4 Stresses Of Wedding Planning That Everybody Forgets

Everybody knows that planning a wedding is incredibly stressful, if you didn’t you’re in for a big shock. If you want to make the whole thing a lot easier on yourself, you need to work out what the most stressful bits about it are going to be and make sure you get a bit of a head start on them. Often, it’s the things that you thought would be easy that cause you the most hassle and the things that you thought would take you ages are a breeze. These are some of the areas that are likely to cause you the most stress when you’re planning a wedding.


Choosing A Wedding Planner
Getting a wedding planner is supposed to make things easier, not harder, and it does. However, choosing the wedding planner in the first place can be incredibly taxing. What you’ve got to remember is that you’re putting the biggest day of your life in somebody else hands and it’s vital that they get everything right. When you’re trying to choose a wedding planner, always meet with them and share your ideas and see what their input is, if you’re not on the same page from the start, steer well clear. It’s also better to go for luxury wedding planning services rather than trying to do it on the cheap. They’ll have a lot more experience and they can help you plan the day that you want, without having to make any compromises.

The Seating Plan
Weddings are great because they bring so many people together to celebrate your special day, but that can cause problems as well. A lot of those people that you’re bringing together might not like each other very much. You’ve got to consider family feuds, exes and loud drunks when you’re sorting out your seating plan. If you seat the wrong people next to each other, it could spell disaster. The best thing to do is start with any guests that could potentially cause trouble and make sure they’re separated, then you can start filling the gaps with everybody else.

The Rehearsal Dinner
When you’re caught up with planning the actual wedding itself, the rehearsal dinner becomes a bit of an afterthought. That means you’ll be rushing to sort it out last minute which is a nightmare. You’ll have to make a lot of the same decisions like guest lists and seating plans for the rehearsal dinner as well and if you’re not careful, you might end up going over budget. Make sure that you’re thinking about the rehearsal dinner from the beginning and you leave plenty of time to plan it before the big day.

Accommodation
When you’ve got that many people coming to one place, they all need somewhere to stay. If you leave it to the last minute, you might not be able to find enough rooms for everybody which is obviously a bit of a disaster. You can try to reduce the stress by getting people to sort out their own accommodation where possible, then you’ve got nowhere near as many people to make arrangements for.

If you thought that choosing a dress was going to be the most stressful part of planning a wedding, you’re in for a big surprise.


The Ultimate Wedding Guest Guide


Weddings aren’t just exciting for the bride and groom and their families. Guests can have a great time too, and there’s little more exciting for a wedding-obsessed woman than receiving an invite to such a special event. We get excited, we spend time planning, and we let ourselves get carried away with the romance of the occasion. This can make wedding season the best time of the year.


Wedding season isn’t as packed as it once was. Nowadays people marry at any time in the year. Getting married in the winter time can be magical and save the happy couple and their families vast amounts of money. But, there is still a wedding season. From your mid 20’s until middle age, you may find that you have a few weddings to attend every summer, from May until September. Now that these wonderful occasions are upon us, whether you are a seasoned pro and have attended countless weddings, or you’re just starting to see your friends move on to the next phase in their relationships, there’s a lot to plan before you attend a wedding, even as a guest. Here’s a guide to help you get it right.


Your Outfit
Getting your wedding guest outfit just right can be tricky. You want to look wonderful without outshining the bride or members of the wedding party. You also need to consider the time of year, plan for unexpected weather changes, and make sure you’ve got a bag that will hold anything you might need for the day. Wedding days can also be long and include lots of hanging around so comfortable shoes are a must.
Try to find out what colours the wedding party will be wearing to ensure you won’t clash, then shop around for the perfect dress. But, don’t feel pressured to wear something different every time if money is tight. You’re probably the only person that will notice.

The Gift
Many couples now register for gifts, which can be a massive help. But, it’s not always. Often gifts on the list are very expensive, and if you’re not that close, you might not want to spend that much. Other couples don’t register at all. These wedding gift ideas for 2018 are fantastic and offer something for every budget. Just try not to get sucked into any wedding gift politics. Don’t worry about what might be expected of you. Get them something that you think they’ll like.

