Monthly Archive:: October 2012

5 Products Every Bride Should Pack on the Big Day

You’ve heard of packing a bag when you’re headed to the hospital but to your wedding? Absolutely. A bag containing the proper products can save you in some of the stickiest situations. Here are 5 products every bride should pack on the big day.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Your hair will probably be professionally styled, but even a strand out of place could make you angry every time you see your wedding photos. Make sure to pack your favorite hairspray so you can quickly fix any hair emergencies.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Hairspray

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Of course you’ll put it on as you’re getting dressed, but many brides become nervous on their big day. You might find yourself in need of a touch-up during the day and you want to make sure you have some on hand.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Deodorant

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You’ll be kissing, drinking, eating and being merry. Sometimes, lipstick just doesn’t hold up to all that merriment. Make sure you pack your favorite shade so you can refresh your lipstick and make sure you look fantastic.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Lipstick

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Super Glue

Super glue is a bit of a miracle product when it comes to wedding days. It can help with numerous emergencies, from a broken nail to a broken heel. If embellishments pop off your tabletop décor, or a rhinestone comes off your bouquet holder, you’ll have something in place to fix it fast.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Super Glue

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Finally, you’re bound to shed a tear or two during your wedding day, so you’ll want to make sure you have extra eyeliner in your bag.  You can do touch-ups quickly and easily whenever you need to.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Eyeliner

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By packing these products, you can handle most little issues that will plague you during your wedding day, and can help out a bridesmaid who might be in trouble as well!

Alternative Places to Shop for Wedding Items

Whether you’re looking for bridal accessories or a beautiful assortment of wedding shoes, you don’t have to shop at large department stores. There are some great alternatives that might help you save money and time when shopping for your wedding ensemble and accessories.

Wedding Shoes by Ivanka Trump

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Discount Stores

There are a number of discount stores that receive items from larger department stores if those items aren’t selling. They are often previous seasons’ styles or from retired lines but if you don’t care about this sort of thing, you can save a ton of money. Sometimes, you have to really dig to find a treasure but it can be a lot of fun and something you can do with your bridesmaids or the women in your family.

Wedding Shoes

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Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are a wonderful place to search for vintage wedding items. Here, you’re likely to find dresses and jewelry that are vintage and beautiful. If you’re having a vintage or themed wedding, this is a great place to find items that you’re going to adore.

Colored Wedding Shoes

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Decorated Wedding Shoes

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There is a huge number of online wedding boutiques to choose from, and they’re a great idea because they allow you to compare prices before purchasing. This helps you save money. If you choose this option, make sure you purchase your items well enough in advance to return them if they don’t fit or if you’re not happy for them. Some items purchased online will also need alterations before they will work for you, so keep that in mind.

Decorated Wedding Shoes

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Decorated Colored Wedding Shoes

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Using these alternative places to shop, you can have a lot of fun finding high ticket items for cheaper prices!

Real Wedding: Brandy + Stephen

Today’s real wedding will touch your heart when you see how in love this couple is. The couple who planned this wedding, shot by Hayley Anne Photography, sure knew that it’s the small things that mean the most. Not only was it a small and relaxed wedding, the couple chose the place Stephen proposed as their reception venue. How sweet is that!

Here is a little more about the wedding from Hayley, their photographer…

” My first September wedding for this year took place on beautiful West Cliff in Santa Cruz, with the lovely couple Brandy and Stephen. They came all the way from Sacramento. After some getting ready shots at the Seacliff Inn, everyone headed out for a relaxed, no-fuss style wedding, small and simple on the cliffs of the shoreline. The wind was something fierce that day, but it added an extra element of realism and provided some seriously awesome flair. After the kiss and the bouquet toss, it was off to Shadowbrook for a casual reception, it was after all the place he proposed. “

Wedding Photography: Bridal Gown

Flower Girl Baskets

Getting Ready Wedding Photo

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Wedding Photography: Ring Shot

Bridal Bouquet

Wedding Photography: The Kiss

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Photography: Hayley Anne Photography