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8 Fun Ways to Make Your Wedding Truly Memorable

8 Fun Ways to Make Your Wedding Truly Memorable

Weddings are, at least on the paper, one of the most memorable moments of our lives. But what couples actually remember after the dust finally settles? Frustration, guest lists, catering, the pursuit for a wedding hall, and other necessary evils. Compared to these chores, the actual ceremony quickly fades into oblivion.

A good part of the responsibility for this situation is from the fact that the wedding ceremony has changed very little since the Middle Ages. And while then, standing in front of the altar and having the feast afterward was probably considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the situation in the 21st century is much different.

So, let’s take a look at how to break up this monotony, and bring in some sense of joy, excitement, and fun into weddings again. Here are eight ways to make your wedding truly memorable.

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1. Geeky Wedding

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    The geek culture is on the rise. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of dressing up as a Starfleet officer and having a Star Trek-themed wedding, you couldn’t be born at a better time. But, here’s an even better idea. Induce the ceremony with a healthy dose of Hogwarts magic. Just imagine – you are walking to the wedding aisle where the official is dressed like Dumbledore. You and your future spouse are wearing Hogwarts robes, and your guests are saluting you with their magic wands/fireworks. Weddings can’t be more magical than that. The other two usual suspects are Star Wars (Han and Leia), and comic books (a lot of options to choose from but Superman and Lois Lane are one of the most famous married comic book couples).

    2. Medieval Wedding

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      The best way to turn the tables and make your wedding as archaic as it gets. The best place to do it – a Medieval Fair. Medieval Fairs are usually packed with tons of interesting content. You can organize knights’ duels, a Robin Hood-style competition in archery, horse race, and why not – you can even try to save your maiden from the tower where she’s entrapped. Once you’re done with these exhausting activities, you can heal your wounds with venison, good wine, and the gentle sound of the lute.

      3. Competitive Wedding

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        Most weddings follow the same basic pattern – you welcome your guest, go to the aisle, say “Yes” and then proceed to eat and dance. Why wouldn’t you bring in some competitive spirit into this pretty stale set-up? The possibilities are endless – you can make a karaoke contest, pick some of the Minute to Win It games, or even turn the wedding into a full-blown pub quiz. The first prize could be the first dance with the bride or some other wedding-inspired treat. Split the guests into interesting groups (e.g. bride’s guests vs. groom’s guests, or even better women vs. men), and you ought to have a blast.

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        4. Exotic Destination Wedding

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          How cool it would be if someone asked you, “Where did your wedding took place?” and your answer was “Well, we took the plane to Maldives, brought some friends with us and had a beach wedding. It was unbelievable. All during the winter.” Although the logistics of such a wedding can be more than challenging, you have to admit it – it’s more than worth it. Especially when talking about costs and complications that you have to deal with. But, when you think about it, the cost of this type of wedding can be the same like you’re hosting a traditional 80-guests wedding. You only have to decide.

          5. Active Wedding

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            Not everyone finds so much fun in sitting and eating in an enclosed space. Some of us are more outgoing and like a physical challenge. In that case, spending one of the most important days of your life in nature seems like an excellent idea. And to be quite honest, conquering the nearby mountaintop represents a beautiful metaphor for all the struggles you and your partner went through and all the future mountains you are going to climb by working together. A long hike to some beautiful, remote location where the wedding will take place is just as good of an alternative.

            6. Time-Travel Wedding

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              If you want a themed wedding and can’t decide on a specific theme, why wouldn’t you simply make a quick breeze through the 20th century. Start with roaring 20s, proceed to dapper 50s, feel the disco fever of the 70s, and try out the glam makeup of the 80s, and baggy pants of the 90s. If you want to, you can go even further in the past, or even try to predict the future. All these eras offer a lot of possibilities for fun. Pair the attire with the decade-appropriate food and snacks, and you are in for a treat. So, start looking for vintage clothes and checking online recipes – your time-travel journey is just about to begin.

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              7. Extreme Wedding

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                A wedding for all the people who enjoy a good adrenaline rush. You know how they used to say that entering a marriage is like making a giant leap of faith. Well, now’s your opportunity to make this statement as literal as possible. Take your future spouse on a short flight, pack yourself with a pair of parachutes, and leap into the unknown. If you manage to pull this off in a wedding suit, you will be treading deep into the James Bond territory. Alternatively, you can do a simple bungee jump. Remember, you will be both tempted to scream “Nooooooo,” but you have to say “Yes!” What a way to test your partner, huh?

                8. Underwater Wedding

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                  An excellent way to put a slight twist on the idea of an active wedding. This time though, instead of hiking to the location of the ceremony, you are going to swim there (or to put it more precisely, dive there). Granted, you will have to find the official who is fit enough to dive to the sea bottom, and you will have some trouble saying the marriage vows (cue cards, anyone?), but all these small challenges make an underwater ceremony only more exciting. As for the party, the traditional seaside setup makes the most sense. And there’s a lot of symbolism going on here. You and your future spouse will dive into the water as two separate souls, and resurface as one.

                  Be creative. Do something unique.

                  All you have to do now is to pick one of these themes that is the closest to your heart and start the preparations. If some of these ideas spark an idea of your own, even better. What’s most important is to make your wedding truly fun, exciting and engaging. Life is made of fond memories. Let your wedding take the deserved number one spot.

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                  Last Updated on June 15, 2018

                  What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                  What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                  Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

                  Video Summary

                  Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

                  Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

                  Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

                  Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

                  This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

                  Sitting Is the New Smoking

                  Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

                  The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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                  Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

                    Sit Properly

                    If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

                    Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

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                      Stand Up More

                      Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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                      Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

                      Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

                      Or get a standing desk.

                      One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

                      Exercise for Lower Back Pain

                      Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

                      But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

                      The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

                      Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

                      Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

                      This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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                      Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

                      Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

                      There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

                      Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

                      I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

                      Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

                      If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

                      Where to Start

                      The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

                      Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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                      If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

                      Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

                      Keep a straight back.

                      Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

                      Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

                      I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

                      If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

                      Stay Away From the Back Pain League

                      Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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