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Wedding Photos Every Couple Should Not Miss on Their Wedding Day

No matter how beautiful the wedding day is, you cannot bring it back once it’s over. But with photos and videos, you are able to revisit your favorite sweet moments anytime, especially when you become old and gray. With that said, it is very important to make sure you hire a reliable photographer and videographer for your big day. 

Before the wedding day arrives, though, make sure to keep a list of these must-have photos. Sometimes your photographer may miss to take a shot or may have a different concept, and trust us—you wouldn’t want to overlook any of the photographs we put on the list.

To make it easier to remember—and to do away with those long lists—we classify the items into five segments.

A. Beauty and Getting-Ready Moments

The first thing you and your groom do is glam up and get ready with your entourage. While the preparation is ongoing, your photographers should be able to capture the following:

  • Invitation suite
  • Rings (including the engagement ring)
  • Bridal bouquet
  • ●      Accessories (this is for both the groom and bride): wedding shoes, bridal clutch or pouch, jewelry, etc. For more options, you can check the luxury diamonds Vancouver has to offer.
  • The wedding dress 
  • The groom’s suit
  • Bride’s and groom’s portraits
  • Bride with the bridesmaids
  • Groom with the groomsmen
  • Bride’s and groom’s moments with their respective families

It is the norm of photographers to shoot the important details during your glam time. You can trust your snapper to make all the shots Instagrammable or Pinterest worthy, or you can be straightforward and discuss the concept that you want. Nothing beats a couple who knows what they want.

B. The Wedding Ceremony

After the glam-up session, your next location is where your wedding ceremony takes place. If it’s an indoor wedding, you will head to a church, a chapel, or a session hall. Outdoor weddings may be in a garden or at a beachfront. Whichever location you’re heading next, make sure to have your photographer document the valuable elements.

  • The ceremony site
  • The processional or walking down the aisle
  • Exchanging of vows
  • The first kiss
  • The after-ceremony group pictorial
  • The exit (with pop-up confetti or flower petals)

C. Couple Time

This is a secluded moment for the couple, which usually takes place before the reception. The photographer should be able to guide you to do multiple poses. You can also research ahead for “couple pose” ideas and inspiration to make this session a breeze.  

D. The Reception

This is where the party happens. The light and fun atmosphere and all the candid moments are good subjects to keep.

  • The reception site
  • The reception setting and details
  • Favors and tokens
  • The food (and drinks)
  • The wine and cake ceremony
  • The first dance
  • The entertainment (or dance party)
  • The opening of gifts
  • The photo booth

When you get all the shots in this list, you are free to take whatever photos you like. With this must-have listing fulfilled, you can be sure to revisit your wedding-day memory lane with bliss. Now, don’t forget to savor the moment and have fun. Your true feelings will show on the photographs.

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As the holiday season approaches each year, you might have a challenging time trying to decide what to get the college student in your life. While a gift card is an option that is useful for anything that the student needs, it’s always nice to receive a gift or two as well. Some of the unique gift baskets that you can make include everything from healthcare essentials to things that can be used to do laundry.
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5 Reasons Why Lots of Newlyweds Choose Hawaii for Their Honeymoon

Those living in the United States have long chosen Hawaii as their number one choice for a honeymoon, but in recent times even those living in other nations around the globe are listing this amazing state as their first choice for honeymoon locations. Why is that? Here we take a look at why so many couples long for an idyllic honeymoon cruise to Hawaii and at least a week in this spectacular tropical paradise.
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Super Easy Tips How To Minimize Wedding Cost For Your Bridal Party

We all know that weddings might get a little bit expensive for the happy couple and their family. But sometimes we can forget that the whole bridal party is going to spend a pretty big amount of money for your celebration too. In order to make this great day more enjoyable for you and for your best girlfriends, here are a few, super easy and smart tips that will help you to minimize all wedding cost for all bridal party. Remember, that no matter how much money do you spend, emotions and good moods are keys to success at great wedding!

