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Friday, March 15, 2019

Point And Shoot: How To Choose The Right Wedding Photographer

A hugely important part of your wedding planning process is selecting the photographer who will capture
those all important images. After all, your big day tends to pass by in a bit of blur and the wonderful photographs
are the main thing you have to remember the day once it's over. Plus, your wedding photographer will be an
important presence on the day itself, capturing everything from the bridal party preparations to the cutting of
the cake and onto the last dance of the evening, so it's important to make the right choice. The right wedding
photographer is a very personal choice. You have to love their work, but also feel comfortable with them being
around on a highly intimate and emotional day. The right match is out there, you just have to know what you're
looking for…

Creative Spark

First and foremost, you have to love the creative side of the images your wedding photographer produces.
From reportage style to more formal portraits, capturing the little details or staging magical, one-of-a-kind shots,
try looking through some Pinterest wedding photography boards to see what type of images make your heart sing.
Then use that to narrow down your selection to someone in the right location with the right style of photography.
A simple search within your local area for wedding photographers will turn up a huge range of results. Narrow these
down into two or three shortlisted ones. Check the photographers About page to get a sense of who they are and how
they like to work.

Personal Connection

A wedding photographer is present at most parts of one of the most significant days of your life, so it's crucial that you get
on well with them. The right photographer will put you and your guests at ease, and in doing so, will be able to capture better

Available Packages

Prices and what is included vary hugely from snapper to snapper, so look into the offer carefully. Things to consider are whether
or not they offer the option for a second shooter to work with them - especially handy if you're having a large wedding - whether
they provide high-resolution digital photos (many do not, or charge extra, and all prints have to be done through them) while some
offer things such as a free engagement photo shoot as well. Make sure that the package you select contains what you want so you
don't get stung with hidden extras.

Previous Experience

An experienced photographer has the confidence and knowledge to ‘art direct’ aspects of your wedding while also not being too
obtrusive on the day. It's a role that requires them to work under pressure, so if they haven't done many weddings they may not
have mastered this skill. Word of mouth or written recommendations from previous couples the photographer has worked with
will tell you a lot, so seek them out - a bunch of glowing references is a sign you're likely to have a positive experience and capture
the wedding images of your dreams.         

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Why You Should Have Some Fun, and Be a Bit Daring, While Setting the Theme for Your Wedding

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Generally speaking, there are two broad “templates” that people most commonly follow when planning their weddings.

The first of these templates is to do things the “ultramodern” and “minimalist” way, and essentially elope. After a brief

ceremony at a town hall or registry office, the reception will then take place in an apartment, or restaurant, and will feature

a small handful of close friends and family. The other of these templates is to go the “traditional route,” whatever that may mean

in your particular culture. In general, in the Western world, this will mean a ceremony in an attractive old church, followed by a fully

catered reception in a semirural area, with a black tie dress code. It’s easy to see the attraction to both of these approaches. The “minimalist”

approach allows you to get the process done with quickly and affirm your commitment to each other without a lengthy engagement. It also

saves plenty of money, and leaves you with a lot more in the bank to spend on the honeymoon.

The other approach honours the traditions of your culture, allows you to enjoy a sense of continuity, and gives your family the classic Hallmark

photograph moment that they might all have been waiting for.

Between these two options, however, there is a world of possibility that you might do well to explore. You could choose a daring theme, based

on your interests, and really commit to having a wedding that stands out from the ordinary, and that caters to your particular aesthetic sensibilities.

If you’re a big Star Trek fan, the decorations for tables could be set up to replicate the dining quarters on the USS Enterprise, for example.

Here are a few reasons why you should have some fun, and should perhaps be a bit daring, when choosing the theme for your wedding.

Because it’s your special day – and hopefully, you’ll only be doing this once

Let’s face it, first and foremost your wedding is all about you and your partner. It’s your special day – that fairytale moment that you may well have

been dreaming about for your entire life, and, hopefully, it’s something you’ll only be doing once in your life as well. Keeping all that in mind, it’s perfectly

reasonable to use your wedding as a way of treating yourself, and having as much fun with things as you possibly can.

