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Ten Wedding Hacks Every Engaged Couple Should Know

Ten Wedding Hacks Every Engaged Couple Should Know

Weddings are an expensive business. According to this article from MoneySavingExpert.com, the average cost of a wedding ceremony is around £20,500 so any little bit that can be shaved off the price tag here and there is very welcome! If you’re a particularly savvy couple, there are a couple of ways to cut down on the cost of your big day and make things run more smoothly without it being any less special, so read on for our top ten wedding hacks that every engaged couple should know. We’ve also thrown in some special tips and tricks which will help give your wedding that little bit of extra sparkle that’ll make sure that you and your guests will never forget it.

Set up a “dessert bar”.

Instead of shelling out for an expensive wedding cake, why not consider setting up a dessert bar? It’s a much cheaper alternative and is a lot more fun and quirky! All you need to do is purchase a selection of sweet treats whether they be cakes, cookies, or even just chocolate bars, and let your guests come and get their own as they please. For a special touch, you could even bake some of your own treats to add to the table or ask your guests to do so.

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Be your own DJ.

Hiring a DJ and all of the necessary equipment can be one of the biggest costs associated with a wedding, so why not cut this out by being your own DJ! All you have to do is put together a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music in your phone, plug it into the speakers and away you go! You and your partner can spend an afternoon putting this together and pick out some of your favourite songs, perhaps including some that are special to you.

Avoid printing loads of paper items.

A surprisingly big cost when it comes to weddings is that of printing out all of the individual menus and seating plans, etc. How about creating some attractive signage using something like a chalkboard instead of printing out pieces for each guest? You would be surprised at how much can be saved!

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Opt for a Friday or Sunday.

Saturday weddings are in hot demand and are definitely the most expensive day of the week to get married. Going either side of Saturday could wind up saving you a lot of money, and still give you a weekend wedding to make things easier for your guests and let the celebrations take place over a couple of days.

Surprise your guests with a special touch.

Sometimes going that extra mile can really leave a lasting impression on your guests, whether it be the entertainment, the food, or something to do with the ceremony itself. For a really spectacularly thoughtful touch (especially for a night-time outdoor wedding), how about these amazing light up letters from Light It Up UK. They add a unique touch to the ceremony and will definitely stick in everyone’s memory.

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Use weights to keep your veil in place.

If you’ve gone for an outdoor wedding and it’s a windy day, your veil is going to get blown all over the place. However, you can use handy little weights such as those at Save the Veil which will help to keep everything in place.

Set up a dedicated email address.

It might seem a little bit overboard, but believe us, it can be a really good idea to set up a separate “wedding planning” email address. The last thing you need is to miss emails, especially if the caterer cancels at the last minute! By separating emails, you’re much more likely to keep on top of everything, and you can even use it afterwards to send out wedding photos and maybe to deal with things such as households bills in your married life.

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Buy a second-hand dress.

It might not be for everyone, but keeping an eye out for a second-hand dress can be a real help on the budget front. They’re likely to be in near-perfect condition as they’ll only have been worn once, and you probably won’t even be able to tell! While you might turn your nose up at the idea at first, you might change your mind when you see how much you could save. Check out this post from BrideBox for more info. on buying a preowned dress.

Opt for a faux cake.

If you don’t want to shell out for an ornate tiered cake, there is a more budget-friendly option available. You can ask your baker to make the top tier of the cake as usual so that it can be cut, and the rest can be made from styrofoam. (Another idea to just opt for a much smaller cake). You can then have a normal (but equally as tasty!) cake available which you can serve to the guests.

Get the venue size right.

Many couples often waste a lot of money by overestimating or underestimating their venue. To be on the safe side many couples opt for a venue which is actually far too big for their needs. While this doesn’t have a negative effect on the day, it takes a much heftier chunk out of the budget than it needs to!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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