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Top 10 Wedding Color Trends for 2018
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What are your wedding colors? It is one of the first things you will hear when you announce your engagement. And you maybe already dreamed about your wedding and your colors, as you first attended one as a child. But things change, and colors come and go in style. To keep your wedding the latest, you may want to re-evaluate your plan and take a look at some of the newest trends this year.

Not only are they beautiful and selected by the best designers and experts in color trends such as Pantone, but also facilitates the search for dresses and accessories of bridesmaids in your colors if you choose something that is already popular.

So, What Colors Are Hot This Year?

  1. Mint

Mint Green is back! You have seen it in your old family photo albums of the 70s and 80s. However, there is a reason why it was popular. It is light and clean and looks beautiful in a pastel of a floral bouquet.

  1. Hot Pink

This never seems to go out of style and intense pink causes many other tones as well as works as an ideal accent for fainter tones. Combine it with other citrus tones like oranges or yellows for a bright and happy feeling, great for a wedding day!

  1. Monaco Blue

Somewhere between the navy and the royal lies Monaco blue. Perfect for weddings at sea or nautical theme, this tone is stellar when combined with crisp and clean targets, or with a brighter tone.

  1. Nectarine

This delicious shade is right for an outdoor wedding. Fresh and fun, this color can be used everywhere, as well as the dessert buffet. Imagine how tasty and elegant the fruit and fresh drinks table will be at your reception with this beautiful tone.

  1. Poppy Red

This small and spicy number is for those of you who want to improve things. It’s somewhere between red and orange, and it has all the good of each of them. Combine this with a more subtle tone to make it stand out!

  1. Grayed Jade

Grayed Jade is like the sea breeze, the hazy air of the sea and the natural beauty. It seems that it was surely created to be ideal for the wedding on the beach, or for anybody who wants to bring the beauty and the feeling of the beach to the interior. It is somewhere between a minimized blue ocean and a soft gray.

  1. Dusk Blue

A sophisticated tone of a soft blue sky, but with a little more depth, this popular tone is elegant and discreet. Used only for a simple and clean appearance, or combined with something brighter as an accent, this tone has many options.

  1. Emerald

Rather like a Caribbean ocean, the emerald is in an intoxicating green tone that makes you want to dive! This color seems to be chosen by hand to decorate the wedding in front of the sea. Or help bring the beach to your inner wedding for those of you who will not travel but love the feeling of that sweet sea air! Check here.

  1. Linen

In a few words, for a simple color, the linen is elegant and classy. Combine it with anything or use it just to focus on your natural sophistication.

  1. Tender Shoots

This shade is just a cross between celery and pear. It is soft but still has a good presence of its have. Cool and refreshing, this color is ideal for the summer wedding.

There are several options to make your wedding day shine with the perfect wedding colors for you. If you choose a simple sophistication or something brighter and more daring, you will love how your colors set the tone for your wedding day.…

A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements
A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements

As a practicing Catholic, it can be difficult to know how to marry [no pun intended] the needs of a society in which a prenuptial agreement is a wise course of action with the doctrine and needs of the church. Below, we look at some of the Catholic viewpoints on the prenuptial agreement.

Does the Catholic Church unilaterally ban divorce?

Firstly, it is a fallacy [though an often represented one] that the Catholic Church is in total opposition to divorce. There are circumstances under which the church will support a movement to divorce, particularly where it effects “certain legal rights, the care of children or the protection of inheritance” [CCC 2383] and/or the “departure of the other spouse” [Canons 1143-1146]. You are not banned from participation in the sacraments as a divorcee- even as the initiating party in a divorce. Those sacramental consequence fall upon divorced persons who later remarry, not every divorced person. Therefore, the prenuptial agreement is not necessarily a violation of church doctrine- it is the terms and circumstances of said prenuptial agreement that must be examined, not its mere existence.However prenuptial agreement is different in different states.

The general reasoning here can be seen as follows: within the doctrines of Catholicism, divorce is a civil mechanism of ‘necessary evil’ to provide an out for those Catholics who undertake marriage under false or impeding circumstances and later wish to escape that marriage and correct their deviation from the path of their spirituality.

So, does Catholicism support the idea of a prenuptial agreement in general?

There is a certain argument to be made for the vows of honour, love etc now included in the modern Catholic wedding ceremony to be seen as a pre-nuptial agreement of sorts- the only actual requirement to become married under the eyes of canonical law is the exchange of intention and consent [“I take you as my husband”/”I take you as my wife”] the rest of the promises made during the wedding ceremony are, as it were, the icing on the cake. The breaking of that ‘icing’ does not void the marriage as it does not void the consent exchanged- it merely voids the promises of love that were made. You certainly can make the argument that the agreement required among marrying Catholics to raise their children as Catholic [only recently dispensed with] was a pre-nuptial agreement. A pre-nuptial agreement, at its most simple, is merely a contract, and such contracts exist under canonical law.

A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements

So, as a kind of a contract, a pre-nuptial agreement is not inherently un-Catholic?

Does this mean, then, that the morality of a pre-nuptial agreement, especially within the confines of the church, can be seen as the important thing- not what you label it? Many believe that to be so. Therefore, it’s not impossible to see that the pre-nuptial agreement itself is not the problem or in any violation of church law. Contracts between consenting parties that honour the laws of the church are not forbidden in Catholicism. It is the clauses contained within such contracts that may violate the teachings of the Church.

There is a more prosaic argument here too- an unwilling party cannot prevent a divorce. It is not impossible to imagine a pre-nuptial agreement undertaken and designed to protect against a violation of the teaching of Christ on such matters that would, in fact, serve as a discouragement to civil divorce and an encouragement in the marriage of two serving, devoted Catholics.

So, what should I do as a devoted Catholic?

In the end, it is best to remember the following facts:

  • That the matter of opposition to divorce and the Catholic Church is not a black and white issue.
  • That contracts and situations that can be re-defined as ‘prenuptial agreements’ are not foreign to or against the teachings of the church per se.
  • That, as with any contract under church law, it is the morality of a contract that is more important than the label applied to it.

With these points in mind, the creation of a prenuptial agreement honouring both your faith and protecting your presence in the civil space is not impossible, if undertaken with reference to church, morality and personal intention.…