Helping Shaun After His Business Burnt Down

We are an inquisitive bunch here at Shareagift and we love discovering what people use Shareagift for. This week we caught up with Sammi who is using Shareagift to collect money online for her Dads workshop that was burnt down in the early hours of the 5th of August. This workshop was his livelihood, his job and his hobby, amongst other things the fire destroyed all his cars and tools. With help from friends and family they have managed to clear the debris and are now hoping to raise enough money to help her Dad start over.

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Here’s what Sammi had to say about her campaign and her experience using Shareagift.

Why did you chose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift because it sounded the best out of all the fundraising sites I looked at.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page has been amazing, I can share it around on my Facebook and I can email the link for others to share, its really good!

How much of an impact will this money have on your Dad?

This will help my dad so much! After all, he has lost everything so he needs to find a new workshop to start his business again. Even if it’s enough for his first months rent it’s amazing how much people are pulling together, I’m so thankful for them all!

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What sorts of people have contributed to your page?

It has mostly been friends and friends of friends.

If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

If I was to set up another in the future it would probably be for a charity of some sort, or maybe even a fund for our honeymoon, that would be great!

For more information or to contribute to Sammi’s cause please head over to shareagift.com/pages/15142.

Shareagift can help you and your friends, family or colleagues collect money online towards anything and everything, from fundraising for causes to events and group gifts. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our website and start your own campaign today!

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs That You Must Try This Summer In Munich!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Trip To Munich

If you’re headed to Munich this summer and are looking for something other than Oktoberfest, or if you are headed to Oktoberfest are looking to take a couple of days out to explore the city, don’t just head into the nearest place you find, look around and do a bit of exploring! These pubs will be right down your alley if you’re after something that is not going to break the bank and is a bit different than the usual German pub.

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This quirky bar/café/restaurant sports wooden furniture, marvel tables, red leather coaches and hanging chandeliers. Surrounded by mainstream bars this place sticks out like a sore thumb and is well worth is visit if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Inside the bar you will also find a newsstand with comics, papers and all sorts of different reading material and there is also a theatre, which put on evening and weekend shows including cabaret, acoustic sessions and DJ sets.

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Laborbar

Located on the edge of Strachus square in central Munich, Laborbar is a science lab themed pub with the barmen dressed as scientists in lab coats and many of the drinks being served out of syringes into test tubes. Their shot menu ranges from toxic to radioactive and flammable and on Thursdays and most evenings you can get six shots for a mere 5€! They also hold a weekly beer pong competition every Thursday with first prize being €50 (or 60 shots!).

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This bar is a favourite amongst locals and has an ‘unfinished’ theme to the place. With lightbulbs hanging out the end of tube piping and tables and chairs with sides or legs missing, on first glance it would like like the place is in the middle of a refurbishment. With a great atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks the bar is certainly worth a look if your bored of the mainstream pubs that surround it.

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Niederlassung

Niederlassung (or branch) is a great hangout for those of you looking to put your feet up and relax to some indie and alternative music. The bar is an ensemble of odd and old-fashioned furniture, which makes the place look and feel like a weird apartment building that serves drinks! It’s a great place away from the crowds and loud sounds of Munich town, and after you’ve relaxed on one of the sofas it will feel like home in no time.

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Bar Sehnsucht

Described by many as the ‘bar for big boys’ this bar looks like a set from the TV show Sons Of Anarchy! The bar plays a selection of heavy metal music, has pictures of porn movies scattered across the walls and has bras hanging over the bar. With a selection of different beers, ales and ‘manly’ shots on offer, this is a go to place for bikers and rock n roll fans alike.

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Use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Incredible Predictions For Our Future!

Save With Shareagift Towards … The Future

In 1989 the film Back To The Future Part 2 predicted what the future would look like in 2015 with some very accurate results including drones, video chat and even thumbprint payment! We have spent some time this week looking past 2015 to the not so distant future to find out some of the changes that our world may face.

Self Driven Cars

Techcrunch released an article this week stating that driving your car could soon become illegal! Not because of the environment or because of improvements to public transport but because of the number of accidents that driving causes; traffic accidents account for one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe each year. Over the past few years Google has been testing out its autonomous vehicles and they have now logged more the one million miles on roads full of human driven cars and they have yet to cause a single accident!

