Top Wedding Gifts of 2015

The big day is coming and you’re not sure what to get your soon to be married friend? Well have no fear, we have put together what we call the ultimate list of the best wedding gift ideas for a person who has no ideas.

mapifulCustom Map – This great inexpensive gift puts your married couple’s brand new life on a map, literally. With this custom map you can create a frameable poster of the place the lovely couple met, fell in love, and got engaged. You can customize, and resize the map of any location of your choosing.




bali-throwNine Space Bali Turkish Throw – Luxurious, stylish, and cozy all at once, these Turkish throw are Seventy by fifty-inch hand woven, made of 100% cotton. They are absorbent as your bath towels at home, but comfy as a beach blanket. The best part of this throw towel is its clean beautiful patterns and earthy tones will match almost any color scheme or space




PBox_BlacksmithElectronic cigarette – This is for the couples who are trying to stop smoking, but somehow can’t. A lot of smokers are unaware of what an e-cig / vape is, so many won’t even try it. If you just give one to them, they won’t have a choice but to use it. Since it was a gift I won’t hurt them to try. Giving them a good starter kit like an ego twist, with some premium e-juice or e-liquid will only set you back 30-50 dollars. Not bad for something that might help them stay healthy but still enjoy smoking.




Oysteria Oyster Plate – A glossy, handcrafted showpiece made in New Orleans, was created to serve shellfish, but because of its design and style, you can use it as a decorative piece. This will make a great center piece for any kitchen.



tabletop-grillParty Grill – Who doesn’t love the outdoors. This tabletop party grill will get the newlyweds fired up to want to get their hands dirty. Up to 6 people can cook whatever they want at the same time. No matter if you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, this tabletop grill has room for everyone. The best part about this grill is its slender design, making it very easy to store.





Cellar Selene Cake Dome – A good cake dome is hard to find, its also one of those things people don’t really buy themselves, but would actually love them. This is not only a useful piece its design makes it a great centerpiece as well. Once you get one of these you won’t be able to imagine being without one again.


We hope this list will help you on your quest of finding that perfect present for that perfect day.


Limits to Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Methods

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People like to cut off from their everyday expenses as much as possible. That is why, when it comes to home improvement, Do-it-yourself has somehow become a trend and a motto for most people.

This is of course a good way to go. When you do things yourself, you get to do it just the way you want it to go. You get to adjust, change your plans along the way, be spontaneous about what to add or omit, and do a lot more.

Doing things yourself also makes you feel that you are indeed the owner of the place. Your touches and your techniques, splashed out all across the areas of the house will warm up the entire space with your love and your art.

This has been the philosophy of my husband. He loves the way he does everything in the house by himself, especially for the tricky parts that needed the power and strength of a man. Everything, from home decoration to wallpaper installment to landscaping the garden, it was all Erin. It was something he does to prove to himself and to me that he is the man of the house. He never felt the need to call up and outsource manpower services and whatnot. He even does the buying of materials by himself.

As his wife, of course I have to support his desires and decisions. However, there are limits to doing your home improvements on your own. There are just some things that require the need of experts because they have the knowledge and the specific skills to get the job done. This is not to say that people cannot do it by themselves. They could still attempt to do things their own way, but it will not be as efficient as those that are done by experts. It would also mean lesser quality that could result to repetitive fixing and cleaning on the same problem.

This is exactly what happened when Erin neglected seeking professional help for a plumbing problem that we once had in our kitchen. He went about doing things his own way, relying on the information that the internet tells him he could do. Day after day the area just became worse until his techniques no longer worked.

I finally decided to ask him to try and seek out professional help from any plumber in Anniston that friends or the internet might recommend to fix our problem for us. He was beginning to get grumpy so I had to comfort him and tell him that we can search for the most affordable one if he is concerned with the fee. He said he was not, that he just doesn’t like other people doing anything about his home. I had to tell him that it will all be for the better.

Against his will, instead of searching for fixes, he searched for a professional plumbing company and came across the this Yelp page.

Everything was fixed in no time, and I was able to use the kitchen area again, with ease.

Erin resented having to call for outside help, but when he saw the finished “product”, he was amazed at the results. Now he is just thankful he got rid of the problem before it got worse.

A Conversation With Friends – Wedding Car of the Future?