Choose Time Rather Than Gifts

One of the easiest ways to help your bridesmaids feel appreciated and keep them in the budget is to ask them to spend some time with you, rather than asking for gifts. Bridal showers are fun, but if your friends are frugal or just doesn’t have a lot of money to spend for stuff that only symbolized that they care, then better ask to go somewhere all together. Or you can plan and invite your friends for a craft day where the group can get together to help you with some simple but important wedding details like stuffing invitations, putting together decorations, filling favor bags, and so on. Always make sure, that your bridesmaids know that their time and support means more to you than anything else. By helping you with these little things, girls will make your big day more special and stress-free as well. It’s a win-win situation for everyone because they will definitely save money and you get a bit of extra help!

Choose A Color Not A Dress

Another tip, to make your bridesmaids happier and keep them in their budget, is to give them some space and freedom for their dresses. Better choose one color and tell your friends, that you want that color to be their bridesmaid dresses and let them shop for what they want and can afford! In general, the bridesmaid dress can be a major expense, and it’s tough to pick one option that fits everyone’s financial expectations and body shapes, right? So better choose one color or multiple shades of it. This is how your bridal party can find dresses that suit their style, budget, and body shapes. If you’re worried that the range of hues won’t work together, ask each friend to send you photos before they buy. And then just have some nice well dressed and happy bridal party!

Gift Them Accessories

By gifting your girlfriends some cute little accessories, like necklaces, bracelets, earring, etc. you won’t only help them accessorize their bridesmaids’ outfits, but also will pamper them a little bit too. What can be a better way to “say thank” you before the big day, than with some cute necklaces that matches and symbolizes your friendship? By gifting it, you will definitely help them to save money because they don’t have to spend additional money on accessories. If you are worried about spending too much, then shop online and use various coupons! You can find many fashionable and sweet accessories at Kohls, and along with Kohls online coupons from, you can help yourself to stay in a budget and make your girlfriends super happy! So definitely consider this little treat.

Be Open To Negotiations And Suggestions

If you really want to make your bridesmaids happy, then listen to what they have to say! Sometimes it is hard to say that you might be struggling to afford all things for a wedding, so be an open-minded and caring friend that hears their friends. Also, if it happens to be a problem somewhere, negotiate with your bridal party to reach a compromise acceptable for everyone. Weddings should be a fun event, where people are happy and feel great together. Avoid any disagreements and listen to what your friends suggest – maybe you were wrong somewhere.

How To Look Your Best In Wedding Photos Without Editing Tricks

Every bride wants to look their very best in the photographs taken on their wedding day. This occasion is one of the few times you have the chance to wear a stunning gown and attract all sorts of attention. Therefore, looking great is essential. These handy tips will help you achieve a memorable day with little effort.

Find A Skilled Makeup Artist

While many brides may consider doing their own make up on their wedding day as a way to save money, this may not always be the right decision. Spending a bit extra to secure the services of a professional makeup artist can help ensure that you are wearing products that truly suit your skin tone and that flatter your face in photographs. In addition, professionals will use high-end foundations and eye make up that will last longer than your normal every day make up which will save time having to keep touching up your make up throughout the day and evening instead of celebrating.

Keep Lip Color Close At Hand

It is virtually impossible to prevent your lip color from fading at least a little bit as you go about the activities of your wedding day. In order to make certain that your lips are beautifully defined in every photo, consider popping a tube of gloss or lipstick into your floral bouquet so it is never far away.

Consider A Photo Shoot In Advance Of The Wedding

Consider scheduling a photo session with your wedding photographer ahead of the big day. You will feel much more familiar and comfortable with your chosen professional and will be able to relax when it comes time to take pictures on the actual day. The difference can be truly remarkable, and the time spent will not be wasted.

Have Faith In Your Photographer

No two faces or figures are the same, and a skilled photographer will know how best to flatter every type of subject. The professional you have selected will have the ability to put you into poses and get the best possible angles on your face to guarantee terrific images. Therefore, do not hesitate to listen to what your photographer tells you and take their stage direction seriously.

Men, Empty Your Pockets!

Something that far too many grooms and groomsmen overlook on the day of the wedding is the need to empty their pockets. Nobody wants wedding photos in which all of the men have strange bulges in their pants pockets. Make sure to find a safe place to keep any essential items during the wedding as well as the reception so that every photograph is as sleek as possible.

