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Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to Have a Mentally Well Marriage

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we believe that you should think about how you’re going to go about your marriage once you’re married. While you’re planning your wedding or buying your flowers, have you thought about the future and how the two of you are going to stay mentally sound? Having a marriage where both parties are at good mental health is important, and here are a few reasons why.

For the Family

If you’re planning to have kids, being mentally well is important. You must be able to make rational decisions while parenting and do what you feel is best for your child. Within reason of course. Being mentally well is important not only for your health, but for the health of your future family.

For Your Spouse

Having strong mental health can help your spouse be a better person as well. You want you to set a good example for your spouse, and the same can be applied for your spouse too. With the two of you having strong mental health, you can help build each other up like never before.

For Yourself

Finally, you should have strong mental health for your own future as well. When you’re aging, having strong mental health can keep you sharp and keep you up with people even half your age.

How You Can Grow Mentally With Your Spouse

With that said, here are some ways you can grow with your spouse.

Always Have Goals

Some people like the idea of settling down, but we believe that you should never settle. Instead, you should look for your next goal and try to make some plans to achieve it, with your spouse working alongside you to help. Accomplishing goals can help you grow as a person, and plus it just feels good to reach one of your life goals.

Embrace Disagreements

As a couple, you will get into fights. No matter how close or alike you are, you will have your differences. Some people don’t want express disagreements because they want to keep the peace. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s possible for you to explode on someone after years of bottling things up. So express your grievances in a calm and collected manner. This can help the two of you find the solutions that you’re looking for.

Have Alone Time

Just because you’re always together doesn’t mean you don’t have different hobbies. Having some time to yourself isn’t a bad thing, and you should look into having a night out with the boys or girls, or taking some time to do your own hobby. A bit of alone time is always good.

At the Same Time, Spend Time Together

If you have a job that keeps you apart from your spouse for too long, this can be a problem as well. You don’t want to feel like you’re growing distant from the love of your life, now do you? It can be hard to have jobs that allow the both of you to spend more time together, but try to do it if possible.

Finally, Talk to a Counselor

A couple’s counselor isn’t just for couples whose marriages are falling apart. Regular counseling can help the two of you grow as a couple. You can air out disagreements and plan for the future in a safe area and be able to find things about each other that you may not have realized before. We say that counseling is definitely worth looking into for the future of your marriage and to improve your overall mental health.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Little Touches to Make Your Wedding Even Better

Our wedding is one of the biggest days of most people’s lives, and hopefully, you’ll only get one shot at it.
This means people put a lot of effort and thought into creating their idea of the perfect day. We all want a
wedding that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives, and that our guests will talk about for many years to come.

Creating a truly memorable experience requires attention to detail. Making your event personal and unique will
ensure you pleasantly surprise your guests and each other.

Pre-empt people’s needs

A little bit of thought can go a long way. Small touches, like providing tissues at the ceremony, can make a big
difference. If the temperature could drop as the night draws in, then provide blankets or pashminas to help keep
guests warm and comfortable. Also consider providing comfy slip-ons or flip flops for some guests, as spending
all night dancing in high heels can be murder on their feet.

The needs of your guests might be specific to your wedding. Try to put yourself into their shoes and consider the
parts of the day that might cause you a problem or discomfort, and then see if there’s any way you can lessen it
for them.

Don’t let boredom set in

The worst weddings are drawn out affairs where guests are wondering what the earliest time is they can politely
leave. There are plenty of things you can arrange to keep things moving at a good pace that will make the day
whizz by. Plan the length of different sections, such as speeches, toasts, ceremony, etc. More short and sweet
things will increase the pace over a couple of long-winded things.

Try to minimize the time between different parts of the wedding. This will stop large groups of people just hanging
around with nothing to do, creating the feeling that the day is dragging. A wedding DJ and a dance floor is one of
the most common forms of entertainment for the reception, however, dancing isn’t for everyone. Consider some
different types of entertainment to appeal to other guests, such as a table magician, or even a clown for your younger guests.

