your wedding dress would already be altered to your actual measurements by this time. So, try to stick to your regular diet habits, so it fits you perfectly. Eat balanced meals, step up your intake of salads and fruits, and stay hydrated throughout the day. Take a look at this article on the Best Health Mag and incorporate these foods into your diet during your engagement for best results. These measures should be enough to help you look fresh and glowing on your wedding day.

4.Test a new beauty or skincare product

This is definitely not the time to experiment with new skin and hair products. You never know how your skin will react towards it. If an allergy or skin breakout occurs, you have no time to fix it. So, it is always best to stick with the products you have been using all along.

Try and decide on any new product at least a month before the wedding. This will give you enough time to recognize how your skin responds to it. Even if it is a new makeup item, make sure to test it long before the wedding. Only use cosmetics that suit your skin closer to your wedding day.

5.Getting a fake tan

Now is not the time to experiment with tanning products. Spray-on tans and tanning lotions had best be set aside, when your wedding is soon approaching. Not only these cause an orange complexion in photos, it can make you look unnatural. You can use tanning lotions that build up color gradually. Nonetheless, you should stop using it in the week before your wedding to avoid unexpected results.

If you want to glow as you walk down the aisle, visit a professional tanning specialist who can help you achieve the color you desire. Try to keep the results to a minimum, so your skin is just glowing. Make sure that your complexion will not clash with your makeup and the white of the dress.

6.Altering your hairstyle and makeup plan for the wedding

Your hair and makeup trials should be over at least a month before the wedding. Whether you hire the services of a professional artist or decide to do it yourself, don’t wait till the last minute to make changes. Settle on how you want to look on your wedding day, well in advance. At your trial, analyze and make sure you are happy with what you see. If you want to tweak or change anything, make note of it right away. We suggest you take pictures on the day of your trial, so you can also see how you photograph. This will help you decide if any changes are necessary.

Don’t rethink your decision afterwards. Changing plans closer to the wedding day increases your chances of ruining the overall look. If you change the makeup colors or alter the hairstyle even slightly, it can cause a drastic change to the overall effect. You may not like the results, and there will be nothing you can do to change it at that point.

7.Buy or try on your wedding shoes

Your wedding shoes are one of the first accessories you should shop for. This is because you should wear them for a few days to break them in. It is a big mistake if you decide to wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. New shoes can bite, cause blisters and feel uncomfortable. Since you will spend most of the time on your feet, this can ruin your entire day.

So, don’t wait till the last minute to shop or open your wedding shoes. Get them early, and start wearing them for short spans of time, months before your wedding. As you use the shoes, your feet will get accustomed to the heel height, and also relax into the fit. You can then comfortably don them on your wedding day. We suggest you get your wedding shoes in time for your first dress alteration appointment. This way, you will have the opportunity to wear it with the dress and your seamstress can alter your dress hemline to the exact heel height of your shoes.

8.Not getting enough sleep

Your body needs enough rest every night to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Unless you clock 8 solid hours of sleep, you will not have the energy to handle the challenges of the week. Irrespective of how demanding the tasks this week are, make sure you get your required sleep.

Without enough sleep, your beauty and skin care regimen will not yield optimal results. You will end up with puffy eyes and dark circles. Your skin will also look listless and dull. Insufficient sleep can also impact your overall immunity and well-being. So, don’t skimp on sleep. Give your body and mind the rest it deserves, and your body will thank you for it by helping you be in best shape on your special day.

9.Brand new beauty therapy

There are several treatments that promise instant results. However, you had better stay away from trying out such a treatment for the first time in the week before your wedding. Whether it is laser treatment, Microdermabrasion, chemical peels or similar beauty treatments, there are chances of it carrying risks. In such a case, you may end up with a disastrous result and no time to rectify the issue.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of such treatments for your wedding, do them at least two weeks ahead of your wedding date. This will leave you enough time to recover from likely issues, if any. The benefits of such treatments also last at long, so you can enjoy that as well.

10.Caffeine or alcohol binge

It is perfectly normal to feel stressed out with the various things that happen close to your wedding. You may have parties like the bachelorette and rehearsal dinner lined up. There may also be tasks that leave you no time to unwind or de-stress. Irrespective of the situation, don’t indulge in alcohol or caffeine.

Alcohol can add several pounds to your frame. It can also make you seem tired and worn out. Caffeine, on the other hand, can give you that instant rush of energy and help you stay attentive. Nonetheless, it can negatively affect your skin and beauty.

