5 Up-and-Coming Bridal Shower Trends

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This is a guest post by Ronnie Burg. 

Traditionally, bridal showers are held at the home of the host, who is typically the maid of honor. However, in recent years, more brides have opted for unconventional bridal showers.

Here are five of the latest up-and-coming bridal shower trends.

1. Couples' Wedding Showers

Traditionally, bridal showers have been exclusively female affairs. The maid of honor typically organizes the event and invites the bridesmaids, the bride's close female friends and close female relatives of the bride and her future husband, as well as the guest of honor: the bride, herself.

However, many modern brides are choosing to break with tradition and opt for coed wedding showers. Sometimes referred to as "Jack and Jill" showers, these events are held in honor of both the bride and the groom.

Some brides-to-be want their wedding showers to be all about them, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. The bride-to-be deserves a day in the spotlight if that's what she wants.

Yet, some soon-to-be brides would rather include their future husbands in the celebration. As always, the maid of honor should respect the bride's wishes when planning the bridal shower. Make sure both the bride and groom are comfortable with a co-ed shower.

2. Community Service Bridal Showers

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A community service bridal shower is a generous way for the bride and her guests to celebrate by giving back.

In lieu of gifts, guests might contribute donations to a charity or cause that has special meaning to the bride. For instance, if the bride is an animal lover, guests might bring donations for the local animal shelter.

Guests can volunteer together by building a house with Habitat for Humanity, holding a charity car wash or participating in a walk, run or bike ride to raise money for a cause.

3. Destination Bridal Showers

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A destination bridal shower ensures that the setting of the event is as unique and memorable as the bride herself.


A vineyard or winery is a picturesque setting for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. Many vineyards offer private indoor and outdoor venue spaces for charming, intimate gatherings. A vineyard is also the perfect location for an event with a rustic, country theme.

Why host a boring, forgettable luncheon when you could instead treat yourself and your guests to an exquisite variety of food and wine pairings with minimal effort on your part?

Need a more affordable option? If a wine tasting at a vineyard or winery is out of your price range, you can host your own wine-and-cheese party at home or at a local park.

If good food, good friends and good wine sounds like your idea of a perfect day, a vineyard bridal shower might be the ideal choice for your special celebration.


If you're more of a beer lover than a wine connoisseur, a brewery might be the perfect location to celebrate your upcoming wedding with your loved ones.

A craft beer tasting is a fun, casual, and unique option for a shower. A brewery is also a great choice for those planning coed "Jack and Jill" showers.

Spa Day

Her Royal Highness Meghan (Markle) celebrated her bridal shower by enjoying a spa day with some of her closest friends. The venue, Soho Farmhouse in the heart of the English countryside, provided a luxurious retreat for "Princess Meghan" and her guests.

You don't need to be a princess to indulge in a day of pampering and relaxation. Commemorate your bridal shower by treating yourself and your bridesmaids to a day at the spa.

Specific amenities vary by location, but many spas feature manicures and pedicures, soothing massages, rejuvenating facials, revitalizing skin treatments, glamorous makeup sessions, calming aromatherapy, plush robes, and a peaceful, comfortable setting to relax and unwind. What’s not to love about that?

Beach Day

A beach-themed bridal shower invitation is the perfect way to invite guests to join you for a day of fun in the sun. Celebrate your upcoming wedding by getting your friends together for a day at the beach.

A bridal shower at the beach is especially fitting if you're planning a beach wedding for the big day. Party in style with a fun, tropical theme. Nautical décor and seaside-inspired treats add to the ambiance and help you and your guests feel as though you've been transported to an island getaway.

A beachy theme evokes a carefree summer spirit at any time of the year. Even if you don't live near the ocean, you can still create a seaside vibe. A poolside or lakeside gathering also lends to the nautical theme.

If you'd like a more formal affair, you can plan an elegant brunch or luncheon at a marina overlooking the water. If a casual event is more your style, set a date for you and your friends to pack up your swimsuits and head to the local beach or pool.

