Wedding hairstyles: Dos and Don’ts for your dream hair:

Last week we talked about makeup. This week we are looking at how to get the perfect hairstyle for your special day. While the same sort guidelines apply to both hair and makeup, there are some extra little dos and don’ts when it comes to getting your dream hairstyle.

Dress first, then hairstyle:

Maybe you have always dreamed about a classic chignon for your wedding day or longed for long gorgeous mermaid waves. However, don’t wear your hair a certain way just because that is how you always planned to. Necklines, silhouettes, and formality of your dress can sometimes be a complete opposite of your dream hairstyle. Long, flowy, strapless gowns are going to look odd with a fancy updo just like relaxed beach waves are going to seem out of place with a formal ball gown. 

Don’t forget the trial run

Just like your makeup, flying blind the day of your wedding isn’t ideal. You are to be nervous and excited, so making sure you know what hairstyle you are going with is one way to cut down on the anxiety all brides feel. Also, make sure you take photos of the style the day of the trial. This way you will know how it looks in photos and can make comments and ask for changes you want.  

Listen to the stylist: 

They are the professional and understand what your hair can and cannot do. They will know what styling products to use, how to incorporate the accessories you have chosen, and how to make sure your hair is picture perfect all day long. That said, don’t let them talk you into a style you aren’t comfortable with. Communication is key to getting a hairstyle which will work for you, but that you love and will be timeless. 

When to go bold: 

Most wedding advice sites will tell you to stick to simple or classic dos for your wedding and not make any drastic changes to the colour or basic style of your hair right before your wedding. While this is good advice, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a highly stylized look on your wedding day. Sometimes bold statement hair is the way to go. If you are a fashion forward bride, who isn’t afraid to make a bold statement, go ahead and have a style which is as fabulous and daring as you are. This is especially true if you are having a super formal or themed wedding, which can sometimes call for hair which is a little more standout than usual. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner fashionista if that is who you are. 

Wedding Makeup dos and don’ts, plus a few other tips:

Some of the best wedding makeup advice we have ever heard is: remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. And even though when you look back it may feel like your day was over in a flash, it actually lasted for hours, busy and jam-packed hours. So here are some great tips to make sure your makeup stays photo ready all day long. 

Don’t Forget To Plan:

There are few things you are going to want to take into account as you are planning your wedding look: what season you are getting married in, the time of day, and how long the festivities are going to last. Just like for your everyday look, the makeup you choose is going to be different if you are getting married in May than if you have planned a November wedding. Same thing goes for if it is a daytime event or a nighttime one or if it goes from day to night. Also, make sure the look you have planned is really similar to what you would normally wear. Now isn’t the time to experiment or go full glam if that isn’t your thing. Natural looks are a far better option, as they will look timeless and classic in photos. 

It’s All About The Prep: 

Think of your skin like a canvass. You are going to want to make sure you have best there is. Ideally, getting regular facials leading up to the wedding is the best way to prep your skin, but that often isn’t an option. However, by drinking lots of water and following a good skin care regiment or gently cleansers, moisturizes for your skin type, and plenty of SPF, your skin should be in great shape. 

The Trial Run: 

A few weeks before the big day, you should do a trial run, or two, of your makeup. This is to make sure you have the look you want nailed down and that any products you use don’t cause irritation while you are wearing them. This will also give you a good idea how the makeup will last through the day.

A Couple More Dos: 

You are bound to cry at some point during the day, so make sure you eye makeup, especially your mascara, is waterproof. Also, don’t forget the setting spray.
Keep a small bag with the foundation and lip product you are wearing easily accessible for quick touchups throughout the day.
Be sure you choose a lipstick which is long lasting and comfortable on your lips. 

One Last Thing: 

We normally don’t do product promotion on our page. We are making an exception this time to talk a little about cruelty free products and give some great suggestions at every price point, but especially focusing on budget friendly options. We believe that ethical beauty doesn’t have to be pricey. 

Budget Friendly Options:
Wet n Wild: For bolder brides on a budget, includes vegan options.
Nyx: One of our favourites. Great long-lasting products, includes vegan options.
ELF: Another great option, unfortunately no vegan options.
Pixie: Verging on midrange includes vegan options.
Milani: Great pigments and selection of shades
Essence: Available all-over North America and Europe. 

Midrange options:
Too Faced: Their Born This Way collection has an amazing shade range and includes vegan options
Tarte: Great natural ingredients and includes vegan options
Urban Decay: Their Up All Night Setting spray may be the best on the market.
Smashbox: Their primers are an industry standard.
Cover FX: 100% vegan!

