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Music for a weddingThe music plays enormous part in setting the atmosphere of any event but at a wedding also serves to express the couple’s style and love for each other.

The average couple spends approximately 5% of their total budget on music for their big day but if you choose to make the music a priority, you’ll soon see how quickly your budget will mount.

Ceremony Music

At church ceremony the musicians need to reflect the moment’s solemn and heartfelt ambiance.  Live instrumental music is often played and appreciated at a church wedding. Every church will normally have a resident organist if not you can always hire someone but you don’t always have to have the organ or just the organ, you can have a combination of other instruments as well such as:

A Harp – a soft instrument and plays quiet tones. Aside from being beautiful in sound, it’s elegant in its appearance and the way its played.

A Trumpet – produces a buzzing sound sending vibration that remains constant in the air. It’s a great instrument of declaration.

A Flute – its low tones are rich and warm. It has the capacity to play slow and expressive solos or fast complex melodies.

A Violin – is one of the most versatile instruments.   It can play bluegrass and jazz beautifully.

Order:

  1. Instrumental music generally begins 30 minutes before the ceremony.
  2. A solo is often performed directly after the bride’s mother is seated.
  3. The processional begins with an instrumental or sometimes a soloist.
  4. After the final attendant is down the aisle and in place, special music announces the bride.  The bride’s music can vary from traditional or contemporary, an instrumental or a soloist. The most popular choices are Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (“Here Comes the Bride”) and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” Or something more contemporary such as “From This Moment” by Shania Twain.
  5. Soft music can be played in the background throughout the entire ceremony.
  6. Finally, there’s the recessional, which generally has a slightly quicker tempo.

The civil ceremony has become more popular over recent times. At one time you had to go to a registry office to have a civil ceremony but things have changed and many ceremonies now can easily take place in venues, garden & beach settings or even at home with the presence of a marriage celebrant to conduct the ceremony.

The bonus is that you can choose to have any sort of music you wish at a from instrumentalist to live band for the civil ceremony, and the musicians can provide music for the entire celebration.

wedding ceremony songsReception Music

Reception music is all about entertainment. It should inspire dancing, joyful singing, and all-around cheerfulness.

Hiring a DJ rather than a band will help you stretch your reception music budget further.  If you’ve got a bit more to spend then consider hiring a small band, it is a bit more expensive than a DJ but less costly than a full band and they can be as good as a full band.

Once you select your reception musicians, take your time and create a music schedule to help them play key songs at certain times throughout the entire reception, such as the grand entrance as a married couple, first dance and the bouquet toss.

Tips:

If the ceremony and reception are hosted in the same building, you may be able to hire one set of musicians for both events. More often, however, you’ll need separate musicians for the ceremony and the reception.

  • Your specific choice of music should be discussed with the musicians well before the day. If you don’t want to pick each individual piece of music for the proceedings then just give whoever is involved an idea of the style of music you would like or even a favourite composer. Ensure you select a variety to suite the young, middle age and the old so that everyone gets a chance to dance and enjoy sharing in your special day.
  • Find musicians that are reliable, friendly and trustworthy. The money you save isn’t worth worrying about any last minute issues.  Ask around and check their reputation as a musician or a band.
  • Check out the local colleges and universities for young talents. Remember, these musicians may be more open to learning special requests and they can be good as long as they know music.
  • If you’re going to have the ceremony in a religious building, ask if there are any music restrictions as certain religious groups may not allow certain instruments or style of music to be played in their premises.
  • Select a beat that is slow but importantly a beat that you can walk to down the aisle.
  • If you have a singer in the family or group of friends you can ask them to do a solo during the ceremony or at the reception as an item.  It is best when it’s a romantic melody. Eg. “I promise you” by Michael Bolton. Make sure you give them plenty of notice so that they have enough time to practice and prepare.
  • The grand entrance song (reception) – remember for most of your guests this is the first introduction of you as a married couple as most of your guests wouldn’t have been at the marriage ceremony.  It’s where everyone stands up while you are introduced.  A happy jazzy music or song can be played once you are introduced and as you and the wedding party take your seat in the reception venue. Eg. “I feel good” by James Brown.

