Would You Drop Your Eco Standards To Be Beautiful On Your Wedding Day?

July 24th, 2014

Most of us try to do our bit for the planet by being eco-savvy consumers, without compromising our wellness in the process. The problem is, there are certain areas in the health and beauty industry which fall short of providing options which are good for us while being environmentally friendly.

So, what happens when your wedding is on the horizon and you want to whiten your teeth or diminish those pesky fine lines, but the green, sustainable or ethical option is not available?

 

It’s not easy being green

The beauty industry has started to cater to the consumer’s need to use chemical-free products which are healthier for people and planet. It’s still not perfect, and the truth is sometimes the chemical options are much more effective than the green alternatives.

 

And, when it comes to healthcare, being green isn’t so straight forward. The dental and medical industry has been slow to employ green services and products, which forces consumers to drop certain green standards when it comes to getting the results they want.

The good news is, there are products and services available in the areas which have been slower to adopt green credentials, so that those 100% committed to the eco path don’t have to veer off at certain junctures.

 

You don’t have to compromise your green standards

In Amercia alone, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011, and of those 90% were on women. A total cost of US$10 billion.

There are however, safer and less expensive alternatives to the more abrasive procedures on the market, such as LED light therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. Light pens are used for non-needle acupuncture treatments and ‘photo-facials’ are also becoming common in beauty salons, Massage is also a good way to improve skin tone, relax facial muscles and increase blood flow.

Benefiting from the contributions of both Chinese and Western practitioners, cosmetic acupuncture is an effective non-surgical therapy that can reduce or retard the signs of aging by hydrating and plumping up the skin, while nourishing and energising the skin and facial muscles, bringing improvements in muscle tone and skin health and quality.

While preparing for your big day, it’s important to add a good skincare arsenal to your beauty regime. Be mindful of ingredients such as alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Mineral Oil which can strip skin of its natural moisture and slow the skin’s ability to create healthy cells.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of wonderful organic skincare brands on the market to choose from. Most organic brands also do fake tans for those who don’t want to use anything with harsh ingredients, along with sunscreens and makeup.

And what about cosmetic treatments for our teeth?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to teeth all our green principals seem to fly out the window but the health of our teeth is fundamental to our overall well being.

However, there are Eco Dentists available, which are committed to reducing waste and pollution, saving water, energy and money. And, manufacturers are now producing green dental products which are just as effective.

And if you want whiter teeth for your wedding, air polishing is a safer and effective option, which uses bi-carbonate soda to blast off stains. The effect is much more natural than having bright white teeth which can look too prefect and overdone.

The proof is out there, there are many safer and green alternatives on the market which help us to protect and care for the planet while nurturing our natural beauty. So, if you want that great smile for your wedding photos, there’s no need to compromise your eco standards.

Megan McAuliffe is a writer, blogger and journalist covering ethical, green and sustainable lifestyles and culture. She writes health related articles for The London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic, and is based in Brighton, U.K., you can find her at @meganeditorial

How To Choose Bridal Lingerie

July 22nd, 2014

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your entire life. Many times so much effort and stress is put on a bride to find “the perfect dress”. While this is essential for any wedding, brides often forget to choose something just as flattering for under their gown.


This infographic, created by HerRoom, illustrates which types of lingerie will work best with which dress styles and body types. Let’s face it, the right lingerie can make your big day even more perfect! Find this infographic and more like it at HerRoom.com.

Tips To Maintain Your Sanity When Organising A Wedding

July 20th, 2014

Congratulations you’re engaged! Which by default means you’ve probably spent the last few weeks having celebratory dinners and drinks with friends, screaming down the phone in excitement to Mum and have most likely dug out all those battered old scrapbooks full of inspirational dresses and bouquets in an attempt to make a start at the organising stage, (don’t grimace, we all have a scrapbook, even if it’s a mental or Pinterest one).

The trouble is you’ve probably been too busy to even contemplate planning properly, and don’t forget that venues get booked up quickly, dresses need time to be altered and yes, people need time to keep their diaries free for you.

