Don’t Leave Him Out: Involve Your Future Husband In The Wedding Prep

Congratulations; if you’re planning your wedding, you’ve obviously had a recent proposal which you must be so excited for! You’ve probably been thinking about planning this particular day for a while now, and might well have a clear idea in your mind about how it will all pan out. Most brides-to-be have been pinning things to a Pinterest board, even in advance of any proposal, so you’re not alone. However, sometimes it can be easy to forget that your future husband might want to be involved in the process too. Your beloved will obviously want you to be happy, so they can often feel that you’re best left to organise and prepare things, along with making any of the big decisions.

Planning a wedding and all the details that go with it can be exciting, but also, exhausting. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to get your other half in on all the action. You also want a day that reflects the both of you and to start married life as you mean to go on; as an equal partnership and an unstoppable team. There are all sorts of ways t get your fiance on board and ensure that he’s well and truly part of the wedding planning and beyond. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for future brides who want their wedding prep to be a joint effort.

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The Rings

Assuming that you’ll both be wearing wedding rings after the ceremony; why not ensure that they reflect both of your personalities and tastes. If your future hubby proposed with a “stud” ring; make sure that he’s part of the process regarding getting something just right. You can do your research together online and design your own engagement ring as a team. The same goes for your wedding bands; visit the jewellers together and see how you can both get a bespoke piece to last a lifetime.

The Stationery

When it’s time to send out those save the dates or wedding invites; you’ll want your guests to open the envelope and know whose wedding it is immediately from the design. Therefore, it’s vital that you visit the stationers together, or if you’re making them yourself; ensure that you both decide on the design before you print or craft anything. Whether it’s the words, images, colours, or all three that you use to put your character as a couple on paper; it’s a process you should both be a part of.

The Venue

The venue where you say your vows should also be meaningful to the pair of you. Whether it holds sentimental value for you as a couple, or simply takes your breath away when you go together to visit it; you need to both feel special there and that the venue is perfect (as it can be). The more effort you put into your wedding as a couple, the more all the guests will see the influence both of you had, and you’ll begin your long and happy marriage with one another.

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The Wedding Photos You’ll Want in Your Album

Your wedding album is supposed to be a beautiful reminder of your big day, and that’s exactly what it should be, but so many brides and grooms neglect to have shots taken of some of their most special moment, perhaps because they’re not considered that important at the time, or simply because they don’t think to do so. This is something you should avoid if you want to be able to look back on cherished memories from every part of your wedding day.

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With that in mind, here are some wedding photos you might not have thought of, but which you will definitely want in your album:

The Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big day is one of the most exciting moments of your wedding. The anticipation is mounting, you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest and it’s your last few moments as an unmarried bride or groom, so document it! Get pictures of you having your hair done or the groom and his guys doing their ties up – trust me you’ll treasure them just as much as that picture of you kissing at the bottom of the aisle.

Your Wedding Dress

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Before you put it on, get the photographer to take a picture of your wedding dress in all its glory. Sure, you’re going to have hundreds of photos of you wearing it, but if you have one of just the dress, when you look back at it in years to come, you’ll remember how you felt seeing it in the shop for the first time.

The Groom’s Accessories

Artfully arranging the groom’s accessories (tie, button, etc.) and taking a few shots of them will do the same for him as seeing a picture of your wedding dress will do for you and it also makes a great arty shot to put up on the wall too.

Your Wedding Rings

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Having the photographer take a nice close-up shot of your wedding rings is a must for any happy couple. Have him, or her take one photo of your rings separately where you can see the detail and one of you holding hands with both rings visible as a symbol of your love.

The Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is such a traditional, not to mention beautiful, part of the wedding that it would be a shame not to get a few artistic shots of it both with and without you holding it. You might also want to have your bouquet pressed and framed, so you can keep it as a memento forever if you aren’t fussed about throwing it to your single friends.

Pre-Ceremony Shots

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Most brides and grooms have their photographer concentrate on capturing the wedding ceremony as it’s in progress and the reception as the day goes on, but very little time is given to the pre-ceremony proceedings. Traveling to the venue, walking to the church, crowds of loving family gathering for the big event – these are all things that deserve to be captured as extensively as the actual wedding itself.

Which less common wedding shots did you have taken? Which are your favorites?