This type of music or song can also be played at the end of the wedding ceremony when the married couple is introduced and makes an exit.

  • First dance song is generally a song you choose to proclaim your love for each other.  So take your time and make a list of songs that are meaningful and that often remind you of each other, then select one that stands out the most as your song for the first dance. You can still have the other songs plays throughout the night.
  • Ensure you organize someone (a host) to be in charge of looking after your musicians for the entire day, providing them with drinks and refreshments. Ensure the host has the contact details of all the musicians.

No matter what you both select for your song list whether it’s instrumental or not, take the time to find music that means something to you both or at least music that you both enjoy.

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Wedding Seating EtiquetteIf you supply adequate seats, can’t the guests just figure it out on their own as to where to sit? Probably, but if you’ve ever been to a wedding without a seating plan before, then you know why having one is a great idea. Even if you’re having a small wedding ceremony and reception, you still need a seating plan.  For larger guest lists and sit down meals especially, you ought to put together a seating arrangement.  Observing proper wedding seating etiquette when formulating your seating plan will help make the process easier.

The wedding reception meal is a large part of your wedding day and a point of enjoyment for guests.  Seating arrangement will ensure that your guests will be spared from endeavoring to find a seat at a table with their friends and family and this allows you to seat guests in an arrangement where they will be delighted sitting with people that they get along with. Taking the time to design a plan will condense your guests’ uneasiness of trying to locate a seat and it guarantee that couples who want to sit together get to sit together.

The Bridal Table: Generally, the bride and groom may sit at a table at the focal point of the room or instead, at their very own table. But then some couples prefer not to have a table at all, but to leave a couple seats empty at every table so they can mingle throughout the reception. No matter which arrangement you choose, the bridal table is generally set apart from the others by some type of embellishment such as table centerpiece.

Traditionally, the wedding seating arrangement for the bridal also known as the top table consists of the bride and groom, the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, the best man, the maid of honor, the groomsmen and bridesmaids.  It is completely up to you who you include in the top table seating plan; the only sure rule for wedding seating etiquette is that the bride and the groom sit side by side.

Generally, the groom sits to the bride’s right side and the best man sits to her left. The maid of honor sits to the groom’s right. Depending on how large the table is, the other attendants can also be seated near the bride and groom.

Alternatively, you may select to forgo a bridal table and have a romantic table for just the bride and groom.

Family Tables: This is optional if you are not including the parents at the bridal table. The family table often consists of parents of both wedding parties, grandparents, any officials and close friends. Generally, the parents of the bride and groom sit opposite each other.  An alternative is to have the bride and groom’s parents host their own tables, consisting of their family members and close friends. In the case of divorced parents, each parent may also host his or her own table, smoothly scattering any uneasiness or anxiety.

Tips

  • Have no seating plan for less than 50 guests – this may be appropriate for buffet meals or an informal reception.
  • Attempt to strike a balance and organize a mixture of guests where everyone knows a few people at their table.
  • Not everyone’s going to know everyone at the wedding. It helps to think about the interests (eg. travel) and age groups (like seniors versus students) of the guests at each table.  Conversation will flow between guests who have something in common.
  • If you are using round tables, allocate seats for men and women alternately around the table.  If you are using rectangular, horseshoe or E-shape tables, position couples to sit opposite from one another.
  • Avoid assigning numbers to each table instead assign names as this will remove any perceived hierarchy of the tables.  Select names that goes along with your wedding theme, for example, if you’re having a garden wedding you may name the tables after flowers like “magnolia,” or “daisy.”
  • If you have no idea what to do with your parents’ associates, allow your mother and mother-in-law to organize those tables. They will be thrilled to be involved.
  • Assign a few helpers to help incoming guests to find their table.  Provide them with a name list along with the table name or number. Alternatively, a seating chart can be displayed near the entrance of the reception. Ensure guests names are in alphabetical order with their elected tables.
  • Once seating arrangement is completed ensure you revise it before just a few days before the wedding.
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Wedding Invitation IdeasFor most of your guests, the wedding invitation is generally the first peek into your special day.  The wedding invitations are what the guests receive as declaration of the wedding and inviting them to come and share in the joy. Invitations also set the scene, the theme, colour and what is expected on the actual day so it’s important how the invitation presented and worded. Furthermore, the wedding invitation is an expression of the couple’s individuality and can serve as a keepsake for friends and family to remember your big day.

