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ith minimal prior experience in commissioning a professional photographer, you may be tempted to shop for a photographer solely based on price for your wedding.On your wedding day almost every professional is licensed or regulated by the state except your photographer. That includes your pastor, caterer, stylist, even the person who does your nails. Because of lack of regulation and a low barrier for entry in the photography industry, many horror stories exist. 1) Establish a budget for photography. The industry average is 10% of the total wedding budget. Martha Stewart suggests 20%. 2) Research your photographer. Contact at least three recent brides. Ask to see their completed wedding album. Many photographers provide “incentives” to vendors for referrals. Talking directly to recent brides ensures you are getting an “honest” referral. 3) Discuss their formal training in photography and years in business. Not how long they have been taking pictures. 4) Ask if they are a member of a professional trade association: the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) requires its members to abide by a professional code of ethics, offers indemnification, mediation and other critical legal support which protects you. 5) Are they licensed and insured? They should have a business license, sales tax I.D, and liability insurance. 6) Does your photographer have a storefront or professional office and maintain regular business hours? Would you use a doctor or other professional that worked out of their home?A studio with normal business hours and storefront helps in locating the photographer after your event. 7) Make certain your wedding package includes EVERYTHING you want, from photography to a completed wedding album or disk. The largest amount of time and talent occurs after the wedding. Post production (digital processing, color correction and retouching) requires talent and TIME. Post production is NOT an option that is available at most on line photo labs – so you ARE NOT saving money trying to have your images printed yourself. Doing it yourself may jeopardize the quality of your final product. 8) How does your photographer archive your wedding files? If you get a DVD of images, immediately make a copy to your hard drive and a second copy to place in your safe deposit box at your bank. 9) Get EVERYTHING in writing. Ask to review your contract overnight before signing. Get your attorney to review it. It will be well worth the money if something goes wrong. 10) Find out your photographer’s contingency plans. In the event of an illness, accident, equipment failure or other event preventing your photographer from being able to photograph your wedding, learn their contingency plan to have your event photographed with equal or greater talent.

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Save-the-date card etiquette


ore and more couples planning to walk down the aisle are embracing save-the-date cards to give guests adequate notice that there is a party on the horizon. Save-the-date cards do more than let guests know when you're getting hitched. The cards are a preliminary way to keep guests informed and let them know they are, in fact, on the guest list. These cards haven't always been so popular, but have risen in popularity due to longer engagement periods, a growing number of destination weddings and the growing number of couples with guests from all over the country, if not the world. Considering people often plan business trips, vacations and other excursions several months in advance, save-the-date cards help secure a greater number of attendees at your wedding. Save-the-date announcements can vary in many ways. They may be postcards or magnets that can be attached to a refrigerator door. If you desire a cohesive theme to your wedding stationery, select the save-the-date cards at the same time you choose your wedding invitations. This way you can ensure that either the patterns, fonts, colors, or style of the cards will match. It will also help convey the tone of the wedding. When to send out the save-the-date announcements is important as well. As a general rule of thumb, it is wise to mail out the cards 6 months in advance for a standard wedding. If the wedding requires travel or extended overnight accommodations, you may want to mail them out 8 months to a year in advance to give guests the time to investigate flight costs and hotel arrangements. Be sure to make your guest list in advance of sending out savethe-date cards. Everyone who receives a card should also be sent an invitation prior to the wedding. Remember to include any members of your planned wedding party in the list of recipients. Be sure to include the wedding date, your names and the location of the wedding on the save-the-date cards. You do not need to offer RSVP information or detailed specifics at this time. You may want to include a Web site URL on the card so guests can check it frequently for updates on wedding information. Be sure to also include that a formal invitation will follow at a later date. You do not want to cause confusion by having guests think that the save-the-date card is the actual invitation. Also, make sure you address the save-the-date cards correctly to show your intentions with respect to guest invites. For example, be clear about whether children will be invited and whether a boyfriend/girlfriend or another guest can tag along. Although save-the-date cards are not a necessity, they have become a popular part of wedding planning to eliminate confusion about invitations as well as help guests plan time off for your wedding