Art Gallery or Museum

A destination bridal shower at an art gallery or museum is perfect for a cultured, sophisticated bride. An art gallery or museum is an elegant, memorable setting that's sure to please a bride who loves the arts.

4. Themed Bridal Showers 

A bridal shower theme can be tailored to suit any bride and any wedding.


If the bride-to-be has a flair for boho-chic style, then a laid back gathering with a bohemian vibe will make her day. Plan a low-key picnic in your backyard or at a local park. Bring along plenty of richly patterned tapestries, pillows and quilts to create a cozy, imaginative atmosphere.

In keeping with the whimsical, boho theme, guests should wear flowy or lacy fabrics, vibrant floral patterns and fanciful flower crowns. Everyone will feel like a free-spirited, fairytale princess for the day.

Tea Party

An afternoon tea party is a dream come true for the bride who adores feminine, vintage style. A tea party bridal shower is unique without being too over the top. This theme is ideal for the bride who wants a traditional wedding shower that stands out from the rest.

Delight your guests with a tea party bridal shower invitation. Then create an elegant, whimsical atmosphere by decorating with soft, pastel hues.

Set out dainty tea sets and delicate handkerchiefs for napkins. Old-fashioned, fine china adds an air of timeless sophistication to the event.

5. Activity Bridal Showers

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Most bridal showers follow a predictable routine: Guests meet (somewhat awkwardly) for food and beverages, watch the bride open her gifts, play a few cliché bridal shower games, then go home with a stereotypical party favor they'll probably never use.

Though some brides are perfectly content with the traditional format, others want those planning their bridal showers to think outside the box. For this reason, bridal showers centered around a specific activity are becoming increasingly popular.

Cooking Class

A cooking class provides a fun activity for the bride and her guests. If the bride-to-be loves to cook (and eat!), then a cooking class bridal shower will delight not only her but everyone in attendance.

Painting Party

For the creative bride, a painting party is a fun way to engage with guests and create a memorable keepsake in the process. Some businesses, such as Wine & Design, even offer private party options, so the bride can celebrate with just her family and friends while doing an activity everyone can enjoy.

Painting, jewelry-making, flower-arranging or sculpting are unconventional options for a one-of-a-kind bridal shower.

Group Hike

A group hike is a fun option for a bride who loves exercise and the great outdoors. There's no need to keep guests cooped up in a stuffy living room; get out and about and enjoy an invigorating walk in the natural beauty of your local park.

As a bonus, many parks offer free or reasonably priced admission, making this an affordable option for the bride on a budget.

Yoga Retreat

A yoga retreat is a great way to celebrate the yoga-loving bride-to-be. Additionally, a yoga retreat bridal shower perfectly complements the boho-chic theme.

At times, planning a wedding can be stressful for even the most level-headed brides and bridesmaids. A rejuvenating yoga retreat can help everyone feel refreshed and ready for the big day.

Final Thoughts

Every bride is unique, and every bride deserves a bridal shower that suits her individual style and personality. Unconventional bridal showers that are uniquely tailored to the bride are becoming increasingly popular. These nontraditional, up-and-coming bridal shower trends can help every bride-to-be enjoy the memorable wedding shower of her dreams.

5 Dark Cocktails for Your Shadow Season Wedding

Calling all witchy, magical, weird, offbeat, cool couples planning an alternative wedding!

We're moving into shadow season, which means the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Halloween will be here before you know it (yes!) and we'll all slip into the warm glow of autumn afternoons and crisp, inky-skied evenings.

This got me thinking. There are loads of articles outlining recipes for wedding signature cocktails. Some are bright and fruity, some are spiced and warm, and they all look and sound amazing.

But what about the brides and grooms who want a signature cocktail that's a bit on the darker side? What if bright and fruity just won't cut it for your fall or winter wedding? Or even your summer wedding, for that matter?

Since we are moving into shadow season, I think it's the perfect time to present you with some dark cocktail options.

The Witch's Heart (by The Flavor Bender)

What does a witch's heart taste like? Apple brandy and blackberry liqueur, of course.

Get the recipe here.

Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash (by Supergolden Bakes) 

The name might sound like a video game character's tag line, but this sweet mix takes your cherry cola game to a whole new level.

Get the recipe here.

Black Magic (by Elle Talk) 

It's black and sparkly and tastes like lime (surprise!). So yeah, it's perfect.

Get the recipe here.

Witches Brew (by Sprinkles and Sprouts) 

What's brewing in your cauldron? A mix of lime juice, vodka, and raspberry liqueur.

Get the recipe here.

The Raven (by The Jewels of New York) 

With this dark signature cocktail, your midnight will be anything but dreary.

Get the recipe here.

Dreamy Mason Jar Wedding Invites and So Much More from Basic Invite

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When it comes to wedding planning, couples may come up against a lot of unknowns and questions. Things like:

What traditions do we include?
Is ___ totally necessary?
Who gets invited?

But one thing everyone knows for sure is that there must be a wedding invitation. Whether they're printed or digital, something needs to go out - otherwise, how will anyone know that you're actually having a wedding?

I happen to think printed wedding invitations are the way to go. They're more personal, they give your invitees something to hold, and they give you something to put into your wedding album. Basically, they're little pieces of art that are both beautiful and practical.

Like these mason jar wedding invites that are reminiscent of a summer night - all blue-black skies and fireflies. 

Basic Invite offers this cozy rustic design and so many more, which makes it easy to say they are anything but basic! In fact, you can customize nearly everything, from the color of the lantern strings to the feel of the paper (shimmer finish, luxe velvet!). 

But that's not all. Basic Invite offers everything you could possibly need to create the invites best suited for your wedding, as well as free wedding websites so you can make sure your guests get all the info they need related to your big day.

With Basic Invite, you get:

Free Wedding Websites - Their all-new wedding websites are completely customizable just like their wedding invitations! These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions, which is super convenient for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite.

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it - down to the littlest detail. 

Custom Samples - Basic Invite allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print, as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place the final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Choose from over 40 different colors so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it's opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Over 800 Wedding Invitation Sets - Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards.

Free Address Collection Service - Use the free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

What are you waiting for? Click on over to Basic Invite, create your invitations, and check that wedding planning to-do off your list.

The First Time Bridesmaid's Guide to Hosting a Hen Party

Throwing a hen party, also known as the bachelorette bash, is a bit nerve-wracking--especially if it's your first time serving as a bridesmaid or maid of honor. There are so many details to keep together, and you have to plan each aspect carefully. 

Above all else, you're responsible for giving the bride a night she'll never forget. 

Fear thee not, fair bridesmaid. Take a deep breath, sip some champagne, and read our guide to hosting your first Hen Party.

Work Out the Budget and a Cushion

Hen parties fall to pieces the moment that money becomes an issue. Planning carefully eliminates the problem before it rears its ugly head. 

Once you know what the bride wants and what's reasonable for everyone, you can put together an itinerary. From there, estimate the costs for each member of the bridal party. During this stage, you should also discreetly ask the other women what they can afford to contribute. That allows you to estimate a total from the beginning. 

Don’t forget to include a small cushion for extra goodies or unexpected circumstances.

Book the Venues Early

The bride has her heart set on mimosas at the most popular brunch spot in town, or maybe she dreams of being in the VIP section of her favorite nightclub. Whether you're just booking space at a bar or if you have to work on restaurant reservations and a pub crawl, reserve the space as soon as you know where you're going. 

While you're at it, ask about group rates and gratuities. Not only should you save where you can, but you want to make sure that you leave room to tip the people who help to keep the night running smoothly.

Order Gear for the Girls

You want everyone who sees you to know that you're in the middle of a hen party, right? The bride and her bridesmaids need gear that fits with the theme. For some bridal parties, that means tiaras all around to complement a princess persona. 

Need something a bit more chic and stylish? Announce your sisterhood and the celebration in matching Bride Tribe tanks with just the right amount of bling. For the bold bride who loves attention, sashes should do the trick.

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Reserve the Transportation

At any event or venue that serves alcohol, the bridal party needs a designated driver. You can factor in practical transportation during the financial part of your planning. 

