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Getting Hitched? Ease The Burden a Little With These Tips

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Getting hitched? Avoid last-minute disasters. Pixabay

Wedding preparation is a hectic task but with proper planning, time management and help, you can ease the burden a little. Here’s how.

Sushma Gohil, Chief Customer Relationship Officer, The Wedding Brigade and Tanuja Sharma, Director, TAP Events, have suggested things you can keep a check on to avoid last-minute glitches on one of the most special days of your life:

* Money Matters: Follow your budget calendar

 You’ll always find reasons to spend more money on the function, so deciding on the budget early in the planning is a must. It is always better to chalk out in advance a list of things where most of your money will be spent. Make sure you prioritise and figure out which matter to you the most as a couple. Some may decide to spend lavishly on the outfits, while others may feel that they want to have a lovely destination wedding.

Also, it is always better to design the budget by making your families agree on combining the functions of both the bride and the groom. It’s always more fun and budget friendly.

* Keep a check on your guest list

One of the trickiest tasks during wedding preparations is creating a guest list. The guest list governs most of the other elements of your wedding — from the catering bill to the ceremony seating arrangement. To make your planning easier, you may take help of guest list managing applications, where you can categorise the guests under ‘maybe’ or ‘surely’ and ‘finalise later’.

* Book your dream destination/venue on time

Avoid any last minute hassles or dissatisfaction regarding your wedding venue by being the early bird. Advance bookings should be done way prior to your wedding day especially if your date is during the peak ‘wedding season’. It is ideal if the couple plans and decides on the wedding venue mutually, taking into account the convenience of both the families.

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Things you can keep a check on to avoid last-minute glitches on one of the most special days of your life. Pixabay

* Your wedding outfit should not go off trend

Choosing a perfect outfit for your wedding can be daunting. For the latest trends, surf online but do not forget to raid the offline markets too. Offline stores give you the chance to try out the attire before you make the big purchase. The time of the wedding function should also be an important factor impacting your attire choice, especially the colour of the outfit.

* Choose your vendors sensibly

Behind every fantastic well-planned wedding, there is a team of hard-working vendors who make it happen. Do thorough research about the vendors, their past work, reputation and track records before you finalise them. If you cannot afford to get in touch with all the vendors yourself, hire a wedding planner and let them spearhead all the functions.

Making a detailed contract document and incorporating all deadlines, quality, quantity, and expectations is also a must-do. Avoid any vendor disagreement at the time of wedding and save yourself from last-minute blunders. You don’t want an absconding vendor two days before the wedding.

* Check on the weather

Weather is one of the things you can’t control. An ideal weather is obviously subjective, but most of us look forward to having a dry and sunny day for a perfect function. Decide early between an indoor or an outdoor set-up and prepare accordingly.

In case you choose an outdoor setting, make sure your property vendor provides canopies. Backup plans are a must as added protection serves well. So consider getting an event insurance if possible.

You can’t predict weather and disasters but you can surely prepare for them.

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* Make travel arrangements on time

We all have significant number of friends and families living out of town. And it is obvious for the ‘out-of-towners’ to go through a lot of effort and expense to come for your wedding. Right management of transportation is very crucial especially in a destination wedding where all the guests need transportation throughout the trip. (IANS)

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Families of Children With Autism Likely to Face Mental and Social Burdens: Study

Families with an aggressive and irritable child tended to experience more social isolation and emotional burnout

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While the understanding of how autism spectrum disorders impact individuals has grown, the awareness of the burden on families who care for these individuals is less established. Pixabay

Families of children with autism face high physical, mental and emotional burdens, are sometimes ridiculed and even accused of child abuse, says a new study.

For the study, published in the International Journal of Autism & Related Disabilities, researchers surveyed 25 caregivers of 16 children ages 2 to 20 with autism spectrum disorder to evaluate how their care affected their family dynamics, physical and mental health, and social functioning.

The researchers also asked about the caregivers’ worries, daily activities, family relationships and insurance.

“While the understanding of how autism spectrum disorders impact individuals has grown, the awareness of the burden on families who care for these individuals is less established,” said study’s researcher Xue Ming from the Rutgers University, US.

“Caring for loved ones with autism spectrum disorder is emotionally and physically taxing,” Ming said. The study found that emotional burnout was more likely in families with a child with low-functioning autism spectrum disorder and simultaneous conditions.

Social isolation was greater in families who reported significant emotional burnout. Families with more than one caregiver experienced less emotional burnout and social isolation, the research added. According to the researchers, families with a higher socioeconomic status tended to spend more money on medical treatments outside of their health insurance policy.

Families with an aggressive and irritable child tended to experience more social isolation and emotional burnout. Simultaneous medical and behavioural disorders were common in these children, they added.

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Families of children with autism face high physical, mental and emotional burdens, are sometimes ridiculed and even accused of child abuse, says a new study. Pixabay

Nine of the 16 families in the study reported being ridiculed or accused of child abuse, which they said limited them from attending social events, visiting public places such as churches, supermarkets and restaurants, and using mass transportation.

“This suggests that communities need to improve their inclusiveness for families with children with autism spectrum disorder,” Ming said.

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“The study shows there is a need to raise public awareness of the burdens faced by these families and to alert medical providers to provide them with more support,” Ming added. (IANS)

One response to “Families of Children With Autism Likely to Face Mental and Social Burdens: Study”

  1. —We need to increase mental health literacy and decrease mental health stigma

    Actually we need to stop teaching there is a stigma, all of us need to stop. We have given priority to those teaching that lesson for far too long.