Wedding by the water

Weddings take a lot of planning – the catering, the guest list, the flowers, and more. Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make is the venue. After all, everything else on the wedding list can be affected by your choice of setting. If you’re outdoors, you need reliable weather or a good marquee company! And if you’re indoors, you need to know that the room for your reception will be the most beautiful space in the building.

Of course, some people are determined to include incredible landscape backdrops for their wedding photography. It makes sense. The couple in the photo look stunning, so they should be somewhere that is equally amazing. This is one of the reasons why destination weddings are so popular. It’s quite handy to already be at your honeymoon destination as well!

Gorgeous scenery

Wedding By The Water

So what are your options for a stunning landscape? You might marry on top of a mountain with far reaching views of the country. Or you might prefer rolling hills and fields of wildflowers as your backdrop. For many, the allure and the romance of the water calls. A beach wedding or even a wedding on the water can be one of the most beautiful and idyllic places to marry.

The allure of water side weddings

There are many places around the world to choose from. Of course, few beat Venice if you wish to marry on the water. The water in Venice is mostly still, easily accessible, and offers some stunning shots for your wedding photos. Have a look at the Vittore Buzzi Photographer website to get some ideas about your own choice of wedding pictures. You’ll see that Venice can offer beautiful architecture, romantic gondola rides for the happy couple and incredible waterways for that perfect wedding venue.

Wedding-By-The-Water

Picking a European destination like Venice offers you far more than just the chance to enjoy your wedding on the water. The ancient buildings of Italy are so incredibly ornate. The detail in each one will look amazing in your wedding photos. Then, of course, is all that gorgeous Italian antique furniture! Who wouldn’t want a photo of the bride sat in such an incredible chair or stood upon a cast iron balcony above the water?

Ceremony of reception

So what should you consider if you want to have a ceremony or reception on the water? Each destination is different. In some places, you must wear a life preserver by law. This can be tricky to deal with in a wedding gown! And heels and boats don’t always work well together. A floating platform might be a better way to deal with this situation. In some places, you can find a good sized decking area at the end of a short pier. This gives you the illusion of being out on the water, but you’re not all at sea. Speak to your wedding planner to see what precautions must be taken.

Beach

What about a beach wedding? Again, in some places, there are restrictions. Still, they can be easily overcome if you know what you need to do. For example, in most parts of the UK, you must legally marry within the four walls of a registered building. That doesn’t stop you performing a ceremony before (or after) the legal part, anywhere you like. This might be considered a renewal of vows, or simply a public affirmation of love. It means you can still have photos of your both on the banks of the lakes in Cumbria or even Loch Ness.

Boats

Cruise ships are well known for offering weddings and honeymoons. Most cruise ship chapels are very small so would suit a small guest list. You would most likely be married by the ship’s Captain, but this doesn’t mean your ceremony can’t be religious. The Captain may have restrictions about where the ship should be during the legal part of the ceremony. You might also find you have to book quite far in advance to ensure you get the wedding you’re hoping for.

As you and your guests will be at sea, you will probably enjoy your honeymoon on board. There is plenty of choice for entertainment with the other ship’s guests, but if you want a more private venue, you may have to pay quite a bit extra. Food and drink, of course, will never be a problem. The service is often second to none, and you will have a good choice of accommodation and extras while you are onboard.

Is it legal?

In some places, you can hire a private yacht and the Captain there can perform the legal part of your ceremony for you. Some advertise this as a special service in different parts of the world. It’s best to check if the ceremony is legally binding or if you need to have a registrar service at your local courthouse before hand. You can usually only legally marry the person you are married to once. But you can renew your vows or indulge in an affirmation ceremony that has no legal bearing at all. It can be just as romantic as the real thing, and there is nothing stopping you from getting dressed up and exchanging rings.

Don’t forget – every legally binding marriage must be witnessed, so make sure your witnesses don’t get seasick! While receptions on the water can be lots of fun and a great theme for the event, there needs to be safety precautions too. Alcohol and the water don’t mix, so make sure everyone is well looked after. As for romantic photos? Imagine the moonlight reflected on the water behind you and your new spouse. What about a photo of you both dipping your toes in the foam as the wave reaches the beach? What ideas might you have?

A wedding on the water can be wonderfully romantic, and it can offer some of the best backdrops for your wedding photography. There are plenty of ways to make the most of your watery theme too. While most guest lists on board boats might be quite small, a beach wedding or pier venue can offer all the space you need for everyone. Enjoy your beautiful day.

 

Decorating your Home for Easter

decorating your home for Easter

Decorating your home for Easter

For the last couple of years I have had an Easter tree at our house. Much to my Hubby’s dislike. He just doesn’t see any need for decorating your home for Easter. I however, love it.

Decorating your home for Easter has become increasingly popular in recent years. With large department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser now stocking a lovely range of items.

Now you don’t just have to have bright coloured eggs or the children’s hand painted pictures or their hand made Easter bonnet around the house. However lovely the children’s items are. I like to think of it as Easter Chic……. whatever that is.

Easter Wreath

decorating your home for easter

I always have a door wreath hanging on the front door. Normally it’s a wicker heart with ribbons and the door number. It gets changed at Christmas. However this year I’m going to invest in one of the beautiful ones I’ve seen. They are great because they can be taken down and reused next year, defiantly an investment item.