When a company announces the development of a new concept car for one of their popular lines of vehicles, this is usually an exciting time for car aficionados and hobbyists alike. While some concept cars are never built (probably because there is a flaw in their design or the design itself is too extravagant and impossible to build and produce), their design, styling cues, and technological and engineering attributes and features are oftentimes used for upcoming new models.

The same goes for people who offer wedding car services. Whenever there’s a brand new car out in the market, a lot of people take special interest in it. In fact, two friends of mine were talking about it for months now. One friend, Tom, was into wedding car services while the other, Jackie, is working with She’s a well-known insurance agent there. In fact, I always talk with Jackie when I had issues with dog insurance or with funeral insurance.

The three of us have been good friends since high school. When I’m not busy working in planning wedding concepts for clients, I hang out with these two for coffee and some good company.

My friend Tom is particularly excited about the Toyota Corolla Furia. The popular brand from Japan made news when they announced the development of the Furia this year. As of this moment, Toyota is selling around a million Corolla cars per year worldwide. If this is not a powerful statement towards the popularity of the Corolla brand, then I don’t know what it is.

Ever since it was introduced in 1968, the Toyota Corolla is considered as one of the most successful line of compact cars in the world. Both of my friends would know; Tom’s first wedding car in the day was a 1991 edition while Jackie is still using a Corolla.

When the Toyota Corolla was first introduced in the United States in 1984, the rest is history. More than 9 million Toyota Corollas were sold in the U.S alone. Half are still running in the streets, by the way. We’ve all seen ten generations of different Toyota Corolla types come and go, which is why the Furia is an exciting new concept for the popular Japanese vehicle company.

The Toyota Corolla Furia concept was introduced during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. The reason why the new concept was called “Furia” is because Toyota said that the car’s “ferocious” look and the “fury” of its design would play a big part in its name. The concept car had an extended wheelbase with short overhangs. Furthermore, the concept car has an upswept windshield, a tapered roofline and exaggerated fender flares. This gives the Furia a very unique look compared to the other Toyota Corollas of the past.

When Tom finally stopped talking about the new Toyota Furia, me and Jackie laughed. He’s always been a well-known car nut, so him talking so passionately about the things he love truly is a sight to see.

The Top Three Weirdest Wedding Celebrations

While I do love a good wedding ceremony, I also have a thing for good, crazy fun. So, when a friend of mine shared an article about some of the craziest and weirdest wedding celebrations and traditions all over the world, I realized that I just had to go on a trip to experience it firsthand!

The list my friend gave me was a long one, but I decided on choosing the top three wedding celebrations which I personally think are just plain crazy and weird. Of course, I had to make a lot of preparations on my own. Saving money was the first thing on my mind, so I had to cut back on useless expenses. Constant communication was also very important for my business, so I got myself the added value VOIP. I’ve been using them for a long time, so I know that they’re reliable.

My trip is scheduled a few months from now, but if you’re curious as to which wedding celebrations are the weirdest, then I’d be glad to give you a sneak peek. Who knows? You might get inspired to do the same thing that I’m doing right now!


Blackening the Bride – In Scotland, the locals believe that marriage is not just a bed of roses. You also need to have the guts and the patience to wade in through the thorns as well! So, in order to celebrate the happiest day in a woman’s life, the bride’s friends and relatives join together by putting everything that they consider nasty on a bucket and then they throw it all over her. Some of the common items used for this weird celebration is curdled milk, dead fish, tar, mud, flour, spoiled food and others. If you’re asking why they’re doing this, the nasty bucket represents all the problems that marriage has to offer. Thus, the act of throwing the bucket of nastiness on the bride symbolizes her preparation to tackle all the problems and issues that married life has to offer.

Marrying a Tree – In India, some brides are literally considered as tree killers. That’s because if a woman in India is born when Saturn and Mars are under the same 7th house, they’re labeled as “Mangliks” or “cursed”. If a man marries a Manglik woman, everyone believes that the husband will die an early death. To prevent this from happening, the girl is married of to a tree first and then the tree is cut down to break the curse.

I have to wonder though how many trees were cut down already because of this practice. I guess it also depends on how many girls become cursed when they are born.

