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Tips for a Cheap but Wonderful Wedding

Tips for a Cheap but Wonderful Wedding
Every couple wants to have a great wedding that everybody remembers for ages. Couples with restricted budgets should be conscious of investing money in the right places so they don’t get into too much debt. See here for some great tips taken from expert wedding planners to reduce the stress of your wedding.

And to help reduce the stress, the following are some Tips for a Cheap but Wonderful Wedding:

Planning ahead

The first thing you should remember is to plan ahead: don’t leave it all to the last minute! Planning arrangements ahead allows you to focus on the wedding day and enjoy your moments as much as you can. Try grabbing as many favorable vendor offers given in advance as possible. Booking these things weeks before saves money.

Choosing the wedding day

Don’t go for the obvious days such as Saturdays and Sundays for your wedding day, but instead select working days. On weekends the rates of catering companies and wedding venues are all at their peak, and you will be able to save a considerable amount of money by choosing a week day for the ceremony and reception.

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Number of invites

Adjust your guest list to your budget. Invite your relatives, only those cousins who are really close to you, and the friends you cannot miss. Don’t invite everybody you know and their whole family! With kids, you and your partner’s immediate family members will be enough for a party.

Selection of location

Choose a place with a discounted offer, or go for an historical building or a garden around the church. You will not have to add much decor to these places as the buildings themselves will provide the ambiance, and the rental rates will be lower too. Other than that, if you know somebody with a house with a big garden, ask them for a favor by hosting your wedding there.

Saving money on drinks

Cut short on the variety of alcohol and go for one or two types only. Serve beer with wine and add in one cocktail in beautiful colors: this will surely save you money!

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Low budget food

Another trick is to have a barbecue in the back yard of the venue for the wedding dinner. Adding on pizzas and some less formal food will save you lots and will surely be popular among the guests, turning everything into a party.

Decorations

Don’t go for expensive floral arrangements. Add in more greenery and buy flowers that are in season. Pick only one or two types of flowers and arrange the bouquets on your own instead of hiring someone.

Selecting the bridal dress

There are many online websites that sell low-cost bridal dresses these days. You will be able to pick and choose, and get your dream dress for a very low price.

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Sending invitations

Instead of spending your time and money inviting friends by posting invitation cards, make a call to them and then send an email invitation.

Music system

Great music is a must at weddings! You can save money by inviting a DJ instead of a band to do the job, or else you can be the DJ yourself. Put your favorite numbers on an iPod and play them at your reception.

Cake and desserts

Cake is also a must for weddings, but it can be expensive. So, put out a small but beautiful one for your cutting ceremony, and get a plain and simple cake layered with icing to serve to your guests.

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You can save lots of money and can make your wedding look brilliant and extravagant just by both planning ahead and thinking wisely before making decisions about your wedding and reception.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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