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Famous people gamble too, and in fact, they gamble with a lot of money most of the time. Almost all of them are high rollers and sometimes lose millions of dollars in under an hour. But of course, sometimes they win the same amount too. Below, you can see seven of them and their “achievements” in Las Vegas, sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always at legendary levels. Here are our famous gamblers in their full glories:

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is known for a lot of “bad” things, and he is never ashamed of any of them. Gambling addiction may be the least “bad” thing he does. According to his ex-wife Denise Richards, the actor played sports bets every day and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. And when he loses, he starts to get violent mood swings, again, according to Ms Richards. His friends say that Charlie Sheen spends 20,000 USD per week on sports bets and even lost one million dollars on a single wager. And lots of resources claim that Mr Sheen spent many wild nights in Las Vegas, filled with gambling and other kinds of nasty stuff.

Shannon Elizabeth

If you watched any of the “American Pie” series, you already know who Shannon Elizabeth is. There is no doubt that she is a beautiful woman with a lot of fans, but not all of those fans know Ms Elizabeth from Hollywood. On the contrary, they know her from the WSOP (World Series of Poker) Championship.

Believe it or not, Shannon Elizabeth is also a professional poker player, who managed to enter top 10 and received a cash prize during WSOP 2005, 2006, and 2007. She also reached the semi-finals during the NBC Poker Championship. A beautiful woman who is also good at poker: she is like a dream come true.

Michael Jordan

Mr Jordan is a king of the basketball and a true legend, as everybody knows. However, he is also a gambling addict. His poison is craps, and it is possible to see Mr Jordan playing this game at Las Vegas casinos through the year. In fact, he is especially famous for losing 5 million dollars on a single craps game. In addition, he loves golf-betting: as you know, Mr Jordan played golf too, and it seems placed bets for his entire golf career. He also lost 1.25 million dollars on golf bets – so far, he wagered and lost more than 10 million dollars ın golf bets and casino games.

Ben Affleck

Shannon Elizabeth is not the only Hollywood celebrity who play card games as a professional. Ben Affleck is also pretty good at this job – in fact, he won the 2004 California State Poker Championship. He also reached the finals of WPT (World Poker Tournament). He is pretty good at blackjack too: Hard Rock Casino banned him from entering the premises just because he won more than 1 million dollars on a single blackjack game. (Turns out, Mr Affleck is good at card counting too.)

And if you are not yet impressed, know that Ben Affleck was quite drunk when he won that game and tipped 150,000 USD to the casino staff on the same night. Way to go, Batman. His gambling buddy is Matt Damon by the way if you are wondering.

Jennifer Tilly

It seems our list contains many Hollywood celebrities. This time, it is an Academy Award Nominee: Jennifer Tilly is a talented actress, but you probably remember her as a “Bride of Chucky” voice. Ms Tilly likes to play Texas Hold’em poker, and she is quite good at it.

In fact, she is so good that she won the WSOP Ladies 2005 tournament. Yes, she is the only celebrity who won a WSOP tournament – her prize was more than 150,000 USD. She competed against 600 players and became a champion. You can also see her on the covers of many card player magazines: Ms Tilly loves to pose for other players too.

50 Cent

You all know who 50 Cent is: he is one of the greatest rappers alive. But he is also a very famous sports bettor, as he likes to tweet about his bets. Once he placed a bet in favour of Floyd Mayweather against Oscar de la Hoya and won more than 1 million dollars. You should remember that Floyd Mayweather was basically “nobody” when 50 Cent placed a bet in favour of him, this was the match that made him famous. Recently, 50 Cent made another 500,000 USD by placing a bet on Giants against 49ers. According to his tweet, “a voice in his head told him to bet on Giants”. Well, every gambler needs a voice like that.

Pamela Anderson

Maybe the “new generation” does not know who Pamela Anderson is, but know that she was the “diva” of the 2000s, and she is still a beautiful woman. Turns out, she is also a gambling addict who likes to play poker. Unfortunately, Ms Anderson is not that good at it – she lost 250,000 USD against Rick Salomon in a game.

