The Perfect Wedding: How To Start As You Mean To Go On


Everybody wants the perfect wedding, but making the fairy tale into a reality is only one half of this equation; the other important ingredient to a perfect wedding is making sure that nothing goes wrong. Of course, things can still go wrong no matter how prepared you are, so it’s important that you have backup plans in place should such a circumstance arise.

Don’t just operate under the assumption that everything will run smoothly; fail to prepare and you prepare to fail. You can only have the perfect wedding if you have plans in place to fix any problems that might arise during or before the big day. Here are some more detailed pieces of advice to help you create the perfect wedding and start as you mean to go on with your marriage.

Plan your budget

Don’t underestimate the importance of your budget. It shouldn’t be a loose figure in your mind because weddings are expensive. If you stray too far from a strict money-spending limit then you’ll quickly find yourself pouring thousands into unnecessary expenses. Thinking about money before you do anything is a great idea because it means you can allocate certain portions of your budget to certain things.

In fact, friends and family may offer to chip in towards some of the spending (and gifts) too, and that can be factored into your budgeting process. Whilst talking about money is dull and unromantic, it’s going to be the cornerstone of your planning process. Everything you need for this wedding will cost money, and it’s important that you know when to stop spending so that you don’t go over the budget and buy things which you can’t afford. You don’t want to be in debt before you’re even married.

Invite friends and family

Budgeting is a kind of “pre-planning” process. Inviting people to your wedding, however, is step 1. Whilst your wedding is mainly about you and your partner unifying and committing yourselves to one another, there’s no denying that a wedding day is one best shared with the people you both love more than anything in the world. You want your family and friends to be there, so this should be at the top of your priority list. There’s nothing worse than the thought of making big plans on a fixed date and then sending out invites only to find that certain people can’t make it because they’ve already booked a holiday on those dates or they’re otherwise engaged.

Of course, as outlined over at eventjuice.co.uk, this all has to start with choosing a date. Having a fixed point in time at the back of your minds will help give you some structure in your mind as to the timeline you have for your wedding planning process. It’ll help you think about timeframes for suppliers but also the order in which you should be planning things. You won’t be rushing around at the last minute scrambling to do things; you’ll know a year or more in advance when you’re getting married, and you don’t have to think about it again. Of course, you’ll need to ensure you’ve sorted out the following thing before you can definitively set that date and get your friends or family to book it off work...

Secure the venue

Get in there early. That’s the best piece of advice when it comes to choosing a venue. If you’ve always had your eye on a particular hall or building for its historical significance or perhaps the pure aesthetic grandeur of the place then trust your gut. Don’t wait on the decision because the best places book up quickly (even if you’re looking at somewhere one or two years in advance).

You shouldn’t have to compromise on a venue, so make sure that you secure the ideal place as soon as possible. Once you’ve done that then you’ve got a fixed date (as mentioned in the previous step), and you can notify guests as soon as you’ve got confirmation that you’re booked into the venue. It’s always going to be hard to find somewhere available on a specific date on which everybody in your family and friendship circle is available, but you’ve just got to try your best to make sure as many of your loved ones as possible can attend.

Personalised touches

Adorning your venue in personalised touches (perhaps related to the bride’s interests or the interests of the groom) makes is entirely unique and unlike any other wedding that’s ever been before. If both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be get stuck in with the wedding preparation and throw in some personal touches that the other will like then that in itself will create the perfect wedding for both of you because you’re starting as you mean to go on; you’re doing things which matter to one another.

Remember the safety net

It’s so crucial that you have a plan in place in case things go wrong. This isn’t to put a downer on your day; it’s to make sure that your day can be recovered if the rings or other precious things are lost or if somebody falls ill. You could head on over to www.wedinsure.co.uk to get yourself insured and protected against the loss of valuables or money; you’ll thank yourself for these precautions if you do have to cancel because you’ll know you’ll have the money to be able to rearrange the wedding for a date not too far in the future.

Final preparations

You’ll have sorted out all the big things for your wedding months or perhaps even years before the actual date of the wedding. Still, as outlined over at www.marieclaire.co.uk, there are still things that you’ll be planning in the week leading up to the wedding and even the day before you get married. Make sure that you’ve collected the rings, dress, veil, and groom’s suit at least a week before the wedding; you don’t want any hiccups at the last second with those vitally important things. Make sure you’ve got everything ready for your honeymoon too. Sort all of these things out before the wedding, again, so as to make sure that you’ve nothing to worry on the day of the wedding or the day before, for that matter - you want to actually relax and take a moment to yourself.

