16 Things a Bride and groom to Be Need to Ask Their Wedding Venue

Is the wedding venue available on our wedding day?

Sounds like an obvious first question doesn’t it, but you really need to ask it first. There is no point visiting a potential wedding venue, falling in love with the idea of getting married there and not being able to make your dreams happen because another bride and groom got there first.

If you’ve already chosen your special date, then we suggest you telephone the wedding venue ahead of the visit and state you can only make that date, if they are already booked up then get back to the list and find another fantastic wedding venue.

How many guests can be seated for a meal at the wedding venue?

This is fairly crucial, you don’t want to book a wedding venue that have a seating area for 250 people if you’re only inviting 60 to a sit down meal.

In turn you also want to ensure your guests can sit comfortably without being crammed into a small venue, or even worse, being left to feel as if they’re shoved in at the back, and can barely see the top table. Once you’ve got a rough idea of how many wedding guests are being invited, you need to make sure your chosen wedding venue suits your requirements.

Request to see a sample seating plan, ask about whether they have round tables, maybe even ask to see photos of previous wedding meals and how the tables are laid out. This will give you a good indication of whether you can seat your wedding party and ensure everyone is happy.

How many guests can the wedding venue accommodate for the wedding reception?

Some couples prefer to have a small and intimate wedding ceremony, and then follow that with the mother of all parties in the evening. If this is your plan, be sure that the wedding venue can accommodate this. You don’t want to have 200 evening guests descend on your wedding and find them all squeezed in, or unable to get to the bar. Again, the flip-side is that you don’t want to find out your wedding venue has a separate dance floor and bar area that resembles a barn – the single easiest way to have zero-atmosphere at your wedding reception is to find the wedding DJ or band playing to a half empty hall, with your wedding guests sitting around the edges not mingling.

What time can we access the wedding venue?

“Exclusively yours for the entire day! “… says their website. But what does that mean exactly? Each wedding venue will have their own rules of when you can access the building on your wedding day.

Simply confirm what time you can arrive ahead of the wedding, you don’t want to be left standing outside waiting for the cleaner to turn up.

Can the bridal party get ready at the wedding venue?

Maybe this is something the bride would prefer, instead of rushing around in the morning, why not ask the venue if they have the facilities for the bride to prepare for her wedding day in the comfort of her wedding venue.

Obviously you’ll want something nicer then a conference room, or a ladies changing room at a golf club, but if the wedding venue has a nice quiet comfortable room for the bride to arrive and perhaps have her hairdresser, make-up artist and the rest of her entourage help her prepare for her wedding day then all the easier.

Can we give you a CD of our wedding music for the bride’s entrance?

If you’re having a civil ceremony performed in an approved premises you won’t be able to use any music that has religious references in the song at all. By this we mean, terms like: Angels, Heaven, God etc etc. So no Robbie Williams ballads. The wedding venue will be fully aware of this and may have a CD of acceptable music, which is fine. However, if you want to make your wedding entrance to music of your choice you need to ensure that the wedding venue does actually allow this.

Assuming they are OK with you bringing along your own CD with your favourite song on it to play at the bridal entrance, it’s well worth dropping it off a day or two in advance to the wedding venue and asking them to test the CD on their player. You don’t want for them to try and play it as you’re nervously standing there only to find out your old CD is scratched or your CD-R won’t work on their machine.

The registrar will have to approve the songs you’ve chosen ahead of the wedding, but they should clarify all of this when you meet them.

Can we agree a timetable of the day, or are we set to your times?

Obviously a good wedding venue will suggest times to you, they’ll know how long each stage of the day will take. Ensure you can discuss the day’s timetable, agree when the ceremony will start (you’ll also need to approve that time with the registrar), plan how long the photos will take, agree the start time of the meal, decide what time to invite the evening wedding guests, and when the cutting of the cake and first dance will take place.

Can we bring our own drinks to the wedding venue, if not can we see the bar prices?

This is an interesting one, and well worth asking the question. Even if a wedding venue has a licensed bar available they still may agree that you could bring your own drinks along – even if it’s just fruit juices for the kids, it could save you money.

If you’re hiring a marquee at a venue, they will have a temporary bar for your guests – ask if you can stock the bar yourself, maybe even do a deal with someone who’ll buy all the booze for you and manage the bar for the night.