Pay Attention To Posture

The importance of good posture in wedding photos cannot be overstated. Even if you are wearing the most elegant attire and have the very best hair and makeup, if you are slouching, the entire shot will be ruined. Work on standing up straight and keeping your shoulders back. Consciously tip your chin slightly upward, and you will achieve a slim, streamlined appearance. There is nothing wrong with practicing your posture well in advance of the wedding so that it all feels entirely natural once the photographer starts snapping away.

Natural Light Is Your Friend

When dressing on the morning of the wedding, make certain to identify a room bathed in natural light. This type of lighting is ideal for ensuring that your skin looks perfect in photographs and your makeup goes on in an exquisite, flawless manner.

Do Less Posing

When confronted by someone with a camera, many people have a natural instinct to stop what they are doing and pose in a stilted, formal manner. However, it is often the more candid shots which have the most appeal. Natural reactions and expressions are great for capturing the true mood of the day and will form the basis of memorable images to last a lifetime.

Take Advantage Of The ‘Golden Hour’

Every photographer knows this, but make sure you are aware of the stunning natural light offered just before sunset. The atmosphere at this time of day makes for romantic, dreamlike images you will certainly want to have in your finished album. Taking just a small amount of time to take advantage of these magical moments can pay real dividends.

Consult With Your DJ

Prior to hitting the floor for your first dance as husband and wife, make sure your DJ knows to turn off any strobe or spotlights. That way, you will avoid having strangely colored lights and shapes in photographs of this special moment.

Pre Wedding Date – Three Basic Tips for Men Who Are on a Budget

If you were all gung-ho when the your girl said yes to go out on a pre-wedding date with you, and if you are now worried about things because you’re on a budget, you’ve come to the right place!

Look your best on a budget isn’t tough work; you just need to do it right. Because at least for now, you certainly can’t let the girl know that you have money matters on your mind! If D-day is nearing and you have no idea about what you’re going to do, help is at hand.


Here are three things you need to do right and all else will be okay!

Groom Yourself

Your to be bride will be making an effort to look great and the least you should do is look presentable. Looking presentable is possible without spending oodles of money on gels and perfumes. Just follow these tips:

  • Be sure to take a bath because even the most expensive perfumes and deodorants can’t mask body odor. And if you didn’t already know, body odor is a big turn off for women! So scrub up well and don’t forget important areas like your chest, armpits, and groin. Also wash behind your ears while you’re in there.
  • Bad breath is another turn off so stay away from foods that give you bad breath. If you have bad breath due to reasons other than eating pungent food, do what it takes to get your mouth smelling fresh. Also brush your teeth to dislodge visible food particles. You certainly don’t want your girl to guess what you had for dinner last night!
  • Take good care of your skin by cleansing, toning and moisturizing daily, and exfoliating regularly.
  • Do remember to shave; unkempt facial hair will only make you look homeless. If you want to keep your stubble, be sure to trim it regularly. You’ll also need to shape it so that it looks clean and sharp. Keep in mind that it’s best to be clean shaven if you have sparse hair.
  • Pay attention to your hands and fingernails. Be sure to slough away dead skin and rub in a good moisturizing lotion to keep the skin soft. Cut your nails and clean under them properly. If you’re going to wear open-toed footwear or might have to expose your feet in front of your bride, give yourself a pedicure too.

Dress Well

Apart from grooming yourself, you’ll also have to wear the right clothes to make the pre-wedding date perfect! Again, the right clothes needn’t burn a hole in your pocket. If most of your clothes aren’t good enough to wear on the pre-wedding date, it doesn’t mean you have to go shopping for an all new wardrobe. Even if you have to, shopping on a budget is no big deal!

Basic Tips for Men

Open your closet and pull everything out onto the bed or on the floor. Sort through the pile carefully and separate items that are in really good condition. Don’t be disheartened if you find only a handful of clothing items worth wearing.

Once you have separated the wearable items, go through them again and see if there are stains of any kind on them. Make sure everything smells fresh and is not reeking of body odor or moth balls. If your clothes smell, launder them as you normally do.