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Tips for writing your own


wedding vows

wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many couples, so brides and grooms wish for the event to be momentous and memorable. As such, couples are increasingly integrating personal nuances into their ceremonies and receptions to tailor weddings to their unique visions. The desire to include personalized wedding vows continues to be a popular trend. If you are considering personalized wedding vows, first realize that it may not be a simple task. That's because you want the message conveyed to be dear to your heart, and that can be challenging when faced with the pressures and planning of the rest of the wedding. That isn't to say that writing your own vows is impossible. Here are some guidelines for personalizing your ceremony with your own sentiments. * Schedule time for writing. Amid the bustle of dress fittings and interviews with photographers, it can be easy to put off the important task of writing vows for another day. But as any great writer can attest, it takes writing -- and rewriting -- to achieve a finished product you can be proud of. Give the task of writing your vows your undivided attention. Mark it in on your calendar or set a reminder on your computer just as you would any other appointment. * Be aware of ceremony guidelines. It is best to check with your officiant and confirm that personalized wedding vows are allowed. Before you spend hours working on the task, be sure that it is allowed and that your spouse and you are on the same page. * Jot down your feelings. Answer some questions about what marriage means to you and how you feel about your spouse. Try to avoid trite sayings and think from your heart and personal experiences. * Read inspirational writings. Perhaps there is an author or a poet who inspires you? You can quote certain writers in your vows or let the tone of their works help shape the words of your vows. * Decide on a tone. Although the day is based on love and affection, you may not feel comfortable spouting words of adoration in front of friends and family. Feel free to tap into your unique personality. Humor can be used if it aligns with the way you normally express your affections. * Establish an outline. Put together all of the words and phrases you've jotted down into an outline to help you organize the flow of the vows, using these words as a blueprint for the vows and building upon them. Aim for your entire speech to be around 1 minute in length to keep everyone engaged and the ceremony moving along. * Put everything together. Draft your vows and then practice them by reading out loud. You want to avoid long sentences or anything that trips you up. Writing your own vows can be a way to include personal expressions of love into a couple's wedding day. Public speaking is seldom easy, nor is finding the perfect words to convey feelings about a future spouse. However, with some practice and inspiration, anyone can draft personalized vows.

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How to find the right

banquet hall


lanning a wedding is no small feat, as couples are faced with many decisions seemingly from the moment they get engaged right up until they walk down the aisle as man and wife. One of the biggest decisions a couple will make is where to host the reception. Couples must consider a variety of factors when looking for the right banquet hall to host their reception. The wedding is a celebration, and the banquet hall is where the couple and their guests will let their hair down and hopefully enjoy a festive and memorable night. Because the reception is typically the most lengthy portion of a couple's wedding day, it's important to find a place where everyone can be comfortable and enjoy themselves. The following are a few tips for couples looking to find the ideal banquet hall to host their wedding reception. * Ask around. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find the right banquet hall. Ask friends or family members who got hitched For Everything in the same town where your ceremony will be if they can Bridal & Prom recommend a reception site. * Consider the size of the facility. Some couples prefer an intimate affair with relatively few guests, while others will desire a large wedding party with lots of guests. Couples can find a banquet hall that's capable of catering to small or large wedding parties, but find one that fits your party specifically. ns * Don't downplay decor. A banquet hall with an attractive o i t rea lC decor is not only aesthetically appealing but can appeal to a d ri B a couple's finances as well. Compare the costs of the more ly mer r o decorated banquet hall with the one that's more plain in F ~Couture Gowns at Realistic Prices appearance, factoring in the cost to decorate the latter, and Your ~Book Yours Now with a you might just realize the one with more aesthetic appeal is Qualified Bridal Consultant Prom more affordable in the long run. (Private Appointments Preferred) 2013 * Prioritize privacy. Few couples would be open to strangers ~New Spring Arrivals! Headquarters having easy access to their wedding reception. When shopping Thousands of for a banquet hall, look for one that gives you and your guests 912-764-2419 NEW dresses in stock. all the privacy you need. The banquet hall is where couples can 46 East Main St. expect to spend most of their time on their wedding day, so Lay-A-Way now Statesboro, GA for best selection couples should exercise their due diligence to ensure they find an inviting and festive facility. 48 East Main Street ~ Store Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-6 ~Sat: 10-5 46 East Main Street

