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Wedding Gift Ideas The Bride And Groom Will Love

A celebration of someone’s love – there are so many things to be excited about. You have to choose a dress or suit, shoes, gift… Wait, gift?! Two families work so hard arranging the event, so the couple deserves the perfect gift. While you are choosing what to wear, you have to think about the couple’s wishes and choose a gift that they will appreciate the most. Yes, you can always give them money, but maybe you can try with something more unique, personalized, something that will make a real impression. If you want to give them a thoughtful gift that the couple will show off to their friends, or that will stay in their heart as a nice memory, follow our suggestions and get inspired!

A gift for travelers

The couple is starting their marriage journey, so you can compare it with traveling. Which country did they go to, and where do they want to travel? Buy them a globe with corks so they can easily track their travels and explorations. This can be a great reminder of their goals and wishes. Also, you can buy them matching travel bags with their last name, or even with a Mr. and Mrs. tags as an accessory.  

Personalized gift

At weddings, everything is about the couple. If you know them well, you can find a nice photo of them and print it on any decorative item, such as a photo frame, photo collage, throw pillows, or even a lamp. Moreover, you can think about their first Christmas together and put their names on a nice ornament or an embroidered stocking. This kind of gift they would not only cherish themselves, but they would also love to show off to others. Also, this will show them that you’re thoughtful and that you celebrate their love yourself.

Surprise gift basket

If you want to surprise your dear friends, you have to be creative. We’ll give you a little hint – buy all these small decorative things you know the couple will like and put them in a basket. For example, you can find a magazine holder, carpets, candlesticks, a jewelry box, ice bucket, table lamp, tray, or anything that suits their home decoration the best. If you like this idea, you can always take a look at some beautiful Karavan homewares and accessories. Next, you have to think about gift decoration. When you pack all of these things in a basket, put their favorite flowers and chocolate in it. This will bring a surprise effect, so when they remove the flowers, they will find all these things they love.  

Tickets to a class

What does the couple have in common? If they are passionate about cooking, dancing, history, culture, or anything else, you can buy them tickets for a class or course. If you want to be funny, you can even buy them tickets for a lap dance class. They will probably get a lot of items for their home from other guests, so this gift can be something different and priceless. They will get out of the house and enjoy each other’s company. After they finish the course, they will both have a skill that will stay in the family forever.

Kitchen appliances

For most families, the breakfast is their favorite time. They are sharing their troubles and expectations and discussing them while preparing for a long day. So, think about buying a coffee or a sandwich maker built for two. These things can make their mornings easier and give them time for chatting.   

Something useful

What if they’re not a romantic couple? The truth is that not everyone likes the matching towels or pillows. If the couple is practical and they like to do things on their own, you can always buy them a tool set. For a couple that has just started living together, this can be extremely helpful. This set can last forever, and they can even get creative and try to make things on their own. Moreover, you can add an inspiring note such as “build your life together”.

 

You have so many exciting options, so which one would you choose for your wedding? Think about the couple and you will know which suggestion is the best for your gift.

A Guide to Planning a Backyard Wedding at Home

A Guide to Planning a Backyard Wedding at Home

“A copy is worse than nothing,” Frank Herbert wrote, and his words have never rung more true. Today, being original has become the ultimate challenge. While it’s definitely easier to go with, than against the stream, there is also the fact that we are immersed in trends to the point of sensory overload.

It is no wonder then that most couples decide to go for the obvious – a generic wedding: renting a venue, deciding on a menu and sending invitations sounds like a no-brainer. But if you’re one of those lucky people with a nice garden or a backyard and would prefer your wedding to have a more intimate, more romantic feel, organising a backyard wedding might be a great idea.

Think of the possibilities

Having a wedding at home has many advantages, but most importantly, it will give you the freedom of being in control of every single detail, from picking the date and creating a fully customised menu to decorating and using the space to its full potential.

Since it offers a lot of convenience and flexibility, this could be a perfect solution for couples on a budget who are feeling creative and like to be in control of things.

Plan well beforehand

You will need to start planning at least six months in advance, the most obvious reason being thorough preparation of your backyard. If your backyard is already in great shape, all the better, but if not, you will want to consider preparing the lawn: sowing grass and planting takes time. Flooring one part of your backyard might also be a good idea – it will even the terrain and prevent sticky situations in case of rain.

Also, you will need to check your insurance coverage, obtain a party permit if necessary, consider parking capacities for your guests, and, of course, check with the neighbours to see if they’d object to the noise.

Be prepared for anything

Once you’ve made sure your backyard will be able to accommodate your guests, carefully consider the furniture and the amenities that you plan to use and make an outline of where to place them. You will have to provide an adequate number of tables, chairs, benches, lounges and other seating to make everyone comfortable.

Portable bathrooms or toilets and washing stations are a must. Since at least one toilet for every thirty or so guests will be necessary, you might want to check the plumbing beforehand so as to avoid unpleasant accidents. Provide generators for powering the lights, the music, outdoor refrigerators, and other electricity-dependant equipment.

The weather is also an important factor in planning, as no matter the forecast, surprises are always possible. To protect your guests from both the sun and the rain, think about renting a quick-assembly tent or canopies, umbrellas, and parasols. Depending on the time of the year, try and include fans or outdoor heaters and blankets, especially if you’re planning to party far into the night.

Get personal

Probably one of the biggest advantages of having a wedding at home is the ability to decide on the decorations in detail. Once you’ve picked a theme, you can start your search for decorations and other objects to give a personal touch to the setting.

For example, trees can be used to hang banners, string lights, lanterns or glass jars with candles. Walls can be painted or, even better, covered with amazing outdoor wall art which is more durable, more weather-resistant, and easier to apply. The best thing is, it can grace your walls for many years to come.

