7 Signs Your Girlfriend Is Taking Advantage of You

When a man loves a girl, he would want to go over mountains and seas for her. Some girls have discovered this and have positioned themselves to take full advantage of it. Sadly, most guys are not aware of this. It often takes another person to realize that the guy is being used. If you are in a relationship, here are seven ways of discovering this for yourself.

1. She does not take no for an answer:

If your girlfriend likes to have her way at all times, it is a sign that she is emotionally blackmailing you. She has studied you and come to realize that you love her. This is now her bargaining weapon. If you have an argument, she would do all she can for you to concede. If that fails, she will resort to tears because she knows it will break you.

2. She wants you to invest heavily in the relationship:

You may ask “What is wrong with it?” Nothing, if only she invests in the same measure. If you are the one always investing in a relationship and she rarely invests in the same manner, bro, she is just enjoying “dividends of a maga”. The simple fact is, if someone loves you, there will be the natural instinct to give all she can. While there is need for reciprocation, true love does not try to get first, instead, it gives.

3. She cancels plans with you repeatedly:

If she is fond of cancelling any plans that you both have made and does so with reckless abandon, watch it. No one who loves you will keep you hanging like that. “But she gives reasons why she couldn’t make it”, you say. Those reasons are excuses, and she gives you because you need something to comfort yourself with. The time and attention she is starving you of is what someone gets with ease.

4. She does not really care about you:

When a girl loves a guy, she wants to tell him everything that is happening with her and also wants to know what is happening with him. If your girlfriend does not show interest in knowing about what is going on with you that is a red flag. Rather than know about your progress with life, she occupies herself with telling you about her needs or family problems and needs, you really need to think twice.

5. You have a desire to gain her approval:

A woman’s desire is what her man should have and not try to earn. If you feel the need to get her to like anything you do or approve of who you are, then you should be careful. If your girlfriend discovers this desire in you, she is supposed to help you address it by telling you she approves of you unconditionally. If she does not but instead feeds that desire, you are not her lover but her worker who is trying hard to earn her approval.

6. She uses sex as a bargaining chip:

It is up to the two of you to decide whether to abstain or have sex. The problem here is if she uses sex as a tool for negotiation. She knows most men will make a decision based on what lies between their legs rather than what is in their head. If she deprives you of intimacy just to have her way, it is clear that she is trying to take advantage of you.

7. She makes you feel guilty:

Guilt is a powerful emotion that most people do not know how to cope with. Your girlfriend too may recognize this and try to use it for her own good. When she needs your presence, she will probably say something like, “I know you don’t miss me anymore, that’s why you don’t hand out with me” or when she needs something, “I know you don’t care about me and how I survive. Later you will say you love me”. If your girl makes statements along these lines, she is trying to get you defensive and then do her bidding. It’s simple reverse psychology!

If you discover you are in this category, it is best you break up with such a girl. Manipulation is a decision and not an accident. That girl is not your girlfriend but a manipulator.

6 Ways To Unlock Her Wild Side

Dear men, we know you want your lady love to crave for you in bed! But please know and understand the fact that women can be tricky: with a lot of buttons to press, and to be pressed in a certain order, at a certain time. Always remember she will never love a guy who just wants to wham, bam, thank you, Ma’am. She will never come crawling back for more with that strategy of yours.

Here is a list of tricks you can try to drive her crazy.

– Foreplay Is A Must!

Jumping straight into sex is never a great idea! Appropriate warm-up leads to smoother action in bed! Just heat up things a little before you get started on the main course! Kissing, biting, teasing and heavy petting, etc. will just have the right effect on her. Just fire her up and watch her turn into a crazy sex kitten in the bedroom! If you are new to this, just whisper something in her ear, bite it a little and suck on it or gently draw your finger up her spine as you kiss her, this will certainly ignite her like a firecracker.

– Watch Out For Her Body Signs!