The Day
The last thing that you want is to be late. So, make sure you know where you are going, if you are driving, use a sat nav and if you are getting a taxi, give yourself plenty of time. Pack things like spare tights, deodorant, lipstick, painkillers and mints and don’t forget your tissues!

Put Your Phone Down
It can be tempting to take photos, tweet and connect throughout the day. Don’t. If the couple wants snaps appearing on Instagram, they’ll have set up a hashtag. Let them share their day when they are ready and don’t ruin it with constant phone clicking

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Easter Events - North East England

The Easter festivities are fast approaching and I just how hard it is trying to keep the family entertained during school holidays.




I've compiled a list of some events happening in the north east area this Easter.
Life Science Centre:
Enjoy chocolate workshops, crafts, theatre show and the Dino Jaws exhibition between 30th March - 15th April - 10am - 6pm. Everything inside the centre is included in the admission price. A family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children is £34. Under 4's go free.

Caledonian Hotel Jesmond:
Friday 30th March - 13:30-16:00. Afternoon tea. 2 adults (prosecco included) and 2 children - £55. Price includes children's entertainer, disco, magic show and candyfloss. Sunday 1st April 12:30 - Sunday carvery followed by Easter crafts, activities and an egg hunt. All children receive a chocolate egg. £12.95 per adults and £9.95 per child with under 2's going free.

Spanish City Fun Fair:
30th March - 5th April - 11am - 6pm. Enjoy classics rides such as dodgems, waltzers, roller coasters, hook a duck, trampolines, bungee jumps and much more. Visit on Sunday 1st April and all children will receive a free Easter egg, face painting and various entertainment throughout.

Manor Walks Cramlington:
Visit Peter Rabit on 4th April between 11am and 4pm. Children can enjoy story time and photo opportunities outside Boots in the centre mall.

Easter Bunny at Woodhorn Museum:
30th March - 2nd April between 1am and 3pm. Come and visit the Easter bunny and receive a small sweet treat. Also check out pirate school and the sea critters craft sessions.

Easter Eggspress - Stephenson Railway Museum:
Sunday 1st April between 11am and 3pm. Children can enjoy a ride on the heritage steam train, explore the collection of engines at the museum and take part in the Easter egg trail. Solve the clues and win a mini chocolate egg price, Don't forget to try the Easter themed treats in the Waggonway tea room. Free entry to the museum however a small charge is required for the train ride.

Beamish Museum:
Egg trail, Easter themed baking including hot cross buns and carrot lollies, card, bonnet, finger puppet workshop and paper flower making, egg decorating and rolling and much more for the full family to enjoy. Beamish is an amazing place to visit throughout the year, they always cater for school holidays and their events are always so unique and fun filled.

Alnwick Castle:
Various events including music, crafts and street theatre shows. Something for all ages and regular events throughout the year.

Karting Newcastle Upon Tyne:
One of the North Easts few indoor karting tracks for the full family to enjoy. Various packages available depending on the group size.


Whitehouse Farm Easter Eggstravaganza:
Between 30th March and 15th April - Enjoy bunny cuddles, real life Easter chicks and even bottle feed some cute little lambs. Visitors can enjoy a day of choc-a-bloc fun, magic, games and crafts alongside seeing all of the animals at the farm.


Eggtastical Easter Event - Gateshead Leisure Centre:
Sunday
8th April - 10:30-11:30. Sensory play, egg decorating competition, card making, music, dancing and more.


Disclosure: I have received free entry to some of these events for the purpose of this guide.

Cheltenham Festival 2018 - Ladies Day

 
 

 
Both me and my partner are huge horse racing fans. It's the only sport I'm interested in and it's kind of our thing, the thing we do together and about the only tv programme we can ever agree on. We're both pretty lucky and have frequent wins but even without the gambling side of it, we still both really enjoy it.

We visit various courses throughout the year but our favourite has to be Cheltenham race course for the festival. Particularly Ladies Day. I love seeing the outfits and how much effort people go to, I just walk around amazed at the creativity but sadly didn't get any pictures. I was too busy enjoying myself and admiring the oversized hats. People often assume Ladies Day events are full of ''posh'' and ''stuck up'' people but I can honestly say they're wrong. We're all there for the same reason and everyone just has fun.

