Asian wedding ceremony

Wedding videographers are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. For a long time, and even today, many people hesitate and wonder whether they really need a video of their big day. When it comes to Asian weddings, however, a specialist Asian wedding videographer is a must. Why? Because all of the traditions and ceremonies make it more difficult to capture a wedding using traditional photography techniques so a combination of the two usually ensures that no aspect is missed.

First, let’s have a quick look at what different Asian wedding ceremonies involve.

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Asian wedding ceremonies are rich with traditional rituals before, during and after the wedding day. Most of these ceremonies can span over a week and involve many intricate rituals. It will take a patient and open-minded videographer to capture all these special moments. It is important to sit with your videographer and explain all the parts of the ceremony and which you would like to have filmed.

Chinese Weddings – The colour red will appear a lot at Chinese weddings as it is seen as a lucky colour. There are many traditions and ceremonies that take place in preparation for the wedding day as well as on the day. One of the things that the bride and groom may definitely want to have on video, is the groom and his entourage that have to bribe the bridesmaids before being allowed into his bride’s home.

GaneshHindu Weddings – Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world and involves several rituals. Over the years, there have been different variations of the rituals and each wedding ceremony is done according to the preference of the couple. Each ritual has its own meaning and importance. The most important of the rituals is the Saptapadi which involves the couple taking seven steps while making seven vows. Some other rituals include Ganesh Puja which is a prayer to Lord Ganesh, Kanyadaan which is the giving away of the bride, and Agni Puja where the priest lights a fire as a sacred witness.

Muslim Weddings – The celebrations of Muslim weddings can vary between different cultures and regions. The Mahr is a tradition where the groom must buy the bride a gift of her choosing before the wedding. The actual wedding ceremony is called the Nikah during which the consent from both the bride and groom must be received and the bride and groom are usually in different rooms. All Muslim marriages must be declared publicly and this is often done by holding a banquet. How exactly the banquet is held and which traditions are followed varies culturally and by preference. It usually involves eating, drinking, and dancing.

Asian brideFor all of these Asian weddings, there are usually ceremonies or traditions that occur before the day. For example, the exchanging of gifts and sweets between families at the engagement party or the Mandap Muhurat where family and friends apply turmeric to the bride and groom’s skin to prepare for the ceremony. There is also a ritual where an Indian woman who is to be married receives henna paintings on her hands, arms, legs, feet, and palms. The families and the joining of the families also strongly feature in Asian weddings and they are involved in many of the rituals.Continue reading

A major factor which will affect how people remember your wedding is the location. That includes yourself, and of course you want to make sure that you love the wedding and look back on it as one of the most special days of your life. With this in mind, you can understand why lots of people look abroad to find inspiration for where to have their wedding, but what are some of the most popular choices people settle on?

Cyprus

The so-called “Island of Love” is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. Don’t let its popularity put you off, though, because the relaxed atmosphere paired with the year-round sunshine really is a fantastic benefit. The wonderful range of Cyprus wedding venues on offer is sure to tempt you, and availability is still better than at home. Just take a look at one of the popular beaches around sunset and you’ll see many newly-weds having their photos taken.

Thailand

Another hugely popular destination for British couples getting married is Thailand. This underrated Asian country offers beautiful beaches, great weather and a truly unique and different experience for you and all of your guests. Most people who travel to Thailand fall in love with the country and its rich culture, so you should definitely add it to your list of possible locations.Continue reading

A cake smash photo session is ideal to remember a child’s first birthday. We all know that the first birthday is an important milestone for our young ones, so it’s essential to make this event as memorable and fun for your baby. 

You can create your cake smash photos at home. To help you get started, we’ve come up with the following cake smash photo session ideas that you can easily follow and set up at home. 

Room with natural lights

To capture a great photo, it’s advisable to look for a bright area in your home where you can set up your photography theme and props. For instance, setting up the session in a room where there’s plenty of natural light will more likely give you a soft and natural look for your photo. 

Theme

When you are looking for a theme, we recommend to colour coordinate everything including your background theme and props. Make sure to choose a specific theme for your children’s outfit, accessories and props. Having too many different colours in an image can make it look too busy, so it’s important to keep your theme colours simple and coordinated. 

Choosing a cake

A Frosted cake is, of course, a must for this occasion. Depending on your preference, ideally, a small size cake would be perfect for your young ones. However, a large cake could also be used for a fun photo session too. When it comes to choosing the colour of your cake, it’s best to select a coloured cake instead of a white one as they will turn out more visible and vibrant on an image. 

Props

A cake smash session can turn out to be very messy, so keeping your props simple can prevent the image from looking too busy. It’s ideal to include only one or two accessories in your set up so that the picture is still focused on your baby and not too much on the props. You can choose from a variety of affordable props including balloons, paper mache, cake stands, wall decor, flowers and so much more. You can be creative as you like and feel free to add a personal prop for your baby as well. 

Encourage your baby

When a cake is placed in front of a child, most of them might be disinterested or aren’t too sure of what to do with the cake. So encouraging them to try the cake by showing them that it’s edible will more likely get them interested in digging in. This way you can capture more actions and expressions from your baby during the moment. 

Add your pet in the picture

If you have any pets at home, you can also add them to the scene. The best time to add your pets is when the cake is almost finished as they are most likely to clean and finish the rest of the cake. Capturing your baby and your pet at the same time will create an even more wonderful photo to look back on.

 

If you don’t fancy a DIY cake smash photos for your boy  or your girl, you can always look for a professional photographer to do the job for you. Raylowestudios.co.uk who are located near Hertfordshire offers a variety of photography sessions including a cake smash photo, newborn photos, family pictures and so much more. 

