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The possibilities of making the kinds of connections you want are very realistic, and many long lasting relationships and marriages have begun via online dating services, not to mention casual relationships as well if that is what you prefer. The possibilities are all right there and waiting for you, but there are a few key rules you need to know and follow in order to find your perfect date online. Download to learn The Golden Rules of Online Dating – 6 essential rules to finding the perfect online date!

Dating Is A Patience Game

Have a little patience

Finding “the one” is rarely easy and to be honest it shouldn’t be either. What’s the point in settling for a mediocre partner in terms of your similarities and compatibility when there are thousands of single people out there. There’s no doubt in my mind that there is a person suited for everyone in this world but it’s just taking the time to find them. Dating is a game of patience.

Understandably, we become desperate sometimes to find a partner we can share our laughs, tears and experiences with but it’s important that we share those moments with the right person. After all, if you truly want to spend the rest of your life with this person then you can forever have these moments to reminisce on.

Never too old

There seems to be a misinterpretation that once you hit a certain age that it is then too late to start dating or find the perfect match. Well that isn’t true at all. There are millions of people around the world that are single aged 40 and above who are still being hit by Cupid’s arrow and finding their true love. The majority of the time it’s over online dating websites because that’s the easiest way for them and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. There are hundreds of senior dating websites online that you can use to slowly search for your ideal partner with patience. There’s no rush when you’re sitting behind a computer.

Taking your time to find the right person might seem like a chore but in the long term it will be much more worth it. The question you have to ask is would you rather settle for an average person that you find “OK” or take your time, have a bit of patience and find that partner that you love sharing your life with where your heart skips a beat every time you hear from them.

5 Nerve-Racking Wedding Emergencies And How To Handle Them

Who wouldn’t want to have a perfect wedding day? Soon-to-be married couples pour the best of their time, abilities, and cash into the success of their once in a lifetime celebration of love. They choose the best officiant and hire experienced organizers, caterers, florists, dressmakers, and photographers to ensure everything turns out the way they envisioned smoothly and flawlessly.

But let’s be honest, is there really a “perfect” wedding? Do couples, who spend the most of their time and resources, really achieve their ideal wedding celebration without running into bumps and hurdles in the process? I don’t think so.

Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? However, nobody likes it when not-so-pleasant surprises show up in the course of wedding planning, or worse, on your big day. A simple yet unresolved mistake can sabotage everything at the drop of the hat. Fortunately, most common wedding blunders can be remedied. You just have to think fast and handle them with grace and poise (even if they’re driving you nuts IRL).

Before you go into panic mode, stop, take a deep breath, and check out the following solutions for the most common wedding planning emergencies.

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DIY receptions: How to make your wedding a more personal experience

Unless you are an event planner, your wedding may be the most complex project, and the biggest party you will ever plan. Your wedding, if prepared correctly will be the best party of your life. It will also be the most memorable day for you and your significant other. Your guests, however, will have attended and will continue to participate in weddings throughout the year. You want your wedding to be the one they remember even when they are old. An excellent way to make that day memorable is to create a personalized experience for each guest. They may not feel the joy you will be feeling because you are marrying the love of your life, but they may share the excitement and be happy for you because they felt great attending the wedding. You may be freaking out right now, but no, it will not cost you excessively to plan that wedding. There are simple ways to make your wedding memorable.

Keep your guests informed

One of the easiest way to ensure that your guests are entertained is by sharing your program with them. While they may love you to bits, they will be bored if they feel like they are just following the crowd with no knowledge of what is happening. This is the digital era, take advantage of it. Share your program with your guests on social media and have a printed copy of the program at the gate for anyone who did not see it on their social media pages. Include logistical information. No one likes being lost. Ensure that you have also included a dress code if any. The last thing you want is to make one of your guests feel out of place. You may also want to create a website dedicated to the day. This site may contain information about what will happen at what time and where. You may also want to include directions, shuttle bus services, parking restrictions and accurate information about the property the party will be hosted at such as rocky terrain.

