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Going on a honeymoon Safari in Africa

The countdown has started and friends and family are all very excited and have already RSVP’d for your big day, but it is the special time after the wedding day that should not be neglected by the bride and groom to be. Deep down all they really want for their honeymoon is this special time to just be about them as a new couple, entering the world together. Being on honeymoon is a special time to absorb the excitement of the past few months (or year!) and to cherish the reality of your future commitment to each other.

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There are so many possible honeymoon destinations these days that it can be really hard to choose the perfect location. From beach resorts to tropical island getaways, sun, sea and sand do seem to be the popular attraction. The one underlying ‘thread’ for most couples going on honeymoon is to take themselves off to a beautiful place on earth that will inspire a lifetime of love, friendship and amazing memories.

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I have just the location for any couple reading this and I pose the following question to you – have you ever considered going on a honeymoon safari? There is no doubt in my mind that this is truly one of the most romantic experiences for any ‘budding’ new couple and I ask you to give me just a few minutes of your time to convince you why a honeymoon safari in Africa will be the most romantic experience yet.

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To start off, ‘Love’ in the lingo of a safari honeymoon means “Loving our Outdoor Vibrant Earth’ and this is exactly what you will experience. From your first open air drive through the reserve to the safari lodge there is an immediate sense of adventure and excitement that fills the air. Hand in hand you will be welcomed by friendly staff and lodge hosts and with a sense of warmth and caring you will be given time to settle in and soak up the African atmosphere of your private and romantic suite that will be your little retreat for the next few days.

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Enticing enough? Well, there is more. Most safari lodges have a communal deck area that overlooks the spectacular and breath-taking landscapes of the African bush or one that provides a bird’s eye view of a waterhole down below. It is here too, that you will find yourselves sipping an aroma filled cup of coffee in the early morning to watch the sunrise or dwelling in the enjoyment of the last rays of sun kissing the horizon with a cocktail in hand. There is truly no finer and more romantic place on earth to share in the magnificent wonders of Mother Nature on your honeymoon.

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Waking up to the sounds of the African bush is an indescribable experience and there is no better way to start  your day of African adventures than going one of the popular activities when on safari, an early morning game drive, to search and experience the awaking of the African bushveld and wildlife as the sun slowly rises up into the sky. Keep your eyes peeled for members of the Big Five traversing the landscape or heading down to a nearby waterhole. Cast your eyes to the skies to catch the silhouettes of some of the most spectacular species of African eagles. Your senses are truly going to tingle all over.

After a busy day, filled with exciting safari activities, enjoy a refreshing dip in the lodge’s pool and delight in the magnificent evening that approaches. Indulge in some of the highest quality of fine dining and African cuisine under the stars, while listening to the beat of the African drums that fill the night sky, a more capturing and memorable experience you could not wish for on your honeymoon.

You need only give yourselves a day or two before you are truly relaxed and soaking up the totality of this once in a life time experience. From the exclusive safari lodge accommodation and impeccable hospitality to the breath-taking scenery and experiences of the African bushveld, these few days away on your honeymoon safari will leave you loving life, the outdoors and most importantly each other, guaranteed!

Paula van Breda is editor at Safari Guide Africa who arranges honeymoon safaris for couples from all around the world.  For more information about what options are available visit their website on http://www.safariguideafrica.com/honeymoons.php or call them in South Africa at +27 (0) 21 880 0105.

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How To Predict Your Man’s Most Likely Stag Preference

We all know that before every wedding is the inevitable stag party and admit it or not, most women out there can’t help feeling apprehensive over these parties due to their reputation of being too wild. To help allay your fears, maybe these new data released by event agency, Chillisauce.co.uk, can help you predict your man’s most likely behavior.

Included in the findings is the percentage of strip club bookings by email address. It was found out that males who use AOL the most have the highest proportion of strip club bookings with over 25%. Yahoo and Hotmail users follow with 24.62% and 21.8%, respectively.

Email provider choice was also linked with how much a guy is most likely to spend on his stag party. Men who used their work emails expended the largest amount with an average of £104.62 per person. On the contrary, AOL users spent the least amount with an average of £92.52.

Relatedly, email provider use was also linked with how far a guy’s preferred destination would be. It turns out that Gmail users are the most conservative travellers of all with an average of less than 400 miles for their chosen stag party destination. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those who use their work emails who average at least 1,400 miles per person for each of their chosen bachelor party location.

These data definitely sheds light on a thing or two about men’s stag party preferences in general. Anticipating what his most likely decision is doesn’t have to be done through prying questions alone when you have the right data to back up your assumptions. To see the full summation of data, check out leisurestats.com and get to know more about the link between technology use and leisurely choices.

