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Index Before and for the Big Day...


Make up Products for your Wedding Day...


Top 10 Honeymoon Destinatios...


How to find the perfect Wedding Dress for your body shape...


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Before and for the big day


“Don’t leave these arrangements until the last minute because they have to be just right and remember, the photographs will capture it all for posterity.” If you are a bride-to-be, your wedding day has likely been months or years in the making and you want every detail to be perfect. That includes your personal choices for hair and body treatments, as well as services for your wedding party. Don’t leave these arrangements until the last minute because they have to be just right and remember, the photographs will capture it all for posterity. Talk with your hair stylist well in advance to ensure the house reserves the date for you. If you don’t have a salon and spa you visit regularly, start looking now for one you can develop a relationship with by the time your wedding rolls around. Ideally, you’ll want a consultation, perhaps a couple of appointments to try out makeup and styles that will work with your dress and head piece. Consider whether you’d like a “dress rehearsal” a couple of weeks before the wedding day and don’t forget to plan for your spa services like a facial, waxing, pedicure and manicure. Then, there’s the wedding party to think about: Who will do make-up and hair for the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids? Are there children in the wedding party? Planning and preparation are both key when it comes to hosting the perfect wedding, but they’re also very important elements when it comes to making sure your appearance really pops! Today’s modern bride can avoid looking totally outdated or overdone by doing their own research and consulting with her favorite beauty professionals before booking them for the wedding day. You’re stressed, you can’t sleep and the caterer still hasn’t signed off on the reception contract. Before you launch into bridezilla mode, reward yourself with a trip to the spa. From Botox injections to energizing beauty treatments, you’ll find yourself looking and feeling refreshed (even if the florist bails at the last minute). Does your maid of honor desperately need a mani or a pedi? Do your bridesmaids deserve body wraps? Pamper the ones you love - plan the perfect spa trip for you and your bridal party with these helpful tips and tools. Can’t wait to spend quality time with your husband-to-be? Find out how to plan the ultimate his and her spa day and what to look for when it comes to creating an unforgettable honeymoon spa package. There are simple steps you can take to prep your skin for the big day but you need time to rejuvenate and repair it. The last thing you want to do is to try new products and treatments right before the wedding. To get the best results start treating your skin and face 3-6 months before the wedding. If you have already developed an effective skin routine and are managing specific skin issues, don’t change it; just be diligent in maintaining it. The reality is that the months leading up to the wedding are exciting and stressed filled. As simple as it may sound, managing stress well remains one of the best things you can do to minimize impact on your skin. Read on for skin stress relief tips as well. Let a skin esthetician evaluate your skin and recommend a regimen leading up to the big day. Taking the time to do it right will have a significant impact on the look and feel of your skin on your wedding day. During the evaluation you will want to learn your skin type and then determine the best products to use on your skin and face.


Something Old is meant to represent the link with the bride’s own family and the past particularly mother or grandmother or even most distant relations. Something old is symbolic of continuity. To symbolise this link brides may choose to wear a piece of antique family jewellery which belonged to the relative or a locket with photos of parents or grandparents. Alternatatively they may select something from the mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. Other things that may be chosen include a handkerchief, a scarf or a piece of lace.

Something New represents good luck and success and the brides hopes for a bright future in her new married life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item but it could be anything that is purchased new for the wedding such as the wedding flowers or the wedding rings. Wearing a new item on your wedding day conveys the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will endure forever. Something Borrowed is to represent to the bride that friends and family will be there for her on the special day and in the future when help is needed. “Borrowing” is especially important, since it has to come from a happily married woman, thereby lending the bride some of her own marital happiness to carry into the new marriage. Anything can be borrowed but it must be returned afterwards. Another way to incorporate a borrowed item into your wedding day attire is to borrow a friend’s piece of jewellery. If you have a close friend who has worn the same necklace for as long as you have known her, you might consider borrowing this particular necklace for your wedding day as a reminder of your friendship. Perhaps she wore the necklace on her own wedding day.


Something Blue in ancient times is the symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Often a blue item is the garter and in olden times the couple wore blue bands on the border of their wedding attire to denote, love, modesty and fidelity. Another way to wear something blue is to include a blue flower in your headdress or theme your wedding flowers in blue. Today some brides even get a blue tattoo, wear blue nail polish or wear blue shoes. I’ve not been able to trace the source of this, or to confirm its accuracy. Nor is it clear where it originated. The rhyme was certainly in use by the late Victorian period and was printed in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a ‘Puritan Marriage Custom’. The sixpence was a silver coin which was in use in the UK between the 17th and 20th centuries. Sixpences were also minted and used in Maryland, USA from the same date. Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.


