Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Ultimate fairytale wedding at Disneyland Paris

If watching the various Disney princesses marry their true loves in royal style has made you swoon for years, you now have the chance to create your very own fairy tale wedding at Disneyland in Paris.

The city of love, Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and the love of your life – what more could you need to start your happily ever after?

Maybe a horse-drawn Cinderella-style carriage!

And now, this is all possible for couples seeking a destination wedding with a sprinkling of magic.

Disneyland Paris boasts a wedding planner to coordinate everything from the theme to the location within the grounds and any extras you wish to have for your big day. The idea is, that you just show up and enjoy the day.

Couples have the choice of designing a bespoke ceremony and reception, or there are a range of Romantic Wedding Collections packages available. For 32 000€ (almost $44,000), couples can have a 1920’s-inspired Newport Bay Club celebration with “beautiful nautical settings”.

Or for 44 000€ (just over $60,000), there is the option of a Disneyland Hotel wedding package features Disney-themed tables and a Victorian-inspired backdrop.

But for the ultimate Disney fan or those who have dreamed about a royal wedding, the ultimate happily-ever-after package allows you to be married right next to the Sleeping Beauty Castle for 55 000€ (around $75,500).

If the setting is not enough of a wow factor for couples, they can also add customised decorations, appearances by their favourite Disney characters and private performances by the renowned Disney entertainers.

The company that wrote the book on romanticism are also promoting their seven themed resorts as the ideal honeymoon destination as they are within close proximity to Disneyland and allow newlyweds to experience the best of French dining and shopping.

So, if your dream wedding is to transform into a princess for a day, with your own castle to boot, better start saving!

Signs that you’re ready to get married in your 20s

Just a gorgeous couple, taking a stroll in the rain. Pre wedding photos captured in East Perth by wedding photographers A&C Photography.

Once upon a time, people were expected to nab a spouse by their early to mid-20s. But things have changed. Now, the average age of couples getting married are now closer to the 30-year-old mark. The average age of a bride getting married in Australia in 2016 was 28, according to the annual Easy Weddingssurvey results.

People are doing everything later in life: buying their first homes, having children, and getting married. But there are still couples out there who have been blessed to meet the love of their lives at a young age and are getting married in their early 20s or even younger.

Your partner may be your high school sweetheart, or someone you’ve had an instant connection with. Emotional maturity has nothing to do with your physical age, and if you are considering getting married young, there are some simple things you can identify in yourself to see if you’re ready to make the lifetime commitment.

You are ready to farewell single life

If the thrill of the chase, meeting new people and getting to know them in a romantic sense no longer appeals to you, and you are ready to say goodbye to all of this, then you are in the right frame of mind to commit tomarriage. Similarly, be sure you’re not hung up on any exes and there aren’t any ‘what if’ scenarios playing out in your mind. If you have any niggling doubts, perhaps it’s best to wait as marriage is a major step and should be taken seriously.

You know who you are

There are some people who reach their 50s who still cannot define who they are, but it is important to reflect on what makes you who you are. If the answer is the person you are going to marry – you will need more time. It is not your partner’s role to complete you or become the source of your spirit. You need to be your own person who can survive on their own and have the capacity to give and receive love. When you and your partner are in this position, you will have a strong foundation on which to grow together.

You have conflict management skills

Marriage is a wonderful thing, but it’s not always smooth sailing. Before you enter into this next phase of your relationship, think about whether you can openly communicate with your partner. Can you also compromise on an even playing field so that one party is not the one coming out on top each time?

You share core values

It’s true that opposites often do attract, but it’s important that you have talked about and agree on essential components for your future life. Things like how soon you will get married, whether you plan to have children if you want to travel together and have some adventures or settle down right away. Money can also be a source of arguments for married couples, so talk about whether you will maintain separate accounts or pool funds and work together – the answer is different for every couple.

You are content

A genuine sign that you are ready for marriage is that you are happy in your relationship and the person you are with is genuinely your friend and not just your lover. Every relationship starts with infatuation and then the small challenges start to creep in. If you have overcome both and still think the world of each other, you have created a great connection and can look at moving on to marriage.

