Preparing a Wedding Dress

A special occasion needs an extraordinary outfit. You need to prepare a gorgeous wedding dress for your walk down the aisle. Choosing a gown for your biggest day is an extraordinary experience. You have to select it carefully to avoid any disappointment. The longer the time, the more carefully you select the dress you want to use because you have enough time to determine the colors, accessories and model that you want.

9-12 months before your wedding, you can begin to imagine the dress you want to use. Think about your daily lifestyle and think about things that stand out from yourself. Surely, you want to look bright, sweet, elegant, luxurious, sexy, sophisticated, etc. Select the day and note the theme of your wedding party before you start looking for dress.

You need a unique design to fit your body shape. However, it is based on your budget. You can also browse for a variety of dress options in multiple wedding sites. There are many designers and styles you can choose. Then print and contact the vendor with the design you like the most. Determine your budget for the clothes and other details.

Try to find a friend who has been married and ask for references from them too. Check to see which bridal designers who can collaborate with you. Contact and make necessary arrangements, provide about one hour for every bridal that you like. While shopping, write address and designers that you like and write a description of dress and its price.

It is better if you can come back repeatedly to the bridal. In bridal, ask if the dress has been in combination with accessories such as veil and crown, and try these things. Do not be afraid if you do not find any dress you like, because you still have enough time. Specify accessories, shoes, jewelry, headdress, gloves, etc. Then, buy the accessories if it is not included.

How to Take the Perfect Wedding Photographs

Make sure you Get Help

Taking the photos of the family can be quite stressful. The guests are running about everywhere and people are in a ‘festive mood’ which means the drink will be flowing to the point where it can be very chaotic. Either you or the Groom should select a family member who can be the ‘coordinator’ of the photograph. The family member can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.

Pre-visit the Location It is vital that you visit the place where the ceremony will take place and the venue for the reception before the day so that you can find all the best vantage points for the photos. Although professional photographers do not do this – as a novice you will find it helpful to know about the location so you have an idea of a few positions for photos and to know how the light might affect you on the day. I think it is an even bigger advantage if you can visit the location with the couple so you can a few test shots (these made nice ‘pre-wedding photos’).

List the Photos you want

It is very important to get the bride & groom to think about the photographs that they would love you to take on the wedding day. Get them to put together a list so that you can check them off. This is very important when it comes to family pictures. There’s nothing worse than looking through the finished photographs and realizing you didn’t photograph the bride and groom with uncle Bob!

Preparation is so important in wedding photography

On the big day many things can go wrong – so you need to be well prepared. If the dreaded rain starts to fall you will need an alternative plan, make sure your camera batteries are fully charged and your memory cards are completely formatted, consider routes and allow plenty of time to get to where you need to go and get an itinerary of the day so you know what’s happening next. If possible, get to the rehearsal of the ceremony. The information you gather from this extra preparation will guarantee you and your couple perfect photographs as you will be able to rehearse where you will be standing and get to know how the light affects the shots you will be taking.

Pre-visit the Location It is vital that you visit the place where the ceremony will take place and the venue for the reception before the day so that you can find all the best vantage points for the photos. Although professional photographers do not do this – as a novice you will find it helpful to know about the location so you have an idea of a few positions for photos and to know how the light might affect you on the day. I think it is an even bigger advantage if you can visit the location with the couple so you can a few test shots (these made nice ‘pre-wedding photos’).

Take pictures of the small things The small things are very important; most couples love to look back at their wedding cake, also pictures of the rings, backs of dresses, flowers, table settings, shoes etc.

Discuss and agree the couple’s expectations

Show them as many photos as you can so they can see your typical style of work. Ask them what they want to achieve, how many photographs they would like, what shots are important to them. Find out what they will be doing with the photographs, will they be put into an album or just kept on a disk for example.

Two Cameras are better than one

If possible use more than one camera, this way you can set it up with different lenses and settings. Using a wide angled lens on one camera while using a longer lens on the other can give you a totally different effect. You will also have a spare just in case one stops working.

7 Essential Destination Wedding Tips

1. A travel agent can do wonders.

Even if your wedding is not too far off the beaten path, a reliable travel agent can negotiate airfare rates and hotel accommodations far better than others. They can also prove to be a reliable resource for your guests as they plan to travel to the unknown.

2. Manage your expectations around the guest list.

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t have as many guests as you’d thought. The truth of the matter is, destination weddings can be hard on guests, particularly if they haven’t had enough time to plan. There is missing work, additional expenses, and sometimes planning around pets and kids to think about, and some guests won’t be able to swing the trip. Be sure to send Save the Dates at least 9 months out to give everyone plenty of time to plan and save.

3. Plan extra activities outside of the wedding ceremony and reception.

It’s a vacation for your guests too, so give them plenty to do! You can plan a larger rehearsal dinner to include everyone, or a big lunch a day or two before the wedding for guests to try some local fare. Depending on the location, plan an optional horseback riding, hiking, or sailing adventure for a little bit of excitement! Include lots of information on local eats and activities in your guests’ welcome bag at the hotel.

