Do these images bring back any memories? ;)
Make sure guests know where they're going. Whilst google directions and TomTom devices are great, sometimes the directions are wrong, or there's a quicker, less traffic-prone route to take. It would be a good idea to ask your ceremony and reception venue for recommended driving directions, and test out the routes yourself. By taking a little time your guests will be where you want them, when you want them, well as much as possible anyway! ;)
Get a hold on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's plenty of space for your guests. As a guide, try allowing for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band, and the dance floor.
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Picking the right wedding dress. It’s a daunting task that many brides have to face; and there’s a whole host of things to think about when looking stunning on your perfect day.
Here’s some things to consider when you brides are choosing that all important look:
Picking a dress for your body shape is important; seeing as you will be photographed by multiple people throughout the day. What are your favourite areas of your body? Perhaps you would like to flatter them or show them off when picking the right dress for you. Maybe you choose a backless dress to show off a tanned back, or a strapless dress to highlight a cleavage – why not make a note of the areas you’d like to be on show?
Some brides look back in horror at their wedding pictures and think ‘I can’t believe I wore that dress! But it was fashionable at the time’. Whether it’s an 80’s meringue puffball dress or a 60’s lace hippy dress, some dresses don’t stand the test of time. Do you want your look to be timeless, or would you like to follow fashion? It’s totally up to you!
Price is an inevitable factor when choosing a wedding dress. Ensure you have a recommended budget that you stick to, or add on a ‘retainer’ of 10% in case you find that all important ‘dream dress’ and it’s just out of your price range. Know which shops stock for your budget – and try not to be tempted by dresses out of your reach.
Where will you be walking on your wedding day? Will you be wearing heels, or flats? Do you have to walk up several flights of stairs? Movement is important because it determines the type of dress you will go for. You might love a tight fishtail dress, but find it restricts you if you want to let loose on the dance floor later.
The top of your dress is what will be photographed most – so pay attention to the details. Will your dress have diamante that reflects the light, or lace detail around the shoulders? Detail on a dress can make for beautiful and artistic photographs.
Accessories and Hair
The accessories and wedding dress have to be chosen together; it’s important that they complement one another. Will you be wearing a veil? If you’re going to wear jewellery, try them on with the dress.
Will your hair cover the dress or will it be away from your face? It’s a good idea when trying on dresses to have your hair how you will have it on the day, as well as wearing any possible accessories.
Lastly, once you think you’ve found ‘the dress’ – stop right there! Trying on too many dresses can leave you feeling confused, so if you’ve found one that makes you look and feel fantastic, then you’re onto a winner!
Craig Atkins, wedding photographer in Nottingham can ensure you look beautiful in your dress on your special day. Check here for his latest wedding photography packages.
Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, and whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning the day, it’s important not to overlook some crucial elements. Here’s some things to consider before you book:
Having enough space for you and your guests may seem like a no-brainer, but think about every detail. Is there a granny who needs wheelchair access? Will any children be attending in pushchairs? Are there enough car parking spaces at the venue?
Timing is everything. You may visit a church on a main road on a Tuesday afternoon, but have your wedding on a Saturday when the road is jam packed with cars. If
you don’t know the area well, make sure you visit at the day and time of the week of your wedding to avoid any nasty surprises.
3. Backup plans
Everyone needs a back-up plan. No, not a stand in partner in case your beloved does a runner, but a risk assessment for your day in case anything goes awry. Plan for every eventuality- where will you be if it rains? Are there heaters if you’re getting married in winter, air con for summer?
4. Making it your own
Ensure you can tailor the venue to your special day. Does the room match your colour scheme? Can you move pictures or furniture? Walk through the venue and envision each part of your day. Will the guests like their table favours? Will the tables at the back be able to hear the wedding speeches?
It’s the surprise extras that make a nice touch to a wedding day. If you want fireworks, or a hog roast, make sure the venue is accommodating. If you are having something extra special, maybe negotiate a ‘trial run’ at the venue so you can see how it would work in -situ.
Privacy is important to most wedding couples. The last thing you want in your wedding photos is other people’s wedding guests milling around in the background. Ask the venue if there are other weddings taking place on the same day.
Once you’ve all said your boozy goodbyes at the end of your wedding, where will everyone sleep? Can the reception venue accommodate them or are there adequate hotels nearby?
Tasting a wedding menu is invariably one of the exciting things about choosing a wedding venue. The food is important, and should reflect the theme of the day. Make sure you consider the vegetarian, vegan, halal, and children’s options.
9. Sound and Lighting
Entertainment at a venue can really make your day memorable. Whether it’s a string quartet at the ceremony, a jazz band, or a wedding singer to entertain your guests, make sure you think about their needs too. Do they have enough space to set up? Do they need a plug socket? Does the room lend itself well to the sounds?
Last but certainly not least, make sure you work to a strict budget! Haggling on the price of a venue is usually worth a try, too.
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Looking your best in photos… it’s an ever-increasing demand, isn’t it? With the advent of social media, pictures of you pop up everywhere. And whether you’re a fan of the infamous ‘selfie’, or not, I’m sure at least everyone knows one of those randomly annoying people who gets their camera out at every opportunity and snaps away like there’s no tomorrow. These people like to take ‘action shots’ at social events, to capture you unaware (grrr). So looking your best in photos is something you’ve probably thought about on more than one occasion.
Here’s some tips that will help you show your ‘best side’ in photos, and hopefully, help you to avoid having to use that dreaded ‘detag’ button…
1. Smile through the eyes
‘The eyes are the window to the soul’ is a famous quote, and it is very true. Cultivate ‘smiley eyes’- eyes that say ‘I’m enjoying life’ and you will naturally look great in a photo. The camera weirdly picks up your thoughts, so think confidently whilst being snapped and you will look great!
2. Use lighting
Lighting is important when taking a good photograph. Harsh lighting can make you look very different and perhaps not as good as you usually do! Make sure you are using the right lens for your skintone, so you don’t look overly orange or pasty.
3. Check yourself
Food in your teeth? Skirt up your bum? Hair out of place? If you have well meaning friends in the presence of your snapping session, I’m sure they will be gracious enough to tell you.
But if not, make sure you carry a mirror or quickly check your reflection on your camera’s phone to make sure you’re not committing any cardinal photo sins.
4. Be in the moment
Despite these tips telling you how to be conscious of how you look in photos, the irony is that if you lose consciousness of the way you look you will look a million times better in any photograph! So relax, and focus more on what’s around you rather than the fact you’re being snapped.