Wedding Event Planning Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Plan the Perfect Wedding Event

Congratulations! You just got engaged, now exactly what? Where do you begin? Simply thinking about preparing a wedding event is overwhelming isn’t it? There is a lot to do and there never ever appears to be sufficient time to get it all done. Every bride needs some type of wedding event planning guide or handbook. Even much better would be an action by action instruction manual. A lot goes into preparing a wedding event that it would be crazy not to have one.

Thankfully you reside in a day and age where info is everywhere and available. There are so any resources you can use to put together into your own wedding event preparation guide. You can start by asking buddies or members of the family that have recently been wed to share their experience about planning a wedding event. If you are getting married in the exact same city, they can likewise provide you great recommendations about which vendors to use. Bridal magazines can likewise be a great resource for ideas. There are plenty of details online if you understand where to look. A good idea is to try going to some wedding online forums or wedding event info sites. There you will be able to get recommendations from other bride-to-bes and lists that you can use when preparing your own wedding.

If you feel that the wedding event preparation is best left to the experts, you can work with a wedding planner to look after all the little details. There will be no need to follow a wedding planning guide, they probably have years of experience on their hands and lots of connections to make sure you wind up having a wedding event you’ve always imagined having. This choice is terrific if you can pay for a wedding event planner, they do the majority of the work so you do not need to get all stressed about it. If there is no room in your spending plan to work with a wedding event organizer however, you will need to do a great deal of research study and thoroughly plan your very own guide. You can get more information about their services by visiting the National Association of Wedding Professionals website.

Keep in mind that every wedding is different, so there is no guide that will be perfect for each and every couple. The resources online may suggest that you start planning your wedding 12 to 16 months before the wedding day, however you may not have that much time on hand. Or for the style of your wedding, a certain type of cake is advised that is way out of your price range. The crucial thing is to take all these ideas and turn them into something that appropriates for your own wedding. There is no need to do precisely what somebody else has done.

There are a few things you need to focus on before you do any sort of research study or start the wedding preparation process. An appropriate wedding event planning guide starts with knowing your budget and your wedding theme. After these two essential elements are settled, you can then break down the planning process into a series of actions. Create a timeline so you guide exactly what comes previously and after each step. With a budget plan and style in mind, you can quickly discover precisely what you are searching for at the ideal cost without second thinking your choices.

Follow this guide and your wedding is sure to go smoothly and give you the day of your dreams.

Here’s Why You Need Professional Advice For Your New Sliding Door Wardrobes

sliding wardrobe doorsSliding door wardrobes are wardrobes that feature sliding doors that can be operated horizontally by sliding them. Today, they are slowly becoming a trend in most homes.

Mostly it’s because they match the personality style, taste, and preference of people living inside the house, and because the make the most of any available space. What mostly distinguishes them is the type of door fitted. There are various types in the market today, from arcadia doors, bypass doors to pocket doors and many others.

If you are considering installing sliding door wardrobes, one of the most important initial steps you should take is getting professional design advice. Of course, it may not appear to you that you really need such but note that being knowledgeable about the design is the only way you will have all your expectations met. Better yet, you will save your time and effort and have less to regret about in future when you look at your new sliding door wardrobes.

Style and design
In fitting sliding door wardrobes, style and design are two of the most significant factors that take much priority. Remember that each of us has their own unique ideas that we need taken care of. Some people might opt for this type of door simply because they can’t find the exact size or type of wardrobes they are looking for. It’s for this reason that some of us will opt for a custom built sliding door wardrobe.

Now, if you get the design right, your bedroom will be able to undergo a complete transformation. There are literary hundreds of designs out there to choose from. You may want a modern feel, a French style, a traditional look, name it. Each of these designs has its own fespace saving designsatures and different abilities to transform your bedroom.

The Need for professional advice
You will realize that it will take so much of your time and effort finding all the relevant information you need on the perfect design for your sliding door wardrobes. It’s the prime reason why opting for professional advice will surely make things easier for you.

There are still many other aspects of designing your sliding door wardrobe that will need a professional approach. These include measurements, space evaluation, the functionality of each option, the search for the perfect sliding door wardrobes, storage, walls and so much more.

Based on what you have, it’s so easy for a professional to inject some creative thoughts which might see you end up with something you will live to cherish.

Sadly, for many who’ve tried going about all these on their own, it always turned out as a very daunting idea. As you can clearly see, there’s so much that is involved in designing these particular wardrobes which would explain why to an ordinary person, the task is sure to be a daunting one.

To sum up, nearly all of us love the idea and feel of something that is contemporary. Better yet, we cherish a lot something that is creatively done to perfection. With proper advice, you are not far from seeing your dream turn into reality. Not forgetting to mention that you will have saved so much of your time and effort letting someone else more professional and skilled do the work for you.

So do you need new sliding door wardrobes? Well, you already know where to begin from. I love mine, and I think you will love yours too.

