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Making the Right Choice: Indoor or Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Planning a wedding requires making some serious decisions regarding the choice of your dress, the overall size of the wedding, the number of guests, music, food etc. Of course, one of the most important decisions you’re going to make is choosing the appropriate venue for your big day. The first factor to consider is whether you want an indoor or an outdoor wedding reception. Because this decision can be a tough one, we’ve decided to compile a short list of all the pros and cons of both indoor and outdoor weddings, so you can, hopefully, get a better idea of what type of wedding reception is more suitable for you personally.


Indoor Weddings


If we’re going to start with the most obvious one, then the biggest advantage of organizing an indoor wedding is definitely the controlled environment, meaning you don’t have to worry about unplanned weather conditions ruining your ceremony. Another great thing about indoor weddings is the fact that, if you book on time, you have the chance of finding venues which allow you to hold both your reception and ceremony there, helping you stay within your budget. Also, certain venues offer professional decorative and catering services which is another plus if you’re looking to cut down the costs.



Certainly, the biggest downside of indoor venues is the limited amount of space. Surely, you can find a big venue which can host up to 500 people, but be prepared to pay a significant amount of money. Other than this, it’s important to note that there’s a high demand for indoor venues, especially in wintertime, so if you don’t start looking for a venue on time, you could end up with a venue you don’t like very much. It’s also good to note that certain venues have specific rules that need to be followed, which means that you could be limited when it comes to décor options and similar details.

Outdoor Weddings


When it comes to outdoor weddings, the biggest advantage is certainly the unlimited amount of space and the ability to invite as many guests as you please. Another great thing about outdoor weddings is the fact that you’ll have the help of good old Mother Nature when it comes to decorating the space. The natural splendour of the area means that you won’t really have to go to distant lengths to embellish the space, as the sole natural surrounding will be enough to bedazzle your ceremony.



Lastly, the biggest risk of planning an outdoor reception is having it delayed or ruined by an unplanned storm. Not only this, but if the weather is too hot, there’s a risk your guests may suffer a sunstroke. Certainly, you can prevent this easily by ordering some quality shade sails online so you can offer your guests a safe shelter from the sun. It’s also a good idea to think about lighting options for outdoor ceremonies, as well as the fact that you’re going to have to rent everything, starting from tables and chairs, up to restrooms and coolers.

Now that you know all the advantages and disadvantages of both venue options, it should be easier to make the final decision regarding your ceremony. Both options have their ups and downs, but in the end, it all comes down to your partner and you. Consider both of these options carefully, think about the amount of work which needs to be done and most importantly, think about your personal capacity and capability to turn your dream wedding into a reality.


Tips to Help You Get Your Wedding Style on Point

With so many ideas online and posts that deal with unique ideas and inspirations for a wedding day, the whole process of organization and planning can get overwhelming and you can feel torn between too many different options. Therefore, before you start looking for inspiration elsewhere, take the time to discuss things with your future spouse so that you can make this wedding truly personal and exceptional.


Theme brainstorm

What is cool and meaningful for some people doesn’t have to be for others. This day should be all about the two of you. Therefore, there’s no point in admiring the themes other people used for their own wedding. Instead, make sure to sit down together and think of meaningful and heart-warming themes that represent your particular relationship. You’ll definitely have something special in mind. And as long as it is special to you, that’s all that matters.



Perfect place to say “I do”

Similarly to choosing the best theme for this important day in your lives, you should discuss possible wedding venues. If you don’t want to go out of your way, there are some truly gorgeous wedding venues available, but you can also take some important places for the two of you into consideration. You might not be aware, but even pubs, clubs, parks, libraries, museums and similar places can be booked for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. Of course, remember to consult your wedding guest list in order to opt for the best venue possible.


Take time to find THE dress/suit

While a groom-to-be probably won’t have that much problem to find the perfect suit, a bride’s dress on the other hand can be quite a challenge. Unless you want to wear matching outfits, which would require the service of a great tailor, you should definitely be patient in your dress search. In that respect, it would be wise to start your search a few months before the wedding. That way, you’ll be able to carefully inspect your options and don’t settle for a dress that simply doesn’t have that something special that you are looking for.


