Plan Your Trip Step By Step

 So here you are, right about to hit the road searching for adventures. I cannot claim how much time exactly you will be needing for your preparation, inasmuch as only you know what your expectations of a trip are. No matter how much time you are intending to spend, there are things that need to be done.

Define the purpose of your trip

Imagine that a trip is a big project you are running at this stage of your life. So what are your targets? It is significant to establish your goals first. After that, composing the rest of the plans will be a piece of cake.

Accommodation search

The next step that comes after purchasing the tickets is a search for a place to stay at. The choice of a hotel mostly depends on your budget. I am not a frequenter of extravagant hotels and have never been willing to splash out money on my accommodation, so I am always seeking some nice and cozy options at a comparatively reasonable price. When I was in Florida I stayed at Marina treasure bay hotel in Florida. Even though the hotel is rated only three stars it is one of the best places I

How you know you’ve found the perfect gown

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Your wedding gown is such an important part of your big day and, as any past bride will tell you, they may not have known exactly what type of wedding dress they wanted, but they certainly knew ‘The Dress’ when they tried it on. Here’s how…

You can imagine walking down the aisle

When you put on ‘The Dress’ and look in the mirror, you should be able to visualise yourself walking down the aisle towards your future spouse. If you can imagine your husband-to-be’s reaction, and almost hear the whispers of praise from your guests, you know this is the perfect choice for your own red carpet moment.

You want to wear it all the time

Realistically, we all know the dress has to be saved for the big day. But you should love it enough to want to wear it all the time, even down to the shops. And if you find yourself unzipping the garment bag now and again just to admire its beauty, even better.

You can’t imagine walking down the aisle in anything else

When you find that perfect wedding gown, the one with ultimate vow wow factor, the prospect

10 bridal accessory dos and don’ts

When it comes to your big day, even the smallest of details matter. Accessories can make or break your overall wedding look but, when chosen well, they can take your wedding styling to a whole other level.

Here are 10 things to do – or avoid – when choosing your wedding accessories.

Dos

Tie everything into your style

– Be sure that all your accessories, be it your headband or your garter, reflect a little bit of you and your personality. It’s YOUR big day and, at the very least, your outfit and accessories should show the world who you are, not what someone else wants you to be or what other people think a bride should look like. If, for example, you’re a modern girl who likes something a little bit offbeat, standard pearl earrings and a diamante tiara probably aren’t your thing. Conversely, if you’re a traditional girl, don’t be afraid to choose the most princessy of tiaras or most traditional of updos. Your accessories are there to accessorise YOU!

Bridal accessories checklist

There are so many things to buy and arrange for your wedding that it’s easy to overlook a few of those wedding accessories. However, it’s the small details that make your wedding unique and special, so run through this checklist to make sure you’ve got all the wedding accessories you need.

Wedding accessories for the bride

The most important item on any bride’s shopping list is her wedding dress, but what else will you need to complete your bridal look?

  • A veil, headpiece, or hair accessories to complement your gown
  • Wedding shoes that are comfortable enough to dance the night away
  • A clutch bag for wedding day essentials
  • A jacket, shrug or cardigan to cover your shoulders in case it gets chilly
  • Wedding jewellery to create that extra sparkle
  • Your bridal garter for a little nod to tradition
  • Bridal lingerie to add support and make you feel sexy on your special day

Wedding accessories for the groom

His wedding is a rare opportunity for the groom to dress to the nines, and accessories for the groom are designed to help him personalise his look.

  • A wristwatch to make sure he gets to the ceremony on time
  • A pocket handkerchief to wipe away the tears of joy
  • Some cufflinks to add a special

Wedding night accommodation

Traditionally it is the groom’s responsibility to arrange the wedding night accommodation, but it’s always a good idea to make some suggestions and be clear about the type of wedding night you are anticipating. This will help to avoid confusion or disappointment on one of the most special nights of your lives.

wedding night accomodation

These top tips will help you to decide on the right wedding night accommodation for you:

Talk to your fiance about whether you want to party all night with your guests, and then meet them again for breakfast, or whether you want the wedding night and the next morning to be private time for just the two of you. If you agree on the first you should book wedding night accommodation in the same hotel as your guests, otherwise you might want to look for a hotel further away.

Try not to book wedding night accommodation too far from your venue. After a busy day and a decent amount of champagne you will probably be asleep before you reach the hotel if you have a long drive to get there. If you are flying off on

Accommodation for your wedding guests

If you happen to be getting married in a large hotel, the majority of your wedding guests will probably book a room there so they can stagger up to bed when the party finishes. Having accommodation at your wedding venue is a big bonus, as your friends and family can relax and have a good time without wondering how they are going to get home, or whether they will be able to find their hotel later in the evening.

