How To Thursday - How to Work with Your Wedding Photographer

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on September 18, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.

This week is How to Work with Your Wedding Photographer to get the amazing Photos that You want.


Working with Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography isn’t easy. Anyone who says it is doesn’t take the task seriously enough. A good wedding photographer has multiple variables in his or her head that you most likely don’t even see. They have to think about everything from exposure to lighting to proper poses and even making sure a strand or two of hair doesn’t fall in front of the bride’s face.


Photographers Need to Lead, Direct, and Produce

Properly vetting your wedding photographer is very important. When interviewing wedding photographers, look for someone with good interpersonal skills. Good communication is essential in photographing a wedding. Your photographer needs to be able to take input from your guests and family members while making sure you get the photos you want. A good wedding photographer is like a movie director: they must be able to gently push back against bad advice and stick to your gameplan.

Family members who weren’t at the planning session will want different pictures, but a photographer needs to be able to take control: the wedding party can’t be out on a Rolling Stone-style photo shoot for hours while the rest of the guests are waiting to eat. Shooting photos of the wedding party can be chaotic. Type A personalities and photography aficionados will often try to make sure their opinion is known–this distracts the photographer and wastes time.

This is why building trust with the photographer is essential right from the start. Digital technology can make even mediocre photographers look like experts, but spending ten hours with Photoshop is not the same as dealing with a “my way or the highway” grandmother. Everyone wants your wedding photos to be great, but be wary of having too many cooks in the kitchen.


Getting Great Poses

This is often overlooked when selecting a wedding photographer. While they may spend time brainstorming shots, backgrounds, and funny ideas, it’s important to remember that a portrait is the portrayal of the human body, which itself can be moved like a canvas. Fashion magazines and clothing advertisements are a great resources to look for poses that can be part of your wedding. Even the sharpest suit or most stunning dress will fail to sparkle if the bride and groom look rigid and nervous.

If you’re not used to being the center of attention, get some practice–especially for you introverts out there. This could be the first time in your life where everyone has their eyes on you for a whole day. Couples often aren’t coached well enough on how to be models. The key to a good model is being comfortable in front of the camera. There is no amount of makeup that can replace charisma: people can tell when someone looks uncomfortable in a photo. Your photographer needs to provide encouragement, direction, and, occasionally, laughter. Never underestimate the power of humor to put people at ease: a funny photographer is a real plus.


Retouching, and Sorting

Ask your photographer if you can sit through their initial sorting session. Wedding photographers take more photos than they actually retouch and enhance. If your photographer is any good, they’ve been training their eye for years to identify good photos and to junk the rest. The goal here is to look for pictures that might not be high on your photographer’s priority list. For instance, your photographer might not know that a picture of your aunt and uncle dancing is important to you, and might not include them in the final edits. This process is helpful for the photographer, too. Photographers choose pictures based on technically sound elements and on your parameters. Your opinion matters because you can expand their parameters and include the photos that matter to you.


Study and Let Them Do Their Job

To help your photographer get the best out of your wedding, find photographs you like on wedding blogs and magazines and help build a look. Also, studying a wedding photographer’s workflow (a checklist photographers use) will help you understand the process. This is about trust. To bring out the best photography, you must trust the photographer and the photographer must trust you.

Ansel Adams once said, “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” Working together, trusting each other, and being flexible will get you a good experience and therefore good photographs. Your wedding photographer is there to help you capture the most important moments of your special day.


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Creative Ideas & Inspirations - Autumn Wedding

Posted by Darren Dunne in Ideas and Inspiration on September 11, 2014

Autumn Weddings

Autumn inspired ideas to help you get creative with your wedding day

Summer and winter are traditionally the most popular seasons to get married, but we’re about to make a bold statement here – Autumn is probably the most beautiful…

With nature’s rich and vibrant colour palette, dramatic changing scenery and dark romantic evenings, there’s no better time to tie the knot than in the autumn months. So to help you plan that perfect seasonal wedding, we’re looking at everything from the wedding dress to the flower arrangements to spark your imagination.


The Dress

The changing seasons means changing temperatures and the desire to cover up in a long sleeved wedding dress. Channel rustic romantic in a lace bridal gown or something textured with ruffles and layers galore.


The Flowers

Rich and ripened hues of amber, orange and ox blood make an alluring colour scheme and look warm and charming within a bouquet.


The Bridesmaids

We love idea of dressing your maids in different, yet complementing autumn shades.

The Décor

From pumpkin decorations to little leafy centrepieces, opportunities are endless when it comes to creating nature inspired wedding décor.

The Cake

Hint to the new season with a leaf decorated cake or an ombre dessert using suitably autumnal shades.


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How To Thursday - How to Choose a Wedding Band or a DJ

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on September 04, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.

This week is How to Choose a Wedding Band or a DJ

You’ve been down the aisle and you’re ready to celebrate!  How do you plan to party after your “I do’s” have been said? Choosing the entertainment for your reception is one of the biggest choices you have to make. These days, DJ’s take the stage at most post-wedding celebrations, but bands are slowly making a comeback.  Which is right for you?