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Machine Intelligence

With the popularity of the recent Channel 4 program Humans, machine intelligence has become a popular subject matter over the past few months. Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding how a mind works and can be built and we will inevitably reach a point where we will no longer find ourselves alone.

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Space Travel

As we have focussed on the internet, biology and technological developments on earth, space exploration has taken a back seat over the past few decades. This will surely change as we coast into the future with companies and rich individuals taking on the space exploration challenge rather than the richest countries. We are already seeing programs being worked on including Virgin Galactic and Space X.

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Species Disappearing

As a species we have caused rapid changes to the global climate, often changing landscapes and environments wherever we settle. There is evidence that we are in the sixth massive species extinction of the history of our planet and it is predicted that many different species will likely be killed off as we go on. It has been predicted that 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2000 years and disappearances have already begun.

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Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing. Fundraising websites like Shareagift are also seeing users flood their sites looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group saving is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own. If this trend carries on eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes.

If you have any ideas or plans that could affect the future then why not start a Shareagift campaign and raise money to get your idea off the ground. Shareagift provides you with an easy way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to funding events for parties and charitable causes.

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Top 5 Alternative Experiences

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Many weird and wonderful experiences seem to be popping up across the UK this year, last week saw the world’s first Wavegarden open in North Wales! Whether it is for a birthday, stag do or just a random day out it is time to get planning! We have picked out our top 5 alternative experiences across the UK that you and your friends must try this summer!

Tank Paintball Battles

As you can probably imagine this experience involves you riding around with 2 friends in a tank shooting paintballs at the enemy tank. You are taught how to drive the tank by looking through a periscope and how to load, aim and fire the cannon. This is a great group experience for any paintball fan or for anyone looking to let off some steam on the battlefield!

Flyboarding

This is probably the closest you will come to that hover-board that Back To The Future predicted. With flyboarding you will be strapped onto a board, which shoots jets of high-powered water from nozzles at your feet and on your arms allowing you to glide across the water or shoot upwards of ten metres.

Vampire Hunting

In a secret location in the village of Droitwich, you can become a vampire hunter for the day! You will be kitted out and trained by a group of ex-military experts who will prepare you for your vampire hunt. You will then be split into smaller groups and put through a number of different combat scenarios where you will be required to venture out into the streets for rescue and attack missions.

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Zombie Blitz

If Vampires aren’t your thing then how about escaping from a hoard of flesh eating zombies? Located in Waterloo tube station this experience is set in 1940 during the time of the London Blitz. You will venture as a group through a number of tunnels and play out different scenarios with characters that you will have to judge whether they are trustworthy or not. If running from zombies, getting trapped in pitch black rooms and being scared silly is your idea of a great day out then this interactive group experience is right down your alley!

Wavegarden

This lagoon, which opened last week in North Wales, allows surfers to try surfing on a number of different waves based on their experience. The technology behind the wave machines allows for perfect waves to be created from 0.7m to 2m high. This is the perfect training ground for surfers who want to be able to learn the basics or to perfect their technique in a safe and natural environment.

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With Shareagift you can save and collect money from friends and organise a great experience this summer. You can use Shareagift to save towards group experiences for any occasion from birthdays to stag dos or group office events. Shareagift is an easy, fast and convenient way to raise cash online for anything and everything!

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Save With Shareagift Towards … An Unforgettable Experience

If you are planning on going away with friends or family this year and are looking for something a bit different then Shareagift has you covered. This week we have sought out some of our favourite natural sights from across the world and they are all well worth a visit!

1 – Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. It is located on the Guiana Shield in Venezuela. It is considered one the oldest geological formations on earth and dates back over two billion years ago! At its highest point it is 9,219 feet high.

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2 – The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

This unusual train track is surrounded by greenery and has become a huge tourist attraction in Ukraine. The track is used for wooden work and a train transports wood to a local factory via this track three times a day. Legend says that couples who ride through the green tunnel and make a wish will get what they wished for.

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3 – Lake Hillier, Australia

Lake Hillier is a saline lake off the South coast of Western Australia. The lake water is permanently pink even when taken out of the lake and the colour is due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina which is a type of micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields. The chemical is often used in cosmetics and dietary supplements.

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4 – Naica Mine, Mexico

This mine in Mexico is best known for its extraordinary selenite crystals. It is a working mine and contains lead, zinc and sliver. The cave of crystals, which was discovered, whilst mining, is approximately 1000 feet below the surface in a large chamber. Hydrothermal fluids from the magma chambers below formed the crystals.

