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Hi, I'm April, nice to meet you! I am a Professional Makeup Artist and I have also worked as a floral designer for a little over five years. As a former employee of one of the elite floral services in the industry, I am fortunate to have received exceptional training in the latest trends of floral design. I have decided to start this blog for brides to share information with women about "Everything Wedding" while utilizing my skills as a designer. Within this wedding blog you will find examples of my work, pricing information in my online store, as well as advice for your upcoming nuptials. You can find articles about beauty tips and tricks, bridal dresses, wedding bouquets, wedding ceremony or reception décor, marriage advice and more in my blog. If you live in the Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana areas there is information about bridal makeup services too. Congratulations on your wedding and happy reading!



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Themed Gift Registries

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM


The Crowdfunding Registry

Instead of building a list of physical items, register for something big—something you can’t put a name on. You can make it for a donation to a charity you really care about or contributions to a loved one’s medical expenses. People love to feel like they're part of a good cause. Whatever it is, a crowdfund might just be a hit! There are registries like Zola that let you set up a crowd gifting campaign so your guests can contribute to something you are passionate about.


The Honeymoon Registry

Perhaps the most conventional of the unconventional registry options is the honeymoon registry! A honeymoon registry asks your guests to make a financial contribution to your post-wedding getaway. They don't feel like they’re just forking over aimless cash, it's cash for a reason. Again they feel like they are are part of contributing to something. On sites like Honeyfund guests can choose which part of the vacation they want to fund. You can ask for a little help paying for everything from airfare, luxury hotels or romantic dinners and even outdoor adventures. It’s all online, it can't get easier than that!


The Gift Card Registry

You can create a registry for gift cards only! On Honeyfund, your wedding guests can send you gift cards to just about anywhere, from Target and Amazon to Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret. Your more old-fashioned guests may appreciate the opportunity to give you a gift card instead of cash. You can spend them however you wish. This is a great idea for couples who don’t have a lot of space to store bulky gifts because they may be moving into a new home soon.


The Homebuilding Registry

With getting married often comes moving in together or buying a house — which is exciting but expensive. With a registry like this, your guests can help you with things like your down payment, upgrades or home renovations. After all, a wedding registry is all about helping the newlyweds start their life together!



An Alternative To Throwing The Bouquet

Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:55 AM

Everyone has heard of the bride throwing the bouquet to a crowd of single ladies at a wedding. Yet very few people have heard of unlocking the bouquet. I hadn't either, but this is how it goes:

The MC makes an announcement inviting all of the single ladies to stand in the middle of the floor.  All of the women gather around the brides bouquet that is inside a clear acrylic box with a chain around it and a padlock. The bride passes out a different key to all of the ladies but only one actually unlockes the box! You can place all of the keys in a velvet bag and walk up to each woman and let her draw her own key. This will ensure that it is not biased and you can not give a particular woman the winning key. Every woman is allowed to walk up to the bouquet box to try their key. Whose ever key unlocks the box gets to keep the bouquet. This little game is fun and interesting because it builds up a lot of suspense. It is safer because there is no risk of people falling or fighting over your bouquet!





Biggest Mistake When Buying A Wedding Gown

Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:45 PM

The biggest mistake when it comes to buying a dress for a wedding are ignoring your measurements. As women when we are in a store where there are offers of clothes or we see a garment that we like a lot, sometimes without thinking more than once, we buy it and when it comes to putting it on, we realize that it is either very tight or very loose. In  order to choose the right dress for your wedding it is preferable that you take your measurments before buying. The mistake that 80% of brides frequently make when buying a dress is to choose a size smaller than they really are, wearing a dress that makes them look very tight and highlighting the stuffed and voluptuous parts of their body. Do not think that a week before the wedding you can lose weight and that you'll fit the dress that you had bought in a smaller size. Do not fool yourself and choose a wedding dress that fits. You have to wear it all day so you need to feel comfortable!



A Different Type Of Hair Cleansing

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 2:45 PM



Every bride should begin using this product 8-10 weeks before their wedding for gorgeous hair. Wen is a revolutionary system for beautiful, healthy, shiny hair. This cleansing conditioner replaces shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner, and even shaving cream! This alone makes this product a must have to pack in your honeymoon bag. It is detergent free yet it gently cleanses and moisturizes. This cleansing cream can be used on all hair types and its great for chemically or color treated hair. So if wedding stress is making your hair weak and dull, bring some life back into it with Wen products. The more healthier and manageable your hair is, the easier it will be to style on your big day.



Affordable Wedding Photography, Videographer and DJ Options - Look Here!

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:30 AM

I know a bride that used Wedding Bug Studios to book a photographer for her wedding. The process is simple and prices start around $700. There is also information about booking DJ's and videographers in your area as well. Click the link below to visit the website of this hidden gem!


http://www.weddingbug.com/


Ideas For Modern Music

Posted on May 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM

During a Civil Ceremony you are not permitted to have any music that is overtly religious. Even though today these rules are somewhat more relaxed than in the past, your Registrar will advise and vet your choices. There are many pieces of modern wedding music to choose from that doesn't have any religious association. You can choose classical music for your ceremony and have lighter pop music options during your cocktail hour and reception. Consider choosing two contrasting pieces of music that are a moderate length. The first should be contemplative while the guests enter and the second could hint at the celebrations to follow the ceremony. Choose something celebratory, when your guests leave, that can be heard alongside the happy throng. If your budget will allow it then choose live wedding music. It will feel much more personal and special. The most popular choices are harps, string quartets and pianists. You can also book them to stay during your reception and for your wedding photographs, drinks and hors d' oeuvre. Listed below are a few examples of popular classical music pieces played at wedding ceremonies and receptions.



Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ (Here comes the Bride) – Wagner

Canon in D – Pachelbel 

Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G F Handel

Ave Maria – J S Bach/C Gounod

Adagio – Albinoni arr. Giazotto

Panis Angelicus – C Franck

Wedding March – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Mendelssohn

Toccata from Organ Symphony no 5- C M Widor

Alla Danza / Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – G F Handel



How To Budget When You Are Invited To An Event!

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM


In earlier posts, I have given advice about saving money for a wedding if you are the bride but what about if you are the guest? This YouTube video by Tracy Hensel adresses how to save your money if you are expecting to attend a wedding or other event without falling in a financial pintch! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayNXnTA92E4




Recessional Music Choices

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 1:05 PM

I know a lot of brides get consumed with ideas as far as what music to walk down the aisle to, but what about when you exit the church as newlyweds, otherwise known as your recessional music? Make sure you choose a musical accompaniment for this too, because this will be the first walk you take as husband and wife so you want it to be atmospheric and memorable. Listed below are 12 popular song choices for walking in and walking out so all bases are covered. You can listen to each one on YouTube to see which songs you like.




Processional Wedding Songs

Bridal Chorus, Wagner (BKA Here Comes The Bride)

Canon in D, Pachelbel

A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)

Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually Soundtrack

Marry Me, Train

Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole


Recessional Wedding Ceremony Songs

Wedding March, Mendelssohn

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel

Don’t Stop Believing, Vitamin String Quartet (originally Journey)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder

First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes

Now That We Found Love, Heavy D & The Boyz



Wedding Day Smiles

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 12:45 AM

The product I use to keep a white and bright smile is GLO Science 10 Day Teeth Whitening Treatment. Click the link below for ordering information on QVC. It's very easy to use and you see major results after the first use!

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