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It's no surprise that a bride's wedding day doesn't go exactly like the movies.

A realistic wedding day meets somewhere in between a Disney movie and a Don't Tell the Bride episode.

“Here Comes the Bride” down the aisle, lined with watchful guests turned in their seats to see the big white dress trail to the tune.

Tulle is draped in sweeping loops along pews filled with family and friends, as the church whispers promises of a happy ever after.

Today had been the most stressful and the most wonderful day of the bride's life. The wrong flowers line reception tables facing the wrong DJ booth.

Her dream band had cancelled last minute, and they were forced to hook up her niece's iPhone to the church speakers for the ceremony music.

She takes it all in as she puts one heel in front of the other: the incompetence of professionals, the coffee staining her veil, her mum-in-law’s audacity to wear white, the utter frustration of the whole day.

And, like all the movies, the minute she lays eyes on the man waiting for her at the alter, all the details melt away.

But what are her guests thinking as they watch from their wooden seats, shoulder to shoulder, as the ceremony unfolds?

It turns out guests have ranked these thoughts from most to least enjoyable during a recent study conducted by American Express.

The most important priority ranked was the other guests, with 44% of wedding attendees agreeing the guest list was vital to their happiness. They said that they must know those in attendance well enough and enjoy their company.

Secondly, was good weather at 42%, of course, for that could potentially ruin the whole event if they were expected to mingle and dance in an outdoor venue.

Surprisingly, how well they knew the groom or bride was only voted third at 41%. It seems family and friends thought the couple's compatibility was less important than their experience at the ceremony.

The venue and catering followed fourth and fifth at 38% and 37% during the survey.

Unlike the bride, guests stated that the smaller details made less of a contribution to the big day:

1. Favours or goody bags– 5 per cent

2. The speeches – 10 per cent

3. Being able to bring children – 10 per cent

4. Being able to bring a plus one – 13 per cent

5. Meeting new people – 13 per cent.

So, for those of you planning your perfect wedding, it is nice to know that the little things like enough space for a plus one or hand-crafted goody bags are not as important as you thought.

Phew! You can devote your time to the big things and, we would recommend, drafting up a drama-free guest list.


Believe it or not, the day will come when you decide you're totally bored of your usual Pilates/bootcamp/spin class and will suddenly find yourself wanting to try something new. 

And when that day comes, you will undoubtedly experience a wide and varied array of emotions. From panic to happiness, starting a new workout class is just as scary as going on a first date. 

Here are ten thoughts that will more than likely pop into your head the next time you decide on a new exercise class:

1. OMG these people look so hard core

… I'll just find a nice spot in the back.


2. What the hell are these things for?!

Do I lift this? Step on it? Roll it? Throw it?


3. Is it bad that I'm already sweating and it's only the warm-up?

This new instructor does NOT mess around.


4. But what the hell is up with her playlist?

Ed Sheeran… so not workout material. 


5. Oh no, this is actually really hard

I wonder would anyone notice if I walked out right now?


6. How is nobody else exhausted?!

That girl in the front isn't even sweating!


7. Am I even doing this right?

Fake it 'til you make it, I suppose. 


8. Wait… I think I'm getting the hang of this

It's actually a really good workout.


9. I'm totally kicking ass right now

Hello new six-pack!


10. OK, maybe that wasn't so bad after all

*Eye of the Tiger plays in head*




Us girls go through a range of emotions on a night out. We’re sure you’ve felt some of these!


1. You’ve just arrived at your friend’s house. Stroll in the door, say hi to her parents as if they were your own. Run up the stairs and before you even say hello you’re already head first in her wardrobe. Why is it that your friends always have the nicest clothes? 

I look good

2. You’ve shaved your legs and they’re smooth as hell. A dress it is, it’d be a shame not to, a crime in fact. Everyone loves a bit of leg, and you’re hoping for the shift tonight too so it’ll probably help.


3. Ok, outfit done. You proceed to start doing your make-up. Effort, but it has to be done. 


4. Then it begins, you’ve had one glass of vino and you instantly remember something you’ve been told not to tell anyone but you continue to include everyone else in anyway. It’ll be fine, sure who are they going to tell? This one tiny drop of gossip quickly unfold into an on-running debate about whether you should take that job in House of Fraser or just accept that you’re going to become a stripper. The prospect of all that money is really starting to sound appealing to you.


5. You’ve just painted your nails and you’ve done a really good job. And of course, 2 minutes later your bladder decides it needs the loo. But your nails aren’t dry yet? Sh*t.


6. You’re more than half way through your drink now and you’re not even close to tipsy yet. Have I drank so much my tolerance has improved? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Better drink some more. 

5 minutes later..


7. The music is blaring, you’re definitely on your way, and then Iggy Azaela comes on. You automatically transform into a black woman and proceed to sing along to all the lyrics of ‘Fancy’. 