But wait, this is where the story starts. Mr Salomon was a close friend of Pamela Anderson during that time, and they got married only a month later. Well, that is one way of clearing gambling debt. Moreover, the couple shot a very famous (and kinky) video, which we are sure that “a friend of yours” watched it already. But not you – you did not watch it, of course.

 

And the List Keeps Going

We can extend this list even further: it is claimed that Matt Damon and Toby McGuire are running an illegal high-stakes poker ring from their homes. Ray Romano, the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, had gambling problems for decades. Tiger Woods love to play blackjack and wagers 25,000 USD at each round – he even has a one million dollars’ credit at MGM Grand. And Aaron Paul is also a professional poker player who joined lots of WSOP events. But you get the idea: celebrities love gambling, and they always spend big.

There’s nothing quite like a lad’s holiday. Sipping beers, catching up with your friends and kicking a ball about sounds like the perfect getaway for a bunch of guys. But it’s not always that simple, is it? With rising costs of flights abroad and accommodation (especially at this time of year), it can be difficult to find something at the right time and within budget. When you’re in this predicament, what’s the solution? Party houses! The UK is packed with hundreds of party houses to rent that can sleep all of you with plenty of room to spare. So this year, why not give that a try? Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons as to why a house with the lads is the perfect option!

It’s mega affordable

Believe it or not, hiring a party house for a weekend or so is actually really affordable when you’re travelling in a group of people. Looking at the initial price of say, a ten-bed house, you’d be looking at around £3000 depending on location. However, if there’s 10 of you travelling, that only equates to £300 each for an incredible trip away with your buddies! Not only that, when it comes to food and drink, you could all chip in and buy one or two things each for a mega cheap holiday!

You still have your own space

While travelling with your mates is great, sometimes some time alone is needed and if you’re all sharing a small confined space, this can be difficult to obtain. However, with a party house, you’d have your own bedroom and with plenty of space around the property, you’re sure to find the chance to grab a moment to yourself. So, if you’re a little hungover from the night before and want to spend a few hours in bed you can still do that! Or, perhaps you want to catch a few z’s before a party you’re throwing? You can do that in peace without having to worry about being in anyone’s way and most importantly, without being disturbed.

Beautiful surroundings

The great thing about party houses is that they’re often located in the country which means one thing – beautiful surroundings and no one around for miles! That means that if the party goes on a little longer than planned, then you’re not going to disturb anyone and you’ll have the perfect backdrop to take some photos of your trip away. Just don’t forget to pack your phone charger!

Plenty of amenities

Being in the middle of nowhere can also put people off, and that’s in fear of becoming bored or being shut off from the outside world. However, many country houses now have plenty of amenities that will keep you occupied such as:

  • Pool and snooker tables
  • Ping pong tables
  • TV services such as Sky and Netflix
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Hottubs
  • Cooking facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly so you can take your furry friend
  • Easy to call taxi services to take you and the lads out on the town
  • Outdoor fire pits

 

Being bored simply won’t be an option! Remember whether to check if any of these extras will cost more than your initial price so that you’re not charged more than planned.

Enough space for other guests too

If you’ve got a party house for the weekend then you’d be mad not to host your own party. Many country houses around the UK have facilities available for this kind of thing because they’re often rented out for weddings and other large events. So, if you’re planning on hiring a DJ to celebrate someone’s birthday and inviting loads of guests, then you’ll be able to take advantage of ballrooms in the property too.

 

Finally, to make this the lad’s holiday of all lad’s holidays, remember these things:

  • What happens on holiday stays on holiday
  • Put your phones away! You’re here to enjoy each other’s company!
  • If and when there are squabbles, talk it out and get over it
  • Don’t talk down another man’s girlfriend just because you don’t have one
  • Play a friendly prank on each other every now and then
  • Remember your actions have consequences. While you should totally have fun, don’t ruin it for everyone else by breaking something or managing to get yourselves kicked out
  • Go home with something, even if it’s only a hangover and a great bunch of memories.

 

Most importantly, chances like these don’t come often, so make the most of it!

