Top Ideas To Capture Your Big Day

When it comes to your wedding day, it goes so fast that it’s easy to forget exactly what happened when you look back. In fact, small details can often get forgotten after the big day. But as it’s the biggest day of your life, you want to be able to remember the whole thing from start to finish. Therefore, here are some top ideas you need to ensure you capture your big day, so it’s never forgotten.

 

Book a videographer

 

A videographer is one of the top ways you can capture your big day. After all, they will film every moment of the day for you to watch back with your new husband and family in the years to come. And it’s a great way to remember everything that happened during the special day. You can also get extras too as part of your package. For example, you can come and get them to film in the morning while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready for the big day. It will give an insight for your new husband on what you were up to on the morning of the wedding! And you could even ask the videographer to go and speak to the guests during the day. It’s good to have clips of people sending well wishes for you to look back on!

 

Hire a photographer

 

Hiring a photographer is one of the most important jobs for your big day. After all, they work to capture the whole day with photos you can keep forever. And these pictures will be around your whole house for the next however many years. So you need to make sure you like the style of the photographer before you book them. Have a look at their previous photos to see their work. And companies like Dream Wedding tend to have reviews on their site so you can check what other brides and grooms have said about the photographer. Also, you need to decide when you want the photos to be taken from. A lot of people are opting to have the photographer arrive at the bride’s house before the wedding. That way, you can have photos with your parents and your bridesmaids before you go to marry your partner!

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Rent a photo booth

 

A new thing which has come into popularity over the last few years is photobooths. After all, these are an excellent way to capture the evening of your wedding. After all, your photographer might go home after the first dance. So you won’t have anyone taking photos of the rest of your big day. And you might miss out on some great photos of your guests. Therefore, a photo booth allows your guests to take more fun photos that you can keep forever. And as well as having great pictures of your friends and family, you can go in and take photos with people who might not have been in your main wedding photos. For example, people just arriving in the evening for your do! Therefore, it’s an excellent way to ensure you remember everyone who came for your special day.

 

And doing some additional things like adding cameras to the tables, and getting people to post photos during the day during a hashtag are also excellent ways to capture your special day.

 

Sensational Ways To Include Your Mother At Your Wedding

Brides generally come with an entourage of people in the lead up to the big day. Whether you are newly engaged, in the middle of prepping your wedding, or on the cusp of the biggest day of your life, you have very likely got a flock of people around you at your beck and call. That’s not to say you’ve turned into a demanding Bridezilla, ripping people to shreds with a mere cut of the eye. It’s just that friends, sisters, cousins, aunts, your soon to be mother in law, your mum…all these people PLUS hairdressers and make-up artists will be hovering round you and waiting for instruction. The most important person in that entourage is your mum. She’s been there from your first breath, first steps and first words. It’s only fitting that she should be there by your side to see you take the next set of first steps in your life: as a bride.

All the attention can get a little overwhelming, so take some time to step back and look at the big picture. Look at the women in your life who have come together from two families to make your day beautiful. Think about how you can honour what they’ve done for you. Perhaps your mum has been your automatic wedding planner, helping you write lists and making plans across a calendar so the timing is prompt and efficient. Perhaps she actually paid out for an actual band of Luxury Wedding Planners to take the stress out of your hands for your day. So how can you honour your mum on your wedding day? The day may be about you, but without her you wouldn’t be standing where you are now.

  • Get traditional on the day. If there’s a necklace, piece of precious jewellery or even a tradition that your mother hopes you could do for your wedding day, honour it. Wear the jewellery with pride and make it your ‘something borrowed’.
  • Get giggling! Prepare your wedding favours together, arrange freshly cut wildflowers together, take a calligraphy class to write place cards together. Any wedding job can have a fun injection just by sitting and being together.
  • Let your photographer know that there has to be a few photos of your mum and you together without anyone else in the picture. This woman brought you into the world and taught you how to do everything you know how to do now. Cherish that in print.
  • A special gift goes a long way. An embroidered handkerchief with a poem describing your love for your mother is a keepsake gift as well as a place to capture the tears.

Weddings are emotional ceremonies. It’s your day and about you as the bride, but don’t forget where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Even if your relationship isn’t the best friendship in the world, you can still include and be grateful for the mother you have by your side on your wedding day.

Keep Your ‘Focus’ And Make Sure Your Wedding Photos Are Fantastic!

