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Have you already decided which one of your friends and family will become bridesmaids at your wedding? That’s great! Now you can move on to the next part of the planning and that is to decide on the outfits of these lovely ladies at the ceremony. And though this may sound simple, the actual planning for their dresses can be a bit stressful as you have to do a lot of considerations to make everybody happy. If you’re in need of help on how to dress up your bridesmaids during your wedding, then these tips might be able to help you:

1. The design of dress – Talk to your bridesmaids and ask them about their preferences on the outfits that they are going to wear for the wedding. It would be best to come up with a dress design that is practical and comfortable to wear so that everybody can agree into wearing it. I suggest you check out the greenguide and take a look at their bridesmaid dress collection. These dresses are not only stylish, but most of the bridesmaids dresses from the greenguide are cheap and will save you a lot of money.


2. Makeup – This is also a very important element in their overall outfit. As much as possible, suggest to all your bridesmaids to wear light makeup during the ceremony that is just enough to reveal their natural beauty. Or better yet, ask them to refer to the top 3 bridesmaid makeup ideas on and be properly guided on the fashionable makeup styles of this season.

3. Let them wear comfortable shoes – Let all your bridesmaids feel the joy of the moment and not to be tormented with their attire. Ask them about their preference in shoes and come up with an agreement with all of them so that everybody will be happy. Weddings usually require heels so ask them not to wear very high heels if this is necessary.

4. Accessories – Tell them not to wear too much jewelry at the wedding and just wear the right accessory to accentuate their overall outfit. Wearing of too much bling can cause a bit of a distraction and it’s totally unnecessary at the same time. So ask them to wear a few jewels just enough to add sparkle to their overall beauty.

All in all, the proper way of dressing up your bridesmaids for your wedding is to let them wear sexy and comfortable outfits and to minimize on the frills. Follow these tips mentioned and surely enough your ladies will look as remarkable as you at you day of matrimony.


The custom of wearing an engagement ring to signify commitment to a particular relationship dates as far back as the height of Ancient Egypt. The tradition continued in both Ancient Greece and Rome, and later spread throughout Europe and America. In the mid-1800s, when African diamond mines began producing those precious gems on a regular basis, diamond engagement rings became a popular choice for those fortunate few who could afford them. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that diamond engagement rings for women became common in the U.S.

For many years, engagement rings remained a tradition reserved almost exclusively for women, but that has changed over the past few years. In this day and age, many men and women feel that it’s just as appropriate and desirable for men to wear a symbol of commitment as it is for the bride-to-be. For that reason, men’s engagement rings have become increasingly popular.

Out of the large variety available, there are 5 styles that stand out as particular favorites across the globe:

Gold rings

Elegant, classic and timeless, it’s no wonder that this precious metal has remained a favorite for men’s engagement rings and wedding bands. Although yellow gold may come immediately to mind when one envisions a gold band, white gold is also a common choice. Rings made from this beautiful precious metal are actually most commonly an alloy of gold and other material. Although a gold engagement ring would certainly be covered by any soon-to-be groom, you should keep in mind that gold scratches relatively easily and may not be the best choice for men who work frequently with their hands.


Platinum rings

The rarest of all precious metals, platinum was once referred to as “the only metal fit for a king” by King Louis XV. While men’s engagement rings made of platinum are often significantly more expensive than bands made from other materials, this precious metal has definite advantages. For starters, it’s exceptionally strong. Any man with a platinum ring can feel confident that this is one piece of jewelry that will truly last a lifetime. In fact, it’s not uncommon for platinum jewelry to be handed down from generation to generation. Platinum is also hypoallergenic, which is an vital consideration for anyone with skin allergies.


Tungsten rings

Due in large part to their strength and affordability, newer contemporary metals have become more commonly used in jewelry for both men and women over the past several years. One of the most popular contemporary metals used for men’s engagement rings, tungsten is virtually scratch-resistant due to being one of the hardest manufactured materials in existence today. Although tungsten’s natural color is gunmetal grey, you’ll also find tungsten men’s engagement rings in black, gold tone and silvery white tones. One drawback of tungsten rings is that they are so hard that they cannot be resized. Fortunately, tungsten is so inexpensive that you should be able to easily replace an existing ring with a new one if your size changes.


