Castles and Beehive Homes, Oh My! #Honeymoon Destinations in Turkey

People ask, “What’s the use of traveling if it’s not in the company of someone I love?” To that we say combine your dream of an exotic adventure with your honeymoon! Turkey is truly a hidden treasure and you can make a romantic honeymoon out of any of these Turkish destinations. To completely enjoy your own romantic vacation, inquire your own journey practitioner concerning the recommended hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia. Practical knowledge a fantastic mixture of the ancient culture with modern day lifetime in Istanbul. Keep the Turquoise Riviera on the Turkish coastline in which you will encounter love as well as leisure in your high end vacation from the violet oceans in which the Aegean as well as Mediterranean Ocean meet. These types of stylish leisure activities display the key factor of Turkey among the ideal vacation destinations on the globe. Here are the 6 best places for honeymoon in Turkey.

Istanbul

turkeyIstanbul is very quickly becoming one of the more popular Turkish vacation destinations for travellers across the globe. Its vibrant, ethnical culture is traveller-friendly with many Internet sites, coffee shops, bookstores, sights, and much more. Istanbul is one of those vacation getaways seen in photos that are known for their lovely glimmering lights, downtown areas, and pulsing nightlife.

Antalya

Antalya is a budding metropolis along the Mediterranean coastline. It’s no surprise why Antalya is among the most popular vacation spot for honeymooners as it buzzes with culture, nightlife, grand hotels, and unique dining establishments to captivate the adventurous heart. For people who wish to get the true Turkish experience, Antalya captures the idea of the country.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a city built with the vacationer in mind. Couples can fulfil their dream of getting married in a hot air balloon, in the Cappadocia panorama, or in a historical chapel. In Cappadocia, you will probably discover the most amazing places to stay for your honeymoon.

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Mardin may be the perfect historical honeymoon destination for you in Europe. Mardin retains most of its historical features and gives the illusion that time stopped with its architectural mastery, historical, archaeological, ethnographic, artistically and visual values. Mardin provides easy access to famed Turkish cotton, the highway, inns, and travelling caravans.

Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa, prophet Abraham’s birthplace, can be a great spot for your honeymoon. You can travel to closeby Harran and find the incredible beehive shaped homes. Harran is said to be where Prophet Abraham stayed with his wife and children on route to Israel. You can also look at the holy sites in Sanliurfa, or eat from the lakes that hold a variety of seafood.

Artvin

Artvin is another smart vacation spot classic with its architectural mastery, historical churches, and castles. But that’s not all; Artvin also has rich fauna and virgin woods on mountains that soar up to 3,900 meters high! To get started with your Turkish honeymoon you can’t forget your Visa! Get started online at Turkey Visa. Guest author Zara is a student of Medicine in Scotland. She combines her passion for travelling and writing and is working with Turkey Visa, the best Visa agency for beginning your adventure in Turkey.

How to Make Your Wedding Reception Totally Unique

There are several ways you can personalize your wedding reception to your individual tastes, and provide some memorable moments for your guests. Here are just a few, for your consideration.

  • Children’s Activities If you’re going to have many children at your reception, arrange for a separate room with fun  activities like board games, crafts, coloring books, a clown/balloon/face-painting artist, or even a movie. That way, the children won’t be thrashing around the main dining room, knocking things over and tripping over your adult guests. Be sure to have adult supervision for the kids.
  • Love Songs to the Bride and Groom Typically, your reception guests will clink their glasses together, to get the two of you to kiss. Instead, some couples ask their DJ to make an announcement that anyone who wants the bride and groom to kiss, must sing them a line or two from a song with the word “love” in it. The guest’s entire table rises together and sings. Sometimes, they come up with some very creative songs that give everyone a good laugh.
  • Disposable Cameras Set a camera on each table, and let the guests take their own photos. Have someone from the wedding party collect all the cameras at the end of the evening. You’ll end up with some very memorable candid pictures.
  • Joann & Doug  0869Choreograph Your First Dance If you have the time and the inclination, you may wish to take ballroom dancing lessons together, and dazzle your guests with a rehearsed performance. Be sure the bridal gown is cut to accommodate such a dance. Start your lessons about 3 months before your wedding. Keep the song to 3 minutes or less if you can. Be sure your DJ has the right version of the song; and tell him in advance how you’ll alert him that it’s time to start the song. His cue can be something as simple as a nod of your head.  (Note: Music Box Invites are the perfect prelude to your wedding reception. If you send your guests one of our invitations with your wedding dance song in it, they will know they are in for a very special treat).
  • Dollar Dance The bride and groom begin a slow dance together, then the guests are invited to cut in and dance briefly with either the bride or groom, for a dollar (though a smart DJ will remind the guests that there’s nothing wrong with 10′s or 20′s). Sometimes it takes two or three songs for everyone to get a chance to dance with the bride or groom. People can either pin their money to the bride’s gown if someone provides straight pins, or the Best Man and Maid of Honor can collect the money. It’s a nice way to give the newlyweds a little slush fund as they head off for their honeymoon.
  • Anniversary Dance All married couples are invited to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. A slow song starts. After a few seconds, the DJ asks all couples who’ve been married less than 5 years to leave the dance floor. A few seconds later, all couples married 10 years or less must leave. Eventually, the couple married the longest remains alone on the dance floor, and a big cheer goes up as the DJ tells the newlyweds, “Here are your role models.”
  • “Soul Train” Two parallel lines of dancers form at opposite sides of the dance floor, and couples take turns dancing down the middle, just as they did on “Soul Train.” It’s a great way to get everyone involved in the dancing.
  • Conga Line The bride and groom lead the way, and the line forms behind them, with each person putting his/her hands on the waist of the person in front of him/her. Popular songs for a Conga line include “Hot Hot Hot,” “Party Train,” “C’mon & Ride It,” and of course, “Conga.” Always a nice photo op.
  • Line Dances People love dances that they know. And there are plenty of line dances that we’ve all seen a million times — “Electric Slide,” “Cha Cha Slide,” “Macarena,” “YMCA,” “Chicken Dance,” “Cupid Shuffle,” “Gangnam Style” and so forth. Even if you absolutely hate every one of them, please don’t spoil it for your guests. Even if they don’t normally like to dance, they’ll be on the dance floor for the line dances, and their inhibitions and spirits will be lifted. Remember, your reception is a party you throw for your friends. Let them have a good time, too. You can always tell your DJ not to play any line dances unless someone requests them. But putting them off-limits denies your guests some wonderful bonding moments.