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Simple ways to save on your wedding


ccording to a 2012 report, the average American couple spends just under $27,000 on their wedding, while their northern neighbors in Canada spend slightly more than $23,000 on average for their big day. Clearly couples, regardless of which side of the border they call home, can expect to invest a substantial amount of money for their weddings. While many couples find the cost of a wedding is well worth it, others would like to find ways to save so their big day isn't a budgetbuster. Such savings aren't always easy to come by, especially for couples with a very distinctive picture in mind of what their wedding should be. However, even couples strongly committed to a certain wedding style might change their minds once they realize how much such a dream wedding will cost. The following are a few ideas to avoid busting your budget without venturing too far from your dream wedding. * Trim the guest list. The guest list is perhaps the easiest place to begin saving money. Many reception halls will charge by the head, so consider if you really need to invite 150 guests or if 100 will do. * Don't go overboard on the gown. Styles are ever-changing, so there's a strong chance brides won't be passing down their wedding gowns to their own daughters someday. What's popular now will likely seem outdated by the time your daughter walks down the aisle. * Get hitched in the off-season. Many couples prefer to get married sometime between the months of May through October. During these months, venues and vendors, including limousine services, caterers, photographers, musicians, and deejays, are more expensive. If you are willing to switch your wedding date to the off-season you can save a substantial amount of money. * Trim your beverage budget. The bar tab at the end of the reception can be considerable, but there are ways to save money while ensuring your guests can still toast you and yours with a few libations. * Choose a buffet-style dinner over waiter service. Many guests will no doubt prefer a buffet-style dinner instead of waiter service, so take advantage of that and choose a more affordable buffet-style dinner that allows diners to choose their own entrees and side dishes. When it comes to trimming wedding costs, couples will have to make compromises. But those compromises don't have to come at the cost of a beautiful and memorable event.

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Packing pointers for


destination weddings

In a 2012 study of destination weddings, researchers found that 350,000 destination weddings occur each year. Destination weddings have grown in popularity for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the appeal of getting married in an exotic or unique locale. Whatever the reason behind a couple's decision to have a destination wedding, there are things such couples must consider. Packing is one aspect of a wedding that's more important to couples having a destination wedding than those getting married closer to home. So it's important for couples getting married far away from their homes to develop a plan with respect to packing so they don't forget or damage any important elements of the wedding. * Start with a checklist. Couples should develop of checklist of items they will need to bring with them. Make this list as extensive as possible, including everything that will have to be packed, such as clothing, toiletries, jewelry, reservation information, and anything else you expect to need on your trip. * Carry on especially important items. A bride's wedding gown and the groom's tuxedo fall into this category. Unfortunately, checked bags can get lost, and no bride or groom wants to arrive at their destination without their gown or tux. An airline may provide brides with a garment bag to store the wedding gown, and the gown and tux can likely be hung in the plane's closet without fear of other passengers putting items on top of them. In addition to the wedding day attire, don't store items like the wedding rings or family heirlooms in a checked bag. Carry these items in a purse or securely store them in a carry-on bag. * Consider mailing welcome packages after you return home. Welcome packages are nice gestures that show your guests just how much you appreciate their being there for your big day. However, when having a destination wedding, couples may discover that their premade welcome packages are too bulky or just too numerous to easily fit into luggage. Instead of taking these to your destination, mail them to your guests after you return home. The packages might not be there to welcome guests, but the sentiment is still the same and guests will appreciate the gesture just the same. * Be wary of shipping items ahead of you. Some couples ship some important items to their hotel ahead of time. While this might seem like an easy solution to packing welcome packages or other special items such as decorations, these items can easily get lost in the mail or stranded at customs. Shipping items ahead might seem like a great idea, but couples must weigh the potential risks before placing important items in someone else's hands.