11.Have too much processed and junk foods or fizzy drinks

Although processed and junk foods are never a great idea, avoiding it is particularly important in the days leading up to your wedding. These foods are loaded with salt, sugar and calories and do immense harm to your body. Not only do they pile on calories, they can also be detrimental to your overall well-being.

So, put aside that trip to the burger joint or bakery till after your wedding. The longer you stay away from aerated drinks, sugary sweets and juicy burgers, the better your skin will look and feel. In fact, we suggest you start saying no to these items months before your wedding. Substitute these with fresh fruits and nuts when you feel the craving, and it won’t be long before you get used to it.

12.Do your DIY projects

Unless it isn’t an absolute essential in your wedding plans, DIY projects shouldn’t be left to do till the last week. You will be flooded with plenty of demanding tasks at this time, and it is risky to wait till this time to do your work. If you do not finish your handmade wedding favors or décor elements in time, you may have to do without it or pay a hefty price for replacements.

Plan your DIY projects realistically. Take on just those tasks that you are sure you can handle. As charming as personalized touches are, they are labor intensive. Also, remember that it take a long time to complete making favors for your 100 or more guests. It isn’t like the small parties you usually host. So, get on with your plans at least two to three months ahead of the wedding, or take the ready-made route. Here are some tips on the Brides website to make crafting fun.

13.Make last minute changes to plan

The last week before your wedding is the time to just follow through with prepared plans. It is definitely not the time to make new ones. Of course, emergency situations are a given. Except for that, don’t even think of adding new tasks or making alterations to the rest of your plans. It is always best to stick with the schedule and planned ideas. This will help you and the rest of your wedding party avoid stress.

Finally remember that a wedding is not just about the details, it is also about the experience. And you want to make fond memories of this important event in your life. So, keep your expectations realistic and work towards it for best results.

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7 common complaints by wedding guests and how to avoid them

Weddings are wrought with thousands of details, that it is possible you may overlook or forget a few things. While some of these may not matter in the big picture, there are certain others that will make your guests unhappy. Unfortunately, it is after the wedding that the couple usually realize they should have given more attention to these factors. After all, a wedding should be a satisfying and fun event for not only those who are in it, but also for all those who attend it.

Here is a list of the seven most common problems wedding guests complain about. We also have the solutions to each of these issues, to help you handle it easily. Make sure you prioritize these potential issues when planning your wedding, and your guests will be a happy bunch.

#1 Incomplete information in the invitation

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Choosing invitation stationery and coming up with interesting ways to word the invite can be exciting. In all this excitement, it is not unusual for couples to forget adding crucial information that the guest may need. However pretty your card may be, your guests may not appreciate it if it lacks the basic things they need to plan their availability. Common confusions are about whether children are invited, the invite includes their plus-one’s and unclear venue information.

Solution: The simple solution is to frame your invitation around the basic essentials to be communicated. Follow our invitation checklist on this previous post, to make sure you have all the information in place. And, keep it simple and attractive instead of cluttered. If your invitation has too many details, make sure that the layout and format highlights the essential information like the Venue address, wedding date and time, RSVP date and your contact information. This will allow them to locate what they seek easily.

#2 Getting bored by waiting around

Your guests will quickly be bored after the ceremony, when they have to wait for the reception to begin. They may also have to wait after reaching the venue, before the wedding actually starts. While some amount of waiting is admissible, it can be pretty irritating if they feel they spent too much time waiting for things to happen. So, this is an area you have to work on prior to the wedding.

Solution: Make sure that you have arranged for seating outside the venue, if your guests have to wait before entering it. Similarly, plan some entertainment if there is a long waiting period or delays between events. You can either start the party off with appetizers and drinks during the waiting period at the reception, or have an entertainer keep them occupied. Also, plan your photography sessions and time to change dress or touch up your makeup, so that there isn’t too much delay that bores the guests.

#3 Food that they cannot enjoy

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Some couples make the cardinal mistake of splurging on the décor, dress and other things, while skimping on the food. Remember that if there is one thing your guests look forward to enjoying at the wedding, it is the food. They expect not only appetizing food, but also something different. Dietary restrictions aren’t uncommon, especially when you invite so many people. You will mostly have to handle vegetarians or vegans, those with gluten allergies and nut allergies. If your menu doesn’t cater to these specific requirements, you can be certain that there will be unhappy people at your wedding. Although you may not be able to make everyone at your wedding happy with your choice of food, you should at least make sure that they have a filling meal.

