Step One: Panic!

So it's official. Deena & Frank are engaged!

 

I'm not usually one to agree to fly off to a winter destination. But when Frank said "Japan", my tickets were booked and off we went! And what an amazing trip it turned out to be as we hit another milestone in our relationship.

It was one cold Tokyo night when Frank somehow managed to find a quiet location and popped the question! It was that very moment when we both burst into confetti from so much joy and excitement. We told our families, made it "Facebook official" and everybody was incredibly happy and excited and congratulated us and WOOHOO!! WE'RE ENGAGED!

Frank and I, all engaged and stuff in Tokyo.

Frank and I, all engaged and stuff in Tokyo.


what now?

So after the excitement of a proposal and announcement of an engagement, what really happens next in the mind of a bride-to-be? PANIC!

The first thing I did was look for my engagement dress (just getting my priorities straight, you know how it is). Then I started thinking about who we were going to invite, "ooh! Our parents, brother, sister, best friend, their partner, relatives, their partners, their children, family friends, their partners, their children" *breathe*.

Then I started thinking about how we were going to fit everybody into one building. "Hrmm, maybe we can do it in a garden? hire a venue? do it in our tiny backyard? find someone who has a big backyard?" Eep!

Then after thinking about all the costs per head, I started thinking about cutting down our guest list, and then I realised that I've only been thinking about planning the engagement party and haven't even started thinking about the actual wedding. O... M... G!

Being a wedding vendor, sometimes it's easy to forget how hard it actually is to plan a wedding. Hats off to all the Brides and Grooms who have successfully planned their entire wedding day. You guys ROCK!

In saying that, I've decided I'm going to blog about our wedding planning experience so newly engaged couples can read through this and learn from our mistakes haha! Oh did I tell you that we're planning to do this in 3 countries?! Oh yeah.... this is going to be fun!

Stay tuned x


hip hip HOORAY! Mag

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We're so excited to be featured among so many other amazing wedding invitations designers on the Hooray! Mag website today. Our most recent Save the Dates that we designed for our Perth couple, Astrid & Brendan have been featured under Hooray's Classic Romantic Stationery Edit. Take a peek!

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We Heart Athens

Now that's something you don't hear everyday. 

We've noticed recently that a lot of people who have travelled through Athens, wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. Why? Because it's not your typical picturesque holiday destination? Well, if you think that... You're doing it wrong! Athens has so much to offer. From sight seeing, relaxing, eating to partying. Athens has it all. (And if you're a cat lover, there are plenty of them to go around too!)

Let me give you some hot tips on places to go in Athens. Try hating it, I dare you!


bars

The bar scene is crazy in Athens. There are literally bars in every street, corner, alley, hill... Name any place in Athens and yup! there's a bar there. Here are a couple of my favourites, in no particular order.

Photo Credit six d.o.g.s

Photo Credit six d.o.g.s

sIX d.o.g.s

This place is ah-mazing. I was taken here by my friends from Lost Athina one night. We walked from one alleyway to another, I had no idea where they were taking me, I even thought maybe we were lost. We finally got to a door and entered. We walked down a couple of stairs and then boom! The beauty of SIX D.O.G.S hit me square in the face. It took my breath away. An open terraced courtyard that you'll have to see to believe.

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the clumsies

Set in an early 20th century Athenian apartment, Clumsies is an internationally known cocktail bar run by two finalists of the prestigious Diageo WORLD CLASS bartender of the year competition. By that alone, you know you're in good hands!

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couleur locale

Become one of the locals in this neon lit rooftop bar in central Athens. Whether you're enjoying a coffee during the day or a cocktail at night. Couleur Locale will transport you out of the hustle and bustle of the modern city, and leave you breathless with the amazing views of the ancient Acropolis.

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eats

I don't know if you've heard, but Greece does a mean souvlaki. But did you also know there's more to Greek cuisine than a souvlaki and salad? Here's a couple of my favourite places to eat. Again, in no particular order.

A quick iPhone snap we took on our lunch visit to Ta Karamanlidika

A quick iPhone snap we took on our lunch visit to Ta Karamanlidika

ta karamanlidika

This traditional deli/tavern specialises in Greek cuisine from the region of Asia Minor. Ta Karamanlidika have generations of family experience in producing top quality cured meats, smoked cheese, famous for their blends of exotic spices. Enjoy a mixed platter of cold cuts or dive right into their hot platters. Oh, and their on the house dessert is to die for!

