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If you are planning a party, then you probably want to make sure that it is as memorable as possible. It can however be hard knowing what to do to really make a party that memorable, especially if you are keen not to lapse into cliché or older ideas. However, there are still plenty of things you can try in order to make your party much more interesting, and the kind of event that your friends are never going to forget. In this article, we are going to look at some of the touches that you can make to make your party a little bit more exciting and much more memorable.

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Original Food

Most parties are made or broken when it comes to the food. Choosing your food and ensuring it is prepared properly can be hard to get right, but if you want your party to be as successful as possible then you will need to make sure that you arrange some food which is likely to blow people away. The better the food, the better the event, so it’s worth spending some real time and energy on this part of your event. If you are struggling to come up with anything that original, then you might want to do some research by way of inspiration and to figure out what you can possibly do to keep the food as original as you would like it to be. Your guests will definitely remember a party where amazing, original food was provided.

Unique Decorations

It’s clear enough that you generally want to decorate a party, but the way that you decorate it is also hugely important. You need to make sure that it is unique if you want it to be genuinely memorable – something which many people completely fail to do most of the time. A good way to approach this is to think of what theme you want your party to have, and then simply create your own decorations based around that theme. By creating your own, you can be absolutely certain that nobody else is going to have the same, and that will mean that you are able to ensure the party will be as original as possible in this respect. You might even be able to keep those decorations as memorabilia, which can aid in the memory of the party as well.


All parties have some kind of entertainment, even if that’s just a little dancing. But if you are serious about wanting your party to stand out from the rest, then you will need to try and think of some entertainment which is going to be more memorable than most. There are many options available to you for this kind of thing. It might be that you have a photo booth frame set up so that people can take their own photos of the event, perhaps even with funny options on the photographs. Or you might have a mechanical bull in the corner of the room, or maybe even a temporary ice rink set up outside. It depends largely on the event itself, and also on what you think your guests will be likely to enjoy. If you manage to get the entertainment part of the event right, then you will find that it really does make for a much more memorable party on the whole. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and go for something totally unique, as the more unique it is the better it will be on the whole.

Guest List

There is a certain art to being able to know how to invite the right people to your event as well, and this is something that is worth trying to get right if you want your party to be as memorable as possible. You need to try and get together a group of people who are likely to enjoy each other’s company, but who do not necessarily know each other too well, as you do want there to be the chance for people to meet new people as well. Figuring out this, as well as trying to avoid any instances of genuine dislike between party-goers, can be quite a puzzle. But if you get this puzzle right, you might find that it makes for a much more enjoyable party, and once which your guests will find to be much more memorable as well.

As long as you pay attention to the above, you should be able to make your party as memorable as you would hope it to be. Work on these and watch as your party guests are amazed.


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The moment the dust settles after popping the question or saying ‘yes’ – when all that hysterical euphoria starts to stop swirling with such ferocity – the excitement of planning a wedding starts to sink in. Most newly-engaged’s waltz into this process filled with excitement, anticipation and pure undulated joy but, a couple of weeks into it, the reality starts to become a little less perfect.

There are things on the wedding planning list that are nice to know. Things like where the good dress shops are, which planners did whose weddings and any tribute bands that are worth checking out on Youtube. Then there are things that you need to know; things that make the stress manageable, the choices less daunting and playing the role of conductor-slash-bride a bit easier to enjoy.


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  1. Know Your Numbers

Nothing is going to frustrate you more than picking a venue and then sending out invites, only to discover there isn’t enough space for all the added extras that make up a wedding – catering staff, band members, waiters and dance floor. The unwritten rule is: allow at least 25 square feet per guest. It may seem like a not now, but not when the party kicks off. Or- check with your dream venue, they’ll let you know how many guests they can accommodate comfortably.

  1. No Double-Booking

Before you swap your pencil for a pen and decide on a date, check all the possibilities of there being a crossover. Ask around your social circles to see if there is another wedding, check if there are any trade fairs, conference events, charity do’s, or anything else that could see people say no, traffic become a problem and hotels to be booked up.

  1. Don’t Underestimate Undergarments

This is the dress you will be wearing in every photo from your big day onwards – that photograph that family will always look at when they flick through albums – which is why you need to be fully prepared at the fitting. That is why you need to consider your undergarments. For a full list of advice, check out this list at www.loveandlavender.com. But, to sum it up, you need to think about the bra you will be wearing, whether you will wear Spanx on the day, and what sort of slip you will be wearing under your dress. It all matters, and it will all prevent you from having a mess meltdown on the big day when you try everything on.

  1. Vendors For Help

The people you hire do this full time. This is their living. Their calling in life. So, use them. Use one vendor to help you decide on another. When you have chosen a photographer, ask them to recommend a florist with excellent blooms, ask the venue’s manager if they remember any incredible bands that are worth speaking to, and ask any planner’s you meet about good caterer’s. Nothing beats a little bit of social proof. We were thrilled when our cake bakery had nothing but awesome things to say about or coordinator.