Find The Perfect Wedding Band

Having live music is a great way to celebrate on your wedding night. Most wedding bands have special sets for the dinner portion of your reception, and then specialize in a certain “style” of music for getting the party started. Don’t expect your wedding band to play all top 40 songs, or even the overplayed classics you’re used to hearing. The band you choose will be responsible for entertaining your guests with a limited number of songs.

The perfect band is out there, but you need to leave yourself time to find it. Start your search 9 months before your big day. Prices of live entertainment vary by the number of band members and the length of your reception. You may find a deal out there, but be sure to request a “live performance” DVD so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Once you’ve found the perfect band, make sure to provide them with a list of things you don’t want played. Together, determine a dance contest, party game, or other way to get the crowd up and moving. Do you or your fiancé play a musical instrument?  Jump on stage and surprise the audience.


Choosing a Wedding DJ

The traditional Wedding DJ is still a great way to keep your guests having fun and entertained at your reception, and continues to be the most flexible option for those with music varied musical tastes. A DJ can play all types of tempos and genres, and can create a playlist tailored to the events at your reception.

Though a DJ can seem like a safe alternative to a wedding band, be sure to read reviews and ask for personal references prior making a selection. The flexibility a DJ can offer is not valuable when dealing with someone who is unskilled, has unreliable equipment, and is unwilling to work with you. If you’re having a large number of guests, there may be a fee for a larger sound system, or adding lighting effects.

Be upfront with your DJ about your desired engagement level. Do you want a true “Master of Ceremonies,” or someone to just spin the tunes?  Don’t be shy when it comes to making special requests, or handing over a list of songs!  The DJ will appreciate the direction, and will work harder to make you happy.


Hire Both!

Have a duo or trio play during dinner at the reception. Choose small groups that feature instruments like harps, violins, and more. Then pay a DJ for performing only when you want your guests on the dance floor. If you can afford both, this option is sure to give you an evening tailored to your musical tastes.

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Creative Ideas & Inspirations - Wedding Cakes

Posted by Darren Dunne in Ideas and Inspiration on August 21, 2014

Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cake ideas to inspire you to get creative with your wedding day.

We just had to share with you some of our favorite fun, creative and outside-the-box ideas for wedding cakes. From the classic cream to breakfast treats, ice cream cakes to donut cakes and macaroons towers to rice krispy squares, any of your favorite sweet treat’s can be turned into a wedding cake. So why not take a look at some of these great ideas and let them spark your imagination.

Creampuff Cake

Cupcake Tower

Ice-Cream Cone Cake

Donut Cake

Cookie Tower Cake

Oreo Cookie Cake

Cheese Cake ...Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Crepe Cake

Waffle Cake

Strawberry Cake

Rice Krispie Cake

Macaroon's Tower Cake

Mini Wedding Cakes

Nude Wedding Cake

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How To Thursday - How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on August 07, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.


This week is How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

Jewellery, quite surprisingly, seems to be an afterthought, rather than a priority, when it comes to planning a wedding. Big mistake! The right jewellery should show off your beautiful dress and make you feel fantastic, all day long.

It’s easy to get carried away with your budget, because you want everything to be perfect, but everyone has to rein it in a little. Your wedding jewelry doesn’t need to eat away at your bank balance – there are so many options and solutions for accessories on a budget. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down some tips and tricks to bear in mind when you’re picking out your w-day jewels.

1. Choose Jewellery That You Like - Rather than turn up to your ceremony dripping with diamonds, go with jewelry combinations that you’re comfortable with. Unlike your dress, you can get more than one use out of your marital gems, so pick the kind of jewellery you could see yourself wearing time and time again.

2. Something Old - If you’re after something with more of a vintage feel, or you’d just like to wear something with a little sentiment, the best place to search is your family’s jewellery boxes (with permission, of course!). Does your Grandmother have a gorgeous string of pearls that she’ll lend you for day? Not only will this family heirloom have real meaning as you rock it during the ceremony (something old, people!), but it’s completely free and ripe for the taking.

3. Match Your Jewellery To Your Dress -Your jewellery should express your personality, but it should also complement your dress. Less is usually more – you want to look natural and not cluttered with gems. For example, don’t pair a heavily decorated wedding dress with a necklace, because it’ll look far too busy.

Short-sleeved dresses should include a bracelet and halternecks should focus on the hair accessories. Sweetheart or strapless dresses work best with chandelier earrings and v-necks need something to adorn their neckline, such as a pendant or a choker. Really, you only need to think about one focal piece of jewellery ; whatever you do, don’t choose one of every accessory as your wedding day ensemble will look more disheveled than debonair.

4. Rent Your Jewellery - If you want some real show-stopping accessories on your big day, there’s no point buying them for their RRP – who can afford that? Instead, shop at a jewelry rental store and enjoy the Cinderella feeling of wearing exceptionally beautiful gems just for the night. Be careful with these pieces though and don’t get so drunk that you leave hundreds of pounds worth of jewels in a nearby river.


5. Fake It - Getting high quality replicas is absolutely fine. Really who’s gonna know? No-one needs genuine diamonds when a crystal alternative looks just as gorgeous. Before you start popping tags, consider the cheaper accessories that’ll save you money. You can then invest that extra cash back into your wedding day. With wedding prices so high, you’re going to need all the spare change you’ve got.

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