So ask yourself – what would your dream wedding look like, if there were no obstacles in the way? Spend some time reflecting on this question, and coming

up with a vision that you can base your wedding template off of.

Of course, there will be practical limitations to just how fantastical and extravagant you can make your wedding, but once you’ve got a vision of your dream

wedding in mind, as it would be if there were no limitations in place, you’ll be in a great position for figuring out the practicalities and moving things closer and

closer in that direction. Consider all the different possibilities, not just the most common and conventional approaches. Reflect on your hobbies, interests, and

passions in life, and think of ways to make your wedding reflect these. It might be that yours and your partner's ultimate dream wedding looks a lot like a set from

Downton Abbey. Or, you might opt for a treehouse wedding (and yes, treehouse wedding venues do exist) to really take things into the realm of fairytale meets

Robin Hood. Without making things exceptionally difficult and frustrating for your guests, remember that this is, in fact, your special day, and treat it accordingly.

Let your imagination run wild.

Because it’s always good to host a wedding that everyone remembers

Everyone remembers their own wedding, and it’s a sure bet that our closest friends and relatives will remember our wedding fondly as well. But, especially if you’re

planning to invite a good number of guests outside your most immediate circle of acquaintances, having a wedding that is a bit more unconventional, daring, and imaginative, is a great way

of ensuring that as many people as possible have a truly memorable experience as well. In fact, doing things this way will also ensure that your own memories of the wedding are

likely to be that much richer and more uplifting, filled with appropriate humour, novelty, and fun. And, of course, when you pull out the photo album for future generations of your

family, or to show to  dinner guests decades down the line, it’s just a bit more fun to watch the look of surprise and amazement on their faces when you reveal that you parachuted

down to the site of your reception, or whatever the case may be.

Because formality is for the ceremony, and the reception is for fun

A wedding ceremony is always going to be a somewhat serious and heavy occasion, because it’s the moment when you say your vows, and formalise your commitment to your

partner in front of witnesses. It should be a heavy moment, and it’s a time for reflection, deep emotion, and weight. The wedding reception, on the other hand, is for fun – and

it’s an excellent excuse to have perhaps the best party of your life to date. As we get older, and as the responsibilities of life pile on, it’s natural that we don’t have as many

opportunities available as we once did for really letting your hair down, celebrating like crazy, and partying the night away. Your wedding is one of these precious occasions – and

it’s one that you get to share with the people closest to you in the entire world, as well. So let your hair down, and focus on making your reception as fun as possible, rather than

being overly concerned with the way you’re presenting yourself to other people.

Contact entertainment companies and set up fun games and events for yourself and your guests. Hire a band

or DJ to play your favourite teenage anthems. Have a night to remember.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wedding video ideas

Wedding videos have become highly popular. Read on for some ideas for yours.

There are lots of fantastic wedding video ideas, but one of the best is to incorporate several
different styles of films into one. An advanced wedding videographer will be able to handle this
request easily. They will know how to use different styles and blend them naturally into one video.
This means you can incorporate everything from documentary segments to cinematic style videography.
A cinematic style video is one where there is a mix of colour and black and white. This looks incredible;
adding a bold, timeless and glamorous quality to the film. By incorporating different styles you get the right
blend; nothing too formal yet not lacking in depth either. And don’t worry; this won’t require extra effort or
disturbance on your big day. Most of the edits can be done by the wedding videographer after the filming has
taken place.   

