Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bucket list destinations

I've never been much of a 'world wide' traveller having visited Europe a few times as a young 'un! Since then, travelling has been rather high on my agenda! Travelling is such a wonderful thing, it really does enhance the soul and memories are something you can keep with you forever!

When I read about the competition being run by Transun to win a holiday to see the Northern Lights by writing about your top 3 bucket list destinations, I couldn't help but get the computer out and give it a shot!
My first real travel opportunity was visiting New York on a school trip when I was 15 - it was nothing short of incredible and it started my love affair with the Big Apple. It's an incredible City, one that I've re-visited (and will re-visit again this christmas/NYE) and although I've been before, it's still firm in my bucket list destinations. But on to my top 3...

1. If I'm honest, seeing the Northern Lights in number 1 in my bucket list of destinations to visit. It's up there in my 30 before 30 and well, there's not long left to achieve this seeing as I turn 29 in the new few weeks (eek)! I couldn't imagine anything quite so beautiful then seeing something so natural yet so stunning! I'm signed up Aurorawatch here in the UK and have tried to catch the phenomenon (including driving out around 1am in my pj's) but I've never quite made it in time or had the right weather where I live! I honestly believe it would be an honour to witness this.

 2. South Africa - and going on Safari to be precise. I'm an animal lover and an absolute zoo fanatic-everywhere I go, wherever it may be in the world, if there's a zoo, then we must visit so I couldn't imagine anything better than seeing these animals in their own habitat! Ah it makes my heart flutter just thinking about it!

3. West Coast America - I'm putting this in as a destination even thought it's multiple destinations but it's something I'd like to do in one go! The OH and I had plans to do this over 3 weeks in 2016 however, we got engaged so it's been put on the back burner for the time being but most definitely something that WILL happen! One of my best friends is currently ticking this off her bucket list on a 3 month road trip and I honestly couldn't be more jealous! She's blogging her journey and I am taking so many notes ready for my turn!

What are your top 3 bucket list destinations?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wedmin Series | Wedding Fairs

Today's wedmin series is all about 'wedding fairs', something all bride-to-be's will be all too familiar with I'm sure.

I have visited many a wedding fair over the years, mainly as support for friends and a little bit of a psycho bride-wannabe! So when my time came, one of the first things I did was search for wedding fairs to go and visit.

As a bride-to-be I've now visited 3 wedding fairs and I've learnt a few lessons from each and everyone that I thought I'd share because let me tell you, they can be somewhat daunting.

First things first, if this is your first ever visit to a wedding fair, then I would recommend starting small - visit a local one to start so you can find your feet before hitting up the big ones. There's so much inspiration/idea's that can be taken away which is great, but it can be a little overwhelming so I think by starting small, it shouldn't leave you in a blind panic (the same panic pinterest can instil)!

Take a bag along with you - and I don't just mean your handbag, an extra bag to take away all the brochures/leaflets and freebies that you'll inevitably pick up (whether you want to or not). This was a fail of mine at my first fair as b2b recently and I learnt my lesson!

I actually made tote bags as little gifts for all my bridesmaids (see above, very clearly homemade but it's the thought that counts yeah?). These came in very handy at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham which was just mahoosive and came with it an abundance of stuff!

Have a plan! I went along to my first wedding fair as b2b with no plan - I just wanted to see what was around which was fine, but by the 2nd and 3rd, it was plan time. What elements of the wedding did I want ideas for or find suppliers for, those kind of thngs. There can often be special offers found at fair so if there's something specific you're after, then it might be worth going for it there and then (consult the fiancé obviously if he's not there). I had researched wedding insurance quite a bit and found that there was a considerable amount of discount if it was purchased at the NWS, which I obviously took full advantage of!

Don't be pressured! The one thing I really disliked about all the fairs I've been to is the pushiness/pressure from some of the stalls/vendors (not sure what to call them) - photographers being the absolute worse! Nearly every photographer stall I passed they were in your face, asking your date and then checking their diary before I'd even had chance to look at their work - it was so off-putting and I'm sure I walked away from many good photographers for just that reason. Please don't think all are like this - the photographer we've actually booked (who are awesome but more on them to come in their own dedicated post) we met at a wedding fair and they said their hello's and then let us peruse their display albums with no pushiness or checking of the diary until we asked!

Enjoy - this is your time, you are the bride-to-be! I'm not going to lie, I did not get bored of the initial question you'll get from all the stands you visit of 'who's the bride' and being able to say ME was just a great feeling. Take your time, investigate, take photo's and don't be afraid to ask questions - that's what they're there for.

So there you go, my little bit of insight in to wedding fairs - hopefully that's given you a little bit of advice!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Where have you been?

It's been a while since we last spoke I know, and I have no excuses - I'm a bad blogger. Life just gets in the way but I was sat here this evening and had the urge to come online and say hello. If you follow me on twitter or instagram then I'm not really away - maybe not living the most entertaining life but I'm posting regularly over there (say hello if you do follow me there-I love good chat)!

So where have I been...well in all honesty, I spend most of my evenings on the wedding planning - I'm a planner, an organised person so even though I have over 15 months until the big day, I'd like pretty much most of it done and dusted by this summer - plenty of time then to relax and get the little details sorted.  So far we're on track, the main elements are pretty much sorted but I'll update on that in more detail at a later date.

Practising my faux calligraphy ready for invites

Other than wedding planning, we're now also holiday planning! We're heading off to New York for Christmas and New Year and I am beyond excited! A few years ago, after my parents and little brother enjoyed their first ever visit to the Big Apple, we decided that for NYE 2015, we'd be in NY. 2015/2016 marks a few milestones in our family; my little brother's 18th, Mum & Dad's 55th birthday & 35th wedding anniversary then next year will be my 30th so we thought it would be a pretty fine way of celebrating!

So on Christmas day, we shall be jetting off for a week long jaunt in the Big Apple and I'm so damn excited! I've been lucky enough to visit NY on 2 occasions so I've done the typical tourist sites (although I'll still be doing some again) so this time we're hoping to do some not-so typical sites.

If you have any suggestions, please do leave below - we're all ears!

I hope you're all well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend-it's such a shame all weekends can't be that long!

Ta ta for now