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5 –Seaside Park, Hitchai

This seaside park in Japan brings in thousands of tourists each year to admire its millions of flowers. Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park feautures blooming flowers all year round.

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If this has given you itchy feet then head over to Shareagift and start saving for this year’s ultimate group holiday. Shareagift is the easiest way to collect money online and you can use it to collect funds online for anything from group holidays to plane tickets and even shared meals. Collecting money online has never been so easy, so head over to Shareagift now and start a campaign today.

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Top 5 Amazing Marriage Proposals

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Wedding

Everyone seems to complain about how stressful planning a wedding can be but we know that getting the proposal right can be just as hard! This week we have searched high and low for some of the best and most outrageous marriage proposals from across the Internet. Take a look though our top 5 amazing ways people have proposed for some inspiration!

1 – Via The Local Paper

Steve English decided to propose to his girlfriend through the press and made a page, which he slotted into her edition of the Eastern Daily Press. When she got to the page he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

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The article read “I love you with all my heart. We’ve been with each other for years and my love for you grows more each year. You are a beautiful and caring person and have always been there for me 100% through the bad times. My family adores you and I cannot imagine my life without you in it. Now we are expecting our first child I hope you will say yes and make me the happiest man alive.”

2 – Via Lip Dubbing

Issac Lamb, an actor from Portland, proposed to his girlfriend with the help of 60 friends and family who helped perform an elaborate lip dubbing dance routine whilst she watched out of the back of a moving car. Intrigued? Take a look at the video and see how it all worked.

3 – Via Optimus Prime

This proposal from China saw a man spend over £6000 building a replica of the transformers hero Optimus Prime to impress his girlfriend into marrying him. The replica took just over 10 months to build and was twice the height of a coach.

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4 – Via Film Trailer

Film fan Matt Still decided the best way to propose to his other half was on the big screen. He convinced his girlfriend to go to the cinema with a friend and then arranged for the cinema to play a fake trailer before the movie that had him asking her father for permission and then making his way to the cinema to find her. Check out the video for her amazing reaction.

5 – Via Graffiti

Jeff Gurwin decided to use a mural in New York’s East Village to propose to his girlfriend. With the help of a friend he turned the graffitied mural into an amazing marriage proposal and got down on one knee in front of it to pop the question. Take a look at the timelapse video he took whilst creating the artwork.

If you have recently got engaged and are saving up for a wedding Shareagift is the perfect platform to save for your wedding fund. On the other hand if you are thinking about getting married but are worried about the cost you can use Shareagift to fund anything from the wedding ring to the marriage ceremony. When it comes to weddings Shareagift has you covered, from the marriage gift list to the honeymoon fund we can help you raise cash for anything and everything!

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In Paris!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Trip To Paris

Last week we took you on a wild tour of some of London’s most random pubs, this week we are crossing the channel to bring you some of the strangest and most amazing pubs that Paris has to offer. If you are planning a trip to Paris this summer, or are looking for a reason to visit the French capital then look no further. We have chosen our top 5 most random pubs across Paris that are well worth a visit.

1 – Lucha Libre – The French Wrestling Pub

This backstreet bar in Paris may not look much from the outside but it not only serves some of the best mojitos in the French capital, it has a real wrestling ring in the basement. The pub has a Mexican theme and they serve a selection of tapas and cocktails including 10 different mojitos.

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2 – Zero De Conduite – Childhood Memories

This bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood serves cocktails out of baby bottles which are named after children’s characters including Peter Pan and Snoopy. If you are looking for somewhere to kick back, suck on a bottle and watch some great cartoons then this is the place for you!

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3 – La Fee Verte – Absinthe Galore!

The Green Fairy is an old-fashioned café and absinthe bar in central Paris. This bar comes alive in the evening with a selection of different types of Absinthe served in the traditional manner. It can be drunk straight from the glass, with a spoon and sugar cubes or from the absinthe fountain on the bar.

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4 – Batofar – Paris’s Floating Bar

Batofar is a large docked boat and inside you will find one of Paris’s most intriguing bar and nightclubs. The venue is known for bringing in some of the most internationally renowned bands and DJ’s, and it is rare for there to be a night without music trailing off into the early hours.

