Top 5 Colors for Bridesmaids!

Your bridesmaids are not just your nearest friends and family, but also pose as an important role in your wedding! Bridesmaid dresses should complement your wedding color scheme and look fashionable at the same time! So what are our favorite bridesmaid colors you ask? Keep reading to find out!

1. Mint

This pale green shade has been very popular for the past couple years, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! This color can be seen right now on all ready-to-wear runways, and we think it’s a gorgeous choice for a wedding. We recommend to wear this beautiful color with gold and white accessories!

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2. Coral

We cannot get enough of coral! This fab color is beautiful at beach weddings and has even been seen all over red carpet venues this year making it a popular choice that translates perfectly down the aisle! If your having a summer or autumn wedding make this your bridesmaid color scheme! Find this color at Ever-Pretty now!

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3. Emerald

Emerald and other shades of green are so underrated when it comes to beautiful bridesmaids dresses! We truly love this flattering shade of green and think it will really makeyou you stand out on your big day! And most importantly in the photographs!

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4. Deep Purple

A wedding color staple, purple is just as popular as ever, but we love this darker plum shade! Most bridesmaids are often seen in soft lavender shades. Once in a while it’s great to see a different shade of purple throw into the mix! This is also a great color in the height of summer!

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5. Dark Blue

Remember Kate Middleton’s engagement dress? Well dress designers were clearly inspired by the dark blue hues, since this color has been seen everywhere in the last few years. We love its preppy style, which is flattering on so many skin tones, which works well for both casual and formal weddings.

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What color would you choose for your bridesmaids? Tell us in the comment section below!

How To Spend Your Last Weeks Of Summer!

The clock is ticking on Summer 2015! Have you spent your time wisely? If not, don’t worry! There is still time left to have the most amazing summer! On today’s blog we are telling you some relaxing ways on how to spend your last weeks of summer wisely! —->

1. Go for a picnic.

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It seems a little old-fashioned, but a picnic can still be a lot of fun. Put some food in a basket or a cooler, go find a grassy spot somewhere, plop down, and have a meal. Take your friends or your family along and make an experience that you’ll remember. Just be sure to avoid the ant hills!

2. Unplug and go connect with your real life friends.

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Everyone is on the Internet these days. Some people will keep their face pointed directly at their phones even when they’re outside. Sometime this summer, make sure you set the phone down, step away from the computer, and experience life without the Internet. Make sure you stop by and see your friends. Catch up; do things that you used to do before the Internet became a dominant force in our lives. Your brain will thank you because sometimes, you just have to get away from the web.

3. Go on a vacation.

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This one is self explanatory but nevertheless it’s important. The routine of day-to-day life can be stressful. Going on vacation allows you to get away from all the stress of your every day life. You can decompress, recharge, and give yourself a mental and emotional makeover. It also doesn’t hurt that vacations are fun.

4. Go hiking and camping.

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Enjoying the great outdoors is always a good suggestion. Grabbing the old tent and sleeping bag, trekking out to the middle of nowhere, and sleeping there can be a liberating and refreshing experience. You’ll be away from civilization, away from the Internet, and bonding with nature. It’s great exercise too!

5. Attend a bonfire.

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Bonfires are a lot of fun. You find a friend with a house in the middle of nowhere and build yourself a fire that Running Man would be jealous of. Grab the kids and some s’mores ingredients. Call up that hippie friend we all have that can strum practically every hit from the 70s on an acoustic guitar. Make a party out of it. As humans, we’ve always bonded over fire. Why not be a part of the proud tradition?

6. Go to an outdoor concert.

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Summer is a great time to go see an outdoor show. A lot of artists tour during the summer and most large cities have an outdoor venue. There are even a boat load of festivals available where you can go see acts from multiple genres. Outdoor shows have more freedom than indoor shows and there is nothing that isn’t enjoyable about sitting in the grass with a beer and listening to music you enjoy.

7. Get yourself some fruity drinks.

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One of the best things about summer are the fruity drinks. Smoothies are amazing and there are hundreds of places that sell them. If you’re into making them at home you can find thousands of recipes. For adults, adding a little alcohol to them is never a bad idea. The Piña colada was invented for this time of year. Do yourself a favor and make yourself a nice big smoothie.

