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Things To Consider Before Your Wedding

Naturally there are many things to consider when you decide to get married. And getting married isn’t just about a fantastic fairy tale wedding day, it’s about the rest of your life.

Getting married is about saying goodbye to your single days and spending the rest of your days as one half of a couple – so it’s probably the biggest life-changing thing you will ever do. So have a look at these 3 questions you might like to think about before your wedding.

1. Do You Need A Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements were once only for the wealthy few. But these days more and more couples are looking at the serious side of their future security. These agreements are often used in cases where one of the couple is wealthier than the other, or when there are children from a previous marriage to consider.

While some might think a prenuptial agreement is a negative way to enter a marriage, others think it’s an honest and practical thing to do, in case there should ever be financial problems in the future.

2. Should You Take Your Husband’s Name?

Traditionally, women have always adopted their husband’s surname after they married. But these days many are opting to keep their own birth name. And this can be for a number reasons, either personal or professional.

You could also drop the ‘Miss’ from your title and use ‘Ms’. And of course, keeping your maiden name is the easy option. No need to notify anyone as your personal details won’t have changed.

Or you could choose to use your maiden name, followed by your husband’s name which would give you a double barreled surname. But this would mean changing your name by deed poll in order to get your records changed.

3. Should You Write Your Own Wedding Vows?

Couples choosing to write their own vows is something that has become very popular over the past few years. But not all religions will permit this. While some require you to include certain parts or phrases from the traditional wedding vows, others will only permit you to recite the traditional vows.

But providing your officiant is happy for you to write your own vows, you have the chance to make your own personal promises to each other.

Being able to personalize your vows gives you the chance to say what is really in your heart as you marry. You may decide to write individual vows or you might like to write them together, so as you can make the same promises to each other. Either way you won’t simply be repeating the same words that almost every other couples has said before you.

Is One Of These 7 Hairstyles Right For You On Your Wedding Day?

Deciding how you are going to wear your hair on your wedding day is just one of the many things you have to do as you plan your wedding. But this decision is a really important one. And for you to enjoy your perfect day as a bride, your hair has to look absolutely perfect.

The hairstyle you choose will depend on the style of your dress, and the head dress and hair jewellery you wear. So take a look at these 7 different ways you could wear your hair on your wedding day, and decide if any of them are right for you.

1. Up-do

An up-do is a very sophisticated and grown up hair style – perfect for a more formal wedding. It’s a style that never fails to look sleek and polished. Also perfect if you are wearing a strapless gown, allowing you to show off your neck and shoulders.

2. Half up-do

By wearing your hair in a half up-do you will have the best of both worlds – a softer, yet sleek and still sophisticated look. This style can be as simple or intricate as you would like it to be. The top half of your hair can be pulled back and pinned, allowing the rest can fall down over your shoulders.

3. Side Ponytail

This style needs the hair to be fairly long, and is achieved by simply backcombing up the top of the hair and pulling the back into a ponytail to the side. Some brides like to plait the ponytail, while others prefer to leave the hair loose giving a much softer look.

4. Chignon

This is probably one of the most classic wedding styles. It’s almost like a ballerina style, rolled and usually worn at the nape of the neck. It’s a style can be dressed with pretty flowers or slides, and also perfect if you are wearing a veil or a jewelled headband.

5. Soft And Flowing

Soft flowing curls are always romantic, and this style is perfect if you are planning a more relaxed and casual type of wedding.  And it will always add to the romance of a beach wedding. It’s easy to add body and length with extensions and hair pieces which can create a casual tousled look.

6. Barrel Curls

This is a variation of the up-do style, but is dominated by the large curls. It’s another extremely sophisticated look and can be achieved easily with the help of some hair extensions.

In order to wear this style on your wedding day, you will need to book the services of a professional hairdresser. And you probably should allow at least a couple of hours.

7. Short Hair Style

Having short hair can be a great advantage when choosing how to wear your hair on your wedding day. Short hair is normally low maintenance. And there are lots of styles that are so easy to create, you won’t need the services of a professional on the morning of your wedding.

With the right color and cut, and the help of some great styling products, it’s possible to create a simple style that will look fantastic and allow you to wear a veil, or a tiara, or some delicate jewels in your hair.

7 Tips To Help You Have A Great Backyard Wedding

Choosing a special place to get married is always exciting. But weddings don’t have to be in a church. And as more and more couples are discovering, you can have the most perfect wedding day in your own backyard.

Backyard weddings are much more relaxed and casual than those in churches or large venues like hotels. And the beauty of a backyard wedding is, the date you choose will always be free and your wedding will be completely unique. And a backyard wedding will save you a fortune too!

1. Preparing For Your Big Day

It’s never too soon to begin preparing your garden for your wedding day. So get weeding, pruning and planting straight away, to make sure you have the perfect setting for your backyard wedding.

Plant shrubs and country garden flowers, so you will have something really special for your bridal bouquet. Start manicuring your lawns on a regular basis. If you plan to make your vows under an arbor or an arch, then vines and roses or balloons would make excellent decorations.

2. Making Guests Comfortable

Hire some simple white tables and chairs. Dress the tables with elegant tablecloths and decorate with simple but stylish home made centre pieces. Use flower vases with blooms from your own garden on every table.

Place sun umbrellas over the tables to ensure guests are comfortable if the day is very hot.
And unless you want all your guests traipsing through your house all day you will need to hire a portable outdoor bathroom.

3. You Can’t Plan The Weather

Hopefully the weather will be perfect for your outdoor wedding, but just in case it’s not, you are going to need a backup plan. And unless you have a tent, rain, wind or even extreme heat could mean all the celebrations taking place inside your home. So decide beforehand how many people you can safely accommodate.

4. Parking

Unless you have parking space enough for all your guests, then you may have to think about organising some transport for them. So hiring a bus to carry your guests to and from your wedding is probably a good idea.

5. Choosing Your Music and Entertainment

The entertainment you choose for your wedding depends on your theme. If your wedding is not too formal, then a harpist, a string quartet or an acoustic guitar will be beautiful background music. But if you want something a bit more lively then you could consider a jazz quartet, or you could simply use your ipod.

6.The Menu

The food you offer your guests is one of the most important parts of a backyard wedding reception. Your menu can be really casual. A BBQ serving chicken, ribs, baked potatoes and cheese and beans and lots of lovely salad is always great fun.

Or you could make your food more of a picnic with baskets of sandwiches and cakes on all the tables. And big bowls of lovely summer fruits and thick jersey cream. And the best part about a picnic is that most of the food can be prepared and kept cool well in advance.

7. What Drinks Should You Serve?

Keeping your guests hydrated on a hot summer’s day is very important.
Keep beverages simple – offer lots of iced drinks, water, lemonade, iced tea, and punch, as well as cold beers.

And of course you must have wine and sparkling champagne for the toasts.