How to start organising your wedding

Hello dearies,

As promised yesterday, I am back! If you are a bride/groom to be and you haven’t yet started organising your wedding, you’ve reached the correct post.

First and foremost, *congratulations* for embarking in one of the most beautiful journeys!

Before we dive into details and bullet points, let me just say this. Wedding planning is not only milk and honey as many advertise it, it can be as stressful as you let it be. It is very important that you receive some support through the process – especially since you are planning for both yours and your partner’s most important day. I am not going to generalise, but I heard stories where the groom wasn’t as involved (or vice versa) and during the wedding day, not only they had arguments about the catering or flowers, but they let it ruin what should’ve been the most beautiful day of their life.

And now, without further ado, let’s get things done.

  1. Get a wedding planner (paper or online)

This one here, can be skipped if you are a person who just ‘goes with it’ and doesn’t want to follow certain ‘rules’; however, my suggestion would be to have some kind of organiser to help you keep track of things. I decided to do two things:

  • I bought this wedding planner from Amazon, for £10. This one is divided into different ‘chapters’ and includes the main things that you have to cover: guests, budget, outfits, catering, venue, etc. Besides, it looks so chic!!51dI+0lrohL._SL1010_
  • Signed up to Bride Book This is an online version of a wedding planner and it provides you real-time tracking of your tasks, as well as providing you with a large check-list that will help you navigate through the things you need to do.

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As you can see, it has different sections that can be added and completed. The main reason why I am using both wedding planners is because the notebook is very practical, especially for when meeting with suppliers or when you are somewhere and you remember something – it’s quick and easy to write down an idea.

However, the online planner is very visual and helps me put together everything I need and give me an idea of where I am with planning. Oh, and it has this quirky thing in the guest list section, where you can actually add plus ones and even download a .csv copy of the guest list. I think that you can manage only with one of these, either the online or paper copy – but as I like everything in control, I have both.

2. Consider your budget 

Think about the amount of money you are willing to spend for the wedding. The amount goes up considerably for a larger wedding – however, it can also depend on the venue, catering and the music you choose. I know that the UK tends to be rather expensive, especially for venues – so unfortunately, I am unable to advise here. However, Bride Book has an extensive list of suggestions for different types of venues – all dependant on the venue.

Once you have a budget in mind – discuss it with your partner and get an understanding of what you both want. Remember, the wedding is about the both of you and your significant other might not want a five tiered sparkling cake worth £500, but rather something simple. Communication is key!  You don’t have to agree now on a specific budget and say ‘Yes, this is it! We’re not spending more than that!’ because a) you might realise that is not always the case, b) it will help you be on track on what you want to focus your expenses on.

3. Discuss the guest list

I have to say this is one of the most important parts when planning your wedding. Before having a conversation with your parents (if you decided to involve them), I’d suggest having a serious discussion with your SO. Are you both happy with a small, intimate wedding? Do you want to go all Priyanka and Nick? This is so important, because the number of guests will determine your venue, catering and every other detail of the set-up.

Personally, we went for a smaller wedding (Romanians are known, especially in the area where I live – to have larger weddings, i.e 200+ people), because we believe that a wedding should be with the people you speak to on a regular basis or you have a meaningful connection with them. I would feel really uncomfortable having to invite an auntie to whom I haven’t spoken in a decade, or having to invite my 14th cousin!

So that’s it for now – these are the main things to consider when starting to organise your wedding. I will be back with more information and details over the next posts.

Let me know in the comments section below what are you strategies or ideas about starting to plan a wedding, I would love to read them!

Stay safe.


Csilla x

Please note that all products advertised in the following posts are what I have chosen to buy/use, without any sponsoring involved.

Wedding planning 101

Hello dearies,

It has been almost a year since I posted on the blog about my engagement – with the promise that I will be back with more. Unfortunately, I was so busy with everything, that I really didn’t get a chance to sit down and write about it.

So, I decided to take a trip down on memory lane and walk you through my journey of planning our wedding (which isn’t that far now!).

