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Should Know About The Emergency Kit

Be prepared and understand that minor emergencies can and do arise. Don’t panic however – if you are well prepared these situations won’t amount to more than a slight disturbance. Prepare yourself a wedding ’emergency kit’ and you will be able to handle any problems with style and grace.
Some things to include
Your emergency kit can include anything you think you might need on the wedding day. Some ideas include:

An extra pair of pantyhose is always a good backup to have. If you do find a snag or run in your stockings, dab some clear nail polish on it to prevent it running further. If the damage is beyond repair, simply put on your spare pair.
Safety pins will come in handy if you get an unexpected tear. They will also come in handy if you want to quickly bustle up a train.
Pack an emery board. If you break a nail, you can quickly file it down. You might also want to include some nail polish so you can touch up your nail colours if necessary.
A needle and thread is extra handy in case you need to do some emergency sewing. You’ll be glad you have this if some beading or sequins on your gown become undone.
In case of small cuts, pack a few band-aids that match your skin tone. If the cut doesn’t require a band-aid, pack tissues. These will also come in handy when you cry.
Bad hair days do happen! A small bottle of gel or hairspray will help tame your hair. Bobby pins and clips are also good for a quick fix.
Keep your smile bright and breath fresh with a travel size toothbrush, toothpaste and some breath mints.
Pack your purse and make sure you have a little bit of money for emergency phone calls etc.
Aspirins are a good idea to save you from any headaches you (or your bridesmaids) might have on the day.
Tuck a few crackers or cookies in a small plastic bag. You might be too busy to eat during the day. If you feel faint or lightheaded, have a bite. A small bottle of water is also a good idea. Do not pack juice, as this could spill and stain your dress.

Know More About Honeymoon Checklist

Before you go on your honeymoon to that tropical island getaway, pay a quick visit to your pharmacy. You will need to shop very carefully to get all the things you will need. Brides that will fly to their honeymoon destination have quite a struggle with airline limitations, so let’s have a look at your shopping list.

  • Airline boarding passes
  • Other train/ bus/ ferry/ boat tickets needed
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Driver’s license
  • Credit cards/ ATM cards
  • Phone call cards
  • Money, traveler’s cheques
  • Confirmation of hotel and activity bookings
  • Phone numbers of emergency contacts, doctors, and credit card companies
  • Photocopies of all important documents, including passports, cards, traveler’s cheque documents, prescription and vaccination documents, medical/ holiday insurance with details of what this covers.
  • Photographs of the contents of your luggage, in case your luggage is lost.
  • Maps of destination
  • Guidebook
  • Translation dictionary
  • Leave with someone at home: a copy of all photocopied documents, your itinerary, your contact number whilst travelling, along with a copy of your life insurance and wills.

Toiletries

  • Prescription medication, in its original bottle
  • Travel- sickness pills
  • Pain killers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small hairbrush
  • Small bag of makeup including: lip balm, mascara, tweezers, an eyebrow pencil, mineral foundation, concealer, roll-on deodorant
  • Face moisturiser
  • Antibacertial wipes/ hand sanitiser
  • Personal hygene items

Valuables

  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Valuable jewellery
  • Mobile phone
  • Music player
  • Tablet
  • Laptops

Comfort

  • Light jumper
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Eyemask
  • In- flight reading
  • Sewing kit
  • Change of clothing, including undergarments
  • Travel umbrella
  • Ear plugs

Checked Luggage

Toiletries (Continued)

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hair Dryer/ Straightener
  • Hand/ body lotion
  • Ear buds
  • Cotton pads/ swabs
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Nail file/ clippers/ scissors
  • Tooth floss
  • Self tanner
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair curler
  • Insect repellent (depending on your destination)
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Glasses
  • Bandaids
  • Antihistamine
  • Antibacterial ointment/ wash
  • Antacids
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Swiss army knife (for emergencies)

Electronics

  • Chargers for all electronic items
  • batteries
  • Camera tripods
  • Memory sticks/ film for camera

Essential Clothing

  • 3 pairs of shoes: 1 pair of walking shoes, one pair of neutral casual shoes, one pair neutral smart shoes
  • Minimum 3 pairs of socks
  • 3- 7 pairs of underwear
  • 2-3 bras (including one sports bra)
  • 2-3 pants
  • 2-3 skirts
  • 2-3 pair shorts
  • 3-4 casual tops
  • 2-3 shirts
  • 2-4 dresses
  • Lingerie
  • Slippers
  • Raincoat/ poncho
  • Evening wrap/ jacket
  • Evening bag
  • Day bag/ backpack
  • Light bag for souvenirs