Don’t forget to check your shoes; take them to a cobbler and get them repaired if needed. Also, wash or polish them before you set off on for your pre-wedding date.

Keep in mind that having good clothes is not enough; you’ll have to make sure that you dress for the occasion. If, on pre-wedding day, you’ve invited your girl out for coffee or drinks, dress casually, and if you’re going for lunch or dinner at a fancy restaurant, put on your formals.

But remember, casual doesn’t mean sloppy; you don’t want to come across as careless by turning up in a pair of baggy jeans and loose t-shirt. At the same time, wearing an immaculate suit is fine, but if you put on a tie, it will make you look as if you came straight from work.

Pay the Bill

As you have invited your to be bride out, you should be the one picking up the tab. Sure you’re on a budget, but don’t even think of asking your partner to go Dutch. If she insists on paying or splitting the bill, politely refuse.

So how do you make sure you and your partner have a good time without her knowing that you’re on a budget? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Consider packing a lunch and going on a picnic
  • Meet up for a coffee or a couple of drinks
  • Invite her to your place for dinner
  • Forget about having dinner at a restaurant; opt for lunch- it’s cheaper
  • Hang out at a fast food joint instead of going somewhere fancy
  • See if you can use food coupons or get discounts on your credit card; some eateries also offer free samples
  • Check out local fairs or exhibits
  • Pay a visit to museums or art shows that have low entry fees


Now that you have read these tips, you know there’s nothing to be anxious about. Get the basics right and your to be bride is sure to have a good time without knowing that you’re getting by on a budget!

Organization Tips for Men: Bid Adieu to a Messy House

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Whether you’re looking to impress your new girlfriend or have simply realized that messy isn’t fun, an organized house is a must. No matter what drove you to get your house organized, your messy house can easily dampen your spirits! More so, if you’ve never bothered to keep your house organized.

But don’t worry; making your living space look good isn’t that tough! Here are some tips to help you start.

Motivate Yourself

You probably don’t organize everything because you think you’ll never get to the end of it. This isn’t true and you know that! You only need to get started and you’re sure to be done with the task soon.

Do what you can to motivate yourself and get your house in order. Think of the benefits- you’ll be able to have more space in your house, you’ll be able to find things you need easily, and if you’re planning to invite a girl over after a date, a clean and organized house is sure to win her heart.

Dedicate an hour or so every day to organize your house or do it on weekends. Remember to take breaks in-between; you don’t have to finish everything in one go. Playing your favorite music might help you get started with things.

Don’t do things on an empty stomach; you don’t want to be cranky while cleaning up the place. Don’t gorge a lot either or else you’ll just want to plop down on the bed for a nap!

Grab a Trash Bag

Make sure it’s a large one! Go around your house collecting all the trash you see and throwing it in to the trash bag. Target pizza leftovers from last night, empty takeaway boxes from last weekend, useless bills and whatever you categorize as trash.

Also take a look in your kitchen; clear the fridge and pantry of empty cartons or boxes, and everything that has gone stale or that you won’t be consuming.


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Eliminate Clutter

You’ll need to first identify the things that contribute to clutter in your house. Take a look at all your possessions one by one and consider why you have them. Everything you own should have either aesthetic or functional value.

It is possible that you have several items that are neither functional nor exceptionally beautiful to look at. Perhaps they are ancestral items or they hold sentimental value. You don’t necessarily have to throw these away; just make sure that all items have a designated place. Piling things onto the coffee table or chucking things into the basement isn’t going to help.

Move on to the Piles of Clothes

You either have two piles of clothes- clean and dirty, or you have a single huge pile because you can’t tell which clothes are clean and which ones aren’t. If you have two piles, you’re in luck! If you have just one pile, you’ll have to go through each clothing item and separate the clean and dirty clothes.

Check clothes for stains and smells, and make a separate pile for items that need to be laundered. You might also want to launder just about everything in case you’ve had very smelly clothes lying in close proximity of clean ones!

Load your washing machine or throw the dirty clothes in a basket if you’ll be washing them later. Make sure you’ve got the socks paired correctly. Do away with lone socks if you don’t have any other use for them.

