Hiring A Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s hard enough finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you, let alone gambling on a stranger from another country. If your wedding photographer doesn’t speak English well, you could be in serious trouble when problems arise.

Although the memories of your wedding are likely to last a lifetime, how will you be able to reminisce on the most important day of your life if your photographer falls through? For members of the family who can’t make it to the ceremony, what will you show them? Sometimes it pays to play it safe and stick with what you know – that’s where destination photographers come in.

Package Deals

Paying for a photographer from home to follow you across seas can be exceptionally expensive, so see if you can get a package deal out of them, at a fixed price. Get this sum as low as possible because you’ll be paying for a shed load of extras: accommodation, transport, air fare…and that barely scratches the surface. Agree what you’ll pay for beforehand, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes through.

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Be Kind To Your Photographer

Treat your photographer as a guest. They may be expensive, but they’re carrying out one of the most important jobs of the evening. Encourage them to have the occasional glass of bubbly and relax. When it comes to accommodation, set them up with the rest of the guests, rather than in some nearby dive.

Digital Copies

Ask your photographer if they deal in digital or film photos, as X-Rays from luggage security can damage rolls of film. Not ideal. Also see if you can keep several copies of the day’s photos – obviously you’ll want your photographer to go through every single one and bring them up to scratch, but if you have copies, should the worst happen, the originals are safe.

Get To Know Your Photographer

Have the same photographer take your engagement photographs and build up a relationship with him or her; you’ve got to like this person and their pictures, as he or she will be effectively tailing you for days. Inviting your photographer to spend time with your family will ensure a personal connection – a fast way to get fantastic pictures.

Fly in your photographer with the rest of the party. He or she will need a few days to acclimatize to the country and get inspirational juices flowing. If country house wedding venues are your thing, he or she can visit the ceremony location and start planning photo ops. Use these extra days to take plenty of pre-wedding photos to flesh out your album.

Snap Them Up At The Right Time

Plan to book your photographer on an ‘off season.’ Prices will be cheaper, as it’s likely that your photographer is struggling to get work.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all prime wedding days, so if you plan to fly on the Monday and get your photographer back for Thursday, you could argue that you’re not impeding on the photographer’s work schedule. Cheaper prices, yay!

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Should your Future Bride be Involved in the Selecting of the Engagement Ring?

So you’ve been taking it slow for a while now. Her toothbrush has moved into the bathroom and you have found yourself surrounded by cute cushions and fancy facial products that leave your skin like a baby’s bottom. The bubble of bliss envelopes you and she really is THE ONE. You spend more time laughing with her than in clubs with your mates, you spend every waking hour thinking about her, she is perfect, you can see everything that is beautiful about her and don’t care that she uses your razor to shave her legs. The question is on the tip of your tongue and you want that special engagement ring to be as flawless as she is. It is a mine field, one that has too many choices. So many different cuts, so many styles, do you go timeless or contemporary? Princess or Round? How big does it need to be? How many carats? What size ring? What colour gold? How much should you spend? The list is endless. Take a look Whiteflash, for diamonds in Houston. They have some great information on diamonds.

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It is no wonder that 61% of would be suitors consult their brides-to-be before buying that special diamond ring. It is something that you want her to be proud to wear, something that she will want to show off, you want her to squeak with pleasure when she sees it, to instantly grab the phone and call her best friend to announce the news. It is something you want her to wear forever.

Gentlemen, you are not alone. Take a deep breath and think about her. You know everything about her, you know she has freckles that glow like a warm fall afternoon on her face, you know she takes sugar in her Frappuccino, you know she always steals the duvet at 2am in the morning and you know she secretly borrows your razors but when it comes to the engagement ring, you are either going to get it so right or so very wrong. For a woman there is nothing that can surpass the ultimate feeling of euphoria as you watch your man get down on one knee, a delicate box pulled out of his pocket and a beautiful ring presented to you. It is like a Disney moment, played over and over to her friends, a story passed down through generations of how Grandpa asked Grandma to marry him, a timeless moment. Wait, what happens if that carefully chosen ring doesn’t fit? The diamond is too big, the colour is wrong. A moment ruined for all to see.

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In this day and age it isn’t an issue to consult with her. There are so many gentleman out there that feel out of their depth with so many styles to choose from that it is no wonder they ask their lady for guidance. After all she is the one that has to wear it year in and year out. It needs to be just like her, as special as her and most important of all she needs to be happy to show it off. Be brave gentlemen, ask her for her help, she’ll thank you for it in the end. A moment to savour, you chose it together, the start of your new life together.

