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    Basic Invite – Far From Basic Place Cards

    Today we are talking finishing touches. The details that make your wedding day individual to you.

    We have teamed up with Basic Invite, who provide an almost unlimited range of wedding invitations, place cards and other wedding stationery.

    What makes them different to other stationery providers out there?

    Almost Unlimited Colour Choices 

    Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited colour options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the colour of each element on the card to over 180 different colour options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it, from the online save the date card to the thankyou card after the wedding – down to the littlest detail.

    Basic Invite - Far From Basic Place Cards

    Custom Samples

    Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation. This enables them to see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

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    Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

    Basic Invite is just as colourful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colours when it comes to their envelopes. Their invitation will stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

    Over 200 Wedding Invitation Sets 

    Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programmes and even matching thank you cards!

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    How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Your wedding is likely to be one of the most important days of your whole life. It’s the day when you finally get to say, “I do” and commit yourself to the man or woman of your dreams. Your wedding day is a day for happiness, love and commitment. So it’s understandably vital that every aspect of the big day goes smoothly and according to plan.

    When you come to the daunting task that is planning a wedding, some things will immediately take precedence over others in terms of importance. The date and the dress are a given, but what about the venue?

    The venue that you choose is an absolutely essential part of the day. It impact on the day as a whole. There is also the potential to influence a number of other key decisions you need to make regarding the occasion. Therefore, the venue should always be one of the first things that you decide upon as a couple. The venue you choose will have an impact on the date, décor, guest list and your budget. It is an important decision that you need to carefully weigh up before making any snap decisions.

    Of course, some couples will already have their perfect wedding venue firmly in mind. Whether it is a local church or a venue or location that holds special significance for the couple, for some the decision is already made. However, if you don’t have a specific venue in mind, how do you decide where will be best for you?

    Here are some useful tips and ideas to help you pick out the ideal location for your wedding.

    How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Ask for Advice

    Your family and friends are likely to be almost as excited about your upcoming wedding as you are, which means the likelihood is that they are going to be full of ideas and suggestions. If you’re unsure, it can be a good idea to ask for advice and get some guidance about what they think is best. If you are hiring the services of a wedding planner, they should also be able to assist you.

    How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Pick a Theme

    Every wedding has a theme. Whether it is a traditional white wedding, something small and boutique, or a creative theme entirely of your own, this will influence many aspects of the wedding planning process. Deciding on a theme can also help you to pick out a venue. Look for venues that align with your theme. For example, outdoor weddings are great for that vintage, eco feel. Alternatively, small wedding venues can help the day seem much more personal and intimate.

    How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Who’s Invited?

    Knowing who you want to invite can really help you to pick out a venue that suits your needs. If you have many friends and family members to invite, you will understandably require a much larger space than a couple who only plans to invite close family and a few carefully-chosen friends. Once your guest list is decided, this can help you whittle down your options.

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    Money, Money, Money

    Luxury or premium venues will cost far more than their budget counterparts. While you never want to compromise on your big day, sometimes it is worth shopping around to find a venue that suits your needs at a price that suits your budget. After all, it’s all very well getting married in lavish surroundings, but you need to remember to put aside enough of your budget to use for the other aspects of the wedding without breaking the bank!

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    The Individual Touch

    Whichever venue you eventually decide to go for, the most important thing is to choose a location that feels right for you as a couple. Your wedding is an entirely personal milestone and a big moment in your life, so it’s vital that the venue you choose reflects this.

    How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

    Put your individual touch on the day as much as possible to ensure it is remembered by your guests for years to come. Individual wedding welcome bags are becoming very popular and they are a great way to make your guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive. Fill them with useful totes with sweet personal touches to tasty local snacks. Many online retailers provide unique and stylish party bag fillers that you can order to fill the bags with you own individual touch.

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    5 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

    Today’s blog post is a little controversial. 5 reasons to consider a prenuptial agreement. Why are we even discussing this? Isn’t is a bit defeatist to talk about the possibility of a marriage ending before it has even began?

    Sure you want your upcoming marriage to last forever, but the reality is that divorce can happen for diverse reasons. In light of this, it is important to consider whether a prenuptial agreement would be right for the two of you. The primary reason for prenups is to protect your assets from the other partner should a divorce occur.

    5 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

     You Can Communicate Honestly About Finances

    One main benefit of a prenuptial agreement is that you and your spouse are able to have an honest talk about your finances. When you establish a prenup, the two of you will need to disclose your assets, liabilities and other aspects of your finances that will affect your marriage long term. Finances contribute to a lot of divorces and you can reduce stress in your marriage by communicating what will be included in the agreement.

    5 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

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    Your Credit is Protected

    A challenging part of divorce is the fact that your credit suffers. Among the debts you accumulate after divorce include your spouse’s debt if you hold joint accounts or loan obligations, alimony, and child support. This could hurt your chances of quickly reestablishing good credit. With a detailed agreement, you will enjoy financial stability long term.

    Your Credit is Protected

    Your Divorce Will Not Go On and On

    Those who have prenuptial agreements can shorten the divorce process. Those who experienced lengthy divorces know all too well the struggles of having constant meetings and court hearings to figure out who gets what after the divorce is final. If you have an agreement in place, it will be easier for your lawyers, the two of you and the judge to sort through the issues in order to come to a fair divorce settlement.

