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8 Creative Tips to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

8 Creative Tips to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

Even if you want a fairly traditional wedding, there are still many ways to add an inventive twist to one or more features of your big day. You just need to get a little creative to make your wedding stand out. Check out these creative tips on how to achieve the most memorable day of your life:

1. Wedding Invitations

Even before the wedding, you can make people take notice of the upcoming date by sending unique save-the-date and wedding invitations. These can be personalized so that they celebrate something special about you as a couple. Etsy is a great place to look for a designer or for a DIY approach. Browse Pinterest for additional inspiration.

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2. Choice of Venue

Whereas the choice of venue used to be a church or registry office by default, the world is now your oyster when it comes to choosing a venue for your wedding. Sandy beaches in the Caribbean, stately homes, hotels, Roman Baths, and even the National Space Centre are all options of places you can get married at. As long as the venue is licensed for weddings, you are good to go.

3. Reception Entertainment

One way to make your wedding different from the rest is through the entertainment you choose to have at your reception. From the high tech option, such as a video booth, to the more relaxed choice of a petting farm, the options are almost endless. This guide to entertainment ideas will get you thinking about what will best suit your reception.

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4. Wedding Dress

One way for a bride to stand out is through her choice of dress. A wedding dress doesn’t have to be white and, in fact, a bold colour choice can ensure your dress is memorable. Vintage dresses, especially paired with a wedding theme that celebrates the era the dress is from, also works exceptionally well with adding more personality to the wedding.

5. Wedding Flowers

Not fond of traditional wedding flowers? Then opt for a bouquet made from buttons, dried flowers, or even fabric. The choices are now much wider in variety and an added bonus is that these bouquets last for a long time, so they can act as a permanent reminder of your day. You can also shake your flower choice up at the venue by choosing bold colours, or even potted plants, over the traditional white roses or Lily of the Valley.

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6. Wedding Seating

A reception doesn’t have to include the traditional seating pattern of a top table surrounded by tables for guests. You could set the seating in a variety of different formats or even do away with it completely and opt for a buffet. Another way to make the tables stand out is to get creative with the decorations you add. Personalised table settings or unique menu cards that people can take home as a memento of the day, help to create a different experience for your guests.

7. Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake is often the centrepiece of the reception, but if you don’t like traditional fruit cake or marzipan, then opt for a delicious extravagant dessert or a mountain of individually decorated cupcakes. If you can’t imagine having a wedding without a traditional cake, then make it stand out through the decoration. You only have to head to Pinterest to find some stunning inspiration.

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8. Making Memories

A memorable wedding is one where your guests still talk about it for years to come. This can be an extension of any of the ideas highlighted above or it can be the photos you take that will commemorate the day. Social media now makes this easy, so why not create a Facebook group ahead of your wedding and then encourage your friends and family to upload photos there throughout the day? You could even mention it on the invitations. This then becomes a central place for everyone to share memories and chat about how much they enjoyed your special day.

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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