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The key to success for brides of 2013

11 JANUARY 2013

December is when most men get down on one knee to pop that all-important question, so around now there are many buzzing new brides, searching for ideas to begin their wedding planning

So to avoid becoming bridezilla this year, we've collected some top top wedding tips for the bride-to-be...

 

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Get creative
DIY details are a great way to make your big day even more personal and can act as priceless mementos after all the parties are over. Simply start a list with your fiancée and friends of items you think you will be able craft together such as table numbers, floral centrepieces and ceremony programmes and begin in a time-sensitive order. So rather than buying invitations, book in a day with the girls to make your own. The more friends, the quicker the assembly line!

Take a helping hand
Many brides feel as though the planning is just down to them to organise, but wedding day is all about being surrounded by those you most love – so it makes sense they will all be happy to help in the process. Start a list of things you need to do and see who would be best to tackle them. Rope in as many friends and family as you can. If you know someone who can do your cake, arrange your flowers or even provide music on your big day, this will also help reduce the overall cost of the wedding.

Pamper in advance
It's important to look and feel great as a bride, so what better excuse to treat yourself to a well-deserved pamper session. For that blushing bridal look that is utterly flawless consult a dermatologist up to six months prior to the wedding date to iron out any irregular skin conditions.

Go for deep conditioning treatments and regular trims, around every 6-8 weeks, to ensure you have silky smooth locks that are damage-free come the big day. It's also a smart move to practice your makeup routine just after your dress has been delivered to work out which colours and details will complement and complete your look.

Keep in tip-top shape
Becoming a healthier new you isn't just about the foods that you eat. As your body loses 1-1.5 litres of liquid every day it's also important to drink more water to clear out your system and keep your skin looking beautifully hydrated.

Exercise is not only a great way to trim inches off your wedding gown but also provides an excellent way to release the pre-wedding stress load. If you're starting a new workout regime, write down which goals your would like to achieve and set a reward when you tick off each aim.

Shop sensibly
January is the best month for bridal sales so get shopping! But when it comes to choosing your bridal gown, avoid pricey luxe materials. Instead try textured fabrics like silk organza, which look and feel more expensive than they really are. Similarly look at buying your flowers wholesale and ask a florist to arrange them for you rather than choosing a bridal-specific arrangement to help save the pennies.

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