Two-toned rings

Some of the most popular men’s engagement rings are two-toned rings, which also tend to be remarkably versatile. If your budget allows, silver and gold rings are a more traditional choice. However, you’ll also find two-toned rings made of more affordable,  contemporary materials, such as tungsten or titanium, in black and silver or black and gold color combinations.


Black rings

Undeniably sleek and modern in their appearance, black engagement rings are becoming a popular choice amongst men from all walks of life. These stylish bands are available in a variety of different contemporary materials, including stainless steel, tungsten, titanium and ceramic. Black rings are not only masculine looking, but quite sophisticated as well.


Given the long history of women’s engagement rings, it should be no surprise that men’s engagement rings are starting to match them in popularity. Many of today’s modern couples want to symbolize their commitment to each other and their future together, and there’s no more fitting way to do just that than with exquisite engagement rings for both the bride and groom.

Cindy White writes about men’s engagement rings and wedding bands for

Here Comes the Groom- Five Tips for Making Sure Your Man is Alter-Ready Image copyA bride will plan her wedding day for months, but chances are good her future husband has his mind more on the honeymoon than the impending nuptials. These five tips will help keep his eye on the ballgown instead of on the bedroom.

Discuss the Tux

A man’s tuxedo is his James Bond to a woman’s Cinderella. He may not be able to vocalize it, but chances are your Prince Charming has some rock solid ideas about his big day day attire just like you do. Go over the finer points of wedding day ambiance with him such as the shade of white, off white or ivory of your dress; vests or no vests; color of the tux itself; and the specifics of the tie. A more modern tux with some spandex blend fabrics might make him feel like a sex god on your wedding night (these make the crotch look good). Write down the decisions and make sure you both agree before you send him off to set the decisions in stone. He may not see the difference between coral and soft pink, but you will: every single time you look at your wedding photos.

A Great Big Hairy Mess

If your man is due for a haircut before your big day, be sure to schedule the appointment a few days before the event. If he accidentally gets a smiley face shaved into his sideburns, it will doubtlessly be at the very last minute.

The Dreaded Bachelor’s Party

It is a time honored tradition for a man’s closest friends to take him out the night before the most important day of his life and get him good and drunk. To make sure your future husband looks and feels his best, defy tradition and celebrate his awesome bachelor status a few days before your wedding day.

To Drink or Not To Drink

A wedding is the celebration of joining two people in the ultimate act of love. It is a cause for revelry, joy and lots of drinking. If your man tends to get carried away in the moment, discuss limits for the reception ahead of time. Your wedding night will be magical regardless of how many times you may have been around that block already, but only if you are both conscious.

Defeat Cold Feet

It is normal for men and women to second guess a trip down the aisle. The best way to calm game day anxieties is open and honest communication. If your husband-to-be approaches you with butterflies, don’t panic. The walk down the aisle is the only first step in a very long journey.

tips for mother of the bride outfitSo your daughter’s getting married… congratulations! You’re probably brimming with pride and happiness… but also filled with terror at the thought of choosing the perfect outfit.

You’ll be meeting and welcoming countless relatives and friends, and posing for photos all day, so it’s important you hit the right sartorial note.

Read on for some helpful tips to help you look and feel amazing on the big day…

Do consult your daughter first. She may have already chosen a venue or even a whole color scheme and theme for the wedding. All of that will impact on your choice of what to wear. Even better, take her shopping with you (unless she’s morphed into a bridezilla, in which case keep your distance) It’s her day after all and it’s important she’s happy too.

Don’t try to skim a few years off your age by dressing far too young. Leave the bandage dresses and minis to the 20-year-olds.

If you want to look youthful, wear your hair soft, have a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to makeup and focus on having good skin by scheduling in lots of treatments like dermabrasion or gentle peels (but not just before the wedding).

Do be modest…but not frumpy. It’s a hard balance to strike, but stay clear of plunging necklines, anything too clingy and skirts that ride up far above your knees (no more than 4 inches) to avoid blushes on the big day.