You will need to shop around as there are so many varieties on the market from contemporary and traditional design ideas.  The most popular is Do It Yourself, where bride and groom are looking to add unique personal touch and cut down on the spending on their wedding invitations.  DIY is heaps of fun and making the invitations distinctive is very rewarding but it does take a lot of time, patience and planning.

There are many designs and ideas to choose from modern, traditional, one-sided, double-fold or tri-fold but they all depend on your budget and planning.  If you DIY you will surely cut down on the cost and if you still want to create that is tidy, presentable and unique you can incorporate both DIY and find a business to help you do the hard tasks such as folding, printing & cutting.  There are businesses that will make your DIY invitations easy and fun, but you will need to shop around and find the best one that suits your budget, the best place to start your search is online.

Tips:

  • Determine your budget for the invitations. Don’t forget to include the postage costs in the invitation budget.
  • Both parties need to set the guest list and determine the total number of guests.
  • Determine whether you are going to have a Ceremony Invitation and a Reception Invitation. Normally people like to have just the reception invite as the ceremony is often open to anyone to attend and doesn’t need a big catering plan as finger food is generally served or nothing at all.  A combined invitation is a great way to save money.
  • Wedding InvitationDetermine the number of invitations required to be printed. Go through your guest list, and count one invitation per family/couple/single person. Don’t forget to print extra invitations for keepsakes, mistakes and last minute invitations.
  • Determine theme & colour of your wedding – based on this you can design the entire appearance of your invitations.
  • Shop around and search online for ideas and businesses
  • Determine whether you want to add other wedding stationeries such as RSVP cards, maps, wedding programs, etc and will your invitation have pocket to carry it.
  • Determine whether you are going to have the Thank You cards, you can print them together with your wedding stationery and set it aside to be sent after the wedding.
  • Determine whether you want to DIY or place order
  • Determine the wedding etiquette – wording on the invitation is the most important aspect. This consists of considering who will be inviting the guests, how will you address the guests on the invitation, formal or non formal? Will you add short poems, scriptures or quotes? Ensure you organize and prepare the wording carefully and finalized in ample of time before you order or print your invitations as reprints will cost you.
  • Determine who are invited. Make a list. Consider whom they are likely to going with as its proper to invite their partner as well.
  • Ensure you have postal addresses of all the invitees unless you are hand delivering.
  • E-mail invitation is very easy and affordable. Consider designing an e-invitation and e-mailing them to your friends that are online. But will it be acceptable? Although how we do things are changing with time there are some aspects that just don’t and invitations might be just one of them but it is your decision. But there are pros and cons to consider when sending e-mail invitations as they can easily be forwarded to other people but it’s important that you make a note at the bottom of your e-mail not to forward it to others.
  • Consider a designing an informative wedding website – it can consist of schedules, maps, directions, RSVP, invitees can also mention how many from the family will be attending, add blogs, poems, and also have the gift registry.   Have wedding details laid out for guests to avoid the bother of answering the same questions over and over.  Include important links so guests can find the information they need on such things as local attractions, accommodations, and travel.  Make it fun, each day you can have a blog based on the wedding eg. Guess who’s going to catch the bouquet at the end of the night!  The website address could be noted at the bottom of the invitation to notify your guests.
  • Determine when you want to send out the invitation – it’s important that you give your invitees ample of time. Ideally, the invitations should be distributed 4-6 months before the wedding, and no later than 3 months.
  • Determine RSVP date – speak to your caterer about when you need to inform them of the number of guests to cater for. This will also help you determine seating arrangements and make sure that there will be enough food and drinks for everyone.
  • You may also include the gift registry, phone number or web site in the invitation.
  • Transportation & accommodation – If you are inviting people from out of town be sure to include maps and directions to the ceremony’s and the reception’s venue. If you can, offer to organize for their transportation or even accommodations while they are in town.

