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christmas-presents-under-treeChoosing the perfect Christmas gift for anyone can be hard work, especially as the days draw closer to December 25.

Now is the time to begin thinking what you would like to give people for the festive season and newly engaged couples can be a challenge when it comes to deciding on what to buy for them.

Use this handy festive feature to make sure your gift is special to them.

Household items

When engaged couples live together, there is usually a long list of household items they have yet to buy for themselves.

If they’re cooking fanatics, no amount of kitchenware is enough, so take a look at some of the quirky items you could buy to spice up their meals.

Some couples may be in the process of decorating their home and are in need of things that fit their colour scheme. Choose a Christmas gift that will suit their ideal style for a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated in the long term.

For the bathroom, matching towels or bath mats are also ideal Christmas gifts to give to them this year.

Something significant

Every couple loves to share some of their stories and adventures they have together, and this can offer some great ideas for Christmas gifts.

Listen to their memorable tales and see if you can tailor them into something significant that will remind them of that moment for years to come. This could be anything from a photo in a frame or an ornament, just to give you an idea of the things you should be looking for.

Another ideal gift would be something thoughtful they can use on their wedding day. A knife to use for the cutting of the wedding cake just one of many ideas to make their day special.

Vouchers

Sometimes, when you’re completely clueless on what to get someone for Christmas, a voucher is always the best plan B.

For engaged couples, they may have just moved house or just looking to stock up on household appliances. Vouchers are a fantastic way to show you have thought about them this Christmas and they can buy themselves something they really want.

What’s also great about vouchers is that there is no risk of buying something that is unsuitable.

Christmas decorations

Almost every home has traditional Christmas decorations that come out every year, with some being more special than others.

This Christmas, buy a bauble that is personalised with their names for a gift that they will use year after year. As well as being budget-friendly, this gift idea is festive and thoughtful.

Other Christmas decorations, such as handmade holly wreaths and a gingerbread house, are also fantastic festive treats.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Marriage Gift List!

Wedding-PresentsPicking wedding gifts for your Marriage Gift List can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Is there something you need? Something you wish to have but can’t afford? Take inspiration from our top 10 wedding gift ideas.

Kitchenware

If you’re missing one or two pieces from your kitchen, or just fancy a George Foreman, your friends and family might just be able to help you. Many kitchen utensils aren’t too expensive, so this gift idea is great for guests who would like to give a little something.

Vouchers

Sometimes just a simple voucher could go a long way and you’ll be able to buy what you want with it. Many gift cards also offer the flexibility to spend them within one year, so you’ll have plenty of time to choose what you would like to buy.

Cash

There is nothing more traditional than receiving money as a wedding gift. Many guests prefer to contribute cash to any expensive purchases, such as the honeymoon and home improvements. If you have something in mind that you would like donations for, make sure you state clearly your financial target.

Personalised gifts

To remember your special day, request something personalised that you can keep for years to come. It could be something engraved or a compilation of photographs of you and your partner. Personalised gifts also vary in size and price, so this kind of gift is suitable for all budgets.

Experience days

Have something to look forward to by requesting an experience day, from taking a ride on quad bikes to spa retreats. There are so many things to choose from, that will provide a memorable moment for you both as a married couple.

Champagne

Commemorate your special day with a bottle of champagne, which is dated the same year you get married. Keep it stored away for a future anniversary or take it with you on a future holiday, providing a thoughtful keepsake.

Household furniture

We all know how expensive furnishing a home can be, so tell your friends and family your colour scheme or point them in the right direction if you see a specific piece of furniture you would like.

First Fight Box

The First Fight Box is one of the most quirky gifts in our top 10, and we just love the idea! On your wedding day, both of you write a letter to each other describing the best qualities or even precious memories you have had together. Accompanied with a bottle of your favourite drink, you nail shut the box until you have your first fight.

Wedding puzzle guest book

Ask one of your guests to buy a wedding puzzle guest book, which makes a photograph of you and your partner when it’s put together. Leave the puzzle pieces on a table so guests can write their well wishes on the back. This is definitely a modern twist on the generic guestbook!

