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5 Wedding Day Tips You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

5 Wedding Day Tips You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

It goes without saying that your wedding day is a very special day. It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl and a moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life. When you think about it in this way, it’s hard not to get nervous. However, it’s important that you take a deep breath and relax.

In order to help ease your nerves and calm your mind a bit in the days and months leading up to your wedding, we’ve provided a few wedding day tips that other brides wish they’d heard in advance.

1. Figure Out Transportation

Something most people don’t think about until the day of the event is transportation for the wedding party. Many brides choose to let everyone drive their own vehicles to and from the ceremony. This is a big mistake.

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Let’s say your wedding party consists of seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen. This means you’re asking 14 people to show up on time. The chances of this happening are slim. However, if you have a charter bus or some other form of transportation lined up, then you don’t have to stress over this. The bus will get everyone where they need to be and on time.

2. Take Pictures Before the Ceremony

After the wedding ceremony is over, you’ll be so excited and relieved. One of the first things you’ll want to do is head to the reception to have a good time with your guests. However, if you haven’t yet taken pictures, you could end up spending an hour or more of your ceremony with your photographer. One way to speed up the process is to take pictures before the ceremony. This will allow you to enjoy much more of that (expensive) party.

3. Get Food to Go

Talk to any bride about her wedding and she’ll likely tell you that she doesn’t even remember what food she had. The reason is that the bride and groom rarely get a chance to eat. Between cutting the cake, dancing, and greeting people, there’s very little time to sit down and enjoy a meal.

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By the time you leave your ceremony, you’re going to be very hungry. Unfortunately, most restaurants will be closed and you probably won’t want to stop anyway. That’s why brides suggest packing to-go plates in the car. Your wedding planner or event coordinator will be happy to do this for you.

4. Sleep in and Eat Well

While many brides choose to go out with their friends after the rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding, you may want to cut the night short. You don’t want to get only a couple hours of sleep before the big day.

It’s also advisable that you leave the alarm off. By waking up on your own natural schedule, you’ll be much more refreshed and ready to go. When you do wake up, eat a solid breakfast with plenty of protein. Lunch will likely be rushed, so getting a big first meal in is important.

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5. Take Your Time Getting Ready

Do you know what the single biggest stressor on wedding is? Scheduling the right amount of prep time for the bride and bridesmaids. Don’t try to wing this. You need to develop and stick to a plan.

“By including enough prep time in your wedding-day schedule, you’ll arrive at the ceremony venue relaxed and ready to go, with plenty of time to spare,” says Heather Lee of Brides.com. “Otherwise, if hair and makeup run late, everything else will be behind schedule for the rest of the day.”

It’s Your Wedding – Have Fun!

If you find yourself on Facebook or Pinterest, it’s virtually impossible not to feel overwhelmed. Everyone has their own opinions, advice, and horror stories. The key is to drown out the sensationalized drama and focus on having a good time.

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It’s your wedding and you deserve to enjoy it.

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Anna is a freelance writer, researcher, and business consultant.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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