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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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Your wedding day will be the most romantic wedding day of your life, and nothing whatsoever can get in the way of that. Getting together with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with to declare your love in front of your friends and family is a wonderful experience that you’ll remember forever. It’s so pure of concept that it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. However, the average modern wedding is so logistically fraught it’s almost a military operation. With caterers, jewelers, florists, photographers and venue staff involved (to name but a few) and an average price tag of over £30,000 (or about $32,000) many couples court danger with the logistical complexity of their wedding planning.

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That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints which will ensure that poor planning doesn’t send your wedding plans in a tailspin. Avoid these common planning pitfalls and you’ll ensure that confetti is the only thing that goes up in the air on the big day.

Failing to make a budget (and stick to it)

One of the most fundamentally important elements of wedding planning is nailing down your budget. You may want a wedding to rival Beyonce and Jay Z that your guests will be talking about for years to come, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of what you can accomplish and how much you can afford to spend. You should establish a budget for the wedding and divide it into subsections for the dress, catering, entertainment etc. If you can, put your wedding savings in a high-interest account to get the most out of your money throughout the planning phase.

Blowing half your budget on the dress

Of course your wedding dress is vitally important, but it needn’t come at the expense of the rest of the wedding. Keep your mind open to different styles and designers and let the dress pick you. I originally thought I wanted a Haley Paige or a dress custom made by designer Kelly (she does do custom wedding dresses) but I ended up finding a relatively inexpensive dress that I can now customize! Etsy also has some beautiful wedding dresses.

Not insuring the wedding

It’s a harsh truth, but there’s a lot that can go wrong with a wedding. Your band’s lead singer could get a throat infection, someone could drop the cake, your bridesmaids’ dresses could get incinerated in a warehouse fire. While none of these options is particularly likely, you owe it to yourself to check out www.wedinsure.co.uk to check out the policies and choose one that’s right for you. Whoever you choose for wedding insurance, with so many logistical ‘moving parts’ to a wedding, you court chaos by not protecting yourself.

Jumping the gun on ‘save the date’ cards

In their enthusiasm to get the ball rolling and share the joy of their engagement, many couples send out ‘save the date’ cards to virtually everyone they know. Then, when the budgetary implications are all worked out and the final guest list is established, there may be a pretty huge discrepancy between the guest list and those who’ve received ‘save the date’ cards. This could lead to some embarrassing confrontations. Make sure that you hang fire on those cards until the guest list has been established and finalized in accordance with your budget.

By avoiding these common pitfalls you’ll avert risks to your perfect big day and take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of your wedding planning.

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Like many newly engaged women, you’re probably floating on cloud 9 with a wonderful fiancé and an impressive engagement ring. First of all, congratulations. Don’t stop enjoying the moment, but take a few seconds to step back and think about your next actions. Getting engaged can get easily overwhelming – and you’ve got all the reasons in the world to be overwhelmed – and while you don’t have to plan the wedding right away, you should give some thoughts on what to do next. Indeed, the countdown to the wedding begins now – take it easy, this isn’t a wedding plan post – and your big journey to the rest of your life with the person you love the most has just begun. So make it sweet and fun!

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A For Announcement: Share The News Properly

You may not know what to do next, and you probably feel like celebrating forever. That’s a good thing, because that’s exactly what you should be doing, far a little while at least. Get on the phone with your close relatives, your parents, your siblings, your best friends, and tell them the big news if they don’t know already. Only then can you begin to plan an engagement party that will share the happy news with those you most care about. Traditionally the parents of the bride were to host the party, but more and more couple organize and host it themselves. If you are planning something big, have a look for convenient venues to keep everyone comfortably entertained. Consider it a practice training for your wedding planning. As a rule of the thumb, you should be inviting only the closest and nearest friends and relatives. But more and more engagement parties are moving away from an intimate ambiance to invite people that they wouldn’t include in the wedding invitations.

B For Bridesmaids And Groomsmen: Who To Trust

You may not already have decided on a date for the wedding, but you probably know who should be your bridesmaid or your groomsman. Your best friend who has shared all your secrets for years, your beloved sibling, your close cousin, you can choose who you want as long as you trust them to be the best person for the job. The best thing about picking your bridesmaid, or bridesmaids, early is that you can spend a lot of time discussing the possible dresses for the wedding, and review collections such as Alana Vivi or your local bridal boutique, to decide which color or shape is best suited. Talking fashion is certainly nothing new to you, but wedding fashion will be a lot more exciting with a trusted friend!

C For Cover The Ring

There’s something that people easily forget in the excitement and this is to insure the engagement ring. Remember that the ring is probably your most precious possession, not because it might be expensive, but because of everything it means. And this is exactly why there are specialist engagement insurances that provide the right cover. This might start with an appraisal with a reputable jeweler; this is something that you can ask your fiancé to arrange, so that the price of the ring remains a secret.

 

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Roughly one in four engaged couples now choose to have an overseas wedding. Traveling abroad for your nuptials can be a great way of avoiding the stress of a home-based wedding, and it sure does make for some spectacular photos, but you need to make sure that you cover the bases if you want your destination wedding to go off without a hitch.

From transporting your wedding dress to making it legal, here are the essential tips to making your overseas wedding a success:

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Is it Legal?

You don’t want to go through the whole process of getting married only to find out that the ceremony wasn’t legal, so the number 1 thing you should do before planning an overseas wedding is check whether your vows will be valid in the country you are traveling to, as well as back home.

If you really want to get married at a particular destination, whether it be Denmark or Dominican Republic, but your marriage would not be recognized back at home, you could always have a quickie wedding at home before flying out for the big event.

Hiring a Wedding Photographer

It is much easier to get what you want from your wedding photographs if your photographer speaks your language, so it might be worth finding the perfect wedding photographer at home and flying them out. Sure, it’s one extra expense, but it’s worth it if it means you’ll get perfect photos of the occasion.

Transporting Your Wedding Dress

The majority of airline companies will enable you to take your wedding dress on board as hand luggage, and I suggest this is something you do if you want to avoid a dress disaster. Luggage in the hold goes missing so often that it really isn’t worth the risk.

Bespoke or Package

Do you want a completely unique wedding or one that is offered as part of a package? Many exotic resorts have a wedding ‘menu’ where you can choose various options to design your dream wedding, but obviously, there are limits to what is on offer. So, if you would like a really unique wedding, you may have to arrange each element separately. This is a lot of work, so you might want to think about hiring a wedding planner to take care of the logistics for you.

Consider the Weather

If you’re planning an Indian beach wedding, the last thing you want to do is book it for Monsoon season. Monsoon Wedding might be a great film, but it’s hardly a suggestion!

Get Wedding Insurance

As well as travel insurance, it is a good idea to purchase wedding insurance when traveling abroad to get married. There are so many things that can go wrong from missed flights to lost and stolen rings, that you need insurance if only for your own peace of mind.

These tips cover the basics of preparing for an overseas wedding, but the process is much more involved, which is why it is suggested that you start planning for an overseas wedding even sooner than you would a wedding in your home country.

 

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