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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.


How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.


Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

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Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Dress: 
Cristiano Lucci http://www.cristianolucci.com/gallery.php?i=122
Makeup:
Shopgirl Beauty
Hair:
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Shoes: 
Badgley Mishka
Accessories: 
LOVEON Jewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore  Jadore.com.au
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Photographer:
Keepsake Photography http://keepsakephoto.com.au/
Cake:
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food:
ANU House
Flowers:
Silk Florahttp://silkflora.com.au/
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever http://www.sayhellotoforever.com.au/
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

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Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

You are in for a special treat. The real wedding of Jess and Jeremy has rustic charm mixed with elegance written all over it. We love the combination and special details they added to make their day their own. Take a moment to enjoy images from their beautiful day. Thanks for sharing with us!

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The proposal. Details please!
Jeremy surprised me with a holiday at Binna Burra when he came back from a 4 months’ overseas deployment. He took me for a hike to a lookout and clearing over a mountain stream, and proposed on the rock ledge in front of the stunning view. We celebrated with champagne and a delicious dinner at the mountaintop restaurant.

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How did you and Jeremy meet?
Jeremy and I actually met at the gym!

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The Gown! Where from and why?
I chose my wedding gown at Belladonna Bridal in Brisbane. I was looking for really beautiful and intricate classic detailing but still wanted something I could dance and party in and feel comfortable in all day.

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The Style of the wedding day?
Classic, timeless and elegant. We let the venue speak for itself. We splurged on our venue, photographer and dresses. We also paid for guest accommodation so they could stay the night in a gorgeous lodge and celebrate with us the next morning for breakfast. After all, they are some of the most important parts and it was our venue that created the elegant atmosphere we were after. We saved on transport, with the ceremony and reception at the same place.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Remembering to take my engagement ring off before the ceremony! I completely forgot and had to quickly take it off and put it on the other hand.

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Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Keep your perspective centered. A wedding is just one day, and things do go wrong; embrace it. The weather on our day was absolutely crazy but as a result, some of our best photos are swirled in fog and rain!

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How about your favorite moment?
We played the shoe game and cried with laughter. The crazy weather was also memorable. We had sun, rain, storms and fog. It made the view even more incredible and cosy inside.
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Meet the vendors that made their special day happen.

Photography: Studio Impressions http://www.studioimpressions.com.au/
Ceremony + Reception Venue:
Spicer’s Peak Lodge https://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/
Bride’s Dress: Watters gown from Belladonna Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses:
Custom Made
Hair + Makeup:
Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Artistry
Groom + Groomsmen Suits
: Custom Made
Coordinator:
Chloe Douglas of Spicers Peak Lodge
Flowers:
Blooms Bridal http://www.bloomsbridal.com.au/
Cake:
Special Moments Cakes Made with Love
Stationery:
Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Music: Matt Fasso and String Ensemble
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au
Engagement Ring:
Xennox Diamonds
Bride’s Wedding Ring:
Saleras
Groom’s Wedding Ring:
Michael Hill

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Making The Most Of Your Wedding Photos After Your Big Day

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Making The Most Of Your Wedding Photos After Your Big Day

When you’re planning a wedding, time seems to fly by. Before you know it, months to go have turned into days, and you’re making final preparations. After the big day, most couples experience a high followed by a lull. After so much hard work and months of thinking about weddings, you may wonder what you’re going to do with your time. One way of keeping your memories alive is to invest in a good photographer. Your images capture the day and enable you to relive special moments and remember them for years to come. If you’re waiting for your official prints to arrive, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your wedding photographs.

Order prints

Nowadays, photographers tend to give you a disc, which contains copies of all your photographs. You put the disc in your laptop and up pop hundreds of images for you to scroll through. Set aside time to go through your images for the first time. This is an exciting moment, which you should cherish as a couple. Look at each and every picture. On your wedding day, you tend to be busy, and you may miss things. Professional businesses like Liam Smith Photography can help you piece the day together. Flicking through photos gives you multiple perspectives of the day. When you get to the end of the slideshow, set it going again. It’s a good idea to have a look through your photos a few times before making any decisions. When you’re ready, list the prints you wish to order.

Once you’ve got your prints, you can frame them or create a wedding album. With an album, you have various options. You can opt for a traditional album with tangible prints. Or you can go for a more modern photo book, which you can design online.

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Create customized thank you cards

You’ve received hundreds of cards and gifts, so it’s natural to want to say thank you to your guests. Personalized thank you cards are an excellent way to mark the day and show your friends and family how grateful you are. Wait until your professional photos are ready, and then choose one or a selection of your favorite images to go on the front of your cards.