The invitation is among the first steps in their wedding plan. After everything is finalized, a wedding invitation is sent out and guests then learn about the wedding.  Some couples like to set a guest count first and then set the budget accordingly. This is appropriate if they know in advance that they will have a generous budget. Other couples like to set the budget and then decide how many guests can be invited. This is appropriate if they think their budget may not stretch.  Remember that the size of the guest list can also have an effect on the mood and tone of the day does depend a lot on the size of your guest list.  This is your party, within reason; the guest list is the bride’s and groom’s decision. It is your big day, so have fun planning and shopping for your wedding. The more you time you commit to planning, shopping and creating (if you are going to DIY) the better result you will get at the end.  Importantly, make sure you give amble of time for your guests to plan their attendance.

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Avoiding Problems On The Wedding DayFor a bride, it will be exasperating when something goes wrong on their wedding day because every bride would like to have the best wedding as much as possible. It is a single day that takes a lot of planning, effort, and money spent because it’s a day that both wedding parties would want to remember for many years.

So let’s look at some of the major issues that brides face on their wedding day that can be avoided on your big day:

Dress fitting – If you want your beautiful dress fitted on your wedding day, you have to make sure that you will exercise appropriately in order to keep your body at the right proportion.  Work out and eat right.  Ensure you and your wedding party try on the dresses and suites the day before the wedding day and make any finally alterations if required.

Divorced parents – If you’ve got parental problems, do let suppliers know so no one tries to force ex-partners together for the sake of a photograph etc. You need to keep this in mind when you make seating arrangements.  The best way to handle this is by ditching the standard table arrangement and let parents play host at the other tables.

Kids - Be clear on your invitations exactly who is invited so there’s no confusion but be consistent about your decision. If you like organize a supervised room for kids during the ceremony if you’re worried about noise and distractions. Children’s goody bags also help during the reception if you pack them with things to keep them amused.

Double bookings – happens particularly during peak wedding seasons. If you know that another wedding is booked for the same day in the same room as yours, be sure that you specify your exact time – from which hour to which hour you require the room. Remember to allow for enough time to clean-up between weddings.

Extra Charges – When dealing with caterers or reception venues, find out if there are extra charges for things such as set-up and clean-up. Do not be afraid to ask about charges for cake cutting, coat rooms and corkage fees. All costs should be itemized in the contract and request that no additional fees are to be added after these fees have been agreed upon.

Overtime Charges – Always find out about overtime fees. Whether this is for your reception venue, transport or any other service on the day of the wedding – you do not want to be slapped with an unexpected bill for overtime charges.  Play it safe and find out what alternatives you have if your wedding runs overtime.

wedding issuesProducts & Services – before you book or pay for anything make sure you see a sample of the finished product or a able of the service. If you are booking a celebrant, musicians, bands – see if you can visit a couple of their wedding ceremonies or view their sample of work eg albums. Ask around about the work ethics.  Cake & caterings – ensure you test the samples and see a sample of the finished presentation. Flowers, stationeries & dress fabrics – ensure the contracts or bills have the description of the product as well as the colour, texture etc you want.

Run on schedule – ensure you have someone in charge of time for both parties. You would need to find someone who’s been involved in the wedding planning; knows what’s going on and is a good organizer so that she or he is able to manage and get the parties to where they need to be on time. This includes making sure that the makeup is finished on time, photos are taken on time, and transport arrives on time, the bride and groom are at the ceremony and reception on time to start the order of service.

Road & traffic delay – Organize for someone to check on the day whether the route you are going to be travelling on are going to have any road works or delays.

Wedding Night – Ensure you have your bags packed and dropped off at your hotel suite or placed in the boot of the car that you will be travelling in to the hotel.