8. Start a garden.

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There is almost a primal satisfaction in making things grow out of the ground. A lot of people plant gardens and you should too. You can grow flowers, vegetables, fruits, or even herbs and spices. Finding what to grow can be fun and weeding your garden can be oddly calming and therapeutic. Plus at the end of the season, you can pick what you grow and use it for indoor decoration, as food, or to spice food. That’s a win-win!

9. Walk somewhere.

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We have legs that we are using less and less these days. Do your body, your cardiovascular system, and your health a favor and pound some pavement this summer. Find a park or a trail and walk around. If you live close enough, hoof it to your local shopping center. Whatever it is, just get off your behind and walk around outside for a while. Did we mention that the sun gives away free vitamin D?

10. Go find your nearest body of water.

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Water is an amazing thing and you can do a lot with it. Go visit a body of water this summer, be it a lake, an ocean, a river, or something else. Go fishing and swimming. Lay on the beach or go for a boat ride. There are a hundred things you can do once you hit water. Visit one and enjoy yourself!

How To: Plan The Perfect Seating Arrangement!

For many couples, the reception seating chart is one of the most dreaded and stressful parts of wedding planning. It usually starts off easy, but can quickly become complicated once it’s underway. Plus, since you have to wait for all your RSVPs to be in before you can start working on the seating plan, that often means you’re juggling this gigantic project along with dozens of other down-to-the-wire tasks. So who sits where? Where do the children of the party sit? All these answers and more will be answered below! —>

Who Sits Where?

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The Bridal Table: The bride and groom may sit at a long rectangular head table or round table at the focal point of the room, or alternatively, at their very own “sweetheart” table. Some couples choose to have no table at all, but to leave a few seats empty at every table so they can mingle throughout the reception. No matter which configuration you choose, the bridal table is usually set apart from the others by some type of decoration, such as flowers.

Traditionally, the groom sits to the bride’s right and the best man sits to her left. The maid of honor sits to the groom’s right. Depending on how large the table is, the other attendants can also be seated near the bride and groom. In the old days, spouses and significant others were relegated to different tables, but this tradition is now generally ignored. If you can only fit the best man and maid of honor along with their significant others at your table, do so. Seat remaining attendants and their “plus ones” at another table.

Family Tables:

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Often, the parents of the bride and groom sit opposite each other at a large family table, with grandparents, the officiant, and other close friends. An alternative is to have the bride and groom’s parents “host” their own tables, consisting of their family members and close friends. In the case of divorced parents, each parent may also host his or her own table, smoothly diffusing any awkwardness or discomfort.

Mix or Match:

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As for the rest of your guests, should you put friends together or seat them with “new” people? The answer is a bit of both. While it is a great idea to mix in a few new faces at each table, remember that people are most comfortable when they know some of their dinner companions. Be considerate. Not even your most gregarious friends will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can. If you have guests who don’t know anyone, seat them near guests with similar interests. If you have a group of friends that cannot fit at one table, split them down the middle, and fill in each table with other guests. Whatever you do, don’t leave one of the gang out.

Singles vs. Couples

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If you’ve been dying to fix your old roommate up with your fiancé’s cousin, you might take this opportunity to discreetly seat them next to each other. Resist the urge, however, to create a separate “singles” table, though, as this might embarrass your guests. By the same token, don’t seat your unmarried friend at a table full of gushing newlyweds. A little sensitivity and some good old common sense are the best guides.

Seating Children

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If you have several children at your wedding, seat them together at a separate kids’ table. If your flowergirl and ringbearer are the only children present, seat them with their parents.

Do you have any tips on seating arrangements? Tell us your tips and thoughts in the comment section below!

How To: Wear Yellow!

One color that reminds us of summertime is yellow! I know you may dismiss yellow immediately as a color that you cannot wear, but you don’t have to go full out in yellow to embrace the color. On today’s blog we will show you how to add yellow elements to your wardrobe to help brighten up your style this summer! Keep reading to see how! —->>>

As a top

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Yellow can be easily worn as a top. Fabulous with neutral bottoms like blue jeans, white or black. If solid yellow is too bright for you. You can minimize the effect of the yellow by combining your yellow top (like a tank) with a blazer in a more neutral color. This will still give you the hip vibrancy of yellow without the yellow overpowering you too much.

As a skirt

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If you want to wear yellow clothing, it doesn’t mean it needs to be worn near your face. This skirt is a perfect example of how you can own fashion in this color without it making you feel to sallow looking. With the other colors in the outfit, the yellow can stand out, yet it harmonizes well with with everything else.

