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Planning a Funeral: A Guide to Advance Planning

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Event Decoration | Comments Off on Planning a Funeral: A Guide to Advance Planning

It sounds incredibly morbid but planning a funeral long before you will ever need it is one of the smartest things you could ever do. If you have children, you are releasing them from this burden and ensuring that they can grieve for you without having the issue of planning your funeral alongside dealing with their own grief. Any time is a good time to plan a funeral no matter your age and there are clear advantages to planning ahead. Imagine trying to plan your wedding in just a couple of days? It’s not always possible. Of course, you cannot predict when your funeral will be, it’s not like you can set a date and send out invitations…unless you’re heading to Switzerland but that’s a whole other article!

The ultimate celebration of your life shouldn’t be left to the last minute so it is important to sit down with a loved one you trust and get all the details of your funeral out on paper so that they understand your wishes. You can put money into a funeral plan of your choice and you can contact funeral homes like and put your plans into action so that when the time comes you are set up and your loved ones don’t have to cope with dealing with your death arrangements. There are such funerals made at the time of death which are called ‘at need’ funeral arrangements which are made at the time the death occurs by surviving family and friends on your behalf. Making plans at the time the death happens are quite difficult as the time frame is short and emotions are being coped with at a more stressful level. There are imminent financial concerns of a funeral as well as the planning that goes into it and payment for funeral services are due at the time of a funeral which can be a considerable hardship to most families.

Pre-need plans are the funeral plans made in advance for those still living. They can be made at any time and offer a lot of leeway when it comes to paying for them. Funeral homes like can help you pre plan your funeral and provide how to guides and financial menus of what is on offer for your funeral. You may choose to go down the route of the cheaper the better: after all, you’re dead, why spend thousands to cremate or bury a body that no longer represents the vitality you had in life. You could also prefer a more lavish affair to help your family out but ultimately you have to choose the way that is right for you and understand that the funeral is about what YOU want and not what others tell you you should have. If you want everyone wearing bright yellow polka dots there is no hard rule to tell you that you are wrong.

In the end, it’s about celebrating your life in a way that doesn’t burden others, so planning your funeral as early as you can, given we don’t know the moment our number will be called, is smart.

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How To Donate Your Body to Science

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Donate Your Body to Science

For some people, making a contribution to society doesn’t stop with their death. Many choose to donate their organs, and some opt to donate their body to science. For those who do the latter, it’s often because the life of someone they care about – or their own – was saved with medical technology or a certain procedure. Some may have a desire to give back so that more treatments can be developed and more lives can be saved. Learn how to make this choice, discuss it with your family, and fill out the paperwork to give your body to science.

Discuss your decision with your family members and inform your doctor and medical centre you frequent of your plans. It’s important to prepare your family about the decision before you die. If you do your research and make necessary preparations, your family won’t be left trying to deal with the remains while trying to understand your wishes. If you don’t inform your family, this surprise could delay them in getting your body to the right facility in time. Check with the programme you’re using about transportation costs. Most programmes will pay to transport your body to the facility, but if you die far enough away from the facility, your family may be responsible for paying to get you there.

Talk to family about your funeral or memorial options. Companies like will be able to tell you that your family will not be able to hold a funeral with your body present and they should be prepared for this. It may affect their ability to find closure. Inform them that they can still have a memorial service or attend a commemoration service at the facility where your body was donated. Generally the medical school of choice will cover the cost of cremation when the body is no longer being used for study and some schools have a cemetery plot where they will bury the bodies if that is requested. But, if your next of kin want the remains to be given back to them, they may end up having to cover the costs of cremation or burial.

While you may be a good candidate for body donation and you’ve correctly filled out the paperwork, your body may end up being rejected. Make alternative arrangements and if your body decomposed, suffered trauma, or experienced a major operation, you may not actually be accepted. Decide what you’d like done if body donation does not work out. Again, make these wishes plainly clear to your family since they’ll be fulfilling them after your death. It’s always a good idea to put it into writing and notify your lawyer if you have one. Remember that you may be able to donate your organs even if you couldn’t donate your body. While the decision to harvest suitable organs will be made at the time of your death, you should fill out paperwork and inform your family in advance. This way, if your body is not accepted your organs may be.

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Rocking Your Big Day

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Event Planning | Comments Off on Rocking Your Big Day

When you’re looking into all of this, using companies such as can really help with the big things, never mind the little things like the invites. Not that invitations are a small part of a wedding – without them you have no guests – but in comparison to the venue! Your save the dates can make the biggest statement about you as a bride and both of you as a couple and while Pinterest is littered with thousands of ideas, you may have a colour scheme more personal. There’s little you can do for possibly the most important and biggest day of your life until you set a date for your wedding. You can day dream and write journals and plan how you would love the big meringue princess dress alongside a gold and ivory theme day… but without a date, you don’t have save the dates. And without a save the date, you can’t design or send your invitations. It’s a whole process that most couples tend not to realise until after they get engaged. Not only do you need to choose your colour scheme but the physical design of the invitations and text styles.

