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25/02/2016

How to manage your drink on your wedding day

You’ve been planning for months — or potentially even years — and of course, you want to remember all the details of your wedding day. A fuzzy recollection, tequila-induced memory loss, and embarrassing photos are perhaps not ideal wedding mementos, much less spending the first day of your married life nursing a hangover.

While you can’t control the weather or keep the best man’s dance moves in check, what you can manage is pacing yourself when it comes to alcohol, and ensuring that the beloved tipple doesn’t have an overwhelmingly negative effect on your big day. In short, here are our easiest-ever tips and tricks to follow.

How to manage your drink on your wedding day

Eating isn’t cheating

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Your mum always told you not to skip breakfast, and this happens to be a rule you should remember on your wedding day. Even if you’re experiencing a dramatic case of butterflies or you’re thinking about fitting into your dress, if you’re going to drink, then you need to eat a proper meal. Otherwise, you could face getting drunk unusually quickly or becoming ill once you begin drinking. Breakfast should include protein, like a poached egg, and fruit and juice, while a salad with grilled fish or chicken is ideal for lunch. You don’t need a big meal, but you need to choose clean food that nourishes the body.

The Good: salmon, chicken, turkey, tofu, avocado, seeds, olives, fruit, almonds, honey, hummus, eggs, olive oil, cheese, fruit, wholemeal bread and all the veggies you can think of.

The Bad: salty confections like chips and salted nuts will dehydrate you. Foods with a high GI (Glycemic Index) and high sugar content will make your hunger and energy levels spike and fall (and will probably take your mood along for the ride).

Don’t forget to eat at the reception. The meal slows down the absorption of alcohol and it gives you the chance to actually taste the food you’ve so carefully planned.

Stay hydrated

Start your day with a multivitamin and plenty of water, even if you’re wondering how you’ll deal with a full bladder when you’re in your wedding dress. It’s important to rehydrate while you’re sipping Shiraz, so have one glass of water, or another non-alcoholic drink, for every alcoholic one. Replace expended electrolytes by having a sports drink during the evening.

The sky isn’t the limit

Drinking in moderation is the key to avoiding that nasty hangover in the morning. Whether you share a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids while you get dressed or wait until the toasts, whatever limit you set, make sure you stick to it.

Pick your type

Because you’re limiting your drinks, make them count. Decide on something special like the cocktail from your first date or the wine from your engagement. Make sure it’s good quality and enjoy it. When you’ve chosen what you want, stick with the same type of drink for the whole night as mixing drinks can lead to being sick and a raging hangover the next day.

Avoid carbonated mixers as they increase the rate of alcohol absorption.

Choose clear rather than dark alcohol. Dark alcohol contains more congeners, which are toxic chemicals that are created in the fermentation process (meaning that you’ll have a worse hangover to deal with).

Add ice to dilute your drink.

Take your time

Don’t drink for the effect — do it because you enjoy the taste. Sip slowly and have one drink per hour, as this is roughly how long it takes your body to process the alcohol. Hit the dance floor and spend time socializing with your guests because if you’re dancing or talking, you’ll be having fun with a focus on socializing, rather than drinking.

Avoid shooters

Remember the point of shooters: to get drunk quickly (i.e. the opposite of what you want on your wedding day). This isn’t your bachelorettes and you’d probably like some semblance of decorum and order, so stay away from party shots and drinking games. It might seem like a fun idea at the time but that Jägerbomb will come back to haunt you.

Sneaky tactics

If you want it to look like you’re drinking alcohol when you’re not, then you can also of course fake it. You’ve chosen your bridesmaids for a reason, so ask them to bring you ginger ale in a champagne flute or coke without the rum. They’re there to help you stick to your drinking plan, so you can enjoy your evening without any regrets.

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It’s okay to say ‘no’

The easiest way to stay sober is to avoid alcohol completely. While drinking is often seen as an indispensable part of many celebrations, you don’t have to drink to have a good time and you don’t want to miss your own wedding because you’ve overindulged.

Weddings are emotional enough on their own without adding the fuel of alcohol. Whether you’re a teetotaller for the night or you’ve mastered self-control, all your friends and family are at this one event and you’ll want to remember every special moment.

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23/02/2016

Indian weddings fuel 'make up' industry

The craze among Indians for a memorable wedding is one of the factors that contributes to country's burgeoning 'make up' industry which is growing at a rate of 20 per cent annually, an expert said today.