Your wedding photos are so important. They give you the ability to look back on one of the most special days of your life, in years to come. They’ll be seen by family and friends, and (hopefully!) will be hung in your home with pride. And so the photography on the day isn’t something to be overlooked.

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Make Sure You’re Happy With Your Appearance

You don’t want to end up with wedding photos you hate because you don’t like how you looked in them. In the run up to the wedding, spend time focusing on yourself. Address your diet and exercise, so you feel like you’re in good shape. Have a facial and stick to a good skincare routine so that your skin is in the best condition possible. Don’t make any dramatic changes such as your hair colour too close to your wedding, as you might look back and regret it. Doing a test run of your hair and makeup is always a good idea too. Be sure to try on your dress close to the big day to make sure everything fits as it should. Have a vision in mind of how you want to look early on and then work towards this. That way, later down the line you don’t have any regrets about how you looked or last minute decisions.

 

Use an Experienced Wedding Photographer

When weddings are so expensive, it can be tempting to cut costs. But this should never be on the photography. A professional wedding photographer will have the skills and experience needed to capture your big day perfectly. Again, you don’t want to look back in years to come and be upset about low quality or amateurish photos. Do your research and find out which reputable photography companies are local to you. You should be able to see a portfolio of their work, like here on Liam Smith Photography for example. Many photographers will offer packages and things that can save you a bit of money.

 

Speak to Your Wedding Photographer Before The Big Day

It’s likely that you’ll have ideas about some shots you’d like taken of your big day. A consultation, whether it’s a meeting in person or a Skype call, will give you a chance to let your wedding photographer know what these are. It might be certain poses or scenes you want to include. It could be close-ups of the rings or something else. A good wedding photographer will know all the best shots to take, but if you’re after anything specific then make sure you speak to them about it. On your actual wedding day, you’ll need to point out your important guests too since your photographer won’t know who they are. Close family of both the bride and groom, for example, will be people who you will want to feature heavily in your wedding guest photos.

 

Create an Instagram Tag

Create an Instagram hashtag, and ask friends and family to share any of the snaps they have taken of the day using this. While they won’t be professional photos, it’s an excellent way to see your wedding from a different perspective. Then after the wedding, you can scroll through and see all of the pictures taken by people who attended in one place. You could also put disposable cameras as on all of the reception tables, and ask guests to take pictures of each other as another added bonus.

Mother Of The Bride: How Your Mum Can Help Organise Your Wedding

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Getting ready for a wedding can be quite stressful for all brides. There is always a lot to organise and sort out before the big day comes. Sure, you will have your bridesmaids there by your side, but sometimes it can feel very reassuring to have someone else to support you as well. If you can’t afford a professional wedding planner, then there is someone else who will be happy to help you out. And that’s your mum! The mother of the bride is an important part of every wedding. She isn’t just there to look nice in her dress! If your mum is keen to help out, here are some helpful ways she can help out.

Help With The Guest List

Your mum will be able to give you a hand with the guest list. Chances are, her phonebook will have much more relatives and family friends in there than yours does. So she can help advise you on who to invite. Plus, she can give you their addresses so that you can send the invites out. However, it’s not just about your family. You also need to invite the groom’s friends and family as well. Ask your mum if she will speak to your fiance’s mother. That way, the two of them can figure out the guest list.

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Visit Venues

You will need to check out a few different venues before you commit to one. This way, you can see all the different types of venues that are available. And you can decide which one will suit your whole day better. If you take your mother with you, she will be able to support you through the day. Ask her for her opinion to see what she thinks you should do. Of course, you don’t need to follow her advice, but it is always good to hear a different point of view. If your parents live on a farm or in a large home in the country, then she might even offer to put a marquee up in some of their land. This can greatly bring the overall costs of your wedding down.

Organise Transport

You and your bridesmaids will need a way of getting to the church on time! There are a variety of different ways you can get there. Two of the most popular ways are in a horse-drawn carriage or a limousine. A horse and carriage is popular with couples who are having a rural ceremony in a village or very small town. Those getting married in large towns and cities usually go for limousines or classic cars. Why don’t you ask your mum if she can call around a few companies to get a quote for the day? She can also do some online research at sites like www.AmericanLimos.org/wedding-transportation-services/.