I will be providing you with tips and trick to make your life easier too – if you are planning a wedding. I am expecting these posts to be relevant to all future brides, however please note that my wedding is taking place in my home country, Romania – so I won’t be able to advise much on providers (but at least I can share the thought process with you). 

Fun fact no1: A friend from the US is also organising her wedding and I just found out that we’re having the same theme (will tell you more about it in the coming posts) and almost the same colour palette!

Fun fact no2:  For the lovely brides from Romania reading this, I will be providing a breakdown of useful tools/providers from Romania too.

I would love to hear your opinion on how you started organising your wedding. Just drop me a message in the comments section below!


Csilla x


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New year, new plans!

Hello my dearies,

Firstly, let me say a very Happy New Year to all of you. I haven’t been much on the blog lately, and it seems that I have been making a habit of that! Nevertheless, quite a few things have happened ever since I’ve last posted and I felt like I needed to catch up with you all.

One of the best and biggest things that have happened so far was that I got engaaaaged!!  My dear boyfriend fiancee has proposed and now I am *excitedly* making wedding plans.  Since we have been together for so long, I have to admit that I thought that this moment will never quite arrive. But, nevertheless, I said a very big YES!


So, as the very excited future bride that I am, I have booked myself tickets for this year’s National Wedding Show at Olympia. I am thrilled to go and try dresses, gather inspiration for everything from flowers and table decors and honestly, just to have a lovely time with the girlies. A couple of my friends from work have agreed to accompany me and this is definitely the time for me to be all girly and indulge in the beauties that the fair will offer.

Secondly, with the New Year in, I have changed also my job – still at the same company, but working on something more exciting. I have now become a Project Assistant and I am delving in in new legislation, methodologies and exciting developments for our internal platform! Last year has taken quite the toll on me mentally speaking, so having to work on something new but still surrounded by the same lovely people it will be a very interesting experience.

Now with all of this happening, I have actually started to improve my moods bit by bit and not let myself fall into the pit of anxiety and overthinking.

It feels like I have started a natural process of healing – and I am complaining.

For the coming months ahead I don’t have have that much planned – I have decided to take one day at the time and later in the year, to actually make some plans for the future (this of course excludes all the wedding plans!!).

I have got some ideas that relate to the blog as well, but I don’t want to make any promises neither to myself not to you, just yet – as I don’t *actually* know how things will develop.

But, if there is one thing for sure, is that I want to be more active and to share more of my year with all of you.

If you guys have any suggestions about what you’d like me to write more about, let me know!

In the mean time, stay safe.


Csilla x


I’m back!

Hi guys!

It’s been three months since I have turned off my blog and decided to take a break from everything media and writing related and so much has happened!

Hundreds of notifications on Twitter from the lovely bloggers I follow, Trump is President-elect (What?), we witnessed the Super Moon and I got a new job! (*yaaay*).

Simply put, I am glad I decided to be back.

To be completely honest with you, when I have decided to turn the blog off I thought I am going to be doing an incredible amount of research for awesome blog posts, invest in an awesome camera, and even more, invest in a more awesome self. But then life kicked in, and I just did not have the time to do all that and I had to prioritise.

So just to give you a quick update, I am currently investing more time in becoming a better self, in spending more time with the loved ones and in developing more of my cultural knowledge.

Writing this blog has been such a pleasure, because I was able to put whatever came into my mind, without being limited by the structured facade of a specifically themed blog.  I know that this doesn’t bring me extra 1000 followers every month, but for those that still read my non-sense, thank you! You’re awesome!

So that is pretty much it. I am back, with a strong will of writing more often and keeping you updated of the latest things going through my mind.

Extra information for those interested: I am open to collaborations and to guest bloggers, should you want to. Just drop me an email and we can discuss about it 🙂

I wish you all a happy weekend.


Csilla x



Blogs, placements and creativity with FutureRising

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Csilla Kulcsar is originally from Romania, but grew up in a Hungarian family. Interested in space travelling and language tuition, one of her dreams is to teach English or Spanish to children from disadvantaged areas. She is driven by passion, not by money, and believes in second chances as everyone learns from their mistakes in order to thrive.