Handmade gifts

If one of your friends or family is quite creative, suggest they make something as a wedding present. This sort of gift doesn’t have to be expensive and is ideal for your guests who are unable to buy you something expensive. It’s the thought that counts!

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683px-Diamond,_14kG,_wed_eng_anv_RINGA couple from Chatteris have just celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Town Councillor Terry Shad and his wife Janet, both 82, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with friends and family.

The couple first met at a dance in Weymouth in 1953, with Terry making a bold move in walking Janet home that evening.

Terry Shad said: “I walked her home and we shook hands on the doorstep.

“But she made the mistake of showing me where she lived so I went back the next morning at breakfast time and knocked on the door. Her mother was furious but tolerated it.”

For his marriage proposal, Terry kept it simple by slipping an engagement ring on Janet’s finger.

Unfortunately the ring didn’t fit, so the couple went to the jewellers to exchange it.

On August 14 1954, the couple married at Holy Trinity Church in Weymouth.

The couple then opened a hotel business together in Cornwall, before moving to Chatteris in 2004.

When asked what makes a marriage last, Terry replied: “You have to accept what you have in life and not try to overreach.

“You also have to understand there is always an answer to any problem.

“As you grow older, there is a closer relationship as you realise how valuable your time together is.”

Congratulations to Terry and Janet!

Source: Fenland Citizen

new7Choosing your wedding dress should be an exciting and fun experience, but when the shop owner comes out with dress terminology you don’t understand, it can become daunting.

To help you get your head around it all, we’ve chosen our ten most common words complete with definitions.

Drop waist

This kind of wedding dress comes with a bodice that is fitted to your top half, with the dress flowing naturally and slightly further down from your hips. This style works well if you want a train.

Sweetheart

This word is used to describe a wedding dress that has a heart-shaped cut along the top. Its dip in the middle is smoother than a V-neckline.

Boat neck

The cut of this dress is classic and made to show off the collarbone by resting on the shoulder point.

Asymmetrical

This word can be used for any wedding dress which isn’t symmetrical, such as one shoulder strap and detail or gathering on one side.

Empire

This is another classic style where the dress has a very high waist or fitted just under the bust, with the rest of fabric free-flowing. This style is especially ideal for women who are pear-shaped.

Sheath

For a simple design, this is a style that has no fitted waist or bodice, making the wedding dress fit in accordance with the bride’s body shape.

Ballerina

This is a term used for the length of a dress which ends at or just above the ankle.

Strapless

This is simply a dress that uses the support of the bust rather than any straps. This design is ideal for a summer bride or if you plan to wear a necklace on your wedding day.

Tulle

Tulle is a fabric that is commonly used in wedding dresses, made from a mixture of rayon, cotton, silk or nylon.

Mermaid

A mermaid dress is also known as a fishtail, because the fabric flares out at the bottom of the design. This is usually seen on dresses that are fitted right down the body.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe UK Home Office is considering whether mothers’ names should be included on marriage certificates in England and Wales.

A marriage certificate is the important piece of paper that currently only needs both the bride and groom’s fathers’ names.

More than 100 MPs are branding the current law as outdated and feel it should be changed so women are not removed from history.

The new, modern law will the match up to Northern Ireland and Scotland’s marriage certificates which already bear the names of the couple’s mothers.

Green MP, Caroline Lucas said: “[the] law should not perpetuate the offensive and outdated message that marriage is a business transaction between fathers.”

The MP also said that both parents are recorded on a civil partnership certificate; therefore the same thing should apply to a marriage certificate.

Shortly after the issue was raised, the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, has said he would look into changing the law.

Lib Dem MP, Julien Huppert added: “I have discussed modernising marriage certificates with the home secretary and we are currently considering a range of options.

“The content of marriage registers has not changed since civil marriage was introduced in 1837, so it is right that we look at whether it still meets our needs.”

The Home Office has yet to announce when the marriage certificate will be changed.

Source: BBC News

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