Weather – Ensure you have adequate large umbrellas, tissues, water bottles, stain free deodorants,

Responsibilities – Allocate responsible people to be in charge of:

  1. Flowers & Attire
  2. Make up
  3. Venue, Cake & Catering
  4. Music
  5. Transportation
  6. Order of Service & Schedule

Essentials – make a list of things that you might need for the day in case you run into a problem. Think of each aspect of the wedding and put together things that you will need.  Eg. When you think of the dress, you may need white, colour thread and needle, glue, scissors, safety pins.  Other things you may also need are soap, hair spray, sponges, hair rollers, pain killers, gastro tablets, tissues, cd player, music cds, camera, battery, champagne, glasses, coffee, lollies, dressing gown, shoe polish, stain remover, ….to get you and your wedding party through the big day.

To make your wedding day enjoyable, stress free and avoid all the potential problems, you need to spend time planning it and take extra measures so that everyone can enjoy the wedding that you are thinking of.

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Wedding Cake It is only sensible that you want affordable wedding cake ideas that will be delicious and still look great on your big day.  How much you save does depends on your preference of decorations and baker. Remember that decorations are what will cost you the most as it takes the longest.  You could still have incredible cakes with stunning designs at reasonable cost if you take your time investigating and shop around. Ask your family & friends for recommendations; drop into your local bakeries and make enquiries.

Helpful tips:

  • Ask the baker for taste test
  • Have a sheet cake for cutting and purchase a smaller cake for show.
  • If you want several layers ask your baker if they will decorate false tiers which are normally made out a box or polystyrene. A standard wedding cake will have two to three tiers and the more tiers you have the more you will spend on it.
  • Have a secret segment within a phony cake that you can cut into making it look like you have the actual cake – no one will know the difference!
  • Bake the cake yourself and find a baker who will just decorate the cake for you.
  • Find catering colleges near you. It’s worth enquiring as students are always looking for projects and extra cash.
  • Complicated designs are clearly going to take more time to create and it will most definitely replicate on the cost. Scaling down on the design will save you heaps.  You can always purchase a plain white wedding cake and then decorate it yourself with fresh flowers, fruits & ribbons.  When ordering your wedding flowers, order smaller match up arrangements to embellish your wedding cake.  Purchasing cake flowers as part of your overall order will be cheaper than buying the decorations on its own.  It’s also a beautiful way to coordinate your cake in with your wedding theme.
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  • Supermarkets cakes do taste good and will save you heaps of money. If you want you can decorate it and add your special touch to the cake.
  • The least expensive and the most common type of cake is the sponge cake with basic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet or the classic white.
  • The least expensive and the most common type of fillings are the Bavarian, chocolate and the vanilla cream. If you choose to have more than one type of filling it cost you more.
  • Square cakes will give you more serving but a little more expensive as the sides of the cake needs to be built up and sharpened in order to build the square shape. Round cakes are most popular and are the cheapest option but they don’t give you more serving compared to the square cakes. Find a baker that will charge you by the cake rather than by the serving.
  • The cheapest icing type is the butter cream frosting verse the elegant rolled fondant icing.  The butter cream frosting can be infused with flavors of your desire. The rolled fondant icing is about 40% more expensive than butter cream frosting.
  • If you are on a wedding budget you can have the cake served as part of the meal.  When you are budgeting for your wedding cake, remember to decide how and when you want them serve it.  If you decide you want each guest to take a piece home, or want to send cake to people who couldn’t make it to the reception, you will need to budget for the cake boxes as well as the cake itself.  If you want a special elegant knife to cut the cake, ensure that you request this to the venue or your caterer.

It cost heaps to get married these days and we all have a budget when it comes to planning a wedding. Although we girls love shopping, it’s not always easy when it comes to planning your own wedding but it takes lots of patience and time shopping around making enquiries.  It’s helpful to have a wedding planner and a diary to make notes.  Speak to as many people as possible and consider all options.  Remember in this time and age there are no right or wrong ways of how a wedding cake should look or taste like so enjoy exploring your options and making your dream come true without blowing your budget.

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Reduce the wedding budgetPlanning the wedding of your dreams can get expensive. It can be hard to stick to your budget when you want everything to be perfect. However, by following a few of these tips, you should be able to reduce your wedding budget but still manage to have the type of wedding you have always wanted.