Being creative has always been a part of me. As a child, I grew up in a bilingual family, so the need to master two languages was key and the only way I could do it was by being creative. The creative industries offer the option of personal development through one’s visual perspective and my desire of working in the creative industries was particularly generated by the media world. Unlike any other industries, the media world exists to deliver information and help others. And that’s what I want to do: help other people understand everything that’s happening in the world.


Ever since I’ve moved to London I have expanded my knowledge about the creative industries.

“…it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice.”

I started my search for the dream agency I’d love to work for and it didn’t take long until I found Grey Advertising and Thinking Juice. Both of them are really great agencies that deliver creative strategies and digital transformations to brands, and most importantly, they are the leading agencies in the market. By following their work I understood the necessity of delivering customer-focused content and implementing interactive methods of satisfying the audience.


The idea of starting a blog came from the thought that I needed to find a voice for myself. A voice to truly represent who I am and what I do.

“..I launched myself into the great world of media and delivered my stories effectively.”

Finding inspiration is not easy, I must confess. So every time I think of writing something new, I plan ahead with a few days. My muse so far, has been the city. There’s so much in London that’s worth writing about: places, cafe’s, people, literature. And even better, I can link all this to worldwide information and write followers-focused posts.

Interviewing people from different places in the metropolis has given me another insight to what exactly it means to be part of such a great place. By doing so, I never struggle to find a new idea for the blog: I keep a journal with quotes and themes; and when I have time, I just put the pieces together.


Working with London & Partners has been my greatest achievement so far. Being an International Student Ambassador has offered me an incredible amount of information and personal development and I am really grateful for that. I was just starting my final year of studies at Middlesex University when the opportunity of being an ambassador came through.  I received an email from the Media Department saying that London and Partners are looking for an ambassador from our university; and I simply applied.

My role consisted of visiting different locations in London and blogging about them to inspire future students to come and study in London. It has been a great experience and I have been awarded the ‘Most Committed Blogger’ at the beginning of this month.


Yes. One of the things no one ‘warned’ me about London, was the immense cultural diversity that exists here. If I had known earlier, I would’ve moved to London ages ago! The beauty of the cultural diversity in London is that you get to know so many people from all around the world and that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world…”

Understanding different cultures makes you question whether you know enough about the world surrounding you so I believe that being in London has given me the opportunity of better understand myself as well.


When my schedule is free, I like to travel and take photos and, of course, blog about it! Travelling and writing are my passions and I would feel incomplete without them. Also, I read a lot: whatever falls to hand. From Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, to Austen and J.K. Rowling. I am a bookworm; I even wrote my dissertation about the impact the Harry Potter books had on literature!


I like to think of myself as a free spirit that challenges herself as much as possible.

“I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes.”

I am fluent in five languages, incisive when it comes to work and devoted to my causes. I also believe in equal rights and the importance of caring for one another; and what better way of doing so, than working in the creative industries and connecting with people.  I like exploring new things and I never just do what I am told, I always wonder about more and try to dive into the immense world of possibilities.

New documentary explores the truth about Romanians in Britain

The Romanian community’s expansion in the UK transcends into a big voice. Csilla Kulcsar meets with two Romanian producers and discusses their upcoming documentary, ’13 Shades of Romanian’.

It is no longer unfamiliar to anyone that immigration in Britain has been a widely discussed topic. The national newspapers have been battered with negative headlines on immigrants and truth be told, Romanians have been a lot in the attention of the media.

Britain is known across the world as one of the countries that provide the strongest job market and opportunities for people from all cultural backgrounds. According to a study done by Migration Watch UK (March 2014) the net migration levels are five times higher than they used to be in the 1990s and 35% of the population believes that “immigration is one of three most important issue facing Britain”.

Also, 76% of the public opinion (by the same study) thinks “immigration has placed too much pressure on public services, such as health, transport and education”. It is understandable that the public opinion is concerned about their public services, however, the unnecessary false image built on immigrants is producing stir among Romanians.