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“This is a good luck saying which dates back to the Victorian era and many brides will try and ensure that they have something of each in their wedding outfit.”

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Top 10 honeymoon destinations

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TOP 10 1 2 3 4 5 The Maldives

The Maldives are quite possibly the most romantic archipelago on earth, with perfectly placed, palm tree-cloaked islands, pearly white beaches surrounded by crystal-clear, warm turquoise waters, no less along with private, overwater bungalows strung over the sea. Many of the Maldives tiny islands have been converted into luxury resorts, where your every whim is met, and where romance seems to blaze out from each tiki torch that lines the beach.


Newlyweds seeking romance and adventure will have their fantasies fulfilled on a honeymoon trip to Maui. The island’s magnificent natural setting complete with rainforests, one of Hawaii’s grandest volcanoes and picturesque, palm-fringed beaches inspire both. Drive the famed Road to Hana, stopping to admire crashing waterfalls and enjoying a secluded picnic lunch alongside a stunning seascape of crashing waves. Or take a horseback ride along the spine of Haleakala Volcano, enjoying the sweeping vistas of jungles, waterfalls and mist-covered mountainsides. Be sure to explore the island’s secluded, “secret” beaches, where you can share an amorous moment, possibly even alone on the sand.


Fiji offers as much to do as you desire. Enjoy an afternoon of scuba diving or snorkeling; get your adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting or windsurfing, or simply hike along rugged cliffs or explore a native village and watch a traditional fire-walking ceremony. At night, check into of the Fiji’s premier resorts trust us, you can hardly go wrong at any of the islands’ luxurious resorts, and will be delighted to discover a true paradise on earth near bursting with sun-soaked silken sands, surrounded by sapphire and cerulean waters, and covered with lush palm trees, plus the occasional set of jagged cliffs to lend to the postcard-worthy setting.

British Virgin Islands

The Caribbean is often a convenient destination for US-based couples. Wander farther afield from the oft-crowded US Virgin Islands and seek solace on the shores of one of the British Virgin Islands, such as Virgin Gorda. A mere 8.5 square miles, the island makes for an intimate destination in the midst of stunning environs: unspoiled and secluded beaches, like Savannah Bay, Devil’s Bay and Maho Bay, as well as national parks including The Baths, a wondrous spot where granite boulders create mysterious grottos, caves and saltwater pools, perfect for exploring and snorkeling. The island, which happens to be the third largest of the BVIs, also offers diverse cultural attractions, such as the Spanish ruins at Little Fort National Park.


1. For special events, MAQUI BLANC MIRACLE lancome is the ideal brand. It guarantee a perfect match to your natural skin tone. 2. A foundation primer PORE PERFECTING urban decay is a necessity for your wedding day make up look, smooth the surface of the skin and reduce the appearance of pores and lines. 3. Light the skin at your wedding day. COPACABANA nars is a illuminator helps to highlight under the eyes so you can have a perfect combination with the foundation. 4. This high-precision mascara LE VOLUME DE CHANEL achieves instant volume. Plum lashes to their fullest so the eyes pop on your wedding day. 5. A modern interpretation LADY GAGA VIVA GLAM MAC of classic pink lip colour. You would look absolutely beautiful when you smile at your pictures in your wedding. 6. The best way to get your ring on your wedding day is using NATURAL PINK essie, it would look adorable in your hands and perfect for the wedding. 7. Water-based eyeliner ESTEE LAUDER point delivers a precise line every time. 8. The ultimate authority, NARS PEACHY blush the perfect natural colour for your cheeks. 9. Is the perfect fragrance by Vera Wang PRINCESS is radiant, whimsical and is born to rule. This sheer, fruity floral fragance is definitely the sweetest smell ever. 10. If you want to rock your eyes on your wedding day NAKED2 urban decay has 12 pigment rich, the palette proves us, the ladys that neutral colours are anything but boring.

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The most popular way to see Alaska is by cruise ship. (For more info and tips, head to Hopping from point to point by boat is a fabulous way to experience the state’s wild shoreline and sea life (whale watching from deck is a popular activity). Off the ship, you can book amazing and unique Alaskan excursions. See the state by helicopter or small plane, or go dog sledding (on sleds fitted with wheels in the summertime!), kayaking, or hiking. Your other big choice is whether to go through the Inside Passage (which hits popular areas like Juneau and Skagway) or the Gulf of Alaska (which encompasses Anchorage by way of Whittier).