  • Switch to email invitations. It’s a sad fact but the majority of your guests will end up throwing away your wedding invitation once the wedding is over. So the best way to reduce the cost of your wedding invitations is by sending out email invitations. You could print out a few invitations for close family and friends and also for you to keep as a memento. Alternatively, if you are having a small wedding then you could make your own invitations as well.
  • Rethink your centrepieces. Using candles instead of flowers will help to reduce your wedding budget. You could also opt for unique handmade centrepieces that would cost less to make. If you are set on having flowers, choose blooms that are in season as this would be a cheaper option.
  • Pick a wedding day that’s off-season. If you get married around peak wedding season, then you will end up spending more than if you chose to get married off-season. Another way to reduce your wedding budget is to pick a weekday instead of a weekend, as most venues tend to have lower prices then.
  • Skip dinner. Instead of having a sit down dinner wedding consider having a brunch, lunch or cocktail style reception. This will help to reduce your budget, as you will be able to get a better deal from your reception venue and caterers.
  • Instead of having a band opt for a DJ. This will not only help to reduce your budget but also keep in mind that a DJ will be able to play all the songs that a band may not be able to.
  • Get close family and friends pitch in. Get the maid of honour and best man to subtly spread the word that instead of gifts from the registry, chipping in to help with the wedding would be more appreciated. For example your friends could all get together and pay for the wedding cake instead of getting you individual gifts.
  • Start the hunt for your wedding dress early. The earlier you start looking, the higher chance there is of you walking away with a discount. If you find a dress you love try it on to make sure it fits and take note of the size. Then look online to see if you can find a cheaper version of it.
  • A great way to reduce your wedding budget is to go to as many wedding expos as you can. You will come across great deals and bargains that will be available only on that day.  You can source wedding expos in your local area at: Wedding Expos
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Wedding favours are used as a token to thank your guests for sharing your special day with you. These will be used as mementos of your wedding day, so when choosing a wedding favour make sure that it suits the overall theme of your wedding.

Your wedding favour ideas will be determined by the budget you have planned as well as the number of guests you are planning to have. If you are looking for wedding favours that will be kept for years to come then there are some great options that range from magnets to suit the theme of your wedding to elegant bookmarks to candle holders or personalised figurines.

Some of the most popular wedding favour ideas today are

Wedding Favour Ideas

  • Small photo frames
  • Candle holders
  • Bath beads
  • Decorative soaps
  • Decorative candles
  • Potpourri
  • Personalised chocolates
  • Flowers
  • Homemade sweets

When looking for wedding favour ideas, the trick is to keep it personal. This way it is much more likely to be appreciated and treasured by the guests. For example if you are having a beach wedding your wedding favours could be colourful seashells in a little pouch of white netting and tied with a ribbon. If your wedding is themed then the wedding favours could complement that theme, for example if your wedding has a butterfly theme then the wedding favours could be handcrafted butterflies with a magnet attached to them. If your wedding is in autumn and your wedding theme matches the season, then a great wedding favour ideas include candles shaped like autumn leaves, personalised autumn leaf magnets and much more.

Regardless of the wedding favours you choose, as long as you make sure to add a personal touch to them, they will enhance your wedding and be a great token of appreciation to your guests.

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Top 10 wedding gift ideasIf you are looking for some unique wedding gift ideas that will be loved by the bride and groom, here are some ideas for you to consider.