Adorn your walls

There are so many incredible things you can do with photos to make your walls come to life. Displaying photographs of special events makes a house feel like home and adds a personal touch. When you receive the images, use the same frames and make a display. Add a Mr and Mrs sign to the center and scatter the photos around. Alternatively, order a number of different frame sizes and styles and create a unique wedding photo wall feature. You could also turn your photos into canvases.

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For many of us, finding a great wedding photographer is a must. If they’ve done a fantastic job, don’t let their skills and your incredible photos go to waste. Make the most of them, and use them to make your home look beautiful. Your images should forever be a reminder of your special day.

Little Wedding Details That Are Just As Important As Saying ‘I Do’

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Little Wedding Details That Are Just As Important As Saying ‘I Do’

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What do you worry about the most, planning your wedding? For many couples, guys, in particular, it’s the part where they say I do. Believe it or not, most couples stumble and fumble just at the thought of saying these two words. They know what they mean and the impact they will have on the rest of their lives. They are binding themselves to one person forever in a declaration of true love, and it’s a beautiful act. However, by focussing all your concern on details like this, you may miss important little things that could make your wedding a hit or a miss. Here are some of the things you still need to think about if you want your wedding to be a triumphant success.

The Speeches

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Oh dear, this is a part of your wedding that really can go wrong. When you are picking the key individuals for your wedding, you do need to consider the speeches. In short, you shouldn’t choose people who are going to make a mess of what should be beautiful words about the past, present and future. Of course, one way to get around this is to coach the people who are writing the speeches. Help them say something that is perfect for your wedding. Careful with jokers who are just interested in making your guests laugh. Wedding speeches should hold some sentiment without making guests gag.

Colour Coordination

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A lot of people hire a stylist for their wedding and there is good reason for this. Without a stylist, you might find that you have a lot of clashing colours. When thinking about colours and shades, consider the flowers, the food being served and the general decorations. You might also want to think about the different outfits that are being worn by members of the bride and groom’s parties. Remember, everything should compliment everything else beautifully. The only exception is the dress. No matter what colour wedding dress you choose, it should stand alone. The bride should always be the centre of the wedding ceremony.
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Your wedding lasts one day. The memories will last forever, especially if you get great pictures. You need to think about your wedding photos carefully because these will provide the frame of the memories. It could have been a wonderful, beautiful day. If the pictures are terrible, that’s how you’ll remember it. Rather than hiring a photographer, one idea is hiring a photo booth from Melbourne Memories or a similar company. That way, you’ll have plenty of fun snaps from your wedding day. At the very least, this is a great idea for the reception.

Table Decorations

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table decor for weddingsLastly, you have a chance to do something special with the table decorations. You can use them to help your guests become a part of the wedding. One idea we love is to have a part of a poem on each wedding table. Then, one guest from each table can read out a piece of the poem forming a beautiful symphony of ideas about your partnership.

 

Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

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Real Wedding: Joanarc & Brian

We are happy to share this lovely real wedding with you. Joanarc and Brian had a winter wedding and we love how elegantly they planned it. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

“For our wedding, which we planned for more than a year, we wanted to keep it simple and elegant since it is a celebration of our marriage witnessed by close friends and family. We limited the colors to black, white, and champagne, to create a modern feel but we filled the venue with flowers and lights to evoke a feeling of coziness – we wanted everything to be chill, for the guests to feel relaxed and for everyone, including us, to have fun.

We met in college. We’re both taking up Journalism at the University of Sto. Tomas. We were friends and hang out with the same group but we became close during our last year in college. We were both in problematic relationships and commiserated with each other. We stayed close until after graduation, getting coffee and drinking after work but it wasn’t until three years after graduation when we first kissed. We’ve been together ever since. 🙂 We had a year and a half to prepare so it was relatively easy. Also, I think we had an advantage because I work in PR so I handle a lot of events. My mom helped with the venue, I looked for our florist, wedding coordinator, the photographer, and the videographer. Brian looked for the band and handled the technical stuff.”

They were also kind enough to send us a video from their wedding day. Click here if you’d like to see it.
Wedding Details:
Venue: Midlands Clubhouse, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Church: Madre de Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines
Date: February 27, 2016
Theme: Simple and Elegant
Motif: Black, White, Champagne

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A list of their vendors:

