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5 Wedding Trends That Will Be Huge In 2017

5 Wedding Trends That Will Be Huge In 2017

Wedding trends come and go with the seasons. With the new year come new ideas and themes to direct this year’s ceremonies and nuptials. Some trends, however, can come across as forced and date your special day quickly, while others may look timeless and natural for years to come. Consider which trends reflect your personality and interests when crafting your wedding plans, rather than just browsing the latest popular boards on Pinterest. These five wedding trends will be easy to incorporate into any wedding without coming across as too kitschy.

Metallic dresses

The era of stark whiteness has come to an end, and wedding dresses are leaning towards the glamorous, the detailed and the metallic. Dresses with gold, copper or silver threading are expected to rise in popularity in 2017, according to The Knot, and no wonder. Metallic detail adds a notch of beautiful sophistication that hints towards the luxurious and glamorous without necessarily becoming too overwhelming, like an encrusted dress or heavy jewelry might.

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Be careful not to take your metallic look overboard, though. Many couples find themselves slipping metallics into the whole wedding, from the dress to the linens to the party favor containers. Keep your use of metallic colors limited to an accent for a few key pieces, like the dress and the invitation. Don’t go overboard, or it’ll cheapen the glitz the metallic detail offers.

Pops of color

Color is returning to the wedding palette after several seasons of whites and neutrals dominating the scene. Weddings that pick one or two major accent colors to maintain throughout their design will reign this year, bringing a bright look to what has become a very classic and borderline-somber palette. According to Pantone, green is the color of the year, which means the vibrant, leafy, natural color will play a major role in wedding palettes and designs this year. The choice of the color green will go hand-in-hand with another growing wedding trend, the choice to go green.

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A return to nature

Weddings are incorporating more and more natural elements, particularly greenery and floral elements, into their themes and palettes. Expect a natural bouquet, an ivy-wrapped altar, floral decorations on everything from invitations to table clothes to extravagant centerpieces, and the use of trees, hanging ivy and large bouquets indoors. Expect indoor weddings in general to decrease in frequency as well; brides and grooms are choosing to host their weddings outside, under the stars or in grassy knolls, fields or forests in the return-to-nature wedding trend.

Unconventional meals

Couples are eschewing the traditional pre-selected dinner meal in favor of less conventional meals for their wedding receptions. More and more, weddings, and not just quickies in Las Vegas, are turning to family-style meals, in which guests serve themselves from massive plates of food. Other couples are offering all-night snacking, multiple-course meals that get creative and rich with their content, and alternatives such as food trucks. In addition, creative drink pairings to go with the food and unique customized drink offerings that reflect the bride and groom are on the rise, making mealtime at weddings far more fun than they used to be.

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Social consciousness

Another unexpected trend on the rise is a move towards incorporating social consciousness into your wedding plans. This can range from making a charity registry that encourages guests to donate to a nonprofit rather than bring a gift, to using locally sourced foods, crafts and companies that reduce your carbon footprint and promote local businesses. It also includes paying attention to the little details, like printing your invitations on recycled paper, using local in-season flowers for bouquets and decorations, recycling and reusing goods after the wedding, and collecting donations at the wedding for charities you support.

This year’s wedding trends focus on a return to prioritizing the earth, examining the impact of our weddings, and prioritizing our guests. Couples are also eschewing old norms in favor of more personality, less consumerism and more entertainment at wedding ceremonies and receptions. Incorporate some or all of these trends for an on-point, stylish and in-season wedding your guests will fondly remember for years to come.

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Featured photo credit: lindsey child via flickr.com

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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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