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4181967_smallWhen thinking about where to go on your honeymoon, the sheer amount of great, romantic destinations available can be rather daunting. Trying to decide between one place or the other can be tough when you’re considering factors such as price and what you and your partner want. Here’s the pick of some of the best destinations.

Italy

It’s hard not to fall in love with Italy when you first set foot there. Its 20 different regions all offer something romantic and relaxing that could give you the perfect honeymoon. Whether it’s the floating city of Venice, the al fresco dining of Florence or the sun-kissed coasts and cliffs, Italy has has something to offer for every newly-married couple.

Hawaii

A place of sun-soaked relaxation and legendary beauty, Hawaii has been a classic honeymoon destination for generations. Hawaii’s laid back atmosphere and jaw-dropping views combine to make a destination that lets you relax after your big day and experience new and exciting things all at the same time. The Waikiki Beach provides a great surf spot with Big’s Island’s fearsome volcano adding some fiery thrills to your stay.

Maldives

If you want be as isolated from the real world as possible, the Maldives is a perfect place to run away to after your wedding. Spend your time snorkelling above colourful reefs or relax in an over-lagoon bungalow in the Indian Ocean. Kate and William chose this spot for their honeymoon, so you can rest at ease knowing that the destination has been approved by royalty.

Fiji

A quintessential island paradise, Fiji is perfect for when you want to go off the beaten track. With the island being so isolated from the rest of the world, it has retained its culture in a way that no other country has. When you’re lying at on the beach with your partner, surrounded by nothing sand, sea and palm trees, you’ll realise that you made the right choice in Fiji.

Jamaica

Jamaica is a country with something for everyone and provides a unique honeymoon that many wouldn’t have even considered. The culture permeates every part of Jamaica, so you can’t help but be swept up in the music, food and atmosphere. Spend your first married days among wide beaches, lush hills and sparkling waterfalls.

wedding-guests-1The happiest day of your life could also be potentially the most stressful. Keeping track of the many friends and family that you’ll see throughout the day seems like an impossible task. There are, however, a few simple things you can do to keep your

guests excited over a long day, so your wedding will be rocking right up until the end.

Keep on schedule

Anyone who’s ever been to a wedding knows how tedious it can be when you’re spending time waiting for the next thing to happen. You can avoid this by letting there be no longer than 30 minutes without anything happening and making the day move in single, hour long chunks. Obviously there are some things that are out of your control, but as long as your guests aren’t standing around doing nothing, they’ll stay interested.

Layer activities 

Making sure you don’t pile on event after event is important at a wedding. When the guests are sat down, consider layering the speeches in-between courses, rather than dumping them all at once. This way, the guests aren’t forced to sit through 20 minutes of talking at a time, giving them something to look forward to.

Don’t just dance

The reception can often contain a long period of dancing, so consider breaking it up by cutting the cake. This way, there isn’t a full 90 minutes of solid dancing, so guests won’t get burnt out by the end. Cutting the cake will give guests a chance to refresh, then get straight back on the dance floor.

End on a high note

Sometimes, its good to leave them wanting more. Think about making your grand exit just as the party is reaching its peak. This way, your guests will leave with a lasting memory that they’ll never forget, rather than just filtering out at the end an hour after that party has died off.

Throw an after party

If you’ve got a lot of families coming along, you might want to wrap up your actual reception at a reasonable time, meaning you’ll have less sleepy kids needing to be taken home. An after party means you can invite those who want to continue the celebrations and keep on partying in a less formal setting. This way, the reception drags on less and you can end on a bang.

cross processed image of a wedding couple holding handsChoosing whether to have a countryside or city wedding can be an easy decision for some people, but for others it may be difficult to both agree on your preferred setting.

This feature will highlight the pros and cons of both countryside and city venues to assist with your wedding decision-making.

A wedding in the countryside

Privacy

Your wedding is a special moment in both of your lives; therefore you may both want to enjoy the day in a quiet location in the countryside. Many wedding venues are located in peaceful areas where you and your guests can enjoy your special day without interruptions.

Romantic Scenery

Rural locations offer stunning views, providing the ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs. Enjoy a romantic walk as a married couple or set up a marquee in acres of beautiful grounds if your wedding is during the summer months.

Historical venues

If you’re looking for a venue with some history, the countryside has many options to choose from. Take a look around some of England’s prestigious converted castles or have your ceremony in a Georgian hotel. The countryside offers a wide range of venues for a modern or vintage wedding.