Women are very expressive, even when they are not talking, their body has a lot to say! You want to know if she’s enjoying herself or not? Just read and understand her body language. Along with that what you should really be taking care of is what really makes her hips grind, how badly she want you, how much she forces her body in yours, and how intense her breathing is, etc. and react to this appropriately. The most important thing is to remain confident and full of passion. Never be the guy who doesn’t have a clue of what he’s doing or has no faith in himself, cause it is such a turn-off!

– Be The Man She Wants!

In the world full of empowering women all around, one might get used to women taking control in bed. And believe us you’ll love it when she is in charge and dominating you, there’s nothing better! But always remember even a confident, powerful and ballsy woman, simply love being dominated! Let us warn you, it will take a little time, trust and communication to win her over! Take baby steps and pick up hints from by reading her body language to make sure she’s comfortable, both physically and emotionally. Go with the thumb rule of one step at a time, it is never a good idea to start off with anything that might hurt her feelings or humiliate her. Women are really drawn towards a man who can take charge and show his dominance and doesn’t think twice before pinning her up against the wall or might as well catch hold of her and punish her by spanking her ass! This is a massive turn on for most women.

– Make Her Go Head Over Heels!

Women are very sensitive and conscious about their lady parts, so assure her you’re having a great time down there. Give her head, she will go in a different world altogether! One strict no while giving a head is “not to take advice from porn video” Believe us, she is not that easy to win over! In the initial stage, this might seem a little tough but with time and patience, you will be a pro in no time!

– Hit The Right Spot!

There are a lot of switches in a women’s body which will fire up the minute you turn it on! Starting with the clitoris, g-spot, nipples, the neck, her lips, her back, etc. are a list of switches that you can keep in mind to get her started! Keep on trying new spots to play with because unless she actually tells you, you’ll never know what really floats her boat. Sometimes you’ll get lucky by redefining her choices, only if you keep on experimenting with her! Just blindfold her and roll an ice cube over her neck and lips and drag it all the way down there and let the magic work!

– Play Hard And Rough!

That was a different time when women were all delicate and were handled with care in bed! Though vanilla still is chosen by a lot of women, going wild and rough is that sweeps a whole lot of women off their feet! Maybe she doesn’t need a knight in shining armor but a bandit indeed! Please remember, she is not glass and she won’t break easily, so don’t worry about hurting her. She is crazy, impulsive and just needs you to tame her! Rough love making in bed is full of passion, animalistic and it will sure as hell drive her wild. So don’t hesitant to get a little kinky with her either.

The Challenge of Relationships for Those on a Spiritual Journey

I’m sure if you are reading this, you are what is called a ‘lightworker’. Lightworkers are people that come to earth with a spiritual purpose: service to others, bettering the planet, healing, beautifying the planet, challenging current beliefs for the growth of humans etc.

Lightworkers of today, can find relationships very confounding. This comes down to one word—vows.

Lightworkers have had many past lives in the spiritual realms as members of the clergy, monks, nuns, priests, gurus, healers, sages, missionaries, etc. They naturally tend to put others first, sacrifice themselves in service to others, and are often of humble means.

This relates to ingrained vows from the past including: vows of chastity, poverty, hunger (fasting), humility, isolation, and selfless service (often martyrdom).

Say the following sentences out loud, “I want a lot of money”, “I want fame,” “I’m out for myself,” “All I have to do is worry about getting what I want,” “I want to be rich, powerful, have an entourage, and be a player” or things to that affect, do you have a strong reaction? Do you hear a voice screaming “Noooooooo!”

Did you feel judgment over coveting these ‘worldly things’? If yes, then you are likely here on a spiritual mission. In the past, these hedonistic things would have been ‘temptations’ to resist, things to tempt you off your path, things that would shake your humility and move you further away from God.

Needless to say, having an aversion to earthly pleasures, is not altogether helpful in current times. It is not wrong or anti-spiritual to want love, security, money, joy, creature comforts, or even material possessions, if you are not driven by greed. These things allow us to take care of ourselves.