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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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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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Wedding Dress Tips and Tricks

Are the days tickling next to your wedding day? Have you met all the prerequisite before the 11th hour comes beckoning on your side? If yes, you need to put everything right into place. One of the main concerns in any wedding day and to the couples is the wedding dress. The major problem that arises when it comes to choosing a wedding dress is the availability of hundreds of options. Today, wedding cost is majorly taken care of by the couple not unlike in the past where parents were involved. This means that cost needs to be put at bay. That is why attractive but inexpensive wedding dresses become almost necessary to everyone.

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The mother of the bride dresses buying is not like buying a credit voucher where less is considered. When it comes to this kind of dress shopping, many factors are put into consideration. You may think of buying inexpensive wedding dresses that will not compromise the auspicious looks of the occasion. To achieve this, you need to put several factors into consideration and shopping wisely online.

Never buy a wedding dress without consulting with your spouse. You may end up over spending or using less money yet getting something that does not impress his eyesight. The budget that is put by each member of the team should be adhered to.  The gown color should not have a wide gap with that of your groom. Try to pick something that looks almost similar in terms of hue. The flattering appearance of your wedding dress should be appealing to everyone. To know about that, ask the groom and the other guys involved.

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Before The Wedding: Tips To Keep Your Engagement Engaging

There’s nothing quite like getting engaged – it’s one of the most exciting days of your whole life and holds promises of even more exciting days to come. But when you’re in the middle of preparing for your wedding, it can be pretty stressful, which means that at times your relationship might be a little fraught. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your engagement is just as much fun as your relationship has been so far…

Look At Your Engagement Differently

A lot of people think of their engagement simply as the run-up to their wedding and spend all of their time planning for their big day. Try to take a step back from that, and focus on the current stage of your relationship instead of frantically planning for the next one. You’ve promised to spend your lives together but you haven’t made those vows just yet – it’s time to appreciate being committed and together and footloose and fancy free all at the same time.

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Give Yourself Time

Getting married is incredible, of course, but it’s also one of the most stressful things you can do. A wedding might not seem all that difficult to plan but the truth is that it will take you a lot of time and cost you a lot of money – so don’t rush into it. Give yourself at least a year, preferably more, to organize your wedding. This will mean that you won’t get too stressed and you also won’t have too many problems with money as a result of not having much time to save.

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Keep Communicating

The fact that you’re engaged doesn’t mean that your relationship is now magically perfect. Now more than ever you have to make sure that you keep working on it, learning how to talk to each other and how to be kind to each other, and focusing on your life together. You could even consider going to counseling – it isn’t just for people who are having problems. If that isn’t for you, make sure that you start to communicate in a productive way – explain the way you feel, don’t be dismissive or snappy, and trust your partner to understand you.

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Be Organized With Your Planning

One way to make wedding planning a whole lot less stressful is to be organized. Give yourself plenty of internal deadlines and make a spreadsheet so you can see exactly what you’ve done, what you’ve paid for, and what you still need to organize. Speak to all your vendors as early as possible, from a wholesale diamonds seller to figure out your rings to a DJ who will enable you and your family and friends to dance the night away.

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Take A Vacation

Finally, it’s important to relish spending time together. Go on date nights at least once a week where you don’t talk about wedding planning at all, and take a vacation together once or twice. It doesn’t have to be expensive – just a weekend away during which you can turn your phones off, relax, and enjoy being together.

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Have a Fabulous Christmas Wedding with Outdoor Solar Powered Flower String Lights

Christmas is a magical time of year so many couples tie the knot this season because of its festive cheer.  If you have no idea how to make your wedding venue fabulous you might consider adding  Outdoor Solar Powered Flower String Lights to every nook and corner of the wedding reception venue.

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They are cool light decoration that could add attraction at night, and have 8 kinds of different light modes available for selection, they are currently on sale for $9.99 but if you use this code 67UEQPSS upon checkout it will only cost $5.99,

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Living In The Moment On Your Special Day

One golden piece of advice that many couples will give you on your big day, is make sure you relax and live in the moment. Living in the moment will stop you worrying about things that could go wrong. It’ll stop you fretting over things that haven’t exactly gone to plan. It’ll also mean you have a much better day, as your head isn’t somewhere else entirely! If you’re constantly worrying about something, you won’t be able to slow down and really appreciate this celebration. Sometimes, though, this is easier said than done. If you’re a natural worrier, or you’re afraid you won’t be able to live in the moment and enjoy every second on your big day, this post is for you!

Designate Somebody You Trust To Help You

It’ll be so much more bearable on your special day if you have somebody trustworthy to take care of the little things for you. This could be your best friend, mother, or anybody else you trust to take care of the finer details. They could be in charge of phone calls, and any small issues that you really shouldn’t have to worry about on a day like today!

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Know Exactly Where Your Priorities Lie

Ask yourself where your priorities lie before your big day rolls around. Then, you’ll know exactly what you need to focus on when the day comes. Do you want to spend plenty of time getting ready with your bridal party? Or do you want to make sure you have a quiet moment with your other half before everything starts and gets a little hectic? Knowing exactly where your priorities lie will help you to have a better day.

