Why Coffee Shops Are So Popular

In Colombia, the coffee shop culture does not really exist, or, at least, is still very new. Famous for its coffee I imagined that even the tiniest Colombian village would have a coffee shop. I mean, they do exist but they are nowhere near as common as I had expected. The ones that do exist are very different from those in the UK. They are places where you go in, have a quick drink and then leave immediately. Nobody spends the afternoon enjoying a peaceful moment. People don’t always go to coffee shops like cocoagrindernyc.com just for a drink, but to spend time with friends or read a book. This “coffee shop culture” is very popular in the UK and it is a fantastic way to spend time with loved ones. It isn’t popular everywhere, though. Most coffee shops have a cosy atmosphere. They are places where you can sit for hours as you sip your coffee. People go with friends and family to chat and relax after going shopping, or meet up just for a gossip. Alternatively, many people go alone. Coffee shops are great places to read in peace, or to sit and write. And with free Wi-Fi in many places, it is not difficult to spend a lot of time in a coffee shop.

People never seem to come in for a leisurely drink but for a quick – almost business-like – meeting, even if they are with family or friends. The idea that a person would go to a coffee shop alone is, apparently, ridiculous. Every time I go alone with a book, other customers look at me as if I had horns. I could be painting a wrong picture, of course. This may be the culture only in other Colombian cities perhaps have a more developed coffee shop culture. Coffee shops have a lot of things that your average study space can’t offer. You have easy access to study snacks and drinks if you feel your energy dip, and you also have the option to sit outside if the inside is too crowded or noisy.

Patrons also like working in an environment that isn’t stressful. In comparison to the library, coffee shops offer a more laid back atmosphere to students. People there are smiling and enjoying good conversation. No one is fraught with anxiety about the test they have the next morning.

The noise is a steady, drone of muddled conversations and the clinking of cups in a coffee shop. Students claim the background noise isn’t distracting since its volume remains at a consistent level while they do their work. The main reason why people study in coffee shops, however, is that they enjoy running into people they know. Students see their friends coming by, and they can chat with them for a nice study break.

What Does Your Wedding Florist Need To Know?

What should I take to a wedding flower consultation? Your professional florist like lilyjonesflowers.co.uk will guide you through all the requirements and information they need during the consultation, this will be a time when you’ll be able to start discussing plans you have made for your wedding and also ideas you have regarding your wedding flowers.

Start taking a look at images in weddings magazines, and marking the ones you like, or start a Pinterest board with things that catch your eye. This is very useful information to your florist – don’t feel that you need to choose specific flowers or even designs, but a collection of what you like will help your florist make suggestions and create wedding flowers that are tailored and perfect for you. It may be that you are going to your florist with an open mind, however having some idea of the direction you wish the wedding decorations to take may be useful.

What the florist will most likely ask?
Below we have listed a number of questions that might be asked at some point in your wedding planning (these will not all be asked at the first consultation) and aren’t meant to bamboozle you. They will help you consider how best to make the process more straightforward for yourself and your florist.

For example if you can take along images of bride, bridesmaids and groomsman’s outfits, along with sample of the fabrics – this helps enormously. It is a good idea, when meeting your wedding reception coordinator to ask for extra business cards. We hope that by considering these questions you can plan finer detail and answers. You will be one step ahead with all your wedding flower planning.

So here goes… some questions you may be asked;