For those couples that have chosen a venue without accommodation, or those that are looking for more affordable alternatives to what the hotel can provide, here are ten tips on accommodating your wedding guests:

  1. Research accommodation close to your wedding venue and try to find hotels in a wide variety of price ranges.
  2. Always check with the hotel directly to see whether you can get a good deal by booking a lot of rooms, even if your particular wedding venue doesn’t have an existing arrangement with that hotel.
  3. Provide detailed information about local hotels with your wedding invitations, including a short description of each hotel, the distance from the venue, and their website address.
  4. If your guests need to provide a code, or mention

Make-up masterclass: Real brides share their best wedding day beauty tips

We’ve polled brides galore and asked them what their top wedding day beauty tip were – and the results were quite surprising, but here are their top suggestions, shared in the hope of ensuring your wedding-day make-up is, well, flawless…

“I wish I’d run my wedding day look by my fiance first… “

It may sound kinda old-fashioned, but this was one of the most cited tips by the brides we spoke with. Though you definitely want some elements of your wedding-day look to be a surprise, you don’t want to look like a completely different person when you walk down the aisle towards your betrothed!

So, when planning your make-up, ensure that whatever look you go for is something that isn’t completely unfamiliar to the person standing opposite you at the top of the aisle! So, perhaps, show your fiance pictures of the looks you’re considering – or even the result of your make-up trail, so they can offer any input.

You don’t want their heart sinking – or them barely recognising you – during one of the most important moments of your relationship.

“I was so glad my bridesmaid packed a small emergency beauty kit for me”

There’s a reason emergency beauty

Accommodation for your bridal party

As a newly married couple, the chances are you will be spending your wedding night in a lavish and luxurious honeymoon suite, but what about your bridal party? Unless you are getting married very locally, it may be hard for them to get home; the taxi fare could be more than the cost of a hotel room, so they will probably need wedding night accommodation too.

Here are seven top tips on accommodating your bridal party:

  1. Before you start looking into accommodation for your bridal party, think about whether you actually want to stay in the same hotel as them. Do you want the morning after your wedding to be an intimate time for just you and your hubby, or do you have visions of carrying on the party over breakfast with your close friends and family?
  2. Check what accommodation is available at your venue. If your wedding venue also provides accommodation, check how many rooms are available and see if you can get a discounted rate. Your immediate bridal party should have priority on the rooms at the venue, followed by any out of town guests.
  3. Look for accommodation close to your reception venue if you can’t actually stay at the

Traditional wedding bombonieres

When you are trying to plan a wedding that reflects your particular culture on ancestry, it can be hard to find ideas for traditional bombonieres. Here are some ideas for Italian, Indian, Greek and Jewish bombonieres to give you a little inspiration:

Italian wedding bombonieres

Traditional wedding bombonieres in Italy consist of highly decorative and often brightly coloured net bags or pill boxes filled with sweets. However, there are plenty of other small gifts that could be used as bombonieres for your guests whether you are having an Italian wedding because of your heritage, or simply because you’d like an Italian theme to your big day.

Some classic Italian gifts could include small decorative bottles of Italian liquor such as limoncello, miniature espresso makers in a variety of colours, small vases in a combination if silver and glass, traditional ceramic objects, and small packets of Italian coffee and biscotti.

Indian wedding bombonieres

Traditional Indian wedding bombonieres tend to vary according to religion, and are often inspired by the deities of each faith. At a Hindu wedding, guests may often receive a small statue or figurine of Ganesh, one of the most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism, clearly recognized by his elephant head. Guests

Warm and wonderful words for your bridal party

As you make your journey towards the aisle, there’s a select group of people who will be with you every step of the way. And that’s your various attendants, be they bridesmaids, groomsmen or other special people in your life who have contributed to pulling off your big day perfectly.

It’s a real honour to wear the tag of bridesmaid and groomsman, and these days many couples acknowledge that honour by writing a beautiful note asking their besties to take part in the big day.

But, there are lots of other times you can put pen to paper to say thanks for their support, be it the conclusion of dress shopping or the aftermath of a super buck’s night.

And don’t sweat it if you’re stuck for inspiring words. Here are some wonderful and evocative quotes to get your ball(point pen) rolling…

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
Charles R Swindoll

In the

The difference between a bridesmaid and a maid of honour – and how to pick them

Choosing your bridal party can be equal parts fun and stressful. You want to be surrounded by your best gals, but there’s lots of other things that come into play – from existing expectations among friends and family to the strength of different relationships.

