Wedding Reception Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

Having an outdoor wedding is very romantic but it can come with a lot of ‘what-if’s’ with the main one being the weather. There is always the chance that it will rain on your wedding day and you will be forced to move it indoors but if you have the perfect day with lots of sunshine, here are some great ideas for the wedding reception.

Venue

One important thing to consider before choosing a venue is whether you will need a tent or not to hold the reception. Having a tent to host the wedding reception will help not having to spend the time continually in the sun. This can result in sunburns for the bride and guests. Some guests may not be able to stand much sunlight. Also, having a tent will be an insurance policy of sorts if the weather turns bad and starts to rain. It will also make it easier to keep the cake from melting under the hot sun. You should also have a backup plan where it can be moved indoors if necessary in case of a bad storm.

You should also look at the available parking because you want to make sure that your guests have a place to park and not have to walk a far distance to get to the reception or drive around looking for a parking spot. If you have the room for parking and such, you can always host the reception in your backyard.

Décor

For a wedding reception outdoors, it is best to keep the decorations to a minimum. As far as decorations are concerned let nature do the talking. Compliment nature with pieces that will enhance its grandeur. Just make sure that any hazardous decorations like lamps or candles are kept out the reach of any children. You also need to make sure anything that has wires is out of the way so no one will trip over them. You can use silk flowers instead of real ones if you would like.

Food and drink

The main thing that will dictate what you serve is your budget. It can be anything from a full sit down dinner to just snacks. It is best to keep it simple but one thing to remember is that it is true that many do judge a wedding by the type of food and drink they serve. For a wedding reception outdoors, you could have a hog roast or a buffet of picnic foods, or finger sandwiches. If there are to be children at the reception make sure that you include food on the menu that will satisfy the little ones.

These are just some ideas you can use when planning a wedding reception for an outdoor wedding.

Increase in Sophisticated Digital Crime & Rise in Security Concerns Shall Pace the CFM

The computer forensics market is expected to experience an upsurge on account of the increase in sophisticated digital crime and terrorist attack and economic growth in developing countries. Computer forensics which refers to analysis and reporting of digital data for a legal purpose is the most prominent market within the overall digital forensic market. Computer forensics have become much dynamic in the field of cyber-crime, to perform a structured investigation, in order to detect hidden facts for accurate investigation results. A variety of techniques are used by investigators to inspect and search hidden, encrypted or deleted files or folders.

Computer forensics have gained wide-popularity in developed regions such as North America and Europe owing to technological advancements and increased cyber-crime rates. While, rise in corporate fraud has increased the demand for computer forensics. The UK and other European countries such as Italy and Germany, have observed an increasing trend for computer forensics as the various industries in the region have become more aware about safety and security of their data. Consequently, manufacturers are exploring innovative products and services to strengthen their market presence and meet the growing demand.

Computer forensics have also gained popularity in developing countries such as India and China owing to the increased piracy threats and cyber-crimes, coupled with increased governments expenditure in digitalization of sectors such as banking, law enforcement, defense, and information technology, among others. Rise in disposable income and increase in the number of educated consumers have also supplemented the growth of the market in the region.

The recommendation of computer forensics as a necessity for proper investigation by government organizations, has rapidly increased their adoption rate in both developed and developing economies. For instance, in order to maintain integrity, the governments of different countries in regions such as China and Brazil among others have formed new regulations that are based on the access to data and penalty in the case of modification of data or wrong entry in data records.

To compete with established players, other manufacturers such as Paraben Corporation, Binary Intelligence, and Digital Detectives, among others plan to develop new computer forensic tools to gain consumer attraction and increase their market share. However, the major players in the market such as, Access Data Group Inc., Guidance Software, Inc., and LogRhythm Inc. have been utilizing economies of scale to meet the rising demand for computer forensic. The established brands have adopted product launch, partnerships, and business expansion as their growth strategy to strengthen their foothold in the market. For instance, in February 2015, Access Data Group Inc. announced the development of newly improved software version Summation 5.6, which provides case assessment, processing of comprehensive data, and management, final review and transcript management. The main aim of this product launch was to reveal the enhanced feature of this software among consumers, to gain popularity in the market. However, rising complexity of mobile devices and increased utilization of cloud based applications may hamper the growth of digital forensics market.