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Documenting Your Lives Together From The Moment You Say “Yes”

From the moment he proposes, your lives will never be the same again. You are now officially a team, working together to enjoy a beautiful life as a married couple. Of course, the months between this moment and the time you arrive home from your honeymoon are going to whizz by. So much will happen, and it will change so fast that you might not have a chance to savor any of those beautiful moments. This is why more and more couples are documenting their journey from ‘Yes’ to ‘I Do’ and beyond.

It’s going to happen fast, so it’s worth planning or scheduling the important bits. Hire a photographer for the big proposal (assuming it’s not a surprise.) This gives you a chance to enjoy the moment and allows a professional to capture the look on each of your faces. If it’s a public proposal, then be sure to document everyone else’s reactions too. There will be cheers and congratulations to capture. You might want to include moments with each of your parents as they hear the happy news.

As you plan your wedding, there will be many more occasions that you might like to record. Sometimes it’s nice to take plenty of pictures of all the things you tried, even if you didn’t select them for the big day. This could include cake tasting, menu sampling, bouquet choices, and even dress fittings. These are the moments that add to the excitement of a wedding but seem to be forgotten by the time you reach your big day.

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What about your stag and hen parties? These events are very important to the bride and groom. It’s always worth preserving a few pictures of the night for the album. By now you already have plenty of images to compile in the book. You might start to consider how you wish to present them all when you come back from honeymoon.

Of course, by the time you reach your wedding day, you will have selected your preferred wedding photographer. There are often several different packages to choose from. Why not include shots of the bride getting ready and the wedding party assembling? The bride arriving at the ceremony, the happy couple saying their vows, and leaving the venue as a married couple are just the standard shots. Consider some posed shots to show off your hair and dress.

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Now You’re Married!

Your reception will be a happy event attended by everyone you love. It’s important to capture group photos as well as individual pics of the people who were there. You might leave notes on the tables asking guests to upload pics of each other to your Instagram or FaceBook pages. This can help you decide which ones you want to include in your album later on.

Don’t forget to take a good quality camera on honeymoon with you. There will be plenty of interesting sights to see as well as amazing activities to share with your husband. All of these moments will be over all-too-soon. Thank goodness you have all those wonderful photos to relive and reminisce!

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How You Can Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Wedding Day Without Spending a Fortune

So, your wedding is fast approached, but are you ready for it yet? If you haven’t yet thought about how you can add some luxury to your wedding day, now is the time to do that. Don’t worry, though; you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your day special and luxurious. Here are some great ways to add a touch of luxury to your wedding day without spending a future. Learn about them below.

Try Out Candles and Creative Lighting Solutions

You should give some thought to the lighting options in your home if you want to add more luxury to your wedding day. Something as simple as adding some candles to your wedding reception and the tables can make a huge difference. They add a bit of lowkey, pared down luxury. You should also look at other lighting options in order to get the atmosphere of your wedding day just right. This can make your wedding feel better than it ever otherwise could.

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Use a Luxury Car Service That You Pay for by the Hour

Everyone needs a way of getting the their wedding ceremony, and for many people, having an element of luxury here is key. No one wants to turn up in the back of a taxi. However, hiring a car and driver for the day can be really expensive. You don’t have to do that, though. Instead, you can hire a car that you pay for by the hour. This limousine service does that, as do many others. The benefit of this is that you only pay for the service for a short period of time, keeping costs down.

Use the Best Silk Flowers

Every wedding needs to have flowers, but it’s easy to forget about how much buying flowers for a wedding can cost. You might not have the budget to have the luxury flowers that you want for your wedding day. If that’s the case, why not just make the most of silk flowers? They can look great and convincing, but they won’t cost the huge amount of money that you often have to pay for authentic wedding flowers. So, don’t assume that flowers have to drain your budget.

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Make the Most of the Decorative Details

There are lots of decorative details that you can make the most of. And this is not just about making things look good. It can also make your entire wedding day seem more luxurious because those small things really do stand out and change how your entire wedding feels. For example, you could choose a retro and vintage theme for your wedding. This gives you plenty of scope to try new things and make small changes that give a luxurious feel to the wedding.

As you now know, there are lots of great ways to add some touches of luxury to your big day. And you don’t need to break the bank to take advantage of them. That has to be positive, so try these out.