- Guest blogger Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and Chicago Wedding DJ company since 1965.

#Wedding Hacks: Simple Tricks for Your Big Day #Bigday

Wedding Hacks Simple Tricks for Your Big DayEveryone has high hopes for their wedding day. Will the weather cooperate? Is the minister going to show up on time? Will cousin David drink too much at cocktail hour? Some of these wedding day nightmares can be avoided, and some of them can’t, but with a few simple tricks, your wedding day can go as smoothly as possible.

Plan Ahead
When you get engaged, you may have already been planning your wedding in your head for months, or even years so you know exactly what you want. Or, you have no idea where to start. Either way, give yourself some time to make phone calls and schedule appointments. If you have a longer engagement, make a point to visit a dermatologist and Mar orthodontics. You will not regret putting time and effort into improving your skin and smile for your big day. You may even choose to invest in invisible braces in Edmonton, which can be timed perfectly to make your teeth straight and beautiful for your wedding photos.

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Pale pink, gold and feather MUSICAL wedding invitations

Make Checklist
It is vital to have a checklist of everything that needs to be accomplished leading up to your wedding day. Have you ever tried going on a big grocery shopping trip without a list? You come home with a bunch of whatever you saw at the moment. Your wedding day is too important not to plan ahead for. As you accomplish the tasks on your checklist, cross them off so you can move on to the next project. For example, did you know that right after you choose your date and venue, you should begin working on your Save the Date and Custom Wedding Invitations?

Follow a Timeline
A timeline of scheduled events is another tool that will keep your wedding weekend running smoothly. Create a timeline of where people need to be, who needs to be there, what they need to be doing what, and what time it needs to happen. This will keep your bridal party from asking you an extra 100 questions when the big day arrives. You will be glad you did this when hair, makeup, and picture plans all have to be scheduled and followed closely. Have a cute time table written up on a blackboard as well, so your guests can follow along with you as you cut the cake, do the first dance and more.

Delegate
On your special day, you want to be relaxed and enjoy the great event you have planned. It is very important to delegate beforehand, any tasks you need to be carried out so you are not running around trying to do them yourself. A wedding planner is an amazing investment if you can afford one. Just make sure you are clear about your expectations but be understanding if things don’t go exactly as planned.

Your wedding day can be a stress-free, beautiful event if you know a few tricks that will keep things running smoothly. All you will have to worry about is enjoying your time with your new spouse, family, and friends.

 

 

 

Forget the Tux Rental- Celebrity Tailor Says More Grooms Want Custom Suit For Wedding

tux-formalsFORGET THE TUXEDO RENTAL THIS WEDDING SEASON

Mohan’s Custom Tailors, which designs clothing for sports, entertainment, business and political leaders, said a significant fashion trend this season is men from all walks of life following the lead of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg and actor Alec Baldwin, opting out of tuxedo rentals and buying custom-made attire for their wedding day. The custom tailor has crafted looks for that special day from bolts of fabric laced with gold and platinum threads, crushed diamond or sapphire stones, or something as functional as the “Anti-Sweat Suit,” which keeps men up to 10 degrees cooler with lightweight, high-performance material and a jacket without lining.

These custom creations can add anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of the groom’s wedding look. While Mohan’s custom suits start at $700, the “Anti-Sweat” option will jump that price to $3,000. Those made from fabric that incorporates crushed sapphire will start at $5,000, and diamonds jumps to $10,000. Want gold or platinum threads and you will be north of that number.

“It used to be that the bride was the only one with diamonds, but not anymore. Men, too, want something special, a fashion keepsake for this special day,” said Founder and Proprietor Mohan Ramchandani. “More importantly, couples understand that photographs from their wedding day will follow them a lifetime and an ill-fitting, rented tuxedo or mass produced suit will not look as flattering for prosperity. Men are realizing that an off-the-rack outfit from an upscale department store will cost $1,000 or $2,000. For about the same cost, maybe even a bit less, they can get a hand-tailored suit that falls perfectly on their bodies.”

