How to Boost Your Confidence for Your Wedding Day

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Your wedding should be one of the best days of your life, so it’s important to feel at your very best. An important way to ensure that you feel outstanding is to take steps towards gaining self-confidence. 

There are plenty of ways that you can go about improving your confidence, so begin by reflecting on your life and deciding on which features you’d like to improve or enhance. To get started on your self-improvement journey before your wedding, consider incorporating the following advice into your life.

Acknowledge Your Favorite Features

Boosting confidence is not just about making changes in your life, it’s about celebrating what makes you great as well. We often tend to dwell on the negatives instead of being proud of ourselves and our characteristics that make us unique. There are many ways to take steps towards embracing what you love about yourself, so figure out what works for you and get started on it. After all, weddings are all about celebration! Here are a couple methods of self-love that you should give a shot:

Start a gratitude journal. Taking your good qualities into account at random times is an easy way to feel good for the short-term, but starting a gratitude journal will allow you to organize these thoughts and feel them again at any time just by flipping through the pages. Find a journal in a color or pattern that portrays positivity to you and begin writing down whatever makes you happy and that you’re grateful for. Whenever you’re feeling down or like you need more positivity, take a look through your journal to appreciate what’s great about you and your life.

Spend more time with loved ones. Your loved ones enjoy spending time with you for a reason - because you have wonderful qualities that they love and admire. Being with them will allow you to reflect and realize what they like about you. The time before your wedding is quite busy, so make sure to create time to spend with the people you care about. It will definitely create a positive mindset for you as you work towards improving your confidence.

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Take Steps Towards Change

If there are aspects of your life that you consider flaws or that make you unhappy, see if there’s something you can do to improve them. If nothing can be done, it’s necessary to understand that that’s completely okay. Learn to embrace your “flaws” and love yourself for who you are.

In order to figure out what to get started on, create some goals for yourself. Some goals might be more short-term and can get done in one day. Simply organizing a few rooms in your home is likely to make you feel better. Others might take more time, such as losing weight or growing hair back, so you’ll want to start months before your wedding. You could start a workout routine or use Finasteride regularly about 3 months in advance if either of these is the case.

The most important takeaway from this post is to feel confident in your own skin on your big day. Sure, there might be things you can change to feel even better, but your loved ones, especially your partner, appreciate you for who you are and want to celebrate you at your wedding! Hopefully, these tips will allow you to be as confident and happy as can be on your special day.

Don't Make These Music Mistakes at Your Wedding

This is a guest post by Georgia Selih. 

The music is an important part of your wedding, as it can set the whole atmosphere and decide whether there will be people filling up your dance floor or struggling not to fall asleep at their tables. So, needless to say, it’s an aspect that you don’t want to mess up. With that in mind, here are some music mistakes you should avoid if you want your wedding to truly be a success in every way.

1. Allowing the silence to go on for too long

There will always be guests who tend to arrive a bit early, but those minutes can seem like an hour if you let them sit and wait in silence. This is why your music should start at least 20 minutes before your ceremony’s official beginning. Moreover, starting a bit early allows you to do the soundcheck and ensure that everything is working properly.

2. Not talking about the playlist

You shouldn’t assume that your chosen band or DJ will know what your favorite songs are. So, if there are songs that are “must-play," let them know. After all, they are there to please you and your guests, so they will appreciate your tips and requests.

Just make sure to talk to them in time so they can learn a song or two if they happen not to know some of your favorites. Similarly, let them know if there are any songs you do not want to be played at your wedding – songs often carry a certain meaning, so you probably don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised to hear your ex’s favorite song at your wedding.

3. Sticking to just one genre

If you want your guests to truly enjoy the music, you need to take into consideration all of their music tastes. If you appeal to just one demographic group, you risk boring other groups, so try to include more genres into your playlist. You can even talk to some of your guests before making the playlist, so you know what kind of music you should include.

Also, don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable jazz shoes with you so you can dance all night if you wish. As for the music during the dancing time, you can’t go wrong with faster, more upbeat songs that will keep the energy up.

4. Not meeting your musicians before the wedding

If you already know which band or DJ you want for your wedding, don’t wait until the ceremony to meet them. Go out with your spouse-to-be and visit one of their live performances so you can really experience their full potential.

