Six Must-Know Rules for the Best Bachelorette

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When you are the chief bridesmaid, best friend and confidant of a soon to be bride, you are the person responsible for the success – or not – of a bachelorette party. It’s one of the toughest things to organise and it can get stressful, especially when you are trying to coordinate a large group of excitable ladies who come from different areas!

There is a lot of communication and organizing involved with a bachelorette party and when you have a bride who has a pretty busy schedule already, you need to be on the top of your game to start effective party planning. There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to throwing a perfect party, but there are certain things you should follow so that you can get it going without a hitch, and we’ve got the perfect guide for you here:

  1. Timing. As always, timing is everything, but for a wedding it’s vital. You need to be able to time the party so it’s at least a month before the wedding, so that there are no hungover bridesmaids on the day. You also need to give yourself time to organize it all, especially if you are going to an event like a concert or something a little raunchier, like Your party needs to be timed perfectly for entertainment like those, so get researching.
  2. Guest List. Obviously, a bachelorette party is mainly a ladies-only event, but you need to ask the bride-to-be who she would like to have. Knowing this will help you immensely and avoid any awkward invitations!
  3. For Her. This party should never be looked at as something to appease the guests. The bachelorette party is all about the bride-to-be, so you should choose activities she would enjoy. Despite the myths, no bachelorette likes to be humiliated by her friends, so instead you should pamper her!
  4. Save The Date. Like with a wedding, you need to prepare all those who are coming to the party. Send a date card to remind everyone to book the time off and keep the communication going!
  5. Gifts. Okay, so the wedding is about the gifts not the bachelorette party. Make it clear to the guests and the bride-to-be that the etiquette here is to give her a good time, not a good bath set.
  6. Budget. When it comes to the price of everything you want to do, you should confer with the guests. The bride does not pay for anything for her own bachelorette so make sure you absorb her costs when you are negotiating a price among you. Don’t go over what you all agree if you can help it, everyone needs to be on the same page.

Above all, the biggest rule you could possibly abide by is to have fun and ensure the bride-to-be is as well. It’s her day and you are there to show her a good time before she gets hitched and starts her next chapter. See her into married life in a wonderful way and create amazing memories.

Confidence-Boosting Hacks for Summer

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It may not seem like it from the grey skies and frequent showers, but summer is definitely here. Although many of us count down the days until summer, it can be a daunting time of year, especially if you lack confidence in your appearance. If you long to feel more confident and comfortable when you hit the beach, here are some helpful hacks to try.

Get into exercise

Exercise is not only brilliant for helping you to tone up and gain more muscle definition. It’s also an amazing natural mood-booster, and it can really help you to increase your confidence and self-esteem. Whether you want to lose weight or you just want to tighten up those wobbly bits, getting into exercise can bring incredible benefits. If you don’t fancy pumping iron in the gym, don’t worry. The gym isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to get fit. Take some friends to a spin or dance class, start doing high-intensity interval training 3 or 4 times a week, go swimming or dust down your bike. Try a few different sports, classes and activities and see how you get on. If you can find something that is fun, this will motivate you to work out more frequently.

Look after your skin

Who doesn’t want amazing, glowing skin when they’re basking in the rays or splashing around in the sea? You don’t want to be worrying about putting your face on if you’re on holiday and it’s best to adopt a less is more approach to makeup in the summer. For some, the idea of it being acceptable to be bare-faced is great, but for others, the thought of wearing no makeup is terrifying. To get that beautiful, au naturel look, focus on protecting and nourishing your skin. Have a look at skin care products, learn about serum effects and the benefits of using cleansers and exfoliators, and choose products that are aimed at your skin type. Protect your skin from the sun, drink plenty of water and resist the temptation to crawl into bed with your makeup on after a night on the tiles.

Go easy on yourself

Summer is a time when most of us feel more anxious about our bodies. If you’re not in perfect shape for the beach, you may want to try and lose weight or tone up, but don’t be too hard on yourself. It can be very easy to compare yourself to swimsuit models, especially if you spend a lot of time on social media, but remember that very few people have model proportions. It’s fine to want to make changes if they make you feel more confident, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Nobody is perfect.

Are you jetting off on holiday in the next few weeks? If so, you may be feeling slightly apprehensive about looking your best on the beach. Now is the time to build your confidence. Find some exercises and sports you love, take good care of your skin and learn to embrace your beauty. You may not look like an Instagram model, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel fabulous on the beach.

What Else Can You Do With Gifted Wedding Money?

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It’s no secret that weddings can end up costing a lot of money. However, what some people don’t think about is that they don’t have to cost a lot. If you have certain expectations of what a wedding is and what it needs to include, and you’re unwilling to let go of it, your wedding is likely to cost more. But if you’re able to think outside of the box and focus on the meaning of your wedding, and not on how much stuff it has, you can save a lot of money. And if you’re not spending cash on your wedding, you could spend it on something else. (more…)