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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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