Should the wedding venue insist that you must use their bar facilities, ensure you ask to see the bar prices first, whether you or your guests are paying, no one wants a huge bar bill. Also check about wine served at the meal, and champagne for toasts.

Do we have to use your caterers, or can we instruct our own?

Some wedding venues insist that you must use their caters. This may be a restriction, however their own caters obviously have the knowledge of the venue and their kitchens, and would of catered for many weddings before – so maybe it’s not a bad thing.

However, it’s worth asking the question as if you are not committed to their caters you can shop around, and enjoy plenty of food tasting along the way.

If it’s raining, where would be the best spot to take our photos?

It won’t rain on your wedding day, surely not. Hopefully not. Maybe.

If the sun lets you down on the most important day of your life, you need a back-up plan. Have a good look around the wedding venue and ask where photos are normally taken during rainy days.

You really want to avoid having an awful backdrop indoors, when you were planning lovely photos out on the lawn. Most wedding venues are beautiful places anyhow, so they’ll be used to the British weather letting down brides before, and no doubt have a proffered beauty spot indoors to act as the back-drop for your wedding photographers to take your photos.

Is there a sound limiter on our wedding DJ or band?

Not a question most brides or grooms would consider asking, hence we threw it in the mix.

The thought is that if you’ve paid up to £500 for a wedding DJ, or potentially even more for a wedding band, then you want to be able to hear them at the back.

Unfortunately a lot of wedding venues in residential areas will be restricted to acceptable noise levels – this may mean your live entertainment loses some atmosphere on the dance floor. If you are planning a huge party for your wedding – check this first.

Do we need to order the full amount of guests for the buffet?

If you have 100 wedding guests in the evening, do you need to book a buffet for 100 people? You know that your mates will be more interested in the bar, most people who ate the wedding breakfast won’t be too hungry, so why not ask the wedding venue if you can just pay for 80% of the expected guests.

This way you’re saving some more money, and potentially saving wasted food at the end of the night.

Is there accommodation available at the wedding venue?

Maybe the wedding venue has a honeymoon suite available? A lot of weddings have visiting relatives from far afield, this means they’ll need somewhere to stay. You need to check in advance where you are going to spend your first night as a married couple, and if the venue has accommodation available then this could be your best option.

Even if you chosen wedding venue happens to be part of a hotel complex, you’ll still need to book accommodation for those who need it, so get your bookings in early.

Do you have a wedding cake stand we can use?

Your wedding cake needs to sit on something, it’s a focal point of your wedding day, and will set you back a fair few quid. No doubt the wedding cake maker will offer you a cake stand and knife for hire, but quite often the wedding venue will have a top quality cake stand ready for you.

If they do, it’s another little saving and one less thing to worry about.

Will there be any other weddings on at the same venue?

Why have we left this one so late? Well, it’s a personal choice whether you want a wedding venue entirely to yourself for the day, or whether you mind having another wedding party on the same day.

Whether it makes much difference or not depends on the size of the wedding venue. A small wedding venue may not have the space, or the different rooms for two large weddings.

You may find yourself sharing facilities, do you mind bumping into another bride?

Large hotels or golf clubs or private manor houses are often designed in a way that they can easily accommodate more then one wedding. Lets face it, weddings are big business so they want to attract as many as possible. If your chosen wedding venue will be playing host to more then one wedding on your wedding day, ask to see where the two parties take place and ensure you’re comfortable with the idea.

What time does the bar shut, and what time do we have to leave?

Surely the most important question, what time can we party until? A good wedding venue will not go around at the end of the night throwing guests out of the door, however they will expect your wedding guests to leave at an appropriate time. Clarify with the venue what time is last orders at the bar, and what time does the music have to be finished by.

You’ll want one big farewell and send-off at the end of the night, so ensure your DJ is aware of the closing time and that he is prepared for the last dance and farewell to the new Mr & Mrs!

8 Tips for Finding The perfect Wedding Venue

At the top of every engaged couple’s to-do list is finding the perfect wedding venue. Some couples know exactly which venue they’d like to host their wedding at from the moment they get engaged, while some of you may not have a clue as to what you want and what is even available to you in your area. The wedding venue is the first thing you will book as a newly engaged couple and it sets the tone for the overall feel for your wedding day.