Photographer Toto Villaruel http://totovillaruel.com/blog/home/
Videographer Dreamechanics http://dreamechanicseventfilms.com/
Ceremony Venue Madre de Dios Chapel http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Reception Venue Midlands Clubhouse http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Bride’s Dress Vania Romoff http://www.bridalbyvaniaromoff.com/
Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin www.christianlouboutin.com
Bride’s Robe Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Bridesmaid Dresses Mara Chua https://www.facebook.com/marachuamanila/
Groom’s Attire Felipe & Sons https://www.facebook.com/felipeandsons/
Hairstylist Jan Edrosolan https://www.instagram.com/janbenj13/
Makeup Artist Gery Penaso https://www.instagram.com/gerypenaso/
Bouquets Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Flowers & Decor Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Event Stylist Serge Igonia http://sergeigonia.com/
Cake Baker Sweet Solutions http://www.sweetsolutionsbakeshop.com/
Catering Tagaytay Highlands http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/
Invitations & Stationery Katrina Tapang and Tefiny Tulod
Band The GoatCake https://www.facebook.com/The-Goatcake-103237513198948/
Ceremony Musicians Iris Gonzalez
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Cece Nicolas- Mariano of Kiss The Girl Events
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Male Entourage Favors Gouache Bags http://www.gouachebags.com/
Principal Sponsors Favors Oliver and Maude http://www.oliverandmaude.com/
Wedding Planner/Coordinator Kiss The Girl https://www.facebook.com/KissTheGirlEvents/
Photo Booth Party Smarty PH https://www.facebook.com/PartySmartyPH
Why You Should Go All-Out on Wedding Photography

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Why You Should Go All-Out on Wedding Photography

You have so many things to sort out when you’re preparing for a wedding. You need to think about the venue. You need to pick a dress. Select a cake, or even design one. Cater to people’s dietary needs for the meal. The list goes on and on. So it may be tempting to leave out a few things that seem unnecessary. Way back when, wedding photographers were always an essential. But now, many people seem them as superfluous. It’s 2016, right? We all have smartphones with cameras. Everyone can take loads of photos with ease now. Why would we want to hire a photographer?

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A wedding photographer isn’t exactly cheap, that I will give you. But it could totally be worth the money. You may find yourself regretting a lack of professional wedding photography. The reason for the expense is because of the things that actually deliver the stunning quality you want. A wedding photographer often carries thousands of dollars worth of equipment with them to every job. While that does mean a bigger risk for them – thus a bigger price for you – it also means they’re using extremely high-quality equipment. And there’s nothing quite like a beautifully shot photograph.

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Those amazing photos you see where the backgrounds are a little blurry but the subject is in crisp, perfect vision? Those are taken using a shallow depth of field. And you’re not going to get that using a smartphone or that digital camera you bought in that Amazon sale. It requires professional lenses, ones that a wedding photographer will use. All sorts of special photography tricks are employed by these photographers.

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And why wouldn’t you want these memories in crisp, clear detail? Every little thing comes together to make a wedding special. Seeing even the tiniest detail in a wedding photo a few years down the line can trigger memories you thought forgotten. With great photo clarity, it will almost be like time travel. If you went all out on your outfits, why not make sure the photos of the two of you are as sharp as possible? If you go somewhere like one of those Wellington wedding venues, why not get crystal-clear shots of your surroundings? And don’t tell me the idea of high-definition photos of the cake doesn’t sound appealing to you.

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The fact is that there is so much going on on your wedding day. Your focus will largely be on your partner and more immediate family. Then you’ll be concentrating on the food. Then the drinks. With so many people coming together, you’re not going to catch every detail yourself. You have loads of people having an amazing day. A wedding photographer will take several hundred photos on the day, sometimes even approaching a thousand. (Another reason they may charge quite a bit: they need to spend hours and hours sorting through and developing them all!) With so many photos, no stone will be left unturned when it comes to capturing amazing moments. You won’t be there for all of them on the day.

Make sure to research the art of finding the right photographer for your wedding.

14 Unique Ways To Include Your Guests In Your Big Day!

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14 Unique Ways To Include Your Guests In Your Big Day!

A wedding day is a special time for a couple as they become Mr & Mrs. It’s the start of an incredible adventure where you get to spend the rest of your life together. The wedding is the beginning of that great journey. When you invite guests to your wedding, they often spend a lot of money and time preparing for your big day. They might have to book time off work, and travel a long distance to be there for you both. Therefore, you should make sure they know they are appreciated, and you are so pleased they could make the special day. After all, a wedding isn’t great without your guests. Here are 14 unique ways to include your guests in your wedding, and make them feel appreciated.

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Say something during your ceremony

A great way of including your guests in your big day is to get them to say something during the service. If you are having a church wedding, you could ask the vicar if you could ask a guest or two to do readings or read out a prayer. It would be a lovely way to make them feel important, even if you haven’t asked them to be part of the wedding party. If it’s a civil ceremony, it’s a bit more informal so you could see if the guests could say something about you as a couple. Instead of a traditional reading, they could say a few words about you and your partner. Or even asking them to read out a significant poem will make them feel part of your day. And make sure you thank them during the speeches for making the effort to come.