Make your guests feel welcome

If you want to guests to feel that your party is the best they have ever attended, it is great to ensure that they feel welcome. Nothing says “welcome and thanks for coming” like welcome bags. Sure, it may be a lot of work assembling them, but they are worth it. If you will be doing some of these things yourself, a welcome bag includes a bottle of water, snacks and local specialties like wine or chocolate. You may also want to include a map or brochures for great places to visit in the locality. You should also include a personal letter from the couple expressing just how happy they are that the guests have left their busy schedules to attend the wedding. If your guests are few, then you might know what they like and don’t like so you may make their welcome bags more personal for them.

Make them comfortable

Everyone is usually very tense when they are visiting new locations. You want your guests to feel as comfortable as possible. Depending on where you are hosting the wedding, you may choose to have a welcome bar with non-alcoholic beverages. If you are hosting your wedding outside, you may want to have a bug repellant station. Bugs can be an issue that will keep your guests from enjoying the day. If you are hosting a beach wedding, have flip flops for your guests in case they did not carry their own.

Wedding reception

Wedding reception venues are not usually kids-friendly. However, you want the parents to have just as much fun as the singles in the wedding. An excellent way to help parents is by making sure their children are having a good time too. Kids love to explore and have fun. They may not have a concentration span as long as that of adults. So make sure there are fun things for children to do throughout your wedding and fun places for them to hang out and have fun during the reception party. You may employ people who will act as baby sitters for that day. You may even make it a sleepover party with cartoon and pizza!

How to plan a luxury honeymoon you’ll never forget by private jet

You had the perfect wedding. If everything did not go as it should have then most of the things went as planned. Now you want to relax. It has been months of pressure and trying to get every detail right. You deserve a break. If you are planning your wedding as a couple or you want to surprise your lover with a great destination, why not spoil them with a luxurious honeymoon destination that will forever be imprinted in their mind. You do not want to plan your honeymoon just anywhere. The place you choose should be meaningful to you. After all, this will be the beginning of a great love story. Perhaps the first on many easy trips you will embark on together. As they say, first impressions are critical. If the first vacation you have together after marriage is not impressive, there are chances that your wife will never let you forget the terrible experiences she had. There are great places to go to especially for newlyweds. Places you will get to love and know each other. The beginning of your life together will be perfect, and the memories you make together not even death can take away.

Little Palm Island

The Florida Keys may not be your first choice, but it should be. It may seem like the world away, but it will be worth it. A quickly from Canada and you re there in a couple of hours. You will have private white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to enjoy. This is one of the most common vacation areas for some of the rich and famous people. If you feel like giving yourself the celebrity treatment, this sunny and romantic island is a place you should consider. There are tons of water sports and boats to enjoy. You can also enjoy the world class cuisines that are just unique to this island. The little palm island resort takes advantage of the beautiful setting and the incredible views from the villas to create a soothing and relaxing experience for their customers. The resort has 30 villas and looks like something from a movie.

San Diego

Here you get 70miles of postcard- perfect beaches. There are dreamy sandy areas where you get exciting activities for newlyweds. There are spas you cannot get enough of and water activities such as kayaking that are interesting and fun for couples. If you are looking for a place that will allow you to enjoy yourself and bond with your spouse, head to San Diego. You also get to visit the historic US Grant so that you can catch a glimpse of the history of San Diego. The best part is after taking in all that history. You get to visit some of the most luxurious beaches, dining areas, and entertainment spots because they are right next to the US Grant.

San Pedro, Belize

Facing the Caribbean Sea, San Pedro is an irresistible piece of paradise. It is home to the second largest reef in the world. The reef is known as the Belize Barrier Reef. You will love every day you wake up in San Pedro because there are endless activities. When you just want to relax, you can rest under the palm trees and watch how an ancient fishing village has been turned into a small town and how tradition merges with technology. You may also visit the Mayan ruins which are an incredible sight to behold. There is an amazing marine life to experience especially during the summer when you can scuba dive and enjoy the water and sea creatures.

Montenegro bay

Booking a private jet charter can be fun and amazing especially if you know where you want to go and how you want to get there. The Montenegro bay should be one of the destinations you choose for your honey moon especially if you do not want to stay in one place for too long. You can still enjoy all these places and have a fantastic time without being bored. Montenegro offers incredible diversity from cultural experiences to water adventures. You will certainly not be disappointed by the calm sandy beaches that always have a new experience to share.