The modern world is driven by competition and acquisition, and these qualities in the extreme, can make you vulnerable to opportunists.

It is then, hardly a surprise that many light-workers have difficulty with relationships. They haven’t had a lot of experience with them, so it is new territory. They may not even give themselves permission to have relationships, much less those where someone is giving to them.

Modern society breeds narcissists. If you are conditioned by society to believe your only two choices in life are to be a have or a have not, your goal will probably be to collect, and not share, as many toys as you can. Some people are here in service to self, and others are here in service to others. The two can be put together, but like oil and water, they don’t mix.

If you find out a person’s values before you get involved (listening to red flags is hard, but vital), you will save yourself a lot of wasted time and heartbreak. If you ask, “What do you feel your life purpose is?” and they answer, “To have as much fun as possible,” or “To be rich and famous,” you know who you are dealing with.

The traps that can make you vulnerable to predatory people are:
Compulsive care taking
Putting your partners’ needs before your own
Putting other peoples’ feelings before your own
Being manipulated into doing more or all of the work in the relationship
Trying to fix or heal someone who is broken (they can sniff “fixers” out like sharks)
Being overly understanding and making excuses for your partner’s bad behavior
Being more tolerant of poor treatment than others
Lacking confidence due to being taken advantage of
Being more comfortable giving than receiving
Difficulty being vulnerable
Difficulty asking others for help
Doing way too much for other people without realizing it
Doing things for others at your own detriment
Letting people drain you
Minimizing how much you do for others
Difficulty with boundaries in personal relationships
Having a hard time setting limits and saying no
Being overly self sufficient
Not expecting anything from others (which is exactly what you get if you do not assert yourself)
Doing things for others they can, and should, do for themselves

This is by no means a complete list. Psychiatry would say these reflect subconscious patterns being re-enacted based on your childhood experiences. I would call them karma from past lives based on core issues you are trying to learn in this lifetime.

For many, their core issue is self-love, self-care, and figuring out how to have a healthy, loving relationship based on equality, not need.

If you are in a relationship where you feel more like a parent than a partner, you are fulfilling what I will call, “the pattern”.

The good news is that you can change this. Take the power back by realizing you created the perfect conditions for someone to mistreat you. Having awareness is the first step. It will be hard. You WILL fall into the pattern again, but hopefully, and gradually, it will take you less and less time to realize it.

Learn not to make bad investments. Lightworkers tend to fully invest in people and things that amount to a terrible business deal. Investing in something that has poor prospects for the future, produces low dividends, diminishes your resources, and leaves you bankrupt, is a bad deal.

Try not to take detours on the way to obtaining your goals. Invest in yourself. Toxic people will make you your own collateral damage. Can you afford that? Those truly capable of loving and caring for you, will appreciate you for who you are, not only for what you do for them.

I am a professional psychic medium with 20+ years of experience. Please feel free to visit my web site, where you will find a free meditation, and info about classes and workshops in Psychic Development.

Your Invitation Has an Expiration Date

An invitation is a written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something. Have you ever been invited to something like a wedding or a bridal shower? Do you remember that your invitation had an RSVP date? What the invitation really meant was, your presence at the event would be appreciated, but you have to respond by the stated date. Otherwise, it is assumed you are uninterested or unavailable, and you’d not be included in the count.

Here’s another example. Manufacturers are in business to make money, and their target market is the public. After all, if we don’t buy their products, what will they do with them, and how would they earn a living? It is common knowledge that competition is fierce among manufacturers, so many of them use all kinds of advertisements to draw sales away from their competitors.

One of the strategies they use is price reduction –commonly known as sales — and another one is coupons use. What’s interesting about both strategies is that both are dated: they have expiration dates, forcing the buyer to purchase products by the specified deadline. If products are not purchased by the expiration dates, the discounts no longer apply and one has to pay full price for the products in question.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve thrown money away when I let a coupon expire, yet I misplace them all the time or forget that I even have them. In other words, I don’t treat coupons as if they are as valuable as I say they are. Fortunately, the products will probably still be available, whether or not there’s a sale or coupon. I will just have to pay a bit more.