Start Your Day As You Mean To Go On

Usually, we start each day and continue the same way. If you start the day by getting up late and not giving yourself enough time to relax and get ready, you’ll probably carry that rushed feeling into your wedding day, even if you’re no longer rushed. By getting up extra early, and taking your time, you can really enjoy your day. Treat yourself to a nourishing breakfast. Read a few chapters of a book. Have a nice bath. Get ready and take as long as you need. Then, spend plenty of time taking all of the pictures you want in your album, suggest Brightmoon photography. Just take it all in and make this day the best ever!

Tell Your Wedding Party You Appreciate Them

Make sure you tell your wedding party how much you appreciate them. You chose them to be next to you on your special day, so don’t be afraid to get emotional and let them know how you feel. Perhaps once you’ve finished getting ready you can all have a group hug and a pep talk. Hugs will up the happy hormones in your body too, making you feel even better about your day!

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Be Sure To Eat Your Dinner

The thing with wedding days, is that they can get so hectic people forget to eat. You should eat breakfast if you can, but many people simply forget. Whatever you do, make sure you sit down and eat the dinner you chose. It’ll give you a chance to relax before the dancing starts. Not only that, it’ll protect you from getting too drunk when the alcohol starts to flow. It could be a good idea to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water too. You don’t want to peak too early!

Take It All In

Take moments whenever you can to take it all in. Look at all of the people who care about you and your partner. They have attended this day to celebrate with you! Take a moment to take a breath and really enjoy yourself. Show gratitude for everything on the day!

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Stay Away From Electronics

Your wedding day isn’t a day to be scrolling Facebook or answering the phone. Stay away from electronics and put somebody else in charge if you can. By staying away from things that can disrupt the flow of the day, you’ll feel much better. There will be plenty of time to update everybody and put pictures up when it’s all over. You can almost make your day feel like it isn’t over this way, too!

Release Expectations

It’ll really help you to release expectations on your big day. You can’t control many things on your day. You can’t control babies crying in the church. You can’t control a clumsy guest standing on your dress. Just release the idea of what you think your wedding ‘should’ be like.

Ready to have the best day of your life? Good luck!

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Bridal Beauty Regime: Get Yours Started Today

Getting ready on the morning of your wedding is something all brides enjoy. It adds to the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming ceremony, as well as being fun a pre-wedding activity. From getting your hair done to applying makeup, there is plenty that needs to be done to get you ready for your wedding. The best way to ensure you get the bridal look you desire is to start planning your beauty regime in advance. Leaving it all to the last minute is never recommended and is unlikely to end well. This regime needs to cover everything from your hair to your nails to help you create a beautiful outcome.

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But with so much to plan and organize in regards to your wedding, it can be easy to forget crucial aspects of this regime. This can be a catastrophe and stop you looking and feeling your best on the biggest day of your life. To prevent this from happening, use this useful checklist that caters to every bride’s beauty needs.

Hair

Your hair should be your crowning glory on your wedding day and look better than it ever has before. Continual blow-drying, dyeing and styling can cause our hair to dry out and become brittle. This can take some time to rectify, so the sooner you start, the better. Start applying a hair mask each week, whether it’s one you’ve bought or one you can make at home. You can also make your own homemade natural conditioner and shampoo to use on your hair too. This will help to hydrate your hair and give it a healthy shine. You also need to start getting into the habit of using heat protection sprays to prevent further damage.

If you’ve got countless split ends, you need to get your hair cut. Despite what some hair products might claim, this is the only way to repair your ends. This is something you need to do routinely in the months leading up to your wedding. Before you go to the salon, look for potential hairstyles you might like for your wedding look. You can then show these images to your hairdresser and try out some different styles. It can be beneficial to also take any hair accessories you plan on wearing to the salon too.

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Face

Your face will require more care and attention that any other element in your bridal beauty regime. So it’s always best to start focusing on it well in advance. Firstly you need to start a skin care regime if you aren’t already. This can help you reduce oils and spots and remove blackheads. Look at your skin in the mirror and determine whether it’s dry, normal, oily or a combination type. This will make it far easier to buy skin care products that are designed specifically for your skin type. Start using your new cleansers and moisturizers at least six months in advance to allow your skin to adjust. If you’re suffering from acne, you might also want to make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can prescribe creams and ointments that can clear up your skin before you walk down the aisle. Again this is something you should be at least six months before. A dermatologist can also help you deal with spots on other areas of your body too.

If you’re considering having a nose job, Botox or other facial procedure, start looking for reputable surgeons and salons now. The whole process from the initial consultation to the end of your recovery period could take months. The last thing you want is facial swelling or bruising on your big day. Do your research and consider whether you have the time and budget to do this ahead of your wedding. This should also apply if you are considering dental procedures like veneers too.