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Arrange A Photographer

Photographers are a key service at any wedding. It is important to get a photographer that you’re happy with. However, spending time looking for one can take up a huge wedge of your time. To make it easier on yourself, you should ask your mother to make a shortlist of some photographers. Get her to go online and see some of the ones that photograph weddings in your local area. Then she will need to call them for quotes. Ask her to shortlist about three or four that are within your price range. This then gives you fewer photographers to choose from! These days some couples don’t even want a photographer. Instead, they get their guests to take snaps using disposable cameras or Polaroids. If you opt for this, ask your mum to pick up the cameras next time she is out shopping. She might even be able to buy some online at shops such as www.impossible-project.com/.  

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Bake A Wedding Cake

Many mums love to be hands on in organising the ceremony. Some love to take it one step further and create something for the big day. If your mother is a keen baker, why not ask her to bake your wedding cake? Your mum will know all of your favourite cake flavours, so you don’t have to worry about getting something you won’t like the taste of! Many couples now choose to have a display of cupcakes instead of a large cake. That way, you don’t just have to stick to one cake flavour!

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Sorting Out The Presents

During the day, you’ll have guests coming up to you with various wedding gifts and presents. You’ll want to thank them personally, however, you should be organised with the gifts otherwise you could end up misplacing them. Instead, get your mum to set up a table somewhere in the reception venue that guests can place them on. She can also be responsible for transporting them back to your house. If she has driven to your wedding, she will be able to pack all the presents into her car. That way, you know there is someone keeping an eye on all the gifts, so none of them go missing!

Thank You Notes

Just like your mum helped you with sending out all your invitations, you can also get her to help with sending out thank you notes. Get her to dig out all her addresses from her phone book again. If you are planning on jetting off on honeymoon soon after the ceremony, she can also put each note into the post for you. You don’t need to write personal notes to everyone. Just the same general message of thank you to everyone will do. It doesn’t have to be handwritten either. So if you are in a super rush, don’t feel bad about emailing a message to your mum for her to print out and stick in everyone’s thank you note. Just be sure to leave her some cash to cover any expenses she might have to cover.

So next time your mum asks to help out in your wedding planning, give her one of these useful jobs to do. You’ll both benefit!

Must-have vendors who get overlooked

We’ve spoken with a lot of brides over the years, and many tell us they’re cutting costs on three essential vendors.  Here’s why a professional photographer, hair and makeup stylist, and wedding planner are must-haves for a stress-free wedding day:

1. A professional photographer

Flowers crumble and cake dries, but wedding photos last a lifetime.  They’re the images your kids will flip through, and the pictures you’ll display on your 50th wedding anniversary.  This is one vendor you don’t want to scrimp on.

We emphasize professional photographer.  You may have a family member or friend who’s an aspiring photographer.  While you could hire him for free or almost nothing, you’re taking a huge risk.  Uncontracted photographers are not liable if your photos are poor quality or lost.  Your wedding day memories can easily turn into a nightmare.  Don’t risk a friendship in order to save a few bucks.  Make the sacrifice with the money and pay for a professional photographer who fits your personality and style.  Ensure that your memories are preserved forever with a photographer you can count on to deliver.

2. Hair and makeup stylists

The number one reason to get your hair and makeup professionally done?  Less stress.  Don’t let a bad hair day or messy makeup ruin your morning.  Hair and makeup is a way to pamper yourself before the wedding.  While you might be able to do your own day-to-day makeup, professionals know how to make it last from the first kiss to the last dance.  Plus your skin will be flawless in the photos.  Don’t look back at the pictures (taken by your professional photographer) and regret that you didn’t look your best.

If you’re going to splurge on one thing for your wedding, make it hair and makeup.  Take money from an unnecessary expense in your budget.  It’ll be well worth it.

3. Wedding planner

Whether she’s with you in the early planning stages or just on your wedding day, a wedding planner handles all the little details that easily get overlooked.  She’s organized hundreds of weddings, while you’ll only have one.  On the day of your wedding, you don’t want to worry about whether the caterer is on time or the décor is right.  A wedding planner ensures your day is stress free, coordinating all the wedding vendors for you.

As a working woman, you already have a busy life.  A wedding planner works with your schedule to ensure every aspect of your wedding day is perfect.  Let your wedding planning be a worry-free experience so you can focus on yourself and your upcoming marriage.  Wedding coordinators will help make your dream wedding a reality.

Photo by Braedon Photography.


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