Dreams Do Come True: Saving for Your Fairytale Wedding

Every girl dreams about her wedding day, and if we are honest with ourselves, those dreams don’t fade once we get older. We all want a spectacular day that we are going to cherish for years and years to come. However, the trouble is that weddings are also getting more expensive, which makes it incredibly difficult to have the type of day you have envisioned for many years. But, don’t fret, as it is not impossible. Below, we have put together some top saving tips that will help you to have the wedding of your dreams.


Dreams Do Come True: Saving for Your Fairytale Wedding

  • Start a savings plan – There is only one place to begin, and this is with putting a savings plan together. This always begins by conducting a bit of research to determine how expensive weddings in your area are. Once you have done this, you need to put together a plan of action. Determine how much money you will be able to save every month. This will involve cutting back on bills and looking for ways to make savings. It is important to set yourself realistic saving targets; otherwise you are simply going to set yourself up for failure.
  • Consider taking out a loan – Have you thought about taking out a loan? More and more people are turning towards financial aid so they can secure funds for personal use. As weddings are incredibly expensive, a loan would enable you to have your wedding soon, and then pay it off in installments afterward. This means you don’t have to save up for years and years until you are able to get wed. However, there are some important things to remember when taking out a loan. Firstly, never borrow more than you can afford. It is imperative that you are able to comfortably make the monthly repayments. Secondly, select a repayment schedule that is suitable for you. There are so many options nowadays, so it should be easy to find something you are comfortable with. And finally, don’t borrow more than you need simply because it is being offered to you.
  • Prioritize your wedding – What is most important when it comes to your dream wedding? It is a good idea to rank everything in order of priority. This will give you a sense of direction, and you will have a greater chance of arranging your dream wedding if you work down the list in the order of things that matter the most. Consider the following elements: invitations, table name cards, gifts, wedding rings, transport, photography, entertainment, flowers, dresses and suits, the wedding ceremony, catering, and the wedding reception. You will then able to cut costs without compromising your dream day, as those at the bottom of the list surely don’t matter that much to you in the grand scheme of things?
  • Use your friend’s talents – Do you know someone who is amazing at baking wedding cakes? Why not ask them to make your wedding cake instead of buying you a wedding gift. If you cut things like this off your to-do list, you will be able to save for your wedding a lot quicker.
  • Find out if your parents are going to pay anything towards your wedding – Before you put a savings plan together, it would be a good idea to speak to your parents to find out whether they will be contributing any money to your wedding. Of course, this is a subject you will need to broach carefully. Depending on your relationship with your parents, this may or may not be something you are comfortable with. You will know yourself whether this is an avenue to explore.
  • Consider reducing the number of people who come to your wedding – Do you really need to invite your best friend’s cousin? Or what about your dad’s best mate? While it is tempting to invite anyone you have ever met, it is important to think about what is actually important to you. Do you want to spend more money on people you barely see? Or, do you want to focus more on quality, and cater to a lower number of people? You could always host a wedding celebration after at your house or you could rent out a hall, and that is a great way to get everyone together without spending a lot.

All in all, a wedding can be one of the most expensive things you will ever pay for, but your special day is certainly worth it. If you feel your dream wedding will never happen, consider the tips above and make it a reality.

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How To Look Expensive

If you are somewhat of a fashionista, you will want to make sure that every outfit is on point. Not content with slumming it in your tracksuit bottoms, you will be keen to look your best at all times and looking expensive can help you achieve this. Here we take a look at just some of the ways that you can turn a bargain basement buy into a catwalk classic.

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1. Always make sure that your hair and makeup is well done and appropriate. For instance, if you are travelling courtesy of private jet charters you really should be making an extra effort. There is something appealing about a woman with sleek, shiny hair and fresh, dewy makeup. Invest time into your skincare routine after all clear, healthy skin is the first step to beauty.


2. Wear nudes. Nude tones exude a certain kind of elegance especially when worn head to toe. There are many nudes on the high street, so you are sure to find one that suits your skin tone.Choose them in plush fabrics for an extra injection of class.