The options are endless. From grand hotels to quaint bistros, sprawling gardens to urban rooftops, and rustic barns to modern cityscapes – the choices can become overwhelming. So how do you narrow down what you want in order to find the perfect wedding venue for your day? Even if you have a general idea of what you are looking for, there are so many factors to consider. Here are some tips to help guide you in finding the perfect wedding venue.

Determine your style.

A casual affair with outdoor elements, or a formal soirée at a grand hotel? Downtown chic or a lakeside retreat? A rustic country feel or modern urban ambiance? Determining the style of your wedding is the first step in deciding which venue fits your vision best. Every couple is different and will have a unique list of qualities that they are looking for in a venue. Once you nail down the style and feel you are looking for, you can contact venues that fit that description.

Pick a season.

A summer wedding in July or a winter wedding in December – you need to decide on the time of year you’d like to have your wedding so that when you contact venues they can let you know what dates are available in that particular month. Most weddings happen in the summer months, but autumn is also becoming a popular choice for couples to tie the knot. The month you choose to get married in will help determine the best fit for a venue. Depending when you want to get married, you might have to be flexible with your date as good venues book up at least a year in advance.

Come up with a budget.

This is the biggest factor when choosing a wedding venue. When you contact venues, ask them what the average cost is to have a wedding at their location. Costs vary greatly, and you want to make sure the venue fits within your budget before you go on a site visit. Otherwise, you may just be wasting your time, or fall in love with a venue that you can’t afford. Anyone contributing to the cost of the wedding should go along on the venue tours so that everyone has all of the information needed when making a decision on booking a venue. Make sure to get all of the information in writing so that you can review everything later and compare each venue properly to ensure they fit within the budgeted costs.

Determine the number guests.

You should have an idea on the number of guests you will be inviting to your wedding so that you can make sure the venues you visit can accommodate the number of guests you will be inviting. Always book a venue that can accommodate all invited guests – don’t book a venue hoping you will have fewer guests that can attend. Just in case most of the guests RSVP yes, you want to make sure your venue can accommodate everyone comfortably.

Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same location?

If so, you need to choose venues that can accommodate both. If you’d like an outdoor ceremony, does the venue have outdoor space to hold a ceremony and what is their plan B in case of rain? Will you need time in between the ceremony and reception to flip the room? Is there an extra rental fee to have the ceremony on site? If they don’t offer ceremony space, can they recommend a location close by that provides this service?

Ask the right questions.

Some venues offer full service – catering, tables, chairs, linens, glassware, dishware, lighting, bartenders, alcohol, tents, décor, music, and audio/visual. You will have to determine your needs before meeting with a venue to ensure they can provide everything that you need. Do they also provide a list of preferred vendors and are you required to book those vendors or can you bring in your own? What are all of the costs involved – rental fees, taxes, gratuities, service fees, cake cutting fees, set up fees. Get everything in writing before signing a contract and putting down a deposit.

What are your expectations for food and drink?

This is often the most important part of the wedding – some couples can be very particular on the style and quality of the food and drink that they serve their guests. Generally speaking, the higher the quality and service, the higher the price. What kind of food and beverages would you like to serve at your wedding? If you have a certain idea in mind – let’s say food stations or family style service, a casual bar-b-que feel or a gourmet five-course meal – you will need to make sure the venue can accommodate your requests. If not, will they allow you to bring in your own caterer? Do they have set menu packages and can they customize a menu for you? Do they provide a menu trial dinner? Will they provide the alcohol or do you need to provide it yourself and apply for your own permit? Will your expectations require extra servers and fees?

Consider the out of town guests.

Will you have a lot of out of town guests that will need accommodations and transportation? If so you’ll want to choose a venue that is close to hotels and where guests can be transported to easily. If the venue you absolutely love is a little out of the way, you may need to look into bus and shuttle services to get guests to and from the wedding site.

Selecting Wedding Venue Location For a Mesmerising Wedding

A memorable and mesmerising reception is the result of sensible, responsive and careful planning of the wedding day. All it takes is to be comfortable, have patience and choose the finest and the most amazing wedding venue in order to arrange the complete wedding reception, dance, lunch, dinner and wedding games in an impeccable manner. However, choosing a venue requires lots of knowledge; this is why it is crucial task. Indeed, the complete wedding reception program is dependent upon the choice of the wedding venue. In fact, other wedding reception arrangements are also dependent upon the venue and its location. Therefore, deciding an ideal venue is the very first step of the wedding planning process.