As part of a print

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Don’t want to go for all out yellow but like the happy vibe of yellow, then choose a print that includes this color. There are now lots of beautiful flower dresses featuring yellow in the shops. You can choose a print that combines yellow with all your other favorite colors.

As an accessory

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If you are not too keen on wearing color but still like to liven up your outfit with a bit of sunshine, then accessorizing is the way to go. It is an excellent way to add color to your outfit and take it to the next level. Very nice with an all white outfit or a black and white combination. Just add a yellow bag, belt, scarf or necklace and you’re good to go. This is by far the easiest way to add a bit of yellow to your wardrobe and still get the benefits.

Wear a yellow shoe

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Yellow doesn’t just have to be an accent as a purse. You can go for a yellow sandal which adds that same wake-punch without being too close to the face. If you think a shoe in yellow won’t get a lot of wear, guess again. Just like the yellow purse, shoes in this color can add some flavor to just about any color you may be wearing.

What do you like best about the color yellow? Will you be wearing it out this summer?

How To Choose Your Perfect Wedding Photographer!

Wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake, passed down through generations, and the only commemoration of the thousands of hours and dollars spent to plan one of the most important days of your life. Other than the choice of a spouse, the choice of the wedding photographer is the most important wedding-related decision you will make, and is not to be taken lightly. Don’t stress! Keep reading to see what our top 5 most important tips are in making this decision a whole lot easier!

1. Choose your style!

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Are you looking for a traditional approach with mostly posed images? Or do you prefer lots of candid shots in which the subject may not even know he or she is being photographed? Do you like the glamour approach of fashion photography? Would you prefer a photographer who combines all of these styles, a freestyle or eclectic wedding photographer? Choosing this prior to your big day is very important! We suggest looking up ideas via Pinterest! There you will find thousands of of wedding photo style ideas!

2. Do Your Homework

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Start your search by reading reviews from recent brides and browsing hundreds of local listings. Carefully review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style. The design of the website may also give you clues about the photographer’s personality and sensibility. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages too, if possible — is the feedback from clients good? How does the photographer respond? This will help our big time from any big regrets from a nightmare photographer!

3. Set Up Interviews

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This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone. You must meet your potential photographers in person. If you like what you see on their sites — and their fees are in your ballpark range — call to see if they’re available for your wedding date. If the photographer is already booked on your date, you may want to see if they have an associate or can recommend another shooter with a similar style. Set up in-person meetings with three to five potential photographers who are available on your wedding date to look at more of their work and assess whether your personalities mesh. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos.

4. See a Few Full Wedding Albums

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Don’t base your decision solely on what you see in a photographer’s highlights gallery or album. For good reason, photographers show prospective clients a portfolio of their best pictures, all from different weddings, so you’re seeing the best of the best. The problem with that is you won’t get a well-rounded idea of their work. Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot. This way you can get a better idea of what your complete collection of photos might look like after the wedding. If you see that the full gallery photos are just about as good as the ones chosen in the highlight gallery, you’re on the right track.

5. Confirm, confirm, confirm!

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This is the golden rule of wedding planning. Remember: your wedding is more important to you and your spouse-to-be than to anyone else. As such, you must confirm appointments, plans, reservations, etc., several times—Once at contract signing, a second time 3-6 months before the event, and again 1-2 weeks before, at which time last minute details, changes, and requests can be worked out.

Have you ever hired a professional photographer? If so, what are your tips on doing so?

How To Pick Your Bridesmaids!

Trying to choose who you want to include in your bridal party with who you’re expected, requested, or even told to include can seem like an ordeal. With friends and family anticipating or assuming they’ll be asked, it’s easy to get confused and resentful. After all, this is supposed to be your day, your way, right? Relax. Choosing your party doesn’t need to be a nightmare. Prioritizing what’s important is the key to arriving at a list that pleases everyone, and most importantly, YOU!

1. Think twice before you ask.

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Once you’ve asked someone to be in your bridesmaid, you can’t go back. So while it may be tempting to ask all of your favorite friends to be in your wedding party the minute you get engaged, don’t. Take your time. Give yourself at least a month, to mull over the options. And pose this question to yourself: Do you imagine you’ll be just as close to this person in five years as you are now? If you’re on the fence about asking someone to be in your wedding party, consider how they’d fit in with the rest of your attendants. If you don’t think they’d mesh with your crew, leave them off the list.