Beating down the groom’s feet – Not exactly sure why men in Korea do this, but apparently it is to help the groom’s vigor during his first night together with the bride. His friends literally tie the helpless young groom’s feet and they start beating his feet with tree branches or sticks. Fortunately, the Koreans don’t exactly beat the groom’s feet too hard; oftentimes, the ceremony is more fun than cruel. Also, the whole process doesn’t take too long.

Marriage Responsibilities: Starting a Family

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Another vital part of marriage that people sometimes neglect to appreciate is the path of motherhood. This role that mothers take part in, is something as equally important as marriage. In a sense, it is the marriage of the parents, especially the mother, towards the child.

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For women, finding out that you are soon going to have a baby, is probably one of the most bittersweet moments in life. It is sweet because finally, you will have a baby to cherish and love and care for. It’s also bitter, in a good way, because you know you have to enter the life of motherhood which begins with enduring 9 months of difficulty and the excruciating pain of labor. And that is only the beginning.

The husband should understand the difficulties that a mother has to go through even when the baby is still inside her womb. They have to support their wives as they pass through this stage. After all, they, as a couple, wanted to have the child, and even when the child is only inside the wife’s womb, the father also has to be just as attentive and sensitive to the needs of his wife so that the pregnancy phase will be smooth and free of worries.

In older generations, the duties and responsibilities in a home are divided into the “husband’s chores” and the “wife’s chores”. Men are asked to be the bread winner, making sure that their wife and their children are fed, clothed, sheltered, and living a comfortable life. They have to work, and work hard at it, just so they can ensure that they fulfil their role as a husband and as father. The women have to stay at home and look out for the children. They have to keep the house in proper order, feed the children, take care of her husband when he arrives from work, and follow the decisions that the husband makes for them.

However, through the years, the roles of husband and wife have changed, and along with it are the interchanges in responsibilities. Women can now provide financially too, and this no longer affects the ego of men as it used to, during the older generations. Men are also welcomed to do household chores that were once only meant for women. They can cook if they can, and they can look out for the children if they have to.

These changes in responsibility are also sometimes the root cause for recent couples to fight during marriage. Some are not able to adapt to these changes and accept them as open-heartedly as others can, making them more vulnerable to fights that sometimes lead to ugly endings.

When couples become more open to this truth and accept it, then problems from this would be stopped.

Types of Marriages

The concept of marriage has changed over time. While this is so, it has remained a vital part in society formation and it still has its merits for those who still value it, both in its sacredness and in its emotional gravity.

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Marriage has many faces. From the generations of the past up to the present, marriage occurs for different purposes that are validated by society and by unwritten rules of life and love.

One type of marriage, the most sought after kind of marriage, the marriage that is said to be ideal and is the ‘real thing’ among all marriages, is a marriage bound by love. Love between two people who wish to spend the rest of their lives together, to grow in that love and to have a family born out of that love. It is the union of two people, who were once strangers, now with the desire to treat each other as one through marriage. They marry to receive the blessing of the Supreme Being, and they marry to make the union legal and unbreakable.

This type of marriage is what romantics hope for. This is the marriage that they search for. They think that marriage will determine that what they have with someone, the emotions and the feelings, are indeed true love. For these people, the only way to prove your love is real is to make it official in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the court.

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Another type of marriage is an arranged marriage. The reason for this kind of marriage, just like in the old times, is to keep a certain lineage alive. Royals wed royals, clans unite through the weddings of heirs, etc. Now that things have become more modern, the concept of arrange marriage is still as it is, only, instead of clans, businesses are solidified through weddings, and power and wealth are kept intact through this set-up as well.

This type of marriage is scrutinized by those who believe that only love should bind marriage, while the people who prefer arranged marriage for a secured future, looks down on people who marry for love.

The debate on this will never cease to end, because each type of marriage have their merits and their flaws. Those who bind for love, though not all of them, tend to marry a person because of love alone, disregarding the impact that their marriage could bring in their future. They believe that love could conquer all, despite the difficulty. On the other hand, those that bond for power and money lack love and sincerity in their marriage.

This is not to say that all marriages are a failure. I may have encountered a lot of failed marriages in my life as a marriage counsellor, I still believe that some marriages are a success, and there are lots of those.

The success of a marriage lies in the desire of the couple for it to be successful; it’s that simple.

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