God loves us and would like us to respond to Him. Although we are unaware of a specific date, God’s invitation into a relationship with Him has a time limit as well. That date is not readily available as one might see on coupons, but I can assure you, your invitation to come to God expires when you die, or when Jesus returns to earth, whichever comes first. The Bible says so. God knows when, but we don’t, and that is why each person needs to take this invitation seriously and treat it with urgency. It is better to have the assurance now that God has a place for you in heaven, than get to the end only to find your name is not on the list. What a disappointment and loss that would be!

Having explained time limits, let me explain God’s invitation again. Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, our first parents, sin was passed on to us. That sin caused a separation between God and man. In order to restore that relationship, Jesus died to pay the price for our sin. God’s love through the death of His Son, Jesus, is enough to cover every single person, but each person has to choose what they want. God will not force salvation on anyone, neither is He going to wait forever while people toil with the idea of loving God or something else. People have to take responsibility for their sins and make plans for their eternal future.

Living now without faith in Jesus means living in eternity later without God, and that means spending eternity in hell. Using the word hell is not a scare tactic; it is the truth, and should be addressed as such. Sugar-coating it or calling it by any other name won’t change what it is. Jesus’ invitation to you is, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NLT).

How are you going to respond to this invitation? Time is running out with every day that passes. You probably don’t have as much time as you think. This is God’s assurance when you repent and put your faith in Jesus, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God” (1 John 5:1 NLT), and “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13 NLT). Respond to this invitation, before it’s too late for you!

Is Empathy Important In A Relationship?

If one lived in the middle of nowhere and there was no one else in sight, they might not need to think about anyone else. The only thing they would need to think about is their own needs, and their life would be based around fulfilling these needs.

Yet, if it isn’t this black and white, it could mean that they have a dog that they have to look after. But even if they have a dog, this is not going to be something that will consume their life.


In addition to what they have to do for their dog, there can be what they have to do to the land around them. If they take care of the land, it can allow them to grow the kind of food that they need in order to survive.

This is then going to mean that they will have a few things to focus on and, when they are not focusing on these things, they can think about themselves. This is going to be radically different to how it would be if one spent time around others.

Reaching Out

When one spends time around someone, it is going to be important for them to make sure they are not caught up with their own needs. One is then not going to be consumed with what is taking place within them; they will be aware of what is going on for the other person.

Through extending themselves in this way, it allows them to bridge the gap that exists between them. As a result of this, it will allow one to connect to the other person and to put themselves to one side.


This is going to cause one to come across as though they are interested in what the other person has to say. Thus, not only will one’s body be there; their presence will also be there.

And as they are able to tune into what the other person is going through, it is going to be a lot easier for them to know what they need. Through being aware of the signals that the other person is giving out, one will know how to respond.

Another Approach

But even if one is not aware of what someone needs, it doesn’t mean that they won’t know what to do. The only thing that one will need to do is to ask them what it is that they can do for them.

What matters is that one is able to notice that someone isn’t right and, from here, something can be done about it. It is then going to be clear to the other person that one cares about them.

Both Ways

When one behaves in this way and the person they are with also behaves in the same way, it can allow them to have a strong connection. And, it won’t matter if one is spending time with a friend, a family member, or their partner, for instance, as it is always going to be important for them to be this way.

One could find that if they were to behave in this way around someone they don’t know they could soon end up with a new friend. The other person could see that one is interested in their needs, and this could draw them in.

Always a Way

When one is in a relationship with someone who has empathy, it is going to be a lot easier for them to work through any challenges that arise. Firstly, both of them will have the ability to see when something isn’t right.

Through putting themselves in the other person’s shoes, they will be able to get an idea of what the other is going though. From here, they will be able to apologise, or change their behaviour in some way.

In Balance

What this is going to show that is that one has the ability to give and they have the ability to receive. And as one is an interdependent human being, this is going to make it a lot easier for them to thrive.