Themed wedding

Different types of theme for your wedding

When it comes to your special day choosing a theme would be the first thing on your mind. Once you have a theme, you can then start planning everything. Selecting a theme can be based on what you and your partner like or something that is meaningful for the both of you. You can either choose a simple elegant wedding theme or choose something entirely unique and fun. It’s really up to you and your partner’s preference. To help you choose a theme for your wedding, we’ve listed some ideas below.

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You can easily base your theme to a destination. For example, you may like the vibe of a wedding in the beach. A beach wedding usually consists of fresh and exotic décors all around. If you’re not a beach type of person, you can always have your wedding in the city. Once you have chosen a city that you want to get married in, it’s very easy to get some inspiration from the area.

Culture

If you and your partner are both from different cultures or you simply love a particular culture, you can always customise your wedding to fit the theme. Each culture usually has their own traditions. For instance, in some Asian cultures, weddings last for several days and include body art, traditional wedding dress, ceremonies and celebrations. Asian weddings are usually colourful events and look stunning in photography. Working with a specialist Asian wedding photographer can help you to capture all the key moments.Continue reading

Hen night

For any woman getting married, a hen night is an important ritual to let loose before the wedding. In order to have a great hen night, guests should help to prepare for the event by purchasing items that will make the night memorable and fun. A hen night should celebrate the bride and also be a great experience for all of the guests; by adding personalised touches, guests can create an event that will be memorable forever. Don’t forget to hire a photographer to capture those special moments. You can employ the services of the same professional photographer covering your wedding. You can make it part of your pre wedding package.

Guests should consider purchasing a number of hen night accessories that will be used by the bride and guests alike. One of the easiest ways to stand out and create a memorable event is to purchase customised items, such as hen party t shirts. These shirts can be ordered through companies that specialise in creating great hen night events and can be made to the group’s preference. For instance, the group might add the bride’s name and a saying about the hen night. Different shirts can also be printed for the guests so that everyone has a unique gift to remember the evening by. Also, the hen night t shirts can be printed in a variety of colours, which will help the group to stand out in the crowd.

Some hen nights end up being vacation trips, and the group could also make a shirt to commemorate the experience as well. Many companies will also print girls holiday t shirts, which can be used in the same way as a hen night t shirt. All the group would have to do would be to think of a catchy phrase and add the dates to commemorate the holiday experience. While on the trip, the group could wear their t shirts when they go out on the town, which is a great way to show that they are celebrating a special event. Again, the group will then be left with a great way to remember a fun weekend with friends. These would also be a great idea for your husband-to-be, you could create a range of stag night t shirts which have been personalised for each stag, humorous designs will work best!Continue reading

Now I know you’re getting pretty excited and jumpy (we can’t blame you!) so maybe you need to take the first few tiny steps into planning your big wedding day. You can start with notes, some research from the internet, some advice from close friends and relatives who have first-hand experience — will you have a theme? Will you want to make it simple, brief but intimate? Or do you want to make it the grandest wedding you’ve ever seen? You may need all the help you can get that’s why always be open to suggestions and wedding ideas you may come across so by the time you need to decide on what to get, you’d be all set and ready to go.

When organising this big day, you can really experiment with the venue. You may be married in a church, in the town hall or on a beach, but where will your guests eat and relax after? Reception rooms and halls can be expensive and not always to your taste. One great idea you could consider is hiring a wedding marquee. By using one, you can really experiment with the décor, hold hundreds of guests, create an eating area and dance floor in one. These elegant canopies will be significantly less costly than other options, and you can really make it your own.

If you are struggling finding a good venue, how to decorate the room, rent furnishings, set the tables and organise food, you might need some professional assistance. Before you get too overwhelmed, you should consider hiring an event management company, who will also double as a wedding caterer and planner. All you have to do is tell the planners your vision and they can work out what would be best and how it can be made possible. Wedding venues also have in-house planners you can hire with packages you can easily choose from. Check the hotels around your area that offer this complete service.

Everyday, make sure you make progress until you decide on a wedding date — that’s when our schedule needs to be more organised and decided so you will be accomplishing more each day. A wedding date may you and your partner’s anniversary, the day of your first date, first kiss — anything goes. Continue reading

Bride & Groom

We all want things to go effortlessly and hassle-free on our wedding day. There are many options to choose from, numerous considerations to think about and even a longer list to accomplish before the big day. The big question is: are you on the right track? Are you doing things right? From table linens to your wedding hair and make up, can you pull everything off without a hitch? Can you make each day as productive until the final countdown you don that beautiful wedding dress and or be able to kiss the bride — finally! Planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience that you must try to enjoy. Though the stress might be overwhelming, taking it one step at a time will eventually lead you there.

However, there maybe moments those things will be getting a bit more stressful than expected. At the start of your wedding planning (yes, a wedding planner must be considered and must come highly recommended especially if it’s a big, grand celebration) everything seems to be so perfect — everything is like the next great thing to heaven. When planning stretches to days and weeks and months, that’s when stress starts to creep in. That’s when the headache gets a little bit more severe. You may like losing a couple of pounds but we hope it’s not because of the stress. You need to be as blooming and blossoming everyday, you know. Now we don’t want you to get you all worried. Weddings are magical and they are always deemed as the “happily ever after” part that’s why it shouldn’t be nowhere near perfection. So breathe — and let’s take things one at a time.

If you’re worried about your budget, its best to take it on gradually. Do proper research when looking for suppliers online. Don’t just go with the trendiest or the most popular one either as these choices tend to be impractical. Instead, hire local suppliers from your area.Continue reading