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Tips for Accessorizing Your Man

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Us women love accessorizing, we know that a few well-placed accessories can completely transform an outfit from drab to fab, but men are different. Often, they simply don’t realize that accessorizing for men is a possibility, and if they do, they often don’t see the point in it, beyond perhaps wearing a nice watch or a cute tie. By giving your man a bit of encouragement and a little advice, you may be able to change that and convert him into any accessory fan, so that he looks even more amazing than he does right now!

Here are some simple tips for accessorizing your man:

Sunglasses Add Mystery

There is something about a man in a good pair of sunglasses that gives him an air of mystery and increases his sex appeal. Thankfully, sunglasses are one of the easiest sells when it comes to encouraging your guy to accessorize. After all, they’re practical, and even the least fashion-conscious man can see that they add a certain something. Although sunglasses can be worn with any outfit, they look particularly good when teamed with a modern tailored suit.

Watches to Add Class

A good watch always makes a man look classier than his peers who are forever checking the time on their phones or who wear ugly smart watches. So, encourage your man to pick out a nice watch in gold, silver or platinum, which is chunky without being overbearing if you want him to appear more sophisticated. The watch doesn’t have to be really expensive, it just has to look the part, and he only need wear it at work, dinner parties and other formal occasions.

Earrings
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Earrings for men can really look sexy on some guys, but they’re often a tough sell, especially if your man has never been interested in accessorizing. If he’s open to it, however, try to convince him that having both ears pierced is much more sophisticated than having just the one done and make sure he knows that there are times when it is and isn’t appropriate to wear them. For example, earrings at the office are a big no-no, but a nice pair of diamond studs teamed with a slick shirt and trousers, or tailored suit at the club will make him look like a superstar.

Scarves

For some reason, a lot of men would rather freeze than wrap up warm with a nice scarf, but us ladies all know that a guy in a scarf can be very sexy indeed. So, encourage your man to wrap up warm when it gets cold by investing in a few scarves. Start with darker colors and keep patterns as manly as possible, like checkers and skulls, for example, and the warms, comfort and style of the scarf will soon win him over.

Ties

If all else fails, you can probably get your man to make more of an effort with his choice of ties, not only by choosing more interesting color/pattern combinations but also by adding bling tie pins into the mix.

What accessories do you love to see your man wearing?

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Earning Money: Picking The Right Route

Who doesn’t want to earn more money? It’s a constant issue wherever we go and whoever you are. Whether it’s all about slashing your bills or trying to find the best discounts, we’re all after a way to keep a few extra pennies to ourselves. For those moms and dads and anyone who’s after a way to make some extra money, the things that come to mind are usually taking a job on the side, which means working late into the night for little money for something you don’t enjoy doing. It’s difficult, but that’s not to say that it’s impossible to earn a good amount of money on the side. There are two ways to do it when you're busy enough as it is; the freelance route, and the investment route. Let’s break it down.
The Freelance Route

The thing about going freelance is that for many people, it’s not just a sideline to earning some more money, but people are slowly making it their only source of income. Why? Because a lot of people find that doing freelance work is proving to be far more lucrative than the full-time job they're already doing. If you hit your stride, you could earn more by working at home than going to work. And as so many people have found, the perks of working at home tend to outshine the problems associated with the morning commute. What could be better than getting out of bed and casually switching on the computer that’s a 30-second “commute” away? If this sounds like your type of work, here are some ideas to try.
Online Surveys

An ideal method of work for the busy parent who needs a job they can do while their youngest child is trying to climb all over them! You can find plenty of online questionnaires that ask you for your opinion on products or your shopping habits. They pay per survey, which has its benefits as you get paid for the work you do, and the work isn’t front loaded or targeted.
Online Admin

Companies like Pactera almost exclusively hire people to work at home for short-term and long-term projects. These jobs are much like working in an office, and the work is as mind-numbing, but as a means to work at home in a relaxed environment, it certainly has a lot more perks. These companies usually pay monthly, and they usually require some sort of background in the related work. But if you’ve got the experience of working in an office, it’ll serve you well.
Blogging

Ads and affiliate links in a website are how bloggers make their money. If you start a successful blog site based on your own area of expertise, this could be a very good way of earning money while also working on a passion project. While this sounds like the ideal combination of doing what you love with earning money, it’s not as simple as that, and can take some time to get the blog up and running while doing it around your existing commitments. If you are willing to invest the time and energy into it, it could be worth your while!
Setting Up Your Own Business