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5 – Le Trucmush – Beer And A Bath

This quirky and weirdly decorated pub is a favourite amongst Parisian students. Many of the tables are made from strange household items including baths and sinks and the ceiling sports a retro disco ball with flashing neon lights. Happy hour lasts from 6 to 9 in the evenings and is usually accompanied with a themed night including karaoke and Mario Kart competitions.

Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Weirdest Jobs From Around The World!

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This weekend has been dubbed the Great Summer Getaway with more than two million British holidaymakers heading overseas. If you’re longing to take someone away on holiday this year but are struggling to get the cash together, perhaps an evening or weekend job would be the answer to get some extra cash together. We have come up with some alternative jobs that you may want to try.

Professional Snuggler

Professional snugglers are paid to snuggle and sleep next to strangers. Snuggle cafes, currently very popular in Japan, are places where you can go for a quick cuddle and a kip on your lunch break. Although you have to sleep next to strangers getting paid to snooze is very appealing!

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Dice Inspector

Dice inspectors work in a number of different companies, the most common being casinos and dice manufacturers. The job (if you hadn’t guessed already) is to ensure that the dice are correctly numbered, weighted and shaped to avoid any cheating.

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Professional Mourner

According to The New York Times this job dates back as early as 1877 and for some is a highly desired career. Professional mourners get paid to weep and cry in public in order to create a mournful atmosphere. They are often hired to make up the numbers at funerals. If you are interested in hiring one or think you would have a shot at a job rentamourner.co.uk operate out of Essex and cover the majority of the UK.

Pet Food Taster

Yes that’s right! Pet food isn’t allowed to arrive on shelves unless it meets a food technologist’s taste. The job involves not only smelling and tasting pet food but also chewing it to ensure that it is of the right consistency. Pet owners want to ensure that they are feeding their animals quality food and so it must be tested. Pet food companies are often on the look out for food testers so if you think this could be the career move for you it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job.

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Professional Ear Cleaner

Professional ear cleaning, which is considered an art in India involves working the street and cleaning people’s ears of any foreign body, wax, and dust with a cotton-covered needle and a pair of pincers. Check out the video for a more detailed look at what the job involves.

If none of these take your fancy then why not set up a Shareagift page and collect money online to fund a holiday and take someone away somewhere truly amazing. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online and fund a gift, project, event or cause.

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Top 5 Weirdest Wedding Locations!

Save With Shareagift Towards … The Perfect Wedding

There are so many things to consider when getting married from the choice of the best man and head bridesmaid to the wedding fund planning, and the DJ or band dilemma. One of the biggest decisions that any couple have to make when planning a wedding is where the ceremony is going to be held. We have chosen our top 5 weirdest wedding locations, which could help to inspire your wedding venue choice.

5 – In Space

It is now possible to make a reservation with Virgin Galactic to get married amongst the stars. Their first ever tourist space flights are available to book now and according to The Daily Mail Richard Branson is keen to be the first man to marry a couple in space. However, if you’re keen to give this a go you best start saving, the full price of $250,000 or £161,381 is to be paid as an up front deposit.

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4 – The Zoo

If you’re both animal lovers what better way to get married than surrounded by lions, tigers and monkeys! This magical setting will not only be amazing for wedding photos but will entertain guests of all ages. Just be weary that your wedding dress may not be in one piece by the end of the day!

3 – Antarctica

With floating hotels, a quaint Russian Orthodox church, snow tipped peaks and oh so many penguins, it is no surprise that many couples have chosen the snowy fields of Antarctica to tie the knot. Just be weary that the guest turn out may not be too great considering that it is miles away from anywhere, is freezing cold and is only accessible by helicopter.

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2 – Shark Tank

If you have ever dreamed of an underwater wedding this is the closest you will get without having to ruin your wedding dress or suit. Many aquariums are now offering wedding packages with the ceremony usually taking place under the glass tunnel so that you can be as close as possible to shark or fish onlookers.

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1 – Transylvania

If you’re looking for more of a gothic or horror themed wedding then Dracula’s castle in Transylvania is the perfect setting for a creepy and memorable ceremony. Commonly known as Bran Castle, you can rent it for 500,000 euros and can invite up to 50 guests.

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If you are saving for a wedding, Shareagift can help you raise cash towards your wedding fund. We have had users collect for all sorts of wedding themed funds including a fund towards planning a bachelor party, planning a hen party, marriage gift list pages and honeymoon funds.

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