Research party bus services and limos in the area that will fit your group comfortably. Most of them aren't outlandish, particularly when everyone pitches in for the cost. 

Just remember that you have to tip the driver whose job it is to get your group from place to place safely and soberly.

Splurge on Hen Night Gift Bags

The whole group should have souvenirs to remember the night, as well. Usually, the bridal party pools together to buy the bride a gift, while the bridesmaids receive goodie bags or unique gifts. Lots of brides enjoy being included in that tradition, too. 

You can put together a collection of treats, such as face masks, alcohol nips, or risqué party favors. Then again, you can also opt for a practical gift that everyone can use after the party, too. Personalized pint glasses or shot glasses are on-point for parties that involve a pub crawl.  

Plan for Games and Prizes

Icebreaker games at the beginning of the festivities will engage everyone so that you can all get to know each other better. It's also customary to play games that rely on everyone's history with the bride, as well as the history of her relationship with the groom. 

You can buy a drink for the winner of each game or collect little prizes to give out at the end of every round. It doesn't have to be expensive, but the gifts should be on theme. Consider risqué candy or cute items that memorialize the night.

Micromanage Just a Little

Embrace your tendencies to manage the event in terms of directing the flow of the night. You need to get from place to place in a timely fashion. At the very least, try to keep the group together, entertained, and happy.

Use your imagination and communicate with the bridal party at all points along the way. Do that, and you'll throw an excellent hen night for the bride. Your hen night will be the stuff of legends. Brides and bridesmaids will chase the thrill of it for years to come.

Author Bio:

Katie McDaniel is a writer and content strategist. She specializes in writing about the latest in wedding and promotional marketing trends.

Top Honeymoon Lingerie Must Haves

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When it comes to celebrating wedded bliss, it all comes down to the bridal trousseau, a collection of goodies that makes a bride feel luxurious and pampered. Starting with vintage-inspired luggage, fill it with new makeup and toiletries, stylish stationery for thank-you notes, and most importantly, a selection of luxe lingerie. 

Lace Gartered Chemise

Not only are garters the ultimate symbol of sex appeal, but they also create a sleek silhouette by highlighting sexy legs. Pair it with the body-shaping cut of the chemise, which helps smooth and sculpt your figure. To highlight a sun-kissed glow, look for pieces made with white lace, a romantic and feminine style that effortlessly takes you from the altar to the bedroom. Wear the chemise with a strapless sweetheart neckline and make it a 2-in-1 statement piece that fits flawlessly under a sleeveless bridal gown.

Silk Robe and Panty Set

Not all honeymoon lingerie needs to be intricate and complicated like garters, teddy negligees and the like. Take your honeymoon lounging to the next level of comfort and luxury with a sheer silk robe and matching panties. For lots of mix and match potential, choose a robe in white, which can be worn with other negligees in a layered bedroom ensemble. To complete the look, say ‘I do’ to a pair of feather accented kitten heels, which can also be worn with other lingerie outfits.

Lace Teddy

A one-piece negligee, the teddy can be worn in a variety of ways, including the ultra-trendy style that highlights all your sexy curves with strappy edging from head to toe. For an extra boost of come-hither sex appeal, look for lace teddies with a halter neckline, a cut that accents bare shoulders while providing extra lift and support of the bust. The halter style is an essential piece for every intimate apparel drawer because it flatters any body type – it minimizes large breasts while creating an illusion of volume for petite figures.


There’s a reason the babydoll is considered a lingerie classic with enduring style. It’s the ultimate marriage of sexiness and comfort thanks to a flouncy, natural waistline that provides coverage of the waist and hips. To keep in line with the wedding tradition, look for styles made with sheer white chiffon for a dreamy effect that beautifully showcases a matching panty or G-string.

Lingerie Gown

For an ultra glam look from top to bottom, the floor-sweeping lingerie gown gives your bedroom style a dramatic effect while giving you full coverage of your figure. Look for silk gowns in monochromatic shades of white, beige, or light pastels, the colors of dreamy elegance and classic romance. The mermaid cut outlines a sexy hourglass silhouette with its sleek, body-shaping bodice and a subtle yet voluminous ruffle along the hemline.