It is through one being there for others that other people will be there for them. There may have been a time when one was there for others but they didn’t return the favour, and this could have shown that one didn’t value themselves, amongst other things.

Another Experience

But even though it is important to have empathy, it doesn’t mean that everyone has it, or that everyone has the same amount. So, if one lacks empathy, their experience on this earth is going to be extremely different.

When one is focused on their own needs and they are not interested in what is going on for other people, they could believe that other people exist to meet their needs. It is then going to be as if these people are an extension of them.

Take and Take

This is likely to mean that they won’t have any friends, or if they do, they can be surrounded by people who are also out of balance. These people could have the tendency to focus on other people’s needs, and they could believe that their needs are not important.

One is then going to take what they can, and these people will just put up with it. It could seem as though one doesn’t have the ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes.

One Option

So if one is in a relationship, for instance, and their partner had a problem, they are not going to be able to be there for them. One could end up telling them to ‘get over’ it or to ‘move on’.

This can then cause their partner to feel invalidated and as though one doesn’t care about them. If there is a problem in their relationship, it is highly unlikely that it will get any better; in fact, it could end up getting even worse.


If one is caught up with their own needs and finds it hard to empathise with others, it will be vital for them to work on this, that’s if they feel the need to. And if one is used to attracting people who are self-centred, it is going to be necessary for them to look into why they put up with these people.

As if they valued themselves, they might no longer be drawn to (or attract) these kinds of people. The assistance of a therapist or a healer may be needed here.

Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand three hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice. His current projects include ‘A Dialogue With The Heart’ and ‘Communication Made Easy’.

5 Tips for Being a Great Bridesmaid

The bridesmaid has a wide range of responsibilities that need to be taken care of leading up to the special day. But being a part of the bridal party can be a lot less overwhelming with the right know-how and planning. Here are a few tips to become a great bridesmaid:

Start planning early

Start the planning and preparation work as early as possible. Even if you are asked to be a part of the wedding party 12 months in advance, there are plenty of things that can be started on as soon as possible. Use a to-do list or planner to stay organized. An early start is certain to mean less stress as the special day starts to arrive. It also gives extra time in the event of unexpected changes or last-minute emergencies.

Be part of a team

To best bridesmaids are able to work as part of a team. Try to be cooperative and get along with everyone to really impress the bride. It is worth checking with the bride every so often to see if there is anything that needs doing. While there is likely to be a few disagreements between bridesmaids, these can be kept to a minimum by being proactive and not being overbearing.

Don’t be too fussy about the dress

It can be quite difficult to find a bridesmaid dress that gives the desired look on four or five different body shapes. For this reason, it can help to accept the dress even if it does not match your style or you find it an unflattering color. Also, the dress is only worn once so it can help to be more flexible and accept what you have been offered.

Decorations and party favors

In addition to organizing the bachelorette party and bridal shower, you may also be asked to help with putting together party favors and decorations. A great way to add a unique touch to the favors is to look at the personalized items. Try to use a company that provides custom labels. This is great for gift tags for party favors, wine bottles, and cupcake toppers. Also, the labels are certain to look their best if tailored to the wedding theme.

Plan the bachelorette party

When it comes to the bachelorette party makes sure to organize the occasion that perfectly matches the personality of the bride. Even though you want to create the fun event that will be remembered, you still need to put the bride first and forget about your own personal preferences.

Plan Early So You Have the Best Wedding Transportation in Place

There are quite a few plans you need to make in order for your wedding to go over well in all areas. One of them you need to think about early on in the planning stages is your wedding transport. There are many options you have, so identifying what you really want to include is a good place to start.

Spend some time evaluating your options and the providers in your area. The more information you have, the easier it is for you to bring it all together. You may find consulting with providers can help you get your questions answered and get an idea of packages they offer. Such information is free to obtain and it can help you to realise the variation you have access to.

