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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Engagement season is fast approaching with the holidays being the most popular time of year to profess your love to your mate. If you're finding yourself questioning how to get the love your life the ring that rules them all, don't fret because we've got you covered.
Primestyle is sharing an infographic entitled "Put a Ring On It: The Ultimate Guide to Engagement Ring Buying". The infographic below aims to give more knowledge on choosing an engagement ring worth your hard-earned bucks. So get yourself a cup of coffee and read on:
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular as of late, and is it any wonder? Who doesn’t want to marry the person of their dreams in a relaxing holiday destination? If you’re considering a destination wedding, you have a lot of work ahead of you, but hopefully, these top tips will help you with the planning process.
Pick Somewhere Perfect
Don’t choose a location simply because it has beaches that are warmer than the ones back home. Your destination should mean something to you, after all, it’s where you’re spending the best day of your life. However, you shouldn’t go for somewhere simply because of the sentimentality. It might be meaningful to get married at the farm where you spend your summers growing up, but it certainly isn’t practical, especially if the location always rains, and there’s no hotel for all of your wedding guests.
Get A Wedding Planner
More and more people are electing to ditch wedding planners and go it alone, but if you are planning to have a destination wedding, you are going to want a wedding planner onside. Wedding planners, especially ones that specialize in destination weddings, such as Creative Destination Events, will be able to research vendors in your chosen location and keep everything running smoothly on the day, so you can focus on being happy.
Consider Your Close Ones
One thing that you have to understand about destination weddings is the fact that not all of your close friends and family are going to be able to attend. Some may not be able to get the time off work, some may not be able to find someone to take care of their children and pets, and some simply may not be able to afford the travel. Before you start asking people to be a part of the wedding party, you will need to inform them of your plans, so that they can think through whether they can physically attend your wedding or not.
Be Aware Of The Extra Expense
It’s not just the guests that you have to worry about not being able to afford to come to the wedding; Are you sure you can afford it yourself? You may have dreamt of getting married in Paris or on a Caribbean Island since you were a little girl, but you need to be sure that you have the funds to actually accomplish this dream. If done right, the wedding itself will cost the same, or even less, than a wedding back home, but you have to factor in extra expenses like travel, the planning trips to your destination, and hotel rooms for you and your guests.
Destination weddings can be dificult and complicated to plan, but hopefully, these tips will help you out. You may get a little stressed at times, or upset when you find out that a close friend can’t attend, but remember that this day is all about you and your happiness, so enjoy it as much as you possibly can.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Weddings are a stressful topic for the bride. It’s a day you’ve imagined since you were a little girl, so a little apprehension over budget and who can help you organise things is totally normal. Choosing your wedding venue is pretty much the biggest of all the wedding-related decisions, and it’s not one that you should make alone. Once you get engaged, that should be your jumping off point for considering venue options; even if you have a fixed idea in your mind of what you want you should always look around. You never know, your tastes could have changed from that childhood fairy tale!
Your venue doesn’t just determine how good your photographs will be, but your budget, guest numbers and quality of experience. You don’t need to get yourself worked up about your venue, though, as we have some choices below for you to consider:
All-Inclusive Hotel. A lot of large hotels offer services for weddings that include everything from a wedding ceremony to the wedding breakfast. If you can snag a good deal, you can also get a decent evening buffet – all that dancing can get you hungry! Hotel packages include drinks and canapes, as well as a possible discount on cars, red carpets and even a toastmaster! Your budget will mainly determine how big a package you can afford and whether you can afford any extras on top. If you are on a fixed budget, you need to discuss it with the hotel and see what you can get for the money. You never know, you may get a great and unexpected deal!
Country Manor. You have two choices with a manor wedding. Similarly to a hotel, you can get an all-inclusive bells and whistles package. You could also choose to move your wedding outdoors. Country manors come with gorgeous grounds, meaning your wedding in the summer could be framed with new flowers, lush grass and bathed in sunshine. A marquee wedding does often mean considering dance floor rental, toilet rental and outside catering so it is something that should be thought about. Summer is a popular wedding season and so the prices are often higher, but you can have an outdoor winter wedding, too, with the hire of outside heaters like these!
Self-Catered Hall. To have a level of autonomy over your wedding day, you should pick somewhere you can self-cater. This doesn’t just refer to food, although it does include catering, as you can choose your own seat covers, cocktail company for drinks and arrange your own flowers. Make it so that your wedding day is exclusively yours and not the same as anyone around you, and you can have a day that isn’t dictated by the needs of a large company.