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Make guests feel special with these extra touches


edding receptions run the gamut from small, intimate gatherings in a restaurant to large spectacles featuring hundreds of guests inside a banquet hall. At the heart of any wedding reception is the desire to present a memorable party for all in attendance. That being said, there are some steps couples can take to add extra indulgence to wedding receptions and really set them apart from the mundane. With this in mind, many want to add special touches to the wedding that will show guests how much they are appreciated and to make their celebration different from previous weddings. Here are some ways to do just that. * Butler-passed hors d'oeuvres: During the cocktail hour guests are mingling and taking advantage of the opportunity to engage in conversation. Rather than disrupt the flow of conversation to make a trip to the food stations, choose butler-passed hors d'oeuvres to bring food right to the guests. It lends a feeling of indulgence and is also a convenient way to keep guests satiated. * Valet parking: Most wedding venues provide on-site valet parking. However, if you're using a restaurant or banquet hall that does not provide this service, you can hire a valet company to do the parking for guests. * Emergency toiletries baskets: Rather than spending money on an extra floral arrangement for the men's and women's restrooms, purchase items that can be grouped into a handy basket. * Specialty courses: In addition to the cocktail hour and the main meal, you may be able to arrange specialty stations for guests with particular palates or interests. * Overnight accommodations: For the wedding that will run into the wee hours of the morning, offer guests a place to stay nearby to remove the hassle of driving home Everything you at a late hour. Some reception halls have arrangements with need for a nearby hotels. For those that don't, negotiate a discounted rate for wedding guests. Many do and will set aside a block beautiful of rooms for your event with a discount code. You may want to treat guests who choose to stay over to a complementary wedding day. breakfast the next day as one final show of appreciation. * Special seating: Guests who may have mobility issues or • Wedding Planning Guides • Invitation Kits difficulty hearing may appreciate being seated in certain spots for convenience. Seat the elderly or handicapped close Thank You Notes • Guest Books • Memory Books to the exits and the restrooms if possible. When choosing a Silk Flowers • Guest Favors • Bridesmaids Gifts reception room, confirm the distance to the restrooms to Groomsmen Gifts • Reception Stemware make it convenient for those who may not be able to walk far. Those who may be sensitive to the music can be seated away Wedding Cakes & Grooms Cakes • Cake Servers from the speakers. And of course, every attempt should be Cake Figurines • Fabrics • Much More! made to seat individuals who may have conflicts with others * Bridal registry availaBle! * away from one another. * Birthday and anniversary mentions: You can notify the band or deejay of any guests in attendance who may be celebrating their own special events on your wedding day or in close proximity. (912) 489-1910 There are many extra touches you can take as a couple to Statesboro Super Center • 730 Northside Drive make guests feel welcomed and important at your wedding.

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"Here's to You" Tips for a great

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he best man toast can be one of the most memorable parts of a couple's wedding. Sometimes a toast is memorable for its humor and heartfelt sense of appreciation for the groom and his bride, while other toasts are more memorable for all the wrong reasons. One of the reasons best man toasts can be so unpredictable is that giving a best man toast is such a unique experience. It's something many men never do, while those who do give a best man toast may only do it once in a lifetime. It's understandable to be nervous when asked to give a best man toast, but there are a few tricks of the trade a best man can employ to calm those nerves and ensure his toast is memorable for all the right reasons. * Practice makes perfect. Few people are capable of standing in front of a crowd of people and speaking off the cuff. A best man should take this into account and practice his speech to reflect your style... before the big day. * Avoid alcohol. Getting liquored up prior to your toast is a recipe for disaster. Though it may seem like a good idea to employ alcohol to calm your nerves and lower your inhibitions, it's not a good idea. * Get to the point. Men and women who have attended their fair share of wedding receptions no doubt have sat through a long-winded toast from the best man or maid of honor. Such toasts can bring a festive reception to a grinding halt, and guests will likely tune out before the best man or maid of honor gets to the point. . * Spin a yarn. While it's important to be brief, don't be so brief that no one at the reception learns about your relationship to the groom. Share a humorous anecdote from your mutual past to illustrate the type of relationship you and the groom Custom Printing share with one another. This story should have an element of Programs & Fans ✺ Save the Dates humor but don't include anything too embarrassing, and all exPersonalized Thank You Notes ✺ Rehearsal & Shower Invitations girlfriends should be considered off-limits. Napkins ✺ Gifts * Congratulate the couple. Because nerves play such a significant part in many best man toasts, it can be easy to forget to congratulate both the bride and groom. Don't just 65 East Main Street • Statesboro, Georgia toast the groom at the end of your best man speech; toast his new bride as well.

