How to Make Your Wedding Stand Out*

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There aren’t too many days in your life that’ll be bigger than your wedding day. Indeed, it’ll probably only be the birth of your child, if you decide to have one, that stands out as more seminal. So you’re fully justified in pushing the boat out and having an awesome day. And if you’re going to put a lot of effort into planning your wedding day, then you don’t want it to be “just another wedding.” You’ll want it to stand out from the crowd. By incorporating some extra thought into the planning stage, you can make yours one that lives long in the memory of your guests and, of course, you and your partner. Here’s how.

The Invitations

Your wedding begins long before the actual day itself. Make people pay attention with knockout invitations. You can play with colours, materials, and the wording itself. The style and the content of the invitation is the first thing people will know about your wedding -- make sure it’s impressive!

The Venue

The best way to make a splash at your wedding is to pick a knockout venue. It sets the tone and wows guests from the first minute that they arrive. If you get married in a barn wedding venue, for instance, then you’ll ensure that your big day lives long in the memory. The venue is more than just a place to host a party; it contributes to the overall feel and vibe of the day. 

Think of Convenience

Many couples are pretty good at making their wedding look and feel magical, but they don’t always think of the logistical matters as much as they should. The aim is to have your guests focused entirely on the spectacle and fun of the day, but they’ll be somewhat dampened if they’re thinking about how they’ll get home, or they have to look after their kids or whatever else. Think of these matters beforehand. You could put on a coach to take people home, or hire a communal babysit, so the parents can have fun. It’s all about making it as easy to enjoy themselves as possible. 

Have Fun 

If you’ve been to weddings before, then you’ll know that sometimes, the only people who don’t seem to be enjoying themselves are the bride and groom. It’s not that they’re not happy, it’s just that they’ve got so many other things on their mind. When it comes to your big day, trust that everything will go well and that people are having fun, and enjoy yourself. It’ll make the day extra memorable for your guests. 


All weddings are special, but some are more special than others. By taking on board the tips that we’ve outlined above, you’ll have a wedding day that stands out in all aspects, from the invitations all the way through to when the last guest leaves. You’re only going to get married once, so make sure the memory doesn’t get lost in a sea of all the other weddings!

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Photo source Pexels - CC0 Licence

This Is How To Host A Successful Business Event*

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Whether it's to impress new clients, promote your brand, or as part of your own company morale-boosting, business events are common. Of course, you'll want to make sure that the one you are involved in goes off without a hitch! Fortunately, that is something that you can get some help with in the post below. Read on to find out more. 

Identify parameters 

The first task that you need to complete if you want your business event to be successful is identifying the parameters concerned. These being the aims of the event, who and how many will be attending, and the budget you need to stick too. 

In fact, most important is the reason to throw the event in the first place. After all, a brand-boosting event is likely to be very different from one discussion a hostile takeover bid. It is, therefore, essential that you match what you provide to the tone of the event, and make sure it's appropriate in every way. 

Cover basic needs, plus a little more 

Once you have the necessary parameters laid out, you will need to go into more detail concerning all of the resources you will require for your event. Of course, this means accurately estimating numbers and making sure that you have enough of the basics, including everything from chairs, to welcome packs, to bottled water.  

However, if you are looking to really impress your attendees, going beyond just the standard provision is a smart idea. In fact, if you can offer something that is a little more out of the ordinary, such as Mobile Juice Bar, live performances, and even additional entertainments. The reason being that this will not only help the attends to have a great time, but also ensure that your event (and your brand and business) sticks in their memory as well. 

Get the word out there

Once you have secured all the resources and supplies that you need for your event, it's time to make sure that those attending know about it. In fact, usually, the most efficient and effective way of doing this is to send out email invites, or link to a website with the details online. Although you will want to encourage RSVPs as this will help you to stay on top of the numbers attending. 

Of course, if you are going for maximum impact, you can have fancy invitations printed up instead. This being a strategy that would work wonderfully for a promotional event, in particular. 

