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Did you know that the wedding blues are a thing? Some people call them a “wedding hangover.” They occur in the weeks and months after your wedding. Once the stress of planning a wedding has lifted, some couples don’t feel a relief. Instead, they feel that they are at a bit of a loss as they just don’t know what to do with themselves now that they don’t have anything to plan. Plus, you might have a very literal hangover from your wedding party that you need to deal with (but at least that shouldn’t last longer than a day!).

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Don’t Delay With Your Honeymoon

Some couples wait for a while until they go on honeymoon. In fact, I’ve known some couples who have waited for a year or so to take their big vacation together! More often than not, this is down to financial reasons. But if you can afford to go right away, why wait? That way, you won’t have to sit around at home feeling sad that you no longer have a wedding to look forward to. Instead, you can sun yourself on a tropical beach with a fruity cocktail in hand!

Kendall and I are actually waiting on ours since he has to figure out his drill schedule and get a passport, but we’re at least going to take a mini-moon… maybe to OCMD or something like that. Just so we can get away and relax the week after our wedding.

Host A Party

If you want to keep the celebrations coming, you could always plan a party. If you were lucky to wed in a venue that hosts weddings and other functions, like Aqua Reception Hall, you might want to host a party at your wedding anniversary to mark your two-month anniversary. This may not be an official anniversary that most couples celebrate, but you can make it special and unique to the two of you. Anything to keep those blues away!

Do Couple Things

Now that you are a couple, why not start doing couple-y things together? You could take up a new hobby as a couple, such as playing tennis or going off on long hikes. Of course, your coupley things don’t have to always be active – you could simply enjoy more date nights in the cinema together! As long as you have a packed schedule, you won’t have time to worry about your wedding hangover.

Organize Your New Life Together

Of course, your new life together won’t always be fun. There will be quite a bit of admin that you will need to do, but at least this gives you something to keep you preoccupied with so that you can forget about your blues. You need to make your name change official if you are taking your husband’s surname. Once that is all done, you then need to let your bank and any other organizations know.

Think About Kids

You could always cure your wedding hangover by thinking about kids. After all, it’s usually the next step after getting married. So, why wait? You won’t feel too blue when you are trying to make a baby!

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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.

Entertainment

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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In the same way no good story ever started with, “this one time I had a chicken caesar salad,” not successful brand ever good tongues wagging by just slipping into the fold. No. When you’re the new kid on the block, you need to make a splash like a brick landing in a tub of paint and that is done by hosting an event so epic people wouldn’t dare forget you. That is how to get whatever you are launching to skyrocket up and up, through the stratosphere and past the shooting stars that cross in the sky.

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It doesn’t matter whether you want to hold a pre-launch event or a launch event, whether it is for a book, a product, a fashion house, model agency, line of cashmere sweaters or a new line of apps that hop to take on Instagram, here are the three ingredients that will ensure your event is a total success:

Venue Is Very Important

Like very. Very-very. Where you decide to host your party is going to speak on behalf of your brand, it is going to etch a first impression into the minds of all those attending and make their hearts twitch with nerves and excitement. So, what we recommend you do is check out these event venues and then decide on which suits you and your brand. Weird, unique, professional, sleek, fun, serious, bonkers or experiential; whatever is going to mimic you best. Just make sure it offers that little thing called convenience because that is why will improve your chances of having a packed place; convenient for guests, clients and, most of all, journalists.

It’s All In The Day

Your gut instinct is no doubt telling you to throw this party on a Friday or Saturday but, unless you can be absolutely sure your event will be considered unmissable, you should ignore this instinct and pick a Wednesday. Most people that work in the media, most VIPs, and most guests would consider a launch party to be business, and so they would rather do this on a school night and leave their weekends free for personal pleasure. A Thursday could work, but they may be thinking about how tiredness could wreck their Friday night plans, while a Tuesday may see them hold back on the booze and you want them to have a good time. So, pick a Wednesday and make it too inviting not to have fun.

Your Invitation Is Powerful

First things first, you need to know who to invite. You need to invite people that are going to have sway, that are going to talk, that need to know about your launch. But don’t just drop them invite, build some rapport in the months prior so that they feel important. Next up, create a sense of exclusivity while also over-inviting. You want people to feel special but you also want there to be an army of people swanning about. Last up, make your invite too intriguing to ignore. Make your invite evoke curiosity. If you use a platform like Splash, you can even stick a password on it to drive home that feeling of exclusivity. Just make sure you send it in plenty of time and that it isn’t conflicting with anything else.