Get them to bring pictures of their wedding day

When you send out your wedding invites, you should ask your married guests to bring a photo of their big day. It is a nice gesture as it shows you find them important, and look up to them as role models for how you want to be as a married couple. You can see here some ideas on Pinterest of wedding picture displays you could do. It might be nice to put them on tables if there is enough room. Or even in your reception venue so people can view them in the evening.

Put up photos of family members who have passed away

Another sentimental way of including your guests in your wedding is to put on display pictures of relatives that have passed on. Grandparents, in particular, can be a really nice gesture. Also, if their partner is still alive, it will be meaningful for them as they will be missing them. You could also ask your dad, partner or best man to mention them in their speech. It’s important to highlight that you wish they could be there to take part in your special day.

Let your guests throw confetti

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Guests love to throw confetti at the happy couple. It’s a fun and traditional way of celebrating the marriage, and especially older relatives will want to do this. So don’t spoil the fun by saying you don’t want them to do it. It can easily be wiped off your dress. You could even provide them with confetti so that they can do it, in case they leave it at home. You don’t have to use traditional confetti either as you can now get lots of different colours and shapes available to fit your theme.

Let them video the day

Your guests will love filming your big day as it’s creating memories which will last forever. If you let them do it, you could end up saving a lot of money on a wedding videographer. And it will allow you to have a more personal touch to your big day. Provide two video cameras and then let them take it in turns to film parts of your day. It would be a great way to see different elements of your day, as you can’t be everywhere at once. Ask them to chat to guests too, as this will let everyone know that it was important to you that they attended your big day. And it will make a lovely time watching it back.

Have cameras on table

Having disposable cameras on the table is ideal for including your guests in your big day. You can buy them in bulk, so it’s not too expensive for you. The guests can then take photos while enjoying the wedding breakfast, and you will get more informal and silly photos you can keep forever. It will be ideal for you and your partner to look back at them, and you can send good copies to the guests as a thank you.

Get them to sing/play instruments

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The best way for you to include your guests in your big day is to give them a part in your wedding. Find out who can play instruments and let them take part in the ceremony itself. If any singers are coming along, you could consider letting them sing a song during the service. Or they could even sing a tune during the reception do. The first dance sung by a loved one will be really special. It will be ideal for them to feel included in your big day, and will make it even more personal.

Have a unique guest book

Instead of the traditional guestbook where they write messages to you both, why not have a picture of the two of you. They can then write their names around the photo, and then after the big day, you can get it framed and put it up for display on your wall. It will make you smile every time you see it. That way, it’s not going to end up in a box in your drawer.

Get them to write down some advice

A great way of including guests in your wedding is to ask them to write a piece of wedding advice and then place it in a basket. It will be fun for you and your partner to read them after. Some people now have wedding wishing trees, where people can write advice and hang it up for everyone to see. There is bound to be some funny tips on there for you both, as well as vital info you could use to help you to start your marriage.

Ask them to hold candles during your service

Another unique way to include your guests in your wedding ceremony is to get them to hold candles during the service. It will look fabulous in photos, as well as make the service more romantic. You could also get them to do this later on in the day if you all head outdoors. Just make sure they don’t let children hold any, as accidents could happen!

They could let off balloons

Ask them to write their names on balloons during the wedding breakfast. Then later on in the day, everyone could let them off outside the venue. It is a fun way of including your guests in your big day, and it will make exciting photos that you can keep forever.

Give everyone a sparkler

During your evening do, when it gets dark outside, you could all head outside and do some fireworks. It will be a great show for everyone to watch. To include them, you could give your guests a sparkler to hold. It will be fun for everyone and again, will make fantastic photos that you can keep forever. Check out here for new info from WeddingSparklersDirect.com.

 

Provide flip flops for dancing in the evening

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Walking around all day can mean everyone’s feet can get painful by the evening. To make sure everyone has a very good time during your big day, it has become popular to provide alternative footwear for the evening. You could put some flip flops out for people to wear so that the heels can be tossed aside. It will mean they can dance till later, and will enjoy the day.

Provide suitable things for the weather

It’s crucial that your guests feel included in your big day, and the best way to do this is to show they are important to you. For example, if the day is going to be boiling, it would be really helpful if you provide bottles of waters during the day to keep your guests cool. You could also provide them with fans, and parasols if they will be out in the hot sun for a lot of the day. If it’s going to be a wedding in winter months, you should provide blankets for your guests to snuggle up in during the wedding reception. If the weather is set to rain, you could also provide umbrellas so that they can have cover during your reception.

These gestures are great ways of including the guests in your big day. They will appreciate them, and will be pleased they made the effort to come to your wedding.