Much like blogging, setting up your own business needs to be in relation to something you really care about, because this will help see you through difficult times, of which there will be many. Depending on where you look, the stats for small businesses and startup companies failing vary and can be as high as 90%. But, if you can do it around your existing commitments, there can be a time where you can devote yourself to the business properly, and end up being very successful.    
Utilizing Your Expertise

The internet is a wealth of possibilities if you are an expert in something. You can use sites like Etsy to sell your designs if you're on the crafty side, or you can set up your own eBay selling empire. You could tutor someone online, be it adults or children, via sites like Kaplan, or by setting up your own site. Or you could make the most of Skillshare to teach an online course. If you have the expertise, especially in a niche subject, it can be a very useful way to earn.    
The Investment Route

As working freelance might prove to be a logistical nightmare for some, investments might be a better way to earn money. The big difference with investing is that you need a portion of money upfront, and depending on your own personal circumstances, you may not have money to spare, in which case you could go freelance to earn that extra money if time allows. As far as a breadth of investment opportunities are concerned, here are three wide-ranging ones.  
Investing In Property

An extremely common way to make an extra bit of cash is buying property and then renovating it before selling it on. The phenomenon of buy to let, where you rent the property out to tenants sounds like a good way to make money on the surface, but it is a lot of time as well as money. Depending on the caliber of the tenant, it could be a difficult relationship, and one with a lot more hassle than you had bargained for, as well as you being responsible for the property, which means that if there are a lot of problems, it can cost quite a bit to get fixed. So, if you do opt for a property, it’s best to make sure it’s one that is as modern as possible. The other approach would be to buy a home and renovate it before selling it on. This means that if you are looking for a quick buck, you could buy it, renovate it and sell it on within six months. This does mean a lot of work though.
Invest In Cryptocurrency

The rise of online monies like Bitcoin has shown what the internet is capable of, and there are facilities which will accept Bitcoin now, but depending on your view of the situation, it could prove to be very lucrative, or it could be a risky venture. The way to earn this money is done by being a Bitcoin miner, which requires you to have a computer powerful enough to process transactions on an online ledger, called the Blockchain. It is advisable to do your research before venturing into this, as there are many people and businesses who have taken advantage of this so it can be a potentially crowded market. But there isn’t just Bitcoin, there is Litecoin, Zcash, Monero, and the list goes on.
Looking At Gold

The price of gold can vary, but there are many forms of buying gold, from bullion to ETFs (exchange-traded funds), or unit trusts. And with any major investment, it’s best to keep your eye on the value of it and invest when the time is right. The value and stocks can be temperamental, but gold doesn’t move with other assets like property would, so it’s worth doing your research.
As far as making money is concerned, there are numerous ventures you can go down, and whether it’s making money on the side, or spending your time looking at the stocks, it can take up quite a bit of your time. So you need to decide if it’s worth you taking up so much of your time to make this money. If you're a busy parent, would running a business suit your needs? Or would renovating a property take time away from your family? The options are there but think first.


   
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Spending The Summer In The Self-Titled "America's Finest City"


California is easily one of the most travel-friendly states in America, and San Diego is what many would consider the city you must visit there. The sheer diversity in cuisine, retail, and culture attracts those who want a really metropolitan experience. However, it’s a walking city, so you’re not forced to rely on transport as much as you might be in places like New York. But all trips are best prepared for, so what should you do to make sure you get the most out of your S.F. trip?

Make sure you’re allowed in

It’s surprising how many people think you can book a plane ticket to the US and immediately be allowed in. Depending on where you’re from, you might be able to stay for 90 days or less without a visa. It’s a good idea to look at guides like official-esta.com and determine your eligibility before you head over. Also, whatever travel documents you get, keep them with you at all times. You might be stopped at random and lacking the proof on the spot can majorly get in the way of your stay.
Prepare for the weather

A lot of people think that all of California is always sunny and there are definitely some highs in San Diego. If you’re not too keen on sticking the heat, the best time to visit might be in the include Spring, when the average temperature is around the mid-sixties in Fahrenheit. So, do expect to dress lightly and take care that you hydrate when you’re out there.
Know your budget stops

Another thing that people assume about the State is that it’s expensive. In that regard, they are not wrong. Your budget can really run away from you if you’re not smart about your money. There are plenty of guides on what kind of daily living costs you can expect. But tripsavvy has a bunch of great budgeting tips you can use including restaurants and transport. Which is what we’ll get onto next.
Getting around

For transport, it’s easy to rely on taxis to get everywhere, because there are plenty of major firms working in and around the city. As for public transport, San Diego is commonly considered a little inconvenient compared to its other Californian cousins because its network is rather limited. Once you’re downtown, however, you might be surprised by how compact the city is. It’s easy to walk from one place to the other most of the time.
Where you want to go

If your time is limited, then you’re going to want to create an itinerary before you get there. As small as it is compared to other tourist cities, San Diego has its reputation because it is absolutely packed with places to go. Walking around the gorgeous Balboa Park an obvious choice for many visitors, but Thrillest.com has plenty more recommendations on where you should what little time you have there.
With it’s almost year-round perfect weather, plenty to do, and gorgeous beaches, it’s easy to see why so many visit San Diego. Hopefully, the tips above mean you’re ready to go, too.
  
