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Ladies we live in the 21st century – the days where a man only had a toothbrush and a bottle of aftershave on his bathroom shelf is long gone! They have been replaced by just as many creams, makeup and facial routines as women, and why not? It’s important for a man to take pride in his appearance and especially on his wedding day. For those of you who are still living in the Indian Stone Age, here’s a quick guide on how to groom yourself.
Exercising is one of the first methods you can try if you are not into all the skin regimes. Brisk walking or joining a gym for light exercise can really make a difference. It will make you feel refreshed, energised and this will definitely show in your appearance. It will also help get rid of extra baggage you might be carrying!
Drinking plenty of water is also essential. This will rid you of any impurities and clear your complexion. Facials are also another method of revitalising your skin. Men don’t be afraid to search the internet to gain tips on healthy skin. Having a facial is proven to remove dead skin and dirt (but make sure you don’t go for the first time on the week of your wedding as your impurities can surface your skin). The beauty centre you visit can also provide information about skin care regimes. Using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser is the simplest method to wake up your skin. Shaving is also key in looking refreshed; shaving in the direction your hair grows is imperative. This prevents irritation. Remember to moisturise after! Asian men have to move into the 21st century to support their brides.
Planning weddings aren’t easy, especially on a budget. We all aspire for the finer things in life, for something out of the ordinary, but in reality it all amounts to money. Organising an affordable wedding doesn’t mean your special day will be less memorable or enjoyable, it’s being smart! Try to get the best deal by shopping around. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of haggling – it’s in our Asian blood.
When planning for your wedding, it is important that you have a realistic budget in mind. Being the bride you want to have that one truly memorable day. You want to hire the dream venue, the best makeup artist, the best Indian caterers and the best musical artists. But this all amounts to serious money.
Firstly, you and your partner need to decide on what type of wedding you want. How big or small do you want your wedding to be? It is a good idea to draw up a guest list before you make any decisions. This could affect the decision you make as you need to consult the capacity your location can hold. You also need to settle on if your wedding will be an intimate western affair or a full on Asian extravaganza. You may also decide to downscale pre wedding events to budget effectively. It is also essential that you consider all factors that will contribute to your wedding day; flowers, photography and outfits. Remember set a budget you can afford and that you are most likely going to stick to! The wedding of your dreams is still achievable, just plan ahead! The bridal party will just have to play a helping hand so you don’t get too stressed.
It is vital when picking the song for your first dance at your Asian wedding that you choose a song that represents your happiest memory as a couple. The song not only demonstrates the connection between you and your partner, but invites your guests to embrace the beginning of your marriage.
Choosing the right song is one of the most difficult decisions you and your spouse will have to make and will most probably spend hours if not days debating it over. It is imperative that you decide upon a song that both of you are comfortable with and that your guests will be able to share. You may also decide that one song is just not enough to display your love for one other! Why not try a composition of various songs that may later get the guests to join in and really get the party started!?
Most couples typically choose a recent Asian film song. Why not try something different? Be spontaneous! Or perhaps you could try something out of the ordinary? Salsa dancing is a new craze taking Indian weddings by storm! You could choose a musical artist that you both love. Don’t forget it’s not only the song that makes your moment special. It’s the dancing too! It is always worth practicing with your partner, making sure you are both relaxed and ready for the big day. No bride wants to be embarrassed by her husband on her big day. Everybody has heard the horror stories about the groom who ruined his bride’s hair by trying a spontaneous spin. You may want to take dancing lessons. Remember to be supportive of your partner and offer guidance. Most of all remember to enjoy your big day and the first dance.
The ladies sangeet represents the event prior to the wedding, accustomed to the rejoicing of women singing traditional Indian songs. The ladies sangeet is a ritual carried out separately by both parties of the wedding, but has recently merged into one event; this could be cost effective for both families. The ladies sangeet gives the opportunity for your bridal party to think of crazy ideas to make this event special.
When organising your sangeet it is essential to decide upon a venue. Traditionally the sangeet is held at home, but moving on from traditional Asian times and a bigger guest list the sangeet has been celebrated in a hall. When deciding on which venue is best for you, one must consider the amount of guests attending the function. When is the best time to hold a sangeet? The night before the wedding seems like a good time but reflect on its practicalities. This is not only tiring for you and your bridal party. You may also want to think about the alcohol consumption. You don’t want everyone at your wedding hung over! You may want to consider the week before the wedding; this allows you and your guests to recover.