 

Is Your Relationship Healthy?

Balance

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It’s incredibly important to have the right balance in your relationship. By this I mean balancing the time you spend with your partner, your family and other friends. Spending all your time with your partner can be unhealthy. You’ll become in danger of potentially getting bored of them and you might start noticing the little things that bother you.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to spend time with the person you love but you’ll learn to appreciate them even more when you’re away from them from time to time.

Arguments

Some people think that if you have an argument with your partner then it isn’t a healthy and solid relationship. Let’s be realistic though, it’s probably the opposite. Unless you happen to

be very fortunate and never have misunderstandings or falling outs then it’s only natural to have arguments now and then. It’s certainly a better idea than bottling up all of your thoughts and not sharing your concerns with your partner.

Speaking from personal experience it’s far more beneficial to be honest with your partner, even if it’s over the smallest things. You’ll then learn for future situations what buttons are the wrong ones to press!

Love

This might sound daft but it’s an incredibly common occurrence in this day and age. The question is are you still in love with your partner? A lot of relationships are built on a solid foundation over time. However, some couples think they have to remain together purely on the basis that they have shared a lot of time together. But if the spark has gone, no one is benefiting from staying with each other for the sake of it. I’m certainly not insinuating you should get up and go when times get hard but it’s something worth contemplating if you’re not happy the majority of the time you spend together.

4 Tips for Making Your Best Impression on a First Date

Whether you met someone online or in-person, the first date can seem intimidating. It’s all about making a good first impression, and many people fear leaving the wrong impression. These tips can ensure that you leave a great first impression on your date. And if all goes well, you may be looking at a second date.

 

  1. Wear something you love

Whether you’re a man or a woman, wearing clothes that you love can make a great impression. Pair them with highly recommended beauty products, like the ones sold on b3products.com, and you have a winning combination. Doing so lets your date know that you cared enough to put some effort into your wardrobe. And your appearance is one of the first thing your date will notice. What you wear can impact their impression of you.

But it’s more than just how you look. Wearing clothes that you feel good in gives you confidence. That confidence goes a long way. It can affect the way your date perceives you and make you seem more appealing.

 

  1. Keep the conversation going

You might have a million questions for your date. Instead of asking them all at once, save them. Focus on keeping the conversation moving and don’t focus on checking off your list of questions. Don’t be afraid to make observations or share a few personal stories. While you might not want to get too in-depth, it’s good to get a little personal.

If there are any awkward pauses in the conversation, don’t get nervous. Ask one of the questions you have. Or, use the opportunity to talk about your surroundings. It’s easier than you think to keep a conversation moving. Don’t let the fear of the awkward silence stop you from going on your date.

 

  1. Keep the affection to a minimum

While you might be into PDAs, the first date is not a good time for you to show your affection. Touching should be very natural and friendly in nature. It shouldn’t be sexual or forced. During the beginning of the date, you want to keep your hands to yourself. And if the date takes a turn for the better, then the affection will come naturally.

 

  1. Get creative with the venue

Your first date doesn’t have to be dinner or coffee. Some people have a hard time opening up in those types of venues. If you’re nervous about having dinner with your date, consider a different type of venue. Invite your date to something that you enjoy. If you’re an artist, take a wine and painting class together. Or if you love baseball, attend a local game. Your date can always decline the invitation if they’re not interested. But if they accept, it can be a good opportunity to bond over something you enjoy.

 

The world of dating can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be scary. You need to remember that there is someone out there for you. And remember that once you can get the first date out of the way, you might start to enjoy dating.

Online Dating Changed My Life

Around this time last year I decided to finally give online dating a chance after days, months and even years of deliberation. At the tender age of 43 I thought I was destined to be single forever, with a barely existent social life as well. I’m now over the moon that I stumbled across the world of online dating and specifically a mature dating website for singles which was perfect for my situation.