It’s an accepted fact that the longer you live in a house, the more belongings you accumulate, but the reality of it only truly bites when you start preparing for the dreaded removal day. Moving house is popularly held to be one of the most stressful events of modern life, so it’s important to take advantage of anything that can help to minimise the hassle. A good rubbish removal service can be one of them.

 

It’s true that moving house offers a unique opportunity to review everything you own and try to pare down the clutter – after all, the measure of anyone’s freedom is what they can do without. And in theory it sounds very simple to do: if it’s not beautiful or useful then you shouldn’t keep it. But very soon you find yourself floundering in murky waters. No, it’s not particularly beautiful and you haven’t used it in years, but it was a wedding present from Great Aunt Lucy and you can’t just throw it away. And if you did, it would just end up in a landfill site, which would be irresponsible.

 

Donation dilemma

The obvious solution is to allow Great Aunt Lucy’s gift to benefit somebody else by donating it to a charity shop. That sounds very fine until you discover the implications of trying to incorporate large scale charity shop donations into a house move. Precious cardboard boxes have to be sacrificed to the cause, precious time is lost making trips into town (not to mention finding somewhere to park and then carrying everything to the shop), and since it’s not a job that can be left to the last minute, you can guarantee that when you get home you’ll find at least one more box-worth of things that ought to have gone too.

 

In a ideal world you could simply make a pile of everything you want to donate, and have it collected at the same time as the inevitable rubbish removal that a house move necessitates. You would be free to concentrate on packing the things you want to keep, while being assured that any salvageable items you chose to leave behind wouldn’t end up in a landfill site.

 

Simple solution

Given this world’s very far from ideal nature, it may come as a surprise to many people to know that efficient and ethical rubbish removal companies do exist to make this possible. Clearabee offers a flexible range of rubbish removal services to accommodate different scales of house move.

 

You could opt for a full “Man & Van” clearance to come in and take away whatever’s left behind after the removal men have loaded the things you’re keeping – this would be ideal if you’re downsizing. If you don’t expect to need quite that scale of rubbish removal, you could instead request one or more skip bags, available in four sizes, to fill on moving day. These can be left up to 10 metres from the curb, and are guaranteed to be removed within 24 hours. In addition, Clearabee’s commitment to diverting waste away from landfill means that they will always evaluate the waste they remove with a view to re-use where possible, followed by upcycling or recycling. Over 90% of the waste they collect is recycled by one means or another.

 

Moving day is always going to be stressful, so it’s great to know that you can eliminate at least one source of hassle and do so in a responsible way. With companies like Clearabee, convenience doesn’t have to come at the cost of the environment.

The River Cam lazily flowing through the lushest green lawns upon which sit the most glorious and prestigious Universities in the world. Cambridge. A city where academia reigns supreme. Students race around on bike loaded down with books. Dodging each other in a seeming never ending academic race to the finish line to claim their trophies. 

Getting accepted to Cambridge University is often a dream come true for many. But when reality sets in the old adage “be careful what you wish for” has never been more accurate.

Moving to Cambridge can often seem overwhelming and even dampen the wonderment and majesty of attending the University. But this is no different than any other move. It takes research, planning, and a lot of patience.

Set yourself up for success and immerse yourself in the wonderment of academia life at Cambridge. Keep reading to discover everything you to know about moving to Cambridge.

Cost of Living

The first place to start is to determine the cost of living as compared to where you are now. What are the average monthly expenses for groceries, internet, utilities, rent, and other amenities? What is the price of fuel like? How does this compare to those costs where you currently live? How much will you have to make in order to afford to live in Cambridge? How much student accommodation in Cambridge is available?

These are all questions you need to ask and get the answers to. This will help you to determine what kind of job you will need to have there, how much you will be able to afford in rent, and even locations of where to live within the city.

Cambridge Cost of Living

Cambridge offers a wide array of pubs, restaurants, and grocers from which to choose to tantalize your palate. The prices can be on the expensive side often on par with London.

If you’re moving from around the world to Cambridge the prices of restaurants are 4% to 23% more expensive than Toronto, Sydney, Paris, and Dubai, but 17% cheaper than New York. But there is always the option of cooking for yourself.

