2019 Wedding Trends

2019 is here, and this year, it’s getting personal. Weddings this season are all about adding personalized touches and reducing waste. Expect to see more ceremonies set up ‘in the round’ in order to allow all guests a perfect view. Décor at the wedding site will be minimal, and brides will instead focus more on enriching the experience of the guests at the reception.

Bridal dresses this year follow the simplistic, ‘less is more’ theme, with clean lines and high necklines. Similarly, bouquets will be minimalistic with plenty of greenery or grasses. Pampas grass is on trend to be the most used green of the season, and can be transformed in a multitude of ways. Grooms will be dressed in bespoke suits in rich, deep tones with an overall ‘custom’ look. As a whole, wedding dress codes are shifting to more straightforward requirements (think ‘black tie’), in order to minimize confusion for guests and create a more cohesive feel.

(Amsale Bridal)

(Amsale Bridal)

Sustainability is the name of the game this season, and brides are finding creative ways to reduce waste at their receptions. Traditional sit-down dinners are being traded for passed appetizers and charcuterie boards. Food stations are an easy swap for buffet dinners, featuring smaller portions of more intricate dishes. Getting rid of a lengthy dinner service cuts down on waste and encourages guests to dance and mingle as they please.

(Foodie City Network)

Elegant wedding cakes are making a comeback after alternatives such as donuts or macrons were used frequently in past years. Overall, receptions will feel less traditional and will instead have fun features like disco balls and confetti to make it feel more like a party. We’re excited to work with our 2019 brides and see their visions come to life!

(I do! Wedding Cakes)

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about 2019 wedding trends! Be sure to tag us in your engagement and wedding photos! (Creative Transformations on Facebook and @creative.transformations on Instagram). Contact us if you’d like our help planning an engagement or wedding, or if you have questions about our services. Want to see a specific topic featured on our blog? Let us know!

 

Tips to Help Realize Your Goals in the Year Ahead

At the dawn of a new year, many people set goals to motivate themselves to change. But as January 1 drifts further into the rearview mirror, it can be easy to settle into old habits and forget about the resolutions and goals established at the turn of the calendar. Staying on course and achieving one’s goals requires discipline. In addition to working hard, people who want to realize their goals in the year ahead can take several steps to increase their chances of being successful.

  • Examine your priorities. Achieving goals is easier when the goals can be among your biggest priorities. Examine your priorities to determine if you can fully commit to goals that may require significant time commitments. People who are already stretched thin may need to recalibrate their goals or make changes in other areas of their lives before they can fully commit to pursuing new goals.
  • Be specific in regard to planning. Being specific when choosing goals is important, but it’s equally important to be as specific as possible in regard to developing a plan to realize those goals. Figure out how you’re going to achieve these goals; create a new daily or weekly schedule that allots time toward your goals.
  • Make note of potential obstacles. Recognizing potential hurdles in advance of their appearance can help you overcome them and stay the course toward achieving your goals. For example, people hoping to lose weight can look ahead to occasions that might compromise their efforts, such as a wedding or backyard barbecue. Recognizing these obstacles gives you a chance to develop a plan to overcome them. In the weight loss example, you can choose vegetarian options from reception menus or resolve to avoid alcohol, which tends to be high in calories.
  • Start small, but start immediately. Lifestyle changes can be difficult, so make small changes initially and gradually work toward larger, more significant ones. Starting small can lay a successful foundation, but it’s important to start immediately. Procrastination can reduce the likelihood of achieving your goals and the earlier you get started the more quickly you will adjust to the changes necessary to realize your goals.

The dawn of a new year is a great time to set new goals. Bringing those goals to fruition requires careful planning and commitment.

Learn to Break the Procrastination Habit

Procrastination is more a symptom of emotions rather than a problem of poor time management. Experts in the field of psychology say that even though procrastinating may temporarily relieve anxiety or unpleasant feelings, procrastinating ultimately can increase negative feelings. The idiom, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” has been credited to many people, including Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. Regardless of who first uttered the phrase, it still rings true. Many people are guilty of procrastinating, which can affect their productivity and various other areas of their lives.

Procrastination can sometimes be a good thing, giving a person time to think through decisions more thoroughly instead of acting impulsively. Waiting to do something until a deadline looms also may motivate a person to work harder to complete the task at hand. Yet chronic procrastination can be a problem that affects one’s job performance, academic success, and general state of mind.

Psychology Today says that procrastinating is often done to temporarily reduce a person’s anxiety about a task or alleviate boredom or negative feelings toward the work at hand. Resolving to stop pushing tasks into the future can be a worthwhile goal, but it’s difficult. “To tell a chronic procrastinator to ‘just do it’ would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, ‘cheer up’,” said Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University.

Individuals Can Instead Employ These Strategies To Get Focused:

• Set deadlines. Open-ended time frames for getting things done may be a procrastinator’s worst enemy. Setting deadlines can provide the inspiration needed to get things done. Set reminders to help stay on task.

• Seek cognitive-behavioral therapy. CBT is a common type of talk therapy that is used as a tool in treating various mental health conditions and other situations. CBT helps a person become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking to change a view on challenging situations, says the Mayo Clinic. This way one can respond to them in a more effective way.

• Identify feelings. Identifying why a person is procrastinating can help them get past the block. Fear, change, sadness, or lack of experience may be behind a person’s tendency to procrastinate. Identifying the cause can help men and women overcome this hurdle.

• Break down the task. Dividing a challenging task into a handful of smaller tasks can make it easier to complete the project. Reward little successes, which will eventually add up to a big success.

• Keep distractions at bay. Remove distractions from the environment so they can’t be used as a procrastination crutch.

Over time, people can break the habit of procrastination and become more efficient and successful.