Try to avoid light ink on light backgrounds and vice versa because you want to be able to actually read your stationery. The words should stand out be beautiful all at the same time. Start early and send out your save the dates at minimum six months in advance and make the save the dates pop! Use bright and bold colours or a different cut of the invitation so you can make your date memorable. You won’t need a save the date for every guest, just every household. This can really keep down costs if you address each envelope per household rather than sending four or five of the same information to one house. This can be arranged! Try and have an idea of whether you want simple and elegant or glam and bright before you choose an actual invite. It’ll give everyone an idea of the type of day you’re going to have and using companies like you’re able to choose everything you want for your wedding and hand over some of the organising so you can think about the invites as well as the design. Think about the size of your save the dates and your invites as the bigger the envelope, the more it can cost to send out to people.

You can either choose to send these ahead inside the invitation or have them on chairs on the day if you don’t have ushers to hand them out. Keeping all your stationery similar in style is a great idea, but having bold save the dates can make the date stand out in your guests’ minds and really promote your day. If you are lucky enough to have help planning your day from a professional company then rest assured, you have time to choose invites!

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What are the Do’s and Don’ts as you are Choosing a Wedding Dress

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Wedding Planning | Comments Off on What are the Do’s and Don’ts as you are Choosing a Wedding Dress

If you are in a situation wherein you fall in the dilemma of choosing a wedding gown and you are having a hard time deciding which dress you are going to have for as a design. Of course this will drive you nuts when you begin to over think things that can be solved if you seek professional help like at Wedding dresses are made because it brings many memories. Choose the kind of wedding dress that you can share it to your generation to come. Something that is worth value once it has passed on to your daughter’s daughter.

To make it more memorable, best wedding dresses are those that are made in uniqueness. There are many designs and even styles that you can definitely have ideas and put it into your own creation. Or perhaps if you are not that stylish, a good suggestion from your wedding designer are always on point because they know what they are doing and they have served many soon to be bride. That is very important if you want to have a second opinion at If you are in doubt with it would be your best option to ask so that you will not end up having a wedding dress that you do not like. To avoid this kind of situation you need to know more about the do’s and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress.

veil-1486238__180Don’t book your appointment late in the day- Of course, you also need to consider that your designer and its team are working too hard to make your wedding dress and to make things more productive it would be best to have the day start with an early appointment rather than later in the day which will most likely cause delay.

Do focus on the dress silhouette- every detail that is sewn in your wedding dress are important. Every piece that is placed and the cloth that is used are also considered very important.

Don’t forget your wedding top- one of the best designs and style that are visible is your wedding top. It is important that its design is unique and is personalized according to your taste. Imagine yourself on a long wedding gown with a fancy and beautiful hem line. As this is mostly shown on photos.

Don’t choose a dress because it is the most trending – it would be best if you go on something that is never out of style. A timeless wedding dress is a kind of dress that you feel comfortable, glamorous, sexy with a design that has a modern and traditional chicness to it making you feel a whole lot better.

Bringing camera- as you are doing a wedding dress shopping, do not forget to take pictures on the dresses that you have chosen or wanted to get an idea from how it is styled. While you are also fitting for a wedding dress, taking pictures of it will inspire you more to have a better idea with your gown.

Do try on as many dresses as possible- for you to determine your body type fitting at a bridal shop you need to try on dresses that will suit you.

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Advantages of Purchasing Online Wedding Dresses

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Wedding Planning | Comments Off on Advantages of Purchasing Online Wedding Dresses

Nowadays there are designers who have branched out their couture through the use of websites in which people can now purchase it through online. Assorted clothes are sold and one of which are wedding dresses. Some of these wedding dresses are not found at a bridal boutique shop because some designers opt to choose to sell it online rather than at their actual shops. Perhaps you’d be wondering if the quality of the wedding dresses online are good or not? Will it fit your body shape? Will there be a service “returned items”? all these and more are questions that you may ask about purchasing wedding dresses online.

There are few considerations that you need to know about online business and that is to know more about the company and the products and or items that they are selling through online. Just like in the actual stores and shops, you go in and try to see what benefits you can gain from them. Same goes with online sellers. What are other factors to consider upon purchasing online wedding dresses?

You must understand that online shopping has been improving and many people prefer to shop through online because it is more convenient. Although some would result to a bad experience that is why it would be best to know more about the company by reading through the comments and or recommendation section of the website. Through online shopping it has been improved with in which the hardships of booking and making an appointment is made easier than the usual.


The advantages of purchasing wedding dresses through online has been a click to most people who have a very busy schedule. The convenience of online shopping has it made it easy for people like you who does not have time to go for appointments as online shopping can be done anytime and anywhere at your own convenient time. Online stores have vast collections of wedding dresses compared to the actual stores. Always ask the range of body size that is available so you would know if it fits your or not. Of course do not go on purchasing if you are having doubts. Budget wise, it is a little more affordable compared to wedding gowns that are in the actual bridal shops and created by a wedding designer that will really cost you more than two to three times the usual range price of a wedding dress.

