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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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Wen, 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!

http://www.qvc.com/GLO-Science-10-Day-Teeth-Whitening-Treatment.product.A308167.html?sc=SRCH



How To Tell When Wedding Planning Is Too Stressful

Posted on March 13, 2019 at 12:40 AM



- You use all of your lunch breaks at work to do wedding related tasks.

When you skip meals it is bad for your mood and your blood sugar. This can lead to exaggerated emotions and higher stress levels.

How to fix this: Set a limit on how often you can skip lunch to take care of wedding tasks. Limit wedding related lunch breaks to once per week. If you have to skip lunch, keep some sort of protein on hand (like nuts and cheese) to get you through the afternoon. 


- Your relationship with him is becomming strained and he keeps suggesting eloping!

Wedding planning should be fun and not stressful. Eventhough your future husband may not even be directly involved in planning, but mentioned how excited he is for the process to be over so he can stop hearing about it (ouch).

How to fix this: If your stress is causing a strain on your relationship, then that's a big indication you need to relax and have a nice date night with your partner, without talking about any wedding related issues. Don't even bring it up.

 

- You start questioning all of your decisions and doubting your own taste.

It's a major sign that you're overthinking things when you start wanting to trash all of your original ideas. Better yet, you can't decide on new ones either!

How to fix this: If doubts start creeping in, stop wedding planning for at least one week. When you resume, you will have a clearer mind and perspective. Your mind will be flooded with fresh, new ideas. You'll have a better idea of which doubts were truly valid and which ones were just a product of your anxiety or over thinking.



- You start procrastinating on the tasks that really need to get done.

If you're finding yourself starting to neglect major wedding planning tasks, you probably don't even realize how overwhelmed you really are.

How to fix this: If your wedding date is close and your to-do-list looks impossible to tackle, start with the things that are easy and fun. Try cake tasting or go shopping for your wedding shoes. When you start having a few things checked off your list the rest of it will seem more doable.


- It stops being fun :(

If you start focusing on negative stuff - for example, the number of guests who RSVP'd "no rather than the positive stuff like the fact that you'll be married to the love of your life at the end of all of this, something has to change.

How to fix this: Come up with a mantra that will help you look at the bright side. Reflecting on the fact of why you're actually doing all of this, because you love him. This should bring you a sense of calm. Wedding planning should be thrilling and sublime, never stressful. This is a major event in your life that happens only once so don't let this exciting time go to waste.



What To Include On Wedding Invitations: The Important Parts...

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM



1. The Host Line

The Invitation should begin with the names of the parties who are issuing the invite - traditionally it is the bride's parents.

(Note: The shifting of family structures and financial dynamics can sometimes make this part tricky so use the host that fits your situation)


2. The Request Line

There are two phrases that are important, one will indicate that the wedding will be in a house of worship and the other that it will not. Either way be sure to indicate if your guests are being invited to a wedding ceremony or a ceremony and reception.


3. Bride and Groom Lines

Since the bride and groom are the main point of the invitations their names are supposed to be set off on seperate lines. If the bride's last name is the same as her parents it isn't repeated an no title such as Miss or Ms. is included.


4. Date and Time

You don't have to indicate a.m. or p.m. or use phases like, "in the evening" unless the wedding will start at 8, 9 or 10 o'clock. Usually the year isn't printed either other than for the invitations keepsake value.


5. Location

If the house of worship or venue location is well known it is traditional not to include an exact adress but this is becomming less common today. No commas are used at the end of lines and spell out the state.  Example: Saint Paul's Luthern Church, Walkersville, Maryland


6. Reception Line or Card

If the ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue than they can be included on a single invitation. If not, than including a seperate card indicating so would be helpful. It is not acceptable to invite a person to the ceremony only, you must provide everyone with the same information including the ceremony and the reception.


7. R.S.V.P. Line or Card

Today brides usually include paper, an envelope and a stamp to encourage guests to respond to their invitations in a timely manner. It's not rude to omit this part but it may be risky if you need to know a definate head count. If the R.S.V.P. is written on the invitation it goes in the lower left corner. You can include a mailing adress, phone number, email or website. If you include a seperate card traditionally the fill-in-the-blank version should include the first letter of Mr. or Mrs. (M) or you can use a single line like, "Please let us know whether you will be joining us," and provide some additional space for writing.


8. Special Details 

It is courteous to inform your guests if they will not be recieving a full meal. You should indicate that it will be a cocktail or hors d'oeuvre reception. If you want to make it clear to your guests about dress code like black tie or casual attire, that information should be placed in the lower right corner or you can put it on the reception card. The only information that absolutely should never be printed anywhere on the wedding invitation or included as an insert should be any information about your registry!


Microneedling, How Well Does It Work?

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 12:50 AM

Many brides are looking for ways to tighten and resurface the skin on her face and body to get a glowy complextion in a short period of time. The home version is a small apparatus with a handle and a roller head that has thousands of micro sized needles on it. Microneedling works by injecting the skin in such a way that it responds by producing new collagen, which in turn plumps the skin and restores volume. The needles only punctures the top layer of the skin. No bleeding ever occurs because it's just a very light piercing of the skin by the needles. The result of the skin being aggitated and healed is an improvement in complextion and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and the size of your pores. The new skin looks tighter, plumper and supple, just how a bride would want her skin to look on her special day. 





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