The cost of groceries in Cambridge is around 6% to 71% cheaper than Toronto, Paris, Sydney, and New York. Grocers are only 1% more expensive than Dubai.

Conversely though the cost of internet is cheaper than just about anywhere to include the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The climate is mild with temperatures peaking in August and dropping to their lowest in January. Lowest temperature averaging around 4°C and the highest around 18°C. If you aren’t using the Celsius unit of measurement, then those would be 39°F and 64°F respectively.

This means you will need rain and cold weather clothing as well as some warm weather clothes for the late summer months.

Cambridge Housing

Housing is usually included in the cost of living, but it requires a little more in-depth research than the other costs of living. Chances are you’re more inclined to rent, especially if you’re a student.

Finding a place to live in Cambridge can be difficult. Most of the properties are rented or sold mere minutes after they are listed. This is because of the lack of housing the growing population.

When you do find a place to live you can expect to pay around £800+ for a 1 bedroom flat in the city center and around £500+ for a 1 bedroom flat outside the city center. Those are equal to around $1,018 USD and €912 to live in the city center and $636 USD and €570 outside the city center.

But Cambridge compared to New York, Paris, London, Toronto and Sydney is cheaper to live in when comparing housing costs.

If you’re a student and are worried about finding student accommodations in Cambridge in time for the start of classes, there is temporary short-term housing available.

Student Accommodations

Whether you are needing a temporary place to stay for a week or two until your place is ready, or are visiting for orientation or tour, accommodations are available that charge by the week.

Located both in the city center and outside the city center these are fully serviced apartments rather than hotels or bed and breakfasts (which rent by the night). While not ideal for long term stays (prices are around £190 a week ($241 or €216 a week), they can help to relieve the stress of finding temporary lodging if needed.

Moving to Cambridge

Moving to Cambridge should be overwrought with stress, anxiety and frustration. Instead, you should experience the academia fueled excitement and splendor of one of the most coveted cities in the world. The lush green landscapes and tranquil flowing River Cam offer the perfect backdrop to expand your mind and immerse yourself in one of the most prestigious educational institutes in the world. 

Give yourself plenty of time to research where you will live, how much you will need to make, where you will work, and what amenities you may need to earn to live without. Enjoy the once in a lifetime experience for many and plan your move right!

Summer is coming! And as the warm months are fast approaching, taking a much-awaited vacation by the sea is vital. You spend all year slaving away through life, so it’s necessary to treat yourself to a lavish vacation by the sea. There are endless options when it comes to choosing the right kind of summer vacation, whether you go to a fabulous beach resort with stunning scenery, escape the crowd at secluded islands, or visit numerous countries by taking a cruise. No matter what you’re in the mood for, a vacation by the sea is everyone’s number choice.

 

Below are some sea vacation ideas you and your family can enjoy.

 

Explore the ocean on a cruise

Going on a cruise is a popular choice for couples, families and a large group of friends. It offers a great value for what you pay because it provides everything from accommodation and food, to all-day activities. It’s also ideal if you want to see multiple destinations at once. We’ve all had a dream about Caribbean cruises and leaving our troubles behind. These floating cities can be considered a romantic getaway, a chance to socialize with other like-minded individuals, or give you the exotic vacation you’ve always desired. Decide where you want to go first, many cruise ships offer a variety of destinations that include the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and even Alaska. Booking your tours and shore excursions in advance is highly recommended due to them being sold out fast. As for the activities, cruise ships offer a variety from spa treatments, dinner reservations and shows.

Escape to the perfect Island getaway

Escape the hustle and bustle of your city for the surreal experience of staying on a secluded island; the calm and serenity is definitely therapeutic. The Maldives offer the perfect amount of beauty and seclusion with its many overwater bungalows or private villas. These romantic bungalows with beach-chic décor and clear glass floor sections offer stunning views of clear waters and nature; perfect for a romantic getaway! Most villas have a private deck, Jacuzzi and diving and snorkeling excursions. The island of Petit St Vincent also offers the ideal private island getaway. This luxurious secluded island has a collection of cozy cottages and villas all surrounded by palm trees and greenery and overlooks the bluest of Caribbean waters. Most of these resorts offer all-inclusive packages, so no need to prepare much. Private island getaways are the perfect opportunity to truly unplug and unwind.