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I love a good party, especially with a theme where I can throw in a ton of adorable details. My roommate and I had a couple great ones when I lived in Georgetown. I mentioned before that we had a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. All the food and drinks were pumpkin themed and we all wore our best “basic” attire. Today I’m bringing you another type of Basic that I’m sure you’ll love. Meet Basic Invite.

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In my humble opinion, the art of the invitation should have never dissipated into the land of texts and Facebook invites. I know I have slipped in this department, opting for a mass text rather than a cute invitation. Getting mail is such a novelty now, especially when it’s mail inviting you to do something fun with your friends and family. Basic Invite makes it so easy to customize and add details to your party before it even starts. Do you love a design but it doesn’t really fit the colors you want? No problem. Using my Pumpkin Spice Friendship party as inspo, check out how I elevated this original Basic Invite Botanical Brunch Party design and made it fit our theme:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See how cute!? Just totally customizing the color, I changed the whole vibe of the invite. And just to be sure, you can order a custom sample of your work to see how it really looks on paper before you purchase the lot to send to your guests!  Another cool customization feature? Basic Invite has over 40 colors of envelopes to chose from. (Pumpkin is one of them!) That would definitely make your invite stand out in the mail.

And if you’re like me with such bad hand writing that you were literally not allowed to help make sorority formal awards, don’t fear, because you can use their free address collection service to share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Now, my love of invitations started with a catalogue (I can’t even remember which one) that my mom used to get when we were little. I’d pretty much build my birthday parties around the themes from those invites, so it’s totally fair to say that invitations set the tone for a great party. I’m starting to appreciate those head-to-toe details again now that I’m planning my wedding! Besides your (not so) basic (ha!) surprise party invitations, birthday invitations, and quinceañera invitations, they also stock a myriad of stationary and other paper goods to round out your event. Think stickers, guest books, even business cards! (Hey, blogger and entrepreneurial pals- it’s one-stop shop for your next event!)

Be sure to follow along with Basic Invite on social media to get for inspiration for your next party!

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Planning a party is rarely a simple matter of logistics. Yes, you have to get all the right people in the right place, at roughly the same time. You know you need to provide them with a few pieces of food to nibble on, as well as a selection of drinks. If you’re going to go big on the decor, then that’s something you need to get ticked off as well.

The above are the basics, however. There’s no doubt you can have a successful party if you just do these things, but you’re also going to run into more than a few problems along the way. The true skill of effective party planning is found in anticipating problems, so when they do arise, you already have a solution in place.

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So what kind of issues should you anticipate when it comes to planning your next big event?

The Dreaded Drinks Dearth

Few things will kill an atmosphere more effectively than running out of drinks – particularly alcohol – way before the time you’d thought the party would run to. While it’s conceivably possible that you could buy too much alcohol in the planning of a party, most of the time, more is going to be better. Make life easier for yourself by ordering alcohol online so you don’t have to worry about dragging multiple bottles of clanking bags from your car, as well as giving you the chance to get a variety to suit every palette. If you’ve anything left over at the end of the night, you are well stocked for gifts the next time someone’s birthday rolls around.

The Music Maladies

Finding the right music for a party is never going to be easy. Music is one of those things that everyone has an opinion on, but it’s also entirely subjective. What someone considers to be a stone-cold classic, someone else will turn their nose up at.

Thankfully, the internet has got you covered. There are numerous lists available online of songs that everyone knows and loves. While there will always be a few outliers among your guests, for the most part, a playlist of the all-time favorites is going to get the best results.

The Awkward Arguments

Unless your life is like a TV show and everyone already knows one another, then chances are any party you throw is going to involve bringing together a lot of strangers. They’re not strangers to you, of course – but they are to one another. Forgetting this fact can lead to awkward moments, as a group of people suddenly realize they don’t know how to talk to one another.

Worse still is when two people meet for the first time and it’s immediately obvious that they don’t get on. It happens; it’s not fun for anyone involved. That’s where your hosting skills are going to have to be top-notch. At the first sign that anyone is rubbing someone else up the wrong way, you have to be on the ball enough to interject and separate them from one another. A simple: “could you give me a hand in the kitchen?” is usually enough to make the point, and keep tempers well under control!

By following the ideas above, your party planning will go up another gear – and you’ll all have a lot more fun as a result.

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