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Wedding Album Tips

When you are choosing a wedding photographer, you may want to talk to them about the degree of involvement you’d like in selecting the images that will go in the wedding album. Some brides want to make the choice themselves from all the images available, while others would rather let the photographer use their artistic talents, and then just approve the selection before printing.

  • Get a good mix of styles

Currently the most popular wedding photography style is photojournalism, where the photographer captures natural spontaneous moments throughout the day such as the look on the groom’s face as the bride enters, and the guests’ reactions to the first dance. Another popular style is the Vogue style, which includes posed photos that mimic a glamorous magazine shoot.

These photography styles are both fantastic additions to your wedding album, but you will probably want to mix them with a few formal group shots to make sure you have great photos of everybody. You could also include a couple of arty detail photos such as a picture of your wedding rings, one of your bouquet , and one of your wedding cake.

  • Tell the wedding story

Your wedding album should tell the story of your wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready in the morning, to their dramatic departure at the end of the night. Try to make sure there is a balance in your album between getting ready photos, ceremony photos, and reception photos. Some couples even choose to add some pictures of their engagement party at the beginning, and their honeymoon at the end.

  • Be practical with your album design

Ultra modern design layouts may look stunning now, but will they make your wedding album look dated very quickly? Try to reach a compromise between contemporary and classic to create a timeless album. Check the quality of your album to be sure it will last as long as your marriage, especially if you are having a flush mounted album. If you are going to be displaying your wedding album and looking at it frequently, consider getting two copies and keeping one pristine for your children.

  • Find an album style that suits your wedding

The type of album that you choose can make a big difference to the overall effect. If you are having a fashionable modern wedding, only a flush mounted magazine style album will do. If you are having a more traditional wedding, on the other hand, you may want to look at a matt album with individually mounted pictures. Also consider the style of the decor in your home when you are choosing a wedding album as that is where it will live.

Wedding flowers

A wedding without flowers would be like a beach without sand. They are an essential element of your big day, and come in a whole range of styles and arrangements. Aside from the bride’s bouquet, which may be uppermost in your thoughts, there are many other uses for wedding flowers that you may not have considered.

Types of wedding flowers that you may need to budget for

  • A bridal bouquet, traditionally in white or cream
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets, to complement the bridal bouquet
  • Buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen, traditionally taken from the bride’s bouquet
  • Corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom that can be pinned to the dress or worn around the wrist
  • Arrangements for the ceremony to go on the alter, signing table, pews, entrance and window sills, if you are having a church wedding
  • Table centrepieces for the reception
  • A floral arrangement to decorate the cake tableEmerging trends in wedding flowers

    Using vivid colours is increasingly popular in wedding flower arrangements as well as in the bridal bouquet. Fashionable choices include reds, pinks, blues and purples, and single colour arrangements that incorporate a number of different textures and flower types are also in style.

    Instead of traditional static flower displays, wedding florists are increasingly creating arrangements with natural flow and movement. Whether you are designing your bouquet, or a table centrepiece, flowers with long stems or a natural drape, such as vines, tulips and sweet peas can really add a natural touch to your wedding design.

    The use of accessories to dress up flower arrangements and bouquets is all the rage this year, and your florist may suggest using jewels or beads to make your wedding flowers sparkle. Adding antique jewellery to your bridal bouquet can be the perfect way to incorporate your ‘something borrowed’ into your wedding outfit.

    Wedding florists are paying as much attention to the vases they use to contain flower arrangements as to the actual blooms themselves. Tall vases are being wrapped creatively in various fabrics, wires and ribbons, and the stems of bouquets are often receiving the same treatment.

The use of orchids is very fashionable, especially when it comes to single bloom buttonholes for the groom and his groomsmen. Orchids have a contemporary shape, come in a variety of colours, and manage to add a touch of elegance to your wedding scheme, all at the same time.