  1. Money. Most couples getting married would love a gift of money. Your gift could be contributed towards something that they are saving up to buy or it could even mean that they can now afford extra wedding photos in their album.
  2. Upgrades. Surprise them by upgrading their plane tickets or their honeymoon accommodation. You could also gift them with a voucher for a couples spa treatment or dinner at a romantic restaurant where they will be honeymooning.
  3. The most expensive item in their wedding registry. If you can’t afford to buy this alone consider splitting the cost with a few of the other guests. Most couples don’t expect to get the most expensive item so this will come as a pleasant surprise.
  4. A couple’s photo shoot. This is an unforgettable gift that the couple will enjoy.  There are a lot of professional photographers on the Australian Bridal Directory website: www.australianbridaldirectory.com.au
  5. A camera or a digital camcorder. If the couple doesn’t own one if these items then this will be a great gift, especially as it will be used to capture all their special moments on their honeymoon.
  6. Wedding night surprise. If the couple will be staying in a hotel on their wedding night upgrade their accommodation. If they aren’t surprise them with luxurious accommodation on their wedding night.
  7. A wedding time capsule. This is a great gift as it will encourage the couple to save all their wedding memorabilia and go through it years later so it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
  8. A weekend getaway or luxury spa package for two. This gift will be especially appreciated as the couple will be adjusting to life after the honeymoon and this will help them to unwind and relax once they are back home.
  9. Wine. If you can afford to get them one bottle they can drink now, one bottle that will be great in 10 years and one that will be great in twenty-five years. Attach notes to each bottle detailing when it can be enjoyed. You could also split the cost with some of the other guests.
  10. Dates. The first year of marriage is usually hectic and the couple may find dating taking a backseat. Mix and match vouchers to various restaurants and activities that the couple enjoy together and also include some new activities or experiences you think they may enjoy. Combine it with advice on the importance of dating after marriage for a truly memorable gift.
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wedding photographerPlanning your wedding is not an easy task. It takes time, effort and planning to turn your wedding day into the wedding you have always dreamed of having. On the day itself, you can look forward to a whirlwind of joy, excitement and emotion. This is where the importance of a wedding photographer/videographer comes in.

To capture all the special moments during your wedding, it is always better to hire a professional. It may be tempting to cut costs and ask a friend or family member who is handy with a camera or camcorder to record the day for you. However, keep in mind that these are photographs that you will want to keep forever. Once the wedding is over, these you will be able to look back on what was captured and relive your special day again. Therefore, the importance of a wedding photographer/videographer should be considered.

Keep in mind that a professional photographer/videographer will have the necessary experience of having worked at a number of previous weddings. Therefore, he or she will photograph you in the best light and also the most flattering angles. A friend or family member who takes the photographs will not be able to incorporate the finishing touches that a professional can.

When considering the importance of a wedding photographer/videographer, keep in mind that this is one aspect of your wedding where you shouldn’t cut corners. A professional photographer/videographer of considerable experience may be expensive, but if you put in some research, you should be able to find someone within your budget. The best way to get a special price from a good photographer/videographer would be to visit wedding expos. There will be professional wedding photographers/videographers there, offering special deals and looking to sign up couples. Therefore, you will be able to find a professional that suits your needs and meets your budget.

The importance of a wedding photographer/videographer will be revealed when you get the finished product. As you go through your wedding photos, or watch your wedding video, you will be able to relive those special moments all over again and enjoy them for many years to come.

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Hair and MakeupEvery bride dreams of looking her best on her wedding day, walking down the isle, glowing with beauty and health. It is possible for you to look you very best on your big day by simply following a few of these hair and makeup tips.

To look radiant on your wedding day, you will need to make sure that you are relaxed and get enough rest. Planning a wedding can be stressful but make sure that you set aside time to unwind and get away from it all. You will need to get regular exercise and eat healthy meals, as this will reflect on your appearance. By taking care of your health you will not only look good but also feel great.

One of the hair and makeup tips to make use of would be to schedule regular massage and beauty treatments. Regular pampering of your hair and skin will leave you with supple glowing skin and healthy shiny hair. Regular facials will also ensure that there are no pimples marring your skin on your special day.

Other hair and makeup tips you can try out would be to research various hair and makeup specialists before selecting one. Choose someone who has a credible reputation and also make sure that you feel comfortable with him or her. Research different hairstyles and makeup styles and discuss your findings with your specialist. Sometimes your specialist may be able to give you some interesting hair and makeup, as he or she will have experience to draw from. Also your stylist may suggest certain hairstyles to suit your appearance and highlight your best feature.

Other hair and makeup tips include always choosing styles that suit you rather than opting for what fashionable at the moment, choosing styles that you are comfortable with and also styles that suit the theme of your wedding. Keep in mind that when you browse through the photographs of your wedding years later, with the proper hair and make up, you will be able to savour the way you looked on your special day as it was everything you dreamed it would be.

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