Stash away clean clothes in your cupboard. Throwing things recklessly in the closet won’t help. Put in a few hours to organize everything neatly. You might want to clean your closet first if it is dusty. Clean your hangers and cubbies too.

Check for signs of mold and if you find mold growth, clean the area with a mixture of water and vinegar. Use cedar hangers like the ones available on OnlyHangers to repel moths and other insects. Additionally, buy hangers that can be used in multiple ways or that can hold more than one clothing item. This way, you’ll be able to make the most of the available space in your closet.

Make sure you clear the floors, the bed, and every other surface of clothes strewn around carelessly. You’re sure to see more space once you get through your pile of clothes!


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Target Flat Surfaces

Now that you’ve got most of the things out of the way, you should get started with cleaning all flat surfaces. Dust everything in sight- the TV, the dining table, desks, etc. Don’t forget the tops of cabinets and shelving units. Glass doors and window panes need some shine too!

If you are in the mood for some deep-cleaning and have enough time on your hands, you may want to clean cabinets and organize them. Remember, organizing things gives you more space and allows you to store more!

Once you’re done, you’ll have to sweep and mop, or vacuum the floors. Launder curtains according to manufacturer’s instructions. Check for stains on carpets and upholstered furniture. You don’t want unsightly stains to ruin everything so get rid of them. If going the DIY way to remove stains, be careful; you don’t want to damage anything expensive. If you’re unsure of your DIY cleaning skills, simply hire a professional cleaner.


See? It isn’t that difficult to organize your house. Start small- take up rooms or chores one at a time, and use the tips given here to get things in order.

Do note that you’ll need to make a conscious effort to keep your house organized. You certainly don’t want to go through all of this again!

Universal Free School Meals

Since September 2014, all infant-age schoolchildren in England have been entitled to receive a free school meal. This means that pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all benefit from the change. Previously, only those in receipt of certain means-tested benefits had been eligible, so the new scheme has resulted in a huge rise in the numbers of children covered to almost two million.

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What Is the Rationale Behind the Scheme?

The new entitlement represents a real economy for parents, with the BBC estimating a saving of approximately £400 per child annually. Of course, this is even better news for those with more than one child. But why has it been introduced?

The government felt that packed lunches in most cases did not provide as great a nutritional balance as a cooked school lunch. They argued that ensuring each child has had a good meal at lunchtime would help concentration levels in the afternoon, leading to an inevitable rise in academic outcomes. In the light of previous sad cases of neglect, the move has also been welcomed by many people as a way to ensure that all young children are receiving at least one healthy meal every day. In fact, many feel that the government should widen the remit to cover all primary-age children, a view which is endorsed by the National Union of Teachers.

How Popular Is the Scheme?

Official statistics have found that after just three months, around 85% of all infant-age children are enjoying a free meal provided at school. This shows what a popular move it has been, although not all parents have decided to take up the offer, which is not compulsory. This may be due to fussy eaters, complex allergies or some parents simply feeling that they can provide a better packed lunch than a school dinner.

Any Problems?

Of course, since the implementation of universal free school meals for infants, many school kitchens have needed extensive refurbishment or even an extension to deal with the huge increase in the numbers of pupils they are obliged to provide meals for. There is now even more need than ever for commercial refrigeration products, such as those on offer at Fridge Freezer Direct Ltd. But although the cost of the upgrade of school kitchens was intended to be covered by the government, many local councils have reported a deficit in the funds which have been made available to them. Some schools have been forced to offer sandwiches and other cold meals temporarily, in order to fulfil their legal obligation.

Schools have also traditionally received a “pupil premium” according to how many pupils were in receipt of free school meals. Many parents who would previously have been entitled on income grounds no longer bother to register their eligibility, as their children will benefit automatically. This can lead to a loss of valuable funds for the school.

In spite of some inevitable teething problems, it is generally felt that the scheme is a positive thing for children and parents. Parents can make a useful saving, and society can feel good about the fact that even the most vulnerable children will be receiving a good meal each day.

