How to Plan an English Wedding


Steps:
1.Hold your ceremony at your local parish.
2.Plan your reception in a hotel or restaurant or select a more unusual licensed venue, such as a castle, yacht club, pier or football field.
3.Select a theme for your wedding so that it all coordinates and sets your wedding apart from other events. It might be as simple as a color you incorporate into your dress and decorations, or it could be based on your profession or interests (such as a military wedding).
4.Request traditional wedding music, such as one of the favorite processionals, the "Wedding March" from Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream."
5.Begin the celebration on the way to the wedding by having young girls sprinkle flower petals on the ground to decorate the path to your new life.
6.Prepare a horseshoe with ribbons that the bride can carry in the crook of her arm for good luck.
7.Order a traditional English wedding cake, which is white with a fruitcake base. It is typically made of raisins, ground almonds and cherries and topped with marzipan (a special candy decoration).
8.Place favors on top of the cake that you can hand out to guests.
9.Save the top tier of the cake, which is called the christening cake, to serve at your first child’s baptismal ceremony.
1..Give a certificate of notice to the superintendent registrar of your district that you intend to be married. (If you and your fiance live in different districts, you must each do this separately.)
1..Understand that you are required to have lived in the district for more than 7 days before you can apply. Then there is another wait of 21 days before the marriage can take place.
1..Remember that the total cost to cover the attendance of the Superintendent of Registrar and the wedding service will vary from place to place. 
Tips:
If you are in a hurry to be married and have lived in your district for at least 15 days, you are eligible to file a special wedding license instead of a certificate, which costs more, but enables you to be married after only 1 day. 
Warnings: It is considered bad luck to make your own wedding cake.    

How to Cross the Wake in Slalom Kneeboarding


Steps:
1.Ride outside the right side of the wake, about 45 degrees from the boat.
2.Cut hard toward the wake, pulling the handle toward your right hip for a left cut.
3.Pull the handle close to your waist just before your reach the wake. At the same time, pull your knees toward your chest to lift the nose of the board.
4.Remain in your cutting position as you hit the wake, keeping your board on its edge.
5.Absorb the wake with your body as much as you can, so that you get as little air as possible.
6.Keep your weight back as the board goes into the air. Make sure the nose is higher than the tail, so that you don't nose-dive when you land. Keep the board angled so that it lands on its edge, and keep the handle close to your waist while in the air. If the boat pulls you forward, extend your arms slightly, then pull back in as you land.
7.Pull hard against the boat as the board hits the water, keeping the handle pulled toward your right hip. 
Tips:
If you catch too much air off the wake, bring the nose up just before you hit the water by pulling your knees toward your chest.
The trick to a good slalom wake crossing is to get as little air as possible. The sooner you land, the more time you will have to set up for your next turn. 
Warnings: Always wear a life vest and observe proper boating safety rules when kneeboarding. 

How to Help a Friend Who Has Been Date Raped


Steps:
1.Encourage her to seek out a trained professional for counseling. There are many long-term effects of such a traumatic experience, and she will need help sorting them all out.
2.Offer to stay with her. Rape victims are often afraid to be alone after such a frightening ordeal.
3.Accompany her to the hospital if she needs to go.
4.Suggest she call the police and report the incident. Respect her decision if she chooses to keep this to herself. This is a very personal choice and you can't make it for her.
5.Be a good listener.
6.Remember that she is telling you her story. Don't second guess her but accept what she says.
7.Understand that it is not her fault this happened. Many rape victims try to take the blame because they think they could have done something differently.
8.Put your own feelings aside and focus on her needs. You can work through your own emotions later, on your own. 
Tips: Victims of rape react in different ways. Understand that your friend could be hysterical, or surprisingly calm. 
Warnings: Trying to help can do more harm than good if you are not emotionally equipped to deal with their situation. If possible talk to a counselor for advice on how best to support your friend or help your friend find a qualified therapist.   

