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The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

Are you the bride, in-laws, or even the maid of honour at your best friends wedding? Then you’re probably already familiar with the anxiety which comes along with planning the big day.

When is the best time to book the reception, the celebrant, and what about the wedding dress? Never fear! Use our easy guide below to smoothly plan your wedding – without the extra stress.

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12 months before

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

10 months before

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

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The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

6 months 

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

4 months

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

2 months

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

6 weeks

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

1 month

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

2 weeks

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

1 week

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

2 days

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

1 day

The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline

Images via Lauren Conrad

May 20, 2015

7 Hair and Beauty Hacks For Your Wedding Day

Calling all soon-to-be brides! Look your very best on your wedding by incorporating a few of our secret beauty hacks for the big day. Focusing mainly on hair, makeup, and skincare this post is entirely dedicated to making you look and feel your best on the most important day of your life.

1. Facial scrub

Use a mild facial scrub 2-3 days before your wedding, since this will help to cure your skin of any impending dry patches. Choose a product which is specially formulated to your skin tone, which won’t dry out your skin, or break you out before the wedding.

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2. Moisturise

Keep the skin on your face and the rest of you body heavily moisturised. Concentrate the cream into problem areas such as eyebrows, t-zone, elbows, knees, ankles and feet. Keeping your skin hydrated is the best way to avoid stubborn dry patches which could compromise a flawless base and an even fake tan.

3. Puffy eyes

Keep puffy eyes in control by using a face mask in the lead up to your wedding day. Use a moisture boosting face mask which will help to diminish any puffiness under your eyes, and leave the rest of your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Alternatively, you can also place 2 frozen spoons over your eyes to de-puff on the eve of your wedding.

4. Deep-conditioner

A few days before your wedding, use a deep-conditioning hair mask which will lock in moisture and keep your hair looking smooth and shiny. There are many homemade masks you can prepare yourself, which are natural and still offer great results. Honey, chamomile and avocado are all fantastic ingredients you can add into your own mask.

5. Pimples

If you see a spot or bump showing up on your skin, don’t freak out and definitely don’t pop it yourself. If it’s small, just apply a small amount of toothpaste over the infected area. The best way to do this is with a cotton tip, which won’t get any product on the rest of your face. Although some women prefer to leave this on overnight, 1 hour should be enough to wipe away the pimple completely.

6. Face serum

Start using facial oils just a few nights a week as part of your night time routine. Focus the serum on your forehead, chin and cheeks making sure to use 1-2 drops for these areas. Don’t forget about the neck – always swipe up when using skincare products to avoid premature wrinkles. Serums are great since they help control oil, and fix uneven skin tones.

7. Trim your hair

Go into your usual hairdresser and ask for a trim which will help to eliminate any nasty split ends from your hair. Now is not the time to be adventurous and switch up your entire hairstyle, since it may be difficult to manage by the time your wedding day arrives.

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September 20, 2014

Wedding Planning : What’s yours is mine (what’s mine’s my own)

Shared banks accounts, insurance and wills are just some of the things that you need to think about when entering into a domestic partnership – be it marriage or de facto. Check out our top tips from Karen Deighton-Smith’s book “Your Wedding” a practical guide to organising the perfect wedding, published by Pan Macmillan.Financial planning

Before your wedding it is a good idea to discuss and agree on the financial arrangements you want to put in place during your married life. Differing attitudes to money are often a potent source of conflict and ill will, so it is important to establish the ground rules early on.

Decide what is join spending and how much each of you will contribute, who pays for what, how you will agree on spending priorities, how you are going to share bills and assets, and what sort of financial plans you want to make for the future.

You may decide to set up a joint bank account and put all your money into it. Alternatively, you might decide to deposit an agreed amount each month, with some money for personal spending going into your separate personal accounts. Some partners expect equal financial contributions at all time, especially if they have been financially independent for many years. This system can operate will while both partners are working, but it won’t run so well if one partner leaves paid employment for whatever reason. The change in the ability to financially contribute equally can often challenge deeply held convictions about financial responsibility and the definition and value of a contribution.

Insurance

If one or both of you have private medical insurance, it is worthwhile reviewing your policies and deciding if they meet your needs as a couple and if there is any advantage in having a joint policy. You may also want to review other insurance policies, such as life insurance, income protection, mortgage protection, and house and contents insurance, to see if you still need them or if the details need to be updated to reflect your new status as a couple. This is also the time to update who will be the beneficiary of any superannuation entitlements.

Wills

A will helps to ensure that your wealth and possession got the people you want to have them. In Australia, if you die interstate (without a legal will) the public trustee in your state or territory will become the executor of your estate and will decide how your assets will be distributed, usually giving them the closest living relatives. Marriage automatically voids any will you made as a single person with your spouse becoming the main beneficiary to your estate in the event of your death.

It is important to consider how you want your assets divided in the event of death. What can be a relatively straightforward matter for couples marrying for the first time with no children from previous relationships can be more complicated for others with complex family and financial arrangement. Guardianship of any children from the marriage should also be considered. Ask your solicitor for advice on how best to draw up your wills to suit your needs.

In Australia, it is possible to draw up a legal will without a solicitor. There is a range of legal will kits available on the market for about the same price as a music CD, which will guide you through the process and supply forms for your to complete. Kits are sold in some bookshops, newsagencies, by direct mail and on the Internet. There are also websites giving advice on legal maters relating to will and some offer legal services to draw up your will.

— from “Your Wedding” a practical guide to organising the perfect wedding by Karen Deighton-Smith.

June 4, 2002