A great wedding video idea is to base your video on a film. This is ideal for weddings abroad, like
Mauritius wedding packages. This is unique, highly innovative and will add a clever and humorous edge to
your video. There is an array of exciting ways of interpreting this approach. For instance, if you and your friend
are getting married within the same month, a funny take on Bride Wars would work brilliantly. This will require
a bit of acting on your part as well as some footage taken before the big day. Thus, this is undoubtedly a more
extensive wedding video project to embark on, but the results show that it is more than worthwhile. If you don’t
have a film in mind, then watch several romantic films until one stands out. If your wedding videographer hasn’t
seen the film then he or she will need to watch it too. Some popular movies to draw inspiration from include;
Save the Date, Bride Wars, the Wedding Singer, Steel Magnolias (perfect for a bride with a signature colour),
Father of the Bride, and the Princess Bride.

Finally, a wedding music video is an ambitious yet magical wedding video idea. This is a must-have choice if the
bride, groom or any close friends or relatives are good singers. They can provide the backing track for the video.
You definitely need original music for this type of wedding video to be original and special. The wedding videographer
will focus all of his or her attention on capturing the precious visuals. From the first moment you lock eyes when the
bride is walking down the aisle, to a close up of the rings being exchanged, to the emotional reactions from your
nearest and dearest; the wedding videographer will ensure that no special moment is missed. The images need
be even stronger and striking in comparison to other video suggestions because the ability to control audio has
been taken away.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mason Jar Mug for Celebration Drinks

Our friends over at Grooms Day sent us this mason jar mug so we could do a product review for them to showcase to our wedding audience. These are super cute for your bridal party to toast with at your wedding reception. They are restaurant quality glass and can be engraved with names, monograms, designs you can choose. I decided to just have my first name initial placed on it. 

I think they would be especially cute for a barn themed wedding and would tie in nicely with the theme. They could even be a cute takeaway for each guest!

If you want to order check them out here 

They have a great selection of gifts for your bridal party. Check out some ideas here!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Qualities Of Truly Powerful Proposals

The proposal is one of the most important parts of the whole process of getting married. Regardless of
how much control you personally have over this, depending on the nature of your relationship, it is a good
idea to have some kind of notion about what a good proposal should look like and be like. There are actually
a number of qualities which you would probably seek to have in the perfect proposal, and knowing what they
are is definitely a helpful thing. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the qualities that you would
want to hope for in a truly powerful proposal - and if you are planning one, these are the things that you might
want to focus on most of all to make sure that you get it right.

A Unique Setting

The setting is both one of the first things to be decided upon, and also one of the most important parts of
the whole situation. If the setting is not quite right, then the whole thing can fall apart, or at the very least
might feel a little bit off. There are some good tips to consider if you are hoping to find a good setting, however.
First of all, it is always a good bet to find somewhere that resonates with your relationship on a personal level
that only the two of you know about. A classic example is to choose the setting of the first date you went on,
although for some this is a little overdone and somewhat cliche. Instead, you might choose to find a new,
exciting place which is fresh for the both of you, and consider proposing there. You should also take into
account your temperaments; for instance, if the two of you prefer quieter places, or if you know your partner
would be embarrassed around lots of people, take those things into account. With the right setting, the proposal
has a much higher chance of success.

Great Photography

It is becoming increasingly common for people to have their proposals photographed, but the manner in which
you go about doing this is going to make a huge difference to the day. You need to again think about what it
is that the two of you would likely prefer, taking your personalities and the relationship into account as strongly
as possible. If you think it would be okay for someone else to be there after the event, then you could hire proposal
photographers to really make sure the moment is recorded well. Or you might simply want to take a photograph yourself,
and consider posting it on social media (or just keeping it for yourselves). However you go about it, it is definitely a good
idea to have some kind of photographic way of remembering the day, so that you can look back on it years hence with joy.

The Element Of Surprise

This is so much a part of the process that you would find it bizarre if it did not occur as part of the proposal, so it’s something
you need to strongly consider alongside everything else. Without the element of surprise, it’s not really a true proposal, so this
is something you need to think about when you are planning it out. So how do you make sure that you are actually going to be
able to create the element of surprise in as strong a manner as possible? First of all, you need to try and strike the balance
between going for something completely unusual, and still making sure that they do not suspect anything at all. That is a hard
thing to make work, but as long as you find the balance you will be able to get it right. You will also have to make sure that you
are acting fairly normal on the day, which is something that a lot of people find hard, as you don’t want to give it away too late.
Get all this right, and it will result in a much more successful day on the whole.