Early Life

From a young age I had always been driven by money and focused purely on my job week after week until before I knew it half my life seemed to pass by in a flash. Suddenly I took a step back for a minute to evaluate what I was doing with my life and what sort of future I would have if I carried on down this same path. I certainly wouldn’t say I had a midlife crisis but I quickly realised that there were other priorities ahead of work and money that life has to offer which I still hadn’t witnessed yet.

I began to panic thinking that it was too late but I had plenty of reassurance from my family, work colleagues and seeing it for myself on TV that age is just a number. There’s nothing stopping a 43 year old man like me doing the same as a 25 year old man (to a degree at least).

Change

In the blink of an eye I began to change my ways, starting with a healthier lifestyle by eating cleaner and joining a gym.  I have quite an obsessive personality so once I have my mind set on something I pretty much go all out with it. So thankfully, the gym and eating well soon became a routine which wasn’t too hard to maintain. But I also needed to start meeting and socialising with people too. I was so caught up and involved with my job that I missed out on making friends outside of work. The only people I spoke to looking back now were colleagues where almost all the conversation was work related.

I still struggled to find the time to meet new people even with my change in lifestyle. Even though I now set aside time for the gym I still didn’t really communicate with many people there. Most people in the gym have headphones in and are there purely for the health benefits, which to be fair is the main reason for their existence. It was difficult even finding a place where I would have a chance of finding a friend or partner, never mind then talking to them and getting to know them. I don’t really have any hobbies other than football but again that isn’t the ideal hobby to find a girlfriend in most cases.

Online Dating

At my age it isn’t easy to just go out and meet a woman in a bar or club. In all honestly, I feel like I would have been judged by younger people if I was out in the same places as them. That’s why I eventually gave in and tried the online dating scene. For some reason I had always been against online dating but I didn’t really have a valid reason as to why. I think it was a pride thing. I thought I was above it. Let me tell you now that online dating is not something to be ashamed about at all now that I have witnessed the immense benefits it brings. I wish I had done it earlier!

One night after yet another routine day at work, I decided to log back on to my laptop and started searching for dating websites. For the older generation more specifically since I didn’t want to attract people much younger than me and looking for much different things. I was looking to settle down, perhaps start a family, although the thought of actually admitting that was a little scary for me to comprehend. But that’s when I came across a website called YourMatureDating.com.

I decided to sign up that night since I thought there was nothing to lose and it was free to sign up. I browsed some of the profiles on the site and I have to be honest that I did see some very nice women that caught my eye immediately. But at this point I was still a bit skeptical about what I was doing. I logged off soon after that but I had got the ball rolling at least and had the right intentions to find a partner.

A few nights later I went back on and this time I messaged one of the women that I liked the look and sound of by her profile. She had amazing eyes that caught my attention because of the slight sparkle they had. Her interests too excited me. She pretty much seemed to have the exact same past I had, in that her work dictated her life.

Today

Two years on from that initial message and I am now engaged to her. I decided to propose recently and thankfully for me she said yes! Never in a million years did I expect to fall in love so quickly and find someone so amazing and so similar to me. I wanted to share my story so others in my position weren’t afraid to do the same as me. I am so thankful for online dating and I truly believe there are thousands of other stories just like mine out there too.

Today I am ecstatic with the way my life has panned out. From experiencing the ways of business and working hard for money to now looking to start a family I feel like I have been incredibly fortunate.

7 Unique Wedding Ring Holders to Show off Your Ring Bling

Check out these creative wedding ring holders.

Unique wedding themes are the trends nowadays. Gone are the old traditional wedding themes where everything has always been what it was. There are some traditions we don’t break away from like the bride’s white dress which was initiated by Queen Victoria in her wedding with Prince Albert or the classic wedding rings. However, due to the rise of social media platforms, newlyweds can now share their most memorable moments to the whole world, giving a spotlight to even the tiniest wedding detail, not just the dress.

One of the raves nowadays is the photo of the soon-to-be-husband-and-wife’s wedding rings. In fact, it is so trendy that the #weddingring has more than a million posts on Instagram. With all of the photos, you might want yours to stand out and the best way to do it is to present your wedding rings in an eye-catching ring holder.