Tend to the feast

Food and drinks are also a big part of the wedding day. The way the menu will be presented can also significantly contribute to your specific wedding styling, which doesn’t only mean the choice of foods and drinks but their delivery as well. In that respect, you’d definitely want to include some professional wedding catering service. Of course, don’t leave everything for someone else to decide. Even though you won’t be the cook, catering services still need to meet your demands and you should freely give your own opinion when it comes to certain details, or even the whole menu.


Final details

Only when you have the general theme, venue and refreshments worked out, should you check out the Internet for help. That way, you can use the ideas and details in order to complete the whole wedding arrangement so that they can fit with what you two originally imagined and decided on. Even though these are just the finishing touches, you might want to incorporate a lot of them, which can take some time, so start finalizing things at least a month before the big day.



As long as you follow your own ideals and use your own personal story as a guide, you’ll be able to find your perfect wedding style. Of course, you can always ask someone else for advice, but in the end, it’s essential that you are the ones to make the final decision. After all, this is the day that will celebrate the unique love that you two share.


10 Key Questions To Ask Before Buying Your Wedding Dress

Choosing a wedding dress that looks perfect on you, matches your style (and your expectations!) and, of course, your wedding shoes is a difficult process.

Knowing the right questions to ask will bring you closer to the dress of your dreams.


1. Am I Working With A Reputable Salon?

Before you even start looking at dresses, ensure you’re booking appointments at the right bridal salons. Take your time to do some research. Read online reviews, ask newlyweds where they bought their dresses and what their experience was like.

2. Do I Need An Appointment?

Even though each salon has its own policy, bigger salons usually work on an appointment-only basis and require bookings about three or four weeks in advance, so plan ahead and ensure you are able to book a place!


3. Who should I bring with me?

Depending on how important getting the perfect dress is to you, buying your wedding dress can be one of the most stressful parts in planning a wedding. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking too many people, take one or two who’s opinions you trust and take your time.

4. Are fittings and alterations included?

Don’t forget to ask the wedding consultant if any alterations or fittings are included in the price as these may affect your budget. Brides can expect an average of two to four fittings before their wedding dress is the perfect fit.

5. Are there any upcoming trunk shows?

Designers tend to use trunk shows to display wedding dresses that are not in store. In most cases, you can meet the designer in person and talk to them about the kind of dress you like, ask if any alterations can be made and even buy a dress at a discounted price!

6. Does my dress suit my wedding?

You need to take into account your venue and the time of year you’re are getting married in. You might want to avoid long trains if you’re getting married outside and perhaps rethink backless or strapless dresses if you are getting married in the winter.

7. How Does The Payment Process Work?

Most bridal salons require a deposit that accounts for 50% of the ticket price of the wedding dress, though this differs from store to store. It may also be worth checking the cancellation policy since every contract is different.

8. What type of dress suits my body shape?

All bodies are different and there are many different shapes of wedding dresses. Ultimately it’s down to what you feel happy and confident in, but there will likely be certain styles better suited to different shaped women. Just because a dress doesn’t look flattering on the hanger, it doesn’t mean it won’t look great on! Explore your options and try them all!

9. How do I put on my dress?

Although this sounds like a silly question, depending on the style of dress there may be a corset or hidden zippers. Ensure you know what you’re doing and have a few practice trials with a friend or bridesmaid, this will avoid any unnecessary stress on your big day

10. How do I store my dress?

Different fabrics need different attention, and wedding dresses are usually difficult to maneuver. Ask in store for the best way to go about looking after your dress and whether the dress will arrive already steamed.

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Molly Jones

Molly is a Marketing assistant at Pink Paradox London. Molly has always been interested in fashion, specifically shoes, and regularly writes content for both Pink Paradox and Benjamin Adams.

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Wedding Venues

Exceptional Wedding Venues

Once you’ve decided to get married and spend the rest of your lives together, it’s time to start planning the wedding. Finding the perfect unique wedding venue can be time-consuming, but it’s the most important decision you’ll be making during the entire organization. While some of the couples choose for the traditional restaurant venues, or have a wedding at their home, others prefer something edgy and unorthodox. Check out some of the most exceptional wedding venues and have the wedding like no other.



