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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 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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