Venues for weddings are difficult to choose – especially when every option is one that is beautiful, attractive in price and catered correctly. However, with a little thought and a lot of deep breaths, you can make a good decision on your wedding venue without getting too stressed.
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Sometimes our other halves can get a little stuck in their ways. They get used to the fact that you’re there and are just a normal part of their life. If you’ve been living together for a number of years, then this can particularly be the case. But if you want to take things to the next level, but you're not even sure if he has thought about it, then why not drop some hints? Even if he is thinking about it, he’s not going to let you know that if he wants it to be a surprise. So dropping hints will give him the confidence to do is, as he is sure that you’ll say yes.
First thing is first, it can be a good idea to drop hints about rings. You could look online to make it much more subtle, rather than just suggesting that you go to a jewellery store. Somewhere like the 77 Diamonds site to browse their engagement rings could be a good idea, as an example. Then just happen to leave your laptop open right where he will see it. But if you’re looking for some more subtle hints, then here are some things that you could think about doing.
If you have friends or family members that are married, then it could be a good idea to start hanging out with them. If he thinks that getting married will tie him down or he has anxieties over it, then hanging out with happily married couples can put that at ease. Marriage does have it's ups and downs, like every relationship does. But if you see people that are taking it in their stride, then it will make a difference to his thinking.
One other thing that you need to think about is how much of an interest you take in his life at the moment. We can all pretend to like certain things in the early days of a relationship, but it can easily fade. While you shouldn’t start pretending to like something that you don’t, you can still genuinely show some interest in his hobbies and work life, for example. When you are the person that he’d rather be spending time with over anyone else, then he’ll swiftly realize that marriage is the next likely step.
At the end of the day, being honest is going to be the most important thing when it comes to getting married or improving your relationship in general. If you have difficulty communicating how you feel, then is it really right? Be open, honest, and maybe drop a few subtle hints that this is where you see the relationship heading. Talking about it is going to be a good way to see what page he is on; he might be closer to the idea of marriage than you might think. And at least if you have spoken to him about it, you will know where you both stand in the relationship. Good luck on this next phase of your life.
Although there’s no point in waging war against everything that isn’t perfectly green, you can still make sure your big day is friendly towards Mother Nature. From the venue you choose to the wedding invitations you send out, everything can be made a bit more sustainable when we just put our minds into it.
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Here is a quick guide to planning and hosting an eco-friendly wedding, so that you can start your marriage off the right way.
The greenest venue
It should come as no surprise that the perfect venue for a wedding like this is right outside. Nature uses no electricity; you have the sun to guide you through the different stages of the day, so plan the reception according to this so that your guests get to admire the scenery bathed in perfect light.
You can choose among so many great outdoor venues and botanical gardens, really, and autumn makes for an even more beautiful day outside.
If getting married outdoors isn’t really for you, no matter how much you love nature, you can still pull off an eco-friendly wedding inside. Just make sure everything is held in one place so that nobody needs to travel anywhere - it’s more convenient and even green, so there you go.
Most wedding invitations still happen via mail and they’re often made of regular old-school paper. You have a couple of options if you want to invite your guests without feeling guilty about those trees, though; paperless, for example, is a very green alternative and it will cost you next to nothing as well.
Sending out invitations with snail mail is still alright if you want to keep it traditional, and you can actually make it a bit more sustainable by using recycled paper. Just keep your eyes open for it in the shop - and if you want to go all out, you can treat your guests to one of those plantable invitations from Botanical Paperworks they can bury in their backyard afterward.
A wedding dress should be beautiful and the perfect fit, but it doesn’t have to be brand new if you don’t mind the idea of re-wearing a gown. What about your mother’s or somebody else that you’re close with? It’s typical to dismiss this if the dress isn’t just the way we imagined, but remember that you can always have some work done on it to make it more uniquely you.
The rings can also be sourced from sustainable companies, by the way, and it’s the kind of eco-friendliness you’ll be wearing for a full lifetime. Have a look at Brilliant Earth for a collection of compassionate rings and diamonds.
And if you don’t want to wear your mother’s or sister’s wedding dress but still don’t mind if you’re re-using one, you can have a look at this website as well for a full list of places where you find and rent used gowns. That way, you get to browse a bit as well.