Mohan’s Custom Tailors has designed over 150,000 beautifully crafted and fitted made to order men’s suits, shirts, formal wear, and top-coats since 1972. With over 14,000 of the finest fabrics from England and Italy to choose from, Mohan’s delivers custom-made elegance at retail prices. Expert tailors will take 25 measurements for each suit, which is delivered in four to five weeks. And, if you have too much wedding cake, Mohan’s provides free alterations for one year after the purchase. To learn more about Mohan’s Custom Tailors, visit www.mohantailors.com. So forget the tux, guys, opt for a custom made suit instead and match your beautiful bride on your most special day.

Purple with black is very popular. And brocade continues to be a trend.

Purple with black is very popular. And brocade continues to be a trend.

Another celebrity trend in weddings, are custom couture MUSICAL wedding invitations – brides are crazy about them and they add a unique red-carpet feel to any wedding. Semi-custom start at $15 per set but custom can up to $100 or more! The Knot magazine reported that there is a trend towards smaller more elaborate weddings and details such as custom made suits and musical wedding invitations fall into that category.

 

 

Truly Unique Wedding Ideas Without A Big Budget

Every couple wants their wedding to be simply spectacular, it is the happiest day of your life and you want everyone to have an amazing time and to remember it forever right? But how can you have a truly amazing wedding if you don’t have a big budget?

Well it’s actually quite easy, here are a few wedding ideas that will save you cash and make for a unique and memorable day for all involved:

A sparkler exit is not extremely expensive but very memorable

A sparkler exit is not extremely expensive but very memorable

Picking The Venue

Most couples focus a little too much on the venue. Sure this is a big part of the wedding, but overspending on a grand venue may mean having to compromise elsewhere later. Consider very carefully what you actually want to spend your money on. You don’t have to hold the wedding in a run down motel, but it also doesn’t need to be a castle. Saving 20% on your venue will pay for a lot of distinctive touches later. If you have your heart set on a certain venue consider having your wedding off season or on a Sunday – many venues are not booked and will offer you the same fabulous location for less money.

Oh, and once you have found the right venue, negotiate! Remember that if you let a venue do your catering, they are going to be earning a lot of money – so ask for a discount, the worst they can do is say no.

The Main Bits

Prices for things like the dress, suits and cars can also vary a lot but in reality, some stunning wedding dresses can be had relatively cheaply. When you pay more you are often just paying for a particular brand. If you buy a nice dress off the shelf, you can pay a bit extra to have it altered so that it fits you perfectly, giving the impression of a bespoke dress at a fraction of the cost. Obviously there is the option of buying that wonderful designer gown pre-owned at a site such as Preowned Wedding Dresses or check out local consignment stores and bridal shops when they are selling their sample gowns for a fraction of the price.

Transportation

Is a limo to and from the ceremony/reception really necessary? What you spend on cars entirely depends how much you care about that sort of thing. Some people love cars and want to spend the extra, whilst other couples don’t care as long as they get to the reception in comfort. Discuss this with your spouse and weigh up the options, it may be much cheaper to simply hire a nice saloon car and ask a friend to drive you. It only has to do one journey anyway!

Favors

David Tutera recently wrote an article and said to forget favors – no guest really expects them and most end up forgotten or even thrown away. Put that extra money into something they might save – like a really unique and special wedding invitation. One that plays music when they open it will not be tossed or forgotten.

The Details

For savvy wedding planners this is the bit that really matters because the thousands you have saved by being frugal in the main areas will give you extra funds to spend getting the details right. Things like having the right flower arrangement, paying extra for chair covers and having custom designed invites all make a big difference. These are the touches that make your wedding truly an event and unique.

Custom wedding invitations that play music are more then regular invitations but make your wedding unique

Custom wedding invitations that play music are more then regular invitations but make your wedding unique

Table decorations and name settings are also a great place to be creative. Putting the effort in here will really finish the look of your wedding and designing your own will only cost a fraction of your wedding budget. Check out sites like Pinterest and Etsy to get ideas on some DIY items that can make the reception tables look really special.

Here are some inexpensive ideas that are completely unique:

Table Decorations:
Get 10 matching teapots, using a block of oasis, fill them all with artificial flowers and top up with colored sand. Then use some small glass jars with tea lights to compliment.

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Candles

Get some glass candle holders from the dollar store and wrap them in rhinestone ribbons for a really upscale look. Use pretty frames to hold your table numbers.

Name Places:
Have your wedding at Christmas time and for name places simply print off names on some expensive card, cut up and put a hole in each name card. Tie each name card to a bauble with ribbon.

Bonus Tip:
By having your wedding at Christmas your venue will be cheaper and you may find that it is already decorated for Christmas, saving you the need to buy decorations.

About the author
Hi, my name is Nat. I work for collection 26, the wedding planners. I love weddings and everything about them and I love to have creative ideas to make them more unique.

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