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Find a gown

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Close friends and family members are an important component of a couple's wedding day. Individuals who are especially close to the bride and groom are often asked to become members of the wedding party, which means a bride-to-be will be asking one or more women to play an integral role in the celebration. To set these ladies apart from other guests at the wedding, they are often asked to wear coordinating bridesmaid gowns. Selecting a style and color that is fitting to the unique people of the bridal party can be challenging, but it's not impossible. As if choosing your maid of honor wasn't tricky enough, you now must make a host of other decisions as well, all while playing stylist to the wedding party. Fashion sense is as unique as a fingerprint, and it is unlikely the bridesmaids will be able to agree on every aspect of the gowns they will be asked to wear. However, there are ways to narrow down the choices and be as accommodating as possible to their needs. Size matters The body shapes and sizes of the women in your bridal party will be different, and this should be kept in mind when selecting a gown style and cut. There are certain dress shapes that are universally flattering, such as A-line. Try to avoid gowns that are extremely form-fitting, as only a few of the bridesmaids may be able to pull off this look successfully. Flattering Color As a bride you may have a colorscape in your mind for the wedding. But what looks good in table linens and flowers is not always the right choice for clothing. Take the skin tones and hair colors of your bridesmaids into consideration before choosing a dress. . Price Tag It is an honor to be asked to be part of a bridal party, but that honor can be very expensive. The bridesmaids are expected to pay for their wardrobe, hair styling, and makeup, as well as parties and gifts for the happy couple. As a courtesy to the women who already will be investing a considerable amount to be a part of your wedding, make every effort to select a gown that is affordable.

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Vintage is Trend in

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intage remains a strong trend in bridal jewelry. Harking back to the adage that "everything old is new again," brides are favoring art deco, estate-inspired silhouettes when it comes to jewels. The mix of crystal and pearl is a signature look. It's a timeless combination fused into an array of bridal designs: florette bracelets, delicate drop earrings, vintage-inspired necklaces. Here, the bride can rest easy knowing she won't have to sacrifice for style. These pretty pieces are perfect for the blushing bride and their versatility makes them ideal for the bridal party as well. The desire to look fabulous without spending a fortune has never been quite so high. Many brides are choosing just one or two standout accessories, balancing a modern detail-oriented ceremony and reception with their minimalistic, classic ensemble.

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Prom it's your night!