Who will be Transported

You get to decide who will be part of that wedding transport. Is it going to be provided only for the newlyweds? Will it be offered for the parents and grandparents of the couple as a courtesy? Will the wedding party be included or do they need to secure their own transportation? All of this has to be evaluated so it falls in place. There are pros and cons to various scenarios.

The more people you offer it to, the more expensive it becomes. There is also the risk someone won’t show up when they should and throw the schedule off. Don’t feel guilty if you limit the wedding transport only to the couple getting married. Remember, it is your special day and you are in charge of the plans.

Types of Transportation

Once you decide who will be transported, you can evaluate the forms of wedding transport available. There are luxury cars, vintage cars, limos, and buses to think about. Of course, what is offered can vary from one provider to the next. Spend some time online or locally going to those entities to see what they have available.

You will find plenty of amazing vehicles you can pick from that are ideal for the type of wedding you plan to have. Just make sure you secure what you want early as these vehicles are often rented months in advance. If you wait, you will have to pick from what is left over for your wedding date.

Length of Time

How long do you need the rental for? Many of the packages offered have a time limit within them. If you plan to host a lengthy reception, it may be best to have your own transportation afterwards. You can obtain wedding transport to the wedding location and to the reception location. Then someone else can take you home afterwards.
On the other hand, having transportation to get you and all of your items from the wedding home is a great concept. If you or others plan to drink at the event, you need to think about who will be getting behind the wheel afterwards.


There are several factors that play a role in the overall cost of your wedding transport. Think about how much money you can reasonably budget for this. Then you can look for options that fit well within it. The type of vehicle, how long you have it, extra perks you want, and who you rent from all influence the overall cost.

It doesn’t hurt to try to negotiate with the provider though to see what they can do for you. Be honest with them about the amount of money you have. They may be able to help you cut some corners so you get the benefits you want but for a price you aren’t stressed out about.

The right vehicle for your special occasion is important. It is a nice touch to create the setting you want. You can select one vehicle to arrive in or you can select several for your entire group such as a wedding party to use for the event. We offer a wide selection of vintage vehicles as well as those that are stylish with room for many passengers. Check out to learn more about our vehicles available and to book them. Our friendly staff at Premier Carriage is always available to answer questions, to make special arrangements, and to ensure your occasion has the vehicles you want!

The 15 Best Venues for Outdoor Weddings in the USA

There are many perfect outdoor wedding venues all over the country. We have narrowed it down to the fifteen of the best spots for an outdoor wedding in the country.

1. Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is the perfect go-to destination for wedding locations because of its stunning beaches and very hospitable people. This island is known to be the most romantic island in Hawaii because of the waterfalls and lush landscape. Winter and early spring are the peak seasons so be sure to book your wedding when there are fewer guests.

2. Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas
This ideal location is referred to as one of the best wedding venues by The Knot. It offers an Italian Villa-inspired aura that attracts patrons from all over the country. The winding Colorado River can be seen from the villa and adds to the perfect view. The building is lit in different colors after sunset, which adds to its appeal.

3. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai is the least developed island in the state of Hawaii. The untouched flora and fauna abound in the island and is a good choice for nature-loving couples. The waters in the beaches are also clear as crystal. This is perhaps one of the best choices for beach weddings. The lush tropical landscape of the island earned its moniker “The Garden of Isle”.

4. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is known for producing some of the best wines in the country. The picturesque valley offers a nice backdrop to the romantic vineyards of Napa. The sunny weather of California offers additional warmth to your outdoor wedding. During the month of September, many people come to visit since it is the harvest season. It is best to book during months when there are few visitors.

5. Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, California
This wedding spot is perfect for a couple who desire a Bohemian-inspired wedding. The ranch resembles a scene out of the wild, wild west and there are plenty of cabins are available for guests. A good barbecue is ideal for the reception.

6. Miami, Florida
Miami is famous for its weather and its beaches. There are many nightclubs around the city and this is perfect for couples who want a Caribbean-inspired wedding but on home soil. The city is also known for its amazing food which blends American culture with a Latin American kick.

