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7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

There are many reasons to choose a movie-themed wedding—maybe your first date was at the movies, you could share a love of all things cinema, or you just want to do something fun and unexpected. Whatever the reason, people love a themed party that includes props and dressing up fancy. The great thing about this theme is that it works for all wedding sizes—from a backyard ceremony to a large-scale production.

Whether you love the glitz of Hollywood or consider yourself simply a film buff, there are a number of ideas to make your movie-themed wedding a dream come true.

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1. Admission-Style Tickets

This can be done for the save the dates, wedding invitations, and seating chart—really any detail that involves information on paper. It is a simple and fun way to tie in the theme without going over the top. When your guests are aware of the theme, they may even choose to wear an outfit that is their take on a favorite movie character without being too obvious.

2. Movie-Themed Engagement Photos

Choose a movie that speaks to both you and your partner. Work with your photographer to recreate some of your favorite scenes of the movie with your own unique twist. This will give your friends and family a taste of what to expect at the wedding.

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3. Concession-Style Favors

Candy and popcorn are a great alternative to traditional favors. When you give out something that can be eaten, it will not take up extra space in their home or sit on a shelf collecting dust. Provide a variety of candy and popcorn, so there is something for everyone.

4. Enter on a Red Carpet

Have every guest feel like a star with a red carpet aisle runner. This will provide fantastic photo opportunities for the guests as well as the wedding party, and will allow the couple to have the spotlight. To take it one step further, you can have a red carpet entrance along a wall with a backdrop for more formal photo opportunities. A custom backdrop can feature the name of the couple and their wedding date.

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5. Novelty Wedding Cake

Rather than opting for a traditional floral wedding cake, consider replacing the flora with decorations like film strips and reels, stars, or even a director’s board. The great thing about a novelty style cake is that it can be customized to be any color to match your own theme—black, white, and gray for the classics or douse it with a splash of gold for a more contemporary feel.

6. Silent Movie Slideshow

Create your own silent movie or slideshow to be played for your guests before you walk down the aisle. This will build the anticipation and keep them interested rather than anxious. Because it is silent, it can also be screened during the reception for those who might have missed it the first time around and it will not interfere with the music and those who are dancing.

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7. Stunning Centerpieces

Don’t think that you will have to forgo flowers when opting for movie-themed centerpieces. Set vintage film reels flat on the table and top with a floral arrangement. The reels can be left natural or can be painted to match your own wedding colors. When film reels are set on their sides, they lend to a subtle detail, but are still important to the overall look of the reception.

The Cost

Fancy venues can cost a pretty penny, churches usually ask for a donation, but you won’t have to pay to use your own or a family member’s home as seen in Meet the Fockers, which was estimated to cost only $6,936. If choosing to have a large wedding like Bridesmaids, take into consideration how much catering will cost, how large the cake needs to be, as well as renting linens for the reception tables—this movie wedding was estimated at $109,658. Luckily favors and snacks for a movie-themed wedding are great for the budget-conscious and likely won’t go to waste.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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