Secret for a happy marriage

Say thank you

When was the last time you thanked your partner for something they do all the time? Did you thank them for washing the dishes, taking out the bins, cooking you a delicious dinner, or running you a bath so you could have alone time?

The power of a simple ‘Thank you’ should not be underestimated.

A study of almost 500 couples by the University of Georgia found that being appreciated and believing your partner values you and what you do for them, directly influences your feelings towards your marriage.

The study found that not only can gratitude strengthen an already happy relationship, but it can help to mend bridges and reel in negativity from arguments that may arise on the winding path that is marriage.

Effectively, it can keep marriages from reaching divorce point. That’s pretty powerful stuff.

Even if you are not particularly skilled at communicating your feelings 100% of the time, everyone can say thank you.

The study found financial stressors can create a pattern where one party begins to demand or criticize the other, causing them to withdraw from the relationship to avoid further confrontation, creating a downward spiral.

But when you introduce gratitude, this cycle is interrupted and allows the couple to move forward in a positive manner.

While saying thank you is a great habit to instill, there are other ways in which you can support and nurture a happy marriage.

They include:

  • Communicate openly and don’t stew on things that upset you.
  • Keep the affection alive.
  • Let the little things go – there will be lots of them and the majority will be trivial. Focus on working through the big things together.
  • Remember you are a team.
  • Don’t be afraid to compromise.
  • Go on date nights.
  • Laugh together.
  • Tell them you love them.

When the going gets tough, remember why you chose each other as life partners’ to begin with. That love is still there, you just need to remind each other about it from time to time.

Tips Lose weight for your wedding

You may be recently engaged (congrats!) or your wedding day is looming and you want to look perfect for the big day. But let us tell you — a crash diet or depriving your body in any way, shape or form is not the way to go! Here’s why NOT to lose weight for your wedding…

Your fiancé loves you as you are

The love of your life either proposed or accepted your proposal, so they are more than prepared to spend the rest of their life with you and love you as you are right now. While you might feel pressure to lose a few kilos, it’s important to remember the reason you are planning a wedding is to celebrate the love between you and your fiancé. The number written on the inside of your dress or suit jacket is irrelevant.

You will look hot

No matter whether it reads 6 or 26, no one is going to see the size of your dress or suit, and no doubt you’ve put some thought into choosing a dress or suit in a style and colour that matches your personality and body shape for your big day. This will make you feel super sexy when you say “I Do” and nothing screams gorgeous like glowing with confidence.

You might not fit your dream outfit

When you know you’ve found the right dress or suit, you just know. And while you think losing weight will make you look better in your outfit, that is not always the case. Not all outfits can be successfully taken in by a tailor and still maintain the cut or style that you fell in love with. Also, alterations for gowns with bead or lace embellishments can become quite expensive and might not be a cost you want to bear if you are on a tight budget.

The people who love you won’t care

You might tell yourself that you need to lose five kilos or 20, but let us tell you, your weight won’t bother the people who love you. There is nothing more powerful than being surrounded by the people who are most important to you.

You will minimise stress

Wedding planning can be stressful enough (we can help there!), but throw in painful calorie-counting, fad diets or depriving your body of what it needs to function, and you will discover a whole new realm of stress. This is the last thing you need when you want to enjoy your special day. While going for an extra walk here or there will help you to blow off some planning stress, there’s no need to start working out excessively every day to drop a dress size.

Diets can cause arguments

Nobody likes a hangry bride. Crash dieting or food deprivation can be self-destructive for your mind and also your relationship. Your partner won’t like to see you putting yourself through this over something trivial, and it could lead to entirely avoidable arguments. Calorie-counting can also prevent you from enjoying the fun wedding planning stuff – like cake tastings and any pre-wedding dinners and get togethers.

It could put a serious dampener on your big day

If you have decided to go down the path of working hard to lose weight and you haven’t reached your goal by the morning of your wedding day, you can start what is meant to be one of the happiest days of your life in a funk.

Always remember – You are you

By happy and confident in your own skin and you will always look beautiful. It does sound cliché, but there’s a reason people always say that beauty is only skin-deep. True beauty comes from the ability to love yourself for who you are and what you can offer the world – it is not measured by the number you read on the scales (which you should seriously throw away)!