Enjoy wildlife with beach safaris

Beach resorts in Langkawi, Malaysia are not only home to paradise-like beaches and beautiful greenery, but they’re also home to unique wildlife experiences. Staying in one of these resorts will offer you the chance to go on a beach safari, one that allows you close encounters with monkeys, eagles, otters and fish. Southeast Asia’s first Geopark lies beyond Langkawi’s beaches and there you can kayak along the gorgeous waters and witness its wildlife preserve. Many of the rooms cater to big families with private villas surrounded by lush and tropical greenery. Staying at Vamizi in Mozambique is another unique experience as you can get to experience humpback whales in their natural habitat. Vamizi with its white sand and azure waters is the ideal castaway beach vacation. It also offers deep sea fishing trips and kayaking. Resorts in Jamaica take beach vacations to the next level by offering an equestrian experience. Guests can go horseback riding on the soft beach or splash into immaculate waters of Jamaica with their horse. These resorts also offer riding lessons as well as yoga sessions.

Soak up the sun and the sea

All you need is a good beach, a lush resort and the warm sun to have an unforgettable summer vacation. Often at times, we take life too seriously and vacations by the sea are the perfect way to reward yourself for your hard earned effort throughout the rest of the year. Pack up that sunscreen and swimsuit and head out for a calming and fun travel experience.

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Retirement is something that should be looked forward to and seen as a celebration moment in life. Not only does it mean settling down and enjoying life after all those years of hard work, but it also allows you to focus more on family, hobbies, and past times which make you happy.

The location you chose to live in for retirement has a huge reflection of the quality of your retired life. Research shows that Scotland is one of the most sought-after countries for the retired to move to, so it’s worth looking at a few reasons why.

Where in Scotland you would choose to retire is entirely up to the individual, but there are so many little villages and beautiful cities both on the coast and close to the countryside.

Of course, Edinburgh and Glasgow are hugely popular. Both are cosmopolitan cities, filled with historical sites, great eating venues and pretty walking routes. If Scotland is on your list, take note of some of the reasons below which should confirm you’re making the right choice.

Crime and Security

The crime rates in Scotland are significantly lower than that of England, and consistently seem to be dropping. It’s reported that terrorist incidents and gum crime are on the decrease, making it a safe place for retirement.  


Cost of Living

The numbeo.com price comparison website reveals that it is 29% cheaper to live in Edinburgh than it is in New York City. It also states that the cost of living in Edinburgh is 16.55% lower than in London, and it happens to be a cleaner, more historic city, too.

Talking large scale, the cost of living overall for Edinburgh is ranked 113th out of 451 cities in the world, which is something for Scots to be proud of. The cost of living should be a pivotal factor to those entering retirement, as your pension will be what shapes your future spending for the remainder of your life.

It’s always worth getting your future finances looked at legally first, covering everything that takes you from the start of retirement right up until the end. It’s not something we wish to think about, but finding a solicitor to write your will and assess how strong your pension looks is a wise move when starting retirement.

 

Weather

As Scotland sits at the top of the UK, most people assume the weather is constantly wet, cold and miserable. However, Scotland actually has better weather than you might think. When it comes to rainfall, it is fairly even throughout the year. Most months see around 2 inches of rainfall, and it’s Autumn/Winter weather tends to be similar to temperatures in Paris.

 

Beautiful villages and towns

 

You’re spoilt for choice in Scotland when it comes to finding towns and villages for retirement. There are so many ideal villages, towns, and cities to retire in, with most people preferring the coastal areas for stunning views and lots of open-air countryside.

St. Andrews is a popular choice, which is an ancient coastal town known for being an excellent golfing destination. Most people know of it from the British Opens.

