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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 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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