Top 5 Sites For A Stress Free Wedding

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Stress Free Wedding

According to the Daily Mail planning a wedding is the 9th most stressful experience you can go through in life. To make things a little easier we have come up with a list of 5 of the best sites to help relieve some of the pre-wedding stress. If you need help planning, organising or saving for a wedding these sites which will be right down your alley.

1 – Hitched

This is the ultimate wedding planning website, it allows you to create to do lists to make sure nothing is forgotten, it keeps track of your wedding fund, has a calendar for appointments, has a guest editor tool and can even help you plan where everyone will be sitting. There is also an app available via the Apple and Google Play stores, which lets you keep on top of all your planning on the go.

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2 – Appy Couple

Amongst other features this website allows you to set up an RSVP page. Just get your guests to download the app or log on to the website and they can say whether they will be coming or not. It then collates all the responses and lets you know how many people have accepted the invite. You can also update your event with any news or changes to the wedding, which will be automatically sent to those who have RSVP’d.

3 – The Knot

One of the most stressful decisions that a bride has to make is which wedding dress she is going to wear. The Knot helps make this decision that little bit easier. They offer thousands of wedding dress ideas. With an easy to use filter that lets you categorise dresses by designer, price, dress length, neckline, fabric and many more, you will have found the perfect one in no time! The website also features a number of other search features including bridesmaid dresses, wedding rings and wedding accessories. They also have an app, which is available via the Apple app store.

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4 – Wedding Party

This site allows you to see your wedding from the eyes of your guests! Once your guests have created an account they can upload photos they have taken during the day and the site will put them all together in one place. They arrange the photos so that you get a minute-by-minute timeline of the day from the eyes of your guests. You can also print out free posters and place cards to make sure people know to use it and their app allows guests to upload photos straight from their phone.

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5 – Shareagift

Shareagift allows you to collect money from friends and start saving for a wedding. Whether it be getting money together for a honeymoon gift list, planning a stag do or saving towards your wedding fund we have you sorted every step of the way. Shareagift provides an easy, safe and hassle free way to collect money online to help you with your wedding fund. Head over to our website now and take a look at how we could help you fund the perfect wedding!

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Top 3 Alternative Family Getaways

For those of you sick of resorts, overcrowded swimming pools and clichéd family holidays, we’ve compiled our top 3 family holiday ideas for your benefit. Throw away those terrible Hawaiian shirts and the classic beach towel and prepare for the journey of your life exploring diverse cultures and unknown territories with your most beloved. All of the holiday ideas below are kid-friendly too!

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Camel Trek Along The Atlantic Coast (Morocco)

For a more laid back experience in Morocco visiting secluded fishing villages, Argan tree orchards and beautifully desolate sandy beaches, camel trek along the Atlantic Coast. The tour, led by local guides, usually lasts around 7-10 days.

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Essaouira, Morocco

You’ll pass through countless untouched beaches, the amazing sea caves of Cape Sim and even an ancient Portugese fort in Essaouira! Your evenings will be spent under the glittering stars, mesmerized to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing in. And you need not worry about carrying your stuff with you; the local guides have it covered utilizing the ‘camel-caravan’. The kids will love it too, there’s no strenuous activity required and there is the possibility of surfing and other water-sports in Sidi Kaouki.

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Live In A Lighthouse (Loch Ryan, Scotland)

As new technologies take over, the need for lighthouses in ship navigation is in decline. Leading many to be transformed into unique accommodation with an exceptional view. This particular lighthouse in Loch Ryan can accommodate up to 6 people with a renovated modern interior and all the facilities you’d need for a perfect holiday. Nature-lovers can spend time watching the wide variety of flora, seals and deer frolicking in the wild. Just nearby is the Isle of Arran. Easily accessible by boat, the small island offers flawless beaches, amazingly picturesque treks and you can even abseil over a waterfall for those looking for a rush.

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Take Your Family Through The Himalayas (Nepal)

When you think of the Himalayas, I bet ‘I’ll take my kids there’ doesn’t cross your mind for a second. But little do people know that at the bottom of the mountain there is a foothill that seems like it was designed for family trekking. It is low-altitude and the area is dubbed as the ‘Himalayan Playground’ for kids of nearby villages. Along the 8-day trek, you’ll appreciate the beautiful trees and amazing views of the Annapurna Range. Meet local families and learn more about the diverse culture of the Nepalese people. Finally, to really excite the kids, you can go on a safari in search of Bengal tigers!

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With Shareagift, you can see more of the world with your loved ones. It’s easy setting up a Shareagift page to group fund your trip abroad and to collect money online.

