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We’ve all been there, right? Walking through town, or strolling through a park, or along the beach, when an impossibly happy couple catches our eye and holds it for a few seconds too long and, in those few seconds, we wonder to ourselves, “what is their secret?” This is totally normal. It is totally normal and healthy to want happiness in your lives and to want to be in the happiest of happy relationships.

Well, I’ve got some fantastically quirky words of advice, which I’m totally going to share with you.

Act Like You Just Met

It could be that you have been together for eight months, or you could have been sharing a bed for eight years, it doesn’t matter; try spending a little bit of time each and every day acting like you only just met. The reason for this is time. Yeah, time has a way of stopping us from exploring each other because we think we know everything there is about them. Don’t let this happen. Pretend like you still have so much to find out because you still do. Ask each other questions, loads of questions, like what would you do with the money if you won the lottery if you could fly where would you fly, and what they thought of that episode of Breaking Bad. The daily grind gets boring, but fresh questions bring about a fresh love.

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Do More Date Nights

When you first met, it was all about impressing each other, getting experiences together and celebrating the privilege of spontaneity as you ran off some adventure you would never have done alone. Don’t let this enthusiasm fade over time. Date nights are the not-so-secret secret of happy couples. If you don’t know where to start, then go on https://www.theticketmerchant.com.au/ and buy a ticket to the first event that makes either of you smile. Sports, music, whatever. Getting involved in what the other person loves is such a great way to bond with a smile. Or better yet, book a date that will surprise you both, find that new band or new film or new restaurant that could take you on a whole new journey together; one that creates happy memories.

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Watch The Booze

By all means, go out and have fun on the town together, or enjoy a  bottle of wine on a Friday night, curled up on the sofa together with the latest episode of the whatever you’re binging on Netflix. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, unwinding as a couple and sharing a few tipsy laughs is great for the soul. But don’t over do it. Basically, less booze means less things you’ll have to worry about. Research has shown that a relationship can be shaken and stirred by too much booze. As http://www.lifehack.org states, young adults who drink heavily are less likely to have fun in the sheets, less likely to wed, more likely to separate sooner and will be less happy in the long run. So, yeah, just know your limits and enjoy each other’s bubbly self without any accessories to this joy.

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Planning your big day won’t have taken the two years or so since you got engaged to your soulmate. In actual fact, most girls plan for their big day from the moment they’re old enough to watch Cinderella and understand that once they meet a handsome prince, they’ll be swept off their feet. Of course, it doesn’t always happen that way. Most of the time, in fact, we have to kiss a fair few frogs before we get to the diamond ring and wedding preparation. While you wait for true loves kiss, you could be daydreaming about the biggest day of your life and the things you want to include. Don’t worry, we all do it – daydreaming and weddings go hand in hand. There are many wishes that brides want to have granted for their wedding day, and some of them may feel unrealistic. They’re not. There is no such thing as an unrealistic wedding wish: if you can afford it, you can have it. So, what are some of the most popular?

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Arriving In Style:

A lot of brides imagine a huge Bentley or Rolls Royce smoothly escorting them to their wedding venue. For others, it’s a personalized double decker bus for the whole bridal party. Then there are those who love to live the high life and have a helicopter entrance for their wedding day. Brave, bold and blooming exciting!

Making Memories:

When it comes to hiring a wedding Photographer, some brides like something short and snappy – no pun intended. A morning of pictures for the ceremony and that’s it. Others like to go the whole hog for the day and hire a couple of excellent companies to take the photos of the ceremony and the reception. Then there are those who go for a full videographer to make a movie of their wedding. It’s the dream – you can play the most magical day of your life on repeat!

Rock Bands:

Sure, every bride loves to rock a little frosting on her wedding band, but what about actual wedding bands? Most people have seen the scenes from the video for Maroon 5’s hit song ‘Sugar’ where they turned up at people’s weddings to sing and the shocked guests are fantastic. Hiring the perfect wedding band rather than a DJ who plays the same tired and yet timeless songs over and over can be a wish come true for some brides.

Honeymoon Dreaming:

White sands, ocean waves lulling you to sleep and a private butler who brings you cocktails and snacks on tap. Yeah, that’s pretty dreamy. While some like to book a quickie weekender for their honeymoon, some couples save for years for the perfectly sun-kissed honeymoon. It’s the ultimate holiday to welcome you into married life together, so going the whole hog is a must!

 

 

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You’re going to the chapel and you’re going to get married… you know the song! Getting engaged is an exciting and scary experience and can throw you into a planning frenzy. When most people start organizing a wedding, they rarely think about what they want, but start thinking about a wedding to impress everyone else. Allow me to stop you right there. Put down the pen, step away from the list and think. Think about who is getting married: you. Think about who the wedding should be for: you. This isn’t about your mother or great aunt who can’t get to the church because there’s no transport. Your wedding day isn’t about seating two hundred in the church and hosting a huge event for two hundred and fifty people, complete with owls bringing the rings.

Your wedding day is an event, yes, but it should be about what works for you and your fiancé. You’ll learn very quickly that everyone and anyone will have an opinion on where you should get married, when you should get married and what song you should glide down the aisle to. It’s for these reasons that many people are choosing to flee and get married abroad. Well, perhaps not flee – you’re not eloping. However, the people who will assume an invitation for your wedding will quickly learn that you are having your wedding the way you want it. You may come across some resistance; other people will be cranky that you didn’t make your day convenient for them to attend. So here are five supremely perfect reasons you should get married abroad:

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The Place

Exotic locations, warm weather, beautiful memories created in the form of Wedding Photographers (should you choose it as your destination).

