Wedding Sand Sculpture

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If you are planning a destination wedding on the beach, then you may have been considering a sand sculpture.

Sand sculptures are one of the latest wedding trends, and they have been growing in popularity over the last few years. There are a couples of reasons why.

Sand sculptures, like ice sculptures, can be intricate, personal to the couple and they offer an amazing focal point. A great sculpture has the wow factor — something flowers, no matter beautifully arranged can rarely achieve. Sand sculptures have a lovely warmth — they evoke happy memories of making sand castles as a child, and beach holidays as a couple. Sand sculptures are also kind to the environment. Sculptors don’t use anything but pressure and water to bind the sand. The artwork will be reclaimed by the sea and wind, leaving no trace behind. In addition, they are made by hand. In a world increasingly digitised, handmade products hold a particular allure.

9 Smart Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

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Weddings are expensive — there’s no getting around that. But there are many ways you can limit your costs while still having your dream wedding. The most obvious way to do this is limit the numbers to the people you love most. However, that can be tricky. Nobody wants to insult family members, after all. If you’ve been invited to your third cousin’s wedding, despite not having seen him in ten years, not returning the invitation can lead to family drama.

Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to save your dollars. Here are some smart ideas.

1. The Venue

Spring and summer is prime wedding season, so venues charge the most during these months. Having your wedding between January and March can save a quarter on venue fees.

Consider holding your wedding on Friday night or Sunday morning or afternoon. Venues charge a premium for Saturdays which can add as much as 20 percent to the cost.

Age of Marriage... Good Things Come to Those who Wait!

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Getting married is a big step — and it is one we have been waiting longer and longer to do. These days the average American man is 29 years old before he walks down the aisle, and his blushing bride is 27.

The average age when we get married has been creeping up. In 1990 brides and grooms were 23 and 26 years old respectively; in 1960 they were just 20 and 22 years of age. Americans are not dragging their heels, at least not comparatively. In Chile, men are on average over 35 when they marry, and women are heading towards 33. Across much of Europe, grooms are over 30 too — about 34 in Italy, Spain and Ireland; their respective brides are older than in the US as well —between 31 to 32.


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Having an opinion about what happens on your wedding day doesn’t make you a Bridezilla, a Groomzilla or any other kind of towering monster. It means you care. Your wedding is the most important day of your life. It is also one you’ve shelled out a lot for, especially since many retailers and service providers seem to add a hefty premium once they hear the magic word “wedding.” It’s no wonder many brides and grooms get huffy when people try and fob them off with something they didn’t order, while charging them top dollar.

Having said that, there are a handful of people who get just a little bit… well, let’s say over the top. We’ve rounded up a few for your pleasure… and horror!

Bride with no chill

My sister is getting married on Friday. She threw the ring at her fiance yesterday and stormed off down the street barefoot because she asked him when he was picking up some decorations for the wedding and he asked when he should.

People procrastinate for different reasons. Here we look at the most common ones, and what you can do to correct your behaviour.

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If you have a tendency to put things off, you’re not alone. It has been estimated that around 20 percent of adults procrastinate, and around half of all students do. Unfortunately procrastination has negative effects. These include poorer performance and increased stress, as well as mental and physical health impacts.

People procrastinate for different reasons. Here we look at the most common ones, and what you can do to correct your behaviour.

1. Lack of Self-Compassion

People who lack self-compassion tend to be more stressed when they are performing tasks. If this is you, try being kinder to yourself. Accept that you are human, with regular human flaws. Try to be optimistic about your success instead of pessimistic that you’ll fail.

2. Bad Influence

If your parents, siblings or role models were procrastinators, chances are you’ll be one too. You can ameliorate this by reminding yourself of the negative consequences of putting things off. Try and find a new role model — ideally someone who is a go-getter type.

Non Traditional Wedding Vows

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Writing your own vows can be romantic because they are personal and intimate. It also gives you a chance to let your personality show — and your imagination run wild. Thanks to the power of the internet we have collected ten of the funniest, strangest vow.

A hairy situation

This girl I know from high school posted her wedding vows on Facebook, and the closest thing she made to an actual vow was telling him she'd shave his back when they get old.

Now that’s competition

I vowed to my husband that I would always find him hotter than Vin Diesel.

5 Most Iconic Engagement Rings

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 As soon as you announce your engagement people want three things: to hear how did the proposal happened; to find out if you’ve set a date; and to see the engagement ring.

It’s popularly assumed that De Beers, the diamond company, is responsible for creating the concept of the engagement ring. That’s not wrong — they certainly helped to popularise diamonds as the standard for engagement rings — but the ring, and what it symbolises, has a much longer history.

Over 2,000 years ago to Pliny the Elder wrote that husbands gave their brides a gold ring to wear during the ceremony and at special events. At home, the lucky lady wore an iron ring, which signified her husband’s ownership of her. Romantic!

Bad Wedding Toasts

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You can plan every aspect of your wedding — expect the wedding toasts. Anyone who has ever been to a wedding knows that toasts can be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes they go on too long, sometimes they are full of inside jokes that you don’t get, and sometimes, just sometimes, people say awful, embarrassing and cringeworthy things that leave you squirming.

Thanks to the power of the internet, we’ve rounded up some truly terrible toasts.

Her? Nah!

Best man to the groom: “(Groom's name), man I love ya, you know I do. I hope you thought about this and that this is what you really, really, really want.”

Heartfelt wishes

“To the bride and groom — 60% or marriages end in divorce and in the rest, you live happily until death. Here's hoping you die.”

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Expensive Wedding Venues USA

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Weddings are expensive. That’s hardly news. It may surprise you to learn that the average American couple spends around $32,641 on their big day. If you get married in New York you’ll need deep pockets. The average cost of a wedding in Manhattan is an eye-watering $82,299.

There are indeed ways of keeping the costs under control. Do you really need a designer wedding gown, out-of-season flowers, a bachelor party in Las Vegas or a honeymoon on a tropical beach. No… well, maybe the honeymoon — wedding planning is stressful! However, most of us want to have the wedding of our dreams and so we pay for it — in ever greater amounts. Couples getting married in 2015 spent $1,400 compared to the year before, and the average cost has risen more than $5,500 over the last five years.

Wedding Dress Shopping? You need to have Two Budgets...

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How much would you spend on a wedding dress? In recent years there’s been two opposing trends. The first is the not-so-surprising fact that wedding dresses, along with weddings themselves, have become more expensive. The second is the growing popularity of cheaper, off-the-rack gowns and wedding dresses from popular clothing stores.

In 2015, brides spent an average of $1,357 for a wedding dress. That may seem like a lot of money — and it is — but it’s only about 4 percent of the total spent on a wedding. If movies are to be believed — and they aren’t — women will spend any amount of money to get the perfect wedding dress. In fact, some people assume that the rising cost of weddings is due to blushing brides-to-be insisting on designer hand-stitched organic silk gowns costing thousands and thousands of dollars. It’s not true… Sure, many of us would love a gown fit for a princess, but even so most of us are realistic about what we can afford.

7 facts about Military Marriage

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All marriages need work, but military marriages present even more challenges for couples. There are long periods of separation from family and partners; there’s not much money, at least for younger service members; and perhaps most crucially, continued and long-term fears about the safety of military personnel deployed in combat zones.

The military divorce rate is higher than the national average, although rates have been dropping.
The divorce rate among both officer and enlisted men and women is around 3.1 percent and the rate has steadily declined since 2011, when it reached a high of 3.7 percent.

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