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Draughts: London’s First Board Game Café – A Review

Have you ever felt the glorious moment of becoming the monopolist despite all forces working against you? Have you ever had the satisfaction of discovering the murderer and the murder weapon in a few brilliant educated guesses? Or, on the other hand, have you ever been in a heated and passionate battle of trivial knowledge which has resorted to friendships being tested and many a family feud?

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Do you also like organic and locally sourced food handmade from fresh produce, craft beers and delightfully fresh coffee? If so, read on.

Describing themselves as a ‘Haven for game lovers’, Draughts opened its doors on 15 November 2014 in the up-and-coming area of Hackney. Set in an old railway arch, the interior is minimalistic and modern with exposed brick adding rustic charm and giving the whole place a chilled bar setting – perfect for when you fancy a quiet night out exploring your inner nerd

They have an extensive library of 500 games which is only growing as time goes on. Whether you fancy something intense and complex like A Game Of Thrones or you’re feeling nostalgic for childhood days with classics like Kerplunk or Hungry Hungry Hippos; Draughts has you covered. Their board games are arranged in useful and logical groups ranked on number of people required, difficulty, time to completion etc. They’ve even created this Board Game Tube Map for when you really can’t decide what to play.

Board Game Tube Map – Taking you wherever you want to go in the board game sphere

If you fancy playing something new and delve into the world of serious board gaming, there are plenty of friendly and engaging board game enthusiasts (a bit like Apple geniuses, but for board games) to help you along the way.

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Service is amazing. Even when it was slightly busier, there were plenty of welcoming faces that were happy to bring nibbles and beverages straight to the table. We tried out the Charcuterie Board with freshly made hummus – great to share when you’re tackling the complex mechanics of Blokus. They also have a brilliant selection of drinks from a variety of cocktails, craft beers, coffees and soft drinks to cater for all tastes.

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My housemates ‘puzzling’ over the next stealthy move whilst playing Blokus

Price-wise, it’s fairly good (for London). £5 per person as a general admission cost for a table that has a time limit of 3 hours for when it is busy; unlimited stay when they are a few spare tables. Which is great if you think about it. A chance to trial out new games from their huge library, learn more about game design or just play some childhood favorites. The cost for food and drink is average for London, £3 – £5 for a beer and about £8 – £10 for a sharing platter. Overall, I spent £20 on a night to (actually) remember.

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If you fancy drinking and playing board games in a vibrant space where you can actually make conversation (between the tense glares psyching out your opponents), head to Draughts right down the road from Haggerston Underground for a night to remember. 

To make your trip much easier when splitting the bill at the end of the night, create a Shareagift page today! You can enjoy your evening without worrying about having to split the tab. Just start a group fund or treat your friend to a group gift on Shareagift so that you can enjoy Draughts for the moment and worry about having to collect money online afterwards.

Dave’s Friends Send Him Off To Frankfurt In Style

We are an inquisitive bunch here at Shareagift and we love discovering what people use Shareagift for. This week we caught up with Joanna, a great Shareagifter, who used Shareagift to collect money online with friends and family for a leaving gift for her friend Dave who is moving all the way to Frankfurt, Germany.

Joanna set an exaggerated goal of £1000 for her page and managed to raise 105% of her target in just 9 days! This has gone towards a brand new keyboard for Dave to take to Germany with him. After such a successful campaign here’s what Joanna had to say about her Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your friend?

As our friend, Dave, is moving to Frankfurt, Germany we decided that we’d love to get him a big and special present from all those close to him.

Why did you choose Shareagift?

My thought process went something like this: “I wish there was a way to create a donations page, like how you would give to a sponsored run, but for a group present” and then I found Shareagift.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page has been crucial in collecting the money. It has made such a difference for people to see what they are giving to and the progress of our target – I am sure that we wouldn’t have raised half as much without this page.

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With the help of Shareagift have you managed to achieve what you set out to do?

We raised four times more than we anticipated with Shareagift!

What sorts of people have contributed to your page?

Friends and family.

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

I would be keen to use Shareagift again for a leaving present or to help celebrate a big birthday for a friend or family member.

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 Brilliant Birthday Event Ideas!

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The same thing happens every year, someone’s birthday is coming up and your in charge of sorting out the event but you push it to the back of your mind and before you know it there’s only 2 days left and you end up booking a last minute meal or having a few drinks, and then heading out to the nearest bar or nightclub. Well fear not, Shareagift has your back this summer! We have come up with five summer birthday event ideas that are sure to make anyone’s celebration a day to remember!