Solution: Make use of your RSVP’s to confirm what your guests can and cannot have. You can ask them to inform you of any dietary constraints they have, by adding that information to the invitation card or your wedding website. If you can have different menu options, ask your wedding guests to select what they would like to have, from a chosen set of dishes. When they inform you of their choices on time, your caterer will be able to set up the dinner plan accordingly. However, the more important thing is to make sure that all your guests are able to eat at your wedding. If not to impress, at least make sure that nobody has to stay  hungry because you didn’t accommodate their dietary needs. Additionally, plan your menu so that it has a range of interesting dishes. If you aren’t sure your special dish will be liked by all, make sure it isn’t the only thing on the menu. Fill your guests’ tummies with appetizing fare, and you will see happy faces all around.

#4 Couples who do not mind them at all

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Don’t undermine the efforts your guests put in, so they can attend your wedding. It is not only those who travel from far, who take pains to be there to witness your milestone celebration. They may have put aside other engagements, made alternate plans to have their children taken care of, driven from far or given priority to your wedding over other engagements on the same day. So, it is only reasonable that they expect you to appreciate their presence. When a couple or the wedding party ignores a guest, even when it is not on purpose, it can put them off. They expect you to thank and acknowledge them for their presence at your wedding.

Solution: It doesn’t take much to make your guests feel appreciated for their presence. Although you may be busy throughout the day, make an effort to personally meet and greet all your guests. They will be eager to congratulate you post the ceremony, so set aside time for this. Also, be pleasant around them and not look too eager to get rid of them. You have to put up with this on your wedding day, so be prepared. Be a courteous host and your guests will remember your wedding for the happiness they experienced there, and not the ungrateful attitude they felt was meted out. Finally, don’t forget to send your guests thank you notes for their gifts and attendance, and they will be pleased to have been part of your celebration.

#5 Any extras that they have to pay

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It is not only the couple who spend money at a wedding. Every wedding guest has to accommodate several expenses to be part of it. First there is the gift, then the expenses to travel to the venue. They may also have to spend extra if they have to arrange care for their children, if the wedding doesn’t include children. Finally, at least some of the guests will be shelling out money on their outfits for the wedding. So, it is a significant amount they spend. For this reason, they wouldn’t be too happy if they had to pay for anything unexpected at the wedding. Whether it is to order their drinks because you haven’t arranged for a bar, or it is an unreasonable parking fee at a specific venue, we are sure no guest will appreciate the extra expenses they have to bear.

Solution: Make sure that your guests will not be required to pay anything unreasonable from their wallet to attend or be part of your wedding. If there is something that they will have to bear, you should prepare them in advance for it by informing them beforehand. Put a word on your invitation and on your wedding website, so they can come prepared and will not end up being grumpy at the wedding reception on account of it.

#6 Music they cannot enjoy

Although many guests pretend they don’t like dancing, very few of your guests actually dread stepping up to the dance floor. Most couples are quite sensible when planning their playlist, and accommodate at least a few songs that are widely appreciated. Nevertheless, there are those who stick with one genre of songs throughout and bore many guests with it. Then the reception can seem unusually long and boring, and you will kill your guests enthusiasm if you take this route. On the same note, they may also not like it if your DJ isn’t too considerate about their comfort level and forces them to participate.

Solution: Irrespective of the theme of your wedding, make sure that there are at least a few songs that are definite crowd pleasers. Discuss this with your band and DJ and add songs that appeal to different age groups. This way, there will be at least a few songs for everyone to dance. Also, have songs distributed evenly, so people can come on and go off the dance floor. They will otherwise feel their turn is over quickly, and will be bored for the rest of the evening. Don’t have too many organized dances either, as people love to relax and simply dance to their heart’s content, rather than feel too restricted by the music being played.

#7 Long speeches

Wedding toasts and speeches are an indispensable part of wedding receptions, but it can also kill the fun if it goes overboard. While your speaker may want to share a lot of things from the past and present that is relevant to you, it may not be so appealing to the guests. Long speeches are no fun at all, and it is likely that not all your guests will know every detail of your life to enjoy all the long stories that your speakers may come up with. Don’t have your guests dozing off as your best man goes on and on, and your Maid of honor can’t seem to get on with her speech from her tears of joy! Your guests see toasts and speeches as a necessary evil associated with receptions, so don’t disappoint them by having it as the main entertainment for the evening.

Solution: Keep the wedding toasts and speeches to a minimum, by asking only those who really matter to speak on the occasion. Even so, tell your speakers that you want them to plan their speeches to extend no more than five minutes. Hopefully they will stick to this limit. If there are others who must say something, move their speeches into the other events leading up to the wedding, and save your guests the torture of sitting through speech after speech. We have discussed the essentials to planning a wedding speech previously, so reading it may give you pointers in this direction.

