Monthly Archives: April 2017

Wedding checklist

Lingerie

It seems very obvious, but you might have purchased and agonised over which beautiful lacy number to treat yourself to for your wedding day… only to forget it and leave it at home when you leave the day before the wedding day. To help you remember, perhaps store it in a bag on the hanger your dress is on, next to your shoes.

Socks

Too many groomsmen (and grooms) have forgotten to pack their nice socks and ended up with the wrong socks peeking out of their suit pants.

Vows

Try to write some vows prior to the night before, and then make sure you make a couple of copies of them, just in case. This is one speech you won’t want to forget.

Knife for the cake

This happens so often! You get to the time when the cake needs to be cut and three people run off in all directions to get a knife from the kitchen.

If you have some fancy wedding day toasting flutes that someone has gifted you or you ordered

Designated driver

Make sure you have a way back to your wedding night accommodation, whether that be an uber, your fancy wedding car, a taxi or a bus. Just make sure you have a safe way back!

To feed the vendors

And yourselves! A lot of people forget that their vendors are often there for 8 or 10 hrs and need to eat too! And all too often, brides and grooms forget to have a bite to eat themselves. Be sure to eat a good meal before the wedding and during- if you’re having a cocktail function, be sure to ask the caterer to make you and your partner a plate to take away at the end as well.

Gifts

Have someone (that you trust) in charge of collecting all gifts/cards or taking the wishing well back to a location you decide upon.

Umbrella

Just in case it does rain- pack a pretty umbrella that you wouldn’t mind being in your wedding pictures. Maybe a clear one. If there’s a high chance of rain, it’s best to bring enough for the entire bridal party.

Kids activities

If you’re having a few kids present, it’s likely they will somewhat entertain themselves, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few things for them to do, like lawn games, a photo booth, activity booklets or even hiring a babysitter to look after them at the venue.

Medications

Don’t forget to take your insulin, Ventolin or anything else you may need. Adrenalin may cause you to forget these things that you may use day to day!

Pet sitter

Whether your beloved furry friend is attending the nuptials or not, make sure you have a way home for them or someone to look after them or feed them while you’re not home.

Kids weddings

The non-compliant bridal party members

It is cute when a young flower girl doesn’t quite remember her role and tips the whole basket of flowers into a pile before running off for mummy. That is a memory guests will have forever.

But what about the flower girl who got so bored standing up the front of the room alongside the bridesmaids in a church and started to kick the wooden step behind her? The outcome was that no one could hear what the celebrant was saying over the thumping echoing throughout the church. Good-bye emotional vow exchange!

Ceremony tears

You might expect to shed a tear of joy as emotion overtakes you while watching a friend or family member ties the knot. But when kids do it, it’s usually because they are tired, bored, or hungry (or all of the above).

And it’s loud. Impossibly loud.

There have been ceremonies where a child has thrown a gigantic tantrum and cannot be consoled, or an infant who won’t stop crying. Both are atmosphere-killers.

Not the cake!

Placing children in a room with a beautifully decorated tiered cake is like putting a brand new toy in view and then telling them not to play with it. The pull is literally magnetic.

Cake tables have been toppled, icing licked and fists put through wedding cakes. Try getting the guests to eat a piece after any of that happens…

Having their own party

In an environment not conducive to children’s entertainment, younger guests will create their own fun.

Game of tag anyone? There have been weddings where little guests have run rampant throughout the room, knocking into guests, spilling drinks on tables as they whiz past and yes, they used the cake table as their base….

Hen’s party revisited

If you had a stripper in the guise of a fireman come along to your hen’s do, you might get a visit from the real thing on your wedding day.

Children have been known to investigate their surrounds and test out what things do. Light switches – not too bad. Fire alarm- Yikes! This was an ear-splitting 15 minutes of alarm action for the guests of this particular wedding as the firies worked to shut the alarm off.

Fountain fun

You can have the punch or chocolate fountain OR the children. Do not EVER think you can have both in the same room at the same time.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

Sticky stains

Children are very tactile and stick their hands into anything and everything. When the bride is wearing a beautiful, and most likely expensive, wedding gown in shades on the lighter side of the colour spectrum, the dress could end up with a few additional colour swatches by the end of the evening.

 

How to boost your wedding savings

Clothes shopping

Ouch! Did you say no more trips to the mall?! Sometimes steering clear of it altogether is easier than trying to battle the temptation to get that £10 blouse that is on sale when you go “window shopping.”