3. Keep it simple and stick to the modelesque uniform of a simple white tee paired with blue jeans and a great blazer.


4. Invest in a brand. Granted, you probably can’t afford that Balmain blazer just yet, but you can still invest in a brand in a small way. A well-chosen accessory can transform your high street outfit to high-end status in one easy step. So whether it be a Gucci belt, a Hermes twilly or some Celine sunnies, make sure you use your little piece of luxury to its full potential.


5. Wear one colour. When you see women dressed in one colour from head to toe, you get an instant impression of elegance and luxury. Choose white, black or even double denim, and you will exude a classy, put together vibe, that could have cost thousands!


6. Roll neck jumpers are the epitome of elegance during the colder months. Team them with smart jeans or tailored trousers for a chic, understated style.


7. Wear a red lip. Although we have seen how pared back, natural makeup can give off the right impression so too can a bold red lip. Experiment to find your perfect shade and team it with a chic black blazer for a winning combination.


8. Whatever you are planning to wear, make sure that you take the time to prepare your outfit. A freshly ironed shirt and clean, polished shoes lay the ideal foundations.


Finally, if you want to look expensive all the time, you need to consider carefully how to spend your hard earned cash. Instead of buying large volumes of cheap, throw away fashion, save your money and buy fewer investment pieces. They will instantly lift your outfit, whatever it cost. Choose a really good coat or bag and always opt for classic styles and neutral colours that won’t go out of style anytime soon.

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Travel Fitness: Ideas To Help You Stay In Shape

Most people tend to spend their vacations drinking alcohol and sitting on a beach. That’s fine if you just want to relax after a long few months at work. However, some people want to remain active and ensure they stay fit while they’re away. There are lots of ways in which you could achieve that goal. In this article, you will find some activity suggestions you could try while you’re on vacation. Of course, what you do will depend on the location you select. So, you don’t have to select anything from this post. I just wanted to highlight different suggestions and point you in the right direction.

Skiing and snowboarding
If you travel to a mountainous region in Europe or the US, you might consider skiing or snowboarding. Experts from VistaBahn Ski Rentals say some areas offer the activity all year round. You just have to go somewhere at high altitude where the snow never melts. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding in the past because you don’t need experience. There are always companies in the local area that will provide you with an instructor for a small fee. You can also take your kids along and get them involved too. Skiing and snowboarding are perfect activities for the entire family.

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Rock climbing
No matter where you take your vacation, there are always opportunities to try rock climbing. If you go somewhere near the coast, you can often climb outdoor cliff faces and rocks. However, in cities, you might have more luck trying to find an indoor experience like Boulder Dash. It’s an excellent way to spend your time because the activity will help you to build muscle. Your pulse is also going to increase rapidly, and that should contribute towards strengthening your heart. Again, just make sure you employ the services of an instructor if you’ve never tried rock climbing before.

Rambling and walking
Sometimes you just have to get some fresh air and walk for the best results. If you don’t like the idea of sitting around on a beach all day, you should ask the locals about the best places to walk. Maybe there are some mountain tracks you could follow with your partner and the kids? Perhaps you can walk the coast and check out some ancient ruins? No matter where you travel, there are always lots of interesting things to see. If you don’t want to miss anything exciting, just research the area online before you leave home.

All three of those suggestions should help any traveler to stay in shape. At the end of the day, you just have to fight the urge to laze around. Far too many people travel to other countries and never take in the local sights. That is because they’re more concerned with getting an even suntan. If you like to explore and try new things, don’t pass up on the ideas from this article. You never know. You might enjoy yourself, but whatever happens, you will achieve your goal of keeping fit.

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Wedding Checklists: Getting It Right As A Guest

Most wedding checklists are geared towards couples who are planning their big day. Undoubtedly, the focus is on the bride and groom, but there’s a lot to think about for wedding guests too. If you’re preparing to attend a wedding in the coming weeks or months, here’s an essential to-do list to make sure you get it right.