So who – and how – do you choose to fill these VIP spots? Is it the longtime friend from school, or the one you see every day? Someone for whom you were a bridesmaid or a favourite cousin who lives in the next town. Do you have 10 bridesmaids or just go for three?

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider. And that’s before you get around to assigning the most important role of them all – that of the maid of honour. To help you understand the difference, and pick the right person for each role, we’ve compiled this handy guide, but remember, the first person to come to mind for each role may not be the best person to carry out each role, so choose carefully!

What does a bridesmaid do?

As the name suggests, a bridesmaid is a member of the bridal party. They tend to be a sister, cousin or close friend,

White wedding cakes

All white weddings are an eternally popular choice, and white is currently a very fashionable colour for a fresh wedding theme. It’s hardly surprising then, that we are seeing a move away from bright coloured icing and a return to traditional white wedding cakes. This leaves contemporary brides with one dilemma; how do you create a fresh modern look with white and prevent your cake looking dated?

Here are ten ways you can add a modern edge to white wedding cakes:

Add contrast with black

The monochrome theme has been popular in wedding cakes for a couple of years, and simply adding a black swirling pattern, a couple of black flowers, or some black polka dots to white wedding cakes, can bring them right up to date.

Use lace effect icing

Have your cake iced in a very pale pastel version of your accent colour and then have white lace effect icing applied over the top. This will give the overall impression of a white wedding cake, with just a glimmer of colour, and is perfect for a vintage wedding.

Use alternative icing

When we think of white wedding cakes, we usually expect white fondant icing. However, there’s no reason you shouldn’t use white butter

Vintage wedding cars

Wedding car hire might be the responsibility of the groom, but you’ll still want to have your say about the style of car you choose to arrive at the ceremony. Although ultra modern Bentleys and stretch limos are becoming more popular, there are still plenty of couples looking for a classic or vintage wedding cars for their wedding transport.

If you are trying to decide whether vintage wedding car hire is the right choice for you, these three advantages will give you a head start.

They are full of character

Most couples that choose a vintage wedding car do so because of the way it looks. Vintage cars are effortlessly stylish and full of character, and they will look fantastic in your wedding photos. Their design is generally more complex and intricate than a modern car, and there are more possibilities for decorating a vintage car. If you are having a classic or vintage themed wedding, an older style car is a must to complement your theme.

They have historic significance

A vintage car captures the essence of days gone by, and represents a piece of history and culture. Some couples choose a particular vintage car because their father or grandfather used to

Wedding cocktail food

Whether you decide to forgo a sit down dinner altogether and just provide cocktail food, or you just need to come up with a few nibbles for your cocktail hour, wedding cocktail food can be great fun and a real talking point for your guests. These seven tips will make your canapes and cocktail food stand out from the crowd.

Keep it simple

When you start looking at cocktail food menus you will find a variety of foods you may never eat in any other situation. Sea food tends to feature highly along with exotic sauces or spices. Don’t forget your cocktail food can be simple items that you know all your guests will enjoy. Freshly cooked French fries are a perfect example of simple wedding cocktail food. Serve them in shot glasses with a small amount of sauce in the base, or in miniature newspaper cones resting in ice cream cone holders.

Avoid messy foods

Your guests will undoubtedly have spent some time and money getting dressed for your wedding, so you don’t want them to be covered in spaghetti sauce half way through the cocktail hour. Find foods that are easy to pick up and eat with the fingers, and

White themed weddings

As if to offset the growing trend for bright, bold wedding colour schemes, pure white weddings are big news this season. White is a great wedding theme at any time of year, and can create a fresh and classic overall look.

Here are some great ideas for a white themed wedding:

White outfits for the bridal party

Although tradition says that brides should marry in white, most actually wear a shade of ivory or cream on their wedding day. A pure white dress can be very striking, especially when accessorised with silver or black, but be careful if you want to wear pure white as it can be a little stark against some complexions. If your skin has cool undertones, meaning you generally look better in silver than gold, and you look great in colours like blue purple and hot pink, you should be able to pull off a pure white dress.

There are a number of ways your groom can dress in white. He could go the whole hog and hire a white morning suit, or wear a white tuxedo for ultimate sophistication. If you are looking for a more subtle outfit, a grey morning suit with white accessories and a

Considering a wedding ice sculpture? Here’s why you should…

So, you’ve decided on your wedding venue, theme, and decorations, but somehow you think your reception might be missing a little pizazz! Ice sculptures add an element of drama – and fun – to your wedding reception, and here are some great reasons to consider one:

 

They create a talking point

Wedding ice sculptures are special and intriguing and, as such, they can create a real talking point at your reception. Guests are always curious about ice sculptures and, generally, want to know everything about them, from how they were made to how long they might last.

