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Tips for healthy hair and ready for the big day

When we set the date of the wedding, we always think of having long and healthy hair so that we can see more beautiful on our big day. This requires the help and advice of professionals who prepare the hair in the months before the wedding.

Among them today I present a great professional, friendly and always on trend with the hairstyle of brides and guests, who will leave us some tips to have healthy hair and ready for the big day.

I met Lola Cabezas at a destination wedding that I organized in a beautiful and pretty castle in a small village in the province of Jaén.

Her style is modern and at the same time elegant and always respecting the personality of her clients.

Lola tells us all the steps that need to be made so that the hair can be ready for the hairstyle of the big day.

 “To have a radiant hair with shine and a perfect color, you have to do a hydration treatment and a cutting of tips. To give more luminosity to the face, it is always advisable to put some reflections that help to soften the factions”.

“Dry and frizzy hair, need hydration treatment, and if it is dull a keratin treatment will give it life and luminosity again”.

As for the type of hairstyle for the day of the wedding, Lola always recommends previous trials to be able to choose the most appropriate, respecting the personality of the bride and always in harmony with the dress.

You can choose a fashionable updo but it is always advisable for the bride to feel comfortable. That’s why the previous contact with the professional is very important, so that he/she can perfectly capture the needs and tastes of his/her client.

If you want to see her work you can visit her Instagram profile Lola Cabezas Hairstyle.

You can also see her collaboration in the last inspirational styled shoot made in the ruins of the church of Santo Domingo de la Iruela.

 

Photography: Doncel y Alcoba / Lidia Clemente 

 

Tips for treatments and Bridal Makeup

In this month of January, we will have 3 special guests in our blog: Makeup professionals, hairdressers and experts in the latest trends in wedding dresses

Today we start with a great professional, close to her clients and always attentive to the needs of each one of them.

Merche Gijón is a specialist in integral esthetics with a long trajectory, and always on trend, participating each year in courses of improvement.  She also works in teaching at an academy of aesthetics and hairdressing in Granada.

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I asked her what are the steps that all brides should follow before their wedding.

 “Many brides think makeup is the most important thing for their wedding day. But they are not aware that having the skin ready and in top condition, makes the work of make-up professionals easier. Good higiene and various treatment sessions will leave the skin with less blemishes and ready for the big day. The type of treatment the skin needs depends on the age and habits of each bride”.

 “Our star treatment for brides is called SOIN FUNDAMENTAL DE LUMIÈRE. It is an illuminating treatment of Thalgo, the natural cosmetics line with which we work. It is a “light” care par excellence, that magnifies the glare and reveals the beauty of the subdued and tired cutis”.

 “The secret of its efficacy: its mask and extract are penetrated into the skin through virtual mesotherapy. You get a velvety skin 80% and 100% more luminous”.

When I ask her what advice she gives to the brides and what are the new trends in makeup, Merche is very clear…”You have to be very careful about the trends, because they don’t always fit everyone. The most important thing is that the bride feels comfortable, be herself and look pretty”.

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If you want to see the work of this great professional, you can visit her Facebook page Mg centro médico-estético.

And if you are in the vicinity of Granada and need her services, you can ask for an appointment by calling 858 12 03 86.

In the next post, more advice from professionals of the wedding industry!

 

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Ideas and tips for a Christmas wedding

If you have always dreamed of a wedding in December, in a venue with chimney, lights, candles and a very Christmas decoration, here I give you some ideas and tips for a Christmas wedding.

THE VENUE

It would be ideal to make the banquet in some room of an historic mansion or a castle, with big chimneys that can be left on for the occasion, creating a very romantic atmosphere.

Christmas wedding venues

 

THE DECORATION

Without a doubt, a Christmas decoration will give the magic touch to the wedding.

A big Christmas tree in some corner of the reception hall, will be a must.

bodas en Navidad

Use elements like moss, candles and garlands of lights. And a color palette that includes shades of marsala and green, will create an unforgettable atmosphere for you and your guests.

bodas en Navidad

bodas en Navidad

Don’t forget to decorate the chimneys!

Garlands of greens and candles will give a spectacular touch to the space.

bodas en Navidad

 

THE MENU

When choosing the menu, you can ask your caterer to add a typical Christmas dish. And for the snack during the open bar, what better choice than cups of hot chocolate with churros?

bodas en Navidad

 

THE BRIDE

A wedding dress with long sleeves and velvet details, are ideal for the Christmas season.

