Using Facebook/Social Media to organize your next wedding

Thought it was time to write on this again.  You see, a couple in Great Britain, Mark Hillary & Angelica Mari got married on December 3, 2010 and decided to forgo thee usual wedding etiquette like invitations, RSVP cards, save the date magnets, etc…. and only use social media. Not only did it save time, it saved loads of money on their wedding costs. Who wouldn’t want more money for the honeymoon instead of the wedding administration costs?

This is what the Facebook invite looked like below:

facebook wedding invitation
Example of a real facebook wedding invitation

Mark had this to say, “Facebook was useful because almost all my family and friends are on there. It’s true, there are some Facebook refuseniks and I had to update them by text message, and some partners of friends are not always on my friend list, but on the whole I managed to update everyone using a Facebook event.”

Of course, what is the downside….. what if the marriage falls apart…. will everyone be notified the same way? Roy Cellan-Jones even covered this story and more on his blog at BBC. Here are some of the negative sides to social media on the back side.

Here’s a quick devil’s advocate view of the bad side of social media:

Should a new celebration be for a divorce, or a more ‘discrete’, private celebration for an affair, you and the others in your web will have a different perspective on how you and your life are presented to the world, who has access to it, what they can do with it. You might wish only snail mail existed.

I know one or two people who deeply regret their Facebook history, because their lives and circumstances have changed and they wish that they could redefine their privacy, their friends, what the world knows about them. They can’t. They’ve tried. It’s to late.

What are some more pros and cons of using social media for your wedding?

 

3 Tips for that perfect lipstick on your wedding day

Since you were a teenage girl you’ve been pulling lip glosses out of your purse and swiping them on without even thinking. Your love affair with gloss was natural; it just felt so right.

And then things started to change. You wanted more. Like heroine to an addict you needed more. Lip Gloss just would not do anymore. You even started fantasizing about bringing home that ruby red lipstick you spotted in the cosmetics section of Cover Girl at Wal-Mart. You fell to your cravings and started buying lipstick, BUT your mom never really showed you the way. Now your wedding day is approaching and you want that perfect look that will knock your husband to be on his knees all over again.

If this is something you understand, then here are 3 tips to help shock your new husband into submission:

1st Falsehood: Lipstick will accentuate “flaws”

Some women shy away from lipstick because they assume it will accentuate perceived lip flaws such as wrinkles and dryness. And while lipgloss is the worst culprit when it comes to falling between the cracks of your lips, a bit of preparation is all one needs to ensure that lipstick goes on smoothly and doesn’t head south.

Start by caring for lips nightly with a light exfoliating treatment and application of moisturizer. For exfoliation: you can make a sugar scrub at home by combining a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of water. Follow up exfoliation with an application of hydrating lip treatment. In the morning, slick on a coat of moisturizer before you begin your makeup routine. Allow it to sink in while you apply your other makeup first and then blot lips before applying lip primer, lip liner and lipstick.

2nd Falsehood: Lipstick is too bold for sunshine

Some women eschew lipstick for fear it is just too much for daytime wear. I suppose if your days are destined to be dull and void of color, this could be true. Otherwise, it’s how makeup is combined that really makes it “too much.”

3rd Falsehood: The color is short lived

Assuming lips are prepped in advance, begin by applying a lip base to enhance lipstick wear and banish color bleeding.

Lip liner is a must. If you don’t have the matching liner, opt for a neutral shade.

Experts always seem to recommend applying lip liner first, but novices know that leads to chalky, overdrawn lip lines. I recommend applying one coat of lipstick after the base, and then blotting lips. Next, apply lip liner and then reapply lipstick.

If the change from sparkly lips to matte is too much for you, add some shine by dotting a touch of eye shadow in gold or silver to the center of your bottom lip to add shimmer.

Do you want plumper lips like Angelina Jolie? Here’s a tip!

angelina jolie wedding dress lips
Angelina Jolie wedding dress - full lips

“Using lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick, overdraw the line (so the line is right outside your lips),” says Revlon consultant , Jody Fisher.

“Apply the lipstick, and then in the center of your lips, blend in a drop of foundation and top it off with a gloss.” Don’t worry about lip lacquer, just stick with the basics.

Anyone else have tips on keeping your lips beautiful for that wedding?