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The 5 Questions Brides Wish They Had Asked their Wedding Videographer

There’s nothing like hindsight to give some clarity as to the questions you would have asked, had you known what would go wrong that is. Luckily for brides today there is the internet; this invaluable tool helps brides to learn from the misfortunes and misgivings of couples far and wide when it comes to making bad decisions about the big day. While it might seem that with today’s technology any old point-and-shoot camera should do the trick when it comes to a wedding videographer, just ask a couple who has a grainy five minute VHS with Michael Bolton playing over all the sound bytes if there’s any difference. That being said, here are the top 5 questions brides wish they had asked their wedding videographers… before putting down the deposit.

5. What will be the picture quality of the final product?
Many videographers throw out terms like “HD” and impress unwitting couples into choosing their “state of the art” video service, but don’t be impressed until you’ve seen a sample. Not every amateur or freelance videographer has the right technology not only to shoot a good video at such high resolution, nor the equipment to edit it properly. See some samples and decide what looks best to you. Also keep in mind that not every shot is flattering in high definition, and take some test shots before the big day.

4. Will you be using microphones?
Almost nobody thinks to ask this question, but almost everyone has to crank up the volume when it comes to any part of the wedding video with speeches, toasts, or vows. Instead of leaving it to chance find out if the videographer plans to bug the altar, use wireless mics on participants, or make friends with the sound guy at the reception to get a direct feed into the audio. If the videographer is simply filming these speeches from afar, it’s not very likely you’ll hear a word that’s said.

3. How many cameras and camera operators will you be using?
This one is important especially if you have a large wedding, a large wedding party or a large wedding venue. One camera operator can only be one place at once. Some set up stationary cameras to supplement their footage, but these are only really useful for far-off shots, the ceremony or speeches. You’ll find you get the best results if there are at least two camera operators who are twice as likely to be in the right place at the right time to catch the very most special of moments.

2. Have you done this before?
Shockingly enough, many people fail to ask this question. This question does not refer to student films, friend’s weddings with home equipment or bar mitzvahs. This question refers specifically and exclusively to hiring a client, filming a wedding, producing an end product that the couple loves, and correctly billing the couple for it. As mentioned before, ask for samples.

1. Are there choices on music and style?
Even the best videographer with the best shots can still product a cringe-worthy end product with sappy love songs, fading transitions and love heart frame effects if not properly guided during the post-production phase of the program. Ask before if there are choices and provide some very specific suggestions if you want an end-product you can actually stand to watch!

Author Bio:
Jessica Josh is a freelancer who makes her living by writing and blogging online. She has worked with a number of different businesses in the wedding bands and wedding videography niche such as http://weddingbandsmelbourne88.com.au/.

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Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

Shopping for a wedding dress is an exciting time in any woman’s life. It is your chance to be the center of attention and choose something that makes you feel amazing on your special day. But sometimes the stress and anxiety of the day tends to rain on the bride-to-be’s parade. To ensure that you get the most out of the time, there are several things that you can do to plan ahead. When things go smoothly, you have a better time and feel more comfortable with the experience.

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Look at Pictures to Get Some Ideas

Bridal magazines are everywhere, so take advantage of all the photos provided. Which dresses stand out to you? Are there some that you absolutely love and others that you are not interested in at all? Before you try on one dress, you have the opportunity to see what is out there and get some idea of what type of wedding dress you like.

Some brides choose to tear pages out from their favorite magazines to bring along with them while trying on dresses. This can help the stylist at the boutique narrow down the dresses that she brings to the bride. Others will share the photos with friends to try to get everyone looking for similar dresses.

Come Up with a Budget

When you walk into a boutique, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the number of dresses available. The prices range from inexpensive to downright outrageous and you need to know where you stand as far as the budget goes. How much money are you going to spend on your dress? Does the amount include the shoes, the veil, the accessories and the undergarments? You don’t need to have an exact figure in mind, but you may want to come up with a range. If you are determined to stick to the budget, only try on dresses that you know are priced right for you.

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Gather Up a Group of Friends and Family You Trust

It helps to bring along a couple of friends or family members to enjoy the experience along with you. However, make sure that you are surrounding yourself with people that will make the time enjoyable for you. You want friends that will allow you to make your own decisions and not sway you one way or the other. You also want friends that will be honest with you when a wedding dress you try on is not flattering or just isn’t your style.

Make Several Appointments at Local Boutiques

Don’t assume that you can just show up at the local bridal boutiques and try on dresses. Most want brides to make an appointment. A specialist will work with the bride to choose dresses, try them on and talk about any adjustments that need to be made. Getting those dresses off and on can be a real challenge and it helps to have a professional around. This person will remind you to try on your dress with heels to make sure you have the right length and explain some of the bustling options.

Choose Suitable Clothing

Because you are going to be trying on multiple dresses at multiple locations, make sure that you dress in comfortable clothes that are still going to be appropriate for boutique shopping. You don’t want anything that takes a long time to take off or put back on. Many brides look for items from couturecandy.com. Wherever you shop, make sure they have a wide range of comfortable clothing that still has that designer look. The more comfortable and confident you are the day you begin to try on wedding dresses, the more enjoyable the experience will be.