  1. Think About The Kids

If you are a conventionalist, then you’re plan is to get married, enjoy the honeymoon period and have kids, which is why you need to accept that some of your guests will have kids, and that is why you need to have a kid policy. It could be that you welcome kids with a hug and a smile knowing that kids are awesome; it could be you decide to have a zero child policy; you could only embrace the kids in your immediate family; or you could get a childcare service in. Whatever your choice, decide ahead of time so that you aren’t freaking out on the day wishing you had decided ahead of time.

I looked around the web for how to handle this delicate situation, and found what I think is the perfect wording for my wedding site:

While children are a joy and a blessing, we respectfully ask that this be an adult-only ceremony and reception, barring the few little ones who are in our wedding party. The Mayflower offers a babysitting service at $25 an hour with 4 hours minimum. Please give them a call at (202) 347-3000 to arrange.

This not only clearly sets my expectation, but offers a solution! (I also asked my SIL if, as a mommy, she found it appropriate. She said definitely and that Ryker will not be attending any other weddings with her but ours so she can have fun and let loose!)


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If you’re someone who likes to take an ethical and eco-conscious approach to life, you probably don’t want things to be any different when it comes to your wedding. Your big day can be just as ethical as anything in the rest of your life and still be magical too. You’re not the only couple who want an ethical wedding, so you’re sure to find lots of options for vendors, materials, and much more. To successfully plan an ethical wedding, you need to be ready to do some research and ask lots of questions. Keep the following points in mind to get started.

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Start with the Rings

The rings you choose are a symbol of your love. They’re one of the material things that will last beyond your wedding day, intended to be worn for your whole marriage. Whether you have an engagement ring or you go straight for the wedding bands, you should think about how and where they’re made. An ethical jewelry maker like Brilliant Earth can make sure you get rings that use ethical stones and metals. Some ethical stones are carefully sourced, some are second-hand, and others are made in labs. When you choose rings, remember to think about durability too.

Keep Things Small

One of the best ways to keep the impact of your wedding at a low is to have a small affair. While a big wedding might appeal to some, not everyone wants hundreds of guests. If you keep things small, you could find that it’s a lot less stressful to get everything sorted out. Of course, you might have some trouble narrowing down the guest list if you’re not sure who to invite. You might also have to be careful of people getting offended because they didn’t receive an invitation. But if you have a small wedding, you can reduce waste, energy use, and various other things to reduce the impact of the day.

Personally, this route is not for me. But I’m off-setting that by shopping small. A lot of things for my wedding are coming from Etsy shops, and my flowers are coming from a family-owned local business. This leads me to the next point…

Vet Your Vendors Carefully

Choosing your wedding vendors is something you’ll have to be careful about if you want an ethical wedding. One of the easiest ways to approach it is to look for vendors who advertise themselves as ethical. If they’re willing to say outright that their practices are ethical, they should be able to explain how. Hopefully, they go out of their way to conduct their business in an ethical way and ensure they can fulfill their promises.

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Choose Ethical Clothes, Materials and Supplies

When you’re finding supplies for your wedding, especially if you’ve chosen a more DIY route, you can be careful to select ethical materials too. Don’t forget to consider your outfits as well, especially your wedding dress. If you don’t want to rent a dress, you could consider wearing an upcycled dress or a secondhand one, or simply buying one you can wear again. Even your invites and other paper materials can be made from recycled paper and card.

An ethical wedding doesn’t need to be hard to do. If you know what you want, you can usually find it.


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Choosing what to wear to a formal event is a mean feat at the best of times, but it is only made more stressful when you are uncertain as to what your “formal” dress code actually entails. Depending on the event, location, and the hosts, “formal” can mean an entire range of things, all contrasting one another, which all can be incredibly confusing if you don’t know your hosts very well or don’t attend many formal gatherings or parties. Is it a black-tie event? Is cocktail wear appropriate? What even is a white-tie event? And how do all of these things affect what a lady can wear? The last thing you want to do is turn up underdressed, but what if you go all out and everyone else is dressed more casually? Fear not, as long as you follow these tips, you will always look your best at any formal event you attend in the future.

Long Floor Length Cocktail Dress

Consider The Location

The location of your formal event can greatly affect how you dress, regardless of the dress code, so it’s something that you must take into consideration when picking your outfit. If the event is being hosted inside, in a hall or a ballroom, then a strapless dress and heels is a sensible option. However, if it’s being hosted outside then this would not be a practical suggestion. A shawl or jacket might be required outside, to keep you from getting too cold. As well as this, you may want to choose a shoe with a thicker, lower, or no heel, to avoid you tripping on anything outside, or having your heels sink into the grass, if a grassy area is where the event is being hosted. Despite this, a sensible shoe is always a sensible suggestion, as you don’t want to have to be sat down half the evening because your feet are simply too sore for you to stand up.

Consider The Invitation

It may sound a little silly, but the medium in which your invitation arrived can often tell you a lot more about what you should wear than the invitation does itself. If you were added into a group on Facebook, then I think it’s relatively safe to say that, while you should still look dressed up for the event you are attending, it’s not one that requires you to bring out your best ball gown and pearls. On the other hand, if your invitation came via the post on a piece of thick, gold embossed card, then you perhaps should consider investing in a fancy floor length number.