Another option you have is to visit a spa or beauty salon for facials. Not only can this help you de-stress while you plan your wedding, but it can also make your skin look incredible. They can remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your complexion almost instantly. It will also make it easier and more hygienic to apply your makeup. Facials vary greatly so ask the experts at the spa for their recommendations based on your skin type.

Eyes and lips

Two of the most key features of your face are your eyes and lips. They also need assistance in ensuring they are in fantastic condition when your wedding day arrives. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your eyes will always give you away. Use cold tea bags or sliced cucumber on your eyes to reduce redness and puffiness. This can also help remove dark circles too. You also need to ensure your makeup remover is not too harsh and that you aren’t scrubbing your eye area.

To get kissable lips for your wedding, you should gently exfoliate them each week with a toothbrush. This can remove dead skin and smooth out the surface of your lips. This will help your lipstick look more even and make it last longer. Avoid chapping by protecting your lips with lip salve and sunscreen each day.

Next, you need to consider your makeup. This applies to your entire face but in particular your eyes and lips. Start looking online and in magazines for bridal makeup inspiration that you can try to recreate. You might want a colorful lip and dramatic eyes or something softer and dewier. Once you’ve chosen the style you want to have, buy the products you need and get practicing. You can use makeup tutorials to help you do this or ask a friend to help you. It can take time to become a master at creating this style. So schedule in time to practice in the weeks before your big day.

If you don’t think you can achieve the look you want, visit your local beauty counter for a trial run. You can discuss what you would like, and they can execute it using their expertise and products. If you love the outcome, book the makeup artist as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Body

Start exfoliating your skin every time you take a shower or bath to help it look clean and bright. It can also help your body look more toned and help your skin feel smoother. You can use a loofah or an exfoliating body scrub, either homemade or store bought. Just remember to not scrub too harshly as this can cause severe damage to your skin. To keep your body feeling hydrated, apply a moisturizing body lotion after each wash too.

Removing unwanted hair is something else you will need to do before your wedding. If you are doing it yourself, always shave after a warm shower when your pores are open. This will cause less pain and give you a smoother finish. Another option is to have your hair removed at a spa, using waxing and threading technique. Try each of these methods out at least two months before your wedding to see which one you prefer.

Once you’ve completed every item on this checklist, you’ll be a vision of loveliness for your wedding day. As some of these items need more planning than others, create a wedding beauty diary. You can use this to schedule appointments at your local salon and plan when each item needs to be started. That way you can stay firmly in control and fit your bridal preparation around the rest of your wedding planning. So what are you waiting for? Start preparing your wedding beauty regime today to ensure you’re the most beautiful bride ever.

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What You Can’t Do Without At Your Wedding!

It’s easy to let wedding fever run away with you and your pocket book. With more and more glamorous luxe wedding being shown on TV and in magazines it easy to think that we need all of the things they have, to have a good wedding. Well, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes a simple wedding is the best. But however big or small your budget is there are some things that you just cannot do without.

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The first thing you can’t do without is a dress or outfit to get married in. You don’t have to wear a traditional dress; a nice pant suit is a good look if you’re not really a meringue sort of girl. It doesn’t have to be an official wedding dress either. They can cost a fortune, and some women are just more comfortable in a cute dress from a department store. It’s your wedding and your day, so you make sure you wear what you want and don’t listen to anyone that tells you otherwise.

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It’s important to have some transport to and from the service and the reception in place before the big day. Use a company like Get Chauffeured, limo hire services if you are wearing a proper wedding dress. What many brides don’t realize is that as a lot of cars are not big enough to fit the bottom part of the dress in without creasing it. Of course, it’s also really nice to arrive in style on your wedding day.

Official place

The next thing you cannot do without is an official place in which to get married. In some countries, you need to be in specially sanctioned place to tie the knot according to the law. Make sure you know the rules and regulations around this if you are planning a home garden wedding before you start the rest of the proceedings.

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You are also going to need an official to conduct the service. Although if you get married in a church or at city hall, this will all be taken care of for you.

However if you don’t want that sort of wedding, you will need someone that is qualified to marry you. You can have a friend or family member to do your service, but they will need to get ordained first. See here for how this works.

Suit for the Groom

Another thing you will need is an outfit for the groom. While it is traditional for the groom to wear top hat and tails, you can really go with whatever you want. I’ve seen successful weddings with flack jackets and bow ties, just make sure the bride gives it her seal of approval before you buy.

Photos

Lastly, photos are something that you don’t want to do without on your wedding day. However camera shy you are you were going to want to have a record of your special day to look back on. Get your photographer to a few shots of the ceremony itself and then some of you together as a couple. You can get some cool advice on cute poses here.

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