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Things To Do When Choosing Your Dream Wedding Venue

We know what it is like; when it comes to your wedding there are more decisions to make than you can ever possibly comprehend. That’s why prioritizing your list is so important. Knowing what matters most on your big day is the only way you will be able to make sense of the endless options you’re staring at, but nothing is more important than your wedding venue.

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This is one of the most important decisions you and your husband to be will make. This is because choosing where you will get married is a massive deal; it is what sets the tone of your day and is the superglue that will hold so much of your wedding together, and so much of planning will hang in the balance until you finally decide.

As such, we have come up with a few things to make a note of when it comes to choosing your venue. Enjoy.

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Know The Budget

You and your partner need to be open, honest and committed to how much of your total budget you are willing to spend on getting the venue of your dreams. Is it going to be 25% of the budget? Or maybe half? This can be tricky, so make sure you know what you are getting with that money. Think about capacity, location, and how much bang they offer you for your buck.

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Number Of Guests

You don’t need to have a fixed number. You don’t need to say, we are having 112 adults and 14 children. That’s because this number will change; it’s part and parcel of the guest list game. However, you should have a rough idea of how many people you want to join in with your celebrations. By knowing this, your vendors will be able to tell you how much they’ll charge, meaning you’ll know how much you have to spend, and what sort of wedding you’ll have; big or small.

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Tour With The Photographer

This is often the most stressful and most fun part of the venue hunt, but to lean more toward the fun side of things we recommend is you take your chosen photographer along with you, if you can that is. Your photographs are going to be your reminder of that big day for years, so you’ll want to get this right. If you know you want to have the wedding in Lake Como, and you know you want to use Vittore Buzzi, then take them to the venue and let them help you decide what will look best. This will help this go smoother on the day and let them plan their shots a little more in advance.

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Know Your Theme

Knowing what theme you want to run with on your big day will have a big sway over what venue you choose because certain style will complement certain venues more than others. Your wedding venue is going to be a huge party of love story you tell, so decide whether you want it to be inside or outside, formal or casual, country chic or black-tie. Your wedding planner and photographer will be able to help you understand how to best interpret this and bring it to life when it matters.

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Achieving The Image Of Perfection On Your Big Day Made Easy

If there’s ever been a day when you want everything to look perfect, it’s your wedding day. Appearances are pivotal as you bid to create those magical memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Knowing this can pile on the pressure, but there’s nothing to stop you achieving those goals.

The key is to make everything feel manageable. Here are five killer points to focus on. Get them right, and your big day will be even more spectacular than you imagined.

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#1. The Look

The big day is all about the happy couple, which is why you both need to look your best. The wedding dress and suit are the most important outfits that and bride or groom will wear. Knowing that they are perfect will give any couple a boost in self-confidence.

Makeup and grooming rituals are important too. Meanwhile, the special guests including best men and bridesmaids should also look the part.

#2. The Venue

When picturing the big day, most girls picture their dream building or backdrop. Whether it’s a church, a temple, or a beach doesn’t matter. This one element sets the tone for everything ahead. Visit https://www.weddingwire.com/c/fl-florida/fort-lauderdale/wedding-planners/15-vendors.html to find more about planning this aspect early on. Let’s face it; the longer you leave it, the harder it’ll become.

In addition to the esthetic, you need to think about the location. If it isn’t accessible for the guests, you should probably consider an alternative solution.

#3. The Décor

The venue itself provides solid foundations. However, it’s still important for the loving couple to stamp their authority on the big day. Finding a theme for your wedding brings everything to life. Moreover, it aids with the color schemes and additional decisions.

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Combining traditional elements with modern twists is often preferred. Meanwhile, you can use things like previous holiday destinations to guide things forward. As long as it provides a winning result in the eyes of the happy couple, that’s all that matters.

#4. The Arrival

 When the big day arrives, you realize that months of preparation have been leading up to that one moment where the bride arrives to meet her new husband. This is one of the most important parts of a woman’s life, let alone the day itself. Getting it right is key.

Choosing the right transportation ensures that she can make the grand entrance without having a single hair out of place. Find limo hires at http://www.fl-limousine.com/limo-service-fort-lauderdale for a great solution. Not only will the bride have plenty of space for herself, but she’ll have the support of her bridesmaids too.

#5. The Photos

 The memories created on this magical day will last a lifetime. Nonetheless, the photographs offer wonderful mementos of the special event. Knowing how to pose before the big day is key. Meanwhile, you should probably arrange to meet the photographer to avoid any awkwardness.

