A Picture Perfect Wedding

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A Picture Perfect Wedding

Weddings are definitely one of the happiest moments in a persons life. But this momentous occasion does not always come as blissful as the event itself. Days and even months before the big day, couples usually cram up with the littlest details.

The process of listing down and cutting down everything into specific details the wedding date, the venue, the reception, the caterer, the designer of the gown and suit, all the way down to the wedding coverage are the areas where stress usually ushers in.

Due to hectic schedules, most couples usually do not pay much attention to one of the crucial things in any wedding, the wedding coverage. Despite the overwhelming tension and excitement, couples do not have to be nonchalant when choosing their wedding photographers if they want their fun times and precious memories recorded very well.

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To avoid making this slight neglect that usually leads disastrous results, couples have to decide first what kind of wedding photography they would want to have.

Most wedding photographers today categorize the types of wedding photography into two: the traditional or classic style and the wedding photo journalistic style.

The most common style used by wedding photographers today, the traditional or classic wedding photography is considered as a ‘timeless’ and the safe style because you normally see in countless wedding albums. Characterized by classic poses of subjects aware of the camera, this style involves so much control from the photographer because he is in-charge in arranging individual and group shots before, during, and even after the wedding.

Having excellent portraiture skills, expect the photographer to focus more on the quality of the photograph by making the subject look great from the littlest details. Expect typical wedding photos like pre-ceremony pictures, formal shots of the bride and groom posing with brides maids and ushers, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss, and the like when you choose a classic wedding photography. This style is ideal if the couple would want to keep portraits of family members for their wedding album.

If the couple is adventurous and unconventional, then you might want to consider the wedding photo journalistic style of photography on your big day. An increasingly popular style today, wedding photojournalism offers fresh and new style of taking photos in the occasion. Characterized by candid shots of the subjects unaware of the moving camera, the photojournalism style lets the attendees act freely to capture their pure and true emotion.

Sourcing style from his experience in journalism, the ‘photojournalists’ pays more attention to minute details and candid shots rather than arranged ones. She’s more into eyeing interesting moments and capturing those in her lens to produce a narrative collection of images that tell a story.

Although some traditional poses will be present, expect photos that show actual emotions of the bride and groom and of other participants throughout the duration of the wedding when you choose the photojournalism style.

In order to avoid ruining the documentation of your wedding, here are some tips in making your wedding a picture perfect one:

1. Weddings are one of the most exciting chapters of one’s life. Make sure that you choose a wedding photographer that can meet all your standards. Meet with the photographer before hand the so you could discuss the details you want.

2. Inform the important participants about the schedule of photo sessions and make sure they know where the photo shoot will be so it will cut down the stress.

Above all, relax and enjoy your day.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

Image from www.suetaylorphotography.com.au

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Wedding Invitations

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Wedding invitations are an integral part of a weddings theme and the ‘mood’ you want to set for your ceremony. After all, if the purpose were to solely inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an email or postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couples love. Like the wedding ceremony itself, it must be beautiful and personal.

Selecting the Wedding invitations Design

There are thousands of ready-made wedding invitations to choose from; simply select a design, send the details, and the printer can have it ready within weeks. With such a wide selection, it may be difficult to pick which one is best. Here are the things to consider:

1.  Formal or casual – You want a wedding invitation to complement the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the traditional double envelope. A more casual invitation may use more modern fonts and more natural wording (i.e., instead of we cordially invite you, say please join us), but care must be taken to retain the solemnity of the occasion. Let’s say you want to enclose a photo of you and your fiancé not typically done for traditional invitations. Wear appropriate clothes to the photo shoot. Shorts and tank tops simply don’t work.

2.  Colour – You should always choose a subdued color. If you are using a rather bright color for your motif, like turquoise, opt for a delicate ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the whole invitation. This makes the invitation look more classy, and again, is in keeping with the nature of the event. It’s a wedding, not a night dancing at a trendy club.

3.  Personal Touches – You can add a short poem, a photo of the couple, or a song lyric from the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Invitation Inserts

Most wedding invitation companies can provide a selection of templates where you just have to fill in the specific names, places and dates. However, many couples prefer to make their own, to make the invitation less stiff and more personalised. If so, here are a few guidelines:

1.  You’d never forget to put the date and the venue, but many couples forget to put a map to the church and/or reception area. A map would be very helpful, and would save many guests any inconvenience especially if the wedding is located in a place they are unfamiliar with.

