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Friday, December 14, 2018

Getting Married At Christmas? Here's Some Ideas

Seeing as Christmas is coming up, and so are your big day plans, there’s a good chance you’re going
to be forking out a lot of money just in time for the New Year. It’s not something most people want to
do, but it’s worth it! However, if you’re feeling a little doubtful about it, why not mix the two big days
together, and have your wedding day during the Christmas time?


Getting married just in time for the crux of the festive season itself is a great way to show your love to
your partner. And there’s a lot of different ways you can include some festive ideas in your celebrations
- but if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration, here’s some ideas to peruse through. Feel free to mix and match!


Getting married between two pines might be a little romantic. (Image)


The Period is All About Family


And because of that, a wedding at Christmas time should focus on the most important people in both your lives!.
After all, there’s quite a few roles in a traditional wedding ceremony that require a younger sister or and older brother
to fill in for, and the festive season will just help to impact that.


You can get everyone on the dance floor with Christmas songs we all find cheesy and secretly love, and film your Dad
singing his heart out to Mariah Carey. Everyone is available during the Christmas season, as we all come home to spend
time with our nearest and dearest, so you won’t have any missed RSVPs either!


Early Evenings are Great for Receptions!


If you and your partner are party people, getting married during the winter is probably going to be the best idea for you - the
nights start a lot earlier than they do during the summer, and that means longer parties and reception dances! You can book
the wedding at an earlier starting time during the day, and even get an earlier flight off to your honeymoon afterwards, to make
sure the jet lag isn’t too bad when you arrive at the romantic destination of your dreams.


Why Not Head Away?


Christmas is a great time to get married, simply because you have more of an excuse to go on vacation for it! Hey, it’s a holiday
season! You can get married in another country, rent a house for a beach wedding, and then say I do underneath an altar of palm
trees and warm sun on your skin.


That’ll be much better than staying at home to chill to the bone in your bare armed wedding dress inside a church, or out in a field
where the ground’s all muddy. Just imagine the kind of photographs you’re going to be able to take as well, with paradise in the
background, and you and your partner just as stunning in the foreground.

Getting married at Christmas can be great, just make sure you’re ready for the festive season to bulk out your celebration.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Secrets For A Fun-Filled Wedding Reception

While your wedding ceremony is a magical and essential part of any wedding day, it’s the reception that most brides,
grooms, and guests look forward to. After all, who doesn’t want to eat fabulous foods, have a drink or two, and dance
the night away? Your wedding day will go by much faster than most would like, which is why you should ensure that you
enjoy every minute of it. With that in mind, here are six secrets to help you plan a fun-filled wedding reception.


Get Your Guests There
Unless your ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue, all of your guests are going to need to get from
one place to another. If you have guests that can’t drive or will struggle to get to the reception for another reason, then
this could cause problems. To ensure your reception gets off to a good start, you could hire transportation for anyone
who may need it.


Arrange The Seating Carefully
When it comes to arranging the seating for your reception, it’s probably best that you don’t play matchmaker. Although
you may want to build bridges between feuding loved ones or set one guest up with another, this can cause awkwardness,
tension, and even arguments. It makes much more sense to seat friends together so that everyone can actually have some fun.


Keep Your Guests Fed
Hungry and thirsty guests are much more likely to leave your reception before the festivities are over. To prevent this, you should
arrange for food to come in frequently throughout the event and find a bartender for hire to serve drinks. Ensure that there are
plenty of snack foods available at all times and arrange for there to be non-alcoholic options, like tea, coffee, and soft drinks.


Rethink The First Dance
All eyes are on you during your first dance, so make sure that you make it memorable. After all, this is the perfect opportunity
to surprise your guests. You could start out with a classic first dance song and then switch things up and break into something
a little more energetic. This will provide plenty of laughs and encourage everyone to get on the dance floor.


Change Into Something Comfortable
Wedding dresses are absolutely beautiful, but, depending on the gown you’ve chosen, they can get quite uncomfortable
throughout the night. For this reason, you should consider changing into something else once your first dance is over. Whether
this is a white jumpsuit or little white dress, you’ll feel happier overall, which means that your guests will too.


Plan For The Children
Kids can liven up a wedding reception like you wouldn’t believe. However, if they get bored and cranky, they can also
bring the mood right down. To ensure your small guests have a great time too, you should plan to entertain them
throughout the night. You could book a child entertainer, hire a bouncy castle, or even set up an entire room for them to play in.