A modern approach also involves getting guests to take snaps on disposable cameras for a more natural representation of the big day. With the right combination of the two, those iconic images will be everything you hoped for and more.

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So You Want The Wedding Venue Of Your Dreams?

When you get engaged, not only are you floating on cloud nine with happiness, but you’ve also got a lot of vital decisions to make. Whether you’ve had your dream wedding planned in your head since you were a little girl, or you’re looking for the perfect theme, one of the most important decisions to make is where you’re going to get married. Deciding on a venue is a big deal. It not only sets the theme of your wedding, but also the kind of plans you can make. So, when you start looking into venues, here’s what you need to consider.

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Views

Of course, the main thing that’s going to be on your mind when you look at pictures of venues and physically walk around them is ascetics. Because what the venue actually looks like is hugely important to you and your future husband – especially if you have a set look in mind. But, it’s also worth thinking about the views that the venue offers you. Not only do you want to remember this day forever, but you want to make sure that the photos you get are perfect.

Space

Next up, space. When you’re planning a wedding, you’ve got lots of parts of the day to plan. From the ceremony itself to the reception to drinks receptions, dancing and even where you’re going to get ready in the morning. So, as you look at potential wedding venues, you need to see where everything can go. Look at each of the rooms that are available to you and see if you’re happy with where each part of the wedding would potentially be held.

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Services Offered

Then you’re also going to want to chat to the venue owners to events team to see what services their venue comes with. Sometimes, you will find that you’re quite restricted by what they offer, in the sense that you have to use their services rather than your own. So, if their offerings don’t match up with what you have in mind, you might then need to find a place that offers the venue alone and not a full service wedding.

Supplies Available

Along with the services that the venue can offer you, you should also think about the supplies. If you want a dance floor or cocktail making station, or anything else that the venue does or doesn’t supply, you’re going to need to make sure you can find a specialist, like Barlens wedding supplies, that can make sure your wedding looks like it should.

Cost

This part is either going to be all important to you or irrelevant. But, you do need to consider the cost. If you’re on a tight budget, your venue choice may come down to what you can afford. Or, if you have no budget, you should be able to consider any options available to you. However, if you are trying to stick to a set limit, you should work out the top floor you have to spend on the venue and only look at venues under that, so as not to get disheartened.

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Wedding Planning: Your First Vital Decisions

When you have a wedding to plan, there can be so much to think about that it is difficult to know where to begin. As with anything like this, it is useful to just start anywhere, as that way you can at least get going. But it can be helpful to know where a good place to start is, so that you can get off to a strong start. As it happens, there are certain aspects of planning a wedding which you probably want to get out of the way as early as you can. That way, you can free up your time for all the remaining things, the little details, and make sure you have got the big ones dealt with early on. Let’s take a look at which decisions you should be making as early as possible.

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Venue

Booking a venue can often be surprisingly difficult. In part, this is because you never quite know where will be free and when, but it is also because it just takes so much time. You don’t want to rush it, as it might be the single most important detail of the whole day. You want to make sure you are looking properly around the venue, considering every aspect of it, before you settle on anything. And it can often be frustrating to discover that your ideal venue is way above your budget. All of these complications mean that you should try and book your venue in as early as you possibly can.

Rings

Although these might not seem as important on the scale of the venue and so forth, there is a very good reason that you should get the rings over and done with. For a start, many couples know the experience of leaving the reigns to the very last minute. This happens simply because they seem to be such a small part of the whole decision making process. However, if you leave it too late, you might end up having to rush and choosing rings which are not what your ideal would be. If you really care about which wedding rings you have, then you should be sure to get this done as early as you can, so that you can find rings you really want.

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Date

Along with the venue, around the same time, you obviously need to pick a date. It is generally helpful to have the date slightly loose, so that you can work it around the venues a little easier. But once you have found a venue which suits your dates, then you should lock it in as early as you can. This will take most of the stress out of it, and also means that you can begin sending around the save the date cards. That is one of those steps which often makes it seem very suddenly real, so it is worth it just for that. If nothing else, this will help you to feel that you can start to get excited for your own wedding  -and that is a great feeling indeed.

