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Unique Wedding Destinations in Africa (2/6)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Unique wedding destinations

Our world is a funny place. Africa is this huge continent, and the majority of people assume it’s mostly just desert. But Africa is as varied in culture as Asia, more expansive than North America and perhaps just as scary as South America, with all the biological diversity of Australia. It is just begging to be explored, and those amongst us that dare reap the rewards.

For weddings? Well it might not be your first thought, but why not? Africa is full of majestic views and unforgettable experiences. Why not add another to your trip?

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Unique Wedding Destinations in Europe (1/6)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Unique wedding destinations

If you’re not totally ready to leave the confines of your comfort just yet, perhaps Europe would be your first stop. This having been said, there’s a lot more to this little continent than quaint cultural quirks and a shed-load of history. Europe packs a lot of geographical variety into its respectively small 3.931 million square miles, and hopefully this shows through the diversity of our examples below.

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The UK’s prestigious wedding venues

More and more people are opting for weddings abroad, but whilst a beautiful beach wedding sounds idyllic, it’s tough for all your guests to make it – so we must turn our attention back to stunning locations within the UK.
Since the 1994 marriage act premises around the UK have been getting their license to perform marriages and this has resulted in some beautiful, if unexpected, wedding venues. So let’s have a look below at wedding venues of the prestigious, the peculiar and the practical.

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Losing sight of what it’s all about

You’ve got invites to send, a food tasting session to attend, a dress-fitting, and a Hen/Stag do. You’re over budget, out of time and the stress is mounting as the days are counting down to the biggest day of your life. Some people thrive on this sort of pressure, others crumble, but whether you’re powering on or having mild panic attacks every five minutes, it’s important to take a minute to breath, and remember, if only for a moment, what you’re doing this for. Here’s a hint, if the word “love” didn’t just pop up in your brain, you may want to reprioritise.

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5 More inspirational themed wedding ideas

For better or for worse, much like man-buns, themed weddings are in. In fact, we had a brief chat about them not too long ago (themed weddings that is, not man-buns), but like a pair of newly weds shacked up away from the sun, apparently you just couldn’t get enough. So I put on my thinking cap and I put together five more (hopefully) inspirational themed wedding ideas of my own to set your own imaginations in motion.

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On the eve of your wedding: the logistics

Not so long ago the logistics for the eve of your wedding would not have been much hassle. It was a given that each of you would stay with your respective families and that was that. But that was back when people didn’t live together until they were married, nowadays all pretence is out of the window. Frankly, it is unusual for people not to live together before their wedding. And this can, on occasion, mean that you have to do a little bit of extra planning before the big day.

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Hearing from couples who married abroad

As travel becomes more accessible to the masses we’re seeing a huge influx of weddings heading overseas – after all, why get married in drizzly old England when some of the world’s most exciting wedding destinations are just a few hours flight away? Especially when you do the math – a wedding on domestic soil is likely to cost you an average of four times as much as one overseas, so the real question is why would anyone get married at home? Well, I’ve asked around a little and the results are, well, pretty obvious really.

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The Big ‘What Next?’

Left reeling on your return from a perfect honeymoon, you can be forgiven for feeling a touch of the post-wedding blues. Everything about the last couple of weeks have been perfect. You’ve gone from dressing up, surrounded by your friends, eating and dancing and bathing in the sun to sitting on the couch watching re-runs of friends and dreading the return to work. A little melancholy is understandable – something like a wedding is huge and has taken up such a large portion of your life that without it occupying your mind, you can quickly become consumed by the nothingness in its place. You need a plan. You need to know what’s next.

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After the wedding – advice and a nifty infographic

Hopefully you’ve recently read our six-part checklist to planning your own wedding. Perhaps you’re wondering, after the wedding, “what’s next?” Well, once you’ve disappeared for an elongated period of time into your honeymoon suite on some tropical island somewhere and then emerged as an entirely different couple you’ve actually got to deal with the fact that a wedding isn’t just a one day, or even two-week vacation from reality – it is your new reality.

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Wedding prep checklist (3/6): Six months to go

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Wedding prep checklist

Somewhere between the words “Will you marry me?” and “I do!” you’ve got to fit a whole lot of extra-curricular activity. And no, that wasn’t a euphemism.

Planning an entire wedding is a bit like temporarily becoming an event organiser, only you have no training, no contacts and you probably don’t have the budget to get Maroon 5 to spontaneously appear for your first dance. On the other hand, you’ve got a passion for the event and a handful of knowledgable writers ready and willing to hold your hand every step of the way.

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Should We Have a Sten Party?

Raucous nights of drunken debauchery, enough cosmo to drown in and perhaps a misguided sexual encounter with a lady boy – what’s not to love about the age old tradition of the stag and hen party?

Okay, so not all parties quite follow the same dangerous pattern of Hollywood’s Hangover films, but we wouldn’t mind betting that it isn’t all hyperbole. Well, maybe the bit where they stole Mike Tyson’s tiger.

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