How to Volley a Racquetball


Steps:
1.Use the volley as an offensive shot with either your forehand or backhand.
2.Turn your body to a side wall.
3.Concentrate on the ball.
4.Prepare to hit the ball by taking a short backswing with your racquet.
5.Grip the handle firmly because the ball will be coming fast.
6.Swing at the ball only if it's waist-high or lower. If the ball is any higher than your waist, let the ball pass and plan to pick it up after it hits the back wall.
7.Aim for a spot low on the front wall.
8.Take a short swing at the ball. There's not much of a follow-through since you took less of a backswing. 
Tips:
You need quick reflexes to volley the ball well.
The volley is more effective if you're in the front court when you hit the ball.
As a beginner or intermediate player, avoid the urge to volley every ball that you can. More often than not, you'll have an easier shot if you let the ball bounce. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Call the Czech Republic From the United States


Steps:
1.Determine what time it is in the Czech Republic. It's 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, which means it is 6 hours later in the Czech Republic than it is on the East Coast of the United States, and 9 hours later than it is on the West Coast.
2.Dial 011, the international access code.
3.Dial 42, the Czech Republic's country code.
4.Remove the 0 from the beginning of the city code. Some codes for major cities in the Czech Republic include 02 for Prague, 05 for Brno and 038 for Ceske Budejovice.
5.Dial the remaining digits. 
Tips:
Calling between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. or on weekends will often cost up to 50 percent less than calling during business hours. Call your long-distance carrier to find out which hours are cheapest to call internationally with your long-distance plan.
If you're having problems getting through, dial 00 for the international operator and ask him or her to place the call. 
Warnings: If you're calling from a pay phone, you'll need to have a calling card or charge the call to a credit card - you won't be able to feed the phone with coins fast enough to keep yourself connected. Follow the instructions printed on the phone for placing the call.   Steps:
1.Determine what time it is in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, which means it's six hours later in the Netherlands than it is on the East Coast of the United States, and nine hours later than it is on the West Coast.
2.Keep in mind that the linguistically talented Dutch typically speak English, French and German, as well as their native language.
3.Dial 011, the international access code.
4.Dial 31, the Netherlands' country code.
5.Remove the 0 from the beginning of the city code. Some city codes for major Dutch cities include 020 for Amsterdam, 030 for Utrecht, 070 for The Hague and 010 for Rotterdam.
6.Dial the remaining digits. 
Tips:
If you're having problems getting through, dial 00 for the international operator and ask him or her to place the call.
Calling between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. or on weekends will often cost up to 50 percent less than calling during business hours. Call your long-distance carrier to find out which hours are cheapest to call internationally with your long-distance plan. 
Warnings: If you're calling from a pay phone, you'll need to have a calling card or charge the call to a credit card - you won't be able to feed the phone with coins fast enough to keep yourself connected. Follow the instructions printed on the phone for placing the call.   

How to Include the Father of the Bride


Steps:
1.Be gracious in accepting his offer to foot the bill if he makes one - this is not as much of a tradition as it used to be.
2.Ask him to arrange transportation for guests on the bride's side.
3.Invite him to attend the couple's bridal shower and bachelor party.
4.Request of him the great honor of escorting the bride in the ceremony and walking her down the aisle.
5.Reserve a place for him next to the groom's mother in the receiving line.
6.Delegate to him a key role at the reception - he can make a short toast or welcoming speech and stay until the end of the party to help with any final bills or make last-minute arrangements.
7.Grant him the father-daughter dance with the bride. 
Tips: Let Dad choose the perfect wardrobe for himself if you trust his sense of style, and let the groom's dad know he should do the same.   

How to Scuba Dive in Water Currents


Steps:
1.Assess the visual pattern of currents before diving.
2.Ask a knowledgeable local resident about an unfamiliar dive site. Usually fishermen and surfers are the best for this (promise each you'll stay away from fish and waves, respectively).
3.Enter the water and descend to the bottom, where the current is milder and there are more interesting things to see.
4.Begin the dive by swimming into the current.
5.Streamline your body to reduce water resistance.
6.Swim slowly.
7.Return to the exit point before exhaustion occurs.
8.Use the water's force to usher you toward the exit point when you turn back. 
Tips: In an estuary, study a tide table and dive at slack tide (the time surrounding a high or low point). Keep an eye on the time so the increasing current doesn't catch you unawares. 
Warnings:
Beware of rip currents in the ocean (usually identified by a line of frothy, turbid water moving in a line away from shore). If caught up in one, don't panic; swim parallel to shore until you escape it.
Never swim against a strong current. Learn the technique of drift diving from a qualified instructor, and swim the opposite way. 