The thing is, wedding preparation can be a tedious job and some might overlook the little details like your ring holder which will be in your wedding photo album. Good thing we’ve compiled seven unique wedding ring holders that will surely go with your theme, get your social media followers and friends’ attention and will still catch your breath even decades later when you look at your photos.

Rustic Wedding Holder From Tree Branch or Stump

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This wedding ring holder is perfect for a wedding with a rustic woodland theme. This ring holder can be bought for a cheap price and what’s even more exciting is that it is easy to make in your own backyard. Just grab a branch thick enough to fit perfectly on your ring bearer’s hands, and saw a piece with a thickness of about 2 inches. Monogram your initials on the flat side using a wood engraving tool to personalize it. You may also tie a twine around your wooden ring holder for decoration.

Sea Shell Wedding Ring Holder

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Beach wedding is a sure-fire way to achieve a romantic wedding ceremony during the summer season. To match the theme, create your own wedding ring holder out of a seashell. Just grab a seashell from your local craft store and decorate it with sea stones, artificial pearls, sea glasses, or sand. You may also use an empty starfish or a conch shell and fill them with sand or pearls. The possibilities for this project are endless!

Geometric Terrarium Ring Holder

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Add a whimsical touch to your garden wedding with this geometric terrarium which you can buy at your local craft stores or online. Succulents are also popular these days for wedding decorations and even wedding bouquets. Put tiny succulents inside your geometric terrarium and place your rings on top. You may also put moss, white sand, or flowers of your own choice to decorate your terrarium wedding holder.

Bird’s Nest Wedding Holder

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This bird’s nest wedding ring holder is both romantic and symbolic because your wedding means that you are starting your own family. If you have a nest in your backyard, you can just clean it, make sure that you’re not harming any creature and then decorate it. If you don’t have this option, you can always make one using dry twigs and small vines. Of course, you can also buy one from Etsy shops.  This wedding ring holder is perfect for a woodland wedding.

Embroidery Hoop and Lace

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Bring out your crafty side by using an embroidery hoop and some lace as your wedding ring holder or pillow. If you want a more personalized holder, monogram your initials at the middle of the hoop just above where you will attach the rings. You may use a canvas or tulle fabric for this project. If you don’t have any knowledge in embroidery at all, you can also just grab half a yard of lace and secure it in the embroidery hoop. However, you choose to decorate your embroidery hoop ring holder, it will surely fit well in a Bohemian-themed wedding.

Lego Figures

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Did you know that a Lego figure’s hands are perfect for holding your wedding rings? Just because a wedding has a solemn atmosphere doesn’t mean that you can’t bring out you and your partner’s playful side. Use two Lego action figures that represent you and your partner to hold your rings. You can choose Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and Joker, or anybody from the Lego collection! Your cheeky little ring bearer will also appreciate his role even more.

Secret Book Case

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This one is for the bookworm couple who want their ring holder to reflect their personality. Just glue the pages of the book secure. Trace a template of the shape you want the casing to be. It could be the shape of a heart or a box but you have to make sure that the rings will fit inside. Using an Exacto knife, cut away the pages until your case is deep enough for the rings to fit. Sand down the walls of the case to make them smooth then apply mod podge.

With these seven unique wedding ring holder ideas, you’ll be sure to start a trend among your friends but most importantly, the little details of your wedding where you out your personality in will make it stand out among other wedding ceremonies out there. Also, don’t forget to communicate with your partner about your wedding preparation decisions because the wedding will be about the two of you.

Wedding preparations can be stressful but if done right, the results will never be forgotten. To get all the tiniest details in accordance to how you imagined your wedding to be, make sure to make all your demands and requests clear with your wedding planner. There are some companies that can help you in planning your wedding in Malta, and it could cost you to pay for their services; however, getting help will make the experience delightful and will not take away the excitement for you. Lastly, just cherish the moments even during the preparation because a wedding is such a happy occasion that you will be celebrating with your family and friends.

Welcome Monsoon But Say Bye To Musty Smell

The wait is over, the monsoons are here again! There’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of the rain, the breezy air, the fresh, earthy smell after a rain shower, the lush green plants and trees after they are bathed in rains that swing between sprinkle and hammering downpour.

