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Getting Married? These 7 Sweet Wedding Trends Will Last Into 2015

Getting Married? These 7 Sweet Wedding Trends Will Last Into 2015

We love weddings. After all, as you read this article, you’re probably thinking of someone you know that’s about to get married – or someone who has already “jumped the broom” recently. Heck, it might be you that’s on your way to walk that rose petal-strewn runway.

Whether you’re getting married or just dreaming of your big day, check out these seven sweet wedding trends that show no signs of slowing down into 2015 and beyond:

1. Vintage and personalized party favors

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    We’ve seen “personalized” and we’ve seen “vintage,” but a new twist for popular wedding favors are the kinds of cool Mason jars with nostalgic-looking labels from sites like My Bride Fairy that couples are offering their guests as a unique way to show their thanks.

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    2. A Bridal Beauty Routine Six Months in Advance

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      According to Brides, women are using all kinds of tactics to get flawless skin prior to their wedding. But experts in skin care development advise launching into your dermatology quest – like getting Retinol, chemical peels or laser treatments – many months prior to your nuptials, and warn against adopting any harsh plans for your skin the week of your wedding.

      3. Non-matching bridesmaid dresses

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        The mismatched bridesmaid dresses frenzy has taken over Pinterest, proving that instead of inflicting their female wedding party participants with fluffy-sleeved fuchsia monstrosities that all look alike, some brides are going the non-traditional route and allowing each woman to wear a dress in a color and fit that looks best on her particular body.

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        4. Specific wedding hashtags on social media

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          Requests for guests to “Instagram” the wedding using specific hashtags is another hot trend that allows the bride, groom and their loved ones to find all sorts of photos via social networking accounts that they may have missed otherwise.

          5. Crystallized nails

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            Gone are the days of the plain old boring French manicure or dull pearlized nails for your special day. Instead women are relying on creative nail experts like Christina Caasi, who gets credit for the above-pictured creation, to craft special styles for their digits. After all, plenty of focus will land on the bride’s hand as she has that extra band slipped on her ring finger – so making nails appear extra pretty with classy crystal designs is a task that makes your extremities as “wedding worthy” as those engagement photos.

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            6. Wedding boudoir photos

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              I guess wedding boudoir photography is on the rise because women want to remind their husbands-to-be just how fortunate they are to have the privilege to marry hot women such as their wives-to-be. Usually it involves a secret photo shoot whereby the bride might don lingerie or some sort of sexy gear, lots of cosmetics and soft lighting. She can then sneak the photos over to her groom as part of her wedding gift to him, reminding him of the romantic honeymoon night ahead.

              7. Wedding balloons, photo booth pics of guests and more…

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                Beyond sensual photos of the bride for her bridegroom, other trends in wedding photography and general wedding fare can be garnered simply by checking out the websites of master photographers like Khaki Bedford. Scrolling through the Polaroids/Film category, you’ll see the big wedding trend of creative types of balloons that couples hold during their photo shoots – and I’m not talking some boring latex fare, but golden Xs and Os that represent kisses and hugs.

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                Within the “photo booth” category, you’ll discover interesting photos of wedding guests utilizing all sorts of props to make their images intriguing and practically jump off the page when compared to traditional boring and staid photos of nuptials from the past.

                Therefore, with all these exciting wedding trends, there’s no reason to have a dull ceremony and festivities.

                Featured photo credit: Rings Vows.jpg By Farenhite3 via mrg.bz

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                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                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.

                  Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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