We decided not to stay over this year as we left it a little too late and the hotel prices were ridiculous so we travelled there and back on the same day from Newcastle Upon Tyne - an 11 hour journey there and back. Was it worth it? Definitely!

We travelled complimentary first class with Cross Country Trains - we always choose Cross Country as they reliable and competitive. The service they offer is outstanding and the staff are always so helpful and friendly. The journey there was straight down with no changes which always makes life easier.

We arrived at Cheltenham Spa for 11am and a shuttle bus was provided to take us to the race course, we arrived at 11:20 and went for a few drinks before heading to the course. The atmosphere in Cheltenham is buzzing during the festival, I absolutely love experiencing this each year.

We headed to the course for about 13:00 and grabbed a drink ready for the first race. We had tickets for The Club Enclosure which are the best tickets at the course, I'd highly recommend these as they give you the best view. There's also lots of bars and food stalls nearby with so much choice from pizza, burgers, hog roasts and traditional fish and chips. You're truly spoilt for choice. There's also lots of toilets nearby and they're easily accessible. The staff at the course are very friendly and there's always people about to help if you need them.


The entrance to Cheltenham race course




We decided to stay around the parade ring so we could see the horses before and after the race. It also means we get to see more of the trainers, owners and the jockeys.


Trainer - W Mullins


ITV press team

The atmosphere when a winning horse parades around the ring is just electrifying. Even if it wasn't a winner for you, I can't explain it. The roars of cheers and claps is like nothing I have ever experienced before.


The parade ring





We had such a good day at the track but knew we had a long journey back home so we left pretty much straight after the last race and headed for the shuttle bus back to Cheltenham Spa. We then jumped on our first train which took us to Birmingham, we had a 35 minute wait and then our train arrived to take us back to Newcastle. We got to Newcastle Central Station for about 23:00 and jumped on the Metro train home, get got home around midnight after leaving the house at 6am. It was a long day and I'd definitely recommend staying over if you're travelling far but definitely book in advance to get the best hotel prices

The highlight of our day was seeing Altior win The Queen Mother Champion Chase. He's trained by Nicky Henderson and we absolutely love him as a trainer so this was great to see.


Altior leaving the parade ring after winning The Queen Mother Champion Chase 2018


Altior entering the parade ring after winning The Queen Mother Champion Chase 2018


I'd love to know what sporting events you like to attend in the comments.


This is a sponsored post however all words, opinions and pictures are my own.

Wedding Planning & Blogging Tips

 

Weddings weddings weddings, that's all I seem to talk and think about at the minute. Our big day is still a while away but there's so much still to do. It's never ending and my to do list seems to be growing rather than decreasing! I'm really enjoying the planning but I won't lie, I will be relieved when it's all over and we've got the end result... man and wife. After all, that's why we're doing all of this and enduring the months of planning and perfecting.

I get asked so many wedding related questions and thought it would be easier to give you my top 10 tips.

1. Be realistic. We're all guilty of swooning over Pinterest and wanting the most perfect day with every detail catered for but be realistic. Do you really have the time to make all of the DIY projects you've pinned and can your budget really stretch to an ice sculpture? If so then great! But if not then that's okay too, you can still create a beautiful day regardless of your budget. Your guests are there for celebrate with you, you don't need big grand gestures and without them is an
easy ways to cut your wedding budget and expenses.



2. If you're a wedding blogger, the biggest
blogging tips I can give you are to be honest and be genuine. You don't have to pretend to be something you're not. People often see weddings as a competition and a way to out do each other, remember the reason why you're getting married and embrace it. Don't fake your plans, your readers sense this and it'll make you feel disappointed when you crash back into reality. Embrace the uniqueness of your plans and your content. There are lots of amazing wedding blogs, each one completely different and special in their own way. Be your own inspiration and have your own twist on things. If you're ever looking for inspiration then visit Content Mother - it's coming very soon and will be a place to help create the perfect mix marketing, PR and social media in order to create the ultimate community to help each other grow and succeed. Never be afraid to speak to bloggers and influences in and our of your niche, we're all here to support each other.