A ceremony in the city

Nearby venues

In a city, many venues are within close proximity of each other. Have an intimate ceremony at the city hall, before going a short distance to your reception. Cities also have a wide range of venues to choose from, so long as you’re happy for the attention you’ll receive from strangers in the street!

Modern services

If you’re looking to have a modern wedding, the city provides the perfect location from the tall buildings to the contemporary venues. Many places will offer all-inclusive offerings, where you can have both your ceremony and reception all in one place.

Places to stay

In the city, there are many hotels where your guests can stay before and after the wedding. If your friends and family live a long distance away, this will offer them convenience and peace of mind so they can enjoy your wedding celebrations.

Why not both?

If your budget allows you to, there is no reason why you can’t have a city ceremony and then host your reception at a venue in the countryside. Just make sure you check travel arrangements and that your guests are not travelling too far between locations.

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starbucks-weddings_49412A report has suggested couples are choosing to host their wedding at their favourite Starbucks coffee shop.

When you search the hashtag #StarbucksWedding on Twitter, you’ll be greeted by couples appearing to have their wedding celebrations in various Starbucks coffee houses.

The trend seems to happening primarily in the U.S, with hundreds of newlyweds posing for photos in a Starbucks.

Whether ceremonies are being held there remains unknown.

However, Inc. has claimed the whole thing is a marketing ploy created by the coffee giants themselves.

Starbucks CMO, Sharon Rothstein said: “We are always delighted to hear how our customers are using our stores to share important life moments, big and small.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day Starbucks stores in the U.S are hosting “The World’s Largest Starbucks Date” on February 13 2015, which will offer couples a special pairings menu and other romantic experiences.

The event has been organised in partnership with the coffee company and Match.com.

While the U.S is sparking the trend for Starbucks weddings, we think it may not catch on in the UK.

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Wedding-holding-hands-980x653Happy New Year! It’s 2015 and now you’ve enjoyed the celebrations of being engaged, it’s time to start planning your wedding.

Whether you only have a few months to prepare or a whole year, use our feature to make sure you’re on top of all the important essentials you need for your wedding.

Be a decision-maker

When you’re planning a wedding, it can be a stressful process especially when it comes to making decisions.

Many of us are notorious for finding decision-making difficult, but now is the time to make easy and a habit. Write down your options and weigh the pros and cons of each, before finalising what you want to do.

As an individual, you may have a rough idea in your mind on what you want, but remember both of you have to agree on the same thing.

Keep everything in one folder

Magazine cuttings, important receipts, venue information and photographer details can easily get lost during the wedding planning process.

Create one folder, complete with dividers, to help keep all your things together. Maybe not the wedding dress ideas though…

Send out invites ASAP

To almost guarantee full attendance of your guest list, send out ‘save the date’ invitations a few months in advance before you send out the official invites.

If you’re already clued up on your list, send invitations to your guests as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. This also helps when you order catering for the reception.

All inclusive wedding venue?

All inclusive wedding venues are convenient if you don’t have long to plan your big day. They are also ideal for couples who are on a budget.

Depending on the venue, many places offer catering, guest rooms at discounted prices and the ceremony.

Order the wedding cake promptly

Depending on how detailed you would like your wedding cake, book quickly to get your ideal time slot at the bakers.

This is especially important if you’re looking to have intricate detail or numerous layers on your cake.

D.I.Y the wedding favours

Wedding favours can become quite expensive, so we recommend getting creative and making them yourself.

Favours don’t have to be complicated, from a jar of sweets to a small box of items that represent you as a couple.

Keep your flowers local

Research which flower shops are local in your area or nearby your wedding venue because the less travelled they are, the longer they’ll stay fresh.

Booking your honeymoon

Hopefully you both have a good idea where you want to go for your honeymoon; therefore it’s time to get booking ASAP.

The honeymoon is one of the most expensive investments for a wedding, so we recommend looking online for bargains as early as possible.

If you’re on a really tight budget, rent out a traditional English cottage in the countryside for a romantic getaway.

Find the right photographer

You want to make sure you have the perfect souvenir to remember your special day – the wedding photo album.

Take your time scouting professional photographers and their rates. If you have married friends or family, and liked the results of their photos, ask them for recommendations.

The wedding dress

Take your time choosing your wedding dress to find the right one for you. Enjoy the experience of trying on beautiful gowns until you have a few options to choose from.

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