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Sparkle & Shine! Wedding Dress Inspriation

Hi everyone! Apologies for not  blogging for a while – work has been manically busy and life has been even more so! Having thrown myself into training for the 2 Oceans Half Marathon (gulp – next weekend!) I’m now feeling fit and strong, boosted on by my Argus Cycle Tour training 🙂 A big winner here – did my best time: 4.36! Very happy with it and hoping to improve again next year.

Anyway, back to today’s blog post! If I stop and think for a second, I realise that a few friends, colleagues & acquaintances have all gotten married in the past couple of weeks – literally about 5 people I know of! And with my 2 year engagement anniversary coming up next month, it got me thinking of my wedding day and how amazing it all was…if I could fly back in time and watch that day unfold again I would! My husband and I were listening to audio clips on his cell phone the other day, listening to what he’d recorded in the weeks and days running up to our wedding and I was reminded just how incredibly special that time of our lives was.

And so, for whimsical, sentimental reasons I’m blogging Wedding Dresses todaybeautiful sparkly, unique and special dresses that I’ve spotted here and there – and all of which could do with some air time! So if you’re married, remember back to the day your wore your dress down the aisle, if you’re looking ahead to your day – dream on 🙂 & as always, be inspired!

A Lacy Ending - Wedding Dress

A Lacy Ending – Wedding Dress | source stylemepretty

Tied with a Bow - Wedding Dress

Tied with a Bow – Wedding Dress | source plumprettysugar

True Blue Tulle - Wedding Dress

True Blue Tulle – Wedding Dress | source Madelin Downey

Collared and Bejeweled - Wedding Dress

Collared and Bejeweled – Wedding Dress | source forever photography studio

Ice Blue Sparkles - Wedding Dress

Ice Blue Sparkles – Wedding Dress | source Emily Steffen

Mint Textured & Layered - Wedding Dress

Mint Textured & Layered – Wedding Dress | source ru-glamour (Eugenia Silva)

Ruffles in Wonderland - Wedding Dress

Ruffles in Wonderland – Wedding Dress | source House of Brides

Art Deco Style - Wedding Dress

Art Deco Style – Wedding Dress | source polkadotbride

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Oh, to Fall in Love!

As a newlywed, I’m still so inspired by incredible wedding photography, decor, clever ideas and just general great wedding tips & tricks. But for the most part, it’s being inspired by couples in loveyou can really tell when a couple loves each other, and with a good photographer who is all about capturing natural moments – you can definitely see it!

Having been to about 7 weddings since my own (which was in November), it’s just amazing to appreciate it from the other side of the table. Seeing a couple making their vows to each other in front of God, family and friends is so much more meaningful when you yourself are married. WOWNESS!

And you know what…falling in love has nothing on loving in marriage. It’s something quite amazing and very special, and has such incredible potential for growth.

Anyway, after the lovey-dovey smushy parts of this LOVE post, I thought I would share my favourite wedding photography and inspirational sites with you, courtesy of The Good Girls Guide – in case you’re planning, dreaming or wishing you could do it again…

Love in the SunBeautiful Vintage Wedding | source here.

Handling the Money Question |Newlywed Budget Tips

As a newlywed myself and fresh out of living at home, I must say I had pretty much NO clue as to what to do with your money once you were married. I was Cher in Clueless (but without the endless dosh and cutesy hairclips!)

Having studied English Lit, Media, Film & Marketing at varsity, I also wasn’t particularly experienced in the ways of the wily financial planning student (hell, any commerce kid probably knew more than I did).

All I knew was get a savings account, make sure you have some sort of a budget and don’t live above your means. And you know what – while that’s pretty basic – it’s a bloody good start.

When we got married, we had to decide what we were going to do with our [now] joint money – since ‘what’s yours is mine, honey’! So after meeting with two financial advisors, listening to friends & family and eventually making headway into what we thought was right for us, I now feel more educated about the whole ‘Money Question’.

Here are some basic tips as to what to do when you get hitched:

1.)    BUDGET

Seriously, draw one up. You don’t have to have done accounting at school, just a basic understanding of income & expenses. This can be done by looking at both of your incomes, and looking at what HAS to come off each month (rent, bond repayments, telephone, rates etc), and what TENDS to come off (Internet, DSTV, groceries, eating out etc) – do this and then you’ll see how much you HAVE LEFT at the end of the month.

This is your ‘Play or Save’ money.

2.)    SAVING

You need to start saving. If you have already (a RA, savings account, investment) – good for you. If not, now’s a good time. Decide if you’re sharing an account, having linked accounts or separate accounts. A major saving account would be a Bond, but other types of savings include retirement annuities, short, mid and long term saving investments. Once you’ve decided how much a month you can save, or NEED to save (ie: bond repayments), then it’s time to chat to an expert.

3.)    FINANCIAL ADVICE

This is so important. Each couple is vastly different – earn so differently and have a unique set of factors that will contribute to their money situation. After getting a good understanding of where you are at (eg: renting, but own both your cars –paid off-, each have an RA, no disability or life insurance cover, one of you have a normal savings account) – they are BEST positioned to give you advice.

A tip: go with someone who can be recommended. A friend or family member who can expressly recommend a financial consultant is a great idea – you know they are reputable and are concerned about you and your situation.

4.)    PLAY MONEY

I find that you need to set aside money each month for ‘playtime’. This is NOT frivolous expense willy-nilly (no, no). This is money that you keep for fun, for the odd spoiling yourself, for preventing the ‘I have no money, it all disappears after the 25th!’ debacle whinge. A dinner out on Friday night, tickets to Coldplay, a new bookshelf, a pair of cycling shoes, a case of great wine, a present to spoil your mom in law… that’s your PLAY MONEY. And be careful with it!

5.)    LISTEN TO YOURSELVES

This is about YOU and your husband. Yes, financial advisors are great and can give you sound advice, so can friends or family. But at the end of the day the two of you need to be happy with the decision you come to with regards to your money. If it’s saving for your child’s education, putting some away for a special overseas holiday or deciding to pool all your resources into your bond and paying it off quickly – then that’s great – it’s up to you.

But remember to be wise, be smart and NEVER live beyond your means.

Also, get rid of your debt and don’t let it get away from you!

Best of luck with your endeavors girls.

Money and MarriageMaking Good Decisions | source here.