Don’t forget each other

Don’t become so consumed with worrying about everyone else that it prevents you from having a great day. You can include
a surprise sentimental gift to each other. Spend your budget on the things that matter to you. If the dress is really important,
don’t scrimp, the same with food and drinks. Also, when the day is done the one part of the proceedings that will stay with you
forever is your ring. Choose rings that you both love, or if you can’t find appropriate rings consider getting them made. Many
jewelers can create something truly unique and special.  For example, Tacori artisans can craft brilliant pieces that will remind
you of your magical day for a lifetime. Have as much input into their design as you can and you will love them as much as your
other half.

Including lots of personal touches specifically about you both will help to not only make it memorable but also provide some talking
points that help make it even more special. Whether it’s personalized napkins, song choices that are meaningful to you, or simply
sharing your story on a board or the back of the place settings, they all add up and help to set the tone.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Picnic Bag Basket

With summer coming it's a great time for a picnic! This picnic basket bag that we are featuring today is super cute and has all the essentials you need for a relaxing picnic lunch with your bestie or someone special! It comes with a set of acrylic glasses, stainless steel silverware and cloth napkins to share a meal for two.  Also, included is a wooden cheeseboard, knife and wine bottle opener for your bubbly! There is even a built in cooler on top of the bag for your wine, beer, soda, water or food. Easy to carry to your location as there is a sturdy strap and also a front zippered pocket for extra storage.

This makes a great gift for anyone but especially a bride and groom or someone in your bridal party.
Their first or last name initial can be embroidered on the front in your choice of thread color on this crimson color picnic bag. It retails for just $47.99 and the recipient will be sure to love it!

If you would like to order this click the link You can also see a variety of other gifts available from our friends at If you are looking for something more "guy" related be sure to check out

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Point And Shoot: How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer

A hugely important part of your wedding planning process is selecting the photographer who will capture
those all important images. After all, your big day tends to pass by in a bit of blur and the wonderful photographs
are the main thing you have to remember the day once it's over. Plus, your wedding photographer will be an
important presence on the day itself, capturing everything from the bridal party preparations to the cutting of
the cake and onto the last dance of the evening, so it's important to make the right choice. The right wedding
photographer is a very personal choice. You have to love their work, but also feel comfortable with them being
around on a highly intimate and emotional day. The right match is out there, you just have to know what you're
looking for…

Creative Spark

First and foremost, you have to love the creative side of the images your wedding photographer produces.
From reportage style to more formal portraits, capturing the little details or staging magical, one-of-a-kind shots,
try looking through some Pinterest wedding photography boards to see what type of images make your heart sing.
Then use that to narrow down your selection to someone in the right location with the right style of photography.
A simple search within your local area for wedding photographers will turn up a huge range of results. Narrow these
down into two or three shortlisted ones. Check the photographers About page to get a sense of who they are and how
they like to work.

Personal Connection

A wedding photographer is present at most parts of one of the most significant days of your life, so it's crucial that you get
on well with them. The right photographer will put you and your guests at ease, and in doing so, will be able to capture better

Available Packages

Prices and what is included vary hugely from snapper to snapper, so look into the offer carefully. Things to consider are whether
or not they offer the option for a second shooter to work with them - especially handy if you're having a large wedding - whether
they provide high-resolution digital photos (many do not, or charge extra, and all prints have to be done through them) while some
offer things such as a free engagement photo shoot as well. Make sure that the package you select contains what you want so you
don't get stung with hidden extras.

Previous Experience

An experienced photographer has the confidence and knowledge to ‘art direct’ aspects of your wedding while also not being too
obtrusive on the day. It's a role that requires them to work under pressure, so if they haven't done many weddings they may not
have mastered this skill. Word of mouth or written recommendations from previous couples the photographer has worked with
will tell you a lot, so seek them out - a bunch of glowing references is a sign you're likely to have a positive experience and capture
the wedding images of your dreams.         

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Why You Should Have Some Fun, and Be a Bit Daring, While Setting the Theme for Your Wedding

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Generally speaking, there are two broad “templates” that people most commonly follow when planning their weddings.