How to Follow Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson's Race Strategy and Pacing


Steps:
1."Be prepared for a sprint at the starter's gun so as not to get pushed, tripped or boxed in," says Samuelson. If you're not up to a sprint, stand well back and wait for the crowd to thin out.
2.Plan your pace. "It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the start," cautions Samuelson. Use a strategy to help you control your pace, like vowing not to reach the one-mile mark before a certain time.
3.Focus on a friend, or competitor, and use that person for both pacing and strategic advantage.
4.Experiment. You may get caught up and be running at a fast pace. Don't panic. Sometimes the only way you can learn, or exceed your own expectations, is to let this happen.
5.Hold your pace. On the other hand, research shows that the best results usually come from running an even pace, or a negative split (faster in the second half of the race).
6.Have a plan and stick to it. Tune into your own strategy. "You can't do a single thing about someone else's fitness level or racing style," Samuelson points out.
7.Set goals for every race. Be realistic, but never limit yourself. 
Tips:
Always warm up and cool down before and after a race with a 15- to 20-minute run.
Practice drinking fluids in training. Take advantage of water stations during the race, and drink before and after the event.
Put on warm clothing as soon as possible after the race.
Stretch thoroughly after racing.
Consult an experienced coach, or consider joining a competitive team. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. 

How to Pack for Your Dorm Room


Steps:
1.Try to contact your roommate ahead of time to find out what he or she plans to bring.
2.Make sure you are not duplicating large items such as televisions, stereos or telephones.
3.Find out what size bed your dorm room has and pack linens accordingly.
4.Determine how likely it is that you will need dressy, formal or "date" clothes. For instance, if you are planning to join a sorority or fraternity, you will probably need more formal clothes than if you're not.
5.Bring mostly casual wear for studying. Try to select clothes that can all be washed in the same cycle if you want to make laundry easier.
6.Pack a bathrobe, shower slippers, towels, and personal care items such as your hair dryer.
7.Toss in some school supplies, but remember that you can buy those on campus.
8.Pack your computer equipment securely in the boxes it came in, and be sure to bring a good power strip.
9.Take posters and tapestries for wall coverings. Take personal photos and mementos to dress up shelves and desks, and to remind you of home.
1..Bring throw rugs or used carpet as floor coverings.
1..Pack emergency items such as battery-operated radios and flashlights, as well as practical items such as a hot pot, mini refrigerator or microwave, if such things are allowed. 
Tips:
Most dorm beds are extra-long twins, which are about 80 to 84 inches in length. If you tend to get cold during the night, consider taking an extra blanket or two.
Sleeping bags make good portable beds for camping trips or extra guests.
Some dorms charge a fee for holes left in the walls. Use double-sided tape for hanging posters.   

How to Do Running Drills to Increase Speed and Efficiency


Steps:
1.Try exaggerated skipping. Swing the arm that's opposite the leg being lifted, and drive each knee up as high as comfortably possible. Use the arm swing to help generate higher lift. Skip 100 yards up and 100 yards back.
2.Do basketball slides. This is like a sideways skip, but without bending the knees. Slide with the left leg, then bring the right leg to meet the left. Land on the right foot and repeat. Keep the arms bent in running position. Slide 100 yards, and slide back facing the same direction.
3.Be like Frankenstein. Extend your arms straight out in front of you. Walk slowly, keeping your knees straight, and raise one leg at a time as high as comfortably possible toward your hands. Keep your trunk straight. Walk 100 yards minimum.
4.Kick butt. Bend at the waist so your upper body is parallel to the ground. Rise onto your toes. With your arms bent or loose at your sides, run with your feet kicking up in back, trying to kick your butt. The steps should be quick. Do this for 100 yards.
5.Practice stiff-legged running. With arms bent at 90-degree angles at your sides, rise up on your toes. Keeping the knees locked, run as quickly as possible. The strides will be very short. Do this for a minimum of 100 yards. 
Tips:
Drills should be done about twice a week, and in the order given.
Take it slow and easy. If the exercise or amount of exercise is too difficult, cut back.
Warm up for the drills by jogging until you break out in a sweat, and then stretch. Then stretch well after the workout. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.