Wedding planner

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort, and can cause a huge amount of stress. After all, this is the most important day of your life, when all your friends and loved ones will be gathered together to celebrate with you and your fiance, and you want everything to be perfect.

What to look for in a wedding planner

You will want to interview several wedding planners so that you can compare their prices and the services they offer, but in many cases your choice will come down to whether you click with the wedding planner or not. You need to be comfortable with your choice of wedding planner as you will be in regular contact with them in the months leading up to your wedding, as well as on the day itself.

When you are looking for potential wedding planners, it is best to look in the area where the wedding will take place, especially if you live far from there. Local planners will be familiar with the local wedding venues and wedding service providers such as florists, bakers and musicians.

Look for a planner that is able to get the best deals on local venues, products and services. A good planner will be aware of the going rate for various services and will be able to negotiate on your behalf. They may also be eligible for trade discounts, and should be able to avoid those hidden extra costs that many venues try to impose on individuals.

Good wedding planners will produce a detailed budget, showing a cost breakdown of each aspect of the wedding. They will also put together a complete timeline showing when they will book and arrange everything. You might want the hassle taken away from wedding planning, but unless you know what is happening and when, you may feel like you have lost control of the wedding.

When to book your wedding planner

Once you have decided that you want to use a wedding planner, selecting and booking one should be your main priority. Interviewing and selecting wedding planners is probably the first thing to do after you have announced your engagement. However there are a few things that you and your fiancTe need to discuss and agree on before you start your search for a wedding planner:

  • A rough date for your wedding
  • The geographic location of your wedding
  • A general idea of the number of guests
  • A budget limit that you need to work within

Wedding Dress

Couture wedding dresses are one-of-a-kind gowns, made especially for a particular bride, although many designers attach the couture label to off-the-rack wedding dresses where the fabric, colour, or details can be customised.

  • No compromise on style

Couture wedding dresses are the perfect way to inject your own personality into your bridal outfit. When you are having a dress custom made you can have whatever you like as long as your budget can stretch to it. How many brides decide they like the bodice of one dress, but the skirt of another, and just can’t find an off-the-rack gown that combines the two? With a couture wedding dress you can show the two gowns to your dress maker and have them combine the features that you love.

  • A dress that is totally unique

You’ve found your dream dress and can’t wait for the day you get to wear it, but then a couple of weeks before the wedding your friend gets married in exactly the same gown! On your wedding day you want to feel completely special and unique and couture wedding dresses are one of the ways you can ensure you look different to any other bride. You don’t have to opt for way out colours or eccentric details, just having a one off dress designed for you will make your gown as unique as you are.

  • A perfect fit

One of the main reasons brides give for choosing couture wedding dresses is that they want a perfect fit. If you are an unusually shaped bride, perhaps with a different sized top and bottom half, it can be difficult to find an off-the-rack gown to fit, and if you do find one it will require extensive alteration. A couture wedding dress can be designed to flatter your body shape whatever it may be, and to skim effortlessly over your curves, wherever they are.

  • Make it personal

The fact that you get to have a say in creating your dream wedding dress may be personal enough, but if you can have it made by someone you know such as a friend or relative, or even a local dressmaker, it will be all the more special. Couture wedding dresses don’t need to be made by high profile designers; any quality bespoke gown can be called couture.

  • Dress shopping should be an enjoyable experience

Sadly many brides are disappointed the first time they go wedding dress shopping. Confusion over appointment times, sample dresses that don’t fit, unfriendly shop assistants, and dream dresses that look terrible when they’re tried on, can all combine to produce a shopping trip from hell.

  • Match your dress to your wedding style

Think about the type of wedding you want to have when you are choosing your dress. Which season have you chosen? Will it be a formal evening affair, or a casual beach party? Are you getting married in a garden location, or an historic building? If you are having a themed wedding you might want to make your dress part of that theme. On the other hand some brides go out and find the perfect dress and then use that to influence their wedding theme.