  • All of your details; name, address, telephone numbers, email address etc.
  • The date of the wedding
  • The time of the wedding
  • What time you are leaving prior to your wedding?
  • Do you have any ideas about your wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a theme to your wedding?
  • Do you have any favourite flowers, or flowers you’d like to be used?
  • Do you have colours you would like to be used throughout the wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a budget for your wedding flowers?
  • Where are you staying before departing for your wedding?
  • Where are grooms man staying or meeting?
  • Where your ceremony is?
  • Where your reception is?
  • How tall is the bride?
  • Frame size of the bride?
  • Hair colour of the bride?
  • What is the style of the brides dress?
  • What is the colour of the brides dress?
  • What is the Fabric of the brides dress?
  • Is there any fine adornments to the dress e.g. pearls, crystals etc.?
  • Is the bride wearing a veil?
  • How many bridesmaids and flower girls are there?
  • What are the ages of the bridesmaids and flower girls?
  • What style are the bridesmaid dresses?
  • What is the colour of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • What is the Fabric of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • Is there just one best man?
  • Who is giving the bride away?
  • How many ushers are there?
  • Are there any page boys?
  • What is the groom wearing?
  • Do they have a waist coat and if so the colour?
  • Are they wearing a tie or cravat? What is the colour?
  • Do the groomsman have any other adornments e.g. colour handkerchiefs?
  • Is there a ring bearer?
  • Where would you like flowers in the church/ceremony location?
  • Who is the point of contact for the church/ceremony location?
  • Are there are other couple getting married on the same day, and if so what time they are married?
  • Have you considered the possibility of sharing church flower designs?
  • Who is the main point of contact at the reception venue?
  • How many rooms

European Christmas Market Guide

There’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of a Christmas market whether that be at home or abroad. The season to start decking the halls and serve up homemade gingerbread men and mulled wine is very nearly upon us and to kick off your Christmas shopping you need a winter break to get those special presents sorted. Stalls around Christmas markets are heavy with wine, meat and roasting chestnuts. You’ve just got to get involved! You can book a break through a website like door2tour.com and get the whole family involved or you can head off on something more romantic for just two of you. Whether you are travelling abroad or staying nearer to home, we’ve put together our top destinations in a two part guide that will get you right in the festive spirit.

Found in the romantic square of the Austrian capital, twenty-five markets spring up on the beautiful cobbled streets of Vienna which promise elegant gifts in a unique and truly festive setting. The entire city of Vienna get involved with the events, a tradition that began in the 17th Century. The Viennese Christmas Market stands directly in front of City Hall with a charming backdrop perfect for traditional shopping. The highlight other than the delicious aromas that dance from stall to stall are the beautiful voices of international choirs as you search through for that absolutely perfect and unique gift for your loved one. There’s nothing quite like a Viennese Christmas Market and taking the time to book a break and have a look round is something you won’t regret.

The home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe, there are three hundred stalls in Strasbourg promising handcrafted gifts, decorations for the tree and indulgent treats for the taste buds. Not forgetting of course, the rich heavy flavours of the traditional Bredle sweets you can find at every corner. The winter wonderland is always best late in the afternoon as the Christmas lights turn on and the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread waft through the air. If you’re not fussy on lights, then going earlier in the morning means more time to look with less crowds. If you’ve booked your break through a site like door2tour.com you could get fabulous discounts and offers so always check online before you go.

Always famous for its beer and chocolate choices, it’s unsurprisingly a favourite amongst the lovers of the Christmas period. Easily accessed via a hop on the Eurostar, Belgium is perfect for finding Christmas gifts without the fuss. Festively lined in an array of Christmas trees and colourful mood lighting, the market exudes a fantastic festive atmosphere and houses excellent shopping opportunities. The ice rink centred in the market square is perfect for the family and a fun and exciting way to build an appetite for sampling Belgian culinary delights.

Ultimately you have many choices for where you decide to go for your Christmas market break, and that choice lays with you!

What Does Your Wedding Florist Need To Know?

 

What should I take to a wedding flower consultation? Your professional florist like www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk will guide you through all the requirements and information they need during the consultation, this will be a time when you’ll be able to start discussing plans you have made for your wedding and also ideas you have regarding your wedding flowers.

Start taking a look at images in weddings magazines, and marking the ones you like, or start a Pinterest board with things that catch your eye. This is very useful information to your florist – don’t feel that you need to choose specific flowers or even designs, but a collection of what you like will help your florist make suggestions and create wedding flowers that are tailored and perfect for you. It may be that you are going to your florist with an open mind, however having some idea of the direction you wish the wedding decorations to take may be useful.

What the florist will most likely ask?

Below we have listed a number of questions that might be asked at some point in your wedding planning (these will not all be asked at the first consultation) and aren’t meant to bamboozle you. They will help you consider how best to make the process more straightforward for yourself and your florist.