Your bouquet may have velvet ribbons that can go in combination with the colored shoes of the same fabric.

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A romantic and fairytale wedding, which will bring together all those important people for you and your partner, in a very special time like Christmas.

Would you like to get married in the magical month of December?

 

Photos vía Pinterest

 

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All you need to know about bridesmaids

Have you ever thought of having bridesmaids for your wedding but you don’t know exactly how many they should be, how they should dress, and what roles they have?

Read on, because I tell you everything in this post!

WHAT ARE BRIDESMAIDS

The bridesmaids are a group of friends, cousins or sisters who are part of the bridal courtship. At the ceremony they make their entrance before the bride who will arrive accompanied by the best man.

The bride can choose how many bridesmaids will accompany her on her big day. There is no set number. The most important thing is to choose the people she considers closest and special to her.

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WHAT ARE THE BRIDESMAIDS DUTIES

Bridesmaids can help the bride in choosing her dress, accompanied on the tests and advising.

They are also in charge of organizing the Bachelorette party, but the most important thing is that they will be accompanying the bride on her big day from the preparations to the end.

If there are several bridesmaids, it is always advisable to have one that takes care of coordinating the rest of the group.

During the ceremony they can help the bride to place the veil, and can also help to give the favours to the guests.

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HOW SHOULD BRIDESMAIDS DRESS

The bride usually chooses the dresses of her bridesmaids, but always consulting with them so that they all feel comfortable with the chosen model and color.

It is not necessary that the model is the same for all of them. They can choose the same color and style, but each one will wear the dress cut that suits them best.

You can also give the bridesmaids general instructions to match the style of the wedding and the color palette used.

The same with the hairstyle: you can advise that all wear the hair up or loose, but each one choose the model that she likes.

 

But the most important thing is that you enjoy the time you will spend with your bridesmaids in the days before the wedding and also during the big day.

 

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How to personalize your ceremony

Who said that a civil or symbolic ceremony cannot be emotive and 100% personalized?

THE ADVANTAGES OF CIVIL OR SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES

One of the advantages of choosing a civil or symbolic ceremony is that you can personalize the notes as you want.

You can also get married in dreamy places like gardens or historic palaces without being obliged to give the “I do” in a church.

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But how can you personalize the ceremony and create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere?

THE WEDDING OFFICIANT

If it is a civil ceremony, it must be officiated by a city councillor or a notary public. But if it is a symbolic ceremony, you can choose a professional wedding officiant or a family member or a friend.

I always like to advise couples to choose someone close and that know their history. But you should always keep in mind that the person you choose likes to speak in public and feels comfortable in their role.

But there is also the option of hiring a professional wedding officiant that together with the couple will personalize the whole ceremony and take care of officiating on their wedding day.

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READINGS AND MUSICS

Other important elements that will help to personalize your ceremony are the readings and the musics.

You can decide that some of your guests will take part to read some text written by themselves or simply poems or texts that talk about love, relationship, etc.

All these moments can be accompanied by background music chosen by the same couple and that will create an even more magical atmosphere. You can hire trios or string quartets or that the Dj puts the music previously chosen.

The entrance of the groom as well as that of the bride, and then the end can be accompanied by the favorite soundtracks of the couple.

RITUALS TO PERSONALIZE THE CEREMONY

In addition to the moments that can not be missed as the exchange of rings and votes, you can add a ritual that represents your union. It can be the sand ritual or the candles ritual or the handfasting ritual.

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As you can see there are different ways to personalize your ceremony and remember it as something special, emotional, fun and certainly unforgettable for you and your guests.

 

PHOTOS BY: Roxanne Turpen / Anna+Mateo / Doncel y Alcoba

 

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Music at weddings, an important element for your big day

Imagine arriving at the altar with your favorite song as background music, or imagine a jazz band entertaining the reception…Without a doubt, music at weddigs is very important so that your big day becomes a unique and personalized event.

                THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING MUSIC FOR EVERY MOMENT

It’s very important to choose each piece and to personalize the civil or religious ceremony. Keep in mind what can and cannot be played at religious weddings. While in civil or symbolic ceremonies you have total freedom to choose the pieces that you prefer.

You can also choose with your partner, your favorite music for the entrance to the banquet, the cutting of the cake and the first dance.