Exploring opportunities

Living in Scotland gives endless travel opportunities, without having to travel too far. There are seaside destinations, beautiful lakes, breathtaking mountain walks and historic towns which scatter across Scotland. Visiting the Highlands and the West Coast Islands tend to be one of the most popular weekend trips.

 

Above all, Scotland is a perfect place suitable for those who love mini adventures, local history and delightful little villages filled with charm and friendly people. And if you need more convincing – just remember it is home to the best selection of whiskeys!

So you have found your passion in life and all you want is to be the best that you can possibly be. Right? Well, you are not alone!

 

Many people around the globe have fallen in love with art and the idea of creating it for others to enjoy as well, but what if you don’t know exactly the style of art you want to make? This is another area where you are not alone. Finding your art and style is a struggle that many artists go through in the beginning years of their craft.

 

I will share some of the most important things you can do when you’re in this situation.

Methods & Techniques

Starting With Yourself

The first and most imperative step in finding your style is to look inward. All art that has ever existed in the history of humanity has come from within the mind and soul of the artist. So when you look within yourself, what do you find inspires you? What drives you to spend hours, days, or even months on a single project? Maybe it’s the feeling of creating something new from scratch, or maybe it’s getting to share it with other people. This is a question that you will have to explore yourself!

Inspiration

Another step towards the common goal of finding your art is the inspiration. Everyone is inspired by something. Sometimes it just takes being in the right place at the right time, and you can take steps toward finding that motivation. A great doorway into putting yourself out there is to try something new and adventurous! For example, Life Drawing Classes at www.nudelife.co.uk helps you create a totally unique and unforgettable experience. In fact, when I was in school, I realized that I was making some really cool art at the time, and wondered why I had trouble doing the same when I was alone at home.

 

Often times the harder you are thinking about something, the more confusing or frustrating it gets. When all you are thinking about is what style you want to pursue or what line is going to go where next, you’ll drive yourself crazy! Something like an art class is a way to just relax, and let the style find you.

Research & Experimentation

 

The last method I’ll tell you about is a key method in creating any form of art.

Research and Experimentation

Do you know that cliche saying about Thomas Edison failing ten thousand times before creating the lightbulb? Well, that applies to creative motives too! You rarely hear of any great art that didn’t first begin with endless trial and error.

 

Another significant step in all of this is research! Discovering all the little nooks and crannies of the art world can be amazing, and you may even find something that you’ve been looking for all along. Just remember one thing. The only rule of art is that there are none. So don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and break down barriers that never truly existed. I hope some of these tips and methods help you find your art, and here is a little refresher to sum things up!

 

  • Start With Yourself – Search inside yourself for what makes you love and want to create art.
  • Find your inspiration – Put yourself out there, and find the inspiration that will help you find your style!
  • Experiment & Research – Make mistakes, think outside the box, and find new art that excites you!

 

Many artists run into the common issue of being unsure of what their style is but rest assured, you can only get closer to finding your niche and unique touch from trying out the methods you’ve learned about today! As you keep going along this path of discovery, just keep in mind that everything you create is a step further towards reaching that goal. So what are we waiting for? Get out there and create!

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Your wedding is one of the most important days and experiences of your life. It only makes sense that you’d want it to be extremely memorable and nothing less than perfect.

The majority, or most of what occurs, is in your control so be glad to know you have the power to host a fabulous event and ensure that all goes smoothly. All it takes to have a successful wedding is some careful planning and attention to detail, and you’ll be more likely to execute the day properly. Most importantly, have fun preparing and remember to sit back and enjoy yourself on your actual wedding day.

Be Choosy about the Location

You can plan a more memorable wedding by being picky about the location of where you get married. For instance, secure a luxury venue for your special day and guests will be sure to remember your event for years to come. It’s all about having the right environment and ambiance if you want everyone to recall what a nice time they had celebrating with you.

Design Your Own Invitations

Another idea for preparing a more memorable wedding is to commit to designing your invitations. This is a fun way to personalise your event and communicate the love you and your future spouse have for each other to your guests. If you need help in this area, there are plenty of online programs and tools to use, or you can work with a professional designer to come up with ideas.

