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Top 3 Tips for Hiring a Local Wedding Photographer

Top 3 Tips for Hiring a Local Wedding Photographer

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No matter how well-executed and amazing a wedding event is, it won’t be as memorable as it actually is without a stunning set of wedding photographs to remember the event by. Looking for the perfect photographer for your wedding? Here are several expert tips to keep in mind before you hire one.

1. Choose a local photographer who has experience shooting in your wedding venue

Edinburgh CastleAsk your prospective photographers if they have covered an event, preferably a wedding, in your chosen venue. A photographer who is familiar with the local area knows the best spots for taking your wedding photos. For example, if you’re considering a Scottish venue for your wedding such as the Edinburgh Castle, choosing a wedding photographer in Edinburgh ensures you’ll get the best shots because he already knows the shooting locations in the area that suits your theme well. He also knows which spots offer the perfect lighting that flatters the bride and the groom, as well as the most breathtaking backdrops for photos.

Hiring a local photographer is good not only for the quality of your wedding photos but also to your budget. Imagine how much you can save from a photographer who is based on your wedding location (or close to it) compared to someone who will have to travel far to get to your venue.

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Why Hiring a Videographer is a Must for Asian Wedding Ceremonies

Why Hiring a Videographer is a Must for Asian Wedding Ceremonies

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.

Asian groom clothingAsian Wedding Ceremonies

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.

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Exciting Destinations For Memorable Weddings

Exciting Destinations For Memorable Weddings

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. If you’re getting married in Cyprus, there are a wonderful range of 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.

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Honeymoon on a budget

Honeymoon on a budget

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Planning your wedding will involve a lot of expenses. Don’t forget the honeymoon after the wedding as this is something you will have to plan too. With so many expenses involved, some couples may not be able to afford a luxury honeymoon. However, it is still possible to plan a honeymoon with a budget in mind. We’ve found a few ideas that you can apply that can help you save money on your honeymoon. Below are some of our tips.

Travel offers

Check out your local travel agencies and see if they are offering an all-inclusive trip for a few night stay. An all-inclusive trip will not only save you money but reduce the hassle of planning everything for your honeymoon. This type of packages includes everything you need such as the accommodation, flight ticket and meals.

Short stay

A honeymoon doesn’t have to last for a week. Booking a weekend trip or even a 3-night stay will help you save a lot of money on your overall expenses including travel, accommodation and food. So before booking your trip make sure to reduce your honeymoon to a few nights to save money on your costs.

Domestic

Instead of flying overseas, you can save even more by having your honeymoon in your country. You can choose a different city in your country where you can celebrate your honeymoon. If you live in the UK, there are plenty of choices that you can try including London, Bath, Oxford, Cambridge and so on.

Off-season trip

Another tip is to find all-inclusive trips that are off-season as they usually are cheaper. An off-season is less expensive as this is the time where fewer people are travelling. You may want to find out the offseasons in different countries to see which months are cheaper to book your trip.

Wedding DIY Ideas

Wedding DIY Ideas

wedding sign

Weddings can be expensive as it involves many costs including your venues, dress, props, entertainment and food. To save some money, why not try a wedding DIY project? The mini DIY project will help you create crafty decorations or items that can be used for the wedding. To get started, we’ve come up with some ideas below.

Personalised napkins

You can save a few pounds on napkins simply by purchasing a personalised embosser with your chosen design and embossed them on a regular napkin. As a result, you would’ve made a personalised napkin and save a little extra money on the side.

Painted wooden sign

Instead of using customised signs, you can create your own by using a few materials. Start with a wooden board and a few colours of paints. For an artistic and rustic look, we recommend using white paint for the text and dark brown for the wooden base.

Flower centrepiece
The flower centrepiece is an important decoration for your dining area. Use a large glass bottle and fill it with your favourite flowers. Both items used for the decoration will cost you much cheaper compared to buying a ready-made centrepiece. It will also add a touch of class and elegance to the dining area.

Wedding card box
For any couples creating a vintage wedding theme, we recommend creating a wedding card box using an old vintage suitcase with a banner to let people know where to drop their wedding gift cards.

Wedding invitations

It’s much more fun to create your wedding invitations. There are different ways that you can be crafty with your wedding letters. It could include using a variety of mediums including calligraphy, watercolours or paint. You could also add a ribbon to make it look more elegant.  You can even choose the type of paper you would like to use for your card invitation.

Where to find cheap wedding invitations

Where to find cheap wedding invitations

wedding invitation

Wedding invitations are essential for your wedding. Ideally, you want to look for wedding invitations that are elegant, classy and reflects your wedding theme. The question is where you can find an invitation card that is affordable and are of high quality? Well thanks to the internet, there are a couple of companies who offer a variety of designs at affordable prices. Let’s take a look at the top places where you can find the best wedding invitations for cheap!

Amazon Handmade

Amazon has everything including handmade invitations for less price. The prices are very affordable too. To find your wedding invitation, simply click on the Amazon Handmade invitations category and browse through hundreds of designs. Better yet, they offer them on prime which means they can get delivered to you the very next day!

Vista Print

Vista print was originally known for business prints, but they have recently expanded and are now offering a great collection of wedding invitations on their website at a very low price.

Etsy

Etsy is a massive online market where designers can sell their arts and crafts. If you’re looking for a unique, customised and affordable design, Etsy is the perfect place. You can even contact the seller and ask for a customised card of your choice.

Minted

Minted offers a wide variety of fresh designs invitation. One of their popular design is an all in one invitation that doesn’t require an envelope as the card comes with a folded design. This is great if you have a taste for modern and minimalistic design.

Paper Source

Paper source offers a printable wedding invitation meaning you can print the design in your terms. They also provide great discounts for bulk buying. You can find a great selection of wedding designs and themes on their website.  

How to budget on your wedding

How to budget on your wedding

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For many couples, the expensive price of a wedding can sometimes hold them back from actually going ahead and planning the event. But did you know that you can still plan your dream wedding even if you are on a budget? And just because you are on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice some of your fancy ideas as there are many alternatives you can look into that will save you money and still have what you wish for. We’ve provided some tips below that can help you budget when planning your wedding.

Photographer

Hiring a photographer is one of the factors where you can save money. Instead of hiring. Why not ask your friends or family that owns or knows a bit about photography to take your wedding photos? Or if you want a professional photo, you can always look into hiring a photographer per hour and ask them to come for the special moments such as your ceremony or the after party.

Wedding cake

Instead of buying a large cake why not order a small decent size of cake that is customised to you and your partner’s liking? This way the cake would be more meaningful and personal for your wedding.

DIY Decorations

Making some of the decorations yourself will save you money and add more quirks and personality to your wedding. For example, why not create some DIY decorations that can be used for your wedding party?

Venue

Hiring the venue is where most of your money will be used. For a cheaper option, you may want to look at some local places that may be similar to what you are after. A local venue will help you save money on the travelling cost as well.

Cutting some cost in other areas of your wedding means you can afford to spend more on things that you see as the most important part of your wedding.

Different types of theme for your wedding

Different types of theme for your wedding

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.

destination weddingDestinations

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.

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Wedding Rule #1 – Don’t Forget The Hen Night!

Wedding Rule #1 – Don’t Forget The Hen Night!

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!

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Planning Your Perfect Wedding

Planning Your Perfect Wedding

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.

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