You may have never thought of the wedding under the sea, but it’s very much a reality of the 21st century. The streets of Trang are filled with betrothed couples on the annual ceremony, and they all parade through the city. Later, the beach orchestrates a traditional Thai celebration before couples dive under the sea to exchange their vows. Therefore, consider this as one of your wedding options. Explore the wonders of Thailand and tie the knot in the depths of the beautiful ocean.

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If you love cold weather, and enjoy snowy and cool atmosphere, ice hotel in Sweden is the perfect wedding venue for you. This tranquil and beautiful place will provide you with the whitest wedding you could ever imagine. The ice hotel is located in Swedish Lapland and it’s constructed of snow and ice. The chapel has a gorgeous ice altar and seating cover in reindeer skin. Not only can you get married here, but you could spend a honeymoon in this unique place as well.

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Couples who enjoy extreme sports and love the adrenalin rush would love getting married on the top of the mountain. Have a ceremony on top of the world by choosing Mount Everest for your wedding venue. Saying, “I do” on the world’s highest peak would be an unforgettable experience for sure. You probably wouldn’t be able to bring all your guests up there, but if you haven’t planned a large wedding, or if you decided to elope, this is the perfect destination for just the two of you.

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Wedding on a boat is incredibly romantic. Sydney is the perfect city where you could decide to exchange the vows while enjoying the magnificent cruise. A cruise ship is one of the most charming wedding venues because it will give you the opportunity to see the amazing Sydney Opera House and other gorgeous sights while you are getting married to the love of your life.


Choosing the natural beauties of our planet for the ultimate wedding venue is very original and will make the entire ceremony unforgettable. Iceland as the land full of mystery is filled with mesmerizing sights you could enjoy. Fabulous mountains and glaciers will make the entire experience breathtaking, and will definitely convince you to come back again some time. Oxara waterfall is perfect for civil ceremonies, so if you’re a fan of this kind of adventure, make sure you travel to Iceland immediately.

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China with its rich history and unique tradition is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Therefore, choosing a wedding venue that’s visible from outer space would leave a tremendous impact on all of your guests. The Great Wall of China was the place of numerous great loves, which makes it a perfect place to get married at. You could enjoy the gorgeous scenery and be one of the few lucky couples who tied the knot at this unique place.

Ice hotels, sea weddings, ship cruise, and mountain top weddings are just some of the fabulous places in the world where you could say, “I do”. If you wish for the most unique wedding of all choose some of our suggestions, or explore the world by yourself. Either way, your wedding will be the most exceptional.

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Most Adventurous Stag Party Ideas

When someone says “stag party” people usually think there is nothing much more to it than beer, girls and, again, beer. And that is usually true. But what if we tell you that there is a whole world of undiscovered stag party ideas, especially if you are an adrenaline junky or simply want to try something different. One might think that getting married is enough to get your blood pumping, but why not take some leap before the biggest leap of your life, just to test your courage? Your much needed fix awaits you in various sides of the world. Here are some of the craziest ideas for a fantastic stag party.


Red Bull Flugtag – Various Locations

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If you are searching for something that is far from being ordinary, look no further. Nothing promotes manly bonding than some manual labor. In the best case it can result in a well “flyable” homemade machine and awesometastic fun! In the worst, the flying can be more of a landing and the landing more of a falling, but you will still have awsometastic fun! There is not much danger and adrenaline involved here, but it is great for your inner child. Boys will be boys!

Extreme Dodgems – Birmingham, England


Now things are getting a little bit more serious. Every groom-to- be can enjoy, together with his friends, in some real motor racing in 1200cc saloon stock cars. This is your true heart-pumping experience. The race is highly competitive and the winner-takes-it-all final makes it a superb high-octane excitement. Do not worry about safety. The dodgers are fully equipped (cages, steel bumpers) to provide you with danger-free adrenaline rush.

Paragliding – Castelluccio, Umbria, Italy

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Oh, Italy… It simply reflects love, romantics and tenderness… or something even better – utterly crazy and amazing adrenaline-pumping experience. And the groom-to-be can finally fulfil the promise he gave to his sweetheart – to take her to the sky. Well at least half of it – he can take himself to the sky. Not only you and your friends can soar through the skies like in a James Bond movie, but you can also enjoy the view on breathtaking Castelluccio’s hills.