Have A Signature Cocktail

In addition, think about having a signature cocktail at your wedding if you want it to be more memorable. Many people love to drink and will remember what a nice time they had by what alcohol was served, particularly if it’s a pretty colour and served in a nice glass. Work with your caterer or bartender to come up with a spectacular and tasty option that no one will forget.

Create A Hashtag & have a Photo Booth

You may also want to think about creating a personalised hashtag for your wedding event. This way your guests can take pictures throughout the day and evening and upload them to social media, so they’re all under the same hashtag and feed. You’ll be able to look back on this hashtag after your big day is over and reminisce about the fun you had.

Set up a photo booth as well and your guests can take pictures together all night long. They can then print them out or upload them to their social media accounts to share with their followers.  

Ask for Song Requests

Music is another way to create a more memorable and pleasurable wedding. Request certain songs from the DJ or band that have meaning behind them for you and your new spouse, especially for your first dance song. Mix it up so you have a few slow songs and also songs that will get people out on the dance floor and having a good time.

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Choosing the ideal front door for your home shouldn’t be that difficult right? Well, you’d be surprised to learn how confusing it can get since there are so many different options available to you. The front door can be of any design, but it should be tough enough to keep out intruders, withstand the scorching sun, rain, and wind, and must make a good first impression as well. Unfortunately, not every front door will manage to meet all these demands, since wooden doors tend to delaminate, crack, and warp after being exposed to the elements. The durability of the door also comes into question, and even though metal doors are solid, they don’t last forever, and can even start to peel off.

Whether you’re looking for a solid door with glass panels that let in light or a simple wooden door, there is no shortage of options available in the market. You can even check out these door selections, which will allow you to make the right choice.

There are new types of wooden doors that can resist the elements better, and fiberglass and metal doors, which look just like wood but they cost less and offer greater security. So, without further ado, let’s go ahead and find out how you can go about choosing the ideal front door.

Detect the Amount of Damage

Most of the times, replacing a door in your home means exchanging a door with another, but generally, you’ll need to take out the old door framing and replace it with a new one. This will mean taking out the threshold and door jambs if there is rotting on the wood members. Even if the old door frames are in good condition, the wall studs they are nailed too will not be in perfect condition. That makes closing and opening the door harder and you’ll need to trim the edges or plane the bottom and top to allow the door to hang properly.

A lot of newer doors are pre-hung, meaning that the door will hang on hinges in the new frame. If you’re removing the frame to enlarge the opening, pre-hung doors are the best choice.

Material Matters

A lot of manufacturers come out with various door styles, and you’ll find an extensive range at door dealers, lumberyards, and home centers. You can even design a door on your own, where you’ll be given the choice to select any glass options or panels you want. However, these doors may take some time to be delivered, but another option you have is to work with a local woodworker to construct a wooden door with an electric hand planer based on your specifications.

The most important decision you’ll be making is what material your door is going to be made from. You can also choose to combine different materials, like many steel and fiberglass doors come with wooden frames, but the surface material is the most important due to its price, security, durability, and appearance.

  • Go for Wooden Doors

Wooden doors are renowned for their beauty and versatility, and most custom wood and natural-finish stock doors come in pine, fir, maple, mahogany, walnut, oak, and cherry. There are also paint-grade doors available in softwood types like western hemlock and pine. A lot of stock wooden doors are sandwiched with engineered-wood core and wood-veneer skins. This helps minimize the contraction and expansion, which causes warping.

When you’re shopping for prefinished wooden doors, you should search for clear finishes and durable stains, like polyurethane. For painted doors, high-gloss sheens provide the best protection, and you should apply the finish to the bottom and top edges. That will prevent the wooden door from swelling and absorbing moisture. You must also pay attention to detailing, and if the moldings and carvings are intricate, the stiles and rails are going to be wider and thicker, which will result in a better door.