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How to find the best wedding dress for your body shape

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HOW TO FIND THE BEST WEDDING DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE. “Show off a voluptuous shape in a glamorous satin wedding gown with allover draping.”


-Danielle Lowei Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards.

Bora, Bora

Nestled on a white beach and blue lagoon, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is an idyllic retreat. Located on the French Polynesia group of islands on the Pacific Ocean, the resort is ten minutes from Vaitape village. Enjoy a scenic flight to Bora Bora then arrive to the resort by a private hotel boat. Soak up the privacy of a suite or villa set over the water, on the hill or in the garden. Savor panoramic views over the lagoon and absorb the tropical landscape.

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Best Wedding Dress for Tall Women The tall woman is easily noticed in any room as is indeed any blushing bride. Being a tall bride can be classed by some as a blessing or a curse however comfortable and confident they are with themselves. The tall bride is considered one of the lucky ones that can wear almost any style of dress but of course she still needs to make sure the dress and accessories are not calling attention to a less-than perfect part of her body that she is not happy with. There is a wonderful range of options available for the tall bride depending on your taste and budget. One of the first steps for a tall woman who is about to get married is to decide whether to emphasise her height or try and appear smaller in some way and depending on what you choose and how you wear it can go a long way in obtaining the look you are striving for. Some small ideas and tips below may help in pointing you in the right direction.

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Experience genuine renewal at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. Situated beachfront along the fabled treasure coast of South Florida, this Five-Star, Five Diamond oceanfront resort is an exquisite welcome to Palm Beach with refined beauty, a graceful atmosphere, and impeccable service. Soak up the sun and enjoy miles of South Florida beaches and historical & cultural highlights, all just moments from the barefoot elegance of this luxurious West Palm Beach property.


Naturally every bride, whether short or tall, wants to look her very best on her wedding day, and the biggest part of “the look” is the bridal gown. Some women have been dreaming about the gown since they were little girls while other brides find inspiration in bridal magazines when they become engaged and begin planning their weddings. No matter when the idea of the dress started forming in the bride’s mind, most brides have some very definite preferences about the type of wedding gowns they like. Sometimes a bride’s dream dress suits her perfectly, but other times, the dress that looked so good on the model in a bridal magazine doesn’t look the same when the bride tries it on in the bridal salon.

The biggest problem for a petite woman when selecting a bridal gown is to find a gown that allows her to be the star of her own wedding. In other words, the bride should wear the gown, rather than the gown wearing the bride. Big, puffy ballgowns can be just far too overwhelming for a short woman, and the wider the skirt, the wider the bride may look also. Some bridal gown features that usually work well for petite women include empire waistlines, princess seams, column styles and A-line styles.

Best Wedding Dress for Curvy Shapes Curvy women often get the short end of the stick when it comes to fashion. High fashion has long favored the stick thin figures of models like Kate Moss, whose pre-pubescent body type came into vogue in the nineties when she was herself a teenager. Designers argue that clothes simply fit better on a body that’s more like a clothing hanger than a real woman’s figure, and so for years and years, the pin thin frame has been in. Happily, things seem to be shifting. Within the past year, plus-size model Crystal Renn, who wrote a memoir, Hungry, about her struggles with eating disorders and body image in the modeling industry, has become an in-demand body. Marie Claire magazine has a column written by curvy girl, Ashley Smith, and Vogue Italia recently featured a cover with three plus size models. It seems that curves are coming back into fashion in the industry, and when this happens, the rest of the world follows. Actress Christina Hendricks, who stars on Mad Men,

has been heralded for her curves, and designers are working to dress her body in a way that’s flattering and fashionable. Such is also the case with wedding dresses they’re not just for pin thin girls. In fact, wedding gowns have always looked best on curvy girls. After all, what’s a strapless gown without a chest to fill it out? Curvy girls may think they’re going to have a harder time finding a wedding dress than the average skinny girl, but there are actually tons of gorgeous wedding dresses on the market for curvy brides. Consider, for instance, a classic lace gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline. This dress is made for curvy girls, with a modern twist of sequin lace underlayer that shines through an illusion overlay of beaded lace. This gown can be custom fit to your measurements, so you don’t have to worry about sizing it up for your assets.

“Asymmetrical folds on the bodice and a side-gathered skirt create a series of angles that keep the eyes moving, up to your shoulders and down to the dramatic swag.”

