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How To Create An Alternative And Quirky Wedding

How To Create An Alternative And Quirky Wedding

Most women dream of a fairy-tale white wedding in front of hundreds of their nearest and dearest when they were little and, with the holiday season having come and gone, more and more couples are looking for wedding inspiration after a festive engagement proposal. With a perfect wedding dress with a long veil and an equally perfect location, admit it, you’ve all pictured yourself walking down that aisle.

It seems that in recent years, more and more people are going down a quirkier and more alternative route for their wedding that reflects their personal style and tastes versus the more traditional idea of a wedding that has been passed down by our parents and grandparents.

Your wedding is entirely personal to you and you can choose when and where to highlight your tastes in your wedding. We’ve put together a guide that has some ideas on how you can shy away from tradition and bring your own personal tastes and uniqueness to your wedding, and hopefully help make the decision-making process with planning a little easier.

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It’s All About The Dress

Getting married in a traditional long white wedding dress is not always the dream dress for some women. Your wedding dress should really reflect who you are and switching it up a little and wearing an alternative wedding dress can really make your wedding one to remember. If you’re not the type of girl who would normally wear a long, floor-length dress, then a shorter, more retro dress might be the style for you.

In fact, many high-end retailers are creating their own more purse-friendly wedding dresses that deter from the traditional style. More floaty, boho inspired dresses are available from retailers, such as French Connection and ASOS. You could also choose a vintage dress, meaning your dress will truly be unique. Or if white isn’t your style, you could choose a dress that’s a shade of pale ivory, soft pink, or sweet lilac or your favourite colour. Alternatively, if you don’t want to go high-end, many wedding dress designers are creating quirky dresses in shorter styles and different colours and fabrics. You could even ask them to tailor a dress to suit your style even further.

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    The Venue

    Choosing a venue and location that is unique and quirky is even easier than before, as more unusual venues are becoming readily available for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. If a more traditional location isn’t your personal taste, then there are a whole host of different locations to get married in. If you’re planning a wedding abroad you could opt for a beach wedding where the sea and nature create a peaceful and tranquil backdrop for your wedding. Luckily, many wedding and travel specialists are creating wedding style guides based on the perfect wedding location, helping your search for a venue that suits you.[1]

    Alternatively, if you really want a unique location that will have your guests talking about your wedding for months after, you could even get married in a windmill, an underground lake, or a treehouse. There are lots of options for you to bypass the traditional route and to have a wedding that’s truly tailored to suit your needs.

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      Putting On a Show

      Even your wedding entertainment can be tailored to your style. If your style is quite vintage and retro, hire a vintage-themed band to get all of your guests dancing. Photo booths are increasingly popular at modern weddings and there are a variety of different style photo booths, such as vintage booths, retro booths, and even camper van photo booths.

      You could stick to a traditional DJ and disco ball if you really want, or you could mix it up and make it even more personal. In fact, you could always get a family member or friend to go all DIY for your wedding entertainment. For extra little additions to your wedding, things such as disposable cameras for guests to take photos with are a lovely way to get additional photographs for you to remember your big day from. It’s also a nice way to get your friends and family involved in the photography! Other ideas to make your wedding reception extra special could be a wedding speech bingo, hiring a caricaturist, or hosting lawn games if you’re having an outdoor wedding reception.

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        Keeping the Guests Happy

        Gone are the days when the food at the wedding reception is a traditional three-course meal. While we won’t say no to a three-course meal, having smaller, bite-sized food that guests can help themselves to might be a nice alternative. If you’re wanting a more relaxed and informal meal, perhaps have mini burgers or small cones filled with bite-sized fish and chips for a real British feel. A hog roast and rustic wood-fired pizzas made-to-order are a tasty alternative to a traditional roast dinner. For an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, you could have a three-tiered cheesecake or tiers of cupcakes. Your wedding food really is down to your own personal tastes.

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        Reference

        [1] Citalia: Italy Wedding Inspiration

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        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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