Wedding Checklists: Getting It Right As A Guest
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Choosing your outfit
Weddings are wonderful occasions, but it can be stressful trying to plan an outfit. You don’t want to turn up wearing the same dress as another guest, you don’t want to be the person who hasn’t noticed the info about the dress code on the invitation, and you don’t want to be struggling with your shoes by 3pm. The key to nailing wedding guest chic is choosing something that makes you feel both confident and comfortable.

Before you start shopping, have a good read of the invitation and any additional information that the couple has provided about the event. Some people specify a dress code, and this can be helpful when it comes to buying a new outfit. If there is a dress code, stick to it. If there’s isn’t any information, look for clues from the type of venue and the theme.

Bear the weather in mind when you’re shopping. If you’re going to an outdoor wedding in the summer, opt for light fabrics and avoid anything that’s too clingy. If you’re attending a winter wedding wrap up warm. You can still wear a show-stopping dress or skirt, but make sure you have a coat or a shawl with you.

Many guests choose to wear dresses, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, but don’t rule out other options. If you’re going to a less formal gathering, you could consider wearing a skirt, tailored trousers or a jumpsuit. If you’re sticking with dresses, look for unique prints, quirky shapes, and styles with a difference like those on this page https://www.popsugar.com.au/fashion/Wedding-Guest-Outfit-Ideas-43508330.

If you’re not sure where to start with shopping, check out sites like theiconic.com.au for inspiration and have a look at outfits people have worn to weddings or the races online. Use accessories to make your outfit unique. If you’ve got a plain dress, you can jazz it up using a hat, a bag, eye-catching shoes, and jewellery. If you’ve got a patterned or printed dress, it’s best to opt for subtle touches. Nude stilettos are a staple, as they go with everything, and you can wear them time and time again.

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Buying a gift
Many couples ask for donations towards a honeymoon, but if your friends haven’t asked for contributions, finding the perfect gift is the next job. If there isn’t a gift list, use your imagination and your knowledge of the couple. What do they like doing? What kind of style do they have? You could buy something for the home or go for a day out, a weekend away or a gift with a difference like a personalized hamper or some customized barware. Planning a wedding can be time-consuming, and it’s always disappointing when you’ve had the big day, and you’re getting back to real life again. To cheer the couple up, you could treat them to some restaurant vouchers, book a night at a spa or make a book of date coupons. You could include small cash donations towards meals out, picnics, movie nights or a trip to the theatre, for example. Put some thought into it, and channel the couple’s interests and hobbies.

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Sorting the logistics
You’ve got the outfit, you’ve bought the gift, and now it’s time to sort the logistics. It’s a good idea to book travel and hotels in advance, especially if the wedding is abroad. If you are travelling overseas, use the Internet to find cheap flights and compare prices on accommodation. If you’re closer to home, consider your options. You could share lifts with friends or book a cottage, villa or farmhouse if there is a group of you. This may work out cheaper than reserving several hotel rooms. Make sure you have taxis booked to get you to and from the ceremony if transport is not provided.

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Are you going to a wedding in the next few weeks or months? If so, now is the time to get yourself sorted and make sure you’re ready for the big day. Look around for outfit inspiration, try some different styles for size and don’t be afraid to go for something unique. If there’s no gift list, think about what your friends or family members would like, be thoughtful and use your creativity and imagination. Make sure you know how you’re getting there and where you’re staying well in advance.

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Acne, Milia And Other Irritating Skin issues Fixed

Don’t you just hate it when you wake up in the morning and find that a blemish has developed on your skin, apparently overnight? Usually, this happens the morning before a big day, and the most common reason for this is stress. You were probably stressed when you went to bed and that causes your body to increase its production of sebum. This is the name for the oily liquid that oozes out of spots and acne. So, perhaps the best way to get rid of the problem would be to just control your stress levels as much as possible. But what if that skin blemish is already there?

You can cover it up, but this will typically make the issue worse. Putting makeup on acne is adding more oils to your skin, and it could cause more spots to develop. No, the best way to handle this is head on so let’s look at how to solve some of the most annoying skin issues, starting with acne.