Selecting Wedding Venue Location

Bride and groom must ensure the best and healthy venue location that is full of green vegetation and located near the city. Wedding reception place should be near to the city in order to conveniently transport the necessary wedding accessories, guests, bride and groom and other wedding related things to the wedding destination. It is also important to choose a place near the vibrant city so that maximum number of guest can attend and enjoy the ceremony.

However, the first thing that should be considered is to select one from the different venue locations in and around the region. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to book the nearest one because of seasonal bookings. It is also important to look at the cost of venue booking, internal arrangements, accessories, tables, cutlery, serving plates, glass wares, chairs, etc. before finalizing the venue. It is the vital factor to consider and the complete wedding budget is dependent on it.

Reckoning Seating Capacity

The second most important thing to consider is to personally observe the seating capacity. It is important to accommodate all your local and international guests at the same location. Determining the full capacity of the venue is the best thing to have in mind. In identifying the suitability of the wedding place you should also ascertain its past record. References from other people are helpful in this regard and help you find a better place.

Online Wedding Venue Directories

You should also enquire about menu, special diets, chocolates, audio and visual effects and other associated services at the same time. However, it is good to find the exact venues from the online wedding venue directories. These directories offer you the exact and the most desired venues as per the location preferences. If you are residing in Australia, then you can easily find the most convenient and beautiful wedding venues in Queensland, Sydney, Gold Coast, etc. In fact, you can see multiple venue options, compare prices, and look for other wedding planning accessories as per your needs.

Guidelines for Selecting the Prefect Outdoor Wedding Venue

There are a number of different choices for your wedding venue, the most common being the church. But if you want a little more excitement on the wedding day then why stick to a conventional church wedding when you can celebrate that special moment at a gorgeous outdoor wedding venue.

Finding the perfect outdoor venue for a dream day can sometimes turn into a nightmare. There are a number of factors to consider when booking an outdoor wedding venue in the Bay Area. This makes it important to begin searching for the perfect venue well in advance. However, if you do not have time on your hands, it is better to go online and search for a good outdoor wedding venue in the Bay Area. You can find many outdoor venues that provide different services such as catering, decorating and even transportation.

Finding the perfect outdoor wedding venue helps rid one of stress since there is no worry about the venue and what to do with it, anymore. Outdoor, Bay Area, wedding venues help create a theme for your wedding which sets the wedding accordingly.

Below are some guidelines on selecting the perfect wedding venue:

First, one must pick the out door venue. When deciding on the type of venue, you should consider: the weather, the arrival time, the number of guests, duration of stay, parking availability for the guests. The wedding venue should be convenient for the guests to locate and to have access.

Second, the venue selection is made while keeping the budget in mind, since there are many different expenses that occur, aside from the venue itself. The venue plays a vital role in making the memory of the wedding last forever. The venue is reflected in the wedding pictures, video, and through stories, it is important that one makes the right choice.

In order to make the correct decision regarding the venue, the types of venue are discussed in detail as follows:

• Garden Wedding –
Gardens are surrounded with beautiful greenery, flowers, and water making garden weddings a very natural environment. This gives the wedding an elegant-classic ambiance. The use and types of flowers, trees, and open space is important for a garden venue and the right garden venue must be selected to make it match with the wedding theme and the venues surrounding environment. You can find outdoor wedding venues that customize the flower decorations in a way that complements a wide verity of wedding themes.

• Beach Wedding –
These have a wide budget range: from being most economical to most expensive wedding. A beach wedding offers a very comfortable and relaxing environment offering simplicity to your choice of wedding dress and decorations. A beach wedding you will not have to spend much on the decorations, but the theme cannot be changed much.

• Banquet halls –

Banquet halls are usually used to continue the wedding celebration after the church ceremony. This is when all friends and family relatives of the wedding couple come together for the celebration. A banquet hall can be a good choice for a reception as well. It can be stylish and fun. Lightings play a key element, in banquet halls, because the venue is indoors. If you choose this option you will need to find a good event company that works with lighting and/or lighting rental companies to get the best design.