The first of these templates is to do things the “ultramodern” and “minimalist” way, and essentially elope. After a brief

ceremony at a town hall or registry office, the reception will then take place in an apartment, or restaurant, and will feature

a small handful of close friends and family. The other of these templates is to go the “traditional route,” whatever that may mean

in your particular culture. In general, in the Western world, this will mean a ceremony in an attractive old church, followed by a fully

catered reception in a semirural area, with a black tie dress code. It’s easy to see the attraction to both of these approaches. The “minimalist”

approach allows you to get the process done with quickly and affirm your commitment to each other without a lengthy engagement. It also

saves plenty of money, and leaves you with a lot more in the bank to spend on the honeymoon.

The other approach honours the traditions of your culture, allows you to enjoy a sense of continuity, and gives your family the classic Hallmark

photograph moment that they might all have been waiting for.

Between these two options, however, there is a world of possibility that you might do well to explore. You could choose a daring theme, based

on your interests, and really commit to having a wedding that stands out from the ordinary, and that caters to your particular aesthetic sensibilities.

If you’re a big Star Trek fan, the decorations for tables could be set up to replicate the dining quarters on the USS Enterprise, for example.

Here are a few reasons why you should have some fun, and should perhaps be a bit daring, when choosing the theme for your wedding.

Because it’s your special day – and hopefully, you’ll only be doing this once

Let’s face it, first and foremost your wedding is all about you and your partner. It’s your special day – that fairytale moment that you may well have

been dreaming about for your entire life, and, hopefully, it’s something you’ll only be doing once in your life as well. Keeping all that in mind, it’s perfectly

reasonable to use your wedding as a way of treating yourself, and having as much fun with things as you possibly can.

So ask yourself – what would your dream wedding look like, if there were no obstacles in the way? Spend some time reflecting on this question, and coming

up with a vision that you can base your wedding template off of.

Of course, there will be practical limitations to just how fantastical and extravagant you can make your wedding, but once you’ve got a vision of your dream

wedding in mind, as it would be if there were no limitations in place, you’ll be in a great position for figuring out the practicalities and moving things closer and

closer in that direction. Consider all the different possibilities, not just the most common and conventional approaches. Reflect on your hobbies, interests, and

passions in life, and think of ways to make your wedding reflect these. It might be that yours and your partner's ultimate dream wedding looks a lot like a set from

Downton Abbey. Or, you might opt for a treehouse wedding (and yes, treehouse wedding venues do exist) to really take things into the realm of fairytale meets

Robin Hood. Without making things exceptionally difficult and frustrating for your guests, remember that this is, in fact, your special day, and treat it accordingly.

Let your imagination run wild.

Because it’s always good to host a wedding that everyone remembers

Everyone remembers their own wedding, and it’s a sure bet that our closest friends and relatives will remember our wedding fondly as well. But, especially if you’re

planning to invite a good number of guests outside your most immediate circle of acquaintances, having a wedding that is a bit more unconventional, daring, and imaginative, is a great way

of ensuring that as many people as possible have a truly memorable experience as well. In fact, doing things this way will also ensure that your own memories of the wedding are

likely to be that much richer and more uplifting, filled with appropriate humour, novelty, and fun. And, of course, when you pull out the photo album for future generations of your

family, or to show to  dinner guests decades down the line, it’s just a bit more fun to watch the look of surprise and amazement on their faces when you reveal that you parachuted

down to the site of your reception, or whatever the case may be.

Because formality is for the ceremony, and the reception is for fun

A wedding ceremony is always going to be a somewhat serious and heavy occasion, because it’s the moment when you say your vows, and formalise your commitment to your

partner in front of witnesses. It should be a heavy moment, and it’s a time for reflection, deep emotion, and weight. The wedding reception, on the other hand, is for fun – and

it’s an excellent excuse to have perhaps the best party of your life to date. As we get older, and as the responsibilities of life pile on, it’s natural that we don’t have as many

opportunities available as we once did for really letting your hair down, celebrating like crazy, and partying the night away. Your wedding is one of these precious occasions – and

it’s one that you get to share with the people closest to you in the entire world, as well. So let your hair down, and focus on making your reception as fun as possible, rather than

being overly concerned with the way you’re presenting yourself to other people.

Contact entertainment companies and set up fun games and events for yourself and your guests. Hire a band

or DJ to play your favourite teenage anthems. Have a night to remember.

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