I recently went for my facial at Coco Beauty Bar and tried a new procedure called Microdermabrasion. Now I know it sounds a little too technical and daunting, as I initially thought it was going to hurt, but let me tell you this- it is the best procedure I have tried so far and it DOES NOT hurt one bit.
It's springtime and I know with the change in season comes dry skin and the need to revitalize. Us Brides-to-be always have to keep in mind the best skincare regimens to be camera close up ready!
So what is microdermabrasion and what do I need to know?
Microdermabrasion is a term that pertains to the application of tiny rough grains to buff the surface layer of the skin. It's usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. I've done mine with a combination of basic facial (15 minutes) and then microdermabrasion (with the use of an abrasion tool).
The whole procedure actually feels like grains of sand being rubbed gently against your skin and it generally takes about 15 minutes to complete the process, and with facial procedure prior to it about 30 minutes in total. (and you get an awesome head and shoulder massage with it- I am telling you it's the gift that keeps on giving!)
If you are intrigued like I was- contact Coco for more details. They have a promo going on for the facial and microdermabrasion combo. Just ask and reference #thepracticalbride for more details!
Feel free to drop a line if you want to ask me questions!
Happy skin= Happy Bride!
This 20-minute EYE-vitalizing treatment is a non-invasive procedure and helps soothe and moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes.
It starts off with a good exfoliation step around the eyes and it is then massaged along the extended areas around the eyes. Once left for a few minutes, it is then rinsed and the EYE RESCUE PADS are then applied under the eyes to help cool and rejuvenate the eye area, eyelids, and nasolabial folds. It is highly recommended for ALL SKIN TYPES.
The pads are left for 10 minutes and once remove, the AluminEye Brightening Eye Cream is then dabbed around the eye area.
And VOILA! INSTANT RESULTS!
I definitely recommend this treatment to all the lovely ladies, especially brides-to-be that want that break from all the stressful planning! (I'm sure it's caused a couple of bags around your eyes!)
Stay beautiful and don't forget to take care of those eyes!
He POPPED the question. You said YES and you want nothing less of celebrating with the wonderful people in your lives, but what is an engagement party? Is there a rule of thumb to follow? Etiquette? Who hosts it? Should it be formal/informal? What should I wear?
Well for one- it is definitely not a requirement to have one, but it is definitely a fun way to celebrate the couple's engagement and have all the families and friends to meet before the wedding!
I have gathered some tips and information for all you brides-to-be/ hosts to get some guidance on the “what to do” and “what not to do” for an engagement party!
Engagement parties are traditionally hosted by the couple's parents, but if you want it to be a little informal - friends and relatives can also host!
Usually engagement parties are held between 9-12 months before your wedding. It's a good way to get everyone mingling and meeting before the wedding day!
If the engagement party is informal- there is no hard rule since the final guest list isn't out for everyone to know just yet. However, if your parents are hosting the party, make sure you invite only those who are also invited to your wedding.
Depending on what your preference is (formal/informal)- some parties are usually done at a backyard, restaurant, house etc. But as a rule of thumb, wedding guests who are coming from afar should not be expected to travel to the engagement party and your wedding.
5. OTHER TIPS:
- Gifts? It's not a must. A guest may wish to bring one, but it is definitely not an expectation.
- Invitations: Keep it simple, and usually target for 1 month beforehand so you can get guests to RSVP. Invitations don't need to align with the theme of your wedding, but it would be good to keep it somewhat thematic to the type of engagement party you are throwing!
Hope these tips help you get on your way to planning/hosting for the couple! I am planning mine with my bestie, future mum-in-law and sister-in-law & I can't wait to share with you some snapshots after!
Now that you have the budget and guest list in place; it is definitely handy to have a checklist of what to do leading up to the BIG day!
A good way to do this is to outline all the deliverables into a timeline by the month. I find it helpful because you can easily see all your items in one sheet and set some realistic deadlines.
I created mine in Google Sheets because it’s easy for me to organize different sub-tabs in my overall google sheet document. I have a sub-tab dedicated to timelines.
Some other resources I found very helpful are The Perfect Wedding Guide, which comes with an online checklist template.
Another online resource I like to cross reference to is The Knot.
They have an amazing online interactive list where you can tick off items as you go along. I find it very helpful because it shows you a template of “pre-determined” items and is plotted on months leading to the wedding day and beyond.
The Knot also has a good reference point for information on budget, and they also have a feature where you can search a list of vendors within your location.
Having a checklist is definitely key in any plan. Personally I find these benefits from having one:
Make sure you keep your eyes on the GOLD...Honeymoon... I mean marrying the love of your life! :)
Now that you have your budget going and a list of all the guests you would love to come celebrate with you.., Let's move on to talking about THEME!
Your wedding at the end of the day is ALL ABOUT celebrating YOU as a couple, and the theme will greatly reflect this!
And so, I created a list of some tips on how to go about deciding on your wedding theme!
1) BRAINSTORM and VISUALIZE the big picture.
- Ask yourselves what kind of theme do you want to go for- FORMAL. SEMI-FORMAL, or INFORMAL?
- Visualize what kind of vibe you both would like that strongly reflects your personality as a couple.
- Also don't lose sight of your passions and add it to your theme!
2) Narrow down level of formality
Once you both have brainstormed and have come to a good compromise on what kind of theme you would like for your wedding, you will have to think about how formal your day will be as this will affect a couple of things down the granular level of preparation, such as- VENUE, DECOR, MENU, ENTERTAINMENT & DRESS CODE.
3) SEASON OF LOVE
Once you pick a date, also factor in what season it lands on- you can capitalize lots of things within the season- colours, flowers and decor.
4) THE TRADITION LIVES ON...
Let's not forget WEDDINGS =FAMILY! With that being said, it's always nice to honour our families through passed on traditions. I know for me, as a Filipino-Hispanic decent, las arras will definitely be at our wedding ceremony!
5) STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.
Never lose sight of who you are as a couple. You can be steered and pulled into a million directions. Stay strong and proud of who you are as a couple, because at the end of it all the people you surround yourselves with will be there because they love and celebrate with you both!
So you are engaged...WHAT NOW?
I know you don't want to come down from your high. Trust me- I was on cloud 9 for weeks and there is nothing wrong with that. Make sure you spend some alone time with your fiance, as it can be such an OVERWHELMING time...
But as reality slowly kicks in, you will have to start talking it through with your partner-in-crime. Try to ask the questions- "when do we want to get married?" , and "do we want a short or long engagement?".... If I can leave you with one piece of advice on this- it's that there is no general rule of thumb on this. DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT FOR BOTH OF YOU.
So once you guys have decided a date- you will have to think of 2 major things- BUDGET AND GUEST LIST. This is what I call the BLUEPRINT.
I find Google Sheets very helpful and reliable, especially given that you can access it anywhere, anytime and you can also share it with others. I have shared the sheet with Chris (aka FEYONCE) just so we are both on the same page and in the loop on everything...
I have shared with you a copy template of my master spreadsheet.
Hope you find it useful, and if you have any questions feel free to send me a note!