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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 November 19, 2019

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

        1. Create a Daily Plan

        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

        3. Use a Calendar

        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

        4. Use an Organizer

        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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        5. Know Your Deadlines

        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

        6. Learn to Say “No”

        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

        7. Target to Be Early

        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

        8. Time Box Your Activities

        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

        11. Focus

        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

        12. Block out Distractions

        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

        13. Track Your Time Spent

        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

        15. Prioritize

        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

        16. Delegate

        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

        For related work, batch them together.

        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
        2. coaching
        3. workshop development
        4. business development
        5. administrative

        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

        19. Cut off When You Need To

        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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