3. Set a realistic budget and plan
how to save for your wedding. Even if you have a couple of years before the big day, it comes round so quickly and it's best to start saving as soon as possible.



4. Shop around. There are more than 50 ways to save money on your wedding. Vendors know us brides like to get value for money, I'm not saying go with the cheapest of everything but shopping around is definitely worth it, you'll be amazed at the differences in prices.

5. Enjoy it - there will be times you get fed up of questions and people sticking their noses in. Don't be afraid to tell people to butt out (in the politest way possible of course). It's a wedding, not a people pleasing party and it's one of the very few times where you can have full control to create a day exactly how you want it. Make the most of it.



6. Don't leave everything until the last minute. Some of my supplies are booked up 3 years in advance, if you've confirmed a date and venue then there's no reason why you shouldn't secure your chosen vendors and supplies with a deposit to ensure you get to use their services. It's never too early and you won't be the only organised bride.



7. You don't have to invite someone just because you know them or because you think they'll be huffed otherwise. You invite and cater for those you want to share your day with. It's no one else's day and the decisions are yours and your husband/wife to be. Don't let others take over your day. It's okay to say no.



8. Tradition isn't always a must. If you don't want a big church wedding, that's totally fine. If you don't want to wear white, that's totally fine too and even if you don't want a cake, guess what? That's fine! Just because it's traditional to do something a certain way, doesn't mean there's an unwritten rule saying you can't go against it. I've known brides have cakes made of cheese! And their guests loved it because it was unique and different. Just to what you want for one day.



9. Don't expect too much. Everyone will want to stick their nose in apart from the one persons opinion you actually want. The groom! (sorry if you're the groom and reading this, I appreciate some grooms are into planning and that's fine but grooms not cooperating is so popular). They rarely care about colour schemes and which flowers, it's something they wouldn't even think about unless you brought it to their attention so don't be disappointed when your groom isn't as excited about chair covers and center pieces as you are.



10. Get a wedding planning book. Mine is my bible and I couldn't be without it. It's hard to keep track of everything like quotes, contact details, addresses, check lists, to do lists, suppliers and guest lists. Wedding planning books keep everything in place. I've got a great one which was actually designed by a wedding planner so it covers every single detail.



I hope you've found these tips helpful and they can help ease the planning strains. Just remember why you're planning this day and try not to let it take over.

Wishing you all the very best on your wedding planning journey and years and years of a happy and true marriage.


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Online Dating Differences

My friend is back in the dating game and I can honestly say I'm not jealous one bit. She's been keeping me updated with her love life and I'm actually shocked. I can't believe how complicated people make the whole dating thing these days.


I thought online dating was supposed to be an easier and more simple way to meet people? My friend has had such a time of it. For the purpose of this post we'll call her Penny, just in case one of her time wasters come across this (scuse the French).

She signed up to a few dating websites and apps such as POF and Tinder and in flooded the guys. Within 1 day she was inundated with messages, many of the boring ''what are you up to?'' kind that she just ignored but a few did catch her attention and she started chatting to them. I felt like I was involved in some sort of love triangle as she'd ring me every time one of them messaged her and asked me for my advice, it definitely kept me entertained though. Some of their messages.. just WOW! They really don't hold back on those sites.

Anyway, she went on a few dates and soon realised their profiles were a load of bullsh#t. They drivelled on about wanting a relationship and how honesty meant the world to them, made her believe they were a one woman man and so on. It was soon apparent that they were talking out of their asses and in fact they just wanted convenience. They had no intentions of making any effort and simply just wanted whatever they could get.

She soon figured this out and closed the accounts down.. with a little bit of persuasion from me. She's my bestie and deserves more. She was getting so disappointed and self conscious that she was the issue, she definitely wasn't!

She was convinced she was going to end up single with 50 cats and no man would ever look at her, lol, these apps really do shake your confidence! I reassured her she is a bad ass and any half decent man would be lucky to have her, I urged her to pull her big girl panties up and to get back out there!

She's now signed up to a few different dating websites as apposed to dating apps, I think dating sites require more effort to create profiles therefore it helps to eliminate the timewasters.. hopefully! She's been on a few dating websites for about a week now and seems to be happier. At least these guys can hold an actual conversation!