The Specially Selected Invite List

It’s really appealing for most people to just invite people they truly want. So no second or third cousins invited out of familial obligation, just the best friends and family members you love the dearest.

The Weather

A wedding abroad can mean no panic about rain on the big day. You can choose to have an outdoor wedding and not worry that the June weather may send you a tornado and hail stones that will rip the marquee out of the grass. There’s little to no worry about whether you’ll get sunshine.

The Cost

Destination weddings are – strangely enough – cheaper. You also get a built-in holiday out of it, which is just a bonus!

The Memories

You’re going to have a truly unique experience and it’s not something any other holiday will be able to replicate. The weddings of friends you’ll attend will also be incomparable to your own, so you have that to hold like a gem!

Destination weddings are usually run by package providers who are there for you to make your big day everything you wish it to be. Get married in the way you and your fiancé wish and the rest will simply fall into place.

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Europe is a continent that is absolutely exploding with places to explore. Whether you’re a lover of history, culture, natural beauty, food, or just about anything else, there are a lot of stops to make. Which is why a road trip through the hottest of hot spots is something I’d recommend to just about anyone making the trip. But you want to make sure you’re not making any huge mistakes when you do. So here are a few rules to keep things smooth and enjoy it all a bit more.

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Learn how to drive

Whether you’re going from the UK or the US, you’re going to have to get used to how different the roads can be. This is for your safety more than anything. For one, get prepared for a lot of roundabouts that can seem like quite the roulette. Similarly, you need to be more cautious about overtaking and being overtaken. While many do navigate with their signals, it’s not a universal language over there.

Pay the toll

If your road trip involves going between different countries, then you’re going to have to make sure that you’re legally fit to enter. For a lot of places, that means passing through a toll and having a highway vignette. A vignette is a pass that you stick inside your car, making it clear you’re free to drive on through. Make sure you know which places require a toll and which require a vignette. For instance, Croatia only requires toll payments while Slovenia only requires highway vignettes.

Plan your stops well in advance

Yes, road trips are about exploration, but there’s a lot of Europe to explore. Plot out every stop of the journey and learn as much about each stop as you can. Particularly in cities, you want to find out where to put your car and how far it is from where you’re staying. You want to know where to park in Paris before leaving the car behind to explore Notre Dame and the Louvre.

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Don’t forget anything

Preparing for a road trip means getting equipped. You need to know the climates of the kind of places you’re going and make sure you have the right clothes. It’s a good idea to keep a car emergency kit, with a blanket, food, a list of emergency numbers and jumper cables, too. Create a checklist of essential road trip equipment and make sure you have it all.

Keep those memories

There’s no point taking a road trip only to get caught up in all the ways you can make sure it goes smoothly. You also want to have a trip you’ll always remember. Taking snapshots is good for more than just keeping the memory. It’s also a good way to incentivize yourself to find those shots worth taking, which means a bit more exploring.

Do your research and book as much in advance as you can. As well as helping you stick to places you can at least recognize, it’ll keep you safe and make sure you hit those bucket-list locations. After that, it’s about enjoying the trip as much as you can.

 

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If you were paying attention on my Instagram last week, you might have seen that I went to a very important concert. Yellowcard has been one of my favorite bands since just before 9th grade. My friend Joanne had me tag along with her to my very first Warped Tour and we listened to all of her big brother’s cool music in the car. That was the first time I heard Ocean Avenue and I never looked back. I lost count of how many times I’ve seen them over the years- with my best friend Casey, at Warped Tour several times with other important friends, even by myself.

The rest of high school, Yellowcard’s music became like family to me. I danced in high school- that’s just who I was and what I did. I got into this a little bit on my Instagram post, but dance, music, and art were a huge reason I could complete high school (and with honors!) after losing my sister in 9th grade. Whether that meant curling up in a corner of the freshman hallway drowning out everything with Simple Plan, rocking out in my mom’s car with my bests to Outkast, or dancing my heart out in the studio to the picks of the rest of my dance co- music was everything. The end of my sophomore year, when I was ready, I choreographed a dance to View From Heaven that, as weird as it may sound, was really choreographing my feelings about losing my sister so young. I could physically project what was really complicated for me to comprehend. That dance was featured in the documentary, Prescription: Suicide? that I narrated, helped write, and that sent me on the path to study documentary film-making.

The following year, some of my best friends in the world, more like brothers and sisters, graduated a year ahead of me. I was super entangled in the class of ’06, even though I was a little bitty ’07. I’d been almost adopted by them as a freshman and after they left, I broke down completely one afternoon when I went looking for them only to remember that they were now in college. To commemorate their graduation, and also to work through some very complicated feelings about said graduation, I choreographed a piece to Only One. I think I was just as much The Yellowcard Girl as much I was The Dance Girl. I’m OK with that.

Seeing Yellowcard one last time, with Kendall by my side, I completely fell apart. I’m talking really ugly sobs. Really. Ugly. They were the same tears that fell when I carried the cross at the ’06 graduation at the National Cathedral. They were the same tears that still fall sometimes when I’m really missing Candace. It was like saying goodbye to a dear friend. Thank you, Yellowcard, for being one of the bands that was always, and will always be, there for me. My memories of my sister and some of my dearest friends will forever be entangled in this music.

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