High End:
Charlotte Tilbury: On the lower end of the high end list, the makeup artist with this brand will help you create a one of a kind look to match your personality. Includes vegan options
Marc Jacobs: One thing to remember with this brand is while their makeup is cruelty free, their perfume isn’t.

It’s not all about hen and stag do’s: try this!

If Hollywood movies were to be believed, weddings celebrations would be nothing more than a few showers, hen and stag dos, a rehearsal dinner, and culminating with the ceremony. However, in most cultures that simply isn’t the case. There are tons of amazing and beautiful traditions from around the world which take place during the week leading up to the wedding and during the ceremony. Here is a list of our favorites. 

Breaking Dishes In Germany:

While wedding ceremonies in Germany tend to be just close friends and family, Polterabend is when the couple invites colleagues and their wider circle of friends to laugh, eat, drink, and then break old dishes that the guest brought with them and which the couple then has to sweep up together. This joint clean up of all the broken pottery represents the couple dealing with all of life’s trials and tribulations as a team and working together to overcome any obstacle. 

The Mehndi Ceremony: 

Indian weddings tend to be week long events filled with dance, song, eating, finally the wedding itself. One of the most famous parts of this week is the Mehndi ceremony, where the bride and other women’s hands and feet are decorated with traditional and intricate designs. Traditionally used as a way to calm and ground the bride before the wedding, now it is a lovely way to add a little good luck to the bride and groom, who is now often part of the ceremony too. 

Let’s Get Ready To Shop:

In Nigeria, the Igbo Tribe presents the groom to be with a dowry list to find and give to the family before the couple is allowed to be married. There can items ranging from food and clothing to harder to find objects like alligator teeth, just to add a little challenge for the future groom. If the bride is highly educated, the dowry can get bigger, providing a bigger challenge. 

13 Coins:

In Mexico, grooms present brides with 13 gold coins, called arras. The gifting of these coins symbolizes the trust the groom has for the bride with his finances. She accepts them with the promise to handle them with care and responsibility. The coins, which represent Christ and the apostles, are given in an ornate box on a silver tray, to bring good luck and prosperity to the marriage. 

Ceremonial Tea: 

In China, the newly wedded couple, come together and serve tea to both sets of parents. This is to honor all the love and support parents have given to the bride and groom. It is also a way the couple signifies their new relationships with their in-laws, by referring to everyone by their new names as the young couple serves tea to everyone.

War Dance At A Wedding:

While traditionally, the Haka is a war dance used mainly as an intimidation tactic to scare the opposing side, it is now being performed at Maori weddings. The bride’s family uses the Haka as a way to test the groom’s bravery and dedication to the bride. The men of the bride’s family and bridesmaids stand in front of the couple and call out the groom, who then responds by performing a haka back at them to prove his love for the bride. 

Tips on How to Give a Great Wedding Speech:

Writing and delivering a speech can be difficult under the best of circumstances. However, making sure you create a moving tribute to the love at a loved one’s wedding can make the task seem almost impossible. We have come up some helpful hints to make sure you give an impactful and memorable speech. 

Have a Plan:

While you may think you can just get up and talk, it is actually almost impossible to do that without it coming across as rambling. You don’t have to write the whole thing out (although we do suggest this), you should have at least some notes on what you want to say and maybe a famous quote or two about the power of love. Not only does it help you focus in on the aspects of what makes the couple’s love special, it also lets them know you love them enough to prepare a little. 

Know Your Audience:

Odds are more than likely you have helped with the wedding preparations in some way. Maybe you helped address envelopes or were at some pre-wedding function. So, you should have a good idea of the guest list and if you need to keep it kid (and grandparent) friendly or if some slightly more adult humor is ok. In general, however, try to keep the raunchier jokes and stories for the hen and stag parties. There are just some stories Aunt Jeanie doesn’t need to hear. 

Keep It Short:

Most wedding speeches come between courses at the reception. So, while a 30 second speech is too short, 5 minutes or less is the perfect amount of time. This gives you time to tell some sweet story you have about when you knew the couple was meant to be, talk about how much you love them both and the power of their love, without keeping the catering staff (and other guests) waiting for the next course to be served. Plus, it will keep the background chatter down if you don’t go on for 20 minutes. 


Remember, as much as you may want to share personal stories about how you met the bride in high school in detention or the time you and the groom went to Cabo on spring break and got hammered, don’t. This speech isn’t about you and your relationship with either the bride or groom. It is about them. It is about celebrating their love. So, by all means, mention how you have known whomever you are standing up with forever and how much you love that person, just make sure the toast is about the love the couple has for each other and how you wish them a long and happy life together.  Also, be sure to speak from the heart and don’t try to get too funny or sentimental.  Sincerity is way better than sentimentality.