I love how there's dating websites for everyone, it's definitely not a one for all thing for instance you've got the likes of Western Isles dating, singles in Belfast, Buckinghamshire dating site, over 50s dating Bristol and best dating sites. Wherever you are in the world, love can be at your fingertips, cliché but true. I know dating websites have a bit of a reputation but hey, mr right is out there! I think having specific dating sites will be a huge benefit for people an make it easier to find whatever it is you're looking for.

Don't give up.

I'd love to know your thoughts on dating websites as appose to the ''traditional'' way of meeting someone in the comments below. I'll keep you all updated on Penny's love life!

Happy dating everyone! And happy loving to those of us who are no longer in the dating game.

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Tips To Make Your Wedding Planning As Easy As Possible

Wedding planning is far from an easy task in itself, and can be made dramatically worse when things begin to go wrong for you and your partner. Sometimes these things cannot be helped and while you want to take control of everything, sometimes it’s not possible and you have to let things simply happen. There are ways that you can ensure that your wedding planning goes as smoothly as possible, and with a little bit of extra planning and the right resources, you could find yourself planning the day of your dreams with ease and hopefully without hitting any bumps along the way!


Get your partner involved

One of the biggest reasons that people hit a standstill when it comes to wedding planning is because they are trying to do it alone. This is often because the bride feels that their groom isn’t interested in the little details, which can lead to arguments about plans that you have made. Make sure that both of you are planning your big day together so that you can avoid any arguments about decisions that are made. The best part about planning your wedding together is that you will know that come the big day everything you’ve chosen is what you both like.
If your groom doesn’t seem to have any contributions towards what he would like to have during your wedding, a great way to keep him involved is by choosing an array of choices for him to choose his favourite from. This way you will still be able to have a discussion as a couple about the final choice. It may even spur on some contribution from him!

Keep an eye out for flash sales

Paying for a wedding was never going to be cheap, but there are ways to get certain aspects of your wedding for a cut price than normal. Often wedding dress retailers have flash sales so that for a small period of time their dresses are extremely discounted to what they would normally be. This is often when new stock is coming in, or they have a lot of stock to shift. Keep an eye out for flash sales that are coming your way so that you can get a slice of the action and get part of your wedding a little cheaper than imagined.

Even venues have flash sales on event hosting, so make sure that the venues you’ve got in mind are closely tracked by either you or a family member so that you don’t miss out on a discounted price. The same goes for many other aspects like your honeymoon, band/dj, catering and much more. Keep an eye out to save yourself a few bucks!

Use trusted companies to handle aspects of your big day

When it comes to things like your wedding invitations, it’s important to use trusted companies to buy from so that you’re getting the quality you want and deserve. A common mistake that many bride and grooms make it trying too hard to keep everything as a discounted price, and then they end up being disappointed with the end product. Check out Paper Themes wedding invites for all of your wedding invitation needs. They are a trusted company that can offer quick turnaround times, and even send you a proof of purchase sample before confirming your main order just so that you know everything is how it should be. Here are some other things you should use trusted companies for:
  • Wedding decorations
  • Favours for your guests
  • Your vehicle hire service
  • Your clothing and accessories
  • Catering and venues

Keep a wedding journal

Make sure that you do everything in your power to stay organised when it comes to planning your wedding. Any detail, no matter how small should be documented so that if you need to come back to it, you’ve got it all safe in once place.


This can prove useful for companies expecting payment when you know you’ve already paid, and also creating and tracking a checklist of things to do before the big day. Stay organised and buy yourself a wedding journal so that you can avoid hitting any bumps along the way. Plus, after the big day is over it’s a great keepsake to have to look back on in the years to come.

Know what you want before beginning any plans

Another mistake that many couples make is by jumping straight into wedding planning without knowing what they want beforehand. This can easily lead to mismatched parts of your wedding, or even forgetting small details for the big day!

Sit down together and talk about what you’d like as a theme, and go through every detail that you can think of together so that you can get a rough idea on what to look for. Here’s a fabulous list of things to remember when planning a wedding. It might be an idea to keep a copy of it so that you don’t accidentally miss anything!

