Bridal: How to make your wedding beautiful and unique—without breaking the bank

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On your big day, you want everything to be a true reflection of your taste and style. From looking beautiful when you walk down the aisle to personalized party favors, there are so many elements to think about when planning a wedding. With a myriad of different options available today, you can pull off a gorgeous wedding that is a perfect representation of you and your fiancé without spending a fortune.

Beauty: Inside and out

While many brides want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day, preparing your look can be expensive and take time. “For brides that don’t want to spend a lot of money but want to look radiant, there are some great cost-effective beauty products that will add a special glow and a sparkling smile for the pictures on your special day that will last a lifetime,” says Bethany Robertson, founder and president of the I Do Foundation.

With your wedding pictures being memories that will last forever, getting a gorgeous, glowing smile for your wedding photos is easier than ever with a product like Crest Whitestrips Premium Plus. In just 10 days, brides are ready for their close-ups with brighter, sparkling smiles.

Every bride wants to look great in her wedding dress, and a healthy glow can add just the right touch. For a sun-kissed look, try Olay Touch of Sun Daily UV Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. It gives brides a beautiful, healthy glow because it gradually builds color over seven days while protecting your skin from damage with SPF 15.

It used to be that brides “trained for their dress,” but now couples are “training” for a lifetime of good health together. Couples are finding that creating an exercise plan together in the months before their wedding is a great way to look your best, and it also helps relieve stress. Plus, couples are building healthy habits that will last long after they walk down the aisle.

Love: Giving back

One of the most personal elements couples are adding to their weddings is a focus on giving back. Together, couples are choosing charities that have special meaning for them, and then sharing a part of their wedding day with the organization of their choice.

The trend of making donations as wedding favors to guests continues to gain popularity in 2007. It’s an easy option for couples, and guests love the highly meaningful and personal gift. And charitable favors are a wonderful way to honor those loved ones who aren’t able to be a part of the couple’s special day.

Couples also are looking to create gift registries with retailers that have a positive impact on the world. In some cases, that means couples are registering with retailers like the I Do Foundation’s partners who make a donation with every purchase. Another great way couples are giving back is by coordinating with their caterer and food rescue programs to ensure that leftover food goes to a good cause.

Green weddings

Couples are incorporating elements of healthy, green living into every aspect of their wedding plans, creating fresh events with a social conscience. By being more thoughtful about the impact of their special day, couples are reducing consumption and wedding waste.

Flowers are an important tradition at weddings, but more and more couples are learning about the impact of traditional cut flowers and are opting for organically-grown bouquets and potted plants as a decoration alternative. Potted plants can also be taken home by the bride and groom as a reminder of how their love has grown, or given as gifts to guests.

Many couples are opting for healthy food choices for themselves and their guests. Organic and natural foods are showing up on menus across the country as couples look to make their wedding meals as healthy as they are delicious.

With eco-travel being a popular trend, it’s no surprise that newlyweds are looking for green travel alternatives. From staying in “green” hotels to finding romantic eco-tourism getaways, couples are making their honeymoons as green as their weddings.

Start giving back and saving money as you embark on your new life together. And, make sure you glow from skin to smile on the big day by visiting and

Courtesy of ARA Content

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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