Have someone on hand to manage the event itself 

Finally, if you want your event to go off without a hitch, you will need at least one person on-site when it happens. They can then be on hand to oversee the setting up and greet guests as they arrive. 

Such a person will also be there in case of any problems, allowing such things to be sorted quickly. Something that will ensure if any difficulties do arise, their impact on the success of your event will be minimised as much as possible. 

*Post contributed by Sam Jones. Picture located at Pexels - Licence CC0 

Three Great Career Ideas If You Have an Independent Streak*

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As an independent person, you may discover that any job in which you have to work with a boss monitoring your progress is not going to get the most out of you. If you work best unsupervised, and you know how to stay independently motivated, you may find the traditional corporate structure a little stifling.

As an independent person, it can be difficult to decide on a career that will be satisfying to you. Whether you need a change, or you're just starting to look into career options, these tips for independent people will give you some helpful ideas as a starting point.

Be An Entrepreneur

One of the most common career choices for independent people is starting a business. Whether you launch your own online brand, or put skills learnt in your current role to use in your own way, what could be better for an independent person than getting to be your their boss? Answerable to you alone, you'll manage your progression and monitor your performance yourself. That means you get to say what matters to your business and what your goals will be. You may have existing skills that you’ve picked up in other roles or other unique experiences you’ve had life, which will put you in a strong position to launch your own business. For example, if buying your house made you realise that you have a feel for the property market, real estate training may be all you need to start your own real estate office.


The world of education is home to countless independent people, who get to follow their own interests, rather than adhere to standard business practices. A rewarding career as a university professor or a school teacher can provide plenty of opportunities to devote your energy to researching things that fascinate you, while paying the bills, too. Lecturing at a university usually means designing your own curriculum for your students, and basing your pedagogy on areas of particular interest. (There’s no chance of getting bored, when you can keep changing it up!) One of the main attractions of the education system for independently-minded people is that these institutions remain one of the only places where the work environment is unpressured, so that creativity can thrive.

Be a Private Detective

Many independent people are classed as introverts, personality-wise. Maybe you’d rather spend your work day in solitude, focused on a task that stimulates your curiosity and provides endless challenges. As a private detective or investigator, your time will be spent watching and pondering the habits of individuals, and working out what’s going on. Every case is different, so your own instincts and deductions will come to the fore in every unique situation. And the best part for an independent person? Your work is largely unsupervised. Of course, you may have a partner, but if they’re an introvert like you, they’ll probably be happy to work in silence.

Whatever type of work you like to do independent people don’t always land in the right job the first time around. These ideas could help you find your place. *Contributed by Sam Jones. Header image source - Pexels CC0 Licence. Second image source: Pexels CC0 Licence.

Considerations To Make When Starting A Business*

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If you are starting a business, then we know it can be a scary time. There is so much to consider before you can even make it to printing your business cards.

While some people are often like a bull in a china shop, the best way to tackle starting a business is slow and getting the fundamentals right. Today we are going to be looking at some of the most important things you may need to consider when starting your first business.

Getting The Legalities Together

When starting a business, some legalities and technicalities often go overlooked when it comes to getting things moving.

While these things are not purposely ignored, it is more a lack of urgency and in the long run, being complacent with these things can have serious ramifications a little further down the line.

The first and most important decision you have to make is on the structure of your business. You need to decide whether you are going to be operating as a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company. Setting up a limited company can get rather complicated, so people like the could be just the helping hand you need.

Another important legal consideration you will need to make and make sure you get perfect is your tax and national insurance. It is important to note, your business structure will have its tax and national insurance requirements, so getting professional advice should you not be sure is imperative.

You should also pay attention to health and safety laws; While these laws seem important, if they go ignored, this will eventually spell complete disaster for you and your company.

What Kind Of Business Will You Be?