Watch this loveley video to see how nice these wardrobes can look in your home

Reduce Draughts and Save Money – Replace Your Windows

rotten-draughty-windowsAfter enduring one of the coldest and windiest winters I can ever remember, I vowed that I would never again live in a house with single glazed windows. The windows were old leaded windows too, that looked really nice, and like a christmas card when the snow fell, but they were so cold.

I asked for advice from a family friend who owns his own double glazing business, and he came to our rescue, with new windows and composite doors for the whole house, a hefty discount, and some interest free credit. Thanks Tommy!

I can’t guarantee that you will find such a friend in need, but I absolutely recommend changing out your old draughty windows at the earliest opportunity, and if you don’t have the money, many double glazing companies can arrange finance. The money you save on heating will help you to make the payments I am sure.

For those who don’t know, here is an explanation as to what double glazing is and how it works to help keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, and reduce your heating costs.

Double Glazed Windows

Double glazed windows make use of two glass sheets between them that serves as an insulating barrier. In double glazed panes, the space between the panes is filled with either vacuum or a heavy inert gas such as Xenon, Argon, and Krypton. Vacuum is rarely used nowadays since the efficiency diminishes as the vacuum diminishes. These energy efficient double glazed windows come in a variety of frame materials and different styles.

Draught-proof your home using Double Glazed Windows

Draught proofing is one of the most efficient ways to save energy and also one of the cheapest ways to save money in any particular building. Both ventilations and draughts provide fresh air to your home. Good ventilation reduces dampness and condensation. Draughts when uncontrolled let too much cold and also waste a considerable amount of heat. To draught proof your house, it’s advisable that one blocks all unwanted gaps in the house that let out warm air and let in cold air.

When these gaps are blocked, warm air does not escape from the house and translates to less energy to be used to heat your home, and this means that you get to save money and at the same time make your home pleasant and snug.

Double glazed windows help with draughts because they are made to measure, fitting the brickwork frame perfectly, and are then sealed to stop draughts completely.

How much one can save from draught-proofing?

Annually draught proofing around doors and windows could save you approximately £25 to around £50. This is because draught free homes are comfortable even at lower temperatures and this means that you’ll be able to turn down the thermostat.

Where to look for draughts in your home

In your home draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps and in areas where openings are left uncovered. They include; windows, loft hatches, suspended floorboards, doors, pipework leading outside, electrical fittings especially on the ceilings and on walls and ceiling to wall joints. Therefore, most of these should be blocked but you should take caution in areas that require good ventilation such as

· Places where there are open flues and open fires

· Rooms that have a lot of moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms.

Benefits of double glazed windows

· Relatively reduced energy bills: double glazing could save up to approximately £135 per year when compared to single glazed windows.

· Small carbon footprint: this arises from reduced use of less fuel which in turn leads to less carbon dioxide generation.

· Reduced condensation and dampness: glazing reduces the condensation that builds up on the inside of the windows.

· Double glazed windows provide a more comfortable home; this is because heat loss is highly reduced and this means that cold spots and draughts are also reduced.

For each home the savings and the cost of double glazing are different and this is dependent on the material and size of the installer. The extent of saving also varies depending on the amount of bill you pay for your heating fuel and saving is also based on a gas heated home.

The cost of double glazing

The cost of double glazing highly depends on the number of windows being replaced and the type of frame one prefers to use and the size of each frame. It’s estimated that a sash uPVC window costs around £700 while for a wooden frame the cost is around £1,100, but my recommendation is to shop around, and try the smaller businesses such as my friend Tommy’s, because they don’t spend lots of cash on advertising and sales staff, so that saving is passed on to you.

The video below is from a large window company, but it helps to explain how new windows can keep out the cold and draughts.

Think Before You Spend – Save Money On Your New Kitchen

kitchen door replacement
Usually the first room that everyone wants to change when moving into a house that needs a remodel is the kitchen. The problem is that it is usually the most expensive room to upgrade, takes the longest to complete, and is the most difficult to organise in terms of choosing a style, colour, layout, options, accessories etc.

Before you can start to make the magic happen during a kitchen remodel, there’s a plethora of things that can be cooked up – there are oodles of choices and options. However, there’s also a lot that can go wrong.

We discovered by chance that there are major savings to be had by speaking with a contractor that specialises in changing the most important pieces of the kitchen, and keeping the rest; namely, if the carcasses or cabinets are all in good shape, all you need to do is change the kitchen door and drawer on each cabinet, maybe the handles, then possibly the worktops and appliances.

