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Bridal Manicure : Do’s and Don’ts

As a bride, you have to plan everything from head to toe, to look flawless and fantastic on your wedding day. This includes your nails. From classic French manicures to gloriously glittered nail art, you can have anything you want on your hands. The choice is yours!

To make things easy for the beautiful bride, here is a roundup of all the things you need to consider when preparing for your wedding manicure. Check it out!

Try, try, try; and then try some more

Don’t stick to the age-old French manicure for your wedding, unless it is the only thing that you are satisfied with. Try on multiple colors, designs and even file your nails in various shapes till you zero-in on the one look that suits you best. If you want to play it safe with a single color that goes with your wedding dress, make sure you test various shades to locate the perfect match that suits your skin tone.

If you will be changing outfits for the ceremony and reception, pick a shade or design that will be suitable for both dresses. Another thing to consider is the color of your wedding bouquet. Your nails should match the colors of the flowers in it.

Don’t skimp on nail polish or nail care products

Shell out a few extra bucks for a better product that will last longer. Also, make sure you get multiple bottles. You will need one for the bridal manicure session, one for your emergency bridal kit and another to go into your honeymoon travel bag. If you are getting your manicure at a salon, make sure you take your bottle along, so you get the entire work completed, even if the salon has run out of your chosen shade.

Should your nail chip at the last moment, having an extra bottle will make sure you are prepared for this emergency. Similarly, make it a point to get good hand and nail care products for your wedding. This includes cuticle oil, hand moisturizers and nail varnish removers.

Get your nails done just in time

This simply has to wait till the last minute. It is recommended that you get a gel manicure just the day before your wedding, so it lasts through your wedding, and will even see you through your honeymoon. Gel manicures do not chip, but that doesn’t mean you can be too safe. Always have that extra bottle handy, should you need it at any time.

Prep for your manicure by taking good care of your hands

Your hands, and nails, will receive personal attention in several wedding photographs. Be prepared to show them off in your wedding bands, holding the bouquet and when cutting the cake. If you want them to look pretty and polished, spare some TLC on your hands. Do not bite or chew your nails. Rub cuticle oil into the nail beds regularly, and use a good hand moisturizer from today, so your hands look supple and smooth in time for the wedding.

Follow these tips, and you will be ready to nail it on your wedding day with fantastic looking hands.

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The Best 5 Tips For Your Bouquet

Your wedding bouquet is a fundamental part to your special day. There is more than likely no other day in your lifetime which will see you holding a carefully constructed and tailor made bunch of flowers. Some weddings have even been known to have been designed entirely around a bunch of flowers.

Nevertheless and unfortunately, we are not all born with flower knowledge, so brides to be can often be confronted by countless choices, styles and colors, that really does not make the situation any easier. If you think Wang Peonies is a rude word, you have some learning to do! Oh and it is a flower, you awful minded thing.

Select your wedding dress, and then your bouquet.

There will come a point in your planning schedule that you will need to meet up with your florist for a consultation. At this point it is a great idea to bring along a picture of your wedding dress. Your florist can tailor your bouquet design to compliment your dress and to ensure that the flowers don’t ‘drown you’. A perfect bouquet should stand out without dwarfing the bride under countless amounts of plant life while allowing the silhouette of the dress to be seen easily.

It’s not only the shape and size of your dress that matters.

If your wedding dress includes fine detailing on the skirt, avoid trailing bouquets like the plague. You don’t want to be creating a lot of fuss around the bottom of your dress, but if your dress has a long train or large bustle in the back you may want to balance your look with a dramatic bouquet. Avoid hiding your beautiful waistline as this will be your narrowest part, make sure that your bouquet is far narrower than your waist to avoid looking frumpy and wider than you are.

Different flowers are available in different seasons.

You may have your mind set on the perfect flowers for your bouquet but sadly some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year. And if they are, they are incredibly expensive. So keep the seasons in mind when choosing your flowers.

How to hold your bouquet.

How hard can holding flowers be? Well, nervous brides can instantly find such a simple task incredibly difficult when placed under pressure. Many brides make the mistake of carrying their beautiful bouquet far too high with both hands, which results in raised or hunch shoulders. You do not need us to tell you that this is not a good look.

Have your bridesmaids on ‘bouquet-watch’, let them remind you to lower your bouquet below your hip and away from your dress if they see you rising your flowers up. Your bouquet can be a great way to hold your posture, which means you will look just amazing in photographs too.

Keep your bouquet fresh.

If you have chosen to have a hand tied bouquet, you may be able to refresh its appearance in the evening for your celebration party. Simply cut off between an inch to two inches of stem and drop them into some water for awhile. They will look like new, just in time for your evening celebrations.

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How to Make Your Own Bridal Bouquet

A bouquet is a personal touch that often incorporates the wedding colors or theme. More brides are creating handmade accents for their weddings including the wedding bouquets. Whether you want a traditional floral bouquet or something nontraditional, you can easily make your own bridal bouquet. Follow these simple steps to learn how to make your own bridal bouquet.

There are several types of bridal bouquets and flowers for the rest of the bridal party. The traditional bouquet is a hand-tied flower bouquet. A cascade bouquet has a trail of flowers and foliage that hang below the main bouquet. The Biedermeier is a striped bouquet of different types of flowers created by aligning the same type of flowers in circles. A pomander is a ball covered with flowers that is held dangling by a ribbon.

Floral Bouquet

The type of flowers used for a bouquet may be chosen based on what is available in the wedding colors. If you are using fresh flowers, prepare the flowers by removing any leaves and thorns from the stems. Select three or four of the flowers that you want as the central flowers and hold them tight in the position you want them. Add one flower at a time to the bouquet evenly around your central flowers.

After the main flowers are placed as desired, you can add filler flowers along some of the edge of the bouquet and among the main flowers. Baby’s breath is a traditional choice for filler flowers, however other flowers that feature clusters of small flowers or berries can be used as filler. Some flowers used as filler include seeded eucalyptus, aster, bouvardia, wax flowers, trachelium, and delphinium.

This classic, hand-tied clutch bouquet also could be made with silk flowers instead of fresh flowers. The cascade bouquet style can be made by adding longer flowers like orchids or using floral wire to connect flower blossoms in trails under the bouquet.

When you are happy with the overall appearance of the bouquet, you can wrap the stems tightly with floral tape. Once the flowers are secured in the arrangement with tape, trim the stems so that they are all the same length. The tape can then be covered with satin ribbon and lace to achieve the desired look. The finished floral bouquet should be wrapped in tissue paper and placed in the refrigerator.

 Craft or Theme Bouquet

Some brides are opting for a nontraditional bouquet that shows off their craft diva side. Bouquets of colorful buttons or items that reflect the theme of the wedding are popular choices. Are you having a unique wedding? Make a theme bouquet using objects related to the theme.To create these unique bouquets, the bouquet form is created with a styrofoam ball and either a bouquet holder or stick to hold the ball. For a pomander or brooch bouquet for the bride or flower girl, ribbon can be used to hold the styrofoam ball. The ball is then decorated with items that reflect the bride’s personality or wedding theme such as flowers made from colorful buttons, pearls, shells, lace, or silk flowers. If a stick is used, the stick can be transformed into a pretty holder by covering it with layers of tulle, ribbon, and lace.

For more unique wedding ideas, visit Best for Bride and browse or wedding blog. We have a lot of great tips to prepare for your special day and how to make it a memorable event for everyone.