    5 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

    Your Business Will be Protected 

    If you own one or more successful businesses, then it would be wise to request a pre-nup from your future spouse. Depending on the overall net worth of your companies and other assets, you could lose a huge portion of them should a divorce take place. With an agreement in place, this protects your business long term.

    5 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

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     It Protects Children You Have from Previous Relationships

    If you have children from previous relationships, then you should consider a prenuptial agreement. You want to ensure that a portion of your assets will be given to them in the event of a divorce. And by having a prenuptial agreement, you can make this happen.

    It Protects Children You Have from Previous Relationships

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    Now we will talk about how you should construct a prenuptial agreement. Keep in mind that in most states you need to disclose your decision to have the agreement with your future spouse. Talk about how you intend to include provisions for children you already have as well as extended family members. It is important that you discuss how finances will be managed during the marriage as part of the prenuptial agreement. And finally the agreement should be detailed regarding how assets will be allocated if a divorce happens. Be prepared for objections and even a possibility of the calling off of your wedding due to those objections.

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    Wedding Favours – Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

    Choosing wedding favours can be a thorny issue. Do you want to bother at all? Is this the thing that is first to go when trimming that budget? Are you creative enough to make something yourself to add that personal touch? Will you be scouring the length and breadth of the country to find the favour that will fit in perfectly with your colour scheme or wedding theme.

    Will guests even notice your hardwork and creativity? I have been to many weddings where couples have spent time, money and effort creating thoughtful wedding favours but guests leave them on the table after the wedding breakfast is over and sometimes they are cleared away by the venue-argh-the waste!

    However, I have also been to weddings where thoughtful favours have been the talk of a wedding. Homemade jams with personalised labels, tiny pewter buckets filled with childhood favourite sweets or beautiful teeny tiny individual floral arrangements.

    By far the most popular types of favour are those you can eat or drink.Who can resist an extra sweet treat or a sneaky free tipple?

    So today we’ve got our top favourite edible favours. Personalised, thoughtful and unique gifts as well as being bang on budget.</p>

    Wedding Favours – Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

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    Or why not opt for some personalised Love heart sweets and bring a taste of childhood to your wedding breakfast? These sweets have always been a personal favourite of mine and even got me through both of my labours. (Even then I couldn’t resist reading the cute messages on each individual sweet). Swizzel offer a fab personalised wedding service whereby each packet of sweets is emblazoned with your wedding date and names.

    Personalised Love heart sweets are a bright and cheerful addition to any wedding breakfast.

    Personalised jars

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    Love these personalised jars-customised and filled with retro sweets.

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    I love this mini bottles-fill them with your favourite booze or fragrance for an individual gift.

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    Circus bright paper bags with personalised tags can be filled with just about anything. Why not look at chocolate hearts or lollipops from for a favour that ties in perfectly with your colour scheme?

    Competition Time with Swizzel

    And to sweeten your wedding day preparations Swizzels, the makers of Love Hearts, are offering one lucky reader personalised sweets for their wedding day.

    The prize is 200 white love heart sweets with your wedding date and names printed on the packets. A perfectly sweet addition to your wedding day.

    To enter simply leave a comment on the blog and your name will go into a draw on Monday 2nd October.

    Good luck everyone.

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    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends

    When it comes to planning a hen do, it’s safe to say that most ideas have been done to death. We’ve all been out on a Saturday night and seen a rowdy gaggle of hens or a macho group of stags sway their way down the street and into another bar. And there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s what the bride or groom have requested. But why settle for the unoriginal, when you could plan an adventure?

    If you want something fun, fresh and easy to organise, here’s a few adventurous ideas for those looking for more than the average hen do in the South West.

    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends

    Go barmy in Bristol

    For a hilarious and totally original Bristol hen weekend, you’ll struggle to top West Country Games. They are set in the heart of the Southwest countryside, yet just four miles from the bustle of Bristol city centre. West Country Games offers a crazy array of group activities that will bring everyone together. Designed with all abilities in mind, the whole hen party will take part in all sorts of funny shenanigans. From Cider Run, Welly wanging and West Country Wipeout, to name a few. From the timid, to the loud and brash characters in the group, you’re all guaranteed to “laugh yer ruddy ‘ed off!’

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    Surf’s up

    Although this maybe one for warmer weather, there’s nothing like catching rays while you ride the waves. Much of the South West coastline offers great surfing opportunities. The beaches are long and the waves (for the most part) are perfect for newbies and amateur surfers. Places such as Woolacombe are home to surf schools that cater for larger groups. They supply the right-sized wet suits and boards for all needs. And of course, once you’re back on dry land, it’s straight to the pub for a well-earned pint!

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     A whacky Welsh hen weekend

    For Welsh-based hen party planners looking for something closer to home, here’s an idea for a totally original Cardiff hen weekend. Forget the free-for-all on St Mary street. Look no further than Welsh Games. With nine different activities, your hens will bond over crazy antics such as Welsh Celebrity Knockout, Rugby Run and Duffin Daffyd. The friendly activity hosts even take pictures as your party enjoys the day. Located only 30 minutes outside of Cardiff, Welsh Games offers a side-splitting hen day. It may even be a warm up to a Welsh night out.  Read more

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