Going Going solo solo to to the the prom prom Prom night can be a source of excitement and anticipation. After all, it's a rite of passage in which most high schoolers participate every year. For the potential promgoer who doesn't anticipate having a date, the prom may be a source of anxiety and embarrassment. But it doesn't have to be. The times have changed, and nowadays going to the prom solo no longer carries the social stigma it once did. In years past, finding a date to the prom was a big deal. Individuals who didn't have a current boyfriend or girlfriend had to scramble to find someone with whom to attend. Some schools had strict restrictions on dates, requiring malefemale duos. It was not strange to ask a family member to attend so that you didn't have to walk in alone. Today, the rules are much more lax, and many students have discovered the advantages of going to the dance stag or simply with a group of friends. As a result, promgoers aren't tied to one individual for the entire night and won't feel guilty if they want to slow dance with another. In addition, it gives kids the chance to mingle and hang out with many different people. Here are some other ways to ensure fun at a prom, even if you're attending solo. * Ask your close group of friends what their plans are for the prom. You just may find that there are some friends of both genders who don't have dates. Consider going with one of your friends as platonic dates. Then you'll always have a standby partner for photos and those mushy slow songs. * Go with a group of people and sit together at the same table. This way you'll chat with like-minded people, can get up to dance for upbeat songs together, and choose to sit out the slow songs together should that be your choice. * Attend the prom for the memories, but go in with no expectations. Many students build up prom night in their heads, attaching false expectations to the event that most proms cannot live up to. Prom night doesn't have to be the evening when you drink alcohol for the first time or lose your virginity. There's a good chance it won't be the Cinderella story as portrayed in stereotypical prom movies. Your life will not change for the better or for the worse due to prom night alone. Think of it as simply another chance to have fun with high school friends. * Don't spend a fortune unnecessarily. According to recent statistics, the average prom night costs between $500 and several thousand dollars, depending on all the extras tacked on. Some girls equate prom night to their wedding day, splurging on designer gowns and days spent in salons prepping. To impress dates, stretch limousines or large party buses are booked. If the plan is to continue the fun outside of the prom, scale back on prom budget so you'll have funds later for a late-night trip to the diner or a favorite hot spot. Girls can rent gowns just as gents rent tuxedoes. Go to a beauty school for a discount hairdo and lower-cost manicure. Think about a classy town car instead of an over-the-top limo, particularly if you don't have many people riding together. * If you choose not to attend, that's okay, too. As schools continue to up the prom ante, selecting expensive venues at top-dollar prices, many savvy students simply do not see the advantage to attending prom. On prom night, get together with friends who have also decided to pass and make plans for a fun night. Think about attending a play or show, going to a comedy club, hanging out watching silly prom movies, or leave for a weekend getaway. There are no longer hard-set rules for prom attendance. There's no reason to be embarrassed about attending the event without a date, as long as you have fun doing it.


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Drinking and alcohol-related accidents are prevalent on prom night. Enjoying nonalcoholic drinks is a key to safety.


a safer option for prom night revelry Each year, thousands of teenagers are killed due to alcohol-related prom night accidents. According to a recent study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and a group called Students Against Destructive Decisions, of the 2,500 11th and 12th graders polled, 90 percent of teens believe their counterparts are more likely to drink and drive on prom night. Another 79 percent believe the same is true for graduation night. Drinking and prom night is a concern for educators and parents. In an effort to curb alcohol consumption, some schools have instituted policies for weeknight proms with mandatory school attendance the next day. Others have resorted to advertising campaigns that highlight the dangers of drinking and fatality rates associated with drinking among teenagers. Although alcohol consumption seems to be a rite of passage among high schoolers, teens can take an active roll in eliminating alcohol from prom night festivities. One way to do this is to enjoy "mocktails" instead of the real thing. This allows teens to create festive drinks for the occasion without the dangers of alcohol. Just about any drink can be made without the addition of alcohol. Substitute alcohol with ginger ale or lemonlime soda in daiquiris or pina coladas. Or, for a special treat just for your big night, consider a minty chocolate frozen concoction that will add fun and flavor.

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Blend all ingredients except chocolate syrup together until well mixed and frothy. Serve in a martini glass or another small glass. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top for garnish. Enjoy.

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a safer option for an end-of-school glow

As soon-to-be graduates prepare for prom and their trip down the auditorium aisle to receive their diplomas, many believe a glowing tan is a must-have accessory. However, the method by which that tan is achieved could mean the difference between bronze skin and a life-threatening disease. The public is aware that sunburns can be particularly dangerous, but scientific evidence increasingly suggests there's no such thing as a safe tan -- particularly if that tan comes by way of baking in the sun or on a tanning bed. The World Health Organization's cancer division listed tanning beds as definitive cancer-causers. Research indicates that the risk for melanoma, the most common form of skin cancer, rises as much as 75 percent in people who were frequent tanners in their teenage years and early twenties. The risk from tanning beds is so great that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had an open hearing to figure out stricter tanning bed regulations and more obvious warning labels on the devices. For those who still want to have tanned skin but not experience the risk associated with tanning beds or UV exposure, spray tans or sunless tanning creams are good options. These products contain a substance called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The Mayo Clinic says that DHA reacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the skin. This temporarily darkens the skin's appearance. While the coloring doesn't wash off, it will gradually fade as the dead skin cells slough off within a few days. Some of these products also contain coloring pigments to help even out the tan and make it visible before the DHA reaches maximum effect. These products are generally safe for most of the body but need to be avoided around mucous membranes and the eyes. While most of the sunless tanning products are safe, it is not adviseable to take sunless tanning pills. These pills contain a color additive that can turn the skin orange when taken in large quantities. They also may cause liver damage and the formation of crystals in the retina of the eye. For those considering the sunless tanning route, there are some ways to get an even-looking tan. * Exfoliate the body with a wash cloth to remove excess dead skin cells that may darken more in contrast to other parts of the skin. * Use a light touch and go sparingly with the product. For hard-to-reach areas of the body, have someone help you apply it. Many people like professional spray tans at salons because the application method tends to be more even than with lotions and creams. * Wash hands after applying the product so your palms don't turn color, and pay special attention to your fingernails. Then use a cosmetic sponge or cotton ball to apply the tanner to the top of each hand. * Use sunblock on the body even while using a self-tanner. These lotions generally don't contain sunscreens, and the tan will provide no protection at all. * Make sure to wait until the tanner dries completely before you get dressed. Otherwise you can be left with stained clothing. Graduates who want a sun-kissed look for parties and other end-of-school events should consider sunless tanners instead of sunbathing or tanning beds