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The Burden of Breakups: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you’re reading an article about whether or not you should break up with your partner, chances are things haven’t been great lately. It’s always an upsetting time, but knowing when to walk away and when to stay can be tricky. Relationships do have their ups and downs, it’s not always obvious whether you’re going through a rough patch or whether the relationship has run its course. Here are a few things to consider if it feels like the end of the line between you and your partner.
What Are Your Reasons For Staying Together?

Unfortunately, many people stay together for all the wrong reasons. Are still together because you’re worried about upsetting your families? If you’ve been together for a long time, you might be convinced that you’re ‘supposed’ to be together, or that breaking up now would mean that time was wasted. Sometimes fear of the unknown, or dependence on a partner keeps you holding on. Maybe you’re jealous of the idea that they will meet someone else when you split, or financial reasons are making you reluctant to leave. While mediated divorce can help you divide up your assets and guide you through the process, the idea of losing money or property is still something that many people can be hesitant about when considering ending things. All of these are perfect examples of excuses and reasons people make for staying, when realistically they would be much happier and better off moving on.

Has There Been Any Kind of Abuse

Physical abuse is easy to define, and if you’re being physically abused you will know about it. Punching, kicking, scratching, being pushed around or raped- it can be incredibly scary and is reason to end your relationship immediately. Emotional abuse on the other hand can be a little trickier to spot. They may belittle or embarrass you, stop you from seeing friends and family, manipulate you or make you feel guilty. Maybe they control you financially, either taking your money from you or preventing you from working. You might not see this kind of behavior as abuse, but having this kind of emotional hold over you isn’t the sign of a loving and healthy relationship. It’s a definite sign to end the relationship and move on.
Have You Grown Apart

Sometimes relationships naturally fizzle out. Neither party has done anything wrong, there aren’t any arguments, and on the surface, things seem ok. But you know the spark has gone. Perhaps you’ve been together a while and have both grown in different directions. You might find you have nothing in common any more and even find yourself imagining a life with someone else. Rather than continue down this path, it makes sense for both of you and eventually find a partner that you’re more suited to.
Whether you decide to go or decide to stay, make sure it’s for the right reasons. As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘may your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.’ Give yourself some time to think and decide what you want, so you won’t look back with any regrets.

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The Pros and Cons of Getting Married Abroad


Getting married is always special, and it’s one of those things that you want to get right down the smallest detail. That’s why it’s important to answer the big questions first. And there are no questions bigger than where you are actually going to get married. Do you want to get married in your hometown? Somewhere else in the county? Or somewhere abroad? If you’re tempted by the latter of those choices, then it’s time to start thinking about the benefits and drawbacks of this tempting option.

More and more people are deciding to get married in another country, and it works out well for most people. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the ideal solution for everyone. Below, you will find details of the main pros and cons that you should keep in mind when making your decision.

Pros

The Happiest Day of Your Life Will Take Place in an Exotic & Beautiful Location

The first pro is also the most obvious of them all. Most people who choose to get married abroad choose a location that is exostic, warm and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to get married in those kinds of surroundings? It’s something that you could definitely enjoy and benefit from. It also makes the ceremony feel more special because it is more unusual than the vast majority of weddings. The photos will be stunning, the memories will be perfect, and you will definitely enjoy the day if you already know you love the location. It’s a definite positive to keep in mind when choosing which option is best.

You Can Keep it Small and Intimate

Keeping things small and intimate is a lot easier when you are organising a wedding in another country. That’s because the ceremony can be small and simple, and it’s so far away that many people simply won’t be able to make it out to the destination even if they wanted to. If you want to keep things small and don’t want all the fuss of a bigger wedding, this can be a really good idea for you. Intimate weddings often feel more special, as well as a little less exhausting, so they shouldn’t be dismissed straight away. It could be the perfect idea for you.