Let’s take an example widely known to the United Kingdom.

Channel 4 has launched a few months ago a documentary called “The Romanians are coming”, which, in their own words is “a documentary series exploring the levels of Romanians trying to make a new life in Britain, and seeking out the truth behind the headlines about immigration”. As the documentary episodes’ unfolded, a narration upon the Romanian life described the poor conditions in which some communities live.

The Telegraph has stated:

“The argument made by the film was that the majority of Romanians come to Britain […] to escape lives of grinding poverty back home”.

Interestingly enough, this documentary triggered a debate about the Romanians in the UK and two of the biggest British newspapers – The Independent and The Telegraph – have given their review on the documentary and don’t agree either with the unapologetic views presented. The perspective that was created by “The Romanians are Coming” have offended most of the Romanians already established in the UK and some have even protested outside Channel 4’s headquarters.

While I was on a quest of finding answers for the stigma put on the Romanian immigrants, I’ve met two Romanians living in London whose project seeks to challenge the views of many people. Anda and Dragos Teglas are the producers of the upcoming crowd-funded documentary called “13 Shades of Romanian”.

The project came to life as an inspirational movement meant to change the perspective on the Romanians in Britain. In an interview with them, I managed to undo the woven threads of this project.

Interviewer: Csilla Kulcsar. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Interviewer: Csilla Kulcsar. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Dragos Teglas is the founder of the production house “This Is Insomnia”, where he acts as a Senior Editor, Post-Production Supervisor and Director and his unique style of editing along with his creative vision stand out in his visual work. On the other hand, his sister, Anda Teglas, has joined the company as Co-founder and Creative Director. With the aid of many years of experience in production and her bubbly personality, she oversees the creative aspects of the development, production and post-production stages.

Anda and Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda and Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

The Teglas brothers are not new to the media world. They have many years of experience across the film, advertising and entertainment platforms. As Romanians themselves, living and working in the UK, the immigration stigma has gotten to their ears and have decided to shift people’s perspective about Romanian immigrants.

“13 Shades of Romanian” is a project that aims to shed some light on the lives of Romanians in the UK. When the campaign had started, Anda and Dragos hoped their project would successfully echo overseas.

People from all around the globe contributed, and the goal of £12,000 has been effectively achieved.

The idea of creating this documentary had come from the premise that nobody has yet tapped into the positive side of the Romanian community. The two brothers have said:

“ We wanted to showcase a different side of the Romanian community living in the UK and to start with positive stories, stories that people haven’t had access to before.”

They have considered of doing a project of this kind previously and they knew they had to wait for a perfect moment to put everything in motion. Projects of such scale take time and funds, but more importantly, it needs to be driven by good stories and motivation. Dragos believes that our entire knowledge comes from stories; however, some stories are not particularly factual or conclusive. The levels of migrant communities have significantly increased in Britain and so did their negative illustration.

“I think that right now, we don’t have a great image; and not only Romanians suffer from that”, is what troubles Dragos’s mind and it was vital for this project to be put forward.

The launch of the documentary has a particular personal connection to Anda and Dragos. They want to capture the main essences of the stories that the documentary will present, so that “people will be able to understand a little bit better what a nation like Romanians are doing in Britain”.

Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Dragos Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda talks about the context into which “13 Shades of Romanian” was born and she has mentioned one important thing:

As I said, we have thought of creating such a documentary for a long while, but we haven’t taken action until The Romanians are Coming documentary. Even though it was born at the same time, it is not meant to be seen as a direct reaction to it.

What we’re trying to achieve is a more balanced view of the Romanian community; but it’s not meant to have any political affiliations or implications.”


Anda Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Anda Teglas. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Whilst trying to maintain an objective course and to convince the audience to see it as an independent film, “13 Shades of Romanian” still manages to raise questions. The title itself is a reflective conglomeration of words and many of those reading it are probably thinking it might be something related to the famous ’50 Shades of Gray’ movie. However, it’s not.

Number 13 is in many cultures a superstition, perceived as having negative connotations without solid grounds, which has lead me to believe that 13 stories within our documentary will be a good link” Anda explains.