For example if you can take along images of bride, bridesmaids and groomsman’s outfits, along with sample of the fabrics – this helps enormously. It is a good idea, when meeting your wedding reception coordinator to ask for extra business cards. We hope that by considering these questions you can plan finer detail and answers. You will be one step ahead with all your wedding flower planning.

So here goes… some questions you may be asked;

  • All of your details; name, address, telephone numbers, email address etc.
  • The date of the wedding
  • The time of the wedding
  • What time you are leaving prior to your wedding?
  • Do you have any ideas about your wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a theme to your wedding?
  • Do you have any favourite flowers, or flowers you’d like to be used?
  • Do you have colours you would like to be used throughout the wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a budget for your wedding flowers?
  • Where are you staying before departing for your wedding?
  • Where are grooms man staying or meeting?
  • Where your ceremony is?
  • Where your reception is?
  • How tall is the bride?
  • Frame size of the bride?
  • Hair colour of the bride?
  • What is the style of the brides dress?
  • What is the colour of the brides dress?
  • What is the Fabric of the brides dress?
  • Is there any fine adornments to the dress e.g. pearls, crystals etc.?
  • Is the bride wearing a veil?
  • How many bridesmaids and flower girls are there?
  • What are the ages of the bridesmaids and flower girls?
  • What style are the bridesmaid dresses?
  • What is the colour of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • What is the Fabric of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • Is there just one best man?
  • Who is giving the bride away?
  • How many ushers are there?
  • Are there any page boys?
  • What is the groom wearing?
  • Do they have a waist coat and if so the colour?
  • Are they wearing a tie or cravat? What is the colour?
  • Do the groomsman have any other adornments e.g. colour handkerchiefs?
  • Is there a ring bearer?
  • Where would you like flowers in the church/ceremony location?
  • Who is the point of contact for the church/ceremony location?
  • Are there are other couple getting married on the same day, and if so what time they are married?
  • Have you considered the possibility of sharing church flower designs?
  • Who is the main point of contact at the reception venue?
  • How many rooms

What Does Your Wedding Florist Need To Know?

What should I take to a wedding flower consultation? Your professional florist like www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk will guide you through all the requirements and information they need during the consultation, this will be a time when you’ll be able to start discussing plans you have made for your wedding and also ideas you have regarding your wedding flowers.

Start taking a look at images in weddings magazines, and marking the ones you like, or start a Pinterest board with things that catch your eye. This is very useful information to your florist – don’t feel that you need to choose specific flowers or even designs, but a collection of what you like will help your florist make suggestions and create wedding flowers that are tailored and perfect for you. It may be that you are going to your florist with an open mind, however having some idea of the direction you wish the wedding decorations to take may be useful.

What the florist will most likely ask?

Below we have listed a number of questions that might be asked at some point in your wedding planning (these will not all be asked at the first consultation) and aren’t meant to bamboozle you. They will help you consider how best to make the process more straightforward for yourself and your florist.

For example if you can take along images of bride, bridesmaids and groomsman’s outfits, along with sample of the fabrics – this helps enormously. It is a good idea, when meeting your wedding reception coordinator to ask for extra business cards. We hope that by considering these questions you can plan finer detail and answers. You will be one step ahead with all your wedding flower planning.

So here goes… some questions you may be asked;

  • All of your details; name, address, telephone numbers, email address etc.
  • The date of the wedding
  • The time of the wedding
  • What time you are leaving prior to your wedding?
  • Do you have any ideas about your wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a theme to your wedding?
  • Do you have any favourite flowers, or flowers you’d like to be used?
  • Do you have colours you would like to be used throughout the wedding flowers?
  • Do you have a budget for your wedding flowers?
  • Where are you staying before departing for your wedding?
  • Where are grooms man staying or meeting?
  • Where your ceremony is?
  • Where your reception is?
  • How tall is the bride?
  • Frame size of the bride?
  • Hair colour of the bride?
  • What is the style of the brides dress?
  • What is the colour of the brides dress?
  • What is the Fabric of the brides dress?
  • Is there any fine adornments to the dress e.g. pearls, crystals etc.?
  • Is the bride wearing a veil?
  • How many bridesmaids and flower girls are there?
  • What are the ages of the bridesmaids and flower girls?
  • What style are the bridesmaid dresses?
  • What is the colour of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • What is the Fabric of the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses?
  • Is there just one best man?
  • Who is giving the bride away?
  • How many ushers are there?
  • Are there any page boys?
  • What is the groom wearing?
  • Do they have a waist coat and if so the colour?
  • Are they wearing a tie or cravat? What is the colour?
  • Do the groomsman have any other adornments e.g. colour handkerchiefs?
  • Is there a ring bearer?
  • Where would you like flowers in the church/ceremony location?
  • Who is the point of contact for the church/ceremony location?
  • Are there are other couple getting married on the same day, and if so what time they are married?
  • Have you considered the possibility of sharing church flower designs?
  • Who is the main point of contact at the reception venue?
  • How many rooms

