Wedding Accessories

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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Flawless skin for brides

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

Naturally, we all want to look and feel our best on our wedding day, and there is nothing like flawless skin to make us feel as radiant as ever. Achieving this can sometimes be hard, and unfortunately, there is not much you can do if you start the night before. But if you start early enough and incorporate the below tips into your lifestyle, you can create some healthy habits that will benefit your skin on the big day and for life!

Timeless Tips For Flawless Skin For Brides

Clean and exfoliate

Tip #1 Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise¦Repeat!

The best thing to do is to start your skincare regime early and develop good habits. Make sure you are washing your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and again at night (sleeping in your makeup on is a BIG no-no). When it comes to exfoliating, be kind to your skin as over-exfoliating can cause inflammation. You will also need a good moisturiser that works with your skin type. If you are unsure about what products you should be using, talk to a professional.

Tip #2 Don’t try new products at the last minute

Don’t risk a breakout or skin reaction days out from your wedding. You will want to test new skin products a good few months before the big day. The reason is that you won’t know exactly how your skin will respond to a certain product, and sometimes products can take a few weeks to show their effect.

Tip #3 Keep your makeup brushes clean

Did you know your makeup brushes accumulate bacteria? If you find you are getting spots, it could very well be that your makeup brushes need a good clean. All you need is some hair shampoo and water to rinse them. Doing so will help get rid of bad bacteria and will also remove makeup build-up. It will be like having brand new makeup brushes all over again.

stay hydrated

Tip #4 Stay hydrated

Hydrating your skin with moisturizers, serums, and hydrating mist simply is not enough, especially if you want that radiant glow. The best thing you can do is hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.

Tip #5 Get your beauty sleep

Do you feel like your skin is looking tired? Do you have dark rings forming under your eyes? If yes, then you will need to catch up on some much needed rest. It can be hard to sleep with all the stress and planning leading up to the wedding, but if you want to look refreshed make sure you are taking the time to unwind and get a good night’s sleep.

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Tip #6 Slip, Slop, Slap

Sun protection is vital to protecting yourself from redness and spotting on your skin. Constant sun exposure can cause irreparable damage, although it is never too late to start protecting it with a sunscreen. With sensitive skin be sure to use a skin sensitive sun lotion to avoid an adverse reaction.

Tip # 7 Find Your Inner Zen

Stress & chronic tension can cause an increase of cortisol in the body, a hormone that can break down collagen and elastin in the skin, which can lead to wrinkles. In several studies stress has also been linked to worsening of skin conditions psoriasis and rosacea. So be sure to take the time to relax and have some ˜me’ time in the lead up to help ensure flawless skin for the big day.

Exercise for great skin

Tip # 8 Working Out

Spending time getting sweaty at least three times a week can help you get that radiant glow you are after. Studies have shown regular exercise can reduce signs of aging. So not only will a regular fitness regime help you achieve flawless skin, but exercise has the added benefit of being a stresare you looking to him  order some of the ape while look at the vineyards in 20  I know you want to select what you wanted. We had  you  are having the ofs reducer and helping you tone up for the big day.

Tip # 9 Sugar Reduction

High glycemic foods (e.g. white breads, sugary sweet foods, soft drinks) can create an increase in the hormone cortisol which again can break down the collagen in your skin. Simply by replacing some sugary snacks with foods that include healthy fats like in olive oil, omega 3s (found in walnuts and salmon), antioxidants (greens), and vitamin C (berries and citrus fruits) you will be on your way to a healthier flawless complexion. And don’t panic – we are not saying a step away from the chocolate all together, because chocolate. But¦. a reduction of sugary foods in your regular diet will definitely help you in your quest for flawless skin!

Stop before you pop

Tip #10 Stop Popping!

I know it is so hard to resist popping those big ugly red pimples, especially when they feel as though they have taken over your whole face. Self-restraint when it comes to pimples will help decrease permanent scar tissue. Treat blemishes gently, leaving them or minimally applying medication to avoid burns or permanent damage.

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Bio: At Raffinato Bridal of Western Australia, all brides receive a personalised experience and astounding service from the moment they step foot in the store and throughout their journey to find the perfect wedding gown. The consultants understand you want to feel as comfortable as possible whilst making your decision, so every bride to be and her party get a welcome glass of champagne and their own lavish & private fitting areas to try on the exquisite wedding gowns.

The modern range of gowns sourced from all corners of the globe, most of which are exclusive to Perth, are elegant and absolutely nothing is spared when it comes to quality and design as well as fantastic value for money. Raffinato has a range of gowns to suit the needs, personality and essence of every bride to be, so you can rest assured they will help you find he perfect wedding gown. Open 7 days a week, Raffinato Bridal is a must visit for brides to be in Perth for the Ultimate Bridal Experience.

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