Rustic-style wooden tables are a great choice if you don’t want to worry about dirtying the linens. Use tree stumps to place all the extra lightning, food or tableware that otherwise wouldn’t fit on the tables. And, to make it easier for your guests, you can put up signposts to point them in the direction of the amenities.

Reconsider your options

Making full use of the setting will require some well-thought-out planning. On one hand, you will want to include all that is necessary to accommodate your guests, store the food and drinks and provide maximum comfort. On the other hand, you will also want to avoid the space getting overcrowded and people being unable to move freely.

If your space allows it, having a bar would be a great idea, and if you’re keen on preparing the food by yourself, you can also include grills and roasters, or even a small outdoor kitchen. Otherwise, you will have to rely on caterers, in which case you’ll need to carefully plan the timing – you don’t want your wedding cake and other desserts to melt into a puddle of goo in the heat.

Enjoy the benefits

Organising a backyard wedding can be demanding, but it’s also very rewarding. In addition to the intimate, relaxed feel, it will also give you the opportunity to get exactly what you want at a relatively small expense. From chairs and tables to grills, tableware and decorations, you can use what you have, and what you don’t, you can always borrow or rent. Food can be prepared at home or catered, and if you don’t want to hire staff, you can ask your family and friends for help.

Finally, and I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s no better way to start a life together than bonding over organising your own wedding with a joint effort.

The Art of Manliness: Tips for Single Guys Planning a Living Room

The Art of Manliness: Tips for Single Guys Planning a Living Room

Being a single guy in the 21st century can mean lots of things – you’re free to explore your sexuality, do whatever you wish with your free time and basically act any way you want, as long as it’s socially accepted – but there’s one more thing most guys usually don’t think about. Being single also means you’re responsible for your own living space and the way it’s organized, and if you’re a young fella ready to impress lots of potential partners, you have to put your mind to it – after all, you can’t just bring back your date to a filthy and unorganized apartment, can you? Therefore, your living space needs to be as perfect as possible, so here’s a quick guide to decorating your living room all single guys are going to appreciate.

Create a focal point

Let’s get one thing straight first – if you’re a young single guy, the chances are you’re sexually active and always interested in impressing new potential partners. That’s why your living room needs to have an amazing focal point that will get their attention and serve as an effective conversation starter. While this can be basically anything – a fireplace, an unusual artistic artifact, a giant flat-screen TV or anything in between – you need to give it proper attention and make it stand out. Creating a great focal point might take some time and you should think about it first, yet it’s eventually going to be worth the trouble: not only will all your visitors be impressed with your living space, but you’ll feel better on a daily basis there as well.

Arrange your furniture

People generally don’t expect single guys to know anything about interior decorating and arranging their furniture in a proper manner, so why don’t you try to change this paradigm and actually do something impressive? This is a two-step process that will ultimately turn your living room into a much cozier, nicer and more welcoming space: first, you need to declutter it and throw away everything you don’t absolutely need, and then rearrange the furniture to fill out all that free space you’ve created.Luckily, you don’t have to be an interior decorator or spend a fortune hiring one to do the work for you, but just go online, find a couple of layouts you like and try to replicate them in your living room. Whatever you do will be all right as long as it’s classy and tasteful, so start decluttering and arranging your furniture as soon as possible!

One perfect piece

Once you’ve arranged your focal point and decided how to organize your furniture, it’s time to go a step further and take things to a whole new level of simplicity and comfort. Namely, most guys forget that they don’t need a ton of unnecessary chairs and coffee tables scattered all over their living room. It’s perfectly enough to have just one piece of furniture they can always turn to for a relaxing session.

This might be their favorite armchair, a beanbag or even a chaise longue, but what the majority of people prefer are comfy and luxurious couches that provide back support and look astonishing. Besides, they save you a ton of space, which is particularly important for people with small living rooms. After all, you should get a piece that’s multifunctional, comfortable and practical, so you can use it all day every day.

Unusual décor

Again, single guys usually aren’t the biggest experts on décor and their living rooms have a tendency to include a ton of stuff that should have never been created in the first place –colorful paintings, uncomfortable chairs, impractical coffee tables and a TV that’s just too big for a particular living room. Instead of making these types of mistakes, you should go the other way and try something else instead: pick just two or three unusual decorations and base your entire living room layout around them.

These can be anything you like, even some of the most classical and boring guy stuff like movie posters or sports memorabilia, but, if you treat these objects with care and turn them into something rather unusual, you’ll create a miraculous vibe around them and take your living room décor to a new place. In the end, you’ll surely feel better looking at your favorite football jersey in a classy display case than at an abstract piece of art you know nothing about!

Bring out your inner manliness

In the end, there’s another thing you mustn’t forget when decorating a living room if you’re a single guy – the fact that you’re a single guy! This means your living space has to showcase your inner manliness and show the world you’re a real guy’s guy with a sense of style. Of course, this doesn’t mean your living room should be full of tacky and ridiculous items, but just those that reflect who you really are.

For instance, if you’re a comic book fan, you shouldn’t hide your passion – on the contrary, embrace the entire MCU and DCEU craze that’s quite popular at the moment and create an Avengers-themed bachelor’s pad that will make you feel like a superhero from the moment you wake up till you return from your night out. Alternatively, if you’re into sports, don’t stop at the aforementioned framed football jersey, but take things even further: turn your living room into a man cave and start watching your favorite sports on a huge TV while sitting in your comfortable leather armchair. In short, whatever you’re interested in can be incorporated into your living room décor and this will not only make you love your personal space even more, but also show all your guests that you know who you are and aren’t afraid to share it with the world.

When it comes to materials for a single guy’s living room, try to stick to wood, marble, stone and metal as these materials are both sturdy and manly at the same time, so they’ll help you bring out your inner manliness and truly represent your decorating style.