2.  If you are trying to control the number of guests, insert a small card that says, we have reserved __ seats for you. This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing the headcount.

3.  If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include another small insert announcing your new address.

Above all remember that day is about you and your love becoming a family, so pick something that you both love.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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Wedding Gift Ideas

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So you’ve got a wedding coming up…Well aside from picking up a something to wear, you will also be needing a gift. Fortunately, getting a wedding present can be a relatively easy and even fun experience.

Here are a few wedding gift ideas to help jog your mind and memory.

The first option is to see if the couple has set up a ‘wedding gift registry’. These days, the registry may be online and many online retailers often set up a gift registry for couples to increase transactions. If there is a registry, you could simply pick a gift from here and buy that which is, of course, one of the easiest possible options. This also has an additional advantage that you probably won’t be getting them a gift that someone else has already gotten them, because once you pick a gift from the registry, it is marked off as bought, for the other guests to see.

Another option is cold hard cash. While this may not be the most deeply thoughtful gift, it is damn practical and new couples have to be practical. Keep in mind the newlyweds are probably trying to save up for a mortgage on a home, a car, furnishings, or even to pay off debts and the wedding. The bottom line is, cash is very helpful.

If you want to personalise a cash gift, be sure to put some thought into presenting the cash well. Maybe you could spend some time finding a hilarious gift card, with a nice picture and/or picture frame. You could even make your own card with something about the couple if you are close to them. There are many online services for making custom gift cards, and you can probably find funny or romantic quotes on the internet to use to personalize the card.

And lastly, there is the option of choosing your own unique gift. Here are a 5 outlandish wedding gift ideas that might help get your creative ideas flowing:

1.  Charter the couple a private sailboat for a day
2.  A weekend house rental
3.  A membership to monthly or quarterly wine club
4.  A hot air ballooning trip
5.  Some fancy new computer or electronic equipment for their home.

Getting the couple a unique gift can have its rewards. It stands out in their mind and may help to cement a friendship. Buying them a great experience like a romantic getaway house rental can be a great gift and very thoughtful and classy. Depending on how much you plan to spend, you could even plan for a bottle of wine or champagne to be waiting for them when they arrive.

In my opinion, the only kind of gifts you probably want to avoid are plain old gifts like a toaster (unless it is specifically listed in their gift registry). Gifts like a toaster are pretty unimaginative, bordering on flat out dull, and young couples will probably have an excess of semi-useless kitchen clutter after their wedding.

If the couple is dear to you, don’t contribute to the pile of semi-useful, not-very-thoughtful gifts that clutter their living area in the months after the wedding. Take a few extra minutes and think up something cool. Even if it isn’t their favorite thing, they’ll probably appreciate your effort at getting something unique.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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Your Wedding Theme

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Whether it’s a traditional, formal or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

Wet Wedding Day

wet weddingWe have been having lots of rain on the Central Coast lately so thought I would share this extract from Sue Taylor’s book. Its full of tips for that rainy Wedding Day.

‘There’s nothing like a winter wedding. It’s cool and fresh and it’s much nicer to feel a little chilly on your wedding day than it is to feel boiling hot! Nerves make you hot also. Buy yourself a beautiful wrap or shawl, maybe made of faux fur or lace or something that accentuates your dress and makes you look even more gorgeous. It’s much easier to get warm on a cold day than it is to get cool on a very hot day.

The biggest problem with a winter wedding is obviously rain. A light sprinkle and you’ll be fine, but any more than that you’re going to have to have umbrellas, and it is going to impact on your photo shoot.

Go down to your local discount store or get online and buy however many matching umbrellas you need for the bridal party. You can buy them in black or white or a colour to match your bridal party. Make sure they are big umbrellas so each pair in your bridal party can stand under them and be protected from the rain. Photos can be stunning on a rainy day under umbrellas so don’t feel disappointed if it is wet. You also can shoot reflections on the wet ground, which makes for pretty special photos.

It’s very important not to get yourselves wet and not to get your hair or face wet or you’ll ruin your makeup and hairstyling. Be very careful in wet weather with walking across wet ground not to drag your dress through it and make it very dirty.

I think the best times to get married are the moderate and mild seasons like Autumn and Spring. It’s going to give you a better chance of being more comfortable on your wedding day.’

Till next time

Cheers!

Sarah

Image: www.suetaylorphotography.com.au