Why We Love Coffee Shops

People don’t always go to coffee shops like cocoagrindernyc.com just for a drink, but to spend time with friends or read a book. This “coffee shop culture” is very popular in the UK and it is a fantastic way to spend time with loved ones. It isn’t popular everywhere, though. Most coffee shops have a cosy atmosphere. They are places where you can sit for hours as you sip your coffee. People go with friends and family to chat and relax after going shopping, or meet up just for a gossip. Alternatively, many people go alone. Coffee shops are great places to read in peace, or to sit and write. And with free Wi-Fi in many places, it is not difficult to spend a lot of time in a coffee shop.

In Colombia, however, the coffee shop culture does not really exist, or, at least, is still very new. Famous for its coffee I imagined that even the tiniest Colombian village would have a coffee shop. I mean, they do exist but they are nowhere near as common as I had expected. The ones that do exist are very different from those in the UK. They are places where you go in, have a quick drink and then leave immediately. Nobody spends the afternoon enjoying a peaceful moment. People never seem to come in for a leisurely drink but for a quick – almost business-like – meeting, even if they are with family or friends. The idea that a person would go to a coffee shop alone is, apparently, ridiculous. Every time I go alone with a book, other customers look at me as if I had horns. I could be painting a wrong picture, of course. This may be the culture only in other Colombian cities perhaps have a more developed coffee shop culture. Coffee shops have a lot of things that your average study space can’t offer. You have easy access to study snacks and drinks if you feel your energy dip, and you also have the option to sit outside if the inside is too crowded or noisy.

Patrons also like working in an environment that isn’t stressful. In comparison to the library, coffee shops offer a more laid back atmosphere to students. People there are smiling and enjoying good conversation. No one is fraught with anxiety about the test they have the next morning.

The noise is a steady, drone of muddled conversations and the clinking of cups in a coffee shop. Students claim the background noise isn’t distracting since its volume remains at a consistent level while they do their work. The main reason why people study in coffee shops, however, is that they enjoy running into people they know. Students see their friends coming by, and they can chat with them for a nice study break.

How To Help A Child Grieve

Children grieve just as adults do. Any child old enough to form a relationship will experience some form of grief when a relationship is severed. Adults may not view a child behavior as grief as it is often demonstrated in behavioural patterns which we misunderstand and do not appear to us to be grief such as “moody,” “cranky,” or “withdrawn.”

When a death occurs children need to be surrounded by feelings of warmth, acceptance and understanding. This may be a tall order to expect of the adults who are experiencing their own grief and upset. Caring adults can guide children through this time when the child is experiencing feelings for which they have no words and thus can not identify. In a very real way, this time can be a growth experience for the child, teaching about love and relationships. They can also be involved in the planning of flowers for a funeral with victoriafunerals.com.au.

The first task is to create an atmosphere in which the child’s thoughts, fears and wishes are recognized. This means that they should be allowed to participate in any of the arrangements, ceremonies and gatherings which are comfortable for them. First, explain what will be happening and why it is happening at a level the child can understand. A child may not be able to speak at a

grandparent’s funeral but would benefit greatly from the opportunity to draw a picture to be placed in the casket or displayed at the service. Be aware that children will probably have short attention spans and may need to leave a service or gathering before the adults are ready. Many families provide a non-family attendant to care for the children in this event.

