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7 Tips To Help You Look Perfect On Your Wedding Day

Preparing for your wedding day is an exciting time. And of course you want to look your absolute best on the day – after all you have been dreaming about this day for a long time.

Once you have found your beautiful wedding gown, start preparing to be the star of the day. Make sure you look and feel radiant, relaxed and beautiful as you walk down the aisle towards your new husband.

Take a look at these 7 tips:

1. Start A Skincare Routine

It’s never too soon to begin a good skin care routine. Even if your skin is looking ok at the moment, you might be surprised at how much better it could look. So start by buying a good, gentle, cream cleanser – one that is recommended for your skin type. And always, always remove your makeup before you go to sleep, and cleanse again in the morning.

Follow with a moisturiser that is formulated especially for your skin type, and make sure your daytime moisturiser contains an SPF.  And remember to drink plenty of water. This is one of the best ways to bring a glow to your skin.

2. Be Your Perfect Weight

Do you want to lose a few pounds before your big day? Well, once again, the earlier you start, the better. Don’t leave it until 10 days before your wedding and go on a starvation diet. Beginning early means just making a few simple changes to your diet.

Small things like eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, including plenty of protein in your meals to keep you feeling full for longer, and cutting out the sugary snacks.

3. Take Regular Exercise

Find an exercise routine that fits into your lifestyle. That way you are more likely to stick with it. A good idea is to get the support of your maid of honour and your bridesmaids and join a gym together, or maybe a Zumba class.

These classes are a fantastic way to tone up your body. They are springing up all over the place at the moment, and they are great fun. Also a good way to relieve stress.

4. Choose Wedding Hair Style

Talk to your hairdresser well in advance of your wedding about how you will wear your hair on your wedding day. Arrange a consultation – take along your tiara or veil and try out a few different looks. This gives you the opportunity to decide if you want to wear your hair up or down.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with styles you wouldn’t normally dream of  – you may be surprised! If you want to try out colours make sure you do it well in advance. And use this time to get your hair in tip-top condition.

Have regular trims to make sure you keep split ends at bay and set aside enough time each week to treat your hair with a deep conditioning treatment.

5. Get A Bright White Smile

Having lovely white teeth on your wedding day is something that is absolutely essential. You will be smiling from the minute you wake till you drift off to sleep on your wedding night and cameras will be clicking all day long.

Wedding pictures are an important part of any bride’s day, and you will look back over them often throughout your life. So, as well as seeing your stunning dress, beautiful makeup and hairstyle you’ll also want to see that you had a beautiful white smile.

So if your teeth have become discoloured, perhaps by coffee or red wine, and you’ve got enough money in your beauty budget, have them professionally whitened for your big day.

6. Perfect Hands For Your Wedding Ring

You want your hands to be perfect on your wedding day, people will be taking your hand all day to see your new ring, so start by getting your nails in shape with some regular manicures. Get your nails shaped and polished.

Keep your hands well moisturised by using a good hand cream and a sunscreen to keep the wrinkles at bay. Moisturise hands after they have been in water, and invest in some cuticle oil. Taking care of your hands during the weeks leading up to your wedding will mean they will be soft and smooth as the ring is slipped onto your finger.

7. Learn To Relax

Planning your wedding is obviously great fun, but there are always going to be moments when you wonder if it’s ever going to be the perfect day you want. With weeks and months of sorting churches, venues, guest lists, invitations, seating plans, outfits, it can all get a bit overwhelming at times.

Delegate as many of the smaller jobs as you can to family and friends. Everybody loves to help plan a wedding. And take regular breaks from your planning. Have a night out with your girlfriends from time to time, or a romantic evening with your husband-to-be – maybe a night in with a bottle of wine and a DVD you’ve been meaning to see.

Remember, although your wedding day is very important, and although you want it to be perfect, it’s just one day.  You have the rest of your lives to look forward to. That is what is important.

Don’t let other people stress you by telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s not their wedding is it? …… it’s yours!!!!

7 Secret Hideaways For A Romantic Honeymoon

Every engaged couple looks forward to planning their wedding, especially when it comes to the honeymoon. Deciding where to go is always exciting, but with so many options how do you choose where you will spend your first days as man and wife?

Will it be paradise island, or a city break, or maybe a cruise, or an adventure on safari? Or maybe you like the idea of a secret hideaway,  just for the two of you.

Check out these 7 little gems which are all off the beaten track. One of them might be just what you are looking for.

1. The Lodge Chiswick

The Lodge on the banks of the river Eamont in the Lake District, is one of the most romantic secret hideaways I have ever come across. This charming little log cabin, comfortably nestled in a clearing amongst the trees and woodland is a perfect location for a honeymoon.

