The Story of Romeo and Juliet

We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet,two star-crossed lovers who shared a very unfortunate destiny.This 16th century Shakespearan tragedy occurred in  Verona,Italy where two wealthy families known as the Montagues and the Capulets reconciled after the death of their children.This tragic love story ended with the two protagonists ended their lives to be with each other for eternity and mark their love for each other.This is where the story begins.

The houses of Capulets and Montagues despised each other.Juliet was a clueless teenager who claimed to have found her soulmate,Romeo.They shared their first encounter when Romeo attended the Capulet Feast where he first laid his eyes on Juliet.They instantly attracted each other at the feast and felt a strong connection.Juliet being Capulet,and Romeo being a Montague,it was impossible for this unfortunate couple to be revealed together.The family’s never-ending conflict proceeding in Verona broke these two lovers’ chance to be together.

Lord Capulet,Juliet’s father,initially gave Juliet time to marry who ever she desired,however he suddenly changed his opinion and decided that she would marry Count Paris immediately.Juliet was appalled with her father’s decision and knew she had no choice.To redeem her and Romeo’s love,Juliet in despair seeked advice from Friar Laurence.Friar Laurence proposed a plan to  Juliet.He had said to go ahead with the wedding,however,the night before the wedding,she would drink a poison that would stop her lungs from breathing until Romeo would come and rescue her to run away together.

Unfortunately, this plan did not work as Romeo never received the letter regarding the plan.Romeo came to the tomb,believing Juliet was dead,and therefore killed himself.Juliet then woke up and found Romeo laying in her arms and killed herself with Romeo’s dagger instantly.The family’s conflict between another has led them to their children’s deaths.Although the families reconciled after their tragic losses,it was too late to save two young lovers from ending their lives.In my opinion,If The Montagues and Capulets forgave each other,the couple could have had a happy long life and the city of Verona would have redeemed itself from its unpleasant ambiance.

Most popular honeymoon destinations

We know how important the honeymoon is for newlywed couples, as it is the couple’s most intimate moment after the wedding day, which is often stressful and full of nerves and excitement. That’s why we present the most popular destinations for couples in recent years.

Tuscany, Italy

Its beautiful renaissance streets and sunny weather make it one of the most envied destinations for couples from all over the world. It is undoubtedly one of the key destinations and, moreover, an alternative for couples who want a break from the paradisiacal beaches of the Caribbean.

Maldives

It is one of the star destinations for all those who want peace and quiet and to breathe in the smell of the sea. Its beautiful and romantic landscapes evoke love and freshness in everyone who visits it. If you want to enjoy a calm and carefree atmosphere with your partner, the Maldives is the place for you.

Thailand

This exotic paradise has become one of the world’s favourite destinations, not just for honeymooners. Its oriental-influenced nature and culture make it irresistible to any couple. Plus, it has all the ingredients you need: beach, culture, nature and history.

Cancun

Cancun is located in Mexico and is one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Why? It has the secret ingredients of: relaxation, beach, alcohol and good value. It’s a cheap alternative to the Maldives and many couples know it.

Bahamas

This is the perfect archipelago for a romantic and special honeymoon. These 700 islands, only 30 of which are inhabited, are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Couples can stroll along the pink sandy beaches showing off their love or have the unforgettable experience of swimming with piggies on Big Major Cay.

10 wedding traditions in Spain

If you are thinking of celebrating your wedding in Spain and you are curious to see what kind of traditions Spaniards carry out when getting married, we show you all of them.

The exchange of arras

Arras are 13 coins that the bride and groom exchange at the wedding ceremony.

It is a tradition from ancient times, where it was customary to give a sum of money or goods to close a deal.

Of the thirteen coins, twelve refer to the months of the year (ingold) and the last one (platinum) is to be shared with the neediest people.

It is usually the children of the family or the children of close friends who carry the arras to the altar.

Not seeing the bride

As in many countries it is a tradition that the groom does not see the bride’s dress until the day of the wedding, it is also a tradition that the bride and groom do not see each other the day before the wedding, as it is said to be bad luck on the special day.