Aah! There’s something magical about rain. I must say that the magic which is in monsoon season is just nowhere else. The romance just goes on height this time.

But there’s something unpleasant about the rains too. Yes, the damp smell it is, that comes with the monsoons can be a big mood dampener too. The dampness brings out a musty smell inside our homes.  The walls, cupboards, carpets, shoes, bathrooms emanate stale smells. Even the car interiors are prone to a muddy odor.

Woodwork is the easiest prey of rain

The annoying damping that is caused by this rain makes the wooden swollen with the false smell. You really need to protect your cupboards, desk drawers, etc. Put camphor in your cupboards as it takes away the moisture and protects your clothes. You can also add some neem leaves against silver fish, very common problem in rainy season. Clove can work the same for you.

Say goodbye to termites

The Very major problem that occurs during water leakage and in high humidity is termite problem. This is the most common problem too and cannot be cured by ourselves only; you need professionals to do a complete job for it. Do check the whole house, if you find any sign of termite make it clean otherwise during the rainy season it can increase.

Humidity needs to be controlled

The worst aspect of rain is this only, when rain comes the humid level increase with it and how can I forget the damp smell that comes with it. By using a dehumidifier you can replace humidity with a fresh air. For the smell you can also use ionizer which will release ions that will control the smell.

Taking help from the kitchen

Your kitchen needs extra care this time just like a baby needs at the time when he is ill. Your kitchen attracts the smell very fast and this damping can occur in the spices and salt of the kitchen. But your kitchen can help you out in avoiding the smell from your house. You can use lemon, vinegar, baking soda and rock sale to avoid fungus and smell.

Cleaning is an essential part

During the rainy season, you really need to put extra emphasis on cleaning. Give a dry wipe to your furniture as they get sticky this time. Don’t avoid your floor, wipe it also and put a doormat that has good water absorbing capacity and also wipe your house regularly so that you didn’t get injured by slipping. Use anti- bacterial liquid and some fragrant liquid to avoid damping smell.

Sunlight will give a boost

Keep your clothes and footwear out in the open when the sun is out. This will take away all the moisture from them. Also, let the sun come in as much as possible; once in a while, open your doors and windows on a sunny day this will not only act as a natural disinfectant but will also remove the musty smell from your house. Your house will get relief from damping too. Your walls do need sunlight and you can even get some amazing info from Indrealestates.com.

Carpets and rugs maintenance

Carpets are not easy to wash and clean if they are heavy and in rain, they need to be vacuumed with the cleaners. With vacuum cleaning the dirt which is not possible to clean with broom and mop can get easily clean which gets seeps in the fiber. And if possible roll them up as they easily get dirty during this season. If you will wrap it in polyethylene sheets, they will be safe from both water damage and insect infestation.

Ventilation is important

One really needs to keep the house properly ventilated so the humid level does not increase and air can get criss- cross easily. If your house is not properly ventilated and no fresh air is coming inside then this will cause more smell of damping in your house.

Rain is often a big reason to smile, but not every aspect brings a smile on one’s face. But this season comes with its own set of problem this does can be prove bad for your house, but not a big deal, follow the above tricks to increase the value of your home.

5 Good Reasons Why You Should Never Skimp On Your Wedding Makeup

The stress of planning a wedding is no joke – plenty of things has to be done including the hunt for the best yet budget-friendly caterers, dressmakers, and photographers. Since it’s one of the most memorable events for the couple, everything has to be perfect. Not to downplay grooms but in most cases, the brides are the ones who get really exhilarated about the wedding day. Next to the wedding gown, the bridal hair and makeup are a crucial aspect, though they’re often put at the least of priorities.

With other wedding costs to keep in mind, we cannot blame frugal couples for skimping on these. Some brides opt for cheaper styling services, hire a non-pro makeup junkie, or even do their own wedding hair and makeup to cut expenses. But is omitting the need for a professional hair and makeup artist (HMUA) worth it?

When you look at the numbers, pro hair and makeup may seem a bit pricey. By the end of the day, the cosmetics will still fade so why bother throwing $150 for it? But if you come to realize the pros and cons of having your bridal look done by a professional, the good will knock off the bad. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t scrimp on your look.

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