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Guys, make it a magical night

Prom night jitters aren’t only for girls and it’s easy to get them when you’re unprepared. Being spur of the moment is not an option for prom when your date is adorned in sparkles, hairspray and lush fabric. The first thing guys need to know is: Planning is key, so do not leave stuff to the last minute. There are plenty of things that need figuring out — from transportation to the type of cologne you will spritz on your beautifully suited body. This is likely the first big night of your life, so let’s cover the important stuff: Attire: You might want to go hunting for a suit with your comrades, but this is serious stuff; it’s the first and last time you will spend a night like this with all your beloved friends. Leave them be and ask your mom to help you instead. After all, she’s done this before. For most grads, prom takes place in June, when evening temperatures hover in the high teens. You’re not going to be sporting your suit jacket all night without breaking into a sweat. You should wear a vest so you can take off your suit jacket. When getting fitted for a suit, keep in mind that the height of your everyday shoes might not be the same height as the shoes you will wear during prom. Bring in shoes that you’re wearing (at your prom), or shoes with the same height. Try on the shoes and dress shirt at the same time. Also bring or buy a belt. When you try on a jacket with a dress shirt as compared to a T-shirt it makes a big difference. There is usually no prom-goer who is not dressed to the highest sophistication possible. Your date is going to be putting in a lot of effort to dress up and make sure she looks her best. You want to be on the same level of elegance. Accessories such as vests and cuff links, even the colour of your dress shirt, socks, tie and belt, can add personal style. Your Date If you’re hoping to impress a special someone with your dashing garments, take care to ask them early to go with you to the prom. The most important thing is to keep your attention focused on your date and not on your alluring cellphone. Girls aren’t impressed if guys check their phones on a regular date, so how would they feel if it happened at prom? If you need to keep it on, keep it on silent and don’t check it incessantly. Make sure you apply all the gentlemanly moves on this night. Chivalry is not dead. Hold the door open, give her your jacket if she’s cold and compliment her. She’s put a lot of effort into the way she looks. When you sit down for dinner, remember this is not the cafeteria. It’s not a good idea to shout across at someone sitting at another table. And once you’ve eaten that first-class dinner, don’t be afraid to dance. Go out and have a good time. Transportation Figure out if you’re going as a group or just arriving with your date. Should you book a limo? Or are you taking your own car? If you’re taking your own car, make sure it’s gassed-up and clean. Picking her up sets the mood for the night, so make a good impression right from the beginning. Don’t honk on your arrival or call her on the phone. Ring the doorbell and shake hands with her family. Be polite and make her feel special. You will probably make pre- and post-prom plans, either to have photos taken or to go out afterward. Whatever your plans, make sure you arrange for transportation. Happy ending Anticipate her needs, that’s an easy way to be kind and courteous. But make sure to focus on one another. It shouldn’t just be about the guy making the girl feel special. Girls should be gracious and welcoming and thankful to their dates or else these guys are never going to act that way again.

