10 Things NOT To Do the Week Before Your Wedding

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There are only a few days left before your big day — hoorah! You have your wedding checklist of last-minute to-dos and are checking it twice. Now also consider the things to avoid the week before your wedding that could sabotage all your hard work leading up to it. Here are 10 things not to do the week before your wedding.

1.      Overloading on to-dos. Try to plan ahead so that most tasks are done BEFORE the week leading up to your wedding. And if your list is still significant and overwhelming, don’t micromanage it — instead, start delegating to your wedding planners, bridal party and family.

2.    Eating comfort foods. Hey, we get it — the week leading up to your wedding may be stressful and so, naturally, you gravitate toward comfort foods, like chips. But you’ve worked so hard at the gym, and your dress fits perrrrfectly, so why make yourself feel uncomfortable with the inevitable food bloat that comes from the fried and salty?!

3.     Drastic hair changes. Do not…and we repeat…do not change your hair colour or cut drastically the week before your wedding. You’ll want to have picked out our colour and cut months in advance to prepare your locks for the wedding. You don’t want to chance not liking the new ‘do or it not going with your dress neckline, veil, jewellery, etc. that you’ve painstakingly selected.

4.     Spray tanning. If you have been getting spray tanned for some time now and have the routine down and have a place that you go that does it perfectly, fine, but still proceed with caution. Otherwise, novice spray tanners should know that a few things could happen: It might not look right (like, it could be more orange than brown), it might rub off on your wedding dress (yikes!) or it could fade and become splotchy in places by the time you walk down the aisle. Our vote: go natural.

5.     Working out too hard. Keep your workout routine going, if you can, but don’t do anything out of the ordinary or push yourself too hard right now. You don’t want to be sore on your wedding day!

6.     Dieting. The week is stressful enough as it is — don’t put yourself through a juice cleanse or anything depriving you of regular meals. You need your energy and to have your “game face” on — no one likes a cranky bride J Stick to regular, healthy meals and lots of water, which will also make your skin look fabulous.

7.     Getting a facial. Any good aesthetician would advise you to avoid facials, facial peels, microdermabrasion, Botox and any other type of face treatment the week before your wedding. These treatments can cause your face to become red and flaky, and potentially break out. Get them at least two if not three weeks in advance.

8.     Staying up late. Again, you need your energy for your to-do list, to entertain guests and to enjoy your wedding events to the fullest. Plus, you don’t want to get sick the week of your wedding! Try to get really good sleep this week and don’t stay up all night working on guest gift bags or going out on the town.

9.     Fighting with family. Tensions running high? Keep your cool. The last thing you want for your wedding day is for there to be a silly family quarrel going on. Attempt to be on your best behaviour, even if your mother-in-law is not!

10.   Not stopping to enjoy the moment. At some point, you just need to LET IT GO. Forgetaboudit all! The day is going to be perfect. All of these people around you have come to celebrate you. Stop what you are doing. And enjoy. Live in the moment and be present as much as you possibly can during this whirlwind week.

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10 Wedding Dance Songs to Really Get The Party Started

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July is our month of 10 lists! Why? Because we know you love them. This week is an extra fun one — party music!

You might be hiring a DJ or band for your wedding, or you may be playing your own DJ through iPod or smartphone and speakers. Regardless, you’ll want to give the hired wedding DJ or band some direction for tunes you like (and, perhaps more importantly, songs you do NOT like) or come up with a playlist of your own that rocks the house.

Who wants a wedding where everyone sits at his or her reception tables the whole time? Uh, no one. We will go on the record to say that there isn’t a bride and groom on the planet who would want their wedding to be stiff and boring. And, as far as your guests go, they either want to get up and DANCE (WOOHOO!) or they want to at least watch the other dancers having fun and making fools of themselves (in a good way, of course).

Some brides will even say that they remember the song that got the party started, but not the song they danced with their groom or dad to. Whoopsie! But that just shows that this kick-starter song is mucho important-o and sets the vibe for the rest of the day or evening.

Okay, so now that we have the importance of this song established, we will recognize that not all musical tastes are the same. What we may think is the super-coolest wedding dance song of all time might make you roll your eyes or cover your ears (hope not J). The following is a sa-weet mix of various genres of music, new and old and older, for wedding dance songs to get the party started, and hopefully one of them is spot-on for your reception or at least will inspire you to come up with the song that works perfectly for your dance party.

Have so much fun and send us pics!

1. “Feel So Close” – Calvin Harris

2. “I Want You To Want Me” – Letters To Cleo

3. “Don’t Stop the Party” – Pitbull & TJR

4. “Love Man” – Otis Redding

5. “Groove Is In The Heart” – Deee-Lite

6. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

7. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins

8. “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” – Will Smith

9. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. “Another One Bites The Dust”  – Queen

What are your favourite wedding dance songs? Which one are you hoping gets the party started at your wedding?