"People in India are spending more than those in countries like the US on make-up. The Indian weddings are one of the major boosters for this industry which has evolved in a big way," Vivek Bharti, heading the Bollywood Hollywood International (BHI) Make Up and Hair Styling Academy in Mumbai, told PTI.

Indian weddings fuel 'make up' industry: Expert

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He was speaking on the sidelines of an international workshop in Mumbai which began today where Hollywood celebrity makeup artist Donald Simrock is the guest.

"In USA, around 150-200 dollars are spent on bridal make up, but in India spending Rs 14,000-Rs 15,000 on bridal make up is not a big thing. There are some weddings where more than a lakh is spent on it. We always want to make the weddings memorable," Bharti said.

"If girl looks super beautiful, that picture is kept for generations. It is always treasured," he pointed out.

Bharti said the make up industry has been picking up at a pace of 20 per cent annually and awareness about it (make up) is growing at the rate of 50 per cent.

"You can see this from the booming salon industry in India," he said.

The expert said that the perspective of people towards make up industry has also changed.

"In past it was only uneducated people who were into this trade. Now the children from best of the families take up this as a full-time profession," he said.

"It has become a highly paid profession. A good make up artist can earn more than the salary of a corporate company's vice president," he claimed.

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18/02/2016

Love Me Tender

"Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can’t help falling in love with you,” Elvis impersonator Anthony Shore gently crooned as Jordan’s Kasey (Sheprow) Swager walked down the aisle and onto the stage to meet her longtime partner and now husband, Richard Swager.

Valentine’s Day weekend began on a high note for the Jordan couple, who after 10.5 years of dating, tied the knot in the Love Me Tender ceremonies at Mystic Lake Casino on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Kasey and Richard met when both were working at Home Depot in Shakopee. The couple have two children together, a son, Caleb, 9 years, and a daughter, Kendall, 2 years.

After 10 years together, Richard proposed to Kasey on Dec. 8, 2015. One of Kasey’s friends was getting married on a cruise in the Bahamas, and Richard and Kasey were in attendance.

Exchanging a glance and rings

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“I told her girlfriends and the bride (about his plan to propose) and she (the bride) wanted me to do it at the reception during the wedding,” Richard said. The reception was held, ironically, at a bar called Diamonds Are Forever. Richard took his cue when Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me” was played.

“I looked up and everybody in the reception was looking. I thought I better do it before she caught on,” Richard said. “For us being together that long, I felt like a little kid.”

In early 2015, almost a year before Richard would propose, Kasey had entered them in Mystic Lake Casino’s Love Me Tender contest. Although they were picked, Richard wanted to propose first. A year later — and with a new engagement ring on her finger — Kasey decided to enter the contest again, and lo and behold, they were again selected.

According to Kasey, their 9-year-old son Caleb was very excited for the wedding.

“He wants me to have his same last name,” Kasey said. “And he likes to dress up. We are going to pick up a suit and he is going to walk me down the aisle. He wants to be the ‘best guy.’”

As a Love Me Tender winner, the couple received a hotel suite for two, bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, dinner for two at Mystic Steakhouse, wedding photographer, box of chocolates and $250 in Mysticash. Their wedding ceremony was officiated by none other than famed Elvis impersonator Shore, who also sang during the couple’s first dance.

Kasey said she was most looking forward to sharing her special day with friends and family.

“Hanging out afterwards should be fun with everybody,” Richard added. “The kids being able to walk us down too.”

“It is our family becoming one. No one else is involved (in the ceremony) except us four, and everybody is there to support us and watch,” Kasey said.

Indeed, a crowd gathered to witness the nuptials in the 2 p.m. ceremony. Their vows were scripted in true Elvis form, pulling lyrics from some of his most popular songs, such as “I’m All Shook Up,” “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear,” and Don’t Be Cruel.”

“Love me tender, and I won’t be cruel, won’t return to sender. I promise not to call you nothing but a hound dog,” Kasey repeated at Shore’s prompting.

“I will never have to ask you if you are lonesome tonight,” Richard repeated in his vows. “Oh baby let me be around you every night. Let me be your loving teddy bear. I don’t want no other love. Baby it’s just you I’m thinking of. My tongue gets tied when I try to speak. My insides shake like a leaf on a tree. As I stand before you it’s now or never. I’ve learned to live a little and love a lot. I can’t help falling in love with you.”

The couple exchanged a tender look as they gently swayed back and forth in their first dance as husband and wife.

“The wedding was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Kasey said. “It was so nice to see all our family and friends there supporting us and really enjoying themselves. A big shout out to Mystic Lake for this opportunity and Alyssa for making it all happen.”

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