2. Set honest expectations.

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What sort of a role do you want your bridesmaids to play? Is it important to you that they help to address wedding invites, dress shop with you and attend all of the prewedding parties? Or will it be enough for them to wear what you chose and show up the day of? If it’s the former, think twice about asking friends or family who live far away or have extremely hectic schedules. The worst thing you could do is set yourself up for disappointment.

3. Include your brothers and sisters.

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Think about it, even if you’re not particularly close to his sister or her brother, siblings are going to be around well past your 10-year anniversary, and chances are, you’ll become closer over the years. If you come from a big family and you can’t possibly include everyone, draw the line at teenagers. Instead, make them a part of the ceremony by asking them to pass out programs or seat guests. Traditionally, it’s ladies on one side and guys on the other, but feel free to break that rule and have them stand on either side of the aisle.

4. Choose responsible honor attendants.

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Choosing your maid of honor might not be an easy task. The best honor attendants are friends who are responsible and friends who are good at providing emotional support, because there just might be a few prewedding meltdowns. (It also helps if they’re super-fun, since they’ll be planning the bachelorette parties!). If your best friend isn’t always the most dependable person, it’s perfectly okay to have two best men or maids of honor. Pick your unpredictable BFF and another friend you can rely on for the big, important duties.

5. DO NOT ask someone just because they asked you.

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You don’t need to ask someone to be in your wedding because they asked you to be in their wedding. Don’t ask the college roommate you haven’t spoken to in five years just to return the favor. If they want to talk to you about why they aren’t in your wedding, be completely honest. Explain that it was a tough decision but you really felt like you should have the people you feel closest to at this point in your life standing up for you, and there are so many of those people (including her) that you had to leave out some very special ones.

Have you been asked to be apart of someones bridal party? What tips would you give someone who is a first timer in a bridal party?

5 Summer Accessories You Need!

As the weather heats up, women everywhere throw off their wool coats and heavy sweaters in favor of cool and breezy summer styles. Of course, not everyone has the cash to invest in a whole new summer wardrobe every year. Instead, focus on fashionable add-ons to freshen up your look without breaking the bank. Bags, shoes and other accessories allow you to try new trends without spending a fortune or taking a major fashion risk. So what makes the perfect summer accessory, anyway? Continue reading to see our top 5 must have summer accessories!

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Light summer scarves serve as the perfect way to add eye-catching color to everyday outfits. Wrap a lightweight scarf around your neck to dress up jeans and a tee, or wear one with your favorite dress to stay warm in overly air-conditioned buildings. Scarves also make great belts to add a pop of color to your outfit, and many can even be worn as sarongs when you need a bit of extra coverage at the beach. Look for materials like silk or cotton for scarves that will last for multiple seasons, and be sure to try a few trendy options like ethnic prints and designs with bold colors.

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Nothing says summer chic quite like an oversized floppy hat. This classic favorite adds a touch of elegance to even the most casual outfit, and it looks just as fitting at an outdoor wedding as it does on the beach. Even better, wide-brim hats offer serious sun protection, which can help you ward off skin damage and keep tresses from fading. Try a classic straw hat for a timeless look, or choose raffia hats in white, black or neutral shades for a slightly dressier style. Patterned ribbons or bands add interesting touches without going overboard, while hats with vibrant hues add ample amounts of color for those looking to create a bold look.

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Leave the oversized handbags at home this summer and lighten your load with a classic clutch. These small bags hold only the essentials, allowing you to travel light and easy during the hot and hazy days of summer. Traditional models fit neatly in one hand or can be tucked under your arm, while convertible clutches come with a simple chain or strap to keep your hands free. Choose a basic clutch in a neutral shade for an always-fashionable bag you can use year after year, or try out trends that are hot right now with neon-colored clutches or straw bags with wooden or leather trim. Find your perfect clutch at Ever-Pretty today!

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The wedge sandal serves as the ideal compromise between traditional high heels and summer’s ultra-casual flip-flops and flats. Wedges are comfortable enough for a walk in the park or a stroll down the boardwalk, yet stylish enough to make jeans, dresses and capris look flirty and fashionable. The thick wooden or cork base eliminates the hazards — and discomfort — of high heels, while the strappy designs add style to any outfit. Spice things up with trendy versions made from animal skins, floral prints or bright neon colors, or choose wedges made from classic materials like leather, cork and canvas for shoes that will last for seasons to come.