Wedding receptions are supposed to be a night to remember, and, hopefully, with the advice above, yours can be.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Where Do You Meet Your Significant One?

Every year in the USA, 2.3 million couples wed. To give you a rough idea of volumes, that’s the equivalent of 6,200 weddings a day
all year through. Needless to say, it’s a humongous number of wedding ceremonies, so it’s only natural to wonder how these couples
managed to meet and get together. First of all, it’s interesting to note that a significant number of couples benefit from previous experience
when it comes to meeting their significant one. Indeed, one-third of the individuals who get married every year have been married before,
meaning that they’re more likely aware of the best and worst spots to find their second half.
Ultimately, if you’re a believer that there is someone out there who’s right for you, finding them can be the equivalent of looking for a needle
in a haystack. Where do you start looking and how can you know when the search is over?



You didn’t have a choice in old days
While modern society has brought people the right to make decisions about their lifestyles, their careers, their families and, most importantly,
their love lives. Indeed, arranged marriages were a historic tradition that meant involved someone else than the bride and the groom.
The tradition continues to exist in distant regions of the globe, but in most places, couples are in control. Historically, arranged marriages
were used as a way to ensure diplomatic, economic and politic agreements between two families. What this means, to put it clearly, is that
the bride and the groom were selected by the families to ease a situation, such as royal weddings brought peace to European regions.
Ultimately, the question at the time was not of where you would meet your significant other, but what their family would bring to yours.

What do modern couples prefer?
Nowadays, as the situation has changed, more and more people find this freedom of choice challenging. Left to their own devices, modern couples
revert to traditional strategies to meet their second half. Indeed, almost 48% of MIllennials met their significant others through common friends,
establishing their initial connection in real life. However, this isn’t to say that online dating can’t be a successful approach. In fact, almost 10% of
couples met via an online dating site, such as weddings like this; you can find out more about
How online dating transformed Joe Kashurba and his bride’s lives here. The lesson here is that, while there is a variety of meeting options,
most couples naturally look in the best place for their personality.

Choice is nothing without a compatibility test
There’s a big difference between meeting someone and marrying them. And that’s precisely why you need to keep an open mind, not only regarding
where you meet your partner, but also how you determine that they’re right for you. Discussing your perspective on life can reveal plainly whether a
union has a chance or not. People who share a belief or a direction are more likely to stay together. If you’re politically, spiritually and emotionally
incompatible, you’ll struggle to maintain your marriage.


When it comes to weddings, the idea of a soul mate who’s waiting for you is absurd. The world is filled with interesting people, and consequently,
you’re likely to get on with more than one individual. The secret is to open your options to meet new people, through friends and online sites,
and assess your compatibility.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Gear Up Your Marriage To Go The Distance - By Starting Off With A Road Trip For A Honeymoon


When most couples are thinking about what they want for their honeymoon, they are likely to be considering a fancy getaway at some exotic destination. After what is often a grueling and challenging experience to plan for a wedding, this can often become a major source of conflict between two newly-weds. The truth is, it doesn’t need to be. A well planned and executed road trip honeymoon can offer just as much adventure and excitement. More importantly, it can actually set the foundation for a strong and long-lasting marriage. If you are not sold, consider these advantages.

It is far less stressful

So much of the planning for a honeymoon on the road is in the hands of the two lovebirds. This essentially means that once you've selected your vehicle and your direction of travel, you can pretty much make it what you want it to be. You don’t necessarily have to worry about customs or hotel bookings (you could if you want). The point is, the choice of what to do, where and when, is barely influenced by anyone else. Once you are geared up and ready to go, it will be just you, your lover and endless possibilities on the road. This makes it easy to have your full focus on your partner, instead of having to worry about logistical headaches ahead.

It saves on money
Most couples tend to splash on their wedding and their honeymoon and then end up struggling to make ends meet in the few months that follow. While no one can be faulted for wanting to have a perfect start to their married life, it is also prudent to manage the process and make the most of what is in your hands.

A honeymoon on the road presents numerous opportunities to save on costs. You can set up outdoors and avoid paying hotels for accommodation. You can also pre-pack food and drinks. This will mean that you only spend money on special occasions, like if you want to sample some unique local dish or when having a romantic dinner somewhere.