Water Jet Pack – Marbella, Spain

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Again, another safe way to get your blood pumping and to create fun memories. Gather your friends and make a fantastic stag party which will make you feel like in an action/comedy movie. The water jet pack will make you feel like you have superpowers and Marbella will amaze you with its clear waters and sizzling sunshine.

Surfing and skydiving – Queensland, Australia


Aussies do know how to have fun. It is truly hard to single out one of the amazing adrenaline sports and activities in Queensland. You can do anything from skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef to catching the waves in some of the world’s top surfing meccas (The Superbank, Kirra Point, etc.). A stag party revival of the famous Point Break movie (the surfing part) sounds like quite a blast. And if you want to tone it down a bit you can decide for a stand up paddleboard as an alternative.

Bobsleigh – Riga, Latvia


Sometimes, you simply want your last days as a “free man” to be as memorable as they can be. So, travelling to Latvia, does not sound as a crazy idea at all, especially if you are willing to try a run on the legendary bobsleigh track near the capital? Remember that bobsleighing definitely is not for the faint of heart, so do not consider it unless the thought of bouncing through narrow and twisting ice tracks excites you.

These were just a few suggestions if you are looking for unordinary stag party ideas which will test your buddies to their limits and make this stag party a mandatory retell for years to come.

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Frugal Ideas for a Glamorous Wedding

It is a dream of every bride to have a grandiose and luxurious wedding day. And why not? Your big day is a once in a lifetime experience and there is no reason why not go all out. But sometimes the fairy-tale setting, white doves and embellished carriages cannot fit the available budget. But this is not a reason to be discouraged, remember – even Cinderella managed to get from scrubbing floors up to glass slippers. However, if you do not have the help of the fairy godmother, then it is perfectly acceptable to rely on these few tricks that will help you organize an extraordinary and elegant wedding without breaking the bank:


Dressing Up

When the wedding preparations start it is quite likely that the bride will already have a perfect dress in mind. Of course, the wedding gown represents one of the most important parts of the ceremony, as all eyes will be set on the new bride-to-be. This does not mean that half of your budget should be spent on the dress. If you are willing to get pass the brand new designer dresses, you can find dresses of equal beauty and quality on sales or in second hand stores. Renting a dress is also a good idea if you are looking to save up some money. Perhaps the best solution is to ask someone close to you to sew the dress according to your measurements or even to wear your mothers or grandmas wedding dress.

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Finding a cheap wedding venue is a probably a mission impossible so it is a good idea to resort to some alternative ideas. For instance, a destination wedding is a great opportunity to mix up the wedding reception and honeymoon in one setting. Also, consider organizing a small beach wedding or holding a reception somewhere in nature, where there is no need for booking a venue. Of course, if you are planning a winter wedding for example and are in desperate need of a venue, then remember two things: either book in advance or be very flexible about setting the date. You could also consider holding a home reception if there is available space.


Creating a lovely and elegant ambient is one of the crucial components of a classy wedding. Most people believe that in order to embellish their space they need help from a professional decorator. But before you start throwing money on pricey interior designers, florists and other decorators perhaps it is a good idea to consider a different approach. For instance, minimalism is quite a popular trend nowadays and not only does it require small funds but it also exudes with glamour. Also, do not hesitate to employ all your close friends and family members to add a dash of personality to the space. Relying on your closest ones to do the decorating is also a good idea as the space will look unique but also resemble your personal style.

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Guest List

Another great way to preserve your wallet is to consider a small wedding rather than a grandiose one. Smaller weddings are more intimate and personal and you get to enjoy your special day surrounded by your closest family and friends. Consider cutting the guest list in half and sending the wedding invitations solely to those with whom you wish to share your happiness on the big day.


Last but certainly not least, those minor details end up costing you the most. These things are essentials that no wedding can go without, but fortunately they can easily become budget friendly. When it comes to foods and drink, prepare to ditch the full bar and opt for a signature drink and a few dishes. You can also ask a close family member to make the cake or even some other tasty dessert. Do not spend money on professional photographers and videographers, simply hire an amateur photographer and do him and yourself a huge favour. The same goes for the band. Before you cash out for a celebrity band, opt for a local band or even a DJ.

