…..coming soon to Wanderlust Weddings. We cannot wait to share Jennifer and Andrew’s wonderful wedding which took place at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin Village (Dublin) followed by a romantic reception at Killashee House Hotel in Kildare, Ireland!
If any of you are wondering whether to use a videographer on your special day, check out the beautiful video by Orlando Horta from Emma and Andrew’s Algarve wedding:
Such a stunning destination wedding in the heart of the Algarve Portugal. We think Orlando’s videos give couples deciding whether to get married abroad a really great feel for what it would be like. Check out more videos on Orlando Horta’s site…..
Following a long romance, Aileen and Steve’s wedding was a heartfelt and personal celebration with their closest family and friends. Jason Rodgers from Chester Photography captured the day beautifully. Enjoy!
Aileen and Steve met back in 2001 in a night club called……..Bonkers in Wrexham!
After being engaged for just over 11 years, they decided to set a date for their wedding and initially thought Vegas would be the perfect place for them to tie the knot. When they started looking into prices for their destination wedding, they began to realise that a Vegas wedding would be out of their reach.
In addition to this, Steve’s nan had always wished for her grandson to be married in the village church at Northop Hall in Mold, Clwyd. Deciding to have their wedding at this lovely location was a touching sentiment to her.
The couple got married in July 2013 in the charming church at Northop Hall (where Steve and his family were from) followed by a reception at Highfield Hall in the same village.
Aileen and Steve had an amazing day and thankfully after two years of planning it, everything went smoothly!
The couple kept within their budget and had the perfect day thanks to help from family and close friends.
Thank you to Chester Photography along with Aileen and Steve for sharing this delightful day with us.
You may have seen our recent feature on ‘Top Financial Tips for a Destination Wedding’ (http://wp.me/p4aMWM-aD) and hopefully will have found it useful. We also know that talking about money with your special someone isn’t exactly top of your agenda…….
BUT given the importance it plays in couples’ lives and the worry money troubles can cause, we thought it might be useful to share some more general tips to help you achieve your financial goals so you can focus on your wedding planning and look forward to many more Valentine’s Days to come…..
The following tips are from MetLife and provide a blueprint that should help couples avoid common mistakes and manage their finances in a way that suits both partners.
The list of tips comes from a “Love and Money” workshop that is part of MetLife’s workplace-based PlanSmart® Financial Education series. We would love to hear your thoughts on them….
MetLife PlanSmart Top 10 Financial Tips for Couples
- Adopt the “yours, mine, and ours” approach to joint accounts. Set up a joint account to manage your money collaboratively, with monthly payments directed to individual accounts that allow each person to spend some money as they choose.
- Determine who will be responsible for paying bills, balancing the checking account, and researching large purchases, based on each of your talents and needs. It’s okay to make changes as you go along if one person becomes too busy or isn’t doing a good job.
- Establish shared financial goals for both the short and long term, and how you will work together as a couple to achieve them. If you need to, seek the advice of a financial professional to help you set your priorities.
- Create a budget that allows you to track how you spend money as a couple and reflects your individual spending habits. Don’t use the budget to force your own habits onto your partner or to blame your partner for spending too much.
- Work together to pay off existing debt, and understand the difference between good and bad debt. Be careful that you don’t take on too much debt, good or bad, as too much of either kind still hurts your financial security.
- Discuss your individual levels of risk tolerance and identify a level that you are both comfortable with. Make sure to take the time horizon for your investments into account.
- Avoid keeping financial secrets from your partner, which can create feelings of distrust and betrayal. Honest and open communication about financial matters is best.
- Be a team player. If you and your partner earn different salaries, don’t point out your partner’s lack of income or brag about your paycheck. Look at other contributions the lower-earning partner makes to the household.
- Learn about your partner’s financial situation before committing to a long-term relationship. Talk to them about their credit score, debt, and how you will handle larger financial issues as a couple.
- Carve out a dedicated time to have specific discussions about your financial situation and how to improve it at least four times a year.
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A beautiful destination wedding in the heart of the Algarve:
We cannot wait to share our next featured wedding with you – a stunning celebration in unbelievable Umbria. Coming to Wanderlust Weddings very soon!
We love Carly and Mark’s fairytale wedding at Little Channels in Chelmsford (Essex). Located on the Cliffords Estate on the outskirts of the village of Little Waltham, Little Channels was the perfect venue for Carly and Mark to share their intimate ceremony with 60 friends and family, including their gorgeous little boy……
How they met
Carly and Mark have known each other since they were 17, but didn’t get together until they bumped into each other seven years later in an Essex nightclub. Well it was worth the wait, as they ended up getting engaged four months later and two weeks after that, Carly found out she was expecting their first child….
Much to Carly’s surprise, Mark has asked her father’s permission to marry her a little while before the proposal. Mark was very clever in the way he proposed – he told Carly that someone had hit their brand new car, and when she went out to look at the damage – guess what? Mark had attached a little black box to the bonnet! He then removed the box from the bonnet, got down on one knee and the rest if history…
The couple chose to have their wedding at Little Channels after viewing around six different venues.
When they walked into Little Channels, they knew straight away that they had found the right place. Mark and Carly loved the wooden beams which give the venue a barn-like feel. The exclusive outside courtyard and the intimacy Little Channels offers is exactly what the couple wanted for their day.
Carly and Mark had 60 guests to the ceremony and dinner and an extra 60 guest in the evening.
How the day went….
Carly was delighted with how her big day went: ‘Our day was everything we could have hoped for and more. The weather was fantastic, everything went to plan with no hiccups. I was very relaxed and eager to see my future husband and little boy looking so handsome and celebrating our day with close family and friends.’
Carly’s dress was from Karen Forte Bridal and occasion wear in Cambridgeshire which was recently featured on TV series ‘Don’t tell the bride’. The shop is very close to where her mother-in-law lives and every time she used to drive down there, she always admired the ‘amazing wedding dresses in the window.’ Little did she know that a few years later, what turned into a ‘just looking visit’ turned out to be the day she found her dream wedding dress. Carly emphasised that the staff were great and didn’t pressure her in buying the dress.
Marks’s outfit along with the outfits for the best man, ushers, pageboys and father-of-the bride were from Moss Bros. The suits were from the Wedgewood range.
The couple used their favourite films as their table names and also had a sweetie table to treat their guests and cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.
Carly was delighted with the venue: ‘Little Channelswas very intimate and exactly what Mark and I wanted.’
Little Channels has a sister venue called ‘Channels’ which is slightly bigger, so could be good for larger weddings.
Carly used Domenico Cifaldi as her wedding photographer who managed to capture her day perfectly. Based in North London and covering a wide area of the UK, Domenico has over 20 years of photographic and filming experience. He has a talent for documenting events as they happen naturally and reflecting the genuine emotions and character of his clients.
Fluent in Italian, Spanish and English, Domenico also covers destination weddings in Italy, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain.
Venue: Little Channels, Chelmsford, Essex http://www.wedding-venue-in-essex.co.uk/
Photographer: Domenico Cifaldi http://www.weddingphotographernorthlondon.co.uk/
Flowers: Occasion Wedding Flowers http://www.occasionsweddingflowers.co.uk/
DJ: Essex DJs www.essexdjs.com
Chair covers and table covers http://www.beautifuldaysorganisers.co.uk/
The dress: Karen Forte Bridal http://www.karenforte.com/
Thank you to Carly and Mark for sharing their special day with us. Carly looked like a princess and we have really enjoyed featuring a wedding a bit closer to home.