You can keep going

The fact that a road trip honeymoon is less expensive and more in your hands than anyone else’s means that you can almost go on for as long as you want. You can drive out as far as you want and take in as many sights as possible. You will easily avoid time pressure from situations such as expired hotel bookings or visas. This creates room for the kind of bonding experience that could in fact be so much better than if you flew to the other side of the world. 

The power to choose what to do and where to do it allows most of the focus to be on the relationship and not logistics. Less distractions mean more intimacy throughout your escapade, which really is the whole point of the honeymoon in the first place.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

Is It Possible To Stay On Budget With Your Wedding?

When it comes to your wedding day, there’s no doubt about it, you want it to be the most amazing and the most magical day of your life. Why wouldn’t you want it to be amazing - after all, it only happens once! Of course, just because you have big dreams for your wedding day, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your budget matches those dreams. A lot of couples struggle when it comes to planning their wedding due to issues with managing their budget effectively.


If there’s one question that a lot of couples wonder about it’s this one: is it actually possible to stay on budget when organising a wedding? There’s no straight answer to this because it depends on how you go about organising your big day. Wondering how you can ensure that you stay within your budget when it comes to planning your wedding? Have a read of the tips and ideas below!




Know your budget


Of course, one of the simplest and most important pieces of advice when it comes to planning your big day is to know your budget. The fact is that if you don’t know your budget, then you will obviously struggle to stay within it. So before you do anything - and I mean anything - it’s essential that you take the time to work out exactly what your budget will be. You need to ensure that every single penny is accounted for within your budget so that you can make sure that you’re spending it wisely and are making smart decisions.


Negotiate


When it comes to planning your wedding, it’s essential that you are willing to negotiate with the vendors that you choose. When it comes to selecting your vendors, there’s a lot that you need to consider, but one of the most important aspects to think about is the price. Let’s say, for instance, you are looking at a tent rental service provider to provide a marquee to hold your reception in, you need to consider whether it’s an affordable option for you and your budget. It’s also essential that you compare each vendor to their competitors, to ensure that you are getting a good deal for your money.


Calculate as you go


It’s essential that when it comes to planning your wedding that you are calculating costs as you go. The last thing that you want to do is end up overspending by accident, by not realising how much you had spent. That’s why it’s so crucial that you take the time to calculate costs as you go so that you are clued up about the amount that you are spending. To help you do this, there are plenty of wedding planning apps, it’s just a case of taking advantage of these and ensuring that you are staying on track with your spending.


There you have it, everything that you need to know about planning your wedding without going over budget. There’s a lot to take into account but if you take note of the tips and ideas above, you should be able to make the process much simpler and more straightforward.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tips For Saving Money On Your Wedding

It’s definitely not a cheap affair, and even if you don’t want anything too outrageous, weddings can still be costly for a number of reasons. We all like saving money where we can, but with a wedding, the possibility of saving money seems near to impossible. But it is doable, so here are a few tips for saving money on your wedding.




Have A Long Engagement
When you first get engaged, you’ll have plenty of people querying the date of the wedding. Don’t give in to the pressure of having to book a venue quickly, especially if you haven’t got the money to do so. Enjoy your engagement and wait for a while before booking your venue. This will give you plenty of time to save, do your research and cut costs where possible in your budget. By booking a wedding 2-3 years down the line, it might also save you a small fortune with the venue too.


Don’t Tell The Suppliers That It’s A Wedding
When it comes to weddings, if you tell the suppliers the W word then they’ll end up adding an extra zero on the price. With some suppliers, it’s not advised to say it’s anything but a wedding, the caterers or flowers for example. But for the invitations and other elements to the wedding that doesn’t require someone to be there, you can just say it’s for a big party.


Use Your Credit Card Instead Of A Loan
With a credit card, you are better off owing money to them than a loan company. With plenty of interest that’s added onto loans, it can make the repayments much more difficult and then you can land yourself in hot water if it’s not paid on time. So if you have a loan already, transfer it onto the credit card instead because it’s good to know more about what you have left to pay off, if it’s all in one place. Don’t get too many credit cards though as that can potentially affect your credit score which could make it more difficult to apply for a loan in the future.


Avoid Booking On Peak Times
Most people want a wedding where it doesn’t rain so they’ll opt for times of the year where it’s less likely to, and that can be different depending on where you live. You can save a lot of money from going off peak, and we’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars, so for the sake of a bit of rain, it’s certainly worth it. Most venues will likely have an outdoor and indoor option so on the morning of your wedding, if it does look a little dismal, then you can discuss with the venue, what your best options are.