When you care deeply about the environment, you want it to shine through in everything you do. A wedding should be no different - and it’s so easy to make it a whole lot greener than what’s traditional by simply choosing to reuse and recycle.
Everywhere we go, details matter. It’s the details that set the luxurious apart from the everyday and the experts from the wannabes. Details create culture and betray intentions. Details are the tiny but important things that give us a sense of a broader story. It’s the same way with your health. Your big habits help control your health, but it’s the little details that create your big habits. If your small habits are unhealthy, your big changes will still leave you feeling like you’re holding onto your healthy habits by a thread; but if you focus on the little indicators that define a healthy lifestyle, you’ll enjoy a more complete sense of health and will find it easier to maintain the daily habits that really affect your physical and mental health.
The power of small things
We have long understood that little things matter. Big projects like the space program require on getting tiny details right. The influential (and sometimes controversial) “broken windows” theory of crime argued that enforcing petty offenses would create a sense of control and rule of law that would reduce larger crimes, too. Details support larger projects that can’t go right without them, and they set the tone for broader trends.
If you have ever made a major lifestyle change for your health but still felt out of control or unhealthy, you can probably identify the details that were off. A diet that went well for four days, but a small thing - one candy bar, maybe - that derailed it. A daily exercise ritual undermined by incongruous unhealthy habits. Our health has a lot of dimensions, and even large-scale good habits can be undone by less significant bad ones.
High-leverage areas for high-powered change
What details can you change in your life in order to create a broader sense of health and well-being? Here are a few to try.
- Meditation. Meditation is something that sounds silly to those who haven’t tried it - but essential to those who have. Few things can have as large an impact in as short a time as meditation. A little habit like meditating for a few minutes each morning can give your life a sense of control, calm, and happiness that will have a ripple effect on your lifestyle choices.
- Food and ingredients. What you eat matters - you know that. But throwing together a home-cooked meal from some iffy ingredients is not the way to really convince yourself that your life is healthier. Get the details right by investing in great ingredients, and you’ll taste and feel the difference. Driving just a bit further to buy fresh seafood will be worth it, because you’ll be more likely to stick to your health cooking habits.
- Waking up. A rushed morning or a snoozed alarm can change an entire day’s worth of health decisions. Forget about jogging before work - it’s too late for that. You can’t pack a lunch without being late, so you’ll have to eat McDonald’s on your break. And now you’re not tired at night, so maybe you’ll just have a beer or two - which will mean sleeping through your alarm tomorrow. See the problem with getting the details wrong?
- Your space. Your home - particularly your bedroom and your kitchen - has a lot of power over your habits. Take the time to keep it clean and neat, and make sure that the flow of your space encourages good habits. Are the snacks and booze easier to get to than your treadmill? That’s a detail that could cost you.
The list above includes tiny moments or things that take a relatively short amount of time to fix (hopefully, if your apartment isn’t too much of a mess). They’re things that focus on setting and details, the layouts of rooms and the difference of a five-minute alarm snooze. But each is also a high-leverage detail that can change your entire day’s worth of healthy decisions. So make the right call, and focus on the details that can change your health.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Pre-ceremony preparations can be hectic. You’ll have to interact with several people and deal with last-minute concerns, no matter how much you want to just focus on your own dolling up. So, before all the higgledy-piggledy process begins, remember to get these things planned out and ready on the morning of your wedding.
Turn on your playlist
Liven up the room and get people in the mood to get moving by popping up music. Play something lively but not loud. A little dancing will help set the atmosphere for the party later.
Food and drinks
This may sound basic, but it’s something you may just forget! Remember to grab a bite and drink lots of water. This also goes for your entourage and the vendors who will be with you, like the make-up artists and photographers.
Letter to your soon-to-be husband
In the hours leading to the ceremony, try to find a quiet moment to sit down and write even just a short letter to your future husband. A message penned on the day will bring out more emotions rather than having it ready days before. Who knows? You may even be able to add something to your already beautiful vow.
Charge your phone
Your wedding day will be one of the busiest days in your life. While it would be great if you could go tech-free for this day to really be in the moment and it would be ideal to have someone else hold your phone, make sure that it’s charged and functional. Throughout the day, you will most likely need information stored in your calendar, phonebook, inbox, or notes.