Acne, Milia And Other Irritating Skin issues Fixed
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Eliminating Acne
Aside from the stress, the main cause of your acne is probably your diet. If you’re eating lots of sugary sweets and snacks, you need to stop that right now. You might also want to cut out most of the dairy from your diet. Research shows that this is two of the main causes of acne. Of course, it’s not the only problem that causes this skin issue, but it’s a good start. If you correct your diet, you will start to see a noticeable difference to your skin.

You might also want to think about exercising more often. By exercising, your body will produce sweat. This gets rid of any bacteria and oils underneath the skin and reduces the likelihood of an acne breakout.

Milia
Some people have a different skin issue from acne, and that’s milia. Milia is typically found around the edge of the eyes and are hard, little white or sometimes yellow spots. They can not be squeezed like a pimple. There are only two options to remove them. They can be melted through a steam treatment. You can head to a spa or fill a bowl with boiling water and hold your head over it. You might notice they start to drip, allowing you to remove the spots. Or, you can get them surgically removed. It’s a basic treatment, but it can be quite terrifying having a needle that close to your eye. As such, melting them might be the best option. The cause of these skin blemishes is dead skin building up around the eyes. As such, they can be diminished with exfoliation. If you look at ranking and reviews of the 10 best exfoliators, you’ll be able to find the right one to use and make sure you can clear up this skin issue in no time. Many people mistakenly believe that there is no way to avoid milia and they’re wrong.

Petechiae
Finally, petechiae are pinprick red dots that are not as pronounced as acne but far more colourful. As such, they can be just as annoying and even more difficult to conceal. The best advice here is to use cold treatments. Wrap an ice pack in cloth and press it to your face for ten or twenty minutes. This will diminish the issue completely, and you should see the red dots fade. If it doesn’t make sure you go to the doctors as it could point to a more serious issue.


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Two Months To Go: Your Wedding Checklist

It seems that there are three types of people when it comes to planning a wedding. The first, are those that plan a wedding date years in advance, giving themselves at least three years to get everything sorted for it. Then there are the people that choose to have quite a last minute wedding. It might only be a few months away, for some, even weeks. But that is how they want it. The third and final group of people are those that fall somewhere in between. They want some time to get everything sorted, but around a year is good enough for them. But whatever kind of wedding planner you are, there will always be that last manic time, a couple of months to a month before, to get everything sorted. What are some of the last minute things to be checking for your wedding, though? Here is a checklist to go through. Good luck, it isn’t long now!

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Make it Legal
One of the things that stops people from being able to get married as quick as they want is that you, of course, need to make it legal. Set an appointment to get your wedding license in the last couple of months before getting married. You can’t get a license too far ahead of time, so this is one of those last minute things. Check the fee and any documents that you might need and then get going with your appointment.

Wedding Rings
The engagement ring will have been sorted if you are at this point. But you can’t forget about the all important wedding bands for you and your other half. Generally, these are fairly quick to find and order, as they are much plainer than diamond encrusted engagement rings. Don’t leave it too last minute, though. Shop around and try on rings for sizing. You could also look to order wedding rings, like Tacori wedding rings, online. But you need to be sure about the ring sizes that you’ll need. You don’t want it to be too snug on the day!

Honeymoon Checklist
In this modern world, not everyone goes on a honeymoon straight after getting married. But if you are going to be doing just that, then you need to plan ahead for that. What are some essentials you’ll be needing for your destination? Do you have your passport? Will there be time for name change on it? You need around two months for a new passport to be safe, so that could be something to be getting on with soon.

Final Head Counts
At this stage in the game, you will be looking to get your final head counts into your vendors and venues. So check all of your RSVPs and chase any that are yet to reply. Then you can sort things like the seating plan, as well as favors, place cards, and other wedding stationery that you need on the day.

Making a to-do list is always a good idea when planning a wedding. So if you keep track as you go along, there shouldn’t be too much left to do!

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