Factors to consider While Selecting a Wedding Venue

Your Wedding day will undoubtedly be the most important and happiest day of your life. You can ensure that everything goes well on this special occasion with proper planning. As your venue is an important part of your wedding, you will definitely want it to be perfect. Choosing a perfect wedding venue is one of the most important and difficult decisions you have to make. It should fit into your style, budget and many other requirements.

Factors to consider
Many couples, who start looking for venues often fall for the beauty of the place, ignoring more practical things. You should consider some crucial factors before making your selection. Some of the factors to consider when selecting a wedding venue are:

You should first set a budget aside for your wedding venue and stick to it. There are many different types of venues available to suit all different tastes and budgets. From Hotels to Castles, Barns to Stately Homes, and Sporting Venues to romantic seaside hotels. You do not always need to spend a fortune to get the venue of your dreams. There are enough venues that offer great facilities at reasonable prices. The only thing you need to do is to spend some time, use your imagination and research as many venues as possible before making your decision.

The Ceremony
Some couples get married in a church and then use their chosen venue for their reception. Others prefer the wedding ceremony and reception both at the same place. If you are planning to hold your wedding ceremony as well as your reception at the same place you should choose a venue licensed for civil marriage ceremonies (England and Wales). By having both the ceremony and reception in the same place, the time and effort involved for you and your guests in traveling from church to venue will be reduced greatly.

Venue size
The number of guests you are expecting for your wedding will be a deciding factor when selecting your venue. You will obviously require a larger venue if you intend to invite a lot of guests. With many country venues a Marquee is possible in the grounds to accommodate larger weddings. If you are going to have a smaller more intimate wedding with only a few guests some venues have specific rooms for this purpose after all, you and your guests don’t want to be ‘rattling’ around.

Wedding venue location
One of the factors that you need to consider is the location of your wedding venue. Make sure that if you are planning to get married at a Church, that your reception venue is not too far for guests to travel without getting lost. A good way to ensure against this is to provide transportation. Alternatively remember to provide maps to everyone.

Number of Guests
Check whether the venue you are hiring has the capacity for the number of guests you will be inviting for both the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. Check if the venue is suitable for disabled, elderly and young children. Ask the venue if they provide a complimentary room for the couple to change or relax? Check that the venue has ample parking or supply guests with details of the nearest place to park should the car park be full.

Wedding photos
Your wedding photography will capture the most important day of your life so now is not the time to cut costs. Although a favourite Uncle may be great with a camera, don’t take chances, use a professional photographer. Look for a photographer who has many years of experience and look at many examples of his/her work to ensure you are happy with their specific style. Check that you are happy with the locations offered by the venue for photographic opportunities. Outdoor locations are often popular to take good photographs as natural light helps when taking fantastic pictures.

Food and drink
The Catering is a very important factor of any wedding. You need to select a menu taking into consideration your budget, but also what most of your guests would like to eat rather than chancing anything too spicy or too rare. Check if the venue has in-house catering or if they use recommended caterers and can supply you with a list of companies to contact. Many venues offer combined food and drink packages to suit different budgets, offering the best value for money.

Apart from the above mentioned factors, you need to consider the deposit required, any hidden costs and check any overtime charges. A good knowledge of what to ask will help you in finding your perfect wedding venue.

Dating Tips Advice – The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating

Everybody has their own share of very bad dates. Sure, there wasn’t any chemistry, the conversations were just awkward and you’re just not meant to meet in the first place. The experience can be traumatizing but remember that these shouldn’t stop you from continuing on meeting different women. Maybe the right girl is just around the corner so don’t lay down your cards just yet. Here are a few dating tips advice that might come in handy when you need it.

Date someone you’re attracted to. No matter what others tell you, date someone you like. Sure, she’s smoking hot and she has a nice car, but the truth is, she’s not your type. Don’t join a trend or hype. Dating a hot girl is cool but just because she’s hot doesn’t mean you’re into her. Follow your own instincts and date someone you genuinely find attractive. You’re life will be much better that way.
Never check out other girls while on a date. This isn’t just rude: this is downright stupid. If you plan to hit on as many girls as you want in one night, you might as well went alone. The last thing you want to do is get a girl on date only to ignore her the entire night. Have a heart and focus your attention on her.