The floor length lingerie gown can also be worn over your favorite skin-tight négligée for a sweet confection of delicious and velvety layers. The more lingerie to take off, the greater the anticipation and excitement – a classic formula for old-fashioned seduction.

Bra and Panty Set

Matching bra and panties make up the building blocks of every lingerie wardrobe, and honeymoon lingerie is no exception. The bra and panty set gives you a polished and put together look that takes you from everyday casual to bedroom sexiness. Show off a bare torso with white or beige panties in satin or lace, which can be worn alone or under your honeymoon wardrobe.

Lace Corset

With its multi-purpose ability to conceal as it reveals, lace remains a classic fabric for luxury lingerie. Its delicate floral patterns also impart a romantic and feminine vibe to intimate apparel, including the lace corset, a classic lingerie piece with retro sex appeal. Whether you wear it underneath your wedding gown or as a stand-alone statement piece for the boudoir, make the outfit complete with irresistibly sexy garters and a matching panty, the trifecta of vintage luxe.

Corset Dress

While much of your honeymoon will most likely be spent in between the sheets, a special evening out gives you the chance to flaunt your true love in public while enjoying a gourmet meal together. Make it an elegant and sophisticated affair with the corset dress, which incorporates acrylic boning into the bodice to accentuate an hourglass figure with its body-sculpting profile. A classic statement piece on the red carpet, the exposed underwire also lifts and supports your breasts while giving you an edgy underwear-as-outerwear look. In contrast to the skintight cut of the bodice, the luscious ruffle skirt offers coverage of the hips with a fun and flirty sense of movement.

The beauty of honeymoon lingerie is the versatility - you’ll be able to wear these mix and match pieces long after you walk down the aisle.

What Does it Mean to Have Cold Feet?

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What Exactly is Cold Feet?
Just what exactly is cold feet? The term can refer to a psychological reaction as well as a physical reaction related to health. Cold feet in the physical sense may be a reaction to cold outdoor or indoor temperatures as well as be the result of other health-related causes. The meaning of the psychological reference is worth looking at in regards to marriage.

"Cold Feet" - The Saying
"You have a case of cold feet," someone says to you after you have backed out of an agreement, such as a purchase of a vehicle or of marriage on the wedding day. It means loss of nerve and withdrawal of confidence in your choices. This is used often in urban slang and is used to describe those about to be married who are filled with doubt.

Cold Feet - Before the Wedding
Doubts about getting married are common; an article by Benedict Carey in the New York Times, discusses the research that found that those who think they might be making a mistake are more likely to eventually divorce.

As the wedding day approaches, those with doubts tend to dismiss these fears as just pre-wedding jitters. In fact, warning signs can be ignored in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the wedding. It can be hard to pull out of the arranged event, when the venue is booked, invitations ordered, caterer chosen, band invited, and everything else that goes along with a big wedding.

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What Does It Really Mean?
The nagging feeling that something isn't quite right and that a mistake is being made is part of cold feet. It might be a voice within that keeps yelling, "Stop Now!" or any other words that tell you to end it.

One can ignore that voice because it is just too embarrassing to stop the wedding planning. Losing the deposit and other financial woes are just part of cancelling a wedding. Losing the good will of friends and relatives can be a strong reason to not stop something that seems to be a mistake.

Lost Loves
If you really love someone else, and that is giving doubt, is just one reason to have cold feet. A more difficult reason to deal with is that you are having doubts about the whole thing. One uncommon phenomenon found to occur the night before the wedding day is that one of the partners has sex with an old lost lover as a goodbye to them; the next day they walk down the aisle with their new love.

People questioned about this reaction mentioned that as they were marrying their present love, they wished that it was the former lost love instead. Yet they go ahead with the marriage, and years later, when the lost love contacts them again, they leave their marriage and go back to their former lover.