Gifts for your groom and bridal party
If you have prepared gifts for your groom and your squad, make sure to have them ready in the morning. You can have your present for your future hubby delivered to his room, while your gifts for your bridesmaids can be laid out somewhere they could easily see as soon as they arrive.
“Getting ready” outfit
Before donning your gorgeous gown, slip on that pretty wedding day satin robe that will sure make your photos more dramatic. Hang it nicely in your make-up room so you can conveniently put it on and you’re good to move around comfortably.
While you may have had fulfilled your payables through a series of deposits prior to the wedding, there will be vendors you will need to pay after the delivery of service or on the day of the event. Get your signed checks ready in the morning and assign trusted individuals to hand them to the designated contacts. To make it confidential, place the checks inside sealed envelopes.
Clean up crew
A place full of people getting ready could mean a messy room. Get someone who will work on cleaning up the space after you are all done preparing. It’s easier if you’re getting a hotel room since you can simply call room service, however, remind everyone to be responsible of their own belongings and assign someone who will secure your valuables upon clean-up.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
There was a big proposal. You have a ring on your finger. Yep, there’s no denying it: you’re engaged. This is one of the happiest periods you will experience, so make sure you take the time to enjoy it.
In the midst of this fizz of excitement is the knowledge that you’re now going to be planning a wedding. That’s… not quite so exciting. Sure, some of it is going to be fun; who hasn’t looked forward to an afternoon spent trying on exquisitely crafted gowns? However, it’s also well established that many brides find wedding planning incredibly stressful, so you might be wondering what you have let yourself in for.
To paraphrase a song from a famous musical, when it comes to wedding planning, you should start at the very beginning-- it’s a very good place to start. So when you finally reach the point where you sit down to make a list of all the things you need to do, which should be the one that you research first?
Should The Dress Be First?
It’s fair to say that most brides love the idea of choosing their dress. It’s likely to be the most expensive garment you will ever purchase, it’s natural that you’ll want to get right down to shopping for it-- so why not make it a first priority?
Conclusion: No. The dress is important, but there’s something else you need to put first. Read on!
Should The Guest List Be First?
Guest lists can cause a lot of arguments in the lead-up to a wedding. As a result, you may assume that it would be better to get it out of the way -- but is that right?
Conclusion: No. By all means, have a conversation about the guest list with your fiance, but you don’t need to have final details worked out. How can you fix a guest list when you don’t know how many people you’re going to be able to invite? This one is important, but it doesn’t deserve to be in first place.
Should The Honeymoon Be First?
The honeymoon is the calm after the storm of preparation for the wedding, so you want to make sure you enjoy it. Maybe is deserves the spot of being the first area you focus on?
Conclusion: No. You can’t plan for the aftermath of something that you haven’t arranged yet!
Should The Venue Be First?
The venue is the centerpoint of your day. You need to know where you’re getting married at least from a logistical point of view. Are you going to marry in a church and then move to a reception? This is a decision you need an answer to early in your preparations.
Admittedly, doing the research, taking the time to check out these wedding venues to see if they suit your ideals, and exploring your options regarding the ceremony-- it’s unlikely to be the most thrilling part of planning your wedding. However, it might just be the most crucial.
The venue is crucial, so it deserves its place as number one on your to-do list.
Starting with your venue ensures you are centering your entire day-- everything else can be planned out accordingly. When the venue is booked, you can be confident that you’re taking a step in the right direction; maybe you will be the one bride who doesn’t experience a moment of wedding planning stress!
Well, a girl can dream, right?!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
It’s your wedding day. Anxious, nervous, excited; every emotion is running through your body as you get ready to marry your best friend, your partner in crime and the love of your life. The big question in today’s society is this: first look or not?
Now this is all personal preference-do you want to keep it traditional or get the nerves out of the way? Keeping it traditional, you have all those nerves as you walk down the aisle, maybe so many your head is spinning and your not even focusing on this special moment. Or you are just so excited you are grinning ear to ear as you see your spouse standing their whipping tears. Again, this is all personal preference.
The new thing in today’s society is doing the first look. With this, you get that special moment with only you two (and of course the photographer, you want this moment captured, right?!) The nerves and the tears are out of the way, so now the bride can walk down the aisle without having to nervously think, “right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot” and now she’s able to focus on another amazing moment with all friends and family around them.
So the big question is: first look or not? What would you do?
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