The benefits of online shopping are truly unlimited. However there are also a downside of purchasing through online which are obvious to be stated. If you are not careful enough you might end up being scammed. Know the rules of online shopping and see to it that you are able to detect for any suspicious form of transaction, if you are to experience this better not purchase as it will only damage the cost of preparation for your wedding day.

Reading and understanding the terms of services of a wedding dress online company is your risk. See here: for more details. Think about first the possibilities to happen if you really want to purchase a wedding gown online. If so, get to know the owner through small chit chat. In this way, you will know if he or she is reliable or not.

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What Does It take To Be a Wedding Planner?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Event Planning | Comments Off on What Does It take To Be a Wedding Planner?

Have you ever wondered why wedding occasions really look organized and beautiful? You can see no hassle from people and people seem just to look relaxed or nervous especially the ones who are included in the entourage. But aside from that, all wedding ceremonies or wedding event are meant to be well organized by the wedding planners or the bride and groom themselves. But it is always good to hire the best wedding planner.

Planning for the wedding takes months and even a year for some because they do want to set up and plan for themselves. But what if your wedding day is very near and you need to make plans for this but you are very busy with your work and you need your work to earn salary to pay for your wedding . so what you need now is to hire the best and most efficient and effective wedding planner there is.  So it really takes a superman or superwoman to help couples make their wedding dream come true.


So what does it take to become a wedding planner?

  1. You need to have creativity. This is very needed in your kind of profession. The couple depends on how creative are you and you set different types of wedding packages.
  2. You must be daring enough to see and approach the different kinds of things needed for the wedding of your clients. You must be dating enough o know the prices and seek for a better price for the people the clients that are included in the wedding.
  3. You need to offer something, which you can offer them unique ideas for their wedding day. Most couples would love to go for the unique things which have not been used or tried by the couples before.
  4. You need to update and upgrade yourself. You need to do a lot of research since this is your profession and you are a freelancer. You need to continue seeking for advice and search on new ideas over the internet or you can check on to your competitors. You should know the kind of service they have and the wedding packages that are in nowadays.
  5. You need to be on time as this is part of your job in having a responsible and honest service. You must be on time for your clients and be responsible enough to work on your job. Make sure that you do your assignments on time. The best way is to have a plan for the things that are needed in advance, you need to multitask.

So if you are planning to hire wedding planners then you can check out www.ukawp.comfor more information and help regarding preparations for your wedding.  So If you want to feel relaxed and let no stress come to you in your special day then hire the best wedding planner there is.  For sure there are really a lot of wedding planners offering their services. Choose only the best.

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Wedding Planning: Not a Career for the Faint-Hearted

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Event Planning, Wedding Planning | Comments Off on Wedding Planning: Not a Career for the Faint-Hearted

While being a wedding planner will not require you to have strong muscles and a huge body build to physically carry out the tasks, you will need a strong emotional quotient and superior stress management skills to be effective in your job. Communicating with other people and getting what you want out of the process is almost always the most challenging part in every job. Event organizers at can attest to this challenge in the hundreds of weddings that they have successfully organized. If you think that wedding planning is a job that anyone can take, here are the reasons that should convince you why it is not.

Conflict Management

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In communicating with other people it cannot be avoided that parties get involved in a conflict. It doesn’t really mean that the parties have to shout at each other to get into conflicts. A conflict can occur in silence and these types are usually the ones that are the most difficult to deal with. There are many ways to resolve a conflict. Compromise is not always the resolution of choice for wedding planners so you need to have a strong will to insist on what you think is right.

Dealing with Stress and Pressure

Few weeks from the date of the wedding, a crisis is expected to occur. Many things can post a challenge even when only the tiniest element becomes unavailable. During these times you need to break the news to the clients and not only that you need to come up with a solution right there and then. Stress and pressure from the clients can cause them to be demanding and unreasonable making wedding planners part-time guidance counselors. These conversations will not be as easy as when you are taking an order from a fast-food. They will be more like telling a customer that the chicken he ordered was burned black and a refund cannot be issued so he just has to live with it.

Coping with the Physical Demands

Wedding planning is a physical job and experts at would agree that your physical health plays a lot in helping you succeed in this role. Sometimes wedding planners have to roll their sleeves to get the job done and done on time. Weeks of planning may also mean sleepless nights and being always ready to roll to different locations depending on where the issue needs to be resolved.

Persuasive Communication

When you are tight on the budget and being chased by the lack of time you need to do some magic to get ahead of the queue. This will require very specific skills that only those who are confident enough can carry it out effectively. Persuasive communication is a blend of strong character, confidence and determination to get things done.

Being a wedding planner is more like becoming a manager who signed up to face stress on a regular basis. It is not a job for the faint hearted and certainly not to those who succumb to weakness.

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