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Weight Loss Tips – Wedding Workouts for Brides

So many people viewed my recent post “Weight Loss Tips for Weddings” that I decided to write another focused specifically on the best workout routines to prepare for the big day. I am not planning a wedding, I’m not even engaged, but I often wonder what I’d do if I had a few months to prepare for my wedding. I’m in two weddings this summer so I might employ some of these tips and tricks myself!

You don’t necessarily have to hit the gym to get toned for your wedding dress. There are lots of options for outdoor workouts, workouts for your living room, and routines with or without weights!

Here’s some of the best advice on the web when it comes to Workouts for your Wedding!

Sparkpeople.com – This site has a great, comprehensive list of workout ideas. The best part is, they break it down by dress type – what workout routine to do if you have a strapless dress, a backless dress, etc. I really liked this 20-minute, equipment-free wedding dress workout to tone your arms.

FitnessMagazine.com – What I love about this Bridal Boot Camp workout is that you only need a set of 15-pound dumbbells. It’s a total body routine and they offer a training video so you make sure you’re doing the moves correctly.

WomensHealthMag.com – They offer a great suggestion for a completely outdoor workout on your local running trail. It’s not geared to brides, specifically, but it will certainly do the drink when it comes to calorie-burn. They also suggest a Pilates workout for the pool that is simple, quick and will help keep your muscles long and lean.

Click on a few of these links and see which workout appeals to you! There’s so much out there – the most important thing is that you get moving and make a committment to doing a little something almost every day.

Good luck!

Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Audrey Hepburn is the most searched keyword phrase on our blog.  And rightfully so.  A classic icon, Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of fashion from her role as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday to Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.  Her style was one of elegance and sophistication, even as a terrorized blind woman in Wait Until Dark .  With over 25 movies to her credit, there is no doubt that Audrey achieved a rarefied position as beloved actress and icon of style.

I recently came across a blog titled Audrey Hepburn and immediately a post about Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts for the Mother-of-the-Bride caught my eye.  Being the fashion icon that she was, and still is,  who better to offer Mother’s -of advice on what and what not to wear at the wedding.

Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Next to the bride herself, her lucky groom and their wedding party, you will likely get a fair amount of attention your daughter’s ceremony and the reception. Keep in mind too that you will be one of the stars in the wedding album. You want to be remembered by your future grandchildren for your hip fashion sense, not your hip replacement. Take a few tips from us on how to look your best when your little girl says her vows.

1. DO: Wear modern accessories

Fashion-forward jewelry isn’t about abandoning the classics. Current styles – cascade earrings, lariat necklaces and charm bracelets – have all been seen before. The trick to merging with the next generation is choosing pieces that feature colorful, interesting gemstones. Use them to bring out your eyes, pick up on a subtle color in your dress, or tie your ensemble into the wedding’s color theme.

Continue reading HERE for more Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Jewelry

For more information on Mother-of attire, read Moms Just Wanna Have Fun on TodaysBride.com

What to Look for When Buying a Wedding Veil

By: Lisa Parker

Although many brides today walk down the aisle without a veil, it is still very much part of the bridal experience. Some brides choose not to wear a veil because they feel it does not fit their personality, style, or matches the dress. Other brides simply cannot imagine their wedding day without a veil. Those brides who feel they must have a veil are probably the same little girls that have taken a scarf, piece of fabric, or shawl and made their own “wedding veil” as they played wedding growing up.

Just because a bride wants a wedding veil does not mean she knows how to choose one. A wedding veil is the perfect way to complete the perfect bridal ensemble, from the dress to the jewelry to the shoes. The wedding veil is very much a part of the ensemble for many brides not only because it is a traditional part of the day but because of what it symbolizes. The wedding veil symbolizes suspense and a new beginning for the bride, her groom, and all the guests.

Choosing your own veil can be quite a difficult task. There is a wide variety of wedding veils to choose from and the prices vary as well. First and foremost, when choosing a wedding veil, make sure that you have chosen your wedding gown. This is the best way to determine not only which style veil works best for you, but also what your budget will allow. Use these tips and suggestions when shopping for a wedding veil to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

The Wedding Venue

While you may not have considered it, the venue of your wedding will also have an impact on the type of wedding veil that will work best for you. An indoor, formal church wedding is the ideal place for a formal, elaborate veil with all the trimmings. If you are tying the knot outside on the beach, or at the courthouse, you may want a simple, short wedding veil.