Remember that there are always alternatives

Finally, there is always a chance that you might not be able to get exactly what you want in every detail of your wedding. Try not to become too disheartened because there are always alternatives to your original plan. For example, if the band that you wanted to book for your wedding are unavailable on the day that you’ve set, consider looking for tribute bands, or even similar ones that are able to play the songs that you’d like during your reception. You might even find a better alternative than you’d expect!

There’s a lot to think about when planning the best day of your life, and it’s understandable that you can feel stressed out and like you’re getting nowhere. Remember to always stay as organised as possible, book well in advance, get some help with planning and lastly, enjoy it as much as possible!
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The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid




If you are getting ready to plan the wedding of your dreams, you are probably feeling incredibly excited. You may also be a bit overwhelmed. After all, there is so much that needs to be planned and considered. With that being said, read on to discover some of the most common wedding planning mistakes so that you can avoid them.
Hiring a friend instead of a professional – It can be very tempting to hire a friend to take your photographs or provide catering. However, if this is not their forte, i.e. they don’t do this as a career, then you should avoid this at all costs. Yes, it is cheaper, but you may have a nightmare on your hands if they don’t do a good job. Not only could you lose your wedding photos, but you may lose a friend too. Plus, surely your friends want to enjoy your wedding?
Telling everyone every little thing about your wedding – You probably want to shout all of the details about your wedding from the rooftops. But it is a good idea to keep some things to yourself. After all, the more people you talk to about your wedding, the more opinions you are going to get, whether you ask for them or not. Plus, half of the fun of a wedding is surprising your guests, so it is nice to keep things secret to create more excitement about the day.
Sending your wedding invitations too early – Excitement can result in people sending their wedding invitations way too early. If you do this, you run the risk of people forgetting about your wedding. In most cases, you should send your save the dates nine months before at the earliest, and your wedding invites six months before. You also need to consider the design of your wedding invites carefully too. Your invitations set the tone for the entire event, so it is important that they fit in with your theme. You can get DIY wedding invitations so that you can add your own personal touch. These invites also make it easy for you to include as much information as needed, as you may want to include details such as directions and local hotels for your guests to stay at.
Choosing your guests too early – You probably already have a good idea regarding whom you want to invite. However, it is wise to avoid putting your guest list together too early. You need to have a rough idea of whom you are going to be inviting so you can calculate costs. Nevertheless, situations can change, and you may end up making new friends in between now and your wedding, so don’t commit to your guest list too early.
Micromanaging your vendors – This is something that can be very tempting to do. After all, it is your wedding and you want everything to be perfect. Nonetheless, it is important to recognise that these vendors are experts. They have handled many weddings before. While your input is vital, it is also imperative that you let these vendors get on with their job. After your initial meeting, try to step back and trust that they will get it right. You don’t need to control every little detail.
Getting attached to a specific type of flower – When you book your florist, especially if it is around a year in advance, your florist is only going to be able to guess what blooms are going to be available for your wedding day. The time of year is just one of the factors that will have an impact on availability. You could end up disappointed if you get your heart set on a specific flower type. Instead, think of flowers in terms of shapes and colours.
Blowing your fashion budget on just the dress – It is likely that you have set yourself ‘x’ amount of money for your wedding look. Make sure you don’t blow this just on the dress. You may have to pay for shipping or alterations, especially if you are buying your dress online. Plus, you are going to have jewellery, hair accessories, a veil, shoes, and undergarments to factor in as well.
So there you have it: some of the most common wedding planning errors that people make. If you can avoid the mistakes that have been discussed in this blog post, you can give yourself the best chance of wedding planning success. Hopefully, these tips will make the process go a lot smoother!
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Here Comes The Fight! 4 Of The Biggest Wedding Arguments




Once the initial excitement and thoughts of “Oh my God, I’m getting married!” have started to wear off, you begin to realise how difficult planning a wedding actually is. And as the big day approaches, tensions can start to fray and arguments are much more likely to occur between you and those involved in the planning. To help avoid these time-consuming and unhelpful screaming matches, we are going to talk about four of the biggest wedding arguments and some ways that you can side-step them.