You’d also get a chance to see how they respond to their audience and whether they can create the kind of atmosphere you’re looking for. If possible, try to talk to the DJ or band leader as well, so you both know who you’d be working with, which always makes things much easier and more comfortable.

5. Not paying attention to the music volume

Keep in mind that you’re organizing a wedding reception, not a nightclub party. If the music is so loud that your guests can’t even hear each other talk, nobody is going to enjoy it because they will be too focused on their headache.

In order to avoid that, keep the music on the level that allows your guests to both hear it and talk over it. You can even make some volume-related requests; you can ask your DJ to lower the music volume during the dinner or cocktail hour and bring it up a notch when the time comes for dancing.

Music is an important part of every wedding, so you should get this right if you want your guests to spend more time on the dance floor and truly enjoy the reception. Therefore, make your playlist in time so your musicians can get familiar with it, keep the volume in mind, mix genres up a bit, wear comfortable shoes for dancing, and your wedding is sure to be one to remember.

Romantic Old Broadwater Farm Wedding

Hannah and Daniel wed on January 21, 2017 at the Old Broadwater Farm in Perth after sweetly meeting at a friend’s birthday where they spent the night making wood-fired pizza and Hannah face painted the young man who would years later become her husband.

Daniel loves photography so he was able to inconspicuously mask the proposal with his passion. The two were watching the sunset at Eagle Bay Beach when he told his soon-to-be-fiancé that he wanted to take a photo of her. As she posed, he started walking towards her and then got down on one knee, holding a camera remote that captured photos of her reaction in that beautifully unforgettable moment.

Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2018

Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2018
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This is a guest post by Diana Smith. 

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, and if you’ve gotten engaged recently, it’s just the right time for you to start thinking about your big day. From the choice of venue to your wedding attire, to the catering and invitation choices, everything should be picked out with the utmost care and attention, so make sure you know what you want. Moreover, try to be up to date with the latest wedding trends and plan the modern chic wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

How to Make Your Guests Feel Special at Your Wedding Abroad

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This is a guest post by Georgia Selih.

Weddings abroad are not just for those who want to elope; sometimes you will want to travel somewhere warmer, more romantic, or perhaps to your dream destination that just so happens to be in another country. 

However, if you’re planning on hosting your wedding abroad, it does make things a bit more complicated, which is why you should try to make the whole experience as comfortable for your guests as possible. 

With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions that should help you make your guests feel special on your big day.

Stylish Engagement Rings for Non-traditional Brides

This is a guest post by Ron Burg

Engagement rings are a very important component of the engagement process. An engagement ring is a symbol of a couple’s commitment to each other and, often, there is a lot of pressure for an individual to find something that is suited perfectly to the taste of their future partner.

There are many brides who are looking for a traditional engagement ring, which usually includes a gold or silver band, with one centered rock in a round or square cut. While these looks are very feminine and timeless, many brides are now opting for designs that are a little more unique and more reflective of their personal style and preferences.

If you’re a budding bride who is looking for some inspiration, or a partner looking for some ideas
for the important purchase, the following are some stylish engagement rings for non-traditional brides.

Wedding Fashion Bible for 2018

This is a guest post by Georgia Selih. 

When speaking of the hottest bridal trends for 2018, we have to say that the following year will be fabulous on so many levels. If your big day is coming, we’re sure that you want to know what’s hot and what’s not in terms of wedding dresses, shoes, and accessories, so stay with us and keep on reading if you want to figure it all out. Here’s what you need to know about the bridal trends for the upcoming year.

Rock 'n Roll Bride: Tips for an Alternative Wedding

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This is a guest post by Helen Bradford. 

Long gone are conventional weddings. Nowadays you can witness all kinds of styles and preferences by the bride and groom. Suffice it to say that it’s a wonderful era to get married. You can wear trainers like the female protagonist in the Father of the Bride or an elegant vintage suit like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

It’s okay to have the wedding you want, even if it’s alternative to the usual practice. If rock’n’roll shook the world in the mid-20th century, it can also give a whole new dimension to your wedding with more than the melody. So, in order to be a rock’n’roll bride, check out these tips to help you have a smashing wedding ceremony.