Extras for Warm Weather

  • 1- 3 pairs Swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes/ boots
  • Binoculars
  • Books
  • Sun hats
  • Wildlife guides
  • Books
  • Mosquito netting
  • Compass
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip flops
  • Beach bag
  • Swimming costume cover- up
  • Water shoes

Extras for Cold Weather

  • 2-3 heavy jumpers
  • 1 heavy, waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof socks
  • Boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Beanies/ warm hats
  • Neck warmers/ scarves
  • Mittens/ gloves
  • Goggles
  • Ski boots
  • Skis (consider shipping these items to your hotel ahead of time)
  • Snowboards
  • Ski bag
  • Ski lock

Romantic Extras

  • Candles
  • Scented body oils
  • A romantic music mix
  • Bubble bath mix
  • Blindfolds
  • Feathers

Travel Tips

  1. Limits on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels apply only to you hand luggage, not your checked luggage.
  2. All liquid, gel and aerosol containers need to be kept in a clear, plastic bag that is resealable, like a sandwich or freezer bag.
  3. The bag’s four sides must add up to no more than 80cm (such as 20 x 20cm or 15 x 25cm).
  4. One bag is allowed for each passenger
  5. Containers larger than 100 milillitres will not be allowed on the plane (even if only partially filled).
  6. If you need to save space in your luggage, consider using vaccuum bags. These can either be purchased online or at storage stores, or you can simply use large sandwich bags and compress them yourself.
  7. Buy combination products to take with you, like shampoo and conditioner in one and body cream with 30+ sun screen already mixed in. You’ll save both space and time with these products.
  8. Most shops have ‘ready to fly’ product lines especially packed to pass inspection. You can buy these with confidence or simply decant some of your normal product into 100ml clear plastic bottles. That way you know and trust what you have with you.
  9. Any chronic medication you may be on must be accompanied by a prescription from your doctor. This include birth control pills. If it is in a liquid, gel or aerosol form, it may be exempt from usual flight laws related to liquid.  Some countries will not allow certain medicines in and you may be left without it. Also make sure you have enough to last you at least the length of your trip!
  10. Pain tablets should be left in their original package. Always bring something for headaches that you know works well as in foreign countries you may end up struggling to find medication.
  11. Find and mark on your map where the Australian Embassy is. You never know what could happen, and it really is far better to be safe than sorry here.
  12. Research the ariports you’re travelling through. Find out where your gates will be, how much time you’ll have between flights, and what activities are available.
  13. Speaking of which, travelling via Singapore? Pack your swimming costume in your carry-on luggage and take a dip in their rooftop pool.
  14. Adjust to your new time zone quicker by forcing yourself to stay up and sleep when the locals do, from the minute you get off the plane.

Now you can jet set with the peace of mind that you’ve prepared and packed everything you could possibly need!

Know More About Civil Celebrant

Wedding celebrants are a fantastic resource for those who prefer to be married without a single religious affiliation. Because their primary use lies in their legal import and free of religious restrictions, they’re often associated with ceremonial flexibility and ease. If you’re considering hiring one, or perhaps multiple celebrants for you big day, make sure you’ve thoroughly thought through the following considerations.

The cost of being married by a civil celebrant is generally around the same price as being married by a religious minister.
Civil celebrants are the perfect solution if you’re marrying someone of a different culture or religion, as they provide a religiously unbiased ceremony.
They can also, however, be more accommodating if need me. They’re usually willing to incorporate religious passages and traditions from multiple cultures and religions.
On a similar note, if you are marrying someone of a different faith and would like two separate officiants to represent each of your religions, you’ll find it far easier to find two celebrants who can cater their services to suit both your needs than two religious officials to preside over an inter-religious ceremony.
Couples who do not have particularly strong religious ties often opt for celebrants as they do not feel they need the blessing of a religious institution, or evenaffiliated with it in any way.
A civil celebrant enables you to personalise your wedding by writing your own vows and even, on some occasions, planning what is said and what happens for the entire ceremony!
They may be more flexible than a religious official in marrying you wherever you choose (depending on your religion and the beliefs of you religious official).
Generally speaking, it’s faster to organise a celebrant than a religious official, as there are more available and religious locations are popular destinations for wedding ceremonies (meaning that they get booked further in advance).
When choosing a civil celebrant it is important to tell them what you want and be confident that they can deliver what you have in mind. As civil celebrants are more flexible in their approach, it’s even more important that you remain clear about what you want to happen on the day. From personalised vows to incorporating faiths a civil celebrant may be the alternative you have been looking for.