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oxo nou

Located in the eclectic Exarchia area, Oxo Nou is a great place to sample the rich Cretan cuisine. Upon being seated, you will be given a shot of traditional Cretan alcohol called Raki which is meant for sipping with your food. (Warning: Raki is very potent, so don't try sculling it!). Crete is known for its extremely healthy foods which are full of flavour. And if you're brave enough, you can even try their snails.

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kostas

Now if after these recommendations you're still craving a souvlaki, we beg you try one with a twist. Kostas at platia Irini in Monastiraki is truly a local experience. This hole in the wall shop is easy to miss, especially with a common name like Kosta! But, here you'll find a specialty souvlaki which has spicy tomato salsa rather than tzatziki. A real explosion of flavour!

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Well of course, this isn't the entire list of best places to go. We'll have to do another blog post soon of more places we love and placed we find while we're here. If you have any other suggestions on places to go in Athens, let us know! x


Dear Bali Virgins

"Taxi! Taxi! Taxi!"

No, that's not you calling out for a taxi upon arrival in Bali, that's the sound of 10 Balinese men calling out to you while trying to take your bags out of your hands and shuffling you to their taxi. Meanwhile, you're trying to get your bearings, while making sure your family and friends are still close by and wondering why these men speak such good english.

Now, I don't know about you but I absolutely hate being talked at, especially after a long flight, even worse if it's by a group of random men. Nu-uh! All I want to do is get to my hotel room, find the closest beach, and put my feet up. Now is that too much too ask?

Fortunately for you, this post is not a rant about people yelling at an airport. I'm here to tell you that I know the secret to getting around Bali in peace and without getting ripped off! Are you ready for this? Let's dive in!


the airport

Don't expect to save your money here. Bali airport has its own airport taxi service and doesn't allow any other form of transport service to pick up passengers unless they are from your hotel, or a local family or friend. If your hotel offers a pick up service, I suggest you take advantage of that, because you will most likely be paying the same price as an airport taxi anyway. This way, you won't get hassled by taxi drivers, as your designated driver will already be there ready to rescue you. HOORAY! 

If you don't have any other mode of transportation. Don't try negotiating prices with the taxi drivers themselves. Head straight to the taxi service desk and let them know where you're going. They'll work out a price for you there. 


bluebird

So you've made it through the mayhem, and here you are taking in the sites of beautiful Bali. Now it's time to explore, but how do you get around. First thought "taxi" Not this old story again...YUCK! Thankfully, there are a range of taxi services in Bali, all with their own method of payment. Lesson #1: Don't jump into a taxi with no meter. Unless of course you're an expert negotiator and can haggle your way down to nothing. For everyone else, there's BlueBird. All BlueBird taxi's have a policy to always turn on their meters, and if they don't, you can write down their details and report it to their office.

SWEET! You're done! Never get ripped off again right?.... wrong. Some areas in Bali don't allow taxis in to pick up passengers... damn. Now what?

Onto the next one.


uber vs grab

There are so many different modes of transport in Indonesia it's hard to keep up. But here's something a little more familiar, Uber. We all know how it works, it's quick, it's safe and it's easy. Problem solved..... right? Nope! Wrong again.

Uber are also restricted from entering certain areas in Bali. There is an alternative, and if you're familiar with ride sharing in south east asia, you may also know Grab. Grab works the same way as Uber, so it should be easy to switch between the 2. If all else fails, you can always go back to the good old fashioned taxi (See Bluebird above).


gojek

If you're traveling alone, why not jump on a motorbike with Gojek. They can literally take you anywhere. And although this may not be the most comfortable of options, it certainly is more fun! Ooh, and they also have a food delivery service. Yass!


kura-kura bus

If you don't mind doing a bit of walking, you can always take the Kura-Kura Bus. You can't miss this cute little turtle on wheels. Apart from being super cute, this bus has a range of different routes taking you all around the main attractions of Bali. It's also unbelievable cheap to ride and with free wifi onboard, you can't go wrong!