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Things You Must Keep In Mind About Choosing A Wedding Venue Abroad

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Destination weddings have always been a thing, but there’s getting more and more accessible and, thus, a lot more popular. But don’t feel like seeing a picture of a location is enough for you to make your mind up on where you want to go. Keep these tips in mind and you’re going to be able to pick a destination that’s everything you dream it to be and not just adding more hassle on top of an occasion that’s already of monumental proportion.

Set the scene

You might have some idyllic daydream image of what the venue is going to look like when you get married, but you might not have considered how different times of years look in different places. In the southern hemisphere, for instance, summer and winter get reversed. Still, in some countries, their winter might be a lot hotter than your summer. Make sure you do a detailed check of what you can expect from the weather and whether any rainy seasons are approaching. Don’t let this one slipped detail make a mess of all your plans.

Is your accommodation accommodating?

Talking to a venue can be hard enough, never mind when they’re overseas. It’s a good idea to have a trip to the venue of choice in advance of the wedding to get to experience the venue first hand and make sure it fits your plans. For instance, you might want to taste their food in advance if they’re providing the catering, and you might want to make sure their staff are used to accommodating clientele of an international nature.

Beware the swarms

A lot of places look gorgeous in pictures, but often hide the swarms of tourists that can cloud and crowd some of the more popular destinations. It’s worth thinking about more isolated locations like a luxury manor house. That gorgeous beach might not be as private as you like, meaning you could be having your wedding in earshot of a tidal wave of happy holiday-goers. Not the kind of atmosphere you might want on your big day.

Know the law

This is essential. Regardless of where you’re a citizen, you are subject to the laws of the country you’re marrying in. Ensuring the marriage is legal means checking up on the country’s marriage laws in advance. This is most pertinent for same-sex marriages which are still not legal in many places in the world. For instance, in Africa, they are only legal in South Africa.

Make it a hop, skip and a jump to the honeymoon

Getting your passport prepared and getting all the necessary shots and jabs to make it to one country is enough work. Why make it so you have to go through it all over again? Instead of switching destinations, consider having the honeymoon in the place you have your wedding. From a manor to a safari, for instance.

You can have your dream destination wedding; you just have to do plenty of planning in advance. Talk to the venue, see that you can legally get married in the country of choice, and pick the right time for it.


5 Hacks for Healthier Hair

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Want to keep your hair healthier for longer? Most of us care about the appearance of our hair but don’t consider the long term effects. Here are several little known hair care tips that could give you lasting flowing locks.

Strengthen your hair with protein

One of the most important ingredients that our hair needs is keratin, helping to strengthen our hair and make it shinier. Our bodies make this protein when we eat foods rich in amino acids such as eggs, meats and various vegetables. However, there are shampoos and products out there that can give our hair a healthy boost of this protein. Visit BeautyAmbition and you can read about such products. There are also many natural treatments out there. Only slightly weird but effective method is to wash your hair with egg yolks before applying shampoo. This applies proteins straight to your scalp.

Wash before bed and let it dry naturally

Many methods of drying hair are actually bad for our scalps. Blow-drying can dry out our hair and leave it more brittle, whilst using a towel can lead to tugging, damaging our roots. Letting hair dry naturally is the healthiest method, but few of us actually have time to do this, especially after having a wash in the morning before work. One way to get around this is to wash your hair in the evening before you go to bed and let it dry overnight. This way, you’ll wake up with naturally dry and clean hair.

Use satin pillows to avoid bed hair

Satin pillowcases won’t make your hair go crazy like a standard pillow. They also prevent wrinkles and get less hot at night meaning you won’t be turning them over to get the cold side. Cosmopolitan details some of the best satin pillowcases for hair.

Don’t wash your hair everyday

Washing your hair every day could be drying out your hair and making it weaker in the long run. This is because washing our hair gets rid of an oil called sebum. This stops our hair from drying out. Washing every other day could allow this sebum time to enrich our hair. There are some exceptions – some people may overproduce oil, in which case their hair may get greasier more quickly making a daily wash a sensible option. It’s also okay to wash your hair after being in a hot climate or doing heavy exercise – if you’ve been sweating a lot will be more oily and in need of a wash.

Comb in the shower

Combing your hair whilst it’s still wet makes it easier to get rid of those knots. Wet hair will slide apart more easily, whilst dry hair may require more tugging damaging the roots and hair. You can still brush your hair whilst dry. When combing and brushing, go upwards from the tip to the root. This will prevent tugging, which could damage your hair’s roots. Sites such as Review 168 can guide you on the best combs to buy for your hair.


5 Truths No One Tells the Bride-To-Be

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Your wedding is going to be the most amazing day of your life… in hindsight. The build up, however, is so utterly stressful you could end up questioning everything you ever perceived to be wonderful in this world. There is just so much to do, so many plates to spin, so many questions to ask and answer, and just so much general panic to overcome.

That is why we have come up with a list of things no one ever seems to tell you about planning a wedding. Oh, this isn’t to try and scare you, no way. It is to help you get prepared for those hidden problems that so often seem to blindside the bride. If you know what’s coming, you can kind of plan for it, right.

There is Nothing Fun About Finding ‘The Dress’

You probably imagine the dress hunt to be something from a fairytale, where personal shoppers pick out a dozen stunning options, each one making you look even more gorgeous than the last. The reality, though, is somewhat different. It’s stressy. You’ll question your style. Your feet will hurt. You’ll hate everyone that is trying to help and you’ll try and squeeze into so many dresses that are too small for you that you’ll get bruised everywhere.

Health & Fitness Will Become Part Of Your Planning

In order to look your absolute best, you’ll find yourself eating a disgustingly healthy diet and you’ll join a gym and do all these crazy things. That, or you’ll go down the liposuction route, which it is a good route to go down, a route that should not be ignored, especially if you absolutely hate running and totally adore biscuits. Either way, weight loss, training, dieting, boosting body confidence; all of these will enter the fold whether you like it or not.

Some Almighty Screw-Up Will Happen

It could be that your husband-to-be forgot you had agreed to write your own vows, or the weather turns bad, or the catering company didn’t make a note of the vegetarian guests, or the jewelers managed to misplace your ring or your Dad waits until the last minute to say he isn’t keen on the guy. What irrational fear comes true, no one knows. But something will happen. Some disaster will take place. Just be prepared for it and let it be a not-so-gentle introduction into married life.

It Will Take Over Your Social Life

Where your downtime used to be dinner with the boyfriend, nice chats and a couple of episodes of Orange Is The New Black, your entire existence will revolve around making Pinterest boards, watching episodes of Don’t Tell The Bride and, for movie night, Bridesmaids… again! This is just how it is, so be prepared for it and, better yet, prepare your fiance for it too.

You Will Realise Why You Said ‘Yes’

During all the stress of speaking to vendors and creating spreadsheets and choosing flower arrangements and waking up in a hot sweat about the seating plan, the love of your life will show you exactly why they earned that title. They will make you a cup of Green Tea when you need it most, take that phone call you can’t handle, turn away your mother because she will only fan the flames and be that rock you can absolutely rely on.