Geographically, North America has emerged as the largest market for digital forensics. Increase in cyber-crime rates and technological advancement make this region favorable for growth in the forecast period. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to have the maximum growth rate in the digital forensics market driven by increase in cyber-crimes and rise in consumer awareness in developing countries such as China and India.

Yogesh Godse is a seasoned market research professional, having one decade of work experience in content writing, secondary research, and market size estimation. He is currently associated with Variant Market Research in India. He tracks recent developments from various industry verticals namely- Aerospace & Defense, Mining, Healthcare, and Chemicals & Materials, among others. Apart from writing, Yogesh also has an interest in digital marketing including SEO, SEM, and Social Media Marketing.

Effects of Typography on User Experience

If you give the paper, The Aesthetics of Reading, a look, you’ll be able to see how intricate and complex typography really is, why it needs to be such a focus, and how it effects on the reader’s mood and cognitive performance.

But if you don’t have the time or would just like me to summarize it all, well, here it is.

Researchers found after the study was that if the document is properly typeset, it not only makes it easier to read, but also pleasing and easier. On the other hand, bad typography makes it harder to read the version which quite obviously, in return, makes people disinterested. If whatever you’re designing is properly typeset, you can put in as much information as you’d like and it would still not be a nuisance to read.

It was also found that good typography boosts cognitive performance. This means that good typography makes it easier to perform whatever task is needed. Now, I bet that is something you did not expect.

Typography has a very clear effect on the mood of the reader and also impacts productivity, engagement and creativity.

Now, moving on to explaining the effects a little more in depth.

Why It Matters

If you’re not even sure why you should pay attention to typography, to make it simple, it’s how you can keep your reader’s attention to your illustration, brand or design. Yes, pictures can speak a thousand words, and so can your logo or other illustration. But typography plays quite a bit into how long they keep looking at your work, and the impact it makes on them.

The fonts, colors, sizes and everything else you use matter. You can give this study a read if you want more information. Typography may be an art but you still have to look at its roots in human cognition.

You can grab attention by styling your words differently, and even add them to a priority or importance list which makes it easier for the human brain to analyze and understand them and makes mental processing easier.

How to Get Started

Well, you need to know exactly what it is that you’re trying to achieve. The goal of your typography project should be clear. Knowing what you want your readers to feel is important and then working by keeping that thought in your mind will help you in clearly emphasizing the elements.

Try different font styles, sizes, colors, underline the text, make it bold, italicize it or whatever you need to do to make it convey that exact mood which will let people know about your work and not just grab their attention on first sight but keep it there for a while. If you’re a layman, you can simply try out a logo design tool yourself and see what works for you and what does not.

Also, do not forget, that it is very important for your text to be legible, even in small fonts. The characters need to be able to be identified correctly and make the process of reading your text smoothly without needing to invest a whole bunch of effort in understand the first letter alone.

Following are a few things you need to keep in mind to improve your typography skills.
• Simple letter types – fonts
• Avoid caps or all caps
• Line Length
• Line Spacing
• Letter Spacing
• Your Audience
• Complementation – Contrast and Vibrancy

In Conclusion

Typography is an art form that focuses on the visual component of the written word. Just by appropriately visualizing it to your target audience, you can create an unforgettable impact. For any designer, it is crucial to pay close attention to typography and work towards mastering their skill of it if they want to develop and enhance their career in the design industry.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – 12 Months When Rock Music Reached Its Peak

Career peaks for Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart – in 1971 popular music reached its high water mark.

On a recent flight to Alicante from the UK I read a magazine article making the case for 1966 being the high water mark for popular music. The evidence looked watertight – Revolver, Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde, Fifth Dimension, each one a landmark album and released the same year as outstanding offerings from The Kinks, The Who, the Rolling Stones (and that was just in London), with ground-breaking music also being made in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

During the plane journey I began making a mental list of what I consider the greatest albums ever made: What’s Goin’ On, Born To Run, Blue, Plastic Ono Band, Blood On The Tracks, Who’s Next, Rubber Soul, London Calling, Tapestry, and in doing so realised how many were made in 1971. So without further here is the case for that year being the ‘annus mirabilis’ of rock music.

