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Wedding jewelry choices

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Planning a wedding is hard work. You’ll need to put in your time, energy, and cash – not to mention your nerves. And while some couples delegate the planning duties to a coordinator or to family and friends, there are some things that you just can’t leave up to anyone else: the way the bride and groom look. The gown and the suit are one part of it, but there is so much more that goes into a good wedding outfit. And amongst accessories, the jewelry is what will – literally – make you shine.

Showcase the rings

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The Centerpiece

The most important piece of jewelry of any wedding must be the rings. They aren’t just something that looks pretty on your finger, but they are symbols of your undying love to one another. When you put the ring on, you are promising yourselves to each other, and all eyes are on those bands. Some people opt for family heirlooms and rings passed down through generations, although this is a tradition more commonly associated with engagement. But nowadays, you can find incredible wedding rings online, and since going to the shops and trying rings out has become such a cliché, you’ll be saving yourself a few bucks too, which is never a bad thing around wedding season. Just make sure you go to a local jeweler’s to find out your ring size before you order.

Queen Of Your Own Kingdom

It’s not rare to see crowns being used in ceremonies across different cultures, particularly in church weddings. In those cases, you don’t really get to choose the kind of crown you’ll be wearing, but if crowning is not part of the agenda, you can get your own crown. Subtle tiaras are a great way to bring attention to your head and face, which can often be overpowered by the wedding dress. However, if you have a very glamorous dress with a lot of sparkle, then something like a flower in your hair or a simple satin band would look better, as a crown might make it look tacky.

Match It Up

There’s nothing cleverer than seeing a subtle little detail that the pair thought of to bring their two outfits together, and jewelry is a great way to showcase that. If the groom is wearing a blue suit, the bride can wear sapphire earrings to mirror that color. Or the groom can have cufflinks that match the bridal bouquet or shoe color. If both parties have some piercings, they can wear completely matching jewelry, or at least one with the same metal and stones.

Those That Can’t Be With You

There’s nothing sweeter than paying homage to the loved ones who can’t attend your wedding by making them part of the day. The best way to do this is to put their picture in a little locket and wear it around your neck so that they will walk right down that aisle with you. Small, dainty necklaces are very much in style for modern brides anyway, so you can rest assured you’ll be getting married with your family close, and looking as beautiful as they would want you to.

Classic pearls for your wedding

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Pearls

There’s nothing more classic, timeless and elegant than pearls. Whether you splurge on real pearls or just get some fake ones, they will look beautiful both from afar and up close. The good thing about pearls is how subtle they are, meaning that you can wear them as a three-piece (earrings, necklace and bracelet) without looking overpowering. You can also use them in creative ways by sewing them directly into your dress as décor or wrapping them around a top bun. The groom can wear pearl cufflinks to match.

The key thing to remember when getting and putting on jewelry for your big day is that less is more. Your dress is already going to be the centerpiece of the show, so you don’t want anything outshining it. You also don’t want anything that is too shiny, so try to mix muted metals with some shiny stones for the best effect. You don’t want to go to your wedding without any jewelry on because it might end up looking too plain and simple, so keep a healthy balance and you will look like royalty.

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beauty routines for your wedding day

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

In addition to your wedding checklist, you have another set of to-dos to complete before you finally say “I do”, and this one concerns your wedding beauty regime. Apart from helping you practice some self-care and letting you relax before your big day, a good beauty regimen will also aid you in perfecting your bridal look from head to toe.  So, here are some things you need to check off your wedding beauty plan.

Beauty Routines For Your Wedding Day

Create A Good Skincare Regime

If you want to achieve that ‘glow from within’ and radiate on your wedding day, you need to create a good skincare regime you’ll follow religiously in the months leading up to your big day. Start by opting for natural skincare products, and exfoliating once a week, which will get rid of your dead skin cells and allow for easier absorption of products. Follow it up by applying a generous amount of moisturizer, then finish it all off with a Vitamin C brightening serum that will help you achieve that glowing look. If you have problematic skin and pesky spots, a great idea might be to find the best acne treatment for your skin type and start tending to those troublesome areas a few months in advance, in order to ensure you have flawless and spotless skin on your big day.

Don’t Forget About The Rest Of  Your Body

When we construct a skincare regimen, we often focus only on our face and forget about the fact that our regime should actually start in the shower by using a gentle body cleanser that provides smoother and gentler skin. It’s important to apply a moisturizing body lotion immediately after the shower by gently patting it onto your skin, instead of rubbing it, in order to have beautiful skin head to toe come your wedding day.

Refine Your Makeup Look

Refine your makeup look

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A common misconception that brides often have is that they simply need a full face of heavy makeup if they want to look glamorous on their wedding day. However, if you’re not a huge makeup wearer, don’t just do it for your big day. Instead, opt for a refined version of something you would normally wear. You can even just add a bit more blush and highlighter to do something special. The point is to stay away from anything too obvious or extreme, and opt for a timeless makeup look that will make you feel beautiful, elegant and above all, comfortable.

Skip The Mascara And Try Lash Extensions

If you’re afraid that not even a waterproof mascara could hide the emotions of your big day, a great idea would be to consider getting lash extensions. If you are a bride who doesn’t want to worry about having beautiful lashes from the rehearsal dinner all the way through your honeymoon, then extensions are the perfect option. Since they have a very natural look and feel to them, they will also look great on every photograph, no matter how close up the camera is.

Personalize  Your Hairstyle

Personalize your hairstyle

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There is a big difference between looking gorgeous on your wedding day and simply turning into a trendier version of yourself. You’ll undoubtedly feel much more comfortable, relaxed and happier with your choice if you opt for a timeless hairstyle that will represent an elevated version of you. If you never wear your hair up because you don’t like the way your ears look or you never had bangs because you simply hated the way they shaped your face, then don’t let anyone talk you into those hairstyles. Forget about exaggerated Instagram updos and oversized accessories, and simply choose a hairstyle that feels beautiful and completely natural to you.

Consider these amazing tips when getting your bridal beauty routine in order, and you are guaranteed to look stunning and radiant on your wedding day.

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