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You’ve Heard of Brushing Your Hair, but Swedish Brides Brush Their Bodies

In some corners of the world, it’s believed that brushing the hair 100 strokes a day will result in Rapunzel-like tresses. In Sweden, it’s believed that brushing the body once a day will result in smooth, clear, cellulite-free skin. Before showering, Nordic beauties grab a natural-bristle body brush (or a dry, vegetable-fiber loofah)... read more

Pamper Yourself With These Indonesian Beauty Ideas

Oh to be an Indonesian bride! Once exclusive to Javanese princesses, today brides-to-be all over this Southeast Asian archipelago enjoy the luxurious Lulur ceremony, which takes place every day for 40 days prior to her wedding. The rejuvenating, hours-long ritual includes: a coconut oil massage; a body scrub of turmeric, ground rice and... read more

You’ll Want to Try This Ancient Egyptian Beauty Ritual (Cleopatra Was a Fan)

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was famed for her conquests, her beauty and her love of bathing in milk. In modern times, Egyptian beauties still swear by the beautifying properties of milk, adding a few cupfuls of powdered milk to their baths to soften their skin for special occasions. “Milk contains lactic acid, a... read more

Must-have for Your Beauty Routine — The Rarest Oil in the World!

Derived from the nut of the argan tree, native to southwestern Morocco, argan oil is known as the North African country’s “liquid gold.” For thousands of years, the native Berber tribeswomen have been gathering the pits, then grinding and pressing them to extract the precious nutty oil—one of the most rare in the... read more

Would You Wear Face Paint for Your Wedding? These Brides Did

With her crimson face paint, vivid beaded jewelry and brightly colored robes, a Masai bride is a sight to behold. Red is considered a sacred color in the East African country of Kenya, where the native tribe’s people paint their bodies with a vibrant ochre paste for special ceremonies, including milk drinking, meat... read more

You Won’t Believe What Israeli Brides Are Putting on Their Faces

You're going to have to trust us with this one and take a little leap of beauty faith—the product that Israeli brides are obsessed with and smearing all over their gorgeous faces and bodies is…mud. But not just your garden-variety type of mud, this magic concoction is made from the mineral-rich mud of... read more

The Prettiest Beauty Tip You’ve Never Heard About is…

The edelweiss flower gained worldwide fame courtesy of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Despite the movie taking place in Austria, it’s actually the Germans who have revered the tiny alpine posy for centuries. The fact that it survives at all—given that it grows at astonishing altitudes of between 6,000 and 9,000 feet... read more

Where’s the Best Place to Get Pampered for a Wedding?

Forget putting anything on your skin—in Russia, it’s all about sweating everything out! Banya (Russian baths) are de rigueur for Muscovites, who congregate at these communal bathhouses once a week, not only to purify their skin, detoxify their livers and rid their muscles of excess lactic acid, but also to socialize with their friends. Patrons alternate between... read more

Rice Holds the Key to Eternal Youth for Chinese Brides

Not only is rice the national dietary staple of China, it’s also one of the nation’s best-kept beauty secrets. For flawless complexions, Chinese brides use rice water—the water used to cook rice in—to wash and tone their skin. Rice bran contains phytic acid, which exfoliates skin to the point where it looks noticeably... read more

Perfect Pedicures Are a Must for Venezuelan Brides

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A picture-perfect pedi is a necessity for a Venezuelan bride, who inevitably kicks off her heels and slips into comfy flip-flops once the party gets started. And boy, does the party get started! Following the meal, which is usually served buffet style so the happy couple can mingle with guests, “La Hora Loca,”... read more
Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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