Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Theme - High Tea - How to Pull It Off

Wedding High Tea

Good Morning and Happy Wedding Wednesday. I'm joined, again, by the gorgeous Roxana who is sharing all about how to have a High Tea wedding breakfast. Now, I had afternoon tea for my reception, so I hope she things I followed the correct etiquette! Enjoy!

Well, not everyone was born into a fabulous British tradition and culture but that doesn’t mean we can’t obsess about it with equal passion and admiration. Right? Right.
One of the epitomes of British culture is their worshiping of tea-drinking which, if we’re to be honest, have never been understood in full. Still, it’s something they’ve made look so attractive and so important that even those who don’t really like or drink tea would go crazy excited if they were offered one by someone sporting a fantastically sensual British accent.
The tradition of tea drinking, in fact, is of such importance that it got replicated onto the weddings, making High Tea one of the top celebrated wedding themes. Go figure! In all honesty, the whole concept of it is phenomenal, so then – why not celebrate it?
If you are one of the tea-obsessed brides to be and you are thinking of turning your big day into a tea-honouring spectacle, we’re giving you some top important tips to know about the High Tea tradition.
  1. The time of serving matters

Even though it was originally served between 5 pm and 7 pm with larger meals, high tea is now to be had in the afternoon although there may be some adjustments to that time, too. To our understanding, high tea events may now be held at any time of the day, as long as they align with the right etiquette.
  1. Size of teapots is important

It is very standard and very important to know that the largest teapot is for English breakfast tea while small teapots are used for herbal teas.
  1. Cutlery experience plays a role

It is safe to say that a table full of cutlery will be a very daunting experience; so, when you are setting the table, remember to do everything by the book. If you’re just seated at the table, use it from the outside towards the inside of your place setting. For all the brides that would go with the High Tea wedding theme, we’d always recommend hiring high tea catering professionals, as they’re familiar with the proper etiquette and won’t fail your expectations.
Wedding High Tea
  1. Matching bowls, yes

Cream and jam are to be served in matching bowls, preferably crystal. Small silver serving spoons follow.
  1. Tea serving etiquette is crucial

The way to serve (and drink tea) is to first pour tea, then add milk and sugar to taste.
  1. Learn napkin placement

The napkin should be placed on the left-hand side of your place setting; it is our understanding that “it should be folded with the closed edge towards the left and the open edge towards the right”. What is more, “when the diners were finished they would place the napkin on the right-hand side to signify the end of their high tea”.
  1. Use fingers to eat

Wedding High Tea
…BUT only if no cutlery is provided. The origin of “finger food” notion actually goes back to the tradition of eating with your fingers whenever there was no cutlery around.
  1. Master the teacup drama

Apparently, it’s not just about taking a teacup and drinking out of it – there’s a special way to do it. We’ve learned that back “in 1710 when the teacup handle was first invented it was a custom to pinch the front and the back of the handle with your three fingers and extending your little finger went to avoid spillage”. Naturally, modern day finds the little finger pretty inappropriate and rude, so it’s more polite to point your little finger down towards the bottom of the cup. Remember that “it is never considered polite to put your fingers through the handle nor to cup the bowl like a steaming mug”. Oh, wow.
Well brides, this is just some basic High Tea knowledge to grasp; there’s plenty more to learn but that’s the knowledge you’ll get from High Tea wedding planners. Trust them, they know stuff!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Dubai: Day 2 - Aquaventure Water Park, Atlantis

So I realised that if I want to write about our Iceland trip (which is 3 weeks away!!) I should probably get a groove on and finish talking about Dubai. Blogger fail!

You can read my first post all about Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel here

So tell me, what was your childhood dream? When I was less of a child, more of a teenage (I think I was 14/15) I wrote a list of things I wanted to do. I wish I'd kept that list. I remember some of it vividly though:

Wear a yellow prom dress (I wore the most beautiful, lemon yellow dress) 
Swim with dolphins 

So, it took nearly 10 years from writing that list but I finally got to swim with Dolphins!!


We arrived at Aquaventure Water Park planning to make the most of the rides before our dolphin experience at 2pm but the staff were super helpful and offered to move our swim forward, within 10 minutes we had our wristbands on and were waiting for a golf buggy to Dolphin Bay (because why would we walk??)

We opted for the Dolphin Adventure which includes:

Complimentary same day access to Aquaventure Waterpark
30-minute check-in/changing
15-minute orientation with a Marine Mammal Specialist
30 minutes in the water
Wetsuits and vests are provided and required while in the water
Bottled Water / Soft Drinks

Towels and lockers - we actually got given another towel after we'd changed and we rented a locker for the rest of the day. 

Dolphin Experience Aquaventure

Dolphin Experience Aquaventure

Dolphin Experience Aquaventure

The experience was absolutely amazing, we were with two adults and a child (children have to be 8 years to participate) and our gorgeous dolphin was called Blacky and he sung to us and we were able to pet him and interact with him while the trainers introduced him. 

There's a lot to squeeze into the 30 minutes, partly because the Dolphin is obviously still a mammal and will eventually get restless and fed up. But in that time we got to:
Belly ride 
and watch all the dolphins perform at the end. A true dream come true. 

Dolphin Adventure Aquaventure Water Park

Dolphin Adventure Aquaventure Water Park

Dolphin Adventure Aquaventure Water Park

Dolphin Adventure Aquaventure Water Park

We spent the rest of the day enjoying the water park. Due to Andy's vertigo we didn't go on too many rides (I didn't fancy queuing too long with strangers) but we did make use of the The Rapids (I mistakenly thought that it was a lazy river so wasn't the best idea straight after a pizza lunch!!) which go all the way around the park and are a fun way to get around. 

I also went on the Leap of Faith, a 9 story vertical drop where I had to be pushed by one of the lifeguards to get me over the edge. I screamed so loud that some of the tourists stood next to Andy commented on it! I'm not sure it's an experience I'd like to repeat. Leap of Faith and Shark Attack are both meant to end in the Shark Lagoon (obviously, they're enclosed) but the sharks weren't in the day we visited, unfortunately.

The whole day was a wonderful experience and the memories truly will last a lifetime.

What is on your 'Bucket List'?

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