Whether it’s one of your island hopping stops, or your final destination, Crete is a great place to become enveloped in ancient history and Greek culture. There’s time to walk along the shore, taste amazing cheeses (you’ll probably never find a better feta), hang out with the locals and explore ruins thousands of years old from the Minoan civilization.

Venice If it’s romance you’re looking for, a trip to Florence guarantees starry eyes, hearty meals, amazing art and much more. Like a room with a view? Housed in a former 18th-century palace overlooking the Arno river, the rooms at the Grand Hotel are oozing with Florentine culture. Rooms are still fit for royalty, decorated with frescoes and marble. The hotel is ideally situated near the picture-worthy Duomo cathedral, the splendid Uffizi Gallery and the shops at Ponte Vecchio. This need not be the only stop on a Mediterranean adventure, and many honeymooners may choose to travel on to other Italian hot spots, such as Rome, Venice and the Amalfi coast.

“An all over pattern of tiny beaded tulle rosettes offers soft texture that’s not overwhelming.”

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“Show some cleavage in a silksatin organza gown with a V-neckline and wide, supportive straps. Alençon-lace appliqués and a twist-front detail decorate the tiered style.”

Best Wedding Dress for Busty Shapes For busty women, the aim is to balance your upper half with your lower half. An A-line skirt will help balance out your bottom with your top. Wrap dresses draw the eye beneath your bust line towards the waist. Boat necks are good for minimizing the bust, while V-necks accentuate your neckline without necessarily showing too much cleavage. wedding gown that will get a large bust under control, think of structure as your best ally in reining in the girls. Run away from dresses that are filmy, unstructured, or don’t allow you to wear a great fitting bra or bustier. To get the right amount of structure in a wedding gown, look for styles that have bodices with boning and that are made from a substantial fabric,like a silk mikado. This will enable you to get a nice smooth fit that bridal gowns dresses your chest nicely. Very lightweight fabrics simply will not be up to the challenge! Strapless gowns often have the necessary boning (yes, a busty bride can wear strapless!), but you can have boning added to many other styles as well. And the more boning, the better - I knew one bride whose bodice had so many strips of boning in it that it could actually stand up on its own! Choosing the right neckline is key for fullbusted brides. Whenever you are trying to minimize the effect of curves, look for clothing that has strong straight lines.

Best Wedding Dress for Pear Shapes Celebrate your shape! Highlight your smaller top half and balance out your figure with a full skirt.

Wedding dress Dos Look for a skirt that gradually flares out in an A-formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Prom-dress and fairy-tail styles will do the same thing. A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V-neckline will showcase a more slender upper body. Wedding Dress Don’ts A fishtail dress will generally emphasise your lower half and make you look unbalanced. Floaty dresses can be difficult too as you will need to find one that matches your proportions. It may fit your bottom half, but it could look too big on the top.

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with the following suggestions. You will want to add curves to the silhouette of your body with a wedding dress design that defines the waist well. An empire waist will successfully help you to achieve this defined waist. Additionally, when there is finely crafted beaded detail, as you will find in exquisite Impression Bridal gowns, around the waistline, or a lovely, colored sash in the choice color to coordinate with your bridal party colors around the waist, this will also help you to achieve the desired look to flatter your figure. You can also play up your bodice with asymmetrical pleating or lace appliqués and this vice-versa with the skirt of your wedding dress as well. Styles of attractive wedding dresses that you may choose to accentuate your body type are Sheath, A-Line, Ball Gown and Mermaid.


Princess Night

Balance your proportions. Fitted tops flatter your breasts, but avoid round necks or plunging necklines that don’t suit small busts. Team with a flared A-line skirt with a belt at the waist or even a short puffed skirt. If you want to accentuate your boyish figure. Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day! That’s why we at Impression Bridal have made it just a bit easier for all excited brides to be to find out exactly what kind of dress will best compliment her figure for that special occasion. This particular page is dedicated to helping brides with the figured that can be referred to as “rectangle” shaped in discovering the best type of wedding dress to enhance their body type and stun all who share the wonderful occasion of their wedding day. If your shoulders and hips are about the same width and there is not a lot of waist definition, then your body will be best displayed wearing a wedding dress that meets

“Go for a white suit worn either with nothing underneath or over a pretty camisole or shirt. Don’t forget to add a feminine touch by opting for glam heels.”

“Pear shapes are asymmetrical folds and ruffled tiers on this silkshantung beaded gown create a slimming angle from hip to hemline.”

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