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Get Hold Of The Guestlist

Having the list of guests to hand is incredibly useful for a number of reasons. Firstly, it provides you with a range of different people with whom you can discuss their interpretation of the ambiguous dress code. As well as this, you can also discuss what each other are wearing to ensure that you don’t turn up to the affair wearing the exact same thing as someone else.

Stick To The Basics

Regardless of the type of formal event, there are always some things that you tend to be able to get away with. One such example is a cocktail dress – Cocktail dresses are shorter and a little funkier than your traditional, full-length evening gown, and are often cheaper too, which is incredibly helpful if you’re a little strapped for cash on the run up to the party. You tend to be able to get away with a cocktail dress at weddings, or any time of “drinks party” taking place in the early evening. There are certain makeup basics that you can get away with too, such as a classic smoky eye. Many eye shadow palettes, such as the Billy B x Gallany Essentials Palette from Gallany Cosmetics, contain all the colors you need for a knockout eye makeup look. Coupling this with some liquid eyeliner, and a volumizing mascara will provide a classic, elegant makeup look.

Suit Up And Stand Out

It’s true what they say, it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed, so if you really don’t know what the dress code entails then go all out -There are worse things than being remembered as the best-dressed guest. There are many different ways to make yourself stand out, one popular example is wearing a tailored suit and some sassy stilettos. Women wearing suits might not necessarily be appropriate for all formal events, but if the invitation states “Black Tie Event”, then why should it only be men that have right to wear one?

Keep Things In Balance

You have to remember when dressing up for a formal event not to make your appearance too overwhelming; Otherwise, you may end up missing the elegant, and classy part of the dress code. If you’re going for a bold eye look, have a more subtle lip color, and vise versa. If you’re wearing a lot of sparkly statement jewelry, ensure you wear a relatively plain dress. If you decide on a lovely sequined number, make sure to keep it floor length, to avoid looking like you’re dressed for a night out on the town.

Just Ask The Host

If all of this fails to provide you with any guidance, and you are still scratching your head a few days before the event, struggling to decide what to wear, it’s always best to simply ask the host. Trust me; They will appreciate you asking for their help and voicing your confusion a lot more than they would turning up to an event they’d put a lot of effort in, with all of their guests looking nothing like how they’d envisioned.

Hopefully, this advice has given you some inspiration as to what you would like to wear to your next formal event. Just remember that it doesn’t matter how much highlight or how many sparkly brooches you put on, if you don’t feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing, then you’re never going to look right. No matter what you decide to wear, ensure you wear it loud and proud, because confidence is your best feature, and is what will make your night as fun as you are hoping.


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Your wedding day will be the most amazing day of your life. The months or years of planning leading up to that date will be the most stressful time of your life. It’s not that you don’t want to plan your wedding; it’s that you want to plan it to the finest of details but it’s nearly impossible to get everything to look and feel exactly the way in which you envision things in your head. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should give up (not that you were going to give up anyway). The point is that you won’t need to compromise as much as you think if you just plan ahead. Here’s the ultimate wedding guide for the pragmatic bride.

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The guest list.

This needs to be at the top of your ‘To Do’ list. Whether you have a couple of months or a couple of years to go before the big day, it’s vital that you invite the guests to the big day. Leaving the invites until the last minute could spell out total disaster because it’s almost certain that a noticeable portion of the guests will have prior plans on the date you mention. You want the table plan to be sorted early on, so it’s important that you know who is attending. Avoid disappointment and invite guests as early as possible to make sure people have a mark against your date on their calendars; you don’t want anybody to book a holiday or fail to book off work on your big day, especially if they’re close family or other important people in your life.

The dresses.

Obviously, your dress is the most important element of this big day, as you’re the bride. You’ll want to ensure this is all sorted well in advance because it can be quite a time-consuming process; if you leave dress-shopping until the last minute then you might find yourself settling for a style about which you aren’t completely happy. On top of this, the theme of your wedding is probably on your mind, and you want to be sure that your bridesmaids also have dresses which look amazing. Everything has to look perfect in the photographs.

The venue.

The place in which you get married and hold the reception, whether those are one and the same place, can make or break a wedding. The setting has to fit in with the theme of the wedding; you may have a traditional wedding in mind or something a little off-the-wall and adventurous. Colors, patterns, and floral arrangements all need to feel well-placed for the ceremony to look right. You could check out options such as this wedding venue, a social work club, for a sophisticated lounge that could create a classy vibe on your big day. It doesn’t matter what you go for; the important thing is that the venue can work around the rest of your plans for your wedding in terms of decor, the number of guests, and the general theme.

The budget.

Whilst you’ll want to sort this out before you pay for everything, make sure you have a detailed plan of the venue, dresses, photographers, and all other materials or staff that you’ll need to pay for on your big day before you make any purchases. This is why you should do your planning months and months in advance. You want to have an idea of how much all of that will cost and then make some changes if your budget needs to be stretched to cover things. You don’t want to spend a dime until you know that you can afford it all. Get an idea of every last detail before you make any decisions.


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