Reality isn’t what it used to be. From AI-powered virtual assistants like Alexa which answer your queries as you go about day-to-day tasks, to fully immersive alternate digital realities accessible via a VR headset, the virtual is taking over.
Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. From the moment the question is popped and the answer is positive, thoughts of that magical special day add a new purpose to a relationship, bonding the happy couple even closer together.
But it can also be quite daunting. Venue, catering, dress, rings, wedding party, vows, transportation, invites, entertainment, decor – the list of things to organise just goes on and on.
As the festive season gets into full swing, you probably have a series of social engagements booked in – works parties, family get-together, Christmas lunch and New Year celebrations. There is also the outside chance you may have been invited to a wedding over the holiday season.
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It’s official – the festive season is the most popular time for couples to get engaged. While you might assume that Valentine’s Day or even the summer holiday period when people are jetting off to sunnier climes might be choice moments to pop the big question, analysis of engagement announcements by Facebook found that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve were the three most popular.
It has to be said, the traditional wedding fruit cake is a little bit Marmite – some people absolutely love it, others cannot stand the stuff and have no interest in taking home a piece whenever they go to a wedding.
If you and your betrothed fall into the latter category, you will probably be thinking about an alternative for your wedding cake – regardless of custom, who wants a cake that they don’t like at their own wedding?
Remember birthday parties? If you have young children they are no doubt a staple part of your weekend social life. But what about your own? When was the last time you had one?
As we reach adulthood, the once-annual ritual of party hats, pass the parcel and cake is something we tend to leave behind, to be revisited perhaps once every five or 10 years for those big milestone birthdays. Even then, we tend not to bother with the pass the parcel and hats anymore.
Deciding on the venue is arguably the biggest decision you will have to make when planning your wedding. Most couples have a clear vision in mind of what they want from their dream location and invest considerable time seeing out the right amounts of romance, heritage or contemporary style to suit their tastes.
Conventional models of workplace organisation for office-based businesses are steadily being challenged. As the idea that, with a laptop, a smartphone and an internet connection, you can theoretically work from anywhere continues to take hold, more businesses are adopting increasingly flexible working practices, encouraging home and remote working and operating with a geographically dispersed workforce.
A wedding breakfast is the age-old tradition of the bride and groom treating their guests to a slap up meal as part of their nuptial celebrations. Despite the name, which seems peculiar to British usage, a wedding breakfast doesn’t have to be, well, breakfast – you can have your meal any time you like, and it is most commonly part of an afternoon or evening reception.
Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. But it is also hard work. It can feel like you spend every single weekend in nothing but churches, stately homes and fancy hotels trying to find the ideal venue. While beautiful in their own way, you may be thinking that for yourbig day, you want to do something a little different.
These days, the number of wedding venues out there are seemingly endless; from traditional stately homes and hotels, to the possibility of getting wed in theatres, art galleries and more. Have you ever wondered what a wedding venue says about the couple themselves?