Making A Wedding Memorable*

 

 

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If there is one day in your life you would hope remains memorable, it is your wedding day. Chances are you are going to remember it well no matter what, but if you are keen to ensure that it is really going to be memorable then you need to focus on a few key things. In this post, we are going to look at what those might be, so that you can much more easily make your wedding memorable, and one that everyone is going to look back on as fondly as you would hope.


Make It Unique


One of the things that are going to be important in all of this is ensuring that your wedding is unique, in that it doesn’t look too much like other weddings you might have attended. This is tricky to pull off, but it’s all about being a little creative when you are coming up with themes and colour schemes and so on. As long as you can put a lot of work into that, you are going to find that you are much more likely to make it unique, and that is going to instantly make it more memorable as well, not just for you but for everyone who attends.


Hire A Photo Booth


You might have seen these at weddings in the past few years, and they are only growing in popularity still. The thing about having a photo booth in your wedding is that it’s a fun, interactive thing which is also actively providing you with memories in the form of photographs. A good wedding photo booth might come with some funny hats and outfits that people can try on, or it could be something a little classier. But in either case, it’s something that you can be sure is going to help you remember the day well.



 

Find Great Entertainment


One part of the day people will really be looking forward to is the entertainment. You want to either find a great band that everyone can enjoy, or look for a decent DJ. Or if you want to shake things up, you could look for something a little different - such as a fire-eating act, for instance. However you do it, just make sure that you have some kind of entertainment in place, so that you and everyone will remember that part of the day much more easily.


Remember The Food


If you think back to the weddings you have attended, one element that you have probably found yourself remembering fondly is the food. It’s truly one of the best parts of the day for most people, and you will find that your guests are going to be expecting some amazing things when it comes to the lunch. Make sure you do not disappoint, and that the food is something you would love to eat too. If you can do that, your wedding is going to be so much more memorable on the whole. 

 

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header photo source. Second photo source.



Teaching Your Child to Respect School Rules*



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Teachers are perturbed with the mission of teaching a classroom full of pupils to respect them and the school rules, each and every day of the academic year. While most children do, there are always a few that fall out of line and create a distracting environment for their peers. However, school rules are obviously in place for a reason and if children don’t follow them, the consequences can be dire.  As a parent, it would be very beneficial for your child if you advocated the same behaviour outside of the classroom. This will not only support the teachers but will also allow you to raise a well-mannered, respectable child. Here’s some advice from a girls’ prep school in Oxford to get you started.

 

Children are not born with perfect manners and an understanding of respect; these are things they have to learn, so it’s unfair to blame a child if they have not been taught. They need influential people in their lives such as parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and teachers, to show them the difference between right and wrong. This is a concept you can explore when your child is very young and demonstrate through their life with your own behaviour. You’ll have to be very explicit with your rules, as children are very good at manipulating or misinterpreting grey areas. 

 

Talk to your child about the difference between rules and routine. Routines can be adapted from time to time to suit the situation, such as bedtime, without any serious consequences. Rules, on the other hand, are firm and put in place to ensure the safety and security of your child. 

 

When trying to teach your child about appropriate and inappropriate behaviour at school (or generally), it might help them to give them some example scenarios. For instance, if the teacher is shouting at someone, it would be completely inappropriate to laugh because that could lead to further punishment. Explain to your child that when they are at home, you are in charge, but when they are at school, their teacher is in charge. Let them know that if there is any misbehaviour at school, you will find out and they will be punished. Equally, it’s important to praise your child when they have been doing well. 

 

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4 Ideas for UK Party Venues*



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If you’re planning to host a party in the near future, you’ve probably been thinking about the venue. Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or a corporate event, there are so many different types of venues all around the country that might be suitable for you. Here are some ideas to get you started…

  1. A Party Bus


Of course, it’s not appropriate for a wedding, but why not have your work Christmas Do, Stag or Hen, or your next birthday bash on a party bus. Have a few drinks, relax, and enjoy the ride! Obviously depending on the size and type of bus, you can probably fit around 60 seated guests.