Food is essential to any Asian party. Again considering the amount of guests you have, you may consider outside caterers. If your ladies sangeet is a small affair, homemade food may be best. This also allows you to stick to a budget. Music is also a priority. You may be able to get a hold of the same DJ you are having for your wedding. Most often, DJ’s will provide a package deal for both nights. This could work out in your favour.
Amongst all the singing and dancing, you could take this opportunity to make this a combined mendhi night. This is again cost effective. You can arrange a mendhi artist for both you and your guests. It is best to shop around for prices. If your event is on the larger side you may wish to employ numerous artists to ensure everyone gets a turn. Another factor you need to consider is how many people would want their makeup done from your artist. Is it better to hire numerous artists for your bridal party.
Food is always the talk at any Asian wedding, so it’s a must to find a caterer you and your guests will be happy with. When looking for a caterer, make sure you visit different Indian restaurants and catering offices. It is imperative that you try and retry food. By re-tasting the food, you can ensure that you are obtaining the same standard and quality of food you first tasted. If things are too spicy or bland this is your opportunity to make these thoughts known. This is also your chance to state any specific dietary requirements. Take members of your bridal party along so you can get a second opinion.
When looking for an Asian food caterer, you may consider ordering your food as part of a package deal. Package deals are very popular in the Asian community as they eliminate a bulk of stress prior to the wedding. If you have decided to go for a package deal be sure to check what this includes; crockery, table centre pieces, waiters and drinks need to be considered. In regards to drinks, does your package only include soft drinks? If it does include alcoholic beverages is this only limited to beer? If the premises allows you may be able to bring your own spirits to the venue but the establishment may charge for corkage. As an alternative, devising a separate menu for children may be beneficial. This will reduce food wastage and ensure everyone is happy.
Whether you decide to go for a package deal or just the caterers remember to haggle to ensure you’re getting the best deal for your money. Any Asian loves a good bargain so try and get a price that suits you. To avoid disappointment certify that there is enough food for your guests. Nobody wants to go hungry at an Asian wedding. This will not only reflect upon your wedding, but the caterers too. It is important to look at reviews from other people. Within the Indian community word of mouth is usually the best method to get a review about your chosen caterers. Choosing a well established caterer also provides you with piece of mind.
After a hectic and chaotic Asian wedding, you need the perfect honeymoon to relax and regain your sanity. Every bride knows that her wedding day is supposed to be the best day of her life but it is also likely to be the most stressful day of her life. With so much going on it is hard to relax and enjoy your day properly. With having your makeup done early in the morning until you arrive at your new home at the end of the day, there is not one moment to pause and relax. This is why your honeymoon is so vital. It’s a time to reflect on your wedding day with your new groom and remember the embarrassing cousins at the wedding party and all the pranks that your bridal party organised. But what is the perfect honeymoon destination? It all depends on what kind of person you are. Are you someone who wants to lie on the beach all day or do you want a mini adventure with your partner?
One potential destination which is popular amongst newly weds is Hawaii. Hawaii provides couples with the chance to relax on the beach but also provides alternative adventures. There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big Island. You’ll find each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures, activities and sights. The locals are extremely friendly and make you feel at home. Hawaii provides you with privacy to enjoy each other’s company and begin your journey as a married couple. Another possible honeymoon destination for any new Asian married couple is a trip to Los Angeles. LA provides the city lifestyle as well as the beach experience. As one of the most popular cities in the world, there is never a dull moment in LA. You can enjoy the beach during the day and then live the Hollywood lifestyle during the night.
The world is full of locations to suit your needs.
One of the toughest decisions when planning your Asian wedding is whether to stick to traditional Asian style or add your own unique modern twist to the ceremony. Often parents and older relatives want you to stick to traditional Asian methods which bring good luck and a positive atmosphere going into married life. But you are also put under pressure by your bridal party to deliver a wedding which is going to be fun and enjoyable. The one thing to remember is to make sure you’re happy with what is going on. It is your special day and you can’t please everyone so concentrate on yourself and the groom. If you’re thinking about adding a modern twist to your Asian wedding, then why not consider your bridal gown, hair and makeup. The traditional colour for an Asian bride is red but why not choose an alternative colour whilst still respecting traditions? You can still have red as part of your outfit but make it the secondary colour or trim on your Bridal Lehenga.
In terms of your hair and makeup, why not tell your makeup artist to go for an alternative look. Many brides choose similar styles of makeup but you could ask your makeup artist for a unique modern look. Tone the blusher and colours down for a subtle look. Asian brides are supposed to have a certain look in terms of hair and makeup but you could make this a thing of the past. Other ways in which you could make your wedding unique is changes to the party. Rather then serving a traditional Asian meal, how about making the food fun with a modern twist to the Asian food?