Another vital thing that needs to be carefully looked at is the kind of business you will be. You will have to weigh up the pros and cons of how you will primarily run your business.

The choice will generally sit between two choices. You will either conduct the majority of your business face to face, or you will go eCommerce completely.

The better and more lucrative option nowadays seems to be to lean towards eCommerce. The trouble with this is that generally, people sway towards eCommerce because they believe it is an easier option.

Thinking that having an eCommerce business is going to be the easy option is where a lot of companies go wrong. It is important to remember that the entire eCommerce industry is projected to be worth $6.5 trillion by 2022, and that means there is a lot of fish in the ocean to contend with.

The truth is setting up an eCommerce business may prove to be more beneficial than a face to face business, but you will undoubtedly be taking a more significant risk, and your competition will be far greater.

Will Your Business Stand Out?

One thing that business owners forget nowadays is that their customers are people. This may sound like basic information, but the truth is that businesses the world over are removing humanity from their business model.

The best way to tackle this conundrum when starting a business is, to begin with, a business story. Nowadays, the key to success in business is, in fact, storytelling. While it may sound ridiculous, it's the best way to build a relationship with your future customers.

It is important to remember that when creating a story for the brand, it must be a genuine one. Consumers can easily see through a story if it's false, and this will only pay detriment to your brand.

Other ways to get the business to stand out are simple by involving your potential consumers before you start your business.

To involve people, it is essential to get out there and do some much-needed market research. This will be beneficial in a few ways.

First it will allow you to determine your demographic before you open the doors to your business. Having a predetermined demographic will enable you to target your market from day one specifically and can save you a ton of cash.

Finally, this allows you to build a relationship with your customers and take their input. You can use their valuable contribution and make it a part of the product.

Simple techniques like this have shown that customers who feel involved in the business are more likely to use it.

*Post contributed by Sam Jones. *Image Credit - Pexels - CC0 Licence

Tips To Give Your Garden A Makeover*

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Many of us may not pay much attention to our garden. You can either be a lover of gardening or someone who will do very little of it. However, every garden deserves a bit of love and attention, so here are some tips to give your garden a makeover;

Install Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lights are essential in your garden, especially during the colder months where the nights get darker earlier. Even on a cold night, it might be nice to wrap up in a blanket and watch the stars with a hot chocolate. Find some outdoor lighting that can help illuminate your garden, like these as an example You might want to position them in order to highlight certain areas of your outdoor space or maybe to light the way up a path that you may have in your garden, and that leads to a nice seated area to enjoy.

Refresh Your Furniture
A little refresh can certainly be needed every once in a while, and that can be the same for the furniture outside. As the furniture outdoors is open to more of the elements, you may find that some of it have rusted due to the weather or become faulty or broken. So replace any furniture where you can and opt for more durable items. Ideally, ones that aren’t made out of metal which would be prone to rust. Any outdoor seating should be weather-proof, and if the cushions aren’t, then it’s good to find somewhere to store these for the days where it might be raining.

Invest In Decking
Decking can make an outdoor space look very attractive, and it can add another level and dynamic to your outdoor space. This can be an area where you relax on some sun loungers or enjoy a BBQ with friends. Pick the right material that’s going to be durable and requires a very low amount of maintenance. Be sure to think about the spot that it’s going in too. You want somewhere that gets plenty of sunshine if you’re a sun-worshipper that is. Remember that it shouldn’t take up too much of your garden that it makes you feel cramped.

Clear Out The Dead Plants
Dead plants are likely to crop up at the end of every season, so it’s a good time to just have a clear around your garden because simply doing this makes a difference. Take an afternoon to dig up and pull out all the old plants and replace them with new ones that can flourish in the new season. Flowers and plants are the one thing that is going to make a difference in your space and will help bring out the best in your garden. You’ll also enjoy it more when it looks more attractive and colourful.

Your garden deserves a makeover, so don’t deny a spring clean on it every now and then. It means you can make the most of it too.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header image source Pexels.

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