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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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