1 – Luau Party

It’s summer, the sun is shining (hopefully) and what better way to embrace the season than throwing a Hawaiian themed luau party! With everyone dressed up in hula skirts and leis, you will be transported to a tropical island! This event gives you an excuse to make some amazing and exotic cocktails and for everybody to show off their limboing skills! Sites like eBay and partycity have some great Hawaiian decorations and party games. This is the perfect idea for any sun loving beach goer!

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2 – Wine Tasting

For a more sophisticated event, wine tasting is a great idea for a birthday evening in. These evenings can be done in a variety of ways. Guests can save money together and buy a few boxes of different wines to try or everyone can bring their favourite bottle with them and introduce everyone else to it. Accompanied by a range of cheese and biscuits this event is great for those who love to spend their time relaxing and chatting with friends.

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3 – Outdoor Movie Night

All you will need for this event is a white sheet and a projector and you can turn your garden into an ourtdoor movie screening. You can have movie themed snacks and drinks and have everyone vote on a film or let the birthday girl/boy showcase their favourite movie. This is a great idea for a film-loving friend and it’s a great money saving alternative to a big night out. Check out allrecipies for some great movie themed snack ideas!

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4 – Museum Visit

For something a little different why not plan a birthday event around a museum trip. With science and natural history museums, galleries and gardens there is something to suit everyone’s taste. This is a great day out if the weather isn’t looking too good and can be followed by a dinner out or lunch in a chique museum café.

5 – Extreme Sports Party

For the daredevil and thrill seeking friend why not throw an extreme sports event. Take everyone kayaking, bungee jumping or motocrossing, there are plenty of sports to choose from. Shared experiences like this are very memorable and will encourage everyone to get involved and have an amazing time.

Shareagift can help you save money with friends to fund the perfect birthday event. Whether it be limboing, kayaking or cocktail making, with Shareagift you can save with others and plan for the ultimate celebration that will be remembered for years to come!

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How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

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Top 5 Mad Modes Of Shared Transport

‘I love to travel, but hate to arrive.’ – Albert Einstein

Thousands of commuters across London will be preparing to leave work early tonight as a 24-hour tube strike hits the capital. With many workers taking leave or working from home tomorrow, it just goes to show how much we have now come to rely on public transport. With people relying so heavily on trains to get around we thought it was time to mix it up and have compiled a list of our top 5 alternative shared modes of transport that you and your colleagues could use to get to work!

5 – HumanCar

This vehicle seats four passengers and is powered by each passenger pushing and pulling on the different handles to generate speed. Although it may not look much the Humancar can reach up to 60 mph going downhill! However, you may notice that there is no steering and to turn the passengers must simply lean left or right. Although it is not the safest mode of transport it’s free to run and it will give you a work out as well as a means to get from A to B!

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4 – Beer Bike / Pedal Pub

This is a shared bike that can sit up to 18 passengers and is pedal powered. A bar sits in the middle of the bike and over 30 litres of beer is provided. These bikes are situated in numerous cities across the world and are great fun for someone’s birthday or stag do. It could also be a great way to get to work, provided you can still stand when you arrive!

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3 – Couch Bike

If the beer bike seems a bit too much effort then why not go for a more relaxing way to travel. As you may have guessed this mode of transport is simply a pedal powered sofa on wheels. A great alternative to those uncomfortable bike seats, the bike is the perfect combination of lazy and productive. You could even cycle this straight up to your desk and work from it without ever having to get up.

2 – Toboggan Sled

To avoid time walking down hills or steep inclines the toboggan sled is a great way to both save time and have fun! There is a sled ride in the city of Funchal, Madeira where two men dressed all in white take passengers up and down a long hill. This ride is loved by tourists and is used by locals as a quick way to get around. Perhaps it’s time to start installing stops around the capital as an alternative to the tube and Boris bikes!

1 – Tandem Bicycle

The oldest shared mode of transport in our list, the tandem bicycle dates back to the 1890’s and is essentially a bicycle designed to be ridden by more than one person. They avoid the problem of keeping pace or catching up with one another if you are out as a group and if you fancy a rest you can lazily ease up on the pedalling and let the others carry you. A great way for you and all your colleagues to get to work together ensuring that no one is ever left behind.

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If you are fed up with the more mundane modes of transport then why not use Shareagift to save with friends or colleagues towards new and alternative modes of transport. Alternatively you could come up with you own new mode of transport and fund it through Shareagift. Remember, Shareagift can help you raise cash for anything and everything!

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