The Easter Table

decorating your home for Easter

At Christmas I go all out with my table, gifts, candles, charger plates, place settings the works. At Easter I like to get out the plain white dinner plates, add a lovely table centre piece. I love to add jam jars filled with fresh spring flowers. I add small chocolate eggs or flowers to the plates for that special little touch.

Easter Decorations

decorating your home for easter

My dresser is well loved with things I’ve collected over the years….. junk as my hubby would say. Plus lovely little treasures the children have made. There is always space for more and at Easter its a great excuse to add something extra. I love the little nests filled with eggs, they can be added to the shelves or just laid out nicely. The beautiful large eggs added to candle sticks give a very luxurious feel, especially using pastel shades. I also love the wooden cut out bunny rabbits, they are not only very cute but they add that prettiness to my dresser, plus my daughter loves them.

Easter Tree

decorating your home for easter

I love an Easter tree. Twigs or a faux tree decorated with hanging eggs, little chickens and birds. Mine is a white faux tree that I bought from a local craft shop.  It’s location varies. Sometimes it’s on the dinning table, on the coffee table or on the dresser, depending on what’s going on at home. Making your Easter tree can be quite simple. Find some lovely twigs in the garden, some contorted hazel works well, place in a jug or vase and decorate. Quick and easy plus lovely to look at.

Easter Egg Hunt

decorating your home for Easter

We must not forget the all important Easter Egg Hunt. Each year we hold a hunt at our house. We invite 3 of my god children along with their parents, my sister, brother and his partner, then a few other friends. It has become a bit of an annual tradition, which is full of chocolate and fun. I go out in the morning and hide the eggs, chocolate bunnies and little sweeties around the garden. My daughter is the only girl among the boys, she loves wearing cute little bunny ears and collecting what treats she can find after the older boys have rampaged through our garden. They all have cute little buckets that I bought in Marks and Spencer last year. Although the 3 older boys now 9, 7 and 6 are not so impressed with the buckets, they happily carry them collect up the goodies. Plus it’s Easter so they don’t have much choice.

Adding Easter decorations to your home doesn’t have to be expensive, there are lots of ways to cut down costs but making things your self. Pop over to see my Pinterest board for lots of great DIY Easter ideas.

 

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Things to remember before going on holiday

Whether you’re planning a short getaway in the city or making your travel dreams a reality, the last thing you want is for you to forget to do or check something and have that spoil your entire holiday. There’s a lot of things you may need to remember, so here is a short list, to ensure you’ve got all of the essentials sorted.

Check Passport Date

In addition to actually knowing where your passport is, and remembering to take it with you on your journey, you must also check its expiration date. Many countries require you to have a set amount of months left on your passport, for example, Turkey requires needs you to have six months left. Make sure this is checked before you even book your holiday, so that you don’t end up arriving at the airport, and not being allowed to fly anywhere.

Know Your Luggage Allowances

Regardless of how often you fly, you must always check the luggage allowances for your break. Different airlines have different policies in regards to how much luggage you’re allowed and how big your bags and suitcases can be, and some may have changed their policies recently, and you may not know about it. If you can’t fit everything into one case, most airlines allow you to add extra cases for a small fee, so don’t get caught out with an overweight suitcase at the airport.

Know Your Cycle

Your period can affect many aspects of your life, especially when you’re on holiday. You may not want to go swimming, partake in activities that you have planned, or may simply feel sick and have cramps the entire time, which isn’t fun in any way. If your holiday plans to fall on that week, you don’t have to endure it. You now have a solution. Period delay pills are exactly what they say on the tin, and can delay your period until after you return from your break, which can make your time away a whole lot more relaxing.

Have All Your Important Documents

There is a lot of documentation that you need to take on holiday with you, so ensure you have it all when you leave. Driving licenses, boarding passes, hotel confirmations, health insurance cards, and visas all fit into this category and should be kept together and organised, perhaps in a folder or a plastic wallet. Make a note of any important numbers and addresses too, in case they are needed for any reason. It’s always a sensible idea to have the name of your hotel, written in the language of the country you are visiting, on a piece of paper, in case you can’t find a cab driver that can speak English.

Make Sure Your Home’s Secure

The last thing that you want after a relaxing break away is to return home and realise that you have had a break in. To reduce the chance of this happening, and to make sure that your home insurance is valid if you are the victim of a break in, ensure that all of your windows and doors are properly closed and locked. You may even want to invest in security cameras or house alarms if you’re leaving for a while. It would also be a sensible idea to get a family member or a neighbour to check on the house every now and then, water the plants, and move any letters or deliveries.

Plan Your Journey To The Airport

It’s always best to know well in advance how you are getting to the airport on the morning of your departure (and how you are getting home when you return). If you are asking a friend or family member to drop you off, it’s always polite to ask them in plenty of notice, so they don’t make any plans beforehand or feel as though you’re springing it on them. If you are driving, you need to book your car parking space in advance, to ensure you don’t end up paying through the roof. For both of these, you need to leave with plenty of time to spare, in case you get stuck in traffic and end up missing your flight. If you’re traveling by train, booking well in advance is likely to get you the best prices here too.

These are some of the most important things that you need to remember before going on holiday. As long as you remember these, your holiday should be relatively stress-free, meaning that you can enjoy your trip a whole lot more.