If there is ever a treat to spoil yourself with, or even a loved one, or bridal party - this would by far be it!
From the get go, I was welcomed with tranquil surroundings and sweet Bea! Making me feel so comfortable and relaxed. This was a real time out from the buzz of everything.
The Proskin 60 Facial with face mapping is amazing and had me completely in awe. If a person looks after their skin well and what a difference certain products or treatments could leave your skin feeling like.
The facial was made up of 6 different modules.
Each module explained below:
Step 1: Face Mapping
The treatment is customized especially for your skin type, your skins needs and any concerns that you may have about your skin. Truly a unique experience.
Step 1: Double Cleanse
These were the products which were used. By no means is this an ordinary facial. Cleansing once is just not enough, double cleanse to ensure that the skin is super clean! The double cleanse cleans off any make up and to do exactly what it says on your skin. CLEANSE leaving it fresh and clean to begin with the following steps
Step 1: Steaming
Steaming the face to help make skin soft as well as to open up the pores.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliation. This is a highly-active resurfacer which delivers your smoothest skin ever. Helps to fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging.
Step 3: Touch therapy
This is by far the best, pressure point massage on your face. Adding the soothing additive which is a serum. This is all a tailor made customized massage to stimulate your skin.
Step 4: Deep treatment masque
Used especially for dehydration. As I have an extremely dry skin! The colloidal masque base is a clear, phytonutrient-rich masque that deeply moisturises dehydrated skin. Botanical humectants attract moisture and bind it to the skin, leaving it hydrated and supple.
Step 6: Dermal Layering
Medium weight moisturizer to balance combination/dry skin. Deep moisturizing Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish with extracts of mallow, cucumber, and arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone.
This is by far no ordinary facial. I learned so much about how a person should be looking after your skin. There is so many damaging elements that our skin faces daily, being natural elements; sun, wind, cold, heat. Even when you are inside; air conditioning or heaters all of these are a few examples that take it out of our skin as well as stress, hormones, dehydration.
It is also so important to protect our skin with a spf every single day!
The whole Dermalogica range smells devine and is all natural, with natural scents.
Who knew that an exfoliant and a treatment masque go hand in hand. I have been doing it wrong all these years! You should first be exfoliating, removing all the dead skin and thereafter applying your masque. Nourishing the skin underneath the old, dead skin you are removing with the exfoliant.
As my skin is so dry and was definitely dehydrated I learned that I need to up my water in take which could make a drastic difference, even to fine lines! Together with the tailor made treatment customized for my skin, this could be the road to a more rejuvenated, supple, glowing skin.
I would personally recommend this to any bride to be or bridal party, mothers of the bride or groom. Chat to Bea about your facial needs there is a customized facial for anyone.
As for me, right now I have to go and put on my masque *grabs another glass of water*.
How cute are all these wedding details?! I'm in love with all the unique elements.
It's special little touches that add to the day and to have them captured is, oh true happiness! I just had to add these pretty details to add some boho wedding inspiration to the website.
There is so many little details and more than enough boho inspiration to look at from; tambourine bridesmaids bouquets, denim jackets, hoop and tassel earrings, dream catchers, dusty pink, proteas, vintage suitcases and floral dresses - oh the things that wedding dreams are made of.
Photo love: Estefania Romero Photography
Flowers: Sarah May Floral Art
This pretty little bridal shower tea party made with all things girly, soft and fun!
Who said tea parties are boring?!
A plain white teapot was used as a vase with pink roses and a soft chiffon placed around it as a table centerpiece.
Each guest had to bring a copy of their favorite recipe which was printed onto a pretty little template to be kept by the bride to be in a recipe box.
A mimosa bar sign was printed out and put into a frame, coupled with champagne glasses and chopped fruit. So simple and so effective. Pour your bubbly, splash with some juice and top with fruit! Keep a look out on the website for your free printable version of the mimosa bar sign.
Cutting out the gift guessing completely, and going with some fun game variations;
1. Find the groom:
each guest received a card with a tuxedo printed onto it with a male celebrity face. One guest received the grooms face, whichever guest received the groom, won the game.
2. He said, she said:
A couple of questions were asked about the bride and groom and they had answered the questions before hand. Each guest got a moustache, representing the groom or lips, representing the bride. The questions were then asked and the guest had to guess who answered bride or groom by holding up their moustache or lips. For example: who is the messiest.
3. Find the guest:
A fun game to get guests mingling and talking to each other. Each had a print out of questions. For example: Find the guest that is the same age as you, find the guest that is wearing pink. A nice little ice breaker!
Before you go ahead and visit all your wedding venue options you should go over and list some questions that would help you plan out your day and streamline your big event.
Is my date available?
You have your perfect date in mind, it has a good ring to it (RING TO IT - INSERT PUN HERE), only to find out that the venue has no more bookings available for the next 6 months. Personally I wouldn't set my heart on a specific date until I've spoken to the wedding venue I have in mind. Pick out a month that you would prefer to avoid the disappointment of your specific date being booked.
How many people does the venue cater for comfortably?
Yes they can fit in 150 people but is it a comfortable fit or are you going to have Aunty Agatha's big hair blocking out the cutting of the cake; or an uncomfortable eating experience because Grandfather John has flying elbows. Maybe you going for a smaller wedding and the venue is so big it sounds like a vacant building. You don't want your vows echoing back at you.
Would you need to do your own setting up or does the venue do it for you?
You may think "ah this isn't so bad I'll get my mom to help me on the day and we can go throw on some table cloths and arrange some vases, how difficult can it be." Maybe you don't want to hear it or you could be nervous of extra costs, but no bride wants to be running around on the last minute attending to all those extra little details when a lot of venues do offer their services already... Honestly it's worth it.
