Presenting Wedding Party Favors

The best way to end a wedding celebration is to thank the guests before they leave the venue. But how ill you do that? Simple, just have some wedding favors on the tables and encourage them to take one before leaving the party. All through the years, it is customary to prepare wedding favors for the guests. Giving these little tokens means thanking the guests for their presence in your very special day. Although little, wedding favors can make or break the entire party, so you really need to take care of them and choose the right one.

When picking the right wedding favors, there are some questions that should be answered first. There is an immeasurable selection out there that sometimes makes choosing the right favor a bit difficult. To help you solve your assignment, this article will give some ideas on how to choose the favors that are best for your wedding, because presenting wedding party favors should not be too stressful.

In order for you to select the right favors, you have to decide first what theme you want for your wedding. You can easily choose other essential things if you already have a theme in mind. It is nice to see that everything from the invitations, cake, down to the favors match one theme that you wish to show off. Even just colors can help you pick out the right favors for you.

Another important thing you need to keep in mind is your budget. Little things can quickly add up to your expenses, that’s why you need to set a budget first and then stick with it. Wedding favors have a huge price range starting from less than a dollar to most expensive price range. Depending on how much your budget is, you can easily select the items that you can afford. Don’t overspend your savings just because the first thing you saw attracts you. Remember, there are lots of attractive choices that may allure you, so you need to be extra careful not to easily be carried away.

Now that you know the theme of your wedding and the price of each favor you can afford, the last question you need to answer is will you buy or make your own wedding favors. Both of these have pros and cons. If you opt to make your own wedding favors, you should start making ahead of time. Also, it depends on how crafty you and if there are people who are willing to help you make your own favors at home. However, if you are on a tight budget, making homemade may be a better option. On the other hand, buying pre-made favors should start by hunting and comparing prices.

Search online to have a quick access to a wide variety of wedding party favors that are popular these days. Visit websites that specialize on wedding supplies and other wedding accessories. These sites usually offers wedding favors choices in different category: by price; by theme; by season; and by type.

The Difference Between Debt Consolidation and Debt Negotiation

Debt negotiation is a process of negotiating with your creditors to bring down your total amount of debt. A good debt negotiation company can help bring down your total debts by as much as 50 to 70 percent. A word of caution, though. Debt negotiation may sound great, but it can adversely affect your credit report.

The Pros And Cons Of Debt Negotiation

A debt negotiation company discusses your financial status with your creditors, and offers to pay off all your debts in one go. The catch is that they offer to pay, say, $4,000 cash now against the total debts of, say, $12,000. The very fact that you have appointed a debt negotiator on your behalf is a sign that you are a bad risk, and most creditors will settle for cash now, as against the balance over the next 10 years or so.

The flip side to debt negotiation is that it affects your credit rating in a negative way. The commission to your debt negotiator is usually between 14 and 25 percent of the total settlement.

What Debt Consolidation Experts Do

Debt consolidation experts negotiate on your behalf to arrange to reduce the rates of interest, and to reduce or eliminate the late fees and other charges and penalties. They help consolidate all your outstanding debts into a single debt, and arrange a monthly payment schedule consisting of reduced amount, by as much as 20 to 40 percent.

They usually charge a monthly service fee of around 10 percent, and your payments are referred to credit bureaus. They advise you to close all your credit card accounts, and may allow you to keep one active for emergency uses.

It is for you to decide which course of action you wish to take.

Negotiation Skills — The Salami Technique

Some negotiators just love to play tactical games. In this article we will look at one their favourite negotiation tactics – the Salami technique – and think about how to rebuff it.

Salami sausages are big things (often spicy) that are eaten a slice at a time. They would be indigestible if taken in a single large piece. This aspect has led negotiators to use the name for a negotiation technique that tries to do just that: to win concessions in small doses (slices) when the other party would probably reject them if they were put on the table all at once. The technique is often used against a party that is mainly concerned with damage limitation.

Consider a tough union negotiating with management. Management would really just like to keep the status quo (damage limitation) but the union negotiators would like a whole host of goodies to take back for their members. These could include a pay rise, more holidays, flexible working hours, private health membership, better pension arrangements, improved canteen, increased allowances and so on. It is not difficult for the union to make a case for each of these and they can probably add to the list.

If the union negotiators use the salami tactic they will present just one of their demands for discussion and push hard to reach agreement. Let’s say they focus on a 6% pay rise and after a long discussion and some haggling they agree on 4%. Deal done, except there is more to come. That’s just the first slice of the salami and there is a whole sausage in the cupboard.

The next slice might be the holiday arrangements. The current 23 days is from a bygone age. ‘Other employers’ have agreed to 25 days plus public holidays. Let’s say they eventually reach agreement at 24 days this year and 25 days next year. Good! The managers might by now be congratulating themselves on their rusty negotiation skills and their damage limitation but the union representatives have been busy polishing their negotiation skills.

‘We would now like to discuss something that is very dear to the hearts of our members, the need for flexible working hours.’ The slicing of the salami sausage continues: private health, pension, canteen, allowances, and so on. By the end of the negotiations, when the management team add it all up they are staggered at what they have conceded, slice by slice. None of the individual items seemed all that great at the time but – add them all together and the cumulative effect is astonishing.

What went wrong?

The management negotiators were beguiled by one of the standard tactics used by skilled negotiators. Of course, presented like this, the salami technique looks so obvious that you might think that no management team could be so stupid as to be caught by it. However, just as a simple magic trick can seem incredible when performed by a skilled magician, so even simple negotiation skills like the salami technique can produce amazing results when used by skilled and experienced negotiators.

The salami is not restricted to management-union negotiations. Any negotiator who has a list of things on which they want to gain agreement can use it. Try it when you next buy a car. Are you buying just one item, the car? Or are you gaining agreement on several things: buying the car, filling the petrol tank, replacing worn tyres if it’s a used car, a free service next year, alloy wheels… and whatever else you can think of. Will they lose the sale over a tank of petrol or one new tyre?

So, what do you do if you are on the receiving end and the other party tries to salami you?

Of course, your first line of defence is to recognise what they are doing and your second is to put a stop to it. You will need to be assertive about this but the response is quite straightforward. The salami tactic works because the person being sliced does not recognise what is happening. Once you do, you can fight it.

How? Simply refuse agreement on any one slice until you have everything out on the table. ‘Is there anything else you want to discuss as part of these negotiations?’ Do not discuss details until you have formally agreed that everything is out in the open. Then put forward a proposal on a collective agreement — bundle the lot together.

The discussion can now begin in earnest and you can use your negotiation skills. You might trade one slice of salami off against another by offering some flexibility on, say, item one provided that they drop, say, items two and three. Continue like that until you are happy with the deal, then close.

Good luck! And watch out for that spicy sausage!

Author: Tony Atherton
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