If your work pants are tired out to the point of no return and you don’t have any back-up pairs to dust off from the back of your closet, by all means get a new pair. But don’t spend another $80 on your fifth pair of work pants just because they are on sale.

Be strong, we know you can do it!

Ditch your old stuff on Facebook or eBay

While dusting off that pair of work pants that had retreated to the nether regions of your closet, you may have also noticed some other garments that haven’t seen the light of day for a few years.

When you are saving up for a wedding, it is the perfect time to seek a new home for these clothes… and some extra cash for your coffers.

Give them a good wash and present them nicely, take a snap, and get those babies up online. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much you might be able to get from selling stuff you clearly don’t need anymore.

While you’re at it, go through the cupboards, garage, and other places where you keep your ‘stuff’ and see what else can go. There are Facebook groups dedicated to buying and selling almost anything, so list in multiple places, as well as eBay, to maximise your chances to get a sale.

Smoking

Choosing now as the right time can have more benefits than saving you a wad of cash each week. You can also start to live a healthier lifestyle and give your body time to begin healing so you are your best version of yourself by the time your wedding day arrives.

Quitting can be hard, so if you can’t stomach the thought of going cold turkey, talk to your GP or pharmacist about other ways you can transition into a smoke-free future.

Social events

Heading off to social events can be a costly exercise – especially when they are boozy ones!

Don’t turn down birthday invitations or other special occasions, but try to limit the amount you spend on going out ‘just because,’ or if you worry you will fall into a constant state of FOMO, simply try not to spend all night at the bar and get up and shake your groove thing to the band instead – that’s free entertainment and a workout all in one!

Takeaway food

We all love a Friday night no-stress takeaway dinner after an exhausting week at work. But when you think takeaway pizza for two from a chain franchise can cost £15 (with a drink and garlic bread, of course) and you can buy two reasonably-priced frozen varieties from the supermarket for about £5, you can see how quickly you can save some dough by being a little more prepared.

Of course, you will ultimately save even more dough if you make your own at home!

Brand names in the supermarket

Did you know that some Homebrand items are made in the exact same factories that manufacture the brightly-coloured brand names you have grown up with.

This means, the ingredients are the same, but they can cost half the price! Planning what you will cook for dinner each night in advance can save you buying things you won’t need and ultimately throw out and sticking to a list means no impulse buys. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how much you can save each week.

Bottled water

We live in the UK. We have access to clean, fresh water that is 100% safe to drink. Do not buy bottled water!

Invest in a reusable bottle and fill it up at home, in the workplace, or at a public drinking fountain if you are out and about.

It may only seem like a few dollars a pop, but if you are buying a new bottle every day, these small savings quickly add up.

 

Exchange on your wedding day

Often tradition that the marrying couple exchange gifts on their wedding day. While some couples buck this tradition citing “My presence is his present”, other couples want to give that extra something special on their wedding day to let their partner know they’re thinking about them. So what should you gift each other on your wedding day?

When should you exchange gifts?

A great way to exchange gifts is to arrange a bridesmaid or groomsman to pass the gift on to open while everyone gets ready. This is assuming you’re getting ready in separate places, as most couples do.

If you’re having a ‘first look’ perhaps you can exchange your gifts during those few moments alone before your ceremony.

Some couples wait until after their wedding to give their gifts, as it can be incredibly romantic to exchange them when you’re finally alone as a married couple.

And, if like some couples you’re planning on giving something during your honeymoon, you might want to make sure your partner knows you haven’t forgotten about them!

Types of gifts

Sentimental

If your style is more sentimental than materialistic (and if you are materialistic, that’s okay too!) you can exchange incredibly thoughtful and timeless gifts on your wedding day. For instance, you might frame an old or significant photograph of the pair of you, or gift something that might mean a lot to you and your family – such as a grandparent’s wedding ring or cherished item.

Jewellery or accessories to wear on the day

More commonly, marrying couples will exchange gifts of jewellery or accessories to wear on the day. This might mean a bracelet or a pair of earrings for brides, and cufflinks or a watch for grooms. While gifts of jewellery and accessories are typically worn on the actual wedding day, the beauty of them is that you now have a piece of jewellery that has incredible sentimental value, as it was given to you and worn for the first time on your wedding day.

Romantic

If exchanging actual gifts is not your thing, or perhaps you’re on a strict budget, it can be incredibly romantic to exchange love letters or poems on your wedding day. This idea is also great for wedding photos, as photographers often capture the raw emotion of when a bride/groom opens and reads their love letter. These letters or poems can be kept for a lifetime after the wedding, and can even be displayed on your wall for years to come!