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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HAIR FOR YOUR WEDDING

People spend a fortune and a whole lot of time in preparing for weddings. As soon as the date is set, the plan starts moving! A wedding planner is booked, the timeline is being set, the wedding makeup is booked and you start thinking about the look you’ll wear on the day. As countless tasks line up, stress builds up and this could affect your crowning glory. 

Ideally, walking down the aisle happens once in a lifetime. But what doesn’t happen once during a wedding celebration, is the clicking of cameras. A bride cannot afford to have a bad hair day. Following a timeline from the planning phase up to the day, here’s how to prepare your hair for your wedding:

From engagement until the big day:

Great hair is the key to having a perfect ‘do. You can achieve this by eating healthy, staying fit and resting aptly. Though hair is made of mostly keratin (which is dead cells), blood vessels feed the hair follicles connected through the scalp. That’s why your hair keeps growing but it doesn’t hurt at all when it gets cut. 

Wash your hair regularly to ensure you can achieve those blow wave curls on the big day. And avoid hair products as much as you can. Brushing can also aid circulation to the scalp but if done too much, it can break the hair in the middle leaving it frizzy by the time you need them tame. Also, air-dry your hair whenever you can. Blow-drying it almost every day may damage it and result to split ends. 

Around this time, you should be deciding what hairstyle are you pulling off with your dress. But don’t forget the events before the wedding day like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and photoshoots that would need your hair presentable. So, it’s advisable to take some vitamin supplements. Have sufficient Biotin in your body to help your hair grow thick and healthy.

In the months leading up to the wedding:

By conditioning your hair you are preparing it to stay vibrant for your wedding day. Follow this timeline and you’d be giving your stylist a fresh canvas to work on. There are two ways to achieve this. 

The most practical way involves your conditioner. While washing your hair, let the conditioner sit on your scalp for a good 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. The conditioner moisturizes it as it seeps into the cuticle. This increases your hair’s strength and flexibility preventing it from dry spells and breakage.

Deep conditioning may also be achieved by going to the salon, but it could be a little pricey. You can invest in a good product for a feel of the treatment though. Either or, deep conditioning helps dodge oily scalp, brittle strands, and dull hair. 

You may want to opt for the on-the-go conditioner. Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, the author of How To Look Expensive, mentioned that conditioning oil helps in keeping your hair shiny, frizz-free and moisturized without the greasy feel. They are derived from natural ingredients and are helpful to people who have coarse and curly hair. Spritz it on your scalp anytime from leaving for work to maintaining it tamely at the office. 

Monthly until the Despedida de Soltera:

Just like you need to book a celebrant, there are other things you have to do before the wedding day. Oftentimes, the wedding day is preceded by scheduled events like the despedida de soltera or a wedding banquet. Whichever comes first, this is the start of flaunting your mane.

The best time to trim your hair depends on what hairdo you find most suitable on the day and how do you want to work it out with the dress changes.

Taking care of your hair involves trimming it as you grow it. This unleashes the healthy part of the hair freeing it from split ends and hair damage. In this case, you should trim your hair up to the desired length at least two months prior, to allow your hair to fall naturally as you approach the day.

A month before the wedding day

If you plan to colour your hair, it’s important to keep it within your normal hue unless you plan to look back 10 years later and think you looked like a unicorn. Let your stylist use the least damaging chemical or brand in colouring your hair, then follow what he would recommend to keep it hydrated, moisturized and glowing. You need ample time to let it sit too. Include a colouring touch up at least 7-10 days before the wedding.

A week before the wedding day:

Having a trial for hair and makeup is a must. If needed, it should include how to transform the hairstyle from an updo into a lengthy one after removing only, at least three bobby pins. This assures you of a smooth transition time or whether you still wanted to pull it through or not. 

24 hours before the wedding 

Better not to use any conditioning product the day before the day for it flattens the hair. You need to hold onto as much body to keep it light and vibrant. Flat and oily hair tends to make your cheeks chubby and easy to hold. 

If by this time, you are still convincing yourself of that colour or trim you’ve been itching to go for, hold that thought. Any plans of doing drastic hair changes from here will more likely end as a disaster.

An hour before the wedding date:

“You are the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen,” The Maid of Honor has done her job telling you the right words, but honestly, the only one that can make you feel as such is yourself. 
So, own your mane. Rock it, flaunt it and make it work. 

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Requisites to hire the Perfect Wedding Venue in Melbourne

It’s normal for people to make the wrong moves when they don’t ask the right questions. Regardless of the anxiety and stress of organizing a befitting wedding ceremony, would-be couples deserve a dream wedding venue to hire in Melbourne. In this article, you’ll see the requisites of having a beautiful wedding venue.

What Are the Basic Requisites for A Great Venue?

One mistake can ruin the effort of planning a wedding ceremony. While it might be intense to make wedding plans, there’s no substitute for an ideal wedding venue. Let’s see some basic requirements that make an ideal choice of wedding venue.

Wedding bouquet

Early Preparation Is Important

To avoid stress, and anxiety, couples need to choose their wedding venue location early. Usually, there are popular wedding venues in every municipality. It could be a green park or an indoor hall with large seating capacity for guests. It’s important to start the search early and book ahead because other people might be interested in your date. Make sure that the dream venue you’ve desired ever since you were a little child and back when you had no idea who the groom was going to be, but had all the wedding details planned already, is available at the exact date you want without having to go fight another wedding party for it. We’ve all seen the bridal wars. Have your dream venue planned out and booked out for as many guests as you can accommodate well In advance so as to avoid any tension related to booking pressures. Also, you can get an expert guide, or search the yellow pages of the phone diary for great viewing venues. Don’t forget to have estimated your number of wedding guests if you need a perfect venue. Moreover, one can plan much ahead and think of a venue for an after-after party with close intimate friends. South Yarra is considered as one of the most prime locations for a peaceful and calm get together. Various restaurants in South Yarra now offer the best of offers for wedding parties who wish to end their extravagant day with a simple and elegant ending. Hence a consideration towards this thought can be added to your checklist.  Consider getting a check on the weather forecast to know whether to have an indoor wedding on a cold or rainy day or an outdoor wedding on a bright shiny or starry night.