10 Gorgeous Wedding Makeup Looks

It’s your special day, and you get to be a princess who is all dolled up, whether it’s for the ball or the beach! There are so many different gorgeous wedding makeup looks that you can choose from. To start narrowing down the look you want to go for, pull your favorite makeup stylings from magazines or Pinterest and study them closely to decide on your bridal-makeup purchases.

Ask yourself questions like, ‘matte foundation or dewy skin?’ and ‘lots of eye makeup or no eye makeup?’.

Then, book a pre-trial with your makeup artist, and make sure you see yourself in the light — outside, indoors, bright sun or dark night — that you’ll be in on your wedding day.

Also, consider keeping your makeup artist around post-ceremony. They’ll be able to put you back together for family photos after crying during the ceremony and before entering the reception.

Another must: make sure to frequently re-apply lip color. If you are not carrying a purse, have your maid of honor keep your lipstick in her purse or give one to your groom to slip into his jacket pocket for easy access.

The following are 10 beautiful bridal makeup looks to get your beauty juices flowing!

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1. Glam hippy. She’s sugar and spice and everything nice. Peachy lips and cheeks, natural eye colour with loads of false eyelashes and liner. Oh, and floral headpiece to match!

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2. Rock-star romantic. A nude, yet present, lip and a frosty-smoky eye balance each other out on this romantic bride.

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3. Bronzed Bond girl. Are you naturally tan or planning to get your tan on pre-wedding? This sexy bridal look makes your eyes pop with hues of brown and black, a light pink lip and pink cheekbones.

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4. Girl-next-door pretty. Let your natural beauty and flawless skin shine through with a barely-there look like Natalie Portman is sporting here.  The key to making this work: blemish-free skin. Don’t attempt it without it.

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5. Ethereal forest princess. Add a little bit of shine and shimmer in gold shadows and a delicate pink lip and cheeks, and you have yourself a super pretty face for the runway…your aisle! Tip: Dust some body shimmer over your chest, shoulders and arms for a subtle luminescence.

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6. Vintage smoky eye. This show-stopping wedding makeup look amps up the eyes in a major way with a full brow line, black full-shadow cat eyes, and a medium-pink lip that complements in a big way.

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7. Retro fabulous. If you like to channel the 1950s in your daily wardrobe and makeup application, why not go for it for your wedding day as well? This look dons a bold red lip and black liquid-liner cat eyes with a neutral eye shadow. Va-va-voom!

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8. Fresh and bridal. This is the quintessential bridal look — natural, yet done, and 100-percent pretty.

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9. Red lip lovely. Oh, hello, beautiful! Red lipstick makes this bridal makeup style a total “wow.”

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10. Regal bride.
Look closely and you’ll see hints of colour around this Queen-worthy bridal look. The hints of the shimmery green paired with a dark-brown eye and sugary-pink lip equals perfection.

What bridal makeup look are you going with for your wedding?

Tori and Scott’s Real Harry Potter Wedding

Here at Bride & Groom Direct we love real weddings, full stop. The inspiration, the love and the chance at spotting all the dainty touches that make a wedding so unique and so you. Beautiful. So when we were offered the chance to feature a Harry Potter, yes the big HP, themed wedding, we could hardly contain ourselves with excitement!

With all the charm, allure and magic included, may we introduce Tori & Scott, a young couple who took their love for Harry Potter and all things wizardry to celebrate the biggest day of their lives.

Tori and Scott

Wedding Date… 5/25/14

Where did you meet…

We met through a Dallas meetup. It’s a very active community, and I decided it would be nice to meet new people. I met Scott and here we are!

Tell us your proposal story…

He proposed in a field by my parents’ house when we were visiting last summer. It was about 1am, and I took him to a field that was my “safe spot” where I used to go and stare at the stars for hours. We both love space and stargazing, and I wanted to show him. We had looked at rings, but I had no idea he had already bought one! He had my hand and was pointing out constellations, and he said, “ooo, look at that star! And that star! And what about this star?” as he pulled out the ring. The ring box had a light shining when it opened, so the diamond really did look like a star. I started crying for about 20 minutes before he finally asked me, “sooo, is that a yes?” We live in Dallas, so it was really cool to be able to tell my parents in person the next morning.

The Wedding Dress is from…

Circle Park Bridal. I can’t remember the designer, sorry!

The Bridal Accessories are from…

The Wedding Cake was from…

The talent ladies and gents at Jenny Layne Bakery

The Venue…

The beautiful Le Beaux Chateau

We Spot a Photobooth…

The photobooth was from the fabulous Blue Booth

Where did you get the inspiration for a Harry Potter Wedding?

We both adore Harry Potter — one of our first outings together (still just friends) was a Harry Potter trivia night in the Summer of 2012. I have been obsessed with Harry Potter since elementary school, and same with him. He actually suggested it, and I ran with it.

And finally, who took the fabulous photography?

The photographers were Vision 5 Photography

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We’d love to see — and feature — your wedding photos too! You can submit them by sending to social@brideandgroomdirect.co.uk along with details about your wedding and you two as a couple.