Three Incentives for Contractors to Go Green

While ‘going green’ is treated by many as a buzzword, more and more contractors are finding reasons to go green. A number of homeowners have found reasons to look for a green remodeling contractor, and this is only creating more incentives for contractors to go green in the way they perform renovations and home improvements.

The first incentive for remodeling professionals to go green is, of course, purely a marketing advantage. Environmental friendliness has become something that the average consumer is invested in, and contractors that practice environmentally friendly forms of renovation are rated more highly than those that do not. This tends to lend them greater regard in reviews even among those who do not have a vested interest in environmental concerns.

Secondly, ‘green’ contractors can market themselves for their compatibility with those particularly sensitive to environmental conditions. Renovations can frequently stir up dust and other particulate pollutants, but green contractors generally take steps to reduce this risk. Those looking for substantial renovation projects who have pulmonary concerns will frequently choose green-friendly contractors that will not use irritating or dangerous chemicals in the renovation process.

Finally, there are a number of consumers who are interested in increasing their environmental efficiency. A umber of renovations to the home can be made to increase its energy efficiency as well as its carbon footprint. ‘Green’ contractors can specialize in the interest of sustainability and guarantee their clients an increase in both environmental sensitivity and power efficiency. This leads to both a greater participation in the preservation of the biosphere and a maintenance of the homeowner’s budget, as green solutions tend to save money over time.

All in all, while some vocal individuals would suggest that environmental concerns are irrelevant, there are a number of reasons for contractors to present themselves as ‘green’, and this is a trend that will continue. There are many reasons to present one’s environmental friendliness as a corporation, and these will only grow more common in the future as more and more corporations come to understand the value of green standards in the renovation and real estate industries.

How Mothers can help Prevent Children’s Dental Problems

Reducing the risk of children developing tooth decay involves taking them to see a dentist as soon as possible. It is advisable for children to begin seeing a dentist regularly by the time they celebrate their first birthday. When children do not receive the right kind of dental care, they face exposure to the possibility of extensive dental problems.

Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common dental problem that afflicts young children but the good news is that it is easy to prevent. Mothers can adopt health dental habits that will be useful for the prevention of tooth decay among children. The first visit to the dentist should take place within the first year of a child’s life. It is also a good idea to consider seeing a dentist when the first tooth appears.

Importance of Early Dental Visits and Fluoride

The advantage of early dental visits is that they effectively prevent dental problems from occurring. When your children have healthy teeth they will be able to chew their food properly, speak with ease and smile confidently. For children to develop healthy strong teeth they need fluoride. Fluoride is also essential for preventing cavities in children who are older.

Ensure that your children have adequate access to the fluoride they require. You can consult your child’s dentist regarding how much fluoride your child should have. Make sure that your children consume a healthy balanced diet that contains all the nutrients they need. Snacking should be minimal because eating a lot of sugary snacks can make a child more susceptible to tooth decay.

Limit Snacking

Cavities can effectively be preventable by restricting the amount of snacks that your child eats on a daily basis. Click on for information about dentistry. Preventative dental care, using fluoride and healthy eating are the critical aspects of preserving your child’s dental health.

Exposing children to excessive amounts of sugar from an early age will increase the risk of them developing painful cavities. Without proper and timely treatment, the young children will suffer from distress and an increased risk of infection. Painful cavities and infections can disrupt your child’s education, adversely affect sleeping patterns and make it hard for them to eat properly.

Professional Dental Care for your Child

Dental hygiene goes far beyond showing off a beautiful smile. Take your children to a pediatric dentist who specializes in oral care for children. Pediatric dentists are qualified to deal with various dental health problems that can affect your child. The dentist aims to provide preventative care and maintain the good health of your child’s teeth through regular checkups.

Taking good proper care of your child’s teeth and gums everyday will ensure that they remain healthy. As a mother, you pay a major role in your child’s oral health. It is important for you to be aware of the how your child’s dental health can affect overall health.

When you understand the fundaments of dental hygiene, you are in a better position to stop tooth decay from happening. You need to help your child acquire healthy habits that they will remember for years to come.


Susan Mayfair is a dental hygienist who is passionate about children’s dental health. Find out more about oral healthcare at DDS connections.