But that doesn’t mean a one way ticket to frumps-ville, wearing those ubiquitous suit jackets in pastel colors with all manner of sequins and rhinestones that you would never dream of going near normally. Walk past specialist ‘mother of the bride’ shops and choose something flatters your figure to look more sleek than eek.

Don’t go on a crash diet after buying your outfit. Not only are they notoriously bad for you and unreliable, but your dress won’t hang right if you lose too much weight too quickly. If you’ve paid for a custom dress, your money will have been thrown down the drain.

And you may not have time for alterations if that’s what you’re banking on —  seamstresses are especially busy during wedding season.

Do feel comfortable. Many women are self-conscious about their arms, but a dress with long sleeves might be too hot once the DJ cranks up some Abba and you start going for it on the dance floor. Opt for a removable bolero jacket, a soft pashmina or Mary Portas’ clever armery (basically tights for arms).

Don’t forget your waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Your little girl is all grown up and marrying the man of her dreams — of course you’re going to get teary at some stage. But think of the photos and pick makeup that stays put or consider a permanent eyeliner tattoo.

Do break with convention and choose not to wear a hat if you hate them. In 2013 many mothers of the bride are opting for a more subtle and elegant hair accessory like a hair flower or a fascinator. Never underestimate the importance of a well-chosen

Don’t wear a midi skirt or an ankle strap shoe if you’re conscious about your ankles and calves, as they will just draw attention to your worst bits. Try an on-trend kitten heel (your feet will thank you) and a skirt that falls just above your knee.

Do get over your need to match everything. Sets of matching jewellery are very ageing.

Don’t forget to give yourself support in the underwear department. It’s no good having the perfect dress if you’re wearing the wrong bra size or, worse still, you’ve committed the worst fashion crime: VPL.

Go to a specialist shop for a fitting, you may be surprised that your breasts have changed shape or size since the last you shopped for a bra. Good underwear should be every mother of the bride’s best kept secret.

Do ask the groom’s mother what she’s wearing. It’s a great chance to bond a little with your new family and will avoid any major outfit disasters like wearing something identical.

Don’t wear black. Or cream champagne, magnolia — in fact, any shade close to white is a big no-no.

What do you think a mother of the bride should wear to her daughter’s wedding, and what are the biggest fashion mistakes she can make?

Mhairi Steele is a writer on all things wedding! She writes for Glitzy Secrets on bridal fashion, wedding trends and how to make your wedding special and unique.

The Grooms Guide to The Big Day- Five Steps Never to Skip ImageWhen your big day is on the way, it is very easy to feel that the world is slowly falling down around you! You know that you want to be with the person you are meeting at the end of the aisle, but first you have to get there. Check out these five tips to get you where you need to be on your wedding day!

Set Out Your Clothes

You know where your tux or your suit is, but what about your shoes and your socks? Remember that dressing well for your wedding means dressing right from the skin out, so make sure that you choose mens undies with major style. This is something that can put a lot more confidence in your step, and it will stop you from needing to do something really desperate if you find that you’re out of clean underwear at the last minute!

Carry a Snack

If your tux has a pocket, tuck a snack in it. Weddings are great for food, but that’s not until the reception. Keep a candy bar in your pocket to make sure that your blood sugar doesn’t dip disastrously low on your big day. This can keep you much more calm as time goes on.

Touch Base

On your big day, always make sure that you are at least in telephone contact with your significant other and the members of the wedding party. There are a number of things that need to be taken care of, so make sure that everyone is present and accounted for.

Get Plenty of Sleep the Night Before

The best time for a bachelor’s party is actually a few days before the wedding. Not only do you want to be alert before you get hitched, you also want to look your best. Get your partying out of the way well before the wedding, and then spend a quiet night with your friends the night before. Getting plenty of sleep ensures that you will be able to function well on your big day.

Call Your Significant Other

Your wedding day is all about telling the world that you love each other, but have you told your significant other lately? Sometimes, people need a little love and encouragement before they get married, so give your significant other a call and let them know what you are thinking.

A wedding is a big deal, so take a moment to think about what you can do as the groom to make it run more smoothly.