The key is to allow the participation, not to force it. Forced participation can be harmful. Children instinctively have a good sense of how involved they wish to be. They should be listened to carefully. Parents who openly talk about their grief, cry, and express frustration, send a message to their children that it is okay for them to do so. Because children cannot carry the burden of all your pain, try to maintain times for play and talk without conversation about the dead person. Balance, as best you can, the sharing of sad feelings, with the sharing of more pleasant activities and times shared together. This lets your surviving children know how much they are valued.

If your child has had an experience with death, (perhaps a pet, or a grandparent), it may be easier to explain the death. Here are some questions which many children wonder about and some suggested answers:

Is death like sleeping? Death is different from sleeping. When you go to sleep your body still works. You still breathe and your heart beats and you dream. When a person is dead, his or her body doesn’t work anymore. Remember that children who are told that death is like sleeping may develop fears about falling asleep.

Why did they die? If the death was from an illness, explain that the person’s body couldn’t fight the sickness any more. It stopped working. Make sure your children know that if they get the flu or a cold, or if mom or dad get sick, their bodies can fight the illness and get better. Their bodies still work. Explain that people do not usually die when they get sick. Most people get better. If the death was from an accident, explain that the person was hurt so badly that his or her body stoppingworking. Explain that when most people get hurt they can get better and live a long, long time.

Will you die? Will I die? Children are looking for reassurance. Let your child know that most people live for a very long time. Children also need to know who will take care of them if a parent or guardian dies. Let them know who to go to for help if there is a family emergency.

Did I do or think something bad to cause the death? Maybe your child had a fight with the person who died. Maybe your child wished this person wasn’t around to get so much attention from other family members. Maybe your child said, “I wish you’d go away from me,” or even “I wish you were dead.” Reassure your children that saying and wishing things do not cause a death to happen.

Things to Consider in Hiring a Wedding Photographer

If you wanted to achieve your desired results for a wedding album, you should make sure that you can choose the best London wedding photographer that can help you achieve your goals. Photography is one of the most vital points in your marriage. It is critical that you work with the best photographer for your wedding.

Are you compatible with his photography style?

In planning out your wedding, you must’ve decided on the photography style that you wanted to incorporate into your photo shoot. Of course, it will depend on the theme and style of your wedding. Therefore, you should choose a photographer that specializes in that kind of style that you wanted. You can only confirm this by asking for samples and talking to potential wedding photographers for your wedding.

Are they letting you voice out your ideas?

As the subject of most of their photos, your wedding photographer should listen to your thoughts and consider your suggestions. The last thing that you wanted to have is a photographer of marriage that is just yelling you around to get the photo shoot done. It will just make you feel uncomfortable and intimidated during the photo shoot, and it would most likely produce wedding pictures wherein the bride herself is not happy to be in the picture.

Do you have a backup plan?

It’s either you or your photographer should provide a backup plan if there is even a slight possibility that something could go wrong. For instance, you should have contacts of wedding photographers that you can call in an instant if something unexpected happens to your wedding photographer and he is not able to attend your wedding. It’s better to be prepared instead of dealing with things like that during your wedding day.

Are you satisfied with the skills of your photographer?

You should ask yourself if you are happy with the skills of your photographer. Look at the samples once more. Do you want your wedding pictures to be like that, too? Examine it critically and make sure that your wedding photographer will be able to provide you with desired results. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. There are no replays and recaps for your wedding photographers to get the photos right. Therefore, you should consider the wedding photographer that you should hire. He can make or break your wedding.

Are you comfortable working with your photographer?

If you are not comfortable working with your photographer, there’s no point for you to be having a contract with him in the first place. It would just ruin the photos, and you will never achieve your desired results if you are not happy working with them because you can’t show genuine expressions if he is around.

These are the things that you should think critically before you finally hire a wedding photographer. It is critical because it can help you to pick the right person for the job. For more information, you can visit www.emma-janephotography.co.uk.

4 Wedding Money Saving Tips

Weddings can be expensive for couples who are on a budget. However, this does not stop any couple out there to have their dream wedding at a price that they can truly afford. If you are one of those couples who want to spend just enough for your wedding, worry no more.