The Ring

Finally, it is so much a part of it that you would think it goes without saying, and yet it is good to remind yourself of its importance. You need to make sure that the ring you choose is as close to perfect as you can possibly get it, so that you can be more confident in the proposal itself and so that your partner will appreciate it all the more. Put plenty of time and effort into this and you should find that you can end up with something which is going to be particularly special for your partner.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Planning A Last-Minute Wedding? 7 Tips to Stay Sane

Long gone are the days when weddings were structured and strict, and engagements lasted almost a lifetime. These days,
couples have the freedom to plan their big day in a way that is special to them. While some choose to plan years in advance,
others prefer to enter married life as soon as possible. If you’re with the latter, then a last-minute wedding could be on the cards.
Planning such a special event can be an incredibly exciting process, but, as you can imagine, it can also be very stressful. To help
you stay sane, here are seven things that you should do.

1. Write Out A Checklist
With so much to get done in such a short space of time, no one would blame you for forgetting to book or buy one thing or another.
The only issue is that this is your wedding day, and, as such, forgetting any of these things could result in a disaster that spoils your
great mood. To avoid any unnecessary stress or panic, you should write out a checklist of everything you need to do before your big day.
Make sure you tick this off as you complete your wedding planning tasks.

2. Start With The Essentials
We all look forward to different things when planning weddings. While some of us can’t wait to find the perfect dress, others are all about
the wedding photography. Whatever your essentials are, make sure that you start with those things first. Wedding venues can be booked
up for years in advance, so finding somewhere to host your big day should be pretty high up in your priorities. After all, there’s no use in booking
anything else if you have nowhere to have a wedding anyway.

3. Choose The Right Day
Most people plan their wedding for on a Saturday, with Fridays and Thursdays also being popular choices. This means that many vendors and
venues will already be booked up on these days. With that in mind, you should consider planning your big day for a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
or Wednesday. This gives you a much better chance of securing the venues and vendors that you are most excited about. If you can be flexible
about the time too, that can also be a big help.

4. Skip Save The Dates
Although many couples like to send out save-the-date cards before their real wedding invitations, those planning their big day last-minute don’t
always have time to do so. After all, the longer you leave it to let potential guests know about your wedding, the less chance there is that they’re
actually going to be able to attend. For this reason, you should skip these cards and instead send out emails or texts once you’ve booked your venue.
Then, you can send out your invites.

5. Try Doing It Yourself
Booking your wedding for a less popular day can increase your chances of securing vendors, but it can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to book everything
that you need. If you’re struggling to find a baker or florist to help you on short notice, then try handling these tasks yourself. As long as you’re not looking
to create anything too extravagant, you should be able to arrange a bouquet and bake a simple wedding cake alone. If this isn’t possible, then try asking a
friend for help.

6. Ask For A Hand
Planning a wedding is not a simple job. It requires a lot of thought and work, and, as such, can be an overwhelming task for just one person or couple.
To take the pressure off you and your partner, you should try asking those closest to you to lend a hand. There are plenty of ways for them to help you out,
from baking your cake to walking your dog. Professional help can also offer peace of mind, so consider hiring a wedding planner to assist you in planning
your big day.

7. Learn To Make Sacrifices
Wedding are incredibly expensive, and only get more so when you leave things to the last minute. For this reason, you need to consider your budget
carefully before you go ahead and book anything. Make sure that you know what your priorities are and only spend more than absolutely necessary
on the features that are most important to you. There are plenty of ways to save some money, but you can only do so if you plan with your head instead
of your heart.

Planning a last-minute wedding can be tricky, but, hopefully, with these tips, you can make the process easier and a lot more fun.

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