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7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

There are many reasons to choose a movie-themed wedding—maybe your first date was at the movies, you could share a love of all things cinema, or you just want to do something fun and unexpected. Whatever the reason, people love a themed party that includes props and dressing up fancy. The great thing about this theme is that it works for all wedding sizes—from a backyard ceremony to a large-scale production.

Whether you love the glitz of Hollywood or consider yourself simply a film buff, there are a number of ideas to make your movie-themed wedding a dream come true.

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1. Admission-Style Tickets

This can be done for the save the dates, wedding invitations, and seating chart—really any detail that involves information on paper. It is a simple and fun way to tie in the theme without going over the top. When your guests are aware of the theme, they may even choose to wear an outfit that is their take on a favorite movie character without being too obvious.

2. Movie-Themed Engagement Photos

Choose a movie that speaks to both you and your partner. Work with your photographer to recreate some of your favorite scenes of the movie with your own unique twist. This will give your friends and family a taste of what to expect at the wedding.

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3. Concession-Style Favors

Candy and popcorn are a great alternative to traditional favors. When you give out something that can be eaten, it will not take up extra space in their home or sit on a shelf collecting dust. Provide a variety of candy and popcorn, so there is something for everyone.

4. Enter on a Red Carpet

Have every guest feel like a star with a red carpet aisle runner. This will provide fantastic photo opportunities for the guests as well as the wedding party, and will allow the couple to have the spotlight. To take it one step further, you can have a red carpet entrance along a wall with a backdrop for more formal photo opportunities. A custom backdrop can feature the name of the couple and their wedding date.

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5. Novelty Wedding Cake

Rather than opting for a traditional floral wedding cake, consider replacing the flora with decorations like film strips and reels, stars, or even a director’s board. The great thing about a novelty style cake is that it can be customized to be any color to match your own theme—black, white, and gray for the classics or douse it with a splash of gold for a more contemporary feel.

6. Silent Movie Slideshow

Create your own silent movie or slideshow to be played for your guests before you walk down the aisle. This will build the anticipation and keep them interested rather than anxious. Because it is silent, it can also be screened during the reception for those who might have missed it the first time around and it will not interfere with the music and those who are dancing.

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7. Stunning Centerpieces

Don’t think that you will have to forgo flowers when opting for movie-themed centerpieces. Set vintage film reels flat on the table and top with a floral arrangement. The reels can be left natural or can be painted to match your own wedding colors. When film reels are set on their sides, they lend to a subtle detail, but are still important to the overall look of the reception.

The Cost

Fancy venues can cost a pretty penny, churches usually ask for a donation, but you won’t have to pay to use your own or a family member’s home as seen in Meet the Fockers, which was estimated to cost only $6,936. If choosing to have a large wedding like Bridesmaids, take into consideration how much catering will cost, how large the cake needs to be, as well as renting linens for the reception tables—this movie wedding was estimated at $109,658. Luckily favors and snacks for a movie-themed wedding are great for the budget-conscious and likely won’t go to waste.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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