Sometimes you have to think inside the box

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Or, on the other hand, I could buck the trend and just go where the snow is.

That's what our friends Woody and Samantha did two years ago, two days after Christmas. They didn't have unlimited funds or a wealth of resources, but they took advantage of everything available to them. Woody's hometown in Connecticut was already snowy and beautiful and looked like a postcard. Friends and family were home for the holidays, so everyone they loved was there, and in a celebratory mood. And the town was already lit and decorated, making everything that much more festive.

The little church they chose was candlelit, and fragrant with pine garlands. Wooden benches faced a small staging area where the ceremony took place. Behind this area was a velvet curtain accented by tiny twinkling lights.

After a short ceremony, guests were asked to step behind this curtain, where hand-passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails were served. The mood was lively and joyful, and we listened to music and drank hot mulled cider while the wedding party had their photos taken.

Suddenly the curtain came down, and the benches we'd been sitting on were gone. In their place were dining tables covered with flowers and beautiful linens. We never had to step out into the cold for a moment—the reception had been brought to us. Everything was effortless and perfect. Even the music, played on a laptop and overseen by a friend, was unexpectedly touching and sweet.

Woody and Sam didn't struggle. They didn't bankrupt themselves turning Los Angeles into the snowy woods, or Connecticut into Hawaii. They made magic by capitalizing on everything the world had given them.

And when you think about it, that's really the key to every success in life. There's so much emphasis placed on having everything you want. But there's a lot to be said for wanting everything you have.

April Winchell has been a talk radio host, a sitcom writer, an advertising executive and the voice of hundreds of animated Disney characters. In October of 2009, she created the hit website Regretsy.com, which led to the publication of "Regretsy: Where DIY meets WTF" in April of 2010. Even though she has been writing professionally since 1989, she still finds talking about herself in the third person really uncomfortable.

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