Be confident, cool and have a great time. Strike a conversation, know the other person better and flirt. However, don’t act too clingy or desperate for attention. That’s just one of the major reasons why girls get turned off easily. Be laidback and relaxed. Enjoy your date’s company. Be interesting. Be interested. The most important thing is, you must have fun.

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Muscle building Tips – Advice For the Beginning Hardgainer

As a beginner trying to learn the proper techniques and tricks to build muscle you must be sick and tired of all the muscle building tips you get from all the so called “Experts” in the field? I know I have. In this article I just want to give you cold hard facts about how to get started with a muscle building program that will have you gaining muscle quicker than you could imagine.

Muscle building Tips Advice # 1 – Focus on Your Diet

One of the very first things you should focus on when starting a program to build muscle is your diet and calorie consumption.

In order to get big you must up your calorie intake on a daily basis. In order to do this each and everyday you should be concentrating on this formula for success.

What you need to do in order to achieve great results is this:

Take your current body weight in pounds and multiply it by 24 to get a rough idea of what you should be aiming for (e. g. if you weigh 150 pounds you’ll need 3, 600 calories per day – 150 x 24).

Split your meals into six per day and space them a few hours apart, focusing on protein-rich food to feed your muscles and aid their growth.

Muscle Building Tips Advice # 2 – The Big 5 Compound Exercises

The second tips advice I can give you in order to start seeing great results from your workout sessions is to concentrate your efforts on the big 5 compound exercises that will ensure you to build muscle faster. These exercises consist of:

1) Squats
2) Deadlifts
3) Bench Press
4) Rows
5) Shoulder Presses

When your efforts are focused on these 5 compound exercises they will work several muscle groups at one time. This in return will allow you to lift heavier, prevent fatigue and provide you with the range of motion you need to start building muscle for the best results.

Muscle building Tips Advice # 3 – Focus on Heavy Lifting

The last bit of tips advice I can provide you is always focus increasing your weight during each different workout session you perform. This simply means each time you start your muscle building session you should be increasing your weight every chance you get.

For example you could:

Start out with low reps around 6 to 10 max and be sure to have your weight heavy enough that the very last one you perform is so difficult you have a tough time completing it. By doing this strategy you will find that your muscle gains and strength will sore through the roof!

Get your Lover Back Tips: Advice on How to get Your Ex Back

If you just recently went through a breakup this guide could be just for you. Right now i’m guessing you are probably going through a lot of different emotions. I bet one minute you are probably relieved about the breakup, but then an hour later you would probably do anything to get them back. I am going to provide you with three beneficial steps that could win back your former love.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is actually step back and look at the relationship, and see if it is actually worth getting back together. I would take out a piece of paper and journal all your thoughts and write down the pros and cons of the relationship. If you still feel that this relationship is worth saving proceed to step two.

Step 2 The process of getting your ex back is not always a logical one. Most “get your lover back tips advice how get your ex back” guides actually recommend that you tell your former how you feel or recommend them to write a sappy love letter. This is actually a big no no because this will display a big sense of neediness. The best thing for you to do is to actually cut off all communication with your former love. I would cut off all communication with them for thirty days. Use this time to regroup and to attend former hobbies and passions. For example, when I broke up with a recent girlfriend I used that time to play my guitar and to write music.

Step 3 This next step may be the last thing you want to do, but it will work like a charm. The next step is to begin dating a little. This will help to eliminate neediness so when you meet your former love there wont be an aura of desperation on your face. This step will also give you a new perspective as well. You actually may be pleasantly surprised that their are people out there who are actually a better fit for yourself. I guarantee that most “get your lover back tips advice how get your ex back” guides will never mention this tip. This is because a lot of dating is actually counter-intuitive and it requires you to think outside the box.

If you still feel that your ex is still the best fit for you after following these steps. You then should initiate communication with them. If your initial communication goes well go for a light meet up. I would recommend inviting them somewhere you already plan on attending. An example would be shopping or some type of fun activity.

Dating: Some General Dating Tips/Advice

Starting Dating: Some General Dating Tips/Advice

Whether you’re going out on your first date with someone or your tenth, you’re probably looking for tips and advice on how to make sure the date goes well, right? Here we’ll look at several dating tips that can help, particularly if this is just your first or second date with someone.

