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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 September 16, 2019

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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