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the popular kids. They want to see if she can be turned from geek to prom queen. A magical t ransformat ion, both outside and inside, occurs. * "10 Things I Hate About You": In this modern-day version of "The Taming of the Shrew," student Cameron wants to ask out Bianca, Sometimes the best part of prom but her father has is all the prom-themed movies that showcase high school life forbid it -- with one and the big pre-graduation dance. exception ... she can go if older sister Kat goes out with a date as chaperone. * "Footloose": Ren moves from Chicago to a small town in Texas that has banned rock music, dancing and partying after the preacher's son died in an accident coming home from a party. Ren wants to do away with the public ban and sets on a path of rebellion along with the preacher's renegade daughter, Ariel. * "Carrie": Carrie White seems like a shy, nice girl on the surface, but she hides a terrifying secret of telekinetic power and a temper. When invited to the senior prom and continually teased by a mean-spirited student, Carrie unleashes the full power of her wrath. * "Prom": Prom and high school graduation are just around the corner, but soon vandalism of prom decorations and signs begin. The class president, Nova, is left to team up with a school rebel to find out the reason behind this behavior and remedy the situation in time.

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Thousands of high school juniors and seniors attend a prom dance each and every year. This rite of passage is something students look forward to, sometimes as soon as they step on campus as freshmen. Since prom is such an integral part of life as a teenager, it's no surprise proms have been subject matter at the movies for years. Some prom movies stand out as classics, and many have even earned a certain cult status. Here are some of the more popular prom movies over the years. * "Never Been Kissed": Josie is a newspaper reporter who goes undercover as a high school student to uncover any potential scandals in the school environment. Unfortunately, Josie wasn't popular in school and had a terrible high school experience the first time around. She struggles to make her mark with the popular crowd and gear up for prom without disappointment again. * "Pretty in Pink": It's difficult to mention promrelated movies without tossing "Pretty in Pink" into the mix. A Cinderella-type story of a lower-class girl who falls for a filthy rich boy and wonders how their social differences will pan out, the movie also shares lessons on social diversity and the power of love. * "She's All That": A high-school outsider, often the butt of jokes, becomes the subject of a bet among

Guys can shine on prom night, too During prom season, the pages of fashion magazines are typically full of the latest dresses for female promgoers who are excited about looking their best on their big night. However, not as much attention is devoted to the gentlemen who also may want to shine on prom night. Guys may wonder how they can stand out among a sea of black tuxedoes. It's actually easier than you would think. Although many eyes will be on the show-stopping gowns being worn, there will be plenty of people sizing up the dapper gentlemen as well. These young men can employ a host of strategies to ensure they stand out among fellow students and friends. * Be classic. Sometimes guys think they need to stand out by doing something like wearing a flashy color to ensure all eyes are on them. But a great way to get noticed is to choose a well-fitted classic tuxedo. * Try blue. English formal wear purists have long thought going with a midnight blue tuxedo is a classy decision. That's because this color is said to look its best under evening light. * Choose single breasted styles. A single-breasted style with a low front button can help elongate the figure, which is an asset to gentlemen who are full around the middle.

* Select a slim cut. Tuxedoes tend to look more elegant the slimmer they're cut. Therefore, choose a slim cut tuxedo that best fits your body type. A tuxedo should be a man's slimmest, most sharply tailored garment, so be sure to have it altered to fit this way. For bigger men, visit a store that specializes in big and tall sizes so you'll get the attention you need. * Be pressed and impress. No matter the color or cut, a winkled tuxedo is not a good idea. Prevent wrinkling by hanging the tux in a garment bag after it has been professionally pressed. * Don't overdo the bling. Keep jewelry to a minimum, and wear simple, elegant cufflinks. * Pay mind to hosiery. White athletic socks or thick boot socks will not work well with a formal look. Choose thin socks that are tight and one shade darker than your trousers. * Keep the jacket fastened. You'll look classy with the jacket buttoned in photos and upon entry to the event. As the evening progresses, you may want to take off the jacket to dance and mingle. Prom night often creates memories that last a lifetime. Gentleman can ensure they shine as much as their dance partners by selecting classic clothing that makes a statement.

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