13 Stories. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

13 Stories. Photo courtesy by Rita Santos

Furthermore, it’s all about marketing tactics. Anda wanted something that made people wonder and make them be interested. The two terms have been tied together in the hope that the wider audience will want to know more about this challenging project. And it is challenging, indeed; selecting the stories was not an easy task. Dragos considers that that was the most challenging part of their journey so far:

It is a hard job to select anything. I, myself, as an editor have to decide everyday from thousands of possibilities. It is not everyday that happens for someone to send you their personal story or to open up their heart and tell it.

It’s something quite special.”

Although hundreds of stories have been sent in, the documentary can only present 13 of them and they are going to be narrated by a British Journalist. The producers wanted someone passionate to be the documentary’s narrator; someone who could appeal to people and their choice had fit the requirements. Richard Green, a friend of theirs has been selected for this special task.

He’s very talented; he worked with The Sunday Times for over 15 years and now freelances with over national publications.”

Richard Green. Photo via This Is Insomnia

Richard Green. Photo via This Is Insomnia

As a travel journalist, Richard has travelled all around the world, and, surprisingly, never worked in Television.

He’s natural and knows how to get deep to the bottom of the problem when he speaks to somebody. We really wanted him”, Anda and Dragos have revealed.

The impact on the British audience might be very revealing and the creators of the idea are very optimistic:

People are much more open to see a positive and good story and we think we’re going to capture their souls.

As filmmakers, we hope that after they’ll see the film, they will say that their time wasn’t wasted.”

Immigration is a continuously widely discussed topic and through this project, the producers hope to bring transparency and straightforwardness towards the image of Romanians living in the United Kingdom.

Magna Carta at the British Library

Let’s take a short trip into history, because 1215 represents an important year. It was the year in which Magna Carta ( the Great Charter) was agreed upon by King John of England at Runnymede and ever since, it illustrates great meaningfulness.

Magna Carta established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial.

What does it say?

The whole document is written in Latin, and the original Magna Carta had 63 clauses. ( The Independent)

As Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary, The British Library decided to put to exhibit, for the first time in London, the four surviving original copies.

More than 40,000 people entered a public ballot to see them, with 1,125 getting the chance to see all four at the British Library over three days. ( BBC)

It represents one of the most important documents in history and it is considered one of the first steps in parliamentary democracy. The reunion of the four copies will last for only three days at the British Library and after that, the documents will be taken to the House of Lords for one day before two are returned to the British Library and the others are taken back to Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals, where they are kept.

One of the joint statements of both the cathedral and the library was:

Eight hundred years later, the international interest and excitement about this unification event is testament to the extraordinary significance and symbolic power of these four manuscripts.

Although many of Magna Carta’s clauses were created for the benefit of the entire national, until nowadays only three causes are still valid:

The one guaranteeing the liberties of the English Church; the clause confirming the privileges of the City of London and other towns; and the clause that states that no free man shall be imprisoned without the lawful judgement of his equals.

Symbol of history, perseverance and unity, this major document is a mark of the British Nation which has known fame and historic importance across all countries around the world.

Courtesy of the British Library, here are some photos of the original documents:


Magna Carta, 1215
Genealogical roll of the kings of England/ The ancestry of King John


The four surviving copies of Magna Carta are prepared for display

However, security in the area and at the entrance of the British Library has been tightened and CNN reports:

There are guards at the gate, guards checking bags, and guards at the door of the darkened room: Security is tight as a drum. The reason for these safeguards is stored under glass, and bathed in a pool of low light — not jewels or what might traditionally be termed treasure, but four “grubby brown manuscripts.”

“It has become a relic in the best sense of the word, in that it represents a whole tradition,” says Justin Champion, professor of history at the University of Holloway. “It is a bit of a disappointment when you first see it… [it’s a] grubby brown manuscript,” but, he insists, it is much more than that.

“The Magna Carta [has become] not just an artifact [but] an idea — and as we know ideas are much more dangerous than things.”