When I first heard that there was a ski resort in Spain not far from where I live, you could have knocked me down with a feather. How is it possible, its always so sunny and warm. Even in the winter, it never feels like winter!
But it is true. Europe's most southerly ski resort, Sierra Nevade sits on the northwestern slopes of Veleta, the third highest peak in Spain.
There is something quite special to be able to spend the day by the beach one day and the next hitting the slopes. You could say its the perfect holiday...
Its only a small resort, but there is so much to do, and the apres ski is enhanced by the addition of tapas.
Have you ever been skiing in the Spanish mountains?
The moment you got engaged you began planning the perfect wedding from start to finish. You know exactly what you want from dresses to decor, so you can’t wait to get started with the process. You want to plan a stylish wedding without blowing your budget, so there are a handful of elements that really need the wow factor. Consider the following six ways to ensure a chic and sophisticated wedding day.
1.A Vibrant Venue
If you really want to make an impact on your guests then you need to make sure you choose a show stopping place to hold your nuptials. When searching for a wedding venue you need to think about the size, ambiance and location. As soon as you know it fits all of your criteria you can go ahead and get excited about booking it!
2. Glorious Guests
When compiling your guest list it is important to consider who your true close friends really are. It is very easy to get over excited and invited everybody in your friendship group, but this is going to cost you a tonne of money. Only invite those who you regularly talk to and who play an active role in both of your lives.
3. Beautiful Bridesmaids
Choosing your bridesmaids is a super exciting process. You might want to ask them by putting a little gift together. Whether you choose your sister, cousin, best friends or colleague, these ladies are going to be right by your side through every special moment. Make sure you choose the people who you want to share it with the most.
4. A Divine Dress
Wedding dress shopping is probably one of the things every bride to be looks forward to the most. Playing dress up in a fancy store is something every little girl dreams of doing one day. When you go dress hunting for the first time make sure you keep an open mind. You might try on a style that you never imagined would suit you. Listen to the advice of the salesperson too, because they probably know their stuff.
5. Fabulous Flowers
When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, you could go in a number of different directions. You could choose extravagant decorations or go minimalistic; it all depends on your budget. As long as you choose flowers that are going to be in season on your big day, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your vision just right.
6. Magical Music
Don’t forget to choose music prices that mean something to you and your other half. From your first dance to the ceremony music everyone wants to hear those meaningful tunes playing during your special day.
You know your day is going to be utter perfection
from start to finish, so these elements will purely bring it all together seamlessly. From deciding on your beautiful bridesmaids to discovering your divine dress, you can now begin the planning process with a clear image of what you really want.
If you have just become engaged, you are probably floating on cloud nine. The thought of spending the rest of your life with your soulmate can fill your heart with joy and your tummy with butterflies. When the reality of planning a wedding kicks in, the excited butterflies can give way to anxious ones. Weddings are renowned for being costly affairs. If you don’t have the budget to match your lofty ideas, you might feel like your day won’t be all you have envisaged. However, there are plenty of ways in the twenty first century to make your wedding fit for purpose and the big day you have always hoped for. Take a look at this guide to planning your wedding on a shoestring budget.
All In One
The all in one option is a good way to secure a price for everything from the flowers to the venue, and from the registrar to the photographer. By opting to secure a venue and all of their affiliated wedding suppliers, you can haggle effectively on price. Venues are not limited to a church or a hotel anymore. You may choose to get hitched in an arthouse cinema if you are a couple of movie buffs. You might opt for a beach wedding in Bournemouth if you adore the seaside. Or you might opt for a wedding in a museum. The options are endless, and you could secure some ridiculous discounts if you agree to use the venue’s caterers, photographer, and entertainment.
Marry Off Season
While the thought of a Valentine’s Day wedding might sound like bliss, it will also be incredibly expensive. Other dates that might need you to find extra cash are Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and any Saturday in July and August. If you’re adamant that your day has to be on a significant date, you might want to check out Evolution Money's £10,000 loans. While a lot of money to borrow, you can repay over a set timescale, so you know exactly when the debt will be paid off.
Why not consider getting married on a Friday or opting for a glorious Autumn wedding day. While it might not have been what you originally had planned, by tweaking the timing of your day, you could save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Consider widening your focus when it comes to potential dates to find the best deals.
With the on trend fashion of the moment being vintage, there’s no better time to retain your fashionista credentials and save some money in the process than by going retro chic. Head to vintage stores and consider wearing a 1920s white flapper girl dress as you walk down the aisle. Or perhaps a fun 1950s cocktail dress in ivory is more your thing. You could venture into charity shops to look for dresses or scour online auction sites.
There is a huge emphasis on reusing and recycling at the moment, so consider how you can do your bit for the environment while saving money at the same time. Wedding favours for page boys and bridesmaids could be something as simple as a piece of vintage jewellery or cufflinks - cheaper than the modern stuff, more unique and better made.
The wedding of your dreams needn’t break the bank. Follow this simple guide to enjoy the best day of your life on a budget.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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