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Yes, you too can organize a wonderful glamorous wedding without filing for bankruptcy afterwards. Simply focus on the important things, check out the priorities and the rest will follow through. In the end, the most important thing is not the size of the venue or the amount of drinks, but the man standing beside you and the people there celebrating your love.


Wedding Ceremony 101

Planning a wedding can be really stressful. You have to juggle with all the tasks on the to-do list and make sure they are all done impeccably. Among many questions you will have to answer are the type, the place and the performer of the ceremony. Will you have a religious or a civil ceremony? Will you wed in a church or some other religious place? Will it be in a meeting room or outside? Who will be your officiant? Those are the questions that demand thorough consideration from you and your partner. Still, there are some elements that are applicable no matter the different choices regarding the ceremony. Here, we will guide you through them.


Give Your Welcome

Your guests are an essential part of the wedding ceremony, and they deserve a nice welcome. If you have guests from out of town, arrange airport/bus stations pick-ups and drop-offs, and discounts for hotel rooms. Consider how you will decorate the space where the guests will go in. Bad first impressions are very hard to forget. Place DIY signposts and welcoming signs. Give the guests welcoming bags/buckets containing small but cute things, such as candy bars, magazines, photos, letters, etc.



Making an entrance is the key of every wedding ceremony. The groom, the best man and groomsmen usually wait with the officiant for the lady of the day to go in. The honored guests are seated, and here comes the bride. Or not? Well, the traditional ceremony requires following order: ring bearer in an adorable mini groom suit if possible, bridesmaids and maid of honor (matching dresses) and adorable flower girl with rose petals or a vintage sign announcing the bride. If traditional mini-me style of the flower girl is not your cup of tea, there are many modern flower girl dresses to choose from.

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Telling the Story

Now comes one of the most emotional parts of the ceremony – telling the story about the couple. It is a big deal that you have decided to spend your whole life together and to share that decision with your guests. That is why it is important to tell them why. Your officant can recount the story how you described it. You can also include a reading where you and your partner will read a piece that you think speaks about your relationship.


Wedding Vows

Sometimes, it is enough to say “I do” and take the ring. You can include more traditional vows that you will repeat after officiant. Still, having in mind that you are about to step into unity that will last as long as you both shall live, it would be more personal and romantic to read your own vows. Here, we do not mean to find examples on the web and redo them, but really think of your own, from the hearth. One ordinary word of a loved one is worth more than thousand pages of poetry from a stranger. Still, you can use some famous love quotes to get you started.

By now you are probably pronounced man and wife. If you have some post-declaration ritual (breaking of the glass, jumping of the broom, etc) this is about the time to do it, so the party could get started. Do not forget to allow the photographer to capture your triumphant smiles while starting your own happily-ever-after. Congratulations!


Tips for Fun and Successful Costume Wedding

When thinking about the big day what people usually have in mind is not really a costume party. Classical weddings are completely fine for those who want to play it safe, but some of us have more exciting ideas on our minds. Weddings don’t happen that often in one’s life (well, hopefully not), so why not make that special day even more special and memorable? Costume weddings are a great way to entertain your guests and throw a fun party that will be talked about for a long time. If you share love for sports, historical figures, superheroes or even movies with your dear partner, here’re some great tips on how to express that love on your very special day.

Costume weddingBe certain about it. One of the most important things that a good relationship or marriage should be based on is certainly accord. In order to make such an important decision such as whether to have a costume wedding or not, you must both agree. Don’t push your partner if you see that he/she isn’t that keen on the idea. You don’t want to start your marriage off like that. Think about the reasons for having such a wedding. Is it really interesting to you or maybe you’re just doing it to impress someone or imitate some other wedding party that you’ve been to. Only if you’re both really excited about it, will the idea work and you’ll be able to pass that enthusiasm on to your guests.