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Sunglasses are the ultimate must-have accessory for summer. Not only do they protect your eyes and help minimize skin damage, but a great pair of shades simply makes you look cool in a way no other accessory can. With so many designs and materials to choose from, trying on different looks is half the fun. Retro styles are especially hot right now — particularly the 1960s-inspired cat’s eye design. For a more wearable, but still trendy, look, try aviators or sunglasses with circular lenses. If you prefer a classic pair of shades that will always be in fashion, you can’t go wrong with slightly oversized sunglasses with black or tortoiseshell frames.

What is your all time favorite summer accessory? Tell us in the comment section below!

Planning The Perfect Bachelorette Party!

You’ve been chosen to be your best friend’s maid of honor and it truly is an honor, but now you have the daunting task of planning a killer bachelorette party. But don’t stress because we’ve got your back. No matter what kind of bride your friend is, conservative or wild, keeping in mind a few simple things will help you plan a great party that both you and the bride will be able to enjoy.

Brainstorm with the bride

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While you don’t want her to do the legwork, you might want to get her input as to what she’d like. It is her party after all. So get her thoughts on the guest list, what she might like to do and of course what date works best for her. She’s got enough to worry about with the actual wedding, so the rest should be up to you.

Activities

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Whether you’re staying in or going out, a scavenger hunt can be a fun activity for everyone. Divide your guests into teams and give them a list of things they must find or take photos of. You can use Polaroid cameras, ask a couple of people to bring their digital cameras or use cell phones and have the teams take pictures while singing karaoke at a bar, standing in front of a local landmark or kissing a bartender. Arrange to meet back at home or at a bar and share what you’ve all taken photos of. Of course you should create a scoring system and name a winner, but the real fun will be in the taking of and looking at the photos afterward. If none of this is to your bride’s liking, a simple dinner out with friends can be just as memorable. Choose a nice restaurant that your friend doesn’t often frequent and make an event of it. Engage in drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert and just enjoy everyone’s company.

Food and beverages

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Whether staying in or going out, take into consideration everyone’s palette. Not everyone eats sushi, for example, so if going out, choose a restaurant that offers meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. If staying in, make sure there are plenty of hors d’oeuvres that everyone can snack on and offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Get everyone home safely

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You’ll want to end your fantastic party on a positive note, so if your guests will be drinking, make sure you have designated drivers for everyone. Take cabs, hire a limo or be the DD yourself.

Paying the bill

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You may be planning the party, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for it all. As best you can, figure out what the costs will be, including cover charges to bars, the limo, dinner, etc. Inform your guests what they will have to chip in. Getting the money up front on certain things will save you from having to dole out a bunch of unexpected cash throughout the evening. Letting your invited guests know what they are expected to pay will also help them decide what they can and cannot participate in.

It’s all about the bride

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There are many things you can do for a bachelorette party, and you can’t always please everyone. But as long as the bride is happy, you can consider your party a success. There are countless games to play and places to go, so use your imagination and send your friend into married life with a bang!

Are you in charge of planning your BFF’s bachelorette party? What are some of your planning tips?

Must Haves For Your Next Beach Visit!

With the summer days ahead of us, we can’t wait to get out to the beach! The sun, the sand and the relaxation are everything we could want! If you live close by a beach or will be soon visiting a beach this blog is just for you! Today we are discussing some ways to make sure you and yours have fun in the sun ocean-side!

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Keep dry with your favorite beach towel: Beach towels are much more than just a colorful fashion statement. Towels that have quick-dry properties aren’t as heavy to carry or as likely to get musty. Others feature easy roll-up with built-in ties or elastic loops that quickly secure them into a compact bundle when it’s time to go. Oversized towels offer versatility, by offering extra coverage and drying area. Sarongs provide a lightweight cover-up or an ad hoc dressing room for an on-the-beach quick change, and can be used to replace a towel in a pinch.

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Take a load off with a fold-up beach chair: Have all the comfort of home with a beach chair that offers great back support, easy-carry shoulder straps, integrated cup holders, adjustable neck rests, zippered storage pocket, and even umbrellas or canopies to block strong rays. Get some comfy snoozing in with a reclining model. Taller models work well for the less mobile of us, whereas the shorter legged versions don’t block the view of the people behind you. If you want to be one with the beach, sit-on-the-ground picnic seats like the Picnic Time Ventura Portable Backpack Seat are super compact and offer great back support.