Ice sculptures are guaranteed to be a big topic of conversation on your big day!

A wedding cake sculpted out of ice. Image: IceWork.co.uk

They make for stunning centrepieces

Ice sculptures are superb focal points at receptions and, for that reason, are perfect for couples choosing not to have a traditional wedding cake. They make for perfect features on a buffet table or you could consider mini ice sculptures, one in the centre of each table. Ice sculptures can be made with clear or coloured ice to match your wedding theme and can even be specially lit to create extra impact.

They can provide entertainment

If you want to

Destination paradise: 10 things you’ll love about Fiji

One of the most romantic places on the planet, Fiji is located just a few short hours north-east of Australia. It is, quite literally, paradise on our doorstep, which makes it the perfect spot for a destination wedding or honeymoon.

Comprising 333 islands peppered throughout the heart of the tropical South Pacific, Fiji is as beautiful as it is romantic – and there’s so much to do.

Adventurous couples looking to make the most of their honeymoon or destination wedding can enjoy a range of adrenaline-inducing activities, from fast-paced white-water rafting and zip lining above rainforest treetops to partaking in some seriously high-octane jungle skirmishes. Yep, think paintball IN THE JUNGLE!

Of course, if you’d prefer a more low-key honeymoon offering lots of private and restful us-time, that’s what Fiji does best – naturally. After all, no matter which of the islands you visit, you’ll be surrounded by Fiji’s lush and verdant landscape, as well as its pristine ocean views.

1. Hideaway in untouched bliss

“Perhaps my favourite thing about Fiji is that it is chock full of hideaway spots, glistening beaches and lush rainforests,” says Fiji Airways‘ Shane Hussein. “And that’s even before I think about the stunning weather!”

Shane, who was born in Fiji and has lived

Love locks explained

The tradition of placing love locks on public structures has grown in popularity over the past few decades. However, those unfamiliar with this practice may wonder what is so romantic about a steel padlock placed on a bridge?

But, it’s a surprisingly romantic gesture, albeit a potentially environmentally unfriendly one!

What are love locks?

A love lock is simply a padlock inscribed with a couple’s names or initials which they lock onto a public fixture such as a fence or bridge as a symbol of their love. It is traditional to throw the key to the padlock away to show that the love is unbreakable. A growing number of couples are choosing honeymoons where they can visit popular love lock drop off points.

Why do people use love locks?

The practice of using love locks is most popular in Europe although it has spread to other parts of the world as well. It first became popular in 2000, but the history of love locks goes back around 100 years. It first originated in a small Serbian village called Vrnjacka Banja. A local school teacher named Nada fell in love with a soldier and they pledged their love to one another. However, the

When to order wedding dresses

While some couples plan a whirlwind wedding with a four month engagement, most take at least a year or even two to plan the big day. Most brides want to start shopping for that wedding dress as soon as they have a ring on their finger, but how soon is too soon, and how late is too late?

Here are the answers to some of the common questions brides have about when to order wedding dresses:

When should I order my dress?

Ideally, you should begin looking at dresses twelve to eighteen months before your wedding, with a view to ordering your dress about a year in advance. This will give you plenty of time for alterations to be done thoroughly, and for you to find the right accessories, flowers, and hair style to complement the dress.

Brides buying a dress off the rack will still need to have some alterations done, but they may be able to get away with ordering a dress six to nine months before the wedding; around three months should be scheduled between the first and final fittings to allow time for alterations. Having a dress custom made will take longer, and will require three or four

Bridal pearl jewellery

Nothing is more elegant that a pair of simple stud pearl earrings, and a single strand pearl necklace with soft ivory bridal gown. Bridal pearl jewellery is pretty, feminine, and warmer than diamonds or crystal, which makes it more forgiving to the complexion than other styles of bridal jewellery.

Unfortunately many brides are put off pearl jewellery because of various myths and misconceptions associated with it. Here are four common myths about pearl jewellery;

Myth 1 – Pearl jewellery is unlucky for brides

If you want to wear your grandmothers beautiful pearl earrings, but have been told that pearls are unlucky, don’t worry you can still wear them as your something old. Pearls are seen to be unlucky because they are associated with tears, but this doesn’t need to be a bad thing.

Legend has it that pearls were created by an angel tear falling into an open oyster, and that is the origin of the myth. In fact pearls are a symbol of purity, innocence and a happy marriage, and the Greeks believed that wearing pearl jewellery would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.

Myth 2 – Pearl jewellery is only for mature brides

Don’t disregard a pearl necklace just