If it’s all getting a little overwhelming we can help. It’s all too easy to be dazed by the many different options out there and for it all to turn from a joyous occasion to a nightmare. Knowing where to start is actually quite a big challenge, so we’ve got some great advice to help you organise your dream wedding without wanting to pull out your hair.

 

#1: Getting organised

Even the most disorganised of brides-to-be can come unstuck at the massive amount of things she’ll have to plan, so before starting anything make checklists to keep track of what needs to be done and what’s already been done. Even use a shorter version of this article as a checklist will. Having this in place will help you workout a timeline and stick to it. It’s also a good idea to create a separate email account for the occasion. It will be much easier if all wedding related communication is in one place.

 

#2: Budget Basics

Think about how much you can afford to spend, whether your budget is £1000 or £100,000, you can be sure to find wedding venues and other services suitable to your budget and make sure that you don’t overspend (frighteningly common with weddings). A great tip is to create a separate bank account specifically for your weddings so you know exactly how much to spend and that you are on budget. But there are more ways to save money on your wedding.

 

Photo taken at Porchester Hall by BetterVenues.org.uk

 

#3: Create an Ideas book

Use a special wedding idea book or wedding inspirations and make it your go-to place for wedding inspiration. It’s simple to create an account, the great thing is that you can save and share what you love, and what inspires you may that be flowers, decorations or gift ideas. All your ideabooks will be listed on your personal ideabooks page, where you can share with friends and family and they can contribute too! Just remember your budget when you’re scrolling though endless pages of inspiration!

 

Photo taken at Clissold House by BetterVenues.org.uk

 

Photo taken at Clissold House by BetterVenues.org.uk

 

#4: Get Expert Advice

You could ask for help with your wedding from a very organised (and free) friend, or if you can afford to, why not consider hiring a professional? They can help you with every step of the way and you won’t even have to lift a finger keeping those stress levels nice and low.

 

#5: Spread the planning

Take the load off and share the duties, you don’t have to plan everything by yourself you’ll be going bridezilla mode in no time. Sharing is the best way to get things done after all you only have one pair of hands, so get others to lend a helping hand. They’ll be thrilled to be so involved and you’ll even have fun. Play to people’s strengths – get an arty friend to design invitations, a domestic goddess to bake your cake – and you’ll save money too.

 

#6: Timing is key

It’s all about the timing; don’t leave everything until the last minute, but don’t take your sweet time as everyone will forget you’re getting married in the first place. Set time aside to do tasks and allocate days for venue hunting and dress searching in advance. Maybe even choose one or two days per week for you and your partner to sit down and focus on the wedding details.

 

#7: Dress Rehearsal

If you’re really worried about the big day going accordingly then a dress rehearsal might be wise. Having a trial run the week before can really help with time planning and will calm your nerves come the big day.

 

Photo taken at Stoke Newington West Reservoir by BetterVenues.org.uk

 

#8: There’s no pleasing everyone

You simply cannot make everyone happy and trying to accommodate others will make the organisation process ten times harder. Any delicate family situations should be kept far apart as possible. Don’t forget this is your day, and it’s about you as a couple rather than pleasing your second cousins once removed.

 

#:9 Breaks are important

Take a break every now and then – planning your wedding is supposed to be fun, if you’re feeling upset by it, just take some time off. Try not to stress even when it seems impossible, you’re only human so put your feet up until you’re ready to get back on the horse again.

 

Photo taken at Stoke Newington West Reservoir by BetterVenues.org.uk

 

#10: Don’t worry about small details

It’s pretty much impossible to have the perfect wedding. Something is bound to go wrong and not everything will go to plan. Don’t fret about it too much, go with the flow whatever happens, happens. Try to remember that a wedding is about making a commitment as a couple and what makes a wedding special is the fact that your family and friends have come to celebrate your love

 

Author Information

- Ofer Yatziv currently works as a Sales and Marketing Manager at Better Venues. Ofer has over 15 years of experience working within events and specialised in weddings, parties and private entertainment. He has also worked on numerous roles as a producer of live events and weddings including national and international theatre tours.

 

 

- Author Byline: Ofer Yatziv from Better Venues.

Outdoor Rustic Boho Wedding

July 14th, 2014

Thank you Love Is A Big Deal for sharing these inspiring wedding photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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