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Getting in shape for your wedding day

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Gleaming locks, radiant complexion and a healthy feel-good glow — while we don’t all need a Barbie doll waist there are a few basics on every gal’s list for her wedding day.

If you want to look your best you’ve got to feel your best too. In anticipation of the big event, what do you need to do to achieve that ‘fresh from the inside out’ feeling?

You’ve guessed it. We’re back to the four old favourites — diet, exercise, sleep and relaxation. Start now and within weeks you’ll begin to see results. Intensify coming up to the day, and your sterling efforts will have been worth every puff, pant and pastry denial.

You are what you eat

Water is amongst your best pre-wedding buddies, with hydration being the magic ingredient in a clear complexion. But do you rise in the morning craving endless glasses of water to drain during the hours ahead? Eh… no. So find ways to make it more appealing, even if you have to drink from a cocktail glass wi

Wedding Hair Insurance

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Wedding Hair Insurance: Tips to Avoid a Wedding Hair Disaster

Your hair is just as important to your overall look as your wedding gown. Picking the wrong hairstyle could easily overshadow all the other wonderful aspects of your look. We’ve come up with a simple guide to help you make your hair picture-perfect on your wedding day.

Start Early

During the wedding season, the reputable hair stylists are usually fully booked. Book an appointment with your stylist at least four months before your special event. Start formulating your hairstyle at least three months to the event. You’ll have enough time to experiment with different styles and find something you love.

Bring Examples

When meeting your hair stylist, carry loads of pictures of other brides, celebrities and any other person who’s rocking a hairdo you love. Pictures help prevent misunderstandings between you and your stylist. You should also carry photos of your outfit or décor to gi

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Common Wedding Dress Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Every bride-to-be looks forward to that time when she’ll find her perfect wedding dress. Unfortunately, the process of searching is never simple. If you don’t take some factors into consideration, the process can turn out to be a disaster. Before you hit the stores, learn from the common mistakes people make when shopping for wedding dresses and avoid them at all costs.

Bringing Too Many People

Some brides make the gross mistake of going shopping with too many friends or family members. It becomes harder for them to make a decision because of having to deal with five or more different opinions. With many conflicting opinions, your opinion which is the most important gets lost. Only bring one or two people that you know will give you an honest opinion and help you get a dress that suits your style.

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Forest Wedding Theme

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Can you dare to be different? If yes, we highly recommend you choose a forest wedding theme. This unique theme doesn’t require anything fancy or extravagant. You just have to use natural elements to enhance the already stunning natural setting. Not planning to have your celebration outside? No problem.

You can still enjoy your theme indoors with a combination of enchanting hanging lights and greenery. Green and ivory colour scheme will complement this theme. Evergreens tree branches and candles used as centrepieces will set the tone of the event on the table. Woodland-inspired decorations such as birds’ nests, tree branches and aspen leaves are ideal for adorning the different cake layers. Check out the pictures below to fuel inspiration for your big day.

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10 Exceptionally Creative Save the Date Ideas

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Save the Dates do come in handy. They tell your guests you’ve chosen a date for your wedding and that they’ve made the list. They give you an excellent opportunity to set the tone and build excitement for your wedding. Instead of the classic cards, you can go for some fun non-traditional ways. Let’s share our top 10 brilliant ideas.

1. Watercolour

Watercolour is an easy DIY technique that requires no artistic inclination for you to pull it off. The combination of soft pastel and hand lettering will appeal to your friends and family and persuade them to mark their calendars.

2. Mini Easel

A great way to ensure your Save the Date remains in your guests’ view is by displaying it on a mini wooden easel. You will need a paint brush, glue, scissors, mini canvas and easel to DIY this cute Save the Date and a small box to send it via post office.

3. Stamps

Custom stamps give your Save the Dates a unique spin. You can give guests a clue

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Outdoor Fairytale – Wedding Of Amy & Jonathan in Maryborough House Hotel

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Jonathan and I are together 13 years now, having met and fell in love when we were still in school. We have two beautiful children Abigail 10, and Nathan 6. We wanted to get married for so long, and we wanted to make it as memorable experience so we saved and saved whilst planning the day of our dreams. I have always thought outside the box and racked my brain for something we could do for our wedding that would ‘wow’ our guests.

After deciding on the Maryborough House for our wedding I then got thinking if it was possible to hold a ceremony outdoors. Seen as the grounds are so beautiful. I got to Googling and although the outdoor ceremony was not legally passed yet, there were no laws against it either. I booked a minister, Miriam Fitzgerald, with the Spiritual Union of Ireland and she talked us through the choices of ceremonies. I did not realize how personal the ceremony would be, as Jonathan and I were talking to Miriam, she was taking notes on her impression

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Wedding of Paul and Suzanne in The Westin, Dublin

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Paul and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2011 in the Botanic Gardens. We knew what we wanted for a honeymoon before we started planning the wedding so this is how the date was set for just after Christmas, 28th December 2012. We had a pretty easy time of planning until disaster struck in May…our original venue cancelled leaving us stranded!

Through sheer luck we managed to book for the same day in The Westin Hotel, and looking back, it seemed that it worked out even better than we planned. I’m a graphic designer so I came up with a theme and colour scheme and made all the invitations, menus, place cards, table names, table plan etc.

Our theme was woodland as a nice throwback to where we got engaged. My family is huge but Paul’s is quite small so we decided to keep the reception to 60 people, it made it very intimate and special. We asked along an extra 100 or so to the afters to make a party of it! We think it was the best of both worlds. Our ho