4. Hire a Wedding Planner

Weddings in an unfamiliar locale can be even trickier to get the details right. An experienced wedding planner will cut down on hours or research by reaching out to their network and asking the right questions to find the perfect vendors. They also have the experience to keep your wedding out of trouble, like understanding permit requirements or coordinating electrical needs so your wedding doesn’t blow a fuse.

5. Take care of your dress!

Don’t check your wedding dress with the rest of your luggage. You can’t afford to have it lost or damaged when you arrive at your destination. Put it in plastic in an opaque garment bag, and it will probably fit in the overhead bin; or ask a flight attendant if it can go in their closet at the front of the plane. Find out if the hotel has a steamer or steaming services you can use. If not, they can point you in the right direction to a reputable cleaner.

Ask the resort / hotel where you are staying if they have a steamer to use on the dress, research cleaners in the area to see if there is a reputable place to have the dress steamed, or invest in a travel-sized steamer and bring it with you for any touch-up wrinkle control that may be necessary.

6. Factor in Additional Costs

Not only will you be footing the bill for your own travel expenses, but traditionally the happy couple should also pay for the wedding party’s accommodations. Other expenses that come with destination weddings include welcome bags for guests, and extra day trips or activities you may have planned over the weekend. Exotic marriage requirements may also mean you need to reside in a place prior to your ceremony. Usually it’s just a few days, but there are several places where it’s even a week. In France you have to arrive 40 days before your wedding!

7. Go places, baby.

You need to be twice as organized and on top of it as couples planning a local wedding. We highly recommend taking at least 1 planning trip to your destination to really get a feel for the location, have a chance for a catering tasting, and meet your other vendors. The bright side is that if you only have 1 week to find a venue and choose a caterer, you’ll find yourself becoming very decisive! If you can have the chance to have your eyes on ground a few times, consider the 1st trip to find ceremony and reception spaces, hotels for guests, your caterer, and your photographer. Those are biggies. Use the next trip for smaller vendors, such as florists, d├ęcor companies, and hair & makeup stylists.

Helpful Wedding Tips For Grooms

The time has come to plan the wedding. The Bride is all excited and bubbly with dreamy ideas, but often there is less enthusiasm expressed by the groom. They arrive at the church. The minister welcomes the bridal couple to his office. They sit and begin discussing the wedding. The groom appears a bit fidgety.

The groom responds, “I do not really why I am here.”

This is a fairly common situation. While girls may dream of their wedding day for a lifetime, most boys only come to consider the wedding as a means to marriage. It is often an afterthought. As a result many grooms feel awkward, unprepared, even threatened by this experience.

As the groom approaches their wedding with all the planning, social gatherings, and fanfare there can be many stresses and strains encountered. Relationships often experience extreme pressures during this time. In many ways, how these pressures, stresses, and strains are managed can affect not only the wedding itself but marriage and extended relationships for years.

How can the groom strengthen his marriage and thrive throughout the wedding?

To begin with, are you really sure you want to get married? You better be. You commitment to your bride and marriage is vital to your future. Grab hold of your commitment and keep it fresh in your thoughts.

Next, consider it your mission to accept and understand your bride. Give her every consideration for her dreams, desires, hopes, fears, and concerns. Listen intently.

Then, let love flow through your words, actions, and attitudes. In spite of all the business and activity make certain you bride knows your love. Tell her, show her, and prove your love to her and her family.

Be patient with your bride and yourself. Be patient with the activities, decision making, and social events.

No fighting. No complaining. No outbursts. Listen and consider the feelings of others. Even if you become upset, speak softly and avoid making fire crackers into A bombs. Careless harsh words destroy.

Tip 6, express sincere appreciation. We teach our children to say thank you, but as adults we often forget this very important courtesy. During the stresses and business of your wedding, let everyone know you really appreciate them and their efforts. Especially, express your appreciation to your bride and her family.

Tip 7, avoid getting distracted. Suddenly, you are surrounded by people all with their own ideas, desires, and interests. Many stories have been told of bridesmaids who have flirted with the groom, and caused endless problems. Make certain that you remain focused on your bride and refuse to be distracted by others.

Eighth, avoid demanding your own way. Although your bride may have dreamed of her wedding for years, you still have strong options. However, if you minimize your expectations and moderate your need for control and domination; your bride will be much happier and the wedding will proceed far more smoothly.

Tip 9, when it comes to your own personal indulgences, moderate yourself. Avoid excesses. Alcohol is commonly associated with celebration, but it is also often associated with very negative experiences. Moderation and self discipline can do much to prevent calamity.

This is you moment. Enjoy it! Enjoy love! Enjoy your bride! Enjoy the dreams, hopes, and expectations of marriage. Your wedding is for you to enjoy!