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15 Great Wedding Ideas

Congratulations! He has finally popped the question and you have said “Yes”. Opening a new chapter in life deserves a stunning celebration. Whether a small and intimate family affair or a grand and opulent event, nothing matters more than embracing yourself and reflecting your style, dreams and aspirations into an unforgettable moment of happiness the echoes of which will last for generations. Starting with plenty of ideas or nothing at all this bridal guide will inspire you and make a wedding plan seem fun and easy.

1. Be inspired – create your dream wedding Pinterest board

A picture speaks a thousand words. Imagine having access to the most amazing wedding celebration pictures in the world and be able to select and form your dream wedding vision with nothing but a click. This is the power of creating your own dream wedding Pinterest board. It can stir the imagination and help envisage what might be possible for your own wedding day. Using Pinterest as a guideline, can help communicate your vision not only with your partner, but with all affected parties along the way – your family, your florist, you hair stylist, your wedding catering agency, etc.

2. Agree on a Wedding Budget Figure

Having good agreements with your partner could make the wedding planning experience as seamless and enjoyable as the wedding day itself. Within the joy of making dreams come true, one could easily be swayed with astronomical expenses, with the excitement and the conviction that it is worth it. To keep a realising view, it helps to agree early in the process on a budget ceiling and a compromising buffer, keeping constantly in mind what is really at stake – the wedding day on its own or the married life to follow?

3. Narrow down the wedding dress styles you may wish to try

It is easy to imagine that we walk in a wedding dress shop and after a few exciting trials we walk out with our dream wedding dress in hand. If you are lucky, this might be you, but if you might wish to avoid endless appointments and confusions, starting with a body figure wedding dress style analysis might be an insightful option. Narrowing down your selection styles to a few (A-Line or Mermaid, for example) and start browsing your options.

4. Don’t Forget the Groom

The question “What will I wear?” is equally important for her as for him. It might be tempting for a bride to imagine that selecting all the groom might require for the wedding day is infinitely easier and less complex than selecting a wedding gown. Paying attention to his needs is an equal sign of love and care. Helping the groom select his outfit(s) as early as possible might help him relax and be as agreeable and supportive for the bride in all wedding preparations.

5. Choose the Wedding Party Venue

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6. Choose Wedding Theme & Colour Setting

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7. Send Wedding Invitations

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8. Sweet Table & a Wedding Cake

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9. Pre-taste your Wedding Reception Menu

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10. Make it fun for the little ones

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11. Make your own table seating cards

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12. Feel Free to Break Tradition

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13. Design your own table floral display

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14. Be open for surprises

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15. Enjoy the party, but even more enjoy each other

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Vietnamese Cooking Lessons – Little Asia

Vietnamese food… So fresh, so fragrant, so delicious! I fell in love with its unique flavour many years ago while visiting a renown restaurant called Little Asia in Brussels. The setting of the restaurant is easy, right in the center of the city, in the middle of the restaurant and bars dinning area St. Catherine. The interior design inside the restaurant is extremely clean and simple, very few things do suggest a Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Yet, the zen background music makes one completely transcend into the ethereal, helped by the beauty of the Vietnamese waitresses all dressed in traditional veiled slightly translucent dresses. A bite of the delicious dishes and a person is completely taken by the restaurant’s charm.

The second introduction into the Vietnamese food happened by a chance while being on a business trip in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I have been introduced to the Vietnamese mangostin salad and have sampled the most divine food in my enter existence. Knowing what delights the Vietnamese cuisine could offer made me even more curious to learn the basics and cook the same dishes at home.

There is only one Vietnamese cuisine diva in Belgium and this is the founder of the Little Asia restaurant Quyen. She has written several Vietnamese cooking books, appeared on numerous TV shows and received countless praise and awards in the country. She is the welcoming host in Little Asia and the smiling face to wave each customer good bye by the end of the visit. And when the Monday afternoons are quiet she is the one organising cooking lessons to all daring to try.

The cooking lesson I attended was amazing. Not only that we learned about the basic flavour combinations in the Vietnamese cuisine, but we cooked our own three dishes and we sampled each and every one with delight.

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Of course the same three course menu was repeated the following weekend at home and my confidence in cooking the dishes by myself and my pleasure in feeding my loved ones with something fresh and tasty made the return on investment in attending the coursed paid off in full return.

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