Inside the cabin is an open plan kitchen and lounge, offering comfortable sofas and a wood burner. A wrought iron staircase leads to a master bedroom, and sliding doors open onto a veranda.

Here you can just lose yourself in the tranquility, the trickle of the water in the river, the wildlife, and the beautiful scenery. Nearby there are several pubs, salmon and trout fishing, mountain bike hire and horse and cart rides. And of course, there is the the whole of the famous Lake District to explore.


2. Cider House Brecon Beacons

Cider House is set just outside the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This beautiful cottage sits in a tranquil garden where there is a private patio area with table and chairs.

Inside can be found a stylish living room with cosy sofa and log burner, a fully equipped kitchen and a luxurious bedroom and bathroom. A short walk across the fields will bring you to a Michelin star restaurant as well as other pubs and local shops.

There is plenty to explore in and around the Brecon Beacons but you may not want to wander far from this wonderful cottage which incidentally was noted by The Times as ‘Best Romantic Hideaway’.

3. Chewton Glen Tree-House Hampshire

The Chewton Glen Tree-House is hidden away in a secluded wooded valley in the New Forest. Set high up on stilts above the forest, the tree house offers amazing views and everything you could possibly want for a romantic and completely unique honeymoon.

Inside you will find a lounge area with cosy sofas and flat screen tv, a well fitted kitchenette and a separate bedroom with king-sized bed. An outside terrace, provides a hot tub and a comfortable seating area. It’s hard to imagine all this is actually 35 feet above ground.

This is a truly special place where you won’t ever want your honeymoon to end!

4. Sark Channel Islands

As you set foot on Sark you could be forgiven for thinking you have stepped back in time. This beautiful island, with its population of just 600 is so tranquil and peaceful. This is partly due to the fact that no cars are allowed on the island.

The only form of transport here is the humble bicycle. Although there is a tractor, and a horse and carriage which will carry your luggage to your hotel. There are just a small handful of quaint hotels and guest houses, where you will find good old fashioned hospitality.

You will never be bored with the beauty of this island with its views across to France, the flowers, wildlife, and cliffs and caves to explore. Spend your days swimming, or hire a bike and tour the coastal paths – stopping at the many bays and sandy coves to picnic.

Sark feels like a million miles away from the noise, and the hustle and bustle of the real world, a place so tranquil and peaceful, you know you will be back one day to relive your honeymoon.

5. Mary’s Cottage Skye

If you have ever wanted to just get away from it all, to wind down after such a busy time, then Skye is the perfect place for your honeymoon. And in the midst of all this beautiful highland scenery you can find Mary’s Cottage.

This gorgeous thatched cottage is located in the small crofting village of Elgol, and is a real romantic retreat, offering peace and tranquility in bucket loads. Inside the cottage a large stove stands in a large stone fireplace. There is a fully fitted kitchen and in the bedroom there is a veiled boxed bed. All the stone floors have under floor heating.

If you prefer to eat out there are several restaurants nearby serving the day’s local catch. Boat trips are run from the harbour over to Loch Coruisk – watch the dolphins at play.

The locals here love to entertain visitors and are proud of their history, so enjoy a night out and share a wee dram with some very friendly people. They will make certain you never forget your honeymoon on the Isle of Skye.

6. Rooky’s Nook Cottage Cornwall

Hiding away in the small rural hamlet of Trewalder is Rooky’s Nook cottage. This charming cottage was once a blacksmith’s workshop, but has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful, completely detached, romantic retreat – just the perfect place to enjoy your honeymoon.

Inside the cottage you can still find original features like stone walls, exposed beams and slate floors. The cosy lounge also has a log fire set in a huge, original, inglenook fireplace. The fully fitted kitchen has a stable door leading out to a patio area. Upstairs is a  luxurious double bedroom with en-suite.

Outside are well manicured gardens with garden furniture and a barbeque on the patio area.
Although Rooky’s Nook is set deep in the countryside, it’s still close enough to the Cornish coast to explore the many beaches, famous castles and fishing villages.

When you look at all Rooky’s Nook has to offer, could there really be any better place to spend your honeymoon?

For further details telephone 01840 212874

7. A Campervan For 2

What could be more romantic than a honeymoon in a campervan. Just the two of you, and the open road. Go where the fancy takes you – no need to worry about booking hotels. You’ve got your own comfortable accommodation with you.

Especially great if you are on a tight budget. The campervans are well equipped with everything you need for your honeymoon adventure including:

  • kitchen sink and tap
  • cooking stove
  • water container
  • icebox
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • pots and pans
  • CD player
  • table and benches which converts to double bed