Mystical, Magical Gifts to Give Your Bridesmaids

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Whether it's a bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridal party thank you brunch, or bridesmaid proposal, you'll want to get your bride tribe gifts they'll adore. A gift they'll look at and say, "This is the most amazing gift I've ever received!" Or something like that. :)

Of course I'm partial to items of the magical variety, but I'm assuming, since you're reading this blog, that you are too.

So here are some mystical, magical gift ideas you can give your bridesmaids.

4 Tips for the Ultimate Santorini Honeymoon

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This is a guest post by Zoe Price. 

There are reasons why millions of travelers visit Santorini every year. The Greek island is not only beautiful, but it also offers a long list of activities and attractions to enjoy. The towns of Fira and Oia with its white houses are always fascinating. The beaches you can find on the island are just as remarkable.

It is no surprise that Santorini is also a popular honeymoon destination. A romantic trip to this island is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon. These next four tips we are going to discuss in this article will help you plan (and enjoy) the ultimate honeymoon in Santorini.

Think Luxury

You want to enjoy the best of Santorini in order to have the ultimate honeymoon experience. Fortunately, enjoying a luxurious trip to the island doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money in the process.

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Luxurious Santorini villas are available at great prices from sites such as, who have a range of villas around the island for a wide range of prices for people on different budgets. There are honeymoon packages and all-inclusive rates too, so you can travel in luxury without breaking your honeymoon budget.

Being a popular holiday destination, it is also easy to pre-book virtually everything for the trip online. Make sure you arrange airport pickup before the trip. Book activities such as snorkelling or island hopping beforehand for a truly convenient trip.

Go Island Hopping

Speaking of island hopping, there are several interesting islands near Santorini. Spending a couple of days to visit them will add sparkles to your already exciting honeymoon for sure.

The island of Paros lets you sample the authentic Greek culture and cuisines. Crete offers great structures and beaches to explore. Of course, you can’t skip Mykonos if you’re visiting the Cyclades. All of these islands offer unique experiences and visiting them is highly recommended.

You don’t have to spend the night if you want to stay in Santorini. Most trips to the nearby islands are arranged as day trips. They are a short boat ride away and there are boats catering to tourists and visitors all day long.

Try the Cuisines

There are two things you absolutely must do on a honeymoon in Santorini. The first one is trying the local seafood dishes. Nothing beats the incredible taste of fresh, delicately-prepared dishes made from local fishes, clams, and other ingredients. You only need to find a seafront seafood restaurant to have a great meal.

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The second thing you absolutely need to try is the fine dining experience on the island. There are some interesting restaurants with unique ambience to explore. Having a nice meal while enjoying the view of the sea at night is easy. Simply make a reservation and you are set for the night.

Take Long Walks

Santorini is perfect for long, romantic walks. The towns are interesting with their unique architectural features, local shops, and friendly people. The beaches and the nightlife on the island are just as interesting to explore.

Be sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes if you’re going on a honeymoon in Santorini. Walking is a big part of life on the island. You can go for donkey rides or use one of the available cable cars to reach certain places, but why take cable cars when you can enjoy a nice walk with your partner?

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Walking in the towns can be challenging at times. You’ll get invited to a lot of restaurants and shops, especially when walking around Fira and Kamari. Remember to reject those offers politely and you will have no trouble enjoying a nice walk.

Having a great honeymoon in Santorini is very easy. The island is beautiful and full of vibrant new things to try. These four tips we covered in this article, however, will make your honeymoon in

Santorini a once-in- a-lifetime moment that you will always remember.

Steps to Finding a Great Wedding Photographer

This is a guest post by Georgia Selih.

Your perfect day is almost here. Everything needs to be planned to the smallest detail, and you will make sure that the day is captured in the most beautiful photographs. But how can you make sure that your photos are the best? Well, the most important step is to choose the right photographer. And doing that is no easy task, so here are the things you need to consider before you choose who gets the honor of taking your wedding photos.

Chic Rooftop Wedding Inspiration

Today's wedding takes you to a chic city rooftop at the Emerson where Kristi and David said their vows among an intimate group of friends and family. "I envisioned a beautiful summer afternoon and something simple with pops of color," Kristi said. "The Emerson was our first thought as it’s truly the perfect classy rooftop. Crisp white tables and chairs on top of synthetic grass giving an easy “Sunday lunch” feeling. Then we added bright flowers and buckets of colored shots to get the party started. It turned out better than I imagined."