Set A Budget And Stick To It
With a wedding, it’s very easy to start overspending if you haven’t set a budget. Therefore, you need to set one from the very beginning and stick to it. Be reasonable with the budget too. As much as it is a special day, you don’t want to be spending beyond your means and making the whole process more stressful when it comes to money. Sit down with your partner before you start looking at venues and have an idea in your mind on how you want your wedding to look and what you want to be included. Always set a figure that’s at the top end of your estimate, that way you’ll have a nice surprise when things end up costing a lot less.


Do Your Research And Compare
Like many businesses, they want to outdo their competition. So make sure you research each venue, florist and makeup artist and compare them to others that you’re interested in. You can then play them off one another to try and get the cheapest deal for you. When it comes to weddings, if you’re not aware of how much something usually costs, you may assume that you’re getting a good deal, but that’s not always the case.


Make The Most Of Friends And Families
When it comes to your family and friends, you may find that they hold secret talents such as flower arranging and design skills for example. So before you start shopping around for services, check that no family or friends can do it for you on the cheap. They may know others that can pay in a favor and end up saving you a lot of money.

Try and use your own skills, as well as your partner’s. It’s always much more personal if you’re able to provide elements of your wedding which you’ve made yourself.

Be Ruthless With Your Guest List
The wedding guest list can be a nightmare if you have a lot of friends and family. When it comes to both the ceremony list and evening guest list, you want to take time with this and discuss with your partner, who you want there. With the ceremony and reception list, these are the people that are watching you get married so be sure in your mind that you want them there and that you’d miss them if they weren’t. You are also going to be paying for their drinks and food during the wedding reception, so they better be worth it.

The same goes for the evening list. Keep it short if possible and ask yourself the same questions as you do with the ceremony guests. Any guests that come to your wedding should in your mind be friends for life and play an active part in your own life going forward. If you can’t see that already, then you might want to re-think them attending.

A wedding is one of the best days of your life, so you want to make sure that it’s perfect for you. However, with that, it can be very easy to spend too much money. So use these tips to save you some much-needed cash for your honeymoon and for settling down in the future.


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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Aren't Weddings Just The Cutest!

If you just said no, then you clearly haven’t been to a wedding good enough, or perhaps you’re just the wedding scrooge. Whatever has
led you to say that, we want to try and change your mind. Because for most of you ladies reading this, you’re probably reading it because
you’re either about to go to one, or perhaps you’re even planning your own. If it is that you’re planning your own wedding at the minute,
then you’ve come to the right place. We think we’ve got a few ways that we can make your wedding the absolute cutest, and to hopefully
take some of that wedding stress away that you might be feeling. For all of you who are just attending one today, we think we’ve got some
great tips lined up for you as well. Here’s why we think weddings are just the cutest, and how you can make yours nice and cute as well!




Pick The Cutest Theme


The theme of your wedding is actually going to play a big part in how cute it is. Some people seem to just go for the standard
church wedding in the town, which we think it’s lovely. But, there’s so much more creativity to be sprinkled around, especially
if you go for one of the bigger and more modern churches. They’re so much brighter and bigger inside, and it can often feel like
more of a modern wedding… if that makes sense. But usually, for a theme you would think about the colours you want to use for
your bridesmaids, and to decorate the afterparty with. To make sure all of this fits together nicely, you might benefit from hiring
a wedding planner. They might mean you have to up your budget just a little bit, but it does mean you could have the perfect
wedding theme planned.


It’s All About The After Fun


Yes, it is all about the after fun! This goes out to all of you who aare attending a wedding soon, and those of you who re planning one.
The after party is where everyone can finally relax, especially the bride and groom. But to make it
good, the venue first has to be nice and big. Places like the Bordeaux Convention Center offer a big space to house
more guests than you could possibly imagine. Then, it’s all about making the night fun, and you could even go themed
again. You could go for that white wedding theme, or turn it in to an 80’s night. Whatever you think will keep people
partying for longer, you should do. Games are usually good to play, especially if you turn them into a drinking game.


What About The Honeymoon!?

The honeymoon is definitely going to be the best part for all of you who are planning your wedding at the minute.
Everything else you’ve probably thought about will have been filled with stress, but the honeymoon is the one thing
that you can actually enjoy planning. Pick somewhere where you and your future husband can relax, and enjoy your
first weeks as a married couple.


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