  • Steel Doors are Another Option

If durability and security are what you’re going for, then steel doors are the best option for you. The steel doors are stronger than fiberglass or wooden doors and won’t warp or crack. Any dings or dents on the doors can be easily repaired with the help of an auto-body repair kit. Steel doors are also more affordable and come with wooden inner frames that provide greater strength. The cavities in the frame are filled out with high-intensity foam insulation, and these doors tend to have a steel frame and a 24-gauge skin, with a smooth surface embossed with a wooden-grain pattern.

Steel doors are also coated with baked-on polyester finishing that needs repainting periodically, and the premium versions include a vinyl coating that offers greater weather resistance. Steel doors come with pre-hung systems, but they also come with attached hinges or holes that need to be drilled.

  • Fiberglass-Composite Doors

If you’re looking for maintenance-free and tough doors then fiberglass-composite doors are the best choice, especially for humid or harsh climates. They look like wood as they have stains that match different types of wood like walnut, cherry oak. They have a wooden framework of rails and stiles beneath their surface, which includes wooden edges. What makes fiber-glass composite doors a good choice is a fact they come with long warranties and are extremely affordable.

  • Aluminum Doors

Aluminum doors have an insulated core that has a metal skin covering it. Aluminum doors aren’t like other doors and are mainly sold through dealers, as they are custom-built to fit into your opening. There are various options offered by manufacturers, and most have an enamel finish that is based on which doesn’t rust and doesn’t require any painting.

Buying Smart

Whether you’re buying the door alone or are buying an entire door-and-frame system, you should buy smartly, so you don’t end up regretting your purchase. If you’re buying a complete entry system, ensure that all parts come from one manufacturer, and check whether the weather stripping is sealing properly, and the threshold interlocks with the bottom of the door.

For window units, you should go for low e-glazing, which are added for security by manufacturers to stop break-ins. You should know that decorative windows that have real brass or lead will be more expensive than the fake stuff available in the market.

Selecting the right front door for your home will allow you to take advantage of energy savings, and you’ll need to deal with less maintenance throughout the years.

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There is some debate around whether or not spending money on corporate hospitality is a good investment. It’s crucial to find the right event or hospitality package for the right client, but when you get it right, the positive impact on your business could be huge. Whether it’s a day out at a local horse racing meet or you’re heading out to Japan on one of the Rugby World Cup 2019 packages, corporate hospitality can benefit businesses of any size. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should be investing in corporate hospitality this year and what your business can expect in return.

 

  • Strengthen Relationships with Clients

 

Oddly enough, the office is not always the best place to be discussing business. It can be stifling to stare at the same walls and faces day after day and your clients are likely to feel the same. Taking them out of this formal environment into a more relaxed setting will not only show them that they are valued as a client, but also give you the opportunity to add a more personal touch to your business discussions.

By building stronger personal relationships with your clients you are more likely to enjoy a stronger business relationship. If you’ve shown them generosity they may be more likely to do the same in return in the future and you may just push yourself a few places above your competitors in terms of their opinion of you as a partner.

 

  • Establish New Client Relationships

 

If you have a prospective client who is yet to come on board officially, a corporate hospitality event could be an opportunity for you to put your best foot forward. Invite them along so they can get to know you and the key people in your team so they can imagine what working with you would be like. Assuming that you’ve also invited existing clients who are happy with your service, it can’t hurt to have them meet and share notes.

 

  • Networking

 

You won’t be the only corporate hospitality party at the event which means that you’ll be surrounded by other professionals and businesses who may be valuable contacts in the future. Connecting with industry influencers in this face-to-face way is often much more effective than email or on the phone, so take the opportunity to mingle.

 

  • Reward Customer Loyalty

 

If you have one or a few clients who have been with you for many years you may want to splash out a little more by way of thanking them for their custom. A contract which has sustained your business and enabled it to grow year on year is certainly worth something special such as the Rugby World Cup 2019 packages currently being sold. Find out more about RWC 2019 Packages for corporate hospitality.

 

  • Product Launch Opportunities

 

If your business is launching a new product, you could choose to combine the hospitality event with a product launch party. Create an event which is generally intended to thank your clients or partners but use a portion of the evening to promote the product in style. You’ll have thanked your clients, promoted your product and generated interest in one event.