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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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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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