  1. A Private School


Private schools are beautiful and often comparable to stately homes, like this wedding venue in Somerset. They are a great spot for a photoshoot, have plenty of room for a dancefloor and the school kitchens can be used to prepare the food, so you have everything you need. The chances are, you probably have several stunning private schools near your home that you didn’t even know about.


  1. A Museum


Museums are another beautiful choice for party venue, as they’re usually quite historical and majestic. The Natural History Museum hosts all kinds of parties and events throughout the year, but you might have a museum closer to where you live that you could use instead. 


  1. A Vineyard


When you think of a vineyard, you usually think of somewhere in Italy or the South of France, but there are actually more vineyards in the UK than you might think. What better place to host a party than somewhere that grows the ingredients for wine? Plus, they’re stunning and another great place for some epic photos.

 

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Top Tips for Improving Your Home*



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It’s perfectly normal for a home to experience wear and tear, especially if you have children who are yet to learn how to take care of things. However, if you don’t make small repairs and adjustments here and there, you’ll wake up one day and wonder how things got so out of hand. It’s crucial to keep on top of these things so that you’re not left with one huge, expensive renovation project, especially if you’re planning to sell one day.


Be sure to give your property a once over every now and again, looking out for any signs of damage that needs to be repaired ASAP. For instance, there may be a rotting fence panel that you need to replace before it starts to damage the rest of the fence. You may notice cracks in your walls and patio, which could indicate damage to your building’s foundations. These are dramatic examples and it’s likely that the problems you spot will take five minutes to fix. Either way, it’s a good idea to inspect your home so that these things don’t come as a shock to you.


Once way to really update your property and make it feel like a new home is to give it a fresh coat of paint. This will brighten it up and clean up any marks that might have made their way onto the walls. Team this with some new soft furnishings and it will feel like a new property for not a huge amount of money. Of course, if you do have the money to spend, it would be rude to say no to new furniture as well.


Have a think about your windows. Are they double glazed? If not, you could be wasting money on your heating bills in winter, as lots of the heat will escape through the thin panes of glass. It might be worth looking into getting the panes replaced so that you can save a few pennies when winter rolls around. Another fantastic option for your windows is stained glass. This can really add an element of personality to your property and brighten it up with beautiful, dancing colours whenever the sun shines through. 


Speaking of saving money in winter… it might be worth swapping out your light bulbs for LEDs if you haven’t already. These use far less energy then their alternatives and don’t usually need to be replaced as often either. Lighting is actually hugely important when it comes to your home aesthetics as it can be used to highlight feature pieces, like a beautiful piece of art or a bookshelf. This is true outside too, if you have gorgeous flower beds or a fountain, so have a think about it if you’re keen to make some stylish updates. 

 

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Should I Set Up My Own Business?*



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As with most things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed. If you’d like the flexibility of working to your own schedule and therefore earning what you want to earn, then it’s definitely something you should carefully consider. The word “carefully” was used here because setting up a business is complicated and there is so much to think about, so you have to be up for the challenge. In the long run, it will certainly be worth it, but don’t be afraid to put in the hard work. 


You’ll have to consider things like your company name, brand colours, logo and various other logistics. For instance, where are you going to operate? Can you work from home or will you need to hire an office space? Perhaps you need a restaurant or shop location? Will you need to hire staff right away or can you operate alone for a while? You’ll have to have this all figured out before you launch your company.


Once you’re sure you’re ready to begin your business venture, you’ll have to register with HMRC before you do anything else because you don’t want to get into any tax-related trouble. There are different types of businesses you can register as, including a sole trader or a limited company, so you’ll need to figure out which one is right for you. If the idea of sorting out a tax return is frightening for you, then you should consider hiring an accountant to help, or things could get messy.


Think about your marketing as well. After all, you can’t expect potential customers/clients to pay for your products or services if they’ve never even heard of you. Marketing comes in many shapes and sizes, from an SEO-friendly website to promotional merchandise, and you’ll probably have to try a few different strategies until you find something that sticks. Regardless, try and be patient and don’t give up too soon – if you put in the time and effort, your new business will eventually take off. 


So, if you think you’re up for the challenge and you have a great idea, then yes, you should set up your own business. However, don’t be afraid to speak to professionals if you find any aspects of running the business difficult. 

 

 

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