In the typical wedding in Spain, it is the job of the bride’s father to keep her hidden before the ceremony and walk her down the aisle.

Throwing rice at the newly married couple

It is common for weddings in Spain that take place in an indoor venue for guests to wait for the newly married couple at the door to throw rice at them, as a symbol of good luck.

The tradition of throwing rice comes from the East. There, the rice grain is a symbol of prosperity and fertility. When you throw rice at a newlywed couple, you are wishing them good luck in their new journey together and may they have many children!

Throw the bouquet

In Spain it’s a tradition to throw the bouquet to a group of guests and whoever catches it will be the next to get married.

The bride and groom’s walk

During the banquet, the bride and groom walk around the tables giving small gifts to the guests, which are usually figurines as a souvenir of their attendance at the celebration.

Also during this walk they take photos with the guests, and the guests take the opportunity to give them envelopes with money or any other detail for the bride and groom.

Groom’s tie for sale

Normally in this tradition, the groom’s best man buys the groom his tie, which symbolises good fortune and luck.

Cutting the wedding cake with a sword

In Spain it is traditional for the newlyweds to cut the wedding cake with a small sword, symbolising their first act together as married couple. Normally only the first piece of the cake is cut, and then they are the first to eat the cake.

Main table for the bride and groom

Unlike in other countries, at weddings in Spain the bride and groom sit at the head table at the banquet, sometimes together with their closest relatives.

On other occasions, the bride and groom occupy the central table only, followed by two adjoining tables with the bride and groom’s closest relatives, who are the parents, grandparents in some cases, and siblings.

Something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue.

As the title suggests, this is usually done at weddings as it is a symbol of good luck. Normally it is the bride who should wear these things.

Offer a dozen eggs to Santa Clara

If your wedding is going to be a church wedding, this is a Spanish custom so that on your wedding day it won’t rain.

To do this, you have to go to a convent of the Clarisas nuns and bring a dozen eggs as an offering.

5 destinations where to celebrate your bachelorette party

You only have one bachelorette party so you decide where and how to celebrate it. In this case, we present you 5 destinations where to celebrate the best bachelorette party if you want to travel with your closest friends and family while enjoying the best parties in the world.

Cabo San Lucas, México

Mexico is undoubtedly one of the best summer destinations, and Cabo San Lucas is the place to be if you’re looking for luxury for your party. In case you didn’t know, it’s the favourite summer destination for the world’s most famous celebrities such as George Clooney and Will Smith.

White sandy beaches, booze and glamorous parties are undoubtedly the attractions of this city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

Manhattan, New York

We couldn’t leave out of this ranking the «city that never sleeps», which offers a variety of partying options for all budgets. If you want to party non-stop, this is the perfect city for you, but also if you want to have a quieter bachelorette party, New York offers a wide variety of entertainment, such as seeing a Broadway play, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, strolling through Central Park, and much more.

Ibiza, Spain

It is the city of festivals par excellence. In this small Mediterranean island we can find the most glamorous parties at international level, adapted to any kind of budget, while enjoying the best beaches of the Mediterranean. Acclaimed DJs such as David Guetta usually go to the clubs on this island and celebrities such as Ophra Winfrey often spend their summers in this paradisiacal place.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Glamour, limos and casinos are always a great pack when it comes to party and Las Vegas offers you this and more. This city has some of the hottests nightclubs in the USA, so you can enjoy partying all night with your friends. Also, if you don’t like clubs but still want to throw a party, squeeze into your favourite swim attire and go into the great varieties of pool parties. Get ready for good music, cold mojitos, and even better company.

París, France

If you want a more elegant, and not-so-festive bachelorette party, París is your perfect place. Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can have a wine with your friends next to the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre Museum in case you are looking for the cultural side of the city and even, if you want to go to a nightclub, París offers you a lot of great nightclubs and pubs where you can bring out your wild side. París is called «the city of lights» for a reason!