The following are money-saving tips for your wedding:

  1. Have a vision.

First, you need to have a vision of how you want your wedding to look like. What will be its theme? Do you want it to be one-of-a-kind, fun or adventurous, or a mix of this and that? You need to be 100% sure on this one, then the rest will follow. When you have this, it would be easy at your end to follow through with the details and less stress for the both of you. So be picky and take more time thinking about the theme.

  1. Check alternatives.

Alternatives are not bad. This will help you big time when it comes to stretching your budget. Say, for instance, you want a garden venue for your wedding. Instead of renting out a place for that, if you know someone or your parents do have a place that does have a garden, why not go for that? Convert the place into a magical enchanting forest for your wedding? You might be surprised that using alternatives can make you have your dream wedding without having to splurge much on that.

  1. Do the math.

Yes, budgeting can be overwhelming. But this is a must if you want to have the wedding you wanted without having to spend so much. Or else, you will be suffering from the aftermath of paying a huge debt for your wedding simply because you failed to do math beforehand. Isn’t it a good thing that you have a budget that you can truly afford and you pulled off a wedding that is way below your estimated cost? You can make use of that extra cash to spend on other important things in the future.

  1. Ask for help.

A wedding can be stressful especially to those who do not have any idea what to do first, next, etc. It would be ideal that you ask professional help with regard to planning your wedding. Yes, it might cost you money but when it comes to stretching your budget and getting your dream wedding, this is the key. A wedding planner does know the right vendors for all the wedding details. Plus, they can even get a discounted price for that too. You will be surprised that at the budget you do have for your wedding, it will go a long way. Then, you got a wedding planner for that!

Now, you can have the wedding that both of you have dreamed of without having to spend a lot of money for it. All it takes is to sit down, think things through and ask for a bit of help from a wedding planner like www.louiseperryweddings.com.

Ultimate Guide for Choosing Your Wedding Dress!

Sometimes choosing the perfect dress can actually be pretty stressful, believe it or not. You can get up on that little podium and totally forget you’re there for your opinion only and get bogged down by the judgement of others instead – never a good thing! If you’re feeling the pressure of choosing your perfect wedding dress, we’ve put together for you a guide of what to do and what not to do when choosing your dream dress.

These tips will go a long way to keeping you calm and focused when choosing a dress off websites like thebridalcollectionharrogate.com or from bridal shops around the country. Scheduling your wedding dress appointment late in the day can be a little bit of a miracle for your bridal party. Obviously if you’re choosing directly from a website then you won’t have that problem but it’s still good to get in early and keep your brain fresh! Focus on finding the best wedding dress silhouette for you. Details are very important, a long row of teensy pearl buttons and a well-placed ruffle or two can mean the difference between a good wedding dress and an absolutely stunning one. But before you start nit picking the details, first figure out the shape. Try not to get caught up in the latest trends but focus on your personal style instead. Don’t forget about the top of the wedding dress.

For most brides, the long gorgeous dress with the fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice the most and will be the part that shows off in most wedding photos. Finding boutiques that stock vintage dresses like those on thebridalcollectionharrogate.com can offer you many choices on the top of the dress. Try not to buck to the trends. Just because a wedding dress may be trendy now doesn’t make it timeless. Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time – flip through your parent’s wedding album for evidence of that!

A gown should be timeless, perhaps you’d like to pass it down to future daughters! Make sure you bring the camera wedding dress shopping with you. Embrace your inner Cher Horowitz (Clueless, for those of you who are well, clueless) and photograph your dress possibilities with you wearing them. Some bridal shop owners may oppose this but explain your reasons! Mirrors are used to sell dresses, cameras do not lie. Knowing how it photographs at all angles can make all the difference for your choices.

It takes time to find the perfect dress and you should take that time to make the best decision for you so don’t feel like you have to bring an audience. We’ve all seen the bridal shops stuffed full of aunties, cousins and the best friends’ sisters’ cousins but it’s not necessary. The only approval you need is yours and maybe your mothers! Don’t feel the pressure to take a gaggle of giggling and emotional women with you who will all likely have different tastes and offer difference advice!