Your Groom Isn’t Helping
Perhaps the most common argument is that your groom simply doesn’t seem to be getting involved with anything. And while it is generally the brides that take the lead, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be getting any support at all. Try having an up-front conversation about the parts of the day that they want to get involved in and which ones they are happy to leave to you. Of course, he may not visit the bridal boutique with you, but he can still help with other important decisions like the food, photography and music. And also try setting aside some time when wedding chats are off-limits so that you can still enjoy the other aspects of your relationship.


Your Parents Want to Take Over Your Day
Even though your parents may be contributing financially towards your wedding day, that doesn’t mean that they should have complete control over all decisions. Of course, you also want to include them at the same time. The best solution is to sit down together to openly discuss your budget, your wedding wish list, and how the two things match up with one another. While there are some areas which you feel have to be done your way, there are plenty of others which you may be willing to compromise on.


Your Invite List is Getting Too Long
Unfortunately, when you are on a limited budget, you may not be able to invite everyone that you want. So, start by writing down a list of everyone who could possibly attend. Now is the time that you are going to have to make some difficult decisions. Make sure that the compromises are fair between you and your partner. And try to limit the number of ‘family friends’ of your parents who are taking up space at the wedding even though you haven’t seen them in 10 years!


You Can’t Agree on a Honeymoon Destination
After the wedding has finished, now is the time to go on the trip of a lifetime together. But while you may have your heart set on an adventure holiday, he may prefer to kick back on the beach. Try to settle on a destination which gives you the best of both worlds so that you can both enjoy an unforgettable experience.


So, now that you can see the biggest wedding arguments coming, hopefully, you feel more ready to deal with them if (when) they do happen!
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Perfecting Your Pout




Whether we like it or not, we are living in the selfie age, and if we want to look glam in those images we upload, then we need to perfect our pouts, after all, it is the pout that makes the picture. It’s also fair to say that the perfect lipstick look starts with the perfect lips and that means that, if you want your lips to look good (whether you’re on camera or not) you need to give them plenty of attention.


When your lips are well-loved, they will be plumper, smoother and more beautiful than ever; if you neglect them, it will show in a pout that is thin, cracked and with lipstick that is less than perfect.


So, how exactly do you show your lips some love?


Stay Hydrated
This is absolutely vital if you want to have plump, luscious lips that make it look like you’ve had some pretty good lip fillers even if you haven’t. Why? Because dehydration is bad for your lips and your skin in general. If you don’t drink enough water, your lips and face will look less plump and healthy, and your pout will suffer as a result, So, carry a bottle with you everywhere you go and never let yourself get dehydrated.


Don’t Lick Them
If you’re a lip-licker, you might want to have a rethink because, although most of us don’t give it a second thought, constantly licking our lips can actually break down the outer layer of skin, leading to lips that are chapped and painful. Oh, it’ll really mess up your lipstick too!


Apply Lip Balm Liberally


If you aren’t using lip balm, then you aren’t loving your lips, and your pout won’t be nearly as perfect as you want it to be.ideally, you want to not only apply lip balm at least before you’re going outside, but you also want to choose a balm that will have a decent hydrating effect. So, balms that contain things like shea butter and coconut oil are ideal. Oh, you’ll also want to choose a balm with SPF protection so that the sun doesn’t give your lovely lips and unattractive ‘puckered’ look.


Scrub Them
You probably exfoliate your skin, but does that extend to your lips? If not, don’t be surprised if those shots of you pouting on those dating sites are filled with dead skin cells and lips that are really chapped. The lips are made up of skin too (obviously) which means they need to be exfoliated just like the rest of your face. Of course, you need to be a bit gentler with your lips, so try making a DIY exfoliant by mixing a little olive oil with a small amount of brown sugar and gently rubbing it on your lips once a week.


Use a Moisturising Lipstick


There’s no denying that matte lipsticks can look amazing, but if you’re going for a full-on look where you have to use a lot, they can suck the moisture out of your lips and make them look thinner than they really are. So, for the most part, stick to moisturising lipstick.


When you take the steps mentioned above, you create lips that are plump and primed for perfect lipstick application, all but ensuring that your pout is perfect.

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