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.

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Key Services You Need To Hire For A Perfect Wedding

Weddings are momentous occasions, and as such, it’s impossible to organize one alone. Indeed, it can feel like an army operation at times. You’ll be recruiting bits of help left, right and center in order to execute your perfect day in stylish fashion.

This also means weddings can be expensive occasions, leading people to hire amateur services, or none at all. However, I wouldn’t recommend this. As good a DJ your brother is, it’s unlikely he’ll be as skilled at reading a crowd as a professional would.

So, if you’ve just announced your engagement and it’s time to get down to business, here are the six biggest phone numbers you’ll need on your list.

A videographer

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Sure, an image speaks a thousand words, but a video speaks even more. As good as your photographer may be, it’s quite hard to capture the spirit of the occasion in a bunch of stills.

To combat this effect, you can use a videographer to document the entire day. Once it’s over, the videographer will take all the footage and edit it down into a short, artistic video. This is then available for you on disc or digitally, making it easy to share with friends. Now, you can relive those vows forever!

An event company

Rather than opting for any old event company, choose one that’s better when it comes to a wedding event venue. This way, you can build your day around a location that’s positively primed for a wedding, rather than any old function room.

Some event companies even offer in-house catering, which negates the need to hire your own. Place an inquiry into the services you get from the price, and look for a company that gives you more for your money.

A caterer

On the other hand, if your catering doesn’t come with the venue, then you’ll need to seek one out yourself. I wouldn’t recommend serving up a few basic sandwiches and nibbles yourself. You need the food to be as professionally presented as the wedding itself.

So consult with your caterer beforehand, and get things right. Factor in every group of people – kids, vegetarians, vegans – to make sure everyone’s happy. And has a full stomach.

A DJ

As we previously mentioned, your brother may be a fine home DJ, but the wedding stage is a different thing. Some alternatives here include hiring a live band, to add a bit more personality to proceedings. Make sure you give the DJ a list of songs beforehand, so they can cater the music to your family’s tastes.

A florist

 

A specialized florist will be able to help you choose the perfect flowers for your occasion. It’s unlikely you’ll have an in-depth knowledge of them yourself, so take advantage of the expertise. The florist may be able to suggest cheaper alternatives, which can save you cash without sacrificing the look.

A cake designer

Some families choose to bake the cake themselves, but unless you’re related to a baker, I’d get a professional. It’s near-impossible to create that majestic wedding cake look yourself at home, and trust me, you’ll want it. Having a tiered cake, with a funny set of mini-figures on top, will give you a treat to remember.

Did you hire any of these services when you were planning your wedding? Any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

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