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Umbrellas — great in the sun too: Even the most avid sun lover can need a break from the heat when the rays are unrelenting. Beach umbrellas can offer up to 100 UPF/SPF protection from the sun. An umbrella can also provide a visual beacon to help you find your way back to your beach base camp if you go wandering. As the day progresses, move your base camp around the umbrella to catch the shade as the sun moves across the sky.

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Clothes make a difference on the beach: Slip-on shoes, such as flip-flops, will keep the shock of hot sand from your soles and are easy to get on and off. Aqua shoes or athletic sandals can be great on the beach and in the water, especially if there’s a rocky sand bank. Wet wipes can provide a quick refresh when your skin starts to feel the sting of salt. In addition to your swimsuit and cover-up, bring a full change of clothing, including underwear, so you are not stuck in a wet or uncomfortable swimsuit for the ride home.

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Make like a classic movie star — use a hat and sunglasses: In addition to building some beachside mystique, you can help ward off squinting and sun damage by shading your eyes with sunglasses and a hat or visor with a 3-inch-plus brim. Sunglasses should block at least 99 percent of UVB and UVA rays and provide UV 400 protection. Straw hats or hats with ventilation help keep you cool on the beach by letting heat escape from your head while keeping your face and neck shaded.

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Tips on successful noshing seaside: If you want to eat healthfully at the beach, you will likely want to bring your own food. A clever way to keep food cool and stay hydrated is to freeze water bottles the night before and tuck them into your cooler. As the bottles melt, they provide chilled fresh drinking water. If sand castles are on your beach activity list, you may want to bring your food in different size containers. Just be sure to recycle the containers when you’re leaving, so you “leave no trace” in nature.

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Eventually, you’ll want to get moving: When you tire of swimming, reading, and napping, fight off sun malaise with activity. Take a walk. Build sand castles. Play games such as volleyball, Frisbee, and beach paddle, or with younger kids, water pail relay, beach bowling, or shell hunts. (Note: Remember to practice good environmentalism by enjoying the shells at the beach only, not at home.) If all your gear starts to add up, investing in a handy beach caddy can help make moving it to and from home easier.

How To Pick The Perfect Bouquet!

Your bridal bouquet is a once in a lifetime accessory. When else do you get to carry a beautiful bunch of flowers designed especially for you, all day long?! Whole weddings can be planned around that very special ‘bunch of flowers’. However, if you’re a bride with little to no experience of bouquets, or flowers in general, then there are lots of questions to consider. Don’t worry! Today we will give you the ins and outs how to choose your perfect bouquet!

Try to choose your wedding dress before your flowers

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When you meet your florist for a consultation, remember to bring a picture of your dress. The design of your bouquet is completely dependent on the style, shape and detail of your dress. I think the key to bouquet design is that it doesn’t drown you, hide the silhouette of the dress or unbalance the line.

Consider the shape and size of your bouquet carefully

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Do not opt for a trailing bouquet if the feature detail of your dress is on the skirt, but if you have a long train or bustle at the back of your dress you might want to balance the look with a more dramatic bouquet. Do not hide your waist as this is likely to be your narrowest part, so make sure the bouquet is much narrower than your waist.

Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day

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Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year (or are very expensive) so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing which flowers to incorporate into your bouquet.

Consider the exact color of your wedding dress

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Color is key, particularly with whites, ivories and creams. There are so many different shades, your florists can recommend the right type of bloom to work well with the exact colour of your dress, and to compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember to take swatches if you have them. If you are having your dress made or altered, ask the dressmaker if you can have any spare material that your florist can use to wrap around the stems of your bouquet, you then have the perfect match

Make it personal

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Try to incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask your florist to add it into the top of the stems.

Make it picture perfect

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Pictures of your bouquet are lovely to have so make sure you ask your photographer to do some close ups. Bouquets photograph particularly well in baths, propped up in pretty chairs or if you can bear to put your bouquet down when you are ready to go into your wedding breakfast, placing it to the side of your wedding cake makes a beautiful picture.

What flowers do you plan on using in your bouquet? Tell us in the comment section below!