Archive | January 2016

Great Mother of the Bride or Groom Tips – Part Two

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We hope you found our Great Mother of the Bride or Groom Tips – Part One useful. We’ve got some more advice for you to bear in mind for your child’s wedding.

Set Your Own Time

Part of realistic planning is putting time aside for your own preparations. Whether it’s outfit shopping, makeup testing, dance practice or even writing a speech, setting time aside just for planning your own essentials for the day itself is as important as helping your child with the same process. More preparation means less stress, which is good for everyone.

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Wedding Customs Around the World #2 – New Zealand

What counts as traditional varies as much as these wedding customs around the world. In this regular series, we’re going to take a look at different types of ceremonies in various cultures.

Wedding Customs Around the World - New Zealand

 

Since a Maori wedding Haka went viral across the internet a couple of days ago, we’ve decided to look into more depth at the wedding traditions of New Zealand.

Before its colonial days, Polynesian Maori wedding tradition was very tribal and territorial. Many marriages were arranged to the benefit of a stronger tribe with more land, and all needed the blessing of a tribal elder. In the 18th century, New Zealand was colonized by the British Empire, and Western traditions and customs started to appear with increased trade and settlement. For example, bridal showers are often referred to as Kitchen Teas, it is considered unlucky for the bridal couple to see each other before meeting at the altar on the wedding day, and the meal after the ceremony can be referred to as a the Wedding Breakfast, no matter what time of day it is held.

Despite the creep of colonisation, Maori traditions still live on in New Zealand, wedding ceremonies being no exception.

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Great Mother of the Bride or Groom Tips – Part One

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We have some great general mother of the bride or groom tips for you that will help you enjoy the ride with less of the pressure so you can enjoy the special role you have in your child’s wedding.

Being the mother of a child who is going to be married is an exciting time – and maybe even a little bit stressful! Every parent-child relationship is different, but these tips should help give you a general idea of how to start off and keep going on the right foot.

 

Set Your Role Early On

Once the marriage plans are in motion, talk to your child about what they may expect of you and what you can do to help them. Even if you (or your child) think certain parts of your involvement may be automatically obvious, it’s worth confirming expectations with each other to avoid confusion later on down the line. Which brings us to…

Be Realistic

Whether it’s the issue of money or volunteering duties, be open and honest about what you can and can’t provide. Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid for her wedding, but this is becoming less common as modern couples take a more bespoke attitude to all aspects of their wedding. Talking frankly about finances and other areas of support that you may provide will help your child solidify their plans for the celebrations, and remove a potential source of pressure by avoiding false expectations, over-promising, and under-delivering.

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Tips for Wedding Day Makeup and Skincare – Part Two

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Following on from our Tips for Wedding Day Makeup and Skincare – Part One, we have collected some more clever tips and great advice for glowing skin and hassle-free makeup for before and during your wedding day.

Have a Touch-Up Kit

Your makeup wears off during any regular day, and with all the hugging, kissing, drinking, eating, talking and (most likely) crying you’ll do on your wedding day, this is even more true. If you like to keep up appearances in the makeup department, then pack a small touch-up kit of your essentials to keep you going through the day.

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