#8 Being in uncomfortable settings

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Beaches, winter weddings, outdoor garden weddings are all romantic, but notorious for the uncomfortable conditions they can put guests through. While the extent of discomfort may be trivial, or you may not even consider it relevant, it is essential to think of it from your guests’ perspective. Sitting in the hot summer sun on a beach for few hours can be torture for at least some of your guests. Similarly, being in a chilly venue in winter, or in a garden teeming with bugs and insects may not be very interesting. The commute up and down a long winding staircase may also be equally appalling to some of your guests.

Solution: When you choose a venue, look at the various aspects that may make your guests uncomfortable. Then figure out how to counter it. If you must get married on the beach or outdoors in summer, make sure there is plenty of shade through tents or gazebos and cooling using fans. This way your guests won’t mind the time they spend outdoors. Have your winter wedding venue warmed up in advance and throw some blankets into baskets, so your guests can cozy up should they require it. Prioritize your guests comfort and you will have a happier crowd at your wedding.

#9 Queuing up

Nobody likes to wait in queue, and especially for too long. Whether it is to use the washroom or at the buffet to fill their plates, too much of waiting can really be irritating. Fortunately, you can plan your wedding to avoid this discomfort for your guests.

Solution: Make sure your wedding venue has enough washrooms, so your guests don’t have to wait in queue for hours to use it, when they need it. If your wedding is at an outdoor venue like your garden, rent the required number of portable toilets, so nobody spends more than necessary time waiting to use the washroom. Think in terms of numbers when planning your menu options and setting it up. Think of how long the food service will take, and arrange multiple food and beverage stations if necessary.

With a little pre-planning, you can make sure that your guests are happy to be at your wedding and enjoy the experience. So, make it a priority and you will not be the only one happy on your wedding day. And to realize your vision for the perfect wedding, make sure you drop in at Best for Bride. We have everything a bride needs for her dream wedding!

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Don’t fall ill on your wedding day! Tips to stay healthy

allergy-18656_1280The best time to realize the saying “Health is Wealth,” is when you are engaged. Falling ill when your wedding day is just around the corner, can be a damper on all the celebrations. Imagine how terrible it would be to stand at the altar and sniffle (ones that aren’t the happy type!), or how difficult it would be to control sneezing while photos are being clicked.

Unfortunately, illness is something that can strike at any time, unless you are determined to keep it at bay. Here are some tips will help you in this direction. Begin practicing them right away and you can avoid falling ill.

Build up your immunity

One of the best ways to avoid falling ill is to strengthen your immunity. Fortunately, this isn’t too difficult to achieve, and the earlier you begin it the sooner you can achieve it. Eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water everyday. Get your stomach ready to attack bugs by building up your reserve of good bacteria through having yogurt with live cultures, regularly. You touch a number of surfaces everyday, so wash your hands often and clean them well. Use warm water and soap, or use a hand sanitizer if it isn’t possible to wash your hands at any time.

Sleep well

Sleep is an instant stress-reliever and having a good sleep-cycle will strengthen your body in several ways. However hectic your schedule may be, stick to a regular sleep routine. This will help you unwind and a stress-free body is better equipped to fight off bugs.

Avoid contact with sick people

This is a no-brainer, yet one that many brides seem to forget. When you come to know someone is sick, restrict or avoid contact with them till they are better. Should you have to care for a person suffering from a contagious condition, make sure that you have minimum contact with them and the things they use. Also wash your hands well, and do not touch surfaces that may be infected. When you use public transportation, or spend time in a public space, wash your hands soon after.

Exercise to push those bugs away

Moderate exercise helps your body create more infection-fighting cells, than usual. So, make it a habit. However, don’t overwork your body. Take it steady and practice regularly. You can also consider yoga or meditation, as these can enhance the body’s capabilities of combating stress.

Get a daily dose of herbal help

A number of herbs have been used since ages to fight infections as well as to improve the immune system. These include elderberry, echinacea, turmeric and astragalus. These herbs boost the natural immunity of the body, without causing any side-effects. Consume them daily and you will obtain the protection you require.

Treat a symptom at the onset

Remember that the clock is ticking, and you cannot afford to have a cold, flu or stomach bug at this time. Don’t dismiss any symptom that appears, and begin attacking it with medication, natural remedies and whatever works, from the moment you suspect you will be ill. For colds and flus, take zinc at the onset. For a stomach bug, load up on fluids and take suitable medication right away. Try to get it under control before it spoils your wedding day.

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