Take a look at the gorgeous photos by Darin Collison and you'll see the laid back Sunday vibes throughout the wedding venue and decor. But laid back definitely doesn't mean lazy. I especially love that the couple gave shots out as favors. Party on!

Winter Wedding Idea to Love: Hot Chocolate

This is a guest post by Georgie Selih.

Most people think that if you want your wedding to be perfect, you should avoid organizing it during the colder months. However, ‘tis the season to be jolly, so if you love snow, winter scenery, and the festive spirit, don’t hesitate to organize your wedding in winter. 

You might be worried about your guests being cold, but there are plenty of ways to keep warm, and one of the most delicious ones is definitely enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. So, if you have your date set and you love chocolate, here are some unique ways in which you can serve hot chocolate at your wedding and warm your guests’ hearts.

Your Beauty Wedding Timeline: What to do and When to do it

This is a guest post by Kacey Mya.

Planning your wedding can be an overwhelming task, to say the least. It’s hard enough to say “yes” to a dress, but you also must schedule a venue, choose your bridal party, put together a color scheme, and taste-test a lot of cake — okay, that last one is pretty easy, but the rest can seriously stress a bride out.

That’s why we’re here to make one task a whole lot simpler: your wedding beauty plan. Figuring out which appointments to take and when is a tough task, but a suggested timeline is sure to help make your life a whole lot easier. There’s no one-size-fits-all schedule, of course, but even loosely following this order will make planning your big-day look a whole lot simpler.

Benefits of Purchasing Wedding Bands Online

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This is a guest post by Jarrett Abbott. 

So you have proposed to the woman of your dreams, placed an expensive ring on her finger that came fitted with a one carat diamond, and now you are looking for the perfect wedding ring to go with that engagement ring.

The problem is, adding another ring to her finger on your wedding day might be somewhat inconvenient. Two rings that have a diamond on top will not only look like it is taking over her entire finger, but it will also cost you a significant amount of money – money that could have been spent on the wedding or even on the perfect honeymoon.

Instead of opting for another wedding ring, people are often turning toward wedding bands, a simple ring that does not come fitted with an expensive diamond, which can fit in perfectly with the ring you placed on her finger when you proposed. In fact, some companies even create sets that include both an engagement ring and a wedding band, designed to fit into each other like two pieces of a puzzle.

4 Accessories Your Bridesmaids Will Love

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This is a guest post by Kacey Mya. 

Shopping for your bridesmaids doesn’t end with their dresses. For one thing, you want to help your girls choose their accessories so that everything matches and looks the way you envision. This is especially true if every bridesmaid’s dress is a bit different, or if each one is a different hue. Coordinating jewelry will bring everything together.

Perhaps more importantly, jewelry is a great option for a bridesmaid’s gift too. You’ll want to show appreciation to your bridal party, after all, since they sacrifice and spend so much time to stand by you on your big day. A piece of jewelry is just one way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.

And, if you find the perfect accessory, you can knock two to-dos off of your list: make it the jewelry they wear on your big day and give it as a gift your bridesmaids take home as a token of your appreciation. 

Ready to start shopping? Here are four accessory ideas to buy your bridesmaids that they’re sure to love wearing on your big day and beyond.

White-washed Romantic Wedding in a Garden

Carla and Dean, who initially met through a mutual friend, wed at the ever-romantic Oatlands House in NSW. The two wanted a simple, yet elegantly styled wedding and couldn’t think of anything more perfect but to say their vows outdoors under the Chateau in the garden.

The day was filled with lots of soft, white light, secret garden details, and even a couple of sports cars. 

A Cozy and Elegant Winter Wedding

Stacey and Michael met by happenstance, as most strangers do, but these two actually met at a wedding. 

"An old school friend of mine was marrying Michael’s cousin," Stacey says. "Michael’s sister had planned to set him up with another old school friend at the wedding, but when she introduced them the match was not meant to be and Michael and I ended up chatting for the most of the night. At the very end of the wedding I saw Michael striding over to me out of the corner of my eye and I was overcome with butterflies. He asked for my number and a date once we were both back in Sydney and the rest as they say is history."