The Wedding Gown

Think about the style of your wedding gown before you settle on a wedding veil. The dress and the veil should actually complement each other. If you are wearing an informal wedding dress, you probably will not want a formal wedding veil and headpiece. Also, if your wedding dress is long, the longer your veil should be and vice versa. Remember to use common sense when buying a wedding veil and you should do fine.

The Hair Style

Think about how you will wear your hair on the wedding day. Are you keeping your locks long and lovely or sweeping them up in a funky, fantastic up-do? If you have short hair, you may not want to buy an elaborate wedding veil. Your best bet is to keep it simple and stylish. You may want to bring your veil to your hair salon for a few “practice” sessions before the big day.

The Hair Accessories

If you have already established what hair accessories, if any, you will be using on your wedding day, bring them along when you shop for the wedding veil. Remember, less is more, so if you have chosen beautifully detailed hair pins, you will want your wedding veil to be simple and understated.

The Veil Price

A key factor in staying sane during all the wedding planning and hoopla is to stay within your budget. When figuring your budget, determine how much you will spend on your wedding dress and the veil and stick to it. A few ways to save a few bucks when buying a wedding veil is to shop sample sales or ask to purchase the floor model. You could even make your own wedding veil if you are handy with a needle and thread!

One more thing…

Remember, your wedding veil doesn’t have to come “as is.” You can have your wedding veil tailored by your favorite seamstress based on your specifications. This means that the veil will fit you perfectly, will not fall off, and will never overpower your dress. Tailoring your wedding veil will also ensure that the veil you wear down the aisle is like no other.

The perfect wedding veil is out there waiting for you; you just need to know how to find it. Using these simple tips will make the quest for the perfect veil that much easier. Your wedding is a special occasion and an event to remember, so walk down that aisle in style!

About the Author

Lisa Parker is a freelance writer who writes about weddings, often focusing on a specific aspect of weddings such as a wedding veil.

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Wedding Makeup… Improve Your Natural Beauty

It is your wedding day! Most brides will only have one thing on their minds, “How do I look?” Your wedding day is most likely one of the most treasured days in a bride’s life. Consequently, brides expect to look and feel their best. That is where a makeup artist can enter with her magic wand and add to the dazzle and stylishness of the wedding day.

Every bride should wear makeup. Even if a bride has decided to go without make up on her wedding day, a small amount should be worn to enhance your features for the hundreds of pictures that will be taken that day.

Wedding makeup needn’t dramatically change the look of a bride. Wedding makeup should simply improve the natural beauty of a woman, not applied in thick coats to last the day.

Bridal hair and makeup should be simple, yet elegant. It is important to remember that the hair and makeup should not compete with the bride’s dress; rather the hair and makeup should complement the dress.

Today’s bridal makeup and hair is soft and restrained. The effect is sexier and less harsh. Hair can be worn down, flowing with loose curls and waves or the bride may choose to wear her hair up. The updo that once conquered the bridal hair scene has a much softer look as well. Today’s updo style is not sprayed, pinned, and tucked to hide every loose hair. The look is pinned and tousled, leaving it soft and stylish and most of all, romantic.

Bridal makeup trends are soft and romantic to set off the hair and latest trends in bridal gowns and bridal hair. No longer do the lips have to be lined heavily and matte foundation with loose powder applied. While this is traditional, today’s bridal makeup is more radiant and natural. Today’s brides want to glow with elegance.

Sometimes the most simple the wedding make up the better! Wear a flawless foundation as a basis. It gives you a good foundation and even color. You can choose from liquid foundations or cream-based compacts. Even mineral powder makeup is great for wedding make-up because it lasts all day!  This is very important, as the bride you want to look picture perfect in your wedding photos.

A bride must have a natural shine! Have you heard the saying Blushing Bride. Make sure you have a beautiful blush on the apples of your cheeks. You do not want to look pale. Pink or apricot blush color will suit most skin tones.

Eyes also need to look beautiful. Use false eyelashes as part of your wedding makeup look. This will help your lashes look nice and long! They are easy to apply, or your make-up artist can apply them for you!

Give your lips a hint of shine or apply a light color for a pretty pout! Kissing lips will naturally lead to breathtaking beauty for your wedding makeup!

Finally, wedding makeup to last all day! Here’s a tip – Brush a light translucent powder on areas of the face susceptible to shine. Today’s bride wants to show her beauty in a natural, sensual way. The makeup artist can provide the bride with confidence and easy elegance that will be reminisced often.