The point here is that by keeping the cabinets you have, you are not redisigning the kitchen, you don’t necessarily need a complete overhaul, which includes tiling, flooring, electrical, gas maybe, water to be moved etc. You are changing the parts that get seen the most and saving a boatload of cash in the process. Interested? Then read on…

Don’t redesign the whole kitchen if you don’t have to

Before you start remodeling your kitchen, consider the market and decide whether a low or even a high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense. Generally speaking, costs can run the gamut from $1,000 for a simple re-paint and hardware upgrade to $20,000 if you are installing expensive luxury appliances.
Furthermore, don’t try to remodel a 50’s ranch-style kitchen into a contemporary cook space. All homes, no matter the age, are built in a particular architectural style and design. Work with it, not against it.

Replacing the doors

However, if you want to update your kitchen without a dramatic change or you are simply on a tight budget, kitchen redooring may work for you. In one to two days you can get an updated look without the hassle or cost of installing new furniture and appliances.
Kitchen re-dooring simply means that you replace your doors and drawer fronts with the new ones in your choice of style. These doors and drawers should be color-matched to blend with your existing cabinet boxes. If your cabinet boxes are in a good, decent condition and you are happy with the current color of your cabinets, this may be a good option for you. That said, re-dooring is the fastest way to change your style without overhauling the entire look of your kitchen.

If you are on a super tight budget, you can also paint over laminate doors, cabinets, drawer fronts and the like. However, this is not as recommended as this may not be the right long-term solution. If you do decide to paint, remember that the key is the preparation of the surfaces.

Keep in mind that vinyl wrap doors cannot be re-coated, so in this case you would be better off replacing the entire doors. Replacing doors is a simple process as long as your current doors are standard sizes. If your current doors are odd sizes, then you will need to purchase a custom sized doors.

Replacing the drawers

Often, what’s behind your dated kitchen cabinet drawers is perfectly fine and will not need replacing any time soon. If you are not looking for a complete redesign of your kitchen, you can get away with replacing the drawers only. Many companies offer this for standard and sometimes even custom sizes. This process is very affordable. To keep the costs down, you can drill and install the handles yourself.

Additionally, you can buy a new worktop. Always go for worktops made from solid materials, such as engineered stone or granite if you can afford it. Tiled and glass splashbacks are popular as well as stainless steel, and the formica worktops are still very populer, inexpensive and hard wearing.

As drawers and worktops are a huge expense, don’t select them based on name brands. You can get very good drawers for a fraction of the cost of some of the big-name manufacturers. You should look for drawers made of furniture-grade plywood.

Speaking from experience, I found that my local contractor had contacts in the trade for just about every door size, colour and style imaginable, so give them a call the next time that you are looking for a new kitchen at a budget price.

The video below shows you how to replace the doors yourself if you are a handy type of person, but if not, and if you have older unusual style doors, then call in the professionals….

Planning a kitchen

nice kitchen layout


One of the first jobs in our new house at least is to upgrade the kitchen. This is an ongoing project, and we have barely made a start, but after looking at some kitchen design ideas I thought it was a good way to kick off this blog. I hope the information here is helpful.

The layout of a kitchen is not an improvised idea, far from it. There is an area of movement with the famous triangle of activity, as well as the distances from sink to oven to fridge that need to be considered. These rules of the installation of a kitchen always need to be considered. Nicolas Sallavuard, certified architect, gives us the low down.

The flow of clean and dirty

Back from the dining room, plates and dirty dishes are placed on the worktop. Before being placed in the dishwasher, they get emptied to  the trash and eventually rinsed in the sink: these three items (garbage, sink and dishwasher) must be close to each other with a simple and easy circulation. Closets, cabinets and drawers that can store clean dishes should also be near the dishwasher, so that with little effort you can remove the clean dishes and fill up with dirty ones.

The heights of the worktops and cooking appliances depends on your size. Remember however that in case of rental or resale, your successors will not necessarily be the same size as you. The work plan must be at waist height (85 to 95 cm) so you can reach the bottom of the sink without bending. The oven is placed preferably at eye level. A bar shelf should be at the height of your elbow (between 110 and 115 cm).  The highest cupboards top shelf should be about 220 cm.

Always Measure

Large household appliances such as the oven or dishwasher, fits into a square of 60 cm, so that should be considered when working out your work plan. Also these days, kitchen designers prefer increasingly deeper apertures (65 cm) for increased comfort.

For easy movement around your kitchen, leave 70 cm minimum free to your furniture. 90 cm allow you to easily bypass a closet or an open dishwasher. 120 cm allows 2 people to work in the kitchen without bumping in to each other.

Get the light right

Even if a sink is  placed in front of a window, the natural light is not usually enough. The layout should take into account the lighting required for safe working and mood lighting.

You must have general lighting a main ceiling light can do the trick, which will provide an average brightness in the entire room. Install also strong lights trained on different areas of the work area. Directional spots, arranged in wall units, are ideal.

Do not overlook also mood lighting, especially if the kitchen is open to the dining room, in which case sideboards may have china cabinet lighting, lamps and uplighters can all add to the overall room light but with a softer gentler feel.

For more kitchen design ideas, check out the House and Garden website here, and the video below has lots of useful tips.