An easy-going theme. Wedding is not about everyone marching to your command. You want this event to be pleasant and relaxing for everyone. Choose the theme with that in mind. Try to make it flexible so that most of the guests will be willing to participate. Bear in mind that you’ll have guest of all age, from children to grandparents, so pick a theme with a wide range of possibilities. Characters from fairytales might be a good example. Or maybe sports. If you choose a historical theme, for example, don’t be strict about whether that hat on your uncle’s head corresponds to the 18th century fashion. Everyone put an effort into their outfit, so as a host you must acknowledge that.

Three things about costumes.

  1. When you pick a theme, what’s important is to help your guests with their costume ideas. One of the easiest ways to help them is to find costumes online because not everyone has the time or skill to make their own. Do a little bit of research and offer them some affordable solutions.
  2. It would be nice if everyone would show up dressed like you planned but, hey, it’s not a perfect world and this probably won’t happen. So, be prepared for those who came unprepared by having some extra costumes just in case. Depending on the theme, sometimes just a piece of accessory can be enough to pull someone into the game.Costumed wedding guests
  3. Some of the guests who come without costumes maybe don’t agree with the idea or feel too silly to dress up according to your theme. Be nice to them and don’t criticize them for their decision. After all, you are all there to have a good time and celebrate what’s going to be a happy union.

Ariel Bellamy is an open-minded blogger who takes care that her words are well written, sharply witty and unconditionally true. She focuses on all things green – in battle for Earth, and all things healthy – as in battle for happiness.


Weddings: A Role for the Whole Family

Your special day is approaching, and you can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with your special someone. But first, let me take a… wedding! Yes! The wedding is supposed to be a magical day where you’re going to feel like a princess stepping into a carriage with your prince charming… If only it weren’t so many things that could potentially make you stress out and flip out at your own wedding. Luckily, your helpful wedding planner is there to be your right hand and make your wishes come true, from the seating arrangements to the flower choice in your bouquet.

You have to remember however that your special day is not a special day only for you. Your whole family will want to be involved in the realization of this event as much as possible, and it is important for you to make them feel important. From the little ones to your mom, dad and siblings, everyone will want to pitch in and if you don’t n give them clear assignments, all hell might break loose.

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

flower girls 2Let’s start with the smallest of family members. This can be done by either your young siblings, usually between six and ten years of age. If you don’t have a sibling that young, this could also be done by your young cousins or kids of your friends. If you get a pretty poof dress and a pastel flower basket for your flower girl and a mini suit for your ring bearer they will feel like they are a big and important part of the wedding, and they will most likely act accordingly.

wedding ringsMaid of Honor and Best Man

wedding cakeThese are typically either brothers and sisters, or your best friends. This is a very significant role in a wedding, as these two are considered the main responsible for organizing the bachelor/ette party and giving the bride and groom the best goodbye party they have ever had. This might also mean some financial investment, and the people chosen for these roles should be made aware of these things.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

It is obvious that anyone chosen to be in the wedding should obviously be someone close to the happy couple. There isn’t a typical number of bridesmaids and, but it is best if there is an equal number of both. For bridesmaids, the bride will usually pick her sister or a close friend, and sometimes even her fiancé’s friend as a symbol of a truly joint family. Similarly, the groom will chose his groomsmen.

These are the people closest to you, which will stand by your side during the whole ceremony, but most likely also as friends for the rest of your life. Always be careful to choose wisely, and not hurt anyone’s feelings. Now grab your favorite people and head on to the dance floor. With all the rice in your hair and adrenaline pumping through your body, just soak it all up and enjoy your night. And make sure to smile for the camera, these photos will last you a lifetime.

Ariel Bellamy is an open-minded blogger who takes care that her words are well written, sharply witty and unconditionally true. She focuses on all things green – in battle for Earth, and all things healthy – as in battle for happiness. 


Why Wedding Garter Is A Rage?

How well are your planned for your upcoming wedding? Counting the wedding dress, the veil, and sandals you bought may just not be all. Garteris one of the oldest wedding accessories you must get it for yourself. The garters were used way back in 1800s with socks or stockings to make sure they do not slip from the leg. Now, since elastic has come, garters are not much needed casually. Although, tossing garter is still a wedding tradition that is in vogue. Continue Reading