For more information on finding that perfect look, contact any of our Beauty professionals listed HERE.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Maria_T_Cruz

Latest Trend in Wedding Veils: the Birdcage Veil

by Benjamin Dover,  Staff Writer Factoidz.com

Although the “birdcage” name refers to the shaping of the veil to “float” over the face, head (or part of the face and head) and to extend no longer than the chin, it’s a common misconception that “birdcage” means anything made with large-gauge millinery netting.  But “birdcage” is the style (slightly bouffant and “enclosing” the face like a cage), not the fabric.  A birdcage-style short bridal veil can be made from the usual fine tulle of traditional veils–but the stiffness of the larger-gauge netting is more conducive to “floating” over the face without rubbing against the ends of the eyelashes.

Generally made of French, Russian or English netting–all essentially the same except for the ever-so-slightly increasing size (3/8-, 1/4-, or 1/2-inch, respectively) of the squares in the net, these veils may be unadorned and anchored by a clear comb, or have that stark simplicity offset by a dramatic ornament.  Even with the modern minimalist twist of cropping the length of the netting to just below eye-level or sweeping asymmetrically across the face, the statement of that big-gauge milliners’ netting lends the look a retro-chic tone from the 30’s and 40’s that couldn’t be more up-to-the-minute right now.



Actually, if our social customs were more attuned to the cocktail-hat set across “the Pond,” we would already be familiar with this type of headpiece as a “Fascinator,” as the English call them –a cocktail topper that’s more of an oversized hair ornament (often including a bit of this netting) than an actual hat.

Because of the bold geometry of the netting, the birdcage veil is at its best with simply-cut gowns in richly-draping fabrics, without lace, beading, or embroidery to vie for visual attention.  Perhaps, since brooches made their comeback a year or two ago and there are some fabulous ones available, you might purchase a matching pair of rhinestone brooches, one as a focal point on the gown, and the other by itself or as the center of the embellishment to the headpiece (often feathers or a circle of the gathered netting–but the overall look can also be softened by some retro-looking florals, keeping the monotone of ivory or white).

Less is definitely more with a birdcage veil; although it’s relatively small in comparison with other veils, it makes a strong, fashion-forward statement.  It needs to be carried off with confidence, so it’s not for a timid, traditional bride.

If that confidence and a love of being a little different sounds like you, consider the look of a birdcage veil.


To find a bridal shop near you visit our website at http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/topics/bridalattire.phtml


Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Buying Guide for the Mother of the Bride

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Today’s moms have learned to be equally stylish and trendy like their daughters. When it is the occasion of their daughter’s wedding, they naturally need to select the best pair of outfits in order to look as well as feel glamorous. A mother who is going to marry off her daughter has to handle lots of responsibilities. At the same time, she also needs to select the perfect attire for herself. The best suggestion is to start early so as not to worry as the big day approaches nearer. This is because it is quite a difficult task to select the perfect dress for the mom as no mother would like to steal the limelight from their daughters on that day but would want to look good.

Brides will always expect their mothers to represent them in a wonderful manner on their wedding day. A look at the bridal magazines can give a fair idea about the kind of dresses perfect for the bride’s mother on the wedding day of their daughters. The magazines will also help to know the latest in fashion. It is always a good idea to take a suggestion from the brides.
Apart from this, the brides can suggest dresses and their style and color for their moms. If a suggestion is taken it will not be found that both of them are wearing the same kind of outfit on the same day.  

Tips for buying Mother Of The Bride Dresses & Outfits

Moms of brides should go for outfits which make them look both stylish as well as comfortable. These dresses should also complement the color scheme of the wedding. At the same time, it should not clash with the wedding gown or the dresses of the bridesmaid. To achieve all these things it is necessary to start the planning from before.

Different kinds of dresses are available for the mother of the bride which can compliment her full figure beautifully. Since most of the dresses are made with good quality materials, mothers now would not have to worry about wearing an uncomfortable but stylish dress on that special day. Dresses now look both stylish as well as comfortable.

It is also important to take the time and the venue of the wedding in consideration in order to make the selection. The time of the day will decide the kind of fabric that one chooses, the length of the dress, the color and many more things.

There are several bridal boutiques as well as departmental stores which deal with the outfits of the bride’s mother. Some online stores also deal with these kinds of outfits.

Some dresses can also be mixed and matched to change the look as well as the formality of the dress through different fabrics.

The outfit chosen should help the mothers to relax and breathe a sigh of relief. Whatever outfit is selected, it should be able to reflect the style and figure of the bride’s mother. They can now enjoy the occasion in great style.

For a list of Greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton area bridal stores specializing in Mother-of attire, visit our website http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/topics/motherof.phtml

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