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Is Doing Your Own Hair And Makeup For Your Wedding A Good Idea?

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Are you creating your own beauty look for your wedding day or leaving that to the professionals? The task of doing your hair and makeup for your wedding can be a bigger responsibility to take on than you think. Then again, doing things yourself allows you to have ultimate control over the final results. We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers on whether or not DIY hair and makeup is a good idea. Here’s what they had to say.

“I got my hair and makeup done. I work as a makeup artist in Toronto however I knew that doing it myself was going to be way too stressful on my wedding day!”
- Orly Waldman via Facebook

“I did my own make up because I wanted to look like me and not too made up but had my hair done.”
- Ambassador Golf Club Weddings via Facebook

“As a wedding photographer I would urge you to have professional hair and makeup done.”
- Julie A. Whitlock via Facebook

“I did my own hair and makeup. I didn’t want to have my makeup done for the photos and look overly made up and not like myself front of my husband, saying our vows. Our wedding was simple so there was not a lot of emphasis put on superficial things like hair and makeup.”
- Christina Hiebert via Facebook

“I’m not doing them myself, but I’m lucky that my Maid of Honour is a hairdresser and really good at makeup too, so she’s doing it.”
- Heather Colleen Elliott via Facebook

“Did my own makeup (with the help of my Maid of Honour, bridesmaids, and a friend) but had my hair professionally done.”
- Stacy Jardine via Facebook

“Hair is easy to do if left down with beautiful hair comb.”
- @courtesanstudio via Twitter

“I didn’t do my hair but my makeup I did myself.”
- Melissa Ann Dorey via Facebook

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6 Pairs of Sexy Bridal Booties

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Shoes

Are you looking for some fashionable footwear to pair with your wedding dress? Right now we’re in love with sassy and stylish bridal booties! These shoes are quirky, unexpected and absolutely fabulous! We scoured the Internet for six of our favourite styles. Check them out!

7 Hot Songs for Your 2012 Wedding

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This year has brought so many great trends and celebrations to the forefront of our minds. But, as 2011 draws to an end, we can’t help but be excited about new wedding ideas for 2012. At the top of our list? Wedding songs! From your first dance choice to your bridal party entrance songs, there’s always a few songs each and every year (old and new) that constantly top the wedding charts. Already on our minds is Jay Sean’s (ft. Nicki Minaj) “2012 (It Ain’t The End of the World)“, which he released in 2010. Wanting to be the first to release a “2012″ song, it garnered much attention two years ago, but we have a feeling with lyrics like ‘we gonna party, like it’s 2012′, this song will get a major revival from and brides and grooms wanting to add a feel-good (and relevant) track to their playlist.

We asked Michael Coombs, owner of Prodigy Entertainment to give us some insight on which other tunes/tracks will be making it big for 2012. “It’s always hard to predict what’s going to be “hot” in the year to come.  Movies, TV shows and radio play have such a strong influence on what songs go “big”.  With Madonna, The Killers, Nelly Furtado and Black Eyed Peas set to release new albums in 2012, I’m sure they will have some tracks that get “must play” status,” predicts Coombs. On top of Jay Seans’ 2012 song, here are six which Coombs believes will be on the radar:

1) “Footloose” Kenny Loggins – With the remake finishing it’s run in theaters and about to be released for at home enjoyment, the original “Footloose” has made a huge comeback and I see it carrying forward into 2012.

2) “Sexy & I Know It” LMFAO – This song is hot and is one of the most requested songs for the last couple of months. I see this transitioning into a fun garter toss song, for those who still want to include the toss in their wedding reception events.

3) “Now That We Found Love” Heavy D – RIP the “Overweight Lover”.  I love this song and it made a huge comeback with the Will Smith / Eva Mendes movie “Hitch”. With him passing away recently, I see it as a “must play” for the New Year.

4) “We Found Love” Rihanna – With the November 21st release date of her new album “Talk that Talk” I see this song, and I’m sure a few others, getting some heavy play in the new year.

5) “Wonderful Tonight” Eric Clapton – More of my couples are going back and choosing classics rock ballads for their first dance. With this being a song that I’ve seen popping up a lot on request lists in recent months.  The lyrics are just beautiful.

6) “My Girl” The Temptations – With me being the Father of three daughters, I couldn’t resist a Father / Daughter dance song in my list. For the Bride who wants to make the dance with her Dad fun, sentimental and whimsical, this is a great choice.

A Fun Floral-Inspired Wedding in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Lori Denning and Ryan Walker, August 20, 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Photography courtesy Tyler James Photography, (

Ceremony and reception location: Legends on the Niagara
Dress: Allure from Divine Designs
Hair and makeup: Storm Hair Group
Decor: Angelica Sala from Simply Beautiful
Groom’s tux: Waxman
Bridal party attire: Alfred Sung from Becker’s Bridal
Cake: Vineyard Sweets
Favours: Wine Labels & Donation cards by Anne Kelly at Inviting Elegance
Flowers: My Bouquet
Music: Michael-Vincent at Spirit of Sound
Stationery: Anne Kelly at Inviting Elegance


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