8. Oh yeah, we’re buzzing now.


9.  You’ve just checked the status of your Hailo taxi. It’s going to be here in 5 minutes. What to do? Shots. You have a plastic bottle filled with the rest of your drink at the ready and you’ve just applied your lippy. Let’s go.


10. You’re in the taxi and you’ve asked Mr Taxi Man to kindly turn the radio on. Beyonce – Unreal. Why don’t I sing professionally? Why am I still in college when I could be doing what Queen Bey does? The taxi man is clearly loving it too.

11. You’re out of the taxi now. You say goodbye to Frank and wish him luck explaining to his daughter he wasn’t able to get her the birthday present she asked for. Plastic bottle in hand and you shimmy on down the alley to finish the rest of your drink before you have to join the dreaded queue.

oh well

12. You stroll up to the queue rustling around your bag to try and find your I.D. Hang on..


13. You’re in. First stop, the bar.

14. You’ve just ordered your vodka cranberry before spotting Ridey Ride McRiderson to your right. You don’t want to speak to him, you’ve only just arrived and you want to see what else is on offer.


15. Drink in hand, to the dance floor you go. You and your friends have strategically formed a circle of security, all your bags are dumped into the middle. Such a relief, that bag was definitely the reason you were feeling off balance. Now, time to own this dance floor. 

But in fact, you look like this..


16. Better drink some more vodka.


17. You’re out in the smoking area with a few of the girls. You see a group of guys approaching, you all get chatting with one another. After 2 minutes you’re bored. It’s a shame the personality doesn’t match their looks, they had potential. Hmm.. Need to pee again.


18. So you and two of the of the girls have managed to squeeze into the one cubicle. Where there’s a will, there is most definitely always a way. You’re all in the middle of much needed DMC and some inconsiderate wagon is outside banging on the door with her pal.


19. A quick reapplication of some powder, lippy and mascara and you’re ready to go. Better get the shift before I leave, I look unreal.


20. So Ridey Ride McRiderson is no where to be seen. You’ve come to the conclusion you’re going to end up alone, you’ll have 27 cats, a fish and a never ending supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream. Doesn’t really seem all that bad does it?


21. You come back to find that one of the girls has disappeared with the guy she’s been playing tonsil tennis with for the whole night. It’s grand, she’ll be fine. Another is having a power nap in the corner of the dance floor. It’s grand, she’ll be fine. Your mate wants to get another drink but funds are low. It’s pretty late now and everyone’s agreed to bail. 


22. After you’ve finished demolishing the best 3 in 1 you’ve had in your life all you want to do is crawl into your bed. You carefully get up and you all start making your way towards the taxi rank. Your feet are that sore they’ve gone numb. Your knee is bruised. How and when did that happen? Walking is so strenuous at the moment that you literally can’t even.


23. You have a little snooze in the taxi and before you know it you’re right outside your front door. Your automatic reaction is to shush everything. Why does everything have to make so much noise? Things are so loud, how rude.


24. Ahh.. Bed. My trusted friend, full of satisfaction and dreams. 

25. The next morning is always the toughest part of a night out. Your head is spinning and your vision is so blurry there’s a strong possibility you’re still drunk. Where’s the dog, I need attention and love, lots of attention and love.

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A million thoughts run through our minds during the throes of passion, but in the presence of a naked woman, a man’s mind becomes pretty predictable.

Here are five thoughts that have probably crossed your guy’s mind at least once in the bedroom.

1. ‘Am I doing this right?’ When men are turned on, we know all about it. It’s a little more complicated when it comes to us girls, and half the time men have no idea if they’re hitting the nail on the head so to speak. Rumours in the men’s locker rooms of faked female orgasms lead to more second guessing of their bedroom talents.

2. ‘Damn! I forgot to shower.‘ He probably planned to get spruced up before you arrived, but was too tired or lazy at the time, and then got distracted by the prospect of sex. This also goes for all other general grooming – teeth brushing, aftershave, toenail clipping, and so on.

3. ‘My god, she’s hot!’ From a man’s perspective, the best breasts in the world are those that have recently been exposed for his enjoyment. While we self-critique ourselves constantly, men are just delighted to be in the company of a naked you, so relax!

4. ‘Play it cool, play it cool, play it cool!’ You know that scene in Ghost when Patrick Swayze is seducing Demi Moore over a pottery wheel? Well, that doesn’t happen in real life. You don’t see the screen heartthrob rolling on his back trying pull his socks off, or struggling with the finicky little clasp on the back of your bra. He’s smooth from the first scene to the last, and that’s what most guys are aiming for. They want us to think they’re totally in charge, even when they’re so very not.

5. ‘Where did she learn THAT?!’ A guy typically won’t complain if you pull out a brand new bedroom move. That said, if it comes out of nowhere and it’s not something you’ve previously spoken about, he’s definitely wondering where the inspiration came from (Did she read that in a magazine? Learn it from her last boyfriend?).

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