Another way to make your party unique is the music. Why stick to only traditional bhangra music if you also like other music, mix it up a little! Choose music that you love and actually want to dance to and respect guest wishes at the same time. I bet your bridal party would enjoy that touch and mix. Be creative in all aspects of your wedding.
When planning your Asian wedding, one of the hardest decisions to make is when you have to pick a bridal makeup artist. This person is entrusted to make you look like a Goddess on your big day so it is a critical decision which you need to get right.
Often women complain of looking like an overworked ghost on their wedding day due to the use of heavy makeup. This is something which will cause you extra stress and ruin the pictures of your big day. When planning your wedding makeup, you need to find someone who uses the right shades to compliment your wedding dress and even your personality. One key point is not leaving your wedding makeup till the last day; make sure you book a trial with your listed asian bridal makeup artist so you can discuss the colour scheme and overall look that you want.
But before you decide on a trial with this person, what characteristics must you look for from your Asian Bridal Make-Up Artist?
Location has to be the first issue considered. You want to ideally find someone who is local to you or at least in the same County, if the person lives a great distance from you, communication maybe a problem. Find out from the makeup artist whether there is likely to be any additional charges as a result of the distance between you so that you can have an idea of the overall cost.
You need to find someone with a professional image, check if the bridal makeup artist has their own website and check testimonials from previous clients. On the website you should also be able to see their previous work and see if it is the kind of look which would suit you.
After this, arrange a trail with the makeup artist and see if there is a connection between yourself and the artist. If you don’t get along with your bridal makeup artist then this will create extra tension and issues on your wedding day.
Above all else, the most important thing to do is take your time; you must never rush this decision as you will regret it in the future.
When planning the biggest day of your life and the lead up to the occasion, you can come under a huge amount of pressure and stress. This can lead to a lack of sleep and bags under your eyes on the big day. No bride wants this to be the case, so how can you prevent this from happening?
A simple method is to practice deep breathing. Even though it sounds simple, deep breathing allows the body in addition to the mind to relax and become in sync with one another. So you can put all your thoughts together and solve any last minute problems which can arise. The technique of relaxation breathing is used in both yoga and forms of martial arts. Here is a detailed guide of how to practice relaxation breathing;
• First, you must lie on your back in a quiet area
• Start by inhaling slowly through your nose. Begin to fill the lower part of your chest with air first and then move up gradually to the middle parts of your chest and lungs. This must be a slow process and should take roughly 10 seconds.
• Hold the air within your lungs for a couple of seconds.
• Then relax and easily let the air out again through your nose. This should also be a slow process so you can fully relax and not feel any pressure during the breathing exercise.
• Keep repeating this sequence until you feel fully relaxed and stress free.
• During the process you can also use your imagination to increase the feeling of pure relaxation. For example Imagine yourself to be in a peaceful sanctuary surrounded by your favourite things.
Remember this breathing exercise has already been tried and tested by many celebrities and more importantly has been around for centuries as part of a yoga exercise.
This breathing technique is one of many relaxation processes which you could use. During the coming weeks we will look at other simple techniques which will help you stay stress free on your big day.
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Before getting to your wedding day, it takes months of preparation to get your body and skin looking similar to that of a Goddess. After setting the date for your big day and enjoying all the celebrations following the engagement, the hard work has to begin to get you looking and feeling special.
Whether you want to lose weight or just tone up it’s time to hit the gym and get focused. It is unrealistic to think that you can lose last minute weight just two weeks before the wedding. Brides often try to starve themselves but by doing this you are ruining your appearance as you are more likely to look drained and unhealthy.
It is recommend that you should start exercising regularly six months before the big day. This will give you enough time to get your body looking the way you want and fit perfectly into your bridal wedding outfit.
So you’ve signed up to join the gym but what are the best exercises to gain that sleek and sexy look? The treadmill is always good to use. Doing a cardio workout involving a running section on the treadmill will benefit you in many ways. It will tone your legs and get rid of excess weight which you want to lose.
If you and your fiancé have decided on a beach honeymoon, brides often worry about their abs. When at the gym, use the stability ball to perform sit ups, this is one of the most effective and simple ways of toning up your stomach. Wedding planning can be hectic and you may find little time for yourself but you have to do regular exercise to get your body looking like a Goddess.
One vital point is to always drink water, this will keep your skin looking fresh and revitalised.