7. San Francisco, California
The Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts are two of the most iconic wedding landmarks in the country. Aside from the nice weather and rolling hills, the old Victorian architecture adds to the perfect view. There are many parks scattered around the city which can be rented and used for your dream wedding.

8. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Teton Mountains are a majestic backdrop to that wonderful wedding that couples look forward to. The breath-taking view of the snow-covered mountain makes it extra special. This is perfect for guests who want to do some hiking and go to museums and bars. It is important, however, to check the weather update before you book as the area is prone to a lot of storms.

9. Jardin de Buis in New Jersey
The magnificent topiaries and labyrinth of Jardin de Buis is an excellent choice for couples who look forward to a romantic and glamorous garden wedding. The estate grounds feature green houses, a barn and tall, mature trees.

10. New York City
New York City has many facilities and hotels that can be used for weddings. What makes New York City a perfect outdoor wedding choice is its urban landscape. At night, office building lights add to the romantic mood of a perfect outdoor wedding location. Although some hotels may be expensive, there are many parks and rooftop wedding venues in this big city.

11. The Big Island, Hawaii
The biggest island in Hawaii, The Big Island is a perfect destination for couples who want to tie the knot amidst the breeze of Hawaii’s blue waters. Suggested activities are snorkeling, horseback riding, nature trekking and of course, strolling through Hawaii’s perfect beaches.

12. Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
The snow covered mountains of Aspen Colorado is a perfect background for couples who would like a change for the usual beach wedding. Guests can go skiing and do other outdoor snow activities. The view of the mountains with the pine trees are scenic additions to that picture-perfect wedding that couples dream of.

13. Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island is a simple yet fulfilling choice for couples. The lighthouses in the backdrop relive the glory of New England. Newport is warmest during summer so it is highly advised to book at these times.

14. Froggsong Gardens in Seattle, Washington
For couples who are planning a garden wedding, this is a good choice with an amazing garden landscape. Guests can also explore the richness of Seattle as there are many good restaurants and museums in the city.

15. Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, Colorado
This is a unique wedding destination since this is a restored ghost town. As a matter of fact, couples can rent the entire town for their own liking. There are also spas, fitness centers and a hiking trail for your wedding guests. Plus, during the winter, its picturesque snow-scapes are a perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony.

6 Must-Read Gown Shopping Tips

Are you going to buy a wedding dress? Before you hit a bridal salon, we suggest that you keep a few things in mind. Given below are a few gown shopping tips that you may want to consider when making this choice?

1. Have a Price Range in Mind

It’s not a good idea to try on a lot of gowns that you can’t even afford to buy. Instead, what you need to do is focus on your price range and look for something that you can afford to purchase. Keep in mind that your budget will include other things as well, such as shipping fees, taxes and alteration costs. Aside from this, the cost can go up if you want to buy shoes, veil, jewelry and lingerie as well.

2. Start Early

Before your wedding day, make sure you have enough time to search for the best gown. Ideally, we suggest that you start your search at least 6 to 8 months before the big day. But if you are choosy, you should start as early as 10 months. On average, custom gowns may take 6 to 8 months to be made. But if you need an embellished one, you should wait for at least 12 months. So, starting early is a great idea.

3. Follow the Dress Code

When buying the gown, don’t forget to take into account you religious restrictions. For instance, if you are going to organize the ceremony in a church, make sure you follow the attire guidelines. You may have to cover your arms or shoulders based on the set guidelines.

4. Decide on What You Like

To find out what you like, you should consider the season, venue and other things. Aside from this, you should rule out silhouettes and fabrics that you think won’t work for you. What you need to do is choose styles that may suit your figure.

5. Get Recommendations from The Salon

It’s a good idea to get recommendations from the salon as well. Eliminating things at first glance is not a good habit. So, if the salesperson recommends something to you, make sure you try it. As a matter of fact, not all of the dresses will look good on the hanger. You have to try some dress to find out if they suit you.