An article in Psychology Today discusses the cold feet syndrome at length. It is a serious problem when doubts arise before a wedding and are buried beneath a flurry of activity. Feelings should be taken into account and in time, they will surface again. Maybe it is not so bad to have cold feet, in this case.

About the Author

Kayla Clough is the email specialist at OurStart . Kayla is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max, and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest.

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Destination Wedding Essentials: Packing Checklist

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If planning a local wedding is a challenging hobby, planning a destination wedding is a full time job. Luckily, it does come with benefits!

Whether you're reciting your vows in a charming chapel on Malta island or jet setting to a rustic Tuscan vineyard, there are some absolute essentials you'll need to put in your luggage. I'm not talking the stuff that's forefront in your mind, like your wedding gown and rings. Although those things are definitely important, there is a whole host of other important items that you might overlook, and overlooking them could wreak havoc on your dream day.

So let's take a look at what these destination wedding essentials are. Ideally, all of these should be in your carry-on luggage.

Destination Wedding Packing Essentials:

  • Passports
  • Copy of birth certificates 
  • Visas, if necessary
  • Plane tickets
  • Itinerary
  • Boarding passes
  • Credit cards/cash
  • Marriage license
  • Vendor contact info
  • Copies of vendor/venue contracts
  • Proof of down payments to vendors/venue
  • Receipts for gifts to show customs
  • Copies of vaccinations/prescriptions
  • Trip insurance, if applicable
  • Contact info for closest home country embassy
  • Marriage certificate if you have already had your legal ceremony

Other Important Destination Wedding Reminders:

  • Leave a copy of your passport and birth certificate with someone at home (not traveling to the destination wedding).
  • Let your bank know that you will be travelling so they won't place a hold on your credit/debit cards.
  • If you're thinking of using traveler's checks, make sure your destination country is able to approve and use them.
  • Pack your items in airport-approved luggage.

Steps to a Perfect Bridal Smile

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A bride is perfectly ready to take on any aspect of wedding planning, including herself and her look. Everything from the all-important gown to the veil is planned months in advance. But one thing you most certainly don’t want to happen is to have a bad smile in all of your photos! But what is a good smile, and how can you get one? It’s not at all difficult, if you only follow these tips:
Good dental hygiene

This is a no-brainer. Wedding or not, you should always brush and floss your teeth to make sure you’re getting rid of any food residue and protecting your teeth. If you have any dental health problems, like gum disease or cavities, you should fix that as soon as possible, because nobody wants to spend her wedding day with a toothache. 

Another big part of dental hygiene is a good diet, because processed foods high in sugar are the main cause of tooth decay. I replaced all of my store-bought snacks with fresh fruit to make sure my teeth were in perfect shape for the big day – and it’s a good habit to have in general! If you also want to protect the whiteness of your teeth, then try to avoid foods that stain them, like red wine, coffee and cherries.
The perfect pose

Everyone’s smile is beautiful, as long as it is natural. But if you are taking thousands of photos during the day, it can be hard to maintain a natural smile in all of them. This is why practicing your smile, as well as your posture, will play a big role in how your smile will look in photos. 

Make sure you always straighten your back, elongate your neck, and don’t be afraid to squint your eyes. Forcing your eyes to stay open will only give you an unnatural look and ruin your smile. Practice in front of the mirror to find your best angle and make sure your photographer knows it.

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I was properly scared right before my wedding and nearly postponed it out of fear that I would either have crooked teeth or visible braces – neither of which was in my bridal beauty plan. Luckily, a Chatswood orthodontist had a solution for anyone in such a situation. 

It was invisible braces that are completely unnoticeable both in photographs and in real life, especially if you get the kind that is bonded to the inner part of your teeth, so you can start working on getting your teeth in shape without fearing how it will look in photos. 

And while you’re there, you can ask them about different procedures for teeth whitening, to make sure your smile is a row of perfectly white pearls.
Makeup on point

A lot of how our teeth look is based on what is surrounding them. Even if you have perfectly bright teeth, they still might look slightly yellow if you compare them to your wedding dress. For your lipstick, opt for a cold-toned lipstick, since warm toned ones can make your teeth appear yellow. 