1. Be yourself, and be honest about yourself. Even stretching the truth a little will end up backfiring at some point, and could ruin a potential long lasting relationship with the person you’re dating.

If you really can’t bring yourself to talk truthfully about something, then try to avoid the topic for the first few dates. Unless of course it’s extremely important. If you’re married for instance, this will not go over well no matter how long you try to put off answering the question. In fact, it’ll just get worse with time. So being honest right from the start can save a lot of time, frustration, anger or heartache.

2. Don’t do a surprise date the very first time. If you decided to surprise him or her with a disgusting movie for instance, you could find they hate it. The same applies to choosing a surprise restaurant. Imagine choosing a vegetarian restaurant as a “surprise”, only to find out your date won’t eat anything other than meat.

3. Don’t obsess over looks. Not everyone can be a super model and more often than not you’ll find the most gorgeous people aren’t always so great as people. Mediocre or not so hot looking dates however, might be the sweetest, friendliest person you’ve ever met. So try to pay attention to them as a whole person, listen to what they say and try to get to know them. Don’t just dismiss all potential based on how they look.

4. Accept compliments gracefully. If your date gives you a compliment, you should accept it! Smile and say thank you instead of trying to brush it off or play it down. Often trying to brush off compliments makes it seem as if you’re fishing for more, and this can become quite the turn off eventually.

5. If this is the first date, don’t plan anything overly time consuming. This is particularly important for blind dates, or date with people you’ve met online. You need something brief and fairly neutral, just in case either one of you decides this just isn’t going to work for you.

6. Always be on time for your date. It’s very inconsiderate and disrespectful to be late, and the same can be said if you’re too early. Being late can also make you seem arrogant and full of yourself, while being early can come across as being too desperate, eager or needy.

7. Be at your conversational best. Don’t make rude comments, crude jokes, or lace everything with suggestive sexual innuendo… particularly on your first date. Other conversation topics to avoid would be anything heated or confrontational. Politics and religion are two obvious topics to avoid on your first few dates, and you also don’t want to go into intimate details about previous failed relationships either.

Truck and Van Maintenance Tips – Advice on Maintaining a Van

When your job heavily revolves around your van or truck for getting around and carrying supplies, anything going wrong can be a major problem. When you work for a large company, you will probably be able to have another van if something goes wrong with yours, but self-employed workers and small business will find any set back a major problem. When it comes to problems with vehicles, prevention is much better than cure. Repairs to vehicles such as vans and trucks can be very costly and many of the problems can be avoided by careful maintenance. In this article we will look at some simple maintenance tips that you can perform on your vehicle.

If your van is under three years old then it will probably still be under a warranty plan from the manufacturer. So if you have any problems with your van, your first port of call will be them. But even though you have a warranty, there is still a need to perform some basic maintenance to make sure everything runs smoothly. If your warranty runs out, you can often extend them for a reasonable price.

As well as a warranty, a breakdown package is strongly advisable as even the most looked after vehicles have a nasty habit of suddenly breaking down. There are many services available that will help you keep peace of mind travelling to and from your jobs.

Having your van serviced at a reputable garage is a must as it can help spot potential major problems and if you are ever thinking of selling on your van or truck in the future, a full and regular service history will help the vehicle retain its value.

So far we have talked about services and products that are advisable to use but what can you actually physically do on a regular basis to keep problems at bay? A lot of these tips are the same checks we should all do on any vehicle, but it is surprising how many people forget to do them. Check your oil level is alright by taking out your dipstick, cleaning off the oil, placing it back in and then checking. This will give you a clear reading and you should be checking for a nice, dark, clean looking oil. If anything looks unusual, then contact your local garage and obviously if the level is low, top it up.

Coolant is another thing that should be on your check list; again just top it up if the level looks low.

One very important part of your van or truck that should be checked is your tyres. A good tyre pressure is not only good for the car but will help you as well. It is a known fact that low tyre pressure can increase fuel consumption and if you are trying to run a business, every penny counts.

The tread on your tyres is something that you should check on a regular basis as you may be pulled over by the police if they are under the legal limit and this will result in a fine.

These tips may seem very simple and like common sense but they will save you some important time, effort and money in the long run.