Does the venue include a chapel?
Some brides want to have their traditional wedding at a church, others prefer having everything at one venue.
Is their corkage fee?
Speeches? Popping your champagne? Most venues charge a small fee for serving each bottle which is brought onto their premises.
Does the venue have any décor to hire?
Instead of going to numerous other décor hire places there are some wedding venues who have décor already available to hire, maybe not the hanging chandelier that you had in mind but vases, candles, tablecloths... yes.
If the ceremony/reception is outdoor, is there a back in case of bad weather?
Mother Nature, she is unpredictable and she does not care if your hair spray isn't holding your curls that your hair salon spent 2 hours on, not only for this reason but numerous others that I'm sure you can play out in your head already.
Do they offer a room to stay over on the wedding night?
Once your wedding celebration is over, do you know where you will be staying over?
How much deposit is payable to book the venue and when does the balance have to be paid?
If you don't, can't or won't write up questions to ask your venue you can always wake up at 2.00am and message your venue, I'm sure they won't mind. You are, after all, the only bride getting married.
So you have got yourself a shiny new ring on your finger. The newly engaged excitement has been replaced with questions of planning and a whole lot of details. Not to mention each person that you see is asking about wedding planning and providing their advice and opinion that you can either take in or leave out.
I always believe personally that once you have an idea of a date your next step would definitely be to find your venue. Once your venue is booked you know that you have a final date to work towards and booking other wedding vendors becomes easier.
Whether you would want an indoor or outdoor wedding is entirely up to the couple planning their wedding. Making a list of pros and cons can also make decision making a lot easier.
Maybe you would want a beach ceremony or a garden ceremony with a more laid back reception. Weather will obviously be a major deciding factor when it comes to these decisions.
Opting for a traditional church ceremony and then having your reception at a great venue that is best suited to your wedding style?
No matter which option you go for East London has some great venue options!
So your invitations are finally out and you waiting for all your RSVP's. As exhausting as it is following up on on finding out who will be attending as well as the numbers to go with it almost every couple will be thrown with awkward questions, here is a few examples and possible ways to deal with them:
On casual passing, "we'll be there"
What to say: That's great, please could you send me a message to confirm as well as how many of you will be attending.
When will I be receiving my invitation/I can't wait for your wedding! When they not actually on the guest list.
What to say: Our budget is very limited and unfortunately we have not been able to invite everyone although we would love to.
Joe can't make it but I've invited Mark in his place.
What to say: I'm so glad you will be there! Although we have a waiting list of people we would love to invite, so we will not be able to add your guest at this stage. I'll let you know if anything changes. You will definitely be seated at a table where you will know someone.
I'll be there as well as (New Partner/Stranger)
What to say: I'm sorry, due to number restrictions we aren't able to add in all the plus ones, but we can't wait to see you at the wedding!
Can I bring my children?
What to say: Unfortunately we are not able to have all of our guests' children be at the wedding with our limited budget and space.
No response just before the RSVP date.
What to say: Hello - our RSVP date is coming up for our wedding and we would love to know if you can make? We need to confirm catering numbers with the venue
No response after the RSVP date.
What to say: Hello - We wanted to find out whether you will be coming to the wedding?
Maybe you don't want wedding presents and would prefer asking for money?
Not sure how to do just that? Take a look at some of these great wishing well poems to add into your wedding invitations:
Your presence at our wedding
is present enough
'So don't worry about what to buy as we have plenty of stuff!
However if you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way
A gift of money towards our home would really make our day!
More than just kisses so far we've shared
our home has been made with love and care
most things we need we've already got
and in our home we can't fit a lot!
A donation to our wishing well would be great
but only if you wish to participate
We know choosing gifts can be such a pain
there is always the worry of buying the same
our home has been filled with love and care
and is now full to the brim with no room to spare
so should you wish to give a gift to help us on our way
a gift of money would really make our day
so please don't be offended by this request
the most important thing is having you as our guest!
Soon you will hear our wedding bell
as friends and family wish us well
Our household thoughts are not brand new
we have the things we need for two
since we have our share of dishes and bedding
we're having instead a wishing well wedding
but more important we ask of you
your prayers of love and blessings too!
We ask that your presence is your present to us
since our home is already full of homey stuff
but if you'd like to bring a gift
to send us on our way
a small contribution to our wishing well
would surely make our day!
Photo Credit | Cay Rohlandt Photography
Invitation Credit | Confetti Designs
Before you go ahead and put your ideas to life with your invitations, did you know that there is correct wording that you should be using?
Your wedding invitation wording will differ depending on who is going to be hosting the wedding.
If the bridal couple and parents will be hosting the wedding together, your invite wording will be something like this:
together with their parents
request the honor of your presence at their wedding
The Bridal couple is hosting the wedding by themselves:
The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of
The bridal couples parents are hosting the wedding:
Frank and Kate Smith
Request the pleasure of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Bearing in mind your wording will also go with the feel of the wedding.
If you are having a laid back, casual garden wedding the wording in your invite shouldn't be as formal compared to if you had a traditional church wedding.
Important factors to remember on the wedding invitation are the venue, date, time and RSVP.
Your wedding stationery - menu, ceremony programs, thank you cards should all tie in the with the same look and feel as your wedding invitation.
Your wedding invitation should pair with your theme and give an overall look of what should be expected.
Minimalism stands for so much more and in this case the statement less is more couldn't be anymore true!
I love the fresh, clean modern lines of a minimalist wedding.
Picture source: Dress | www.londonbride.com, Ceremony | www.indulgy.com, Confetti | theprettyblog.com Wedding Ceremony Program, Table Numbers, Bouttenieres | mywedding.com Ring | Finestjewelries.us Cards | Stylemepretty.com Menu | Paperandlace.com