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Wedding Tips To Make The Big Day Special}

Submitted by: Gary Pettit

Many people feel that preparing for their wedding day is going to cause stress. But it does not have to be this way, not if you know what to expect from the planning process to the actual wedding day. The following article is going to give you advice you can use to ease your mind.

Remember that the reception is the time for you to let loose, but do not act too wild as your in-laws will be at the wedding. Make sure that you dance and have the time of your life with your friends as you will cherish these moments for the rest of your life.

Do not let family and friends tell you how your wedding should or shouldn’t be. Many times, people who are getting married let their family influence their decisions and they end up unhappy with the way their big day turned out. If you require help with your wedding, hire a wedding planner.

If you’re going to be photographing a wedding, set your camera to the largest resolution possible. Large photos can be cropped to only include the good parts, which can be very helpful. They are also printable without any blurriness or pixelation, which is important for the wedding album and any framed shots the couple wants to have.

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Practice. Many weddings have a rehearsal and a rehearsal dinner. Gather the key members of your wedding party and practice several times before the big day, not just once. This is especially important if you have complicated or long choreography or special instructions that vary from the norm.

Give the children who attend your wedding some responsibility to keep them occupied. If they have to guard the ring with their life, or count how many people come in the doors, they’ll have something to do and it should keep the boredom at bay. They may need to have different tasks to keep occupied, though, as they could become tedious.

One of the ways that you can save money on the cake that you choose is to make a cupcake tree. This can save thousands, and it will be just as appealing as a large cake that will be served in individual slices anyway. Serve cupcakes at your wedding to save money and be part of a fashionable trend.

Try to negotiate as much as possible with the vendors that you are using for your wedding. If you do not act persistent, they will not reduce their cost themselves. Try to give your vendors a rich incentive to beat out the competition and earn your business for your wedding.

For example, choosing which flowers you want to have in your bouquet or table settings will rely on what’s available in your new location. Speak to a florist in the same location as the wedding and reception venues to ascertain what flowers are available to you.

If this is your first wedding and the costs just keep adding up, you should recycle some items. For example, can the bride wear her mother’s wedding gown with a few alterations? Can the engagement ring be a family heirloom instead of buying new? In most cases these items will have more meaning than a new item, you will be glad you chose to recycle.

A true photographer captures priceless memories and doesn’t just take random pictures. When selecting a photographer, be sure to ask them how their wedding days typically go. Ask them about their ideal process and flow throughout your wedding day. You have to determine his style and how that will affect the experience you will have on your big day.

In conclusion, planning for a wedding will only be difficult if you allow it to be. By becoming aware of all there it to know about a wedding, you can ease your mind. The article above gave you information that if used properly, will help you succeed in having a wonderful wedding.

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Rule 19: Do Fun Stuff

Submitted by: L. Lowell

Lisa Plummer is a single mother of four children and one grandchild. She has degrees in Theology and Christina Leadership and is working on a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Medical Instructor at Western Career College.

As a single working mom, money and time are both scarce. It is easy to get so caught up in the daily essentials so that we miss the little things if we are not careful. Yes, we are with our children all the time. But do we really enjoy them? Do we remember to do fun stuff?

Sure, when they were little we pointed out every new milestone and marked it in the baby books. We called our mom or mother-in-law to let them know what new and amazing feat they had accomplished. What about now when they are older? Sometimes it feels like all of our interactions are instructions, directions and reminders (with the exception of the required, How was school today? to which most kids say Fine. End of discussion.) I ve found that I enjoy my children more when I give myself time to be with them and do things that we all like to do.

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Any holiday is a great excuse to get creative and spend time doing things that are just a little bit our of the ordinary. My oldest daughter, now a mother herself, has great memories of spending time with me preparing goodies for her classmates. My son who is nine years old still likes to take treats to his class. You can stuff goody bags with inexpensive treats like holiday themed pencils, erasers, stickers and candy from your local Dollar Store. Purchase plain sack lunch bags and let your kids be creative and decorate the bags. Baking goodies is a wonderful activity to enjoy with your children. Make cupcakes, cookies and even ornaments (not only for Christmas) and pick colors that fit the holiday and allow your children do the frosting and decorating.

In our family, one of our favorite fun things is movie night. Ours is always on Friday, and the kids and I really look forward to this time together. They get to pick the movie and our dinner. We call it our munchie dinner and it can be anything homemade chicken strips, taquitos, pizza or nachos. Of course, we always have popcorn!

Although we may not always be able to afford to take vacations with our children, we can still afford weekend get- aways. A simple camping trip even as close as an hour drive from your home is a fun, affordable and wonderful way for you to unwind and relax from a busy week. The kids can run, yell, swim, climb trees and get dirty (not much better than that if you re a nine-year-old boy.) It is wonderful to be able to watch them enjoy themselves with a sense of freedom they don t always have at home. Invite some friends to join you, and it s a portable party.

Tradition is a word that is over used but cannot be over emphasized. All of these activities are great opportunities to create tradition in a world that seems to be losing touch with traditions. These special family times we spend together give my kids (and me), as well as ourselves, something to look forward to and plan on.

The years with our children go by so quickly. I m not only talking about the years when they are small. Remind yourself what great kids they are. Spend time doing creative things, make up games, go camping. We only have them for a little while . so remember to do fun stuff.

As excerpted from “42 Rules ™ for Working Moms” Super Star Press 2008.

About the Author: Laura Lowell is the executive editor and author of “42 Rules for Working Moms.” She has gathered practical advice and information from working moms all over the world to share with others. She lives and works in Silicon Valley with her husband and two girls.

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