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Belfast Barge Wedding: Chris & Kimberley

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Chris and Kimberley wanted an unconventional and small wedding in the city where they met: Belfast. “We knew we didn’t want a religious service or a big wedding”, began the bride. “We didn’t want to spend our wedding day talking to people we didn’t know or didn’t want to! We had 38 guests, which was perfect.”

The couple also knew they didn’t want a traditional venue, so the wedding was held on Holohans: The Belfast Barge. “It was the first place we looked at and the last. We had the ceremony and the meal on the top deck and then we moved downstairs below deck for the evening. Calvin, the owner, is such a great host. We had so many people telling us how brilliant he was and how much they loved the staff (and food!). It was a small intimate wedding and the location lent itself to that perfectly.”

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“Our wedding was relaxed and fun, will no bullshit!” she laughed when I asked about their theme. “We also did a lot of DIY. We designed and printed all the stationery, invites, table plan and name settings. We also created a ‘wedsite’ for our guests with useful travel info etc. as a lot weren’t from the area. We made the bridesmaid’s flowers, men’s buttonholes, and pom pom flowers that we placed in old beer bottles. Also a few hundred metres of bunting! Chris also made his own beer for the toast, so each guest had a bottle.”

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How to Make a Good First Impression Online

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They say that first impressions count, and no more-so is this apparent than online. While in person, we might put someone’s slightly chaotic nature down to being nervous, or actually find it quite charming and endearing, online we are used to everything being a bit more polished. If your online presence is a mess, people are much less forgiving.

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When it comes to hooking new visitors in, the design and usability of your website are the most important things. Your design doesn’t have to be complicated or over the top, in fact I think it should be the opposite! A recognisable brand and visual consistency (with your colours and fonts) and a lot of white space is a great place to start.

How easy your website is to navigate is crucial too. Allegedly you have just 2.5 seconds to grab a new visitor’s attention. If they don’t like what they see, or don’t know what to do to get them to where they want to be, they are very likely to simply close the window. Make sure your navigation is crystal clear and your content easy to access.

A fun little test that we talk about at The Blogcademy is ‘the mum test’. Show your website to your mum (or someone else not in your industry) and see if they’re able to navigate easily to certain areas of your site. If your layout isn’t obvious, or there’s something there that doesn’t quite work, you’ll quickly be able to find out about it. It’s impossible to do this ourselves, as we look at our own websites everyday and know them like the back of our hands. Other people do not!

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A Laid Back Arkansas Elopement for $2000: Brady & Sara

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Brady and Sara both wanted a simple wedding that reflected their own style. They didn’t want to spend a huge amount, and their budget was just $2000, but they managed to pull it off. They kept their guest list tiny, and reused a lot of things they already owned.

“We didn’t have a lot of money to put into the wedding but that was okay with us”, began Sara. “It was laid-back, outdoors in the beautiful nature and just a freaking blast the entire weekend.”

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“I wore my mother’s wedding dress that she wore in her wedding to my father in the early 1980s”, she explained. “It is also the wedding dress that my grandmother wore in her wedding to my grandfather (over 60 years ago). The dress was modified to fit my body and be a bit more modern, but it still held the vintage style as well. In my hair I had a handmade fabric flower hairpiece made by one of my best friends and her mother. It was made from extra material from my/ my mother/grandmother’s wedding dress. My bouquet was the same.”

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WIN Your Dream Wedding Cake from Choccywoccydoodah!!!

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Are you sitting down? You might want to before you read this one, because you are not going to beeeelive how amazing today’s competition is! How would you like to win your dream wedding cake? But not any dream – the weirdest, most fantastical, extreme dream you could ever possibly have?! Your wildest wedding day fantasies are about to come true and (in case you can’t tell) I am SO BLOODY EXCITED about it.

I first heard of Choccywoccydoodah when I was in university. A friend I’d made there was from Brighton, and one day we started talking about what we might do for our weddings. She told me that she had no real clue, except for the fact that she knew she had to have a Choccywoccydoodah cake. They were a small chocolate shop in the seaside town who were fast becoming known as the place that would do things that no other chocolatiers could even dream of. Quickly gaining a cult following for their unbelievable confectionery creations, there were nothing like the wedding cake powerhouse that they are today, but I was hooked instantly.

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From that moment on, I knew that if Gareth and I ever got married, I too wanted a Choccywoccydoodah cake. Unfortunately when we actually came around to getting hitched, we just couldn’t afford one. They are incredible, in fact THE most incredible wedding cakes in the world, but that kind of skill and creativity doesn’t come cheap. I thought my Choccywoccydoodah dreams were forever dashed. That’s until I became a wedding blogger and made it my mission to become friends with them! 

OK, enough fan-girling and gushing, let’s get on with what you could be winning. One very lucky couple will have a wedding cake from their own imagination created for them by Choccywoccydoodah. So to enter, we want you to come up with an idea for a mind-blowing wedding cake.

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100 Questions

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It’s a snoozy Sunday and I’m teaching in Sydney this weekend. So I thought it might be fun to break from tradition and throw a bit of a wild card of a post up for you today. I randomly found these these questions online, and I thought I’d answer them. For no other reason than my own amusement really.

Normal schedule will resume tomorrow, I promise, but for all you nosy parkers out there I hope you enjoy this brief interlude.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“older sister Holly and her albino boyfriend sneaking into her” (from Not That Kind Of Girl by Leah Dunham).

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?

The window.

3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

An interview for the Save the Date podcast. You can listen to it here!

4. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

The movie, Paul.

5. Without looking, guess what time it is

Midday?

6. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

12.20.

7. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Ugh, our neighbours have been doing renovations on their house for about a year… so right now a REALLY loud drill in our adjoining wall.

8. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

Erm… the day before yesterday. I went to get my hair dyed.

9. Did you dream last night?

I can’t remember.

10. Do you remember your dreams?

Sometimes.

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Informal Alternative Wedding in Cork: Jacinta & Paschal

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The gorgeous, heavily tattooed Jacinta married Paschal in July in Ireland. “We met through music and going to festivals”, wrote the bride. “This is where the inspiration for the cake topper came from as we were known as ‘two peas in a pod’ because we were so similar. It was more about our mutual love for music at that stage, but soon a fabulous romance blossomed.”

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“My wedding dress was always going to be alternative”, she continued, “and I wanted Bonzie at Willow and Wild to make it. After an initial meeting I fell in love with her vision, passion, friendliness and attention to detail. She blew me away and I could feel the love that she had put into my dress at each fitting.”

The wedding was held at Barnabrow Country House in Cork. “It was a dream venue”, Jacinta said, “the perfect romantic setting and not very formal. We only had a guest list of  26 adults and 7 children, so we wanted to keep things casual. It was a magic rural experience. We all sat at one banquet table and the laughter filled the room, it was like a giant family dinner. The food was divine and the wine glasses magically never emptied. Each room had a different décor which added to the magic.”

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