At first glance 1971 is a strange year for rock. The Beatles had split, there was no new material from Bob Dylan and constant personnel changes had blown The Beach Boys and The Byrds off course. But with What’s Goin’ On, Marvin Gaye gave Motown its finest hour. More social comment than sweet soul, the songs focused on inner city deprivation, brotherhood and the mess being made of the environment – marvellous Marvin proving you could have a message and make great dance music at the same time. Tapestry (Carole King) and Blue (Joni Mitchell) are albums of incredible maturity and insight into human emotions, while Every Picture Tells A Story is Rod Stewart at his most charming, funny and poignant. The title track is a wonderful mixture of eloquence and ramshackle rock with the killer second side (Maggie May, Mandolin Wind, (I Know) I’m Losing You and Reason To Believe) a match for any side of an album ever recorded.

1971 also brought Sticky Fingers, an album of such swagger and attitude it could only have been recorded by the Rolling Stones, the best recorded rock band on the planet weighed in with the sonic masterpiece that is Led Zeppelin IV, while on Muswell Hilbillies, King Kink Ray Davies presents sketches of London that 40 years before Graham Greene would have been proud of.

But the final word in this momentous year goes to the Rolling Stone magazine Record Guide which states Who’s Next by The Who ‘may well be the finest rock record ever made.’ If you agree with that statement (as I do) there is little else to add. As Del Trotter once said: ‘I don’t care what they say, you can’t whack The Who.’

By the time we landed in Alicante my mind was made up, 1971 was the golden year. But waiting to show my passport I thought of 1969 – and of Abbey Road, Tommy, Crosby Stills & Nash, Let It Bleed, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Band, Dusty in Memphis, Led Zeppelin II…

Career highs for Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart and Carole King take popular music onto a whole new level – and they all happen in the same year. Renowned rock writer Neil Sambrook takes a new look at an astonishing twelve months for rock – and reaches a startling conclusion.

Tips For Celebrating Your Silver Wedding Anniversary

Getting ready

A silver wedding anniversary occurs on the 25th year of marriage. It is an important milestone and your partner will be expecting you to treat it as such. They key to a memorable celebration is planning. Starting early is advised, advance planning will help add touches that make it personal to your partner. Fortunately after 25 years you should know your partner very well!

There are two parts to this milestone that need attention. The first is the celebration itself and the second is the gift. We look at each in turn.

1) Celebrating a 25th anniversary

Start by planning the main meal. Do you intend to have the focus on lunch or dinner? Will you cook something or will you go out? Perhaps you will be on holiday (see Gift Suggestions below)

If you are not working on the day of the anniversary you could plan a whole day of activities doing as much or as little as you like.

Overall make it a romantic occasion and celebrate your lasting love for eachother. Don’t forget to use lots of silver coloured things, for example: Silver glitter, silver table cloth, silver balloons, disposable silver plates and cutlery. If you don’t own these things and can’t get hold of them you could create your own touches with silver spray paint or silver inked pen.

The usual rules for a romantic occasion still apply! Don’t forget the flowers, chocolates and music!

2) Gift Suggestions

This milestone is traditionally celebrated with gifts containing or related to silver.

When choosing a gift for a special occasion such as this one should bear the following in mind, the gift should be 1) personal 2) meaningful and 3) memorable

A personal touch – Try to make the gift unique or as rare as possible. This adds a special feeling to the gift

Meaningful – The gift should be meaningful t the receiver. Try to make it relate to them as an individual. Think about what they like and their interests

Memorable – The best gifts are those that last forever either physically or in memory

Silver Jewellery

This is probably the most popular gift as it lasts forever and can be both personal and meaningful. For a twist consider using silver jewellery to tie another gift, for example if you want to buy a gift in the form of paper, print it on heavy, good quality (silver) paper and roll it into a scroll. Tie the scroll with a delicate silver necklace and pendant. This way you could have a non physical gift, like a printed voucher, wrapped with a piece of jewellery to remind your partner of this special occasion.