Make sure you stay clear of any orange shades and lip glosses with too much shine, because the white reflection won’t look good in photos, nor will it look good near your teeth. If you are exaggerating your lip shape with a lip pencil, make sure you don’t go too wild, and still have your lips look natural and proportional.

Most importantly, smile from the heart. It’s going to be a long day, filled with so many emotions, and while you can’t expect to be caught smiling in every single photo, you can definitely make sure you don’t force a fake smile whenever the flash goes off. Just let your emotions shine and you will look stunning.

Article by Diana Smith.

10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself While Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding is probably one of the biggest (if not the biggest) projects you’ll ever take on in your life. It’s well worth all the trouble, of course. The light at the end of the tunnel is your happily ever after with your significant other. But getting there can be challenging at best and downright painful at worst, especially if you aren’t on top of your planning. It’s important to get all your ducks in a row well before the big day to make it as stress-free as possible. 

Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself.

1. Who’s in the Wedding Party?
First thing's first: who do you want standing up there next to you on the biggest day of your life? For some people, this is obvious. It’s as simple as calling up your siblings or a close friend or two. For others with larger families or friend groups, it can be tricky. At the end of the day, make sure you ask those people who you’re closest to — everyone else will get over any offense by the big day.

2. Who’s on the Guest List?
This might be the most difficult part of wedding planning to navigate, especially if your parents or your fiancé’s parents are heavily involved in the wedding planning. Confer with your fiancé to decide if you’d like to keep it to close friends and family or if you’re comfortable opening it up to your parents’ friends and colleagues. Then present a united front when you discuss the matter with anyone who needs to know.

3. What’s the Budget?
Once you have a rough idea of the guest list, you can think about the budget. You might want to get some quotes from venues and vendors before doing this. If you have only a certain amount of money to spend, then set the budget early and find vendors that can fit within your range — even if it means getting creative.

4. Inside or Outside?
While you’re perusing venues, you’ll realize you have to figure out one key component of your day: should it be inside or outside? If you’re okay dealing with heat, rain or other potential weather snafus and don’t feel that they’ll cause stress on your big day, go for an outdoor wedding. Just make sure your venue has contingency plans in case of bad weather.

5. What’s the Vibe?
Once you choose your venue, that’ll make some decisions for you, especially in terms of aesthetic. But still, you’re in charge of the vibe of your wedding. Do you want modern or rustic? Glam or simple? Classic or totally unique? It’s up to you, just decide with your significant other and stick to it.

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6. Do We Want Free-Verse Vows?
While most people stick with the traditional “I do,” if you and your fiancé are the creative types who don't mind a bit of public speaking, consider writing your own vows. It's romantic and always a crowd pleaser, but more importantly, it's a special thing for the two of you to share during the ceremony.

7. Should We Assign Seats?
If you’re going more casual, you might consider letting your guests seat themselves at the reception. Designing a seating chart that works for everyone can take hours and lots of brainpower. More laid-back settings don’t necessarily require them.

8. Do We Stick with Traditions?
Will you throw the bouquet? Do the garter toss? Have first dances with parents? These are some things you should discuss in advance. You might find that you and your fiancé aren’t really interested in upholding all these old traditions, but do want to pick and choose a few.

9. What Will Our Registry Look Like?
It used to be that you went to the store and scanned everything you wanted in your married home for your registry. But today, you have lots of options. You can ask people to contribute to a fund for your honeymoon or purchase gift cards so that you can make updates to your home. Feel free to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding registry.

10. Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the details of your big day, you have one question left to ask yourself: should you hire a wedding planner? A wedding planner can help alleviate a lot of the stress of your impending nuptials, but also comes at a cost. Weigh the pros and cons and make the right decision for you and your fiancé.

Now that you have the checklist you need to start wedding planning, hit the ground running. Just keep in mind that, at the end of the day, your wedding is about one thing: you and your sweetie devoting your lives to each other. Try not to lose sight of that as you dive into the wedding-planning process.

Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel  blogger  for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic  lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of  style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. 

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