It’s Possible to Combine Your Wedding and Your Honeymoon Seamlessly

It is often possible to combine your wedding and your honeymoon into one if you decide to get married in another country. That has to be a good thing. It means that you don’t have to travel between the place you get married and the destination of your honeymoon. You can go straight to wedding mode to honeymoon mode without any stress or hassle in between. That can be something that really appeals to many couples, and it’s definitely worth taking into account. The more stress-free your wedding and honeymoon are, the better they will be for you both.

You Can Even Save Money

Many people assume that it’s very expensive to get married in another country. But that’s not necessarily the case. You can actually save money in some circumstances. Getting married in the UK is very costly. And there are many countries and locations around the world where the cost of arranging a wedding ceremony is cheaper than it is back home. If you can save money, why not go for it? It makes sense, and it might help you make your wedding bigger and better on the day.


Cons

Costs Can Rise Again if You Have a Ceremony When You Get Back Home

The costs associated with your wedding can rise considerable if you decide to have a ceremony for people back home when you get back from your honeymoon. This can mitigate the savings you made by keeping things small or getting married in a location with lower costs. So, make sure you remember that. This is what many people decide to do when they get married abroad. It’s often what the family wants. But can you afford to meet the costs associated with this kind of thing? If not, think twice.

Hiring People and Making Arrangements Can be More Tricky

When you’re trying to organise a wedding that is going to happen in another country or the other side of the world, it can be tricky to put the right arrangements in place. The distance between you and the people who you’re going to be working with when planning the wedding simply makes everything more challenging. There are always good people to hire. For example, Vittore Buzzi takes wedding photos for people going to Italy to get married. But be aware of the challenges that come with arranging a wedding while you’re still back home.

There Are Always Variables, Including the Weather

Just because you head to a nice location with a nice beach, that doesn’t mean that you will get the weather that you want at the exact time and day of your wedding. What if you make plans to get married on the beach only for the rain to start pouring down before you get started. Weather is changeable wherever you are, and it’s important not to pin your hopes on nice weather because you might end up disappointed. And is it really going all that way if the weather is going to be no better than it is back home?

People Who Aren’t Invited Can Get Offended or Upset


If you have to keep your plans small to keep costs low, this will mean having to not invite some people. There are friends and family members who might be offended or upset with this. Is that something that you’re willing to deal with or not? If you’re not, you will either have to pay a lot of extra cash to make the day bigger and help to get everyone over to the location or reject this option and get married at home instead. You won’t want to make people who are close to you feel like they are being rejected or forgotten about.
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Don't Let Phone Networks Rip You Off


Smartphones. Most people in the United States has one. Once, we all thought that smartphones would help us save on our monthly phone bills. There was a time where smartphone use was certainly more expensive than landline use, but the gap seems to narrow quite a lot eventually. A few years ago, it seemed that smartphones were a wise investment for communication. But now they seem to be a lot more expensive again; the gap was widened back up!

There are a lot of ways in which you can save loads of money on your smartphone bills. However, it seems that most people are in the dark about most of them. We’re going to take a quick look at the things you can do to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on your smartphone use!

Be careful who you sign up with

There are a bunch of service providers, or networks, that smartphone owners can sign up with these days. What is the easiest network to get a contract phone on? Well, simplicity is certainly something you should be researching, but the overall cost you’re going to deal with every month is still something you need to consider carefully. Some networks will offer family plans that will make phone use more affordable for your family as a whole. Some networks put a focus on data usage, providing you great deals on data - until you go even slightly above their limit, prompting them to bill you heavily. There are a lot of aspects to consider, so take your time before settling on a network.


Use WiFi instead of mobile data

One might argue that part of the point of getting a smartphone is so that you have access to mobile data such as 3G or 4G. The argument is that you can browse the Internet and communicate online even without having to be connected to WiFi. But this comes with a cost, of course. Charging you tremendous amounts of money for data use is what makes up the bulk of network profits, so it’s in their best interest to overcharge you whenever possible. If the option is there, connect to a safe WiFi network and switch off your mobile data completely. This will provide you with free data usage, which can potentially save you a lot every month.

Get free communication apps


Connecting to WiFi doesn’t just make browsing the Internet cheaper; it can also mean that you can make calls, video calls, and send messages for free. This isn’t something networks are particularly fond of, but there isn’t much they can do to prevent people from using smartphones as WiFi devices. (This is why base prices for contracts have gone up - because so many people aren’t using the network to communicate with others.) WhatsApp is perhaps the most famous example of an app that allows people to communicate for free as long as they’re hooked up to WiFi. (You’ll even save money if you’re using mobile data.) There’s also Skype, which now has a mobile app that allows for free calling, and the lesser-known but powerful Viber.

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