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10 Awesome Websites to Plan Your Wedding

10 Awesome Websites to Plan Your Wedding

So much goes into planning a wedding, and for some, even with a wedding planner to help, it can get pretty overwhelming. Luckily, there are loads of awesome websites out there that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what type of wedding you wish to have. After all, the more help you can get, the better, when it comes to planning the most important day of your life. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite wedding planning websites that will help you in planning your big day.

1. Project Wedding

More and more couples are choosing to create their own wedding favors, decorations, and even flowers. This site is loaded with do-it-yourself tutorials, as well as plenty of great ideas that will give you inspiration for your big day and help you get really creative.

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2. Pretty Pear Bride

Not every bride fits into the tiny box created by most wedding dress designers. Curvy brides are looking for their ideal wedding dresses, and this is the site to find them. You will find all kinds of great styles and colors for wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, and even lingerie for your honeymoon.

3. Brides.com

Here is your go-to site for everything you need to know about wedding planning. This site is loaded with ideas, including their “Brilliant Idea of the Day” emails that are loaded with information that will help you plan your wedding as well as your honeymoon.

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4. The Knot

Sticking to a budget can be difficult when planning a wedding. This is a great budget planning site that will show you the average costs for all of the expenses surrounding your wedding. You can also enter actual expenses, so you can keep track of how well you are sticking to your wedding budget.

5. New Jersey Videography

You are likely going to want to have a great video to capture all of the great moments from your special day. Don’t leave this in the hands of amateur friends and family members who want to do this for you as a gift. Let them take their videos, but also make sure that you hire a professional. Find out about rates, packages, and more at New Jersey Videography.

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6. MunaLuchi Bride

If you are more interested in a high-end, sophisticated wedding that would be approved by any designer, this is the site for you. You will find inspiration for gowns, groom styled, Chanel-inspired weddings, and more. You can even learn about the best luxury hotels for your honeymoon, and plan for life after your wedding.

7. Etsy

If you want handcrafted items at your wedding, but you aren’t crafty or just don’t have time to make things yourself, Etsy is a great place to find a lot of the things you need. Thousands of artists are selling wedding-related items that are all hand-crafted, and often one of a kind.

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8. Pinterest

When you are looking for ideas about wedding planning, or anything else for that matter, Pinterest is often the way to go. You will find loads of pictures that will give you great ideas, and links to the sites so you can learn more.

9. eBay

You can save a lot of money on just about everything for your wedding when you use eBay. You will find both new and used items at a fraction of the price of that of retail outlets. You may even get a great deal on the perfect wedding gown.

10. Craigslist

This is another website where you can find used items for your wedding. This is also a great way to save a lot of money. Items that may cost hundreds of dollars new are often found for less than $100, because people just want to get rid of them. This is your chance to have a great wedding on a budget.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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