6. Buy One That Fits You Now

If you are working out to build your body, don’t go for a dress that you think will fit you once you have developed your muscle. Keep in mind that you can’t change your body completely. What you should do is make sure that the outfit fits you at the time of buying.

So, if you have been looking for a good wedding dress, we suggest that you keep these tips in mind. The thing is that the dress should fit you and it should be reasonably price. You don’t want to end up with empty pockets just to buy a dress that you don’t even like.

The Reasons Why Foiled Wedding Invitations Are Trending

Also known as foil stamping, this glamorous trend is gaining popularity in the wedding circuit. Elegant, glittery, and stunning are some adjectives used to describe weddings and these are applicable to foil invitations too! Colours like gold and rose gold are frequently associated with events like wedding and foil printing makes these shades effective without making it look gaudy.

What is Foil Printing?

This is a method of printing wherein heated type or stamping dies are pressed against a thin sheet of metallic or pigment foil. The pressure causes the design to be transferred on to the substrate. The heat and pressure help the foil stick to the necessary areas and the end result is a rich finish which cannot be achieved through other methods of printing.

The dies are made of metal while the foil can be gold, silver, copper, and even holographic metallic.

Foil Printing Over the Years

Before the 19th century, foil printing mainly involved use of hand-set lettering or dies that were custom engraved. This made it an elaborate process and so the technique was primarily used only for book covers and literary titles. Modern hot-stamping foils became popular in the early 20th century with German master book binder Ernst Oeser pioneering the efforts. He was followed by Englishman George. M. Whiley, a foil manufacturer, who started using atomized gold on slim sheets of polyester film. This process gained popularity as the decades rolled by.

Advantages of Foiled Wedding Invitations

  • Since no ink is used in foil printing, there is no danger of changes in foil colour depending on the colour of the paper used.
  • The glittery, lustrous finish of an invite makes an effective visual impact.
  • Foil affords the freedom of choosing from various finishes such as metallic (metal-like shine in colours such as gold, silver, copper, gold, green, blue, and red) matte (dull finish with deep solid colours), glossy (non-metallic in different colours), pearlescent, and holographic where holograms can be transferred onto foil.
  • Patterns like marbling are categorized as special effects foils as are woodgrain, leather, and pearl. Semi-transparent tin foils come in handy when the paper colour needs to be concealed.

Some Ways to Make a Foil Wedding Invitation Stand Out

Popular colours are silver, black, and gold. But blue, purple, and rose gold are equally sought after by those who do not shy away from being a bit adventurous. Digital and foil printing can be combined when using more than one colour on the invitation.

Try going monochrome – For a contemporary look which is classy, try getting the foil stamp in the same hue as the paper. Matte paper is best suited for this look.

Dot it rightGive the impression of confetti on the wedding invitation by choosing to place clusters of dots on the edges.

Script ItCombining the metallic effect with a delicate script can convey timelessness and romanticism in one go.

Get DramaticLettering in gold, silver, or rose gold with a background in deep colours like burgundy can create the right amount of drama.

MonogramsAll wedding stationery can be monogrammed with a custom design which can also be used later on.

ShadowyIn order to create a drop shadow, the same plate can be used in two different foil colours.

Though foiled business cards and invitations are most common uses of this technique, more and more brochures, presentation folders, and greeting cards are being created using this process. It is important to remember that foil printing is an expensive process and budget accordingly. Also, this technique will not be feasible if thermography text and designs already exist on the card or paper.

New age solutions and time-tested vintage methods – every creation that comes to life at Viprint promises the perfect marriage of an art, a craft and sublime visual elegance.

Intended to suit contemporary clients’ needs like branding, marketing and make their distinctive presence felt or cater to elite private occasions, Viprint offers a range of printing services like foil business cards and invitations, designs and processes. The best design minds, technically skilled mastercraftsman and finest of resources come together to deliver exclusive stationary or cater to custom print requirements. And, binding them all together is one unshakable belief- that quality is paramount.