Wedding Preparations

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Unit 8. Life changes.
The two of you are in love and have made the exciting announcement that you are going to get married. Suddenly you are overwhelmed with the idea that you have a wedding to plan. There are many questions to ask as you begin planning your wedding. Wedding Date and Venues. It is important to set a wedding date before you move forward with many plans. Discuss a date with your fiancée and make preliminary decisions about where you want to hold the wedding and reception. Budget. Set an overall budget that you will use for the entire wedding. Sit down for a budget discussion with your fiancé and your parents if they are contributing financially. It is crucial to set a budget and stick to it. You do not want to start your marriage in debt. Set aside an amount for an emergency fund in case an item or service costs more than you planned in your budget. Write down a list of specific areas to include in your budget. Create areas in the budget such as wedding gown, church, flowers, reception, paper goods, postage and decorations. Be reasonable. Types. Decide what type of wedding you want to have. There are many choices. Traditional, outdoor, formal, informal, country garden, costume, themed or extreme, to name a few. Now is also the time to decide how many guests will be invited to the ceremony and reception. Match the guest list and necessary amount of reception foods to your budget. The type of wedding will determine the wedding gown style as well as the clothing of the wedding party. The last month is a whirlwind of activity. You will confirm the menu with the caterer or family members. Clothing will be altered, shoes and necessary items purchased. Invitations must be addressed and mailed out. Marriage preparatory classes attended, ceremony and vow wording completed. Gifts purchased for the wedding party. Guest book purchased. Ceremony and reception musicians should be booked and confirmed. Confirm the shared responsibilities you've arranged with the maid of honor and best man to help you with. Tie up all the loose ends and keep consulting the lists and plans you have made to have a memorable wedding day.

Unit 9. In time.
We all fear time! It has become so much of a second-nature that we don’t even realize it. We never want to be late anywhere, we don’t want to waste time, we are always looking at the clock to see if we have enough of it, and we often wish we had more hours in the day. Living with this fear of time is not healthy, physically or mentally. Sometimes, we genuinely have to rush things or worry about time because of the gravity of the situation, but for all the other times, a lot of small things that we do can lead us to unnecessary worries. An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. ~ Bonnie Friedman Imagine the situation. You are waiting for a bus. You know that it is supposed to be there in 20 minutes but you keep looking at your watch every few minutes to see what time it is. Why? You know very well that you cannot make the bus come sooner by looking at your watch again and again. This incessant time-tracking – when we cannot do anything to make things go faster – doesn’t do us any good except making us worry and waste our time. We keep looking at the time and miss out on a lot of other things that we could do instead. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. ~ C.S. Lewis If you are stuck in a traffic jam, getting frustrated never makes the other cars go any faster. The traffic would free up in its own time, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, so there is zero value in getting all excited and wasting your energy. Its better instead to spend that wait time doing something that will make you feel better. Listen to your favorite music, talk to a friend or anything else that you enjoy. This will help you stop fearing these uncontrollable times and might even make you look forward to them....
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