Monthly Archives: October 2016

The perfect wedding guest

So you’ve been invited to a wedding. This unfortunately is not your day to shine, however following the below steps will lead you to become the perfect wedding guest, who will only make the lucky couples day easier and more enjoyable.


RSVP (on time!)

The invitation set a RSVP cut off date for a reason. Seats, drinks, dinner, cake — everything must be ordered and paid for based on number of attendees, and in a timely fashion, often months before the actual wedding date. If you miss the RSVP date, don’t be surprised if the couple have already counted you out.


Follow the dress code

Do not wear white. On any other given day, white might suit you best and accentuate your blue eyes and rosy cheeks — but not today. Wearing white, the same as the bride, is a sure-fire way of receiving your meal late or even not at all. There should be no competition on a bride’s special day. Wearing white will only cause unnecessary drama, and forfeit your right to a thank you letter or wedding favour. Not exactly the way to make friends.


Put down your iPhone

Don’t post photos until AFTER the wedding. While some weddings disallow photography other than the professional photographer(#UnpluggedWeddings), others perhaps haven’t given it a thought. As a courtesy, if you do take personal photos at the ceremony, keep them to yourself at least until after the groom has seen his bride for the first time. This moment is about them — not your Instagram followers.


Offer to help

And actually do it! No wedding is without its hiccups, but this shouldn’t be a burden on the newlyweds’ shoulders. It’s their day and night to enjoy, and if every guest is being as perfect as you, it will truly be one to remember.


Don’t over do it

It’s not your wedding, so don’t make everything about you! No crazy outfits or photobombing every selfie. And most importantly, don’t propose at a wedding without the explicit approval of the happy couple!


Put your phone on silent

Or even better, leave it in the car! One of the worst things you can do is ruin the couples wedding vows by having your phone ring mid “I do”. Put it on silent or flight mode to ensure the couple have a ceremony free from your ring tone.

Ideas for newlyweds

You dated before you got engaged and you continued to date while you were engaged, so why not carry on with a good thing and date while you are married? Here are 20 date night ideas for you.

Date nights might seem a little unwarranted – after all, you’ve just committed to spending the rest of your lives together.

But believe it or not, even the most committed couples can get caught up in their work, hobbies and social networks – sometimes all three at once – and suddenly you are like ships passing in the night.

A quick smile, hug and kiss, maybe a ‘How you doin’?’ and then you are off to do your own thing. Have children? This can only magnify the problem, with juggling all of the above with the day-to-day demands of running a household and making sure you have time to play with the kids as well.

Sigh, if only there was some time to spend with your new husband or wife to just chill, chat properly and enjoy each others company?

Wait, there is! But you have to be proactive and make it happen.

It might sound cheesy to ‘pencil in’ time with your spouse, but if you don’t, something else will always get in the way. So set aside a day or evening that can be once a week, fortnight or month depending on your circumstances, and just go for a date.

It doesn’t have to be the roses and chocolates kind of date, or the cliche to go a restaurant date. Here are some fun ideas for date nights that are fun and more importantly, give you quality time to connect.


Movie night

No, this isn’t a sit in the back seats of a dark cinema and make out movie night, (although that could help you to relive your youth a little…) this more of a home theater experience.

Chuck heaps of pillows onto a bed and watch a blockbuster flick together, or camp out in the living room with heaps of snacks and take turns choosing a flick each time.


Set a challenge

Competitive types will love to find new ways to challenge themselves, so why not do it in a fun way?

Take on a friendly game of mini golf, go ten pin bowling, hit up laser tag, go to paintball or head to the arcade.