Filter Your Search

Like the filter feature in most search tools, couples can narrow down their search for a bespoke wedding venue. To avoid the hassles of getting an ideal wedding venue, narrow your search with a list of preferences. A venue with functional HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) system is necessary for weddings in winter months. You wouldn’t want the weather uncertainty to get in your way or the guests to make a banter about any inconvenience. Throw the best wedding they have ever been to, small or big, you’ll find ways to make it as extravagant as possible.

Consider the State of Functional Facilities at the Wedding Venue

Usually, anxious couples are hard to please when they visit their wedding planners. They might struggle to understand what’s essential for a wedding plan checklist. However, the basic requisites for choosing a wedding venue are seat capacity and a free date for your event. Instead of being anxious, couples should read online reviews about the functionality of their favourite wedding venue.

Wedding venue

They should consider the exterior and interior spaces around venues. These areas need to be conducive for everyone on the guest list. The style of the building is important too. It should have special toilets and pavements for guests on wheelchairs.

Check For Any Restrictions On Catering And Entertainment Services

We still live in a world where wedding ceremonies are celebrated with fanfare. While this social culture doesn’t seem to fade in a hurry, couples should take advantage of it. Check for a wedding venue that allows for mobile bar services. With a mobile bar service, food vendors can serve chilled drinks. Catering and entertainment services in wedding venues are important. There are plenty of options available in Melbourne with regards to bar hire and staff to cater to the event. One just needs to really get online and search the apt requirement according to the theme of the wedding and depending on the word of mouth from friends and family. And as mentioned earlier, the option of visiting a restaurant in South Yarra can always be your backup or plan B with close friends, in case you feel like ending the day with those special few in a decadent yet classy manner.

What’s The Quality Of Your Venue’s Sound System?

If the venue has a sound system, ensure the speakers, and microphones are functional. A sound-proof venue has high noise restriction levels. However, you should check if the venue can accommodate a live band or DJ platform. For the music, get an ideal set up location inside the wedding venue that has power outlets. The dance floor should be large enough to suit your guests.

Wedding cake

Does The Venue Have Enough Parking Spaces?

If there aren’t enough parking spaces for your guests, you might need another venue. Except many of the attendees on your guest list are travelling by public transport to your venue, parking situation could be a problem. Alternatively, nearby car parks or the roadside can serve if the venue lacks an allocated parking lot.

Lighting Effects Are Important

The role of bright lights during wedding ceremonies can’t be overemphasized. Without light, your wedding photos might not appear colourful. If the venue is not well-lit, you can ask for some artificial lighting fixtures. Cameras need both artificial and natural daylight to produce clearer images. However, outdoor photographs are more spectacular during wedding receptions. Wouldn’t you want tiny details such as the lace of your white dress, the highlighter on your cheekbones, your wedding ring sparkle, the unique colour of your contact lenses, your flower girl’s cute smile, your fiancé’s cufflink shine, etc. to be illuminated in your wedding photos? Hence hiring the right photography in charge services and choosing the right lighting for your wedding becomes two of the most important requisites amongst many others.

Dont Give Up Your Day Job Just Yet!

travel blog siteI work for a company that specialise in sourcing new and innovation products and services for the wedding industry. I have the enviable job of travelling all around the world in search of such products. I do take the time out while Im in countries I have never been to to check out the local sights and sounds. A few years ago, someone asked me that “If you love travelling so much, why don’t you travel full-time and why do you still have a desk job?” I replied “I enjoy the balance of working in my office and then travelling a few times every year. I love working with my team; brainstorming sessions and the camaraderie of working with talented people.” But she was not convinced. I couldn’t understand why especially when I considered the fact that she herself worked in an office ran a travel-related publication sitting at her desk.

Most people who love travelling assume that by quitting their day job, get on the unpredictable road to wherever, is somehow a glamorous lifestyle as all of the online articles boast it is. But the truth is far less glamorous. Off course, there are many writers or bloggers who have been able to travel full time and very successfully at that. They deserve our respect simply because ‘this shit aint easy’. However, the reality of this lifestyle is very different from what you might be imagining.

If being passionate about travelling is all it took to hop on to the next plane to see the world, then we would have everyone doing it. But the reality is, they don’t. And there are many good reasons for that. The unfortunate truth is that people stay in their mindless, soul sucking jobs because they have responsibilities like feeding their families, paying off a mortgage and the list goes on. They have huge debts and many responsibilities that stop them from doing it. Responsibilities are not the only thing stopping many. It’s their health too. A travelling lifestyle requires you to be away from home for many months at a time and sometimes you are in remote areas away from medical care.

I do not intend to discourage anyone from leaving their cubicles for greener grass or high snowy peaks. However, before you do anything, you have to manage your expectations and above all else, have a plan! Always be prepared for the many experiences you will no doubt have. Find a way to be financially independent and secure. I have heard of many travel bloggers who have managed to travel for months very successfully and at the end of it all, do not return to their desk jobs. But by crossing many obstacles in their way to get where they have, for most it wasn’t a tough road. However, they coped with a lot before they became successful as they are.

But, for those of you who love to travel or want to leave their life behind to chase their dreams and fantasies, just make up your mind and do it. But just remember these few things: while it is very tempting to set sail on this endless journey, it comes with some hard times but, embrace it, over come it and be ready for anything.