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Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress with LighterLife

Lighter Life

Wedding dress shopping can be a daunting experience, especially when you’re met with so many designs, colours, shapes and fabrics in every shop you visit. The range of options you can be presented with makes it hard to work out exactly where you start to refine your choices.

For many, the thought of stepping into a bridal boutique can be a worrying one. Weddings often mean multiple all-eyes-on-you moments, which means body confidence and weight can be on your mind. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative thought though. For many, booking your wedding might just be the motivation you need to work on getting your confidence back whilst also following, and ultimately maintaining, a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Top grooming tips for the groom on his wedding day

Male grooming

Premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge shares its top tips for looking great on your wedding day…

Don’t leave your haircut too late

It doesn’t matter if you’re drastically changing your style (not recommended!) or just keeping things tidy; make sure you book in to see your barber a week before your wedding. Giving yourself a solid seven days means your hairstyle can settle in, making it look more natural.

Wash your hair properly

When wedding stress turns into anxiety

Dealing with wedding stress

It’s widely recognised that wedding planning is a joyful, exciting and stressful time and wedding stress is probably going to affect you! There’s a huge amount of pressure for everything to be ‘perfect’ and for those suffering with anxiety, that pressure is felt even more intensely – above and beyond the usual stresses. As well as worrying about the ‘perfect day’, anxiety sufferers may find themselves over-worrying and over-analysing.

Am I the only bride-to-be that feels like this?

I can’t tell anybody – what if they think I have cold feet?

It’s supposed to be the happiest time of my life – why do I feel so over whelmed?

Ever Fasting love

Nutritionist Kim Pearson

If your wedding day is approaching, or if it's the lead up to someone else's big day, the chances are you may be thinking about shaping up! If you don't have time to follow a wedding diet plan, fasting maybe the answer.

New research into fasting is turning traditional nutrition advice on its head. We’re now learning that going for extended periods of time without food can provide a wide range of benefits. Fasting has been shown to promote health and longevity by reducing numerous disease risk factors and promoting cellular regeneration.
When carried out in the right way, fasting will not automatically result in a reduced metabolic rate or rebound weight gain as once believed.

Blushing Bride Fled During a Fitting for her Wedding Dress!   

Blushing bride

Blushing bride Debbie Rhodes, 33, from Glasgow, talks to Vows and Venues about how she solved her blushing problem before her big day, with the help of KALME products.

“I struggled for years with severe blushing and redness before I knew what it was. Everything seemed to make my skin go bright red. Most beauty creams made me go red, if I went in the sun, drank alcohol, got embarrassed or got in any awkward situations my skin would flush an embarrassing shade of red.

The Road to wedding Relaxtion

Manchester Spa

As I scurry through the city streets trying to escape the worst of the pouring rain, I glance up to the grey sky and wonder how anywhere else on this planet could be blessed with sunshine and warmth. But Manchester has a hidden secret; an oasis of calm and relaxation among the buzz of the Northern Quarter offering a splash of exotic colour against the dreary, drab streets of the city in winter.

Finally I spot my my destination. Rather unassuming from the outside, the Sarasin Spa, in Bradley Street, looks like the usual hairdressers or beauty salon you’d expect to find in Manchester, but I urge you not to be fooled by its newbuild, typically British exterior.

Make room for relaxation on your wedding to-do list

Craxton wood

Weddings can be a stressful affair. Perpetual planning, hunting for THAT dress and don’t even mention the pesky guest list… What a bride-to-be needs, is relaxation and to escape that very busy head space of hers from time to time and at Vows and Venues, we know just the place.

Ok so it’s a spa, but stay with us because this isn’t just any spa, this is the world of ESPA...

We often think of spas as a special treat, a luxurious once in a blue moon break, which of course they can be, but how about upping the ante and making your journey through steam and sauna a necessity instead?

Self love, practice it before the big day

Practice self love

With your wedding day coming up, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. The pressure and stress of last minute changes, vows to write and the thought of a marriage to work on for a lifetime can fill you with doubt and worry. These feelings are quite healthy and common, and with the most beautiful day of your life ahead of you now is the perfect time to reflect on how you choose to embark on this journey. Now is the time to practice self love. 

Beautiful brows for your wedding day

Wedding brows

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, right down to the smallest detail of her eyebrows. That's why Chermaine Kyriacou, Head Trainer at Browhaus, has taken the time to gives us her top tips for  beautiful brows on your wedding day.

Top tips for beautiful brows on your wedding day

Step One 

STOP everything you are doing (tweezing, threading, shaving) in fact no eyebrow hair removal for the next few months just let them grow out. Resisting the urge to reshape or even tidy up your brows at this stage will ensure you have the maximum amount of eyebrow hairs to work with before you start styling them. It's a lot more difficult to get a shape you love otherwise.

Step Two  

Top tips for getting the perfect wedding hair

phil smith

Celebrity Hair Stylist Phil Smith, Creator of award winning haircare brand Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS, gives us his top tips for getting perfect wedding hair.day.

Grow your hair

Clients usually start growing their hair from the day they get engaged as they know that a longer hair style means their hairstylist has more to work with on their big day. We always find that as soon as they return from their honeymoon, the first thing they do on their return is book an appointment to cut it all off again!. I also advise clients not to colour their hair less than two weeks before their big day. This way it has time to settle and get in great condition for all the pictures

Keep your hair nourished

Lose pounds with Skinny Sprinkles

Skinny sprinkles

Are you looking to lose pounds in time for your big day but struggle with portion size and the urge to snack? Skinny Sprinkles could be your saving grace.

This clever weight loss aid contains glucomannan, the only clinically proven ingredient to be recognised and approved as a safe supplement to aid weight loss by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Glucommanan is derived from the konjac plant, an exotic plant native to China and other parts of Asia and known for centuries as Devil’s Tongue due to its unique point red flower.

The Ugly Truth about Crash Dieting

crash dieting truth's

For the brides-to-be out there desperate to drop a dress size or two before wedding season, it's worth knowing the impact yo-yo dieting can have on your health in both the short and long-term. Nutritional Therapist Natalie Lamb from Lepicol Lighter’s gives us the dangers of crash dieting you need to be aware of:

 

Loss of Muscle Mass

Crash dieting encourages the body to hold onto stored fat as it believes it is being starved and will need all the resources it has in order to survive. Although, those who do crash diet may notice weight loss very quickly, this weight loss is usually due to the loss of fluids and lean muscle mass.

 

Sluggish Digestion

Top tips for a healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle

This is such an exciting time for you! But instead of using the time leading up to your big day focusing on a ‘magic’ dress size, this is the time to start your healthy lifestyle. You should avoid the temptation to go on a crash diet closer to the big day, as all this will do is leave you stressed, tired and cause a lack of motivation further down the line. The best thing to do is start making healthy choices in your everyday life.

Results with Lucy, share there top tips to keeping motivated and sticking to a healthy lifestyle:

DONT QUIT

How to get a great night's sleep before your wedding

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life. All sorts of things will be keeping you awake at night and may stop you from having a great night's sleep in the run up to the big event. Will I remember my first dance? Is everyone seated in the best place? Now I’ve found my perfect dress, how can I find dresses that all the bridesmaids will wear? You could end up overly tired, over-stressed, or worse - sick – when the day final arrives. 

How can you increase the odds of getting your eight-a-night before you head down the aisle? To break your bad habits and increase the chance of a great night’s sleep, our Sleep Well independent sleep expert, has the following advice;