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A Brief Destination Wedding Checklist

Planning a destination wedding might seem daunting, but it could be the best decision you’ve ever made. Not only could you say your vows anywhere in the world, you could also start your honeymoon immediately, and a wedding package could save you from the hassle of planning the whole event. While the rules of planning a destination wedding may be a little different from planning a wedding at home, there’s one planning tip they both have in common – plan ahead to stay organized. So make sure you’ve got everything checked off this list.

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Set your budget

As with any wedding, your first step must be setting a budget. If you’re set on a destination wedding, you need to establish how much you’re willing to spend on plane tickets, accommodation, and the wedding package itself. Also, if you’re planning on invite any friends and family members, you need to decide if you’re contributing to any of their expenses. Finally, depending on your destination, you also need to factor in the costs of visa fees.

Pick your destination

You can opt for a popular Mexico or Hawaii wedding, or you could go for something a little more romantic, such as a castle in Ireland or a cottage in Scotland. There plenty of wedding destinations from around the world that could suit any budget, preferred dates, and wedding specifications. You should do some research into the destination before you pay a deposit. Consider if the weather will be suitable for your proposed date, if the area is what you had in mind for a honeymoon, and if the package includes everything you need. You should also contact the Foreign Embassy or Consulate to confirm the legal and residency requirements to get married in the country of your choice.

Negotiate the details with your location

There are many ways you could go about planning your destination wedding. You could go directly to a venue and discuss your plans with their catering and event staff. There are also websites that can obtain quotes from your preferred venues on your behalf free of charge, which will help if you decide to plan the wedding yourself.

Book plane tickets

When you know there’s going to be travel involved in your wedding, you need to finalize the guest list and send out the invitations much earlier than you would with a local wedding. Ideally, you should do this at least 8 months before the wedding so that everyone can begin booking their flights and accommodation as soon as possible. This also gives everyone time to renew their passports, sort out visas, or get any vaccinations that might be required.

Make sure you have everything when you leave

As with any other trip abroad, you should make sure you have your passport, plane tickets, and travel insurance details. However, you will also need to bring your wedding attire, rings, a binder with everything you need for the reception, and any documentation required to obtain marriage license, such as birth certificates.

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How to Pose for Wedding Photos

A wedding is a joyous occasion. You’re surrounded by family and friends, and all eyes are on you. But, sometimes that’s the problem! If you’re nervous around crowds and you hate having your photograph taken, your wedding day can be just one big ball of anxiety. To prepare yourself for what’s to come, you may want to take a look at some tips for posing for wedding for photographs when you’d rather not.

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Rely on Your Partner

You’ve just tied the knot and you no longer have to deal with life’s struggles alone. By looking at your partner through some of your wedding photos, you can achieve some romantic shots. If you both feel awkward, you may end up laughing when you look at each other which can create some natural and beautiful photographs. If you’re nervous about getting good shots, find a photographer that’s good at getting natural pictures.

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The Kiss

A wedding photography session can go on for a long time. If you’re tired of posing and your jaw hurts from smiling, try switching to ‘the kiss’. Kissing your partner is not only an easy photograph to take, it gives you a break from doing the things that feel awkward. You can almost guarantee that a picture of the married couple kissing will make the wedding album. You can’t go wrong with ‘the kiss’. You may want to have some chap stick handy though!

‘Smizing’

It’s a term used by Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model. It means, to smile with your eyes. Sometimes smiling can be painful after a while on your wedding day. Use your eyes to show how happy you are and you’re sure to get some glistening pictures for your photo frames.

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Look Away

You don’t have to look directly at the camera to get a good shot. Whether you’re posing on your own or with your partner, gazing away can create a wonderful photo. The aim is to look into the future and dream about the life you’re about to start. What do you wish for? What will make you both happy? It’s sure to come across on the picture.

Use Props

Shakespeare had some of his characters where disguises because he knew a mask would create more confidence. You can use props in the same way. Suddenly, the attention isn’t all on you. Whether you choose to use something as simple as your bouquet of flowers or you use something quirky, like oversized sunglasses, they’ll give you the confidence you need to pose. Get some ideas here.

Relax

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, but relaxing is the key to getting great photographs. Perhaps you could have a glass of champagne to calm your nerves before the session. If you can let go of your insecurities and have fun with your partner, the rest will be easy.

Look to your photographer for guidance during a wedding photo shoot. Photographers have done it many more times than you, so you should get some good advice.

 

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