If you choose each theme according to your tastes or because that song remembers your first encounter or the first trip together, the day of your wedding will be even more special.

And if you can hire musicians who play live during the ceremony or reception, then success is guaranteed.

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A SHOW AS A FINAL TOUCH

Before starting dancing and drinking during open bar, I suggest you to surprise your guests with a flamenco show or a juggling performance. Or if you love magic show, you could hire a magician to entertain the guests with his tricks…

There are many ideas to give that original touch to your big day.

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A DJ DURING THE OPEN BAR

It’s very important to hire a dj who can take care of music during the open bar, who knows what musical genres to play and pay attention to what liven up the guests and what does not.

Sometimes couples say that with a Spotify list it’s enough for the open bar…It’s the biggest mistake they can make! Imagine that something is wrong with the speakers, or that the list ends, or that the music you chose doesn’t liven up anyone and you have to change it…Who will do all this? The couple? A friend? Do you think it is appropriate that in a moment where you have to dance, laugh and enjoy, you have to worry about music?

The best solution is that a dj pays attention in every moment so you only have to enjoy.

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Have you started to make a list of favorite songs and find the best professionals for your wedding?

Photos by: Juanan Barros Fotografía / Roxanne Turpen Photography / Kokoro Fotografía

 

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How to choose wedding favours for your guests

Do you want to give your guests some original and different wedding favours?

In this post I give you some ideas to surprise them on your big day.

FAVOURS RELATED TO YOUR WEDDING THEME

Favours could also follow the same theme that you have chosen for your wedding. For example, if you love decoration with olive and you will use this element in centerpieces, bridal bouquet, etc. you could give your guests small oil bottles personalized with your names and the wedding date.

 

FAVOURS RELATED TO YOUR HOBBIES

Another option would be to choose some favours that represent some of your hobbies or that are related to your work. Think of what you’re most passionate about and leave a favour of you and your partner to your guests.

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A WEDDING FAVOUR AS A SOUVENIR FOR YOUR GUESTS

When the couple decides to get married abroad, I love to propose them some typical favours of the place where they have chosen to marry. It’s original, different and something your guests don’t expect.

For example, this summer I planned a wedding for a lovely Italian couple and we prepared some original ceramic coasters, a typical element in Andalucia.

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If you get married in Spain, other good idea is to give your guests a few fans, typical object of this precious land.

There are many ideas to choose unique favours for your guests. You should only think of something that is beautiful or useful, and that leaves a lovely memory of your big day.

 

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The importance of wedding stationery

Wedding stationery is as important as any other aspect of the wedding planning. Not only for the functions that each element has, but also because invitations, save the date, thank you cards etc. are your cover letter.

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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE APPROPRIATELY THE WEDDING STATIONERY

The invitation is “the first contact” that your guests will have with your wedding and the best thing is to give a clue about what they will find in your big day.

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wedding stationery

I always emphasize to couples that they cannot choose the stationery randomly, without considering their own personality and the wedding style they have defined.

Imagine receiving your friend’s invitation in an elegant paper, sophisticated calligraphy, in gold colors, wax seal, wrapped in silk ribbon in pastel colors…And when you arrive at the place of the wedding you are in a farm, surrounded by a decoration in wood, flowers in strong colors, boxes, straw bales and jute tablecloths…A rural wedding definitely!

You will feel a bit confused, remembering the elegant invitation that you received a few months ago, right?

If you had received an invitation with floral prints, or in kraft paper and tied with a string, it would have been much more harmonious, don’t you think so?

Invitation, misssals, seating plan, table numbers, menu, thank you cards, all these graphic elements of your wedding should follow the line and style of your big day, because one of my mottos is that everything that is created in a harmonious way is more beautiful, it looks much more and has coherence with the atmosphere created in your big day.

wedding stationery

wedding stationery

HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT STATIONERY

Once you have clear the style of your wedding and color palette, you must choose the professional that can make what you are looking for. He/she will help you to design all your wedding stationery, and will advise you in the best way to personalize each element that will make a difference and make your wedding unique.

wedding stationery

When you pay attention to each detail of your wedding and personalize it with harmony as a fundamental principle during your wedding planning, you must be sure that yours will be an unforgettable wedding and full of magic.

All the stationery that appears in this post is by Estudio Requetebien, a great professional and creative. She always gives a unique touch to all her works. You can visit her website to see all the options she can offer you for your big day, and all the amazing works done.

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