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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 June 19, 2019

How to Invest in Yourself: 3 Valuable Ways to Change Your Life

How to Invest in Yourself: 3 Valuable Ways to Change Your Life

Investing in yourself may be the most profitable investment you ever make. It yields not only future returns, but often a current pay-off as well.

The surest way to achieve a better quality life, to be successful, productive, and satisfied is to place a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth. The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.

1. Develop Your Skills

Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education, though that’s surely an option, and perhaps a necessary one depending upon your career field. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms.

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In addition, expanding your level of knowledge and skill isn’t limited to the business arena and doesn’t necessarily need to be formal. There are many “skill investment” avenues.

  • Advance your education –  extra classes, advanced degrees, relevant certifications, are all valuable investments. Take classes, either in person or online. (Lifehack also offers this Masterclass that helps you to break free from limitations.)
  • Utilize available training – enroll in workshops, attend conferences or participate in webinars.
  • Expand your knowledge – there’s a lot of information available on nearly any subject imaginable. Read books, articles, white papers, anything related to the talent or skill you want to work on.
  • Keep current – stay abreast of the latest trends or advancements. Subscribe to publications, read blogs of experts, and follow the latest news.

2. Explore Your Creative Side

There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth, and hone our individual creativity.

Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, to view problems and solutions in different ways and to utilize other parts of our mind that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.

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  • Learn a new language –  take a class or use language training software.
  • Try gourmet cooking – enroll in a formal class, by a new cookbook, or ask someone you know who enjoys cooking in a different way.
  • Write something – a book, short stories, poetry, anything.
  • Explore the outside world – try gardening, bird watching, or landscape photography.
  • Enjoy music – play an instrument, learn a new one or join a music group of some kind.
  • Create something tangible – paint, sculpt, make pottery, make jewelry or design your own clothes.

Choose some form of activity that you have never tried, haven’t practiced in years, or have never explored fully.

3. Nurture Your Mind and Body

Nurturing both your mind and body allows you to have more to give now and in the future — more energy, more knowledge, more compassion, more ideas, greater strength, physical and mental endurance.

Expand your mind. Learning new things and keeping your mind active even in simple ways helps to grow and maintain your mental ability.

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  • Read – anything and everything.
  • Explore culture – attend performances, listen to different style of music, travel, or join an organization or group comprised of people from different backgrounds.
  • Open your mind – engage in conversations with those who disagree with you. Look at an argument and try to make a case for the opposing point of view.
  • Keep your mind active – play word games, (yes, even Words with Friends counts,) board games that include strategy, or try using your brain to perform simple calculations rather than relying on a calculator.

Care for your body. Your body is like a well-oiled machine. If you care for it in the way that you might maintain an expensive car, it will perform marvelously and last for a very long time. Remember the basics:

  • Give it high quality fuel – meaning to make healthy food choices as often as possible. What you eat does play a large role in your energy and ability to perform. You truly are what you eat.
  • Don’t push it too hard – meaning to rest and relax often, slow down and don’t overload your system. Also, don’t shift gears too quickly; it causes stress and damage to “your machine,” A.K.A. your body.
  • Get regular and necessary maintenance – meaning to go to the doctor when you’re sick – don’t put it off until you totally break down. Better yet, use preventative maintenance; get check-ups, take appropriate vitamins and pay attention to irregular or erratic behavior.
  • Polish the exterior – meaning to take care of the outside too. Many people dismiss this as frivolous and self-indulgent, but it’s not as long as you don’t go overboard. We’re not talking about facelifts and Botox, we’re talking about getting a fabulous haircut, and wearing clothes that make you feel confident and attractive.

The Bottom Line

Investing in yourself truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to thrive and perform to the best of your ability. The extent to which you invest in yourself, mind and body, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself.

Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now.

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