Wedding Photography – The Ultimate Guide To Capturing Your Special Day

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When it comes to getting married, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot you have to cover. There’s a reason why the word Bridezilla exists. Stress levels can soar, and even the most uninvolved of the wedding party and guests can feel it. But it doesn’t have to be hard, especially when it comes to your wedding photography and the photos taken to capture your day. After all, you want to be able to look back on your special day and remember it for the beautiful occasion it was.

Luckily for every bride and groom, there’s a wealth of expert wedding photographers out there to help you make it happen. To make sure that you’ll have a wide range of the entire day photographed, let’s take a look at the key things you and your expert photography team should take care of on the day.

The Bride Getting Ready

The morning of your wedding, as you are getting ready, adrenaline kicks in, and you may find yourself getting swept away in the moment and not really taking in what’s going on. This is often why it’s such a lovely idea to have your photographer come and take a few snaps of you getting ready with your bridesmaids. You may even be able to capture some other great memories from the morning too. Not everyone will be comfortable with this, but it can often be a great starting point for your memories.

The Groom Getting Ready

While your husband-to-be is getting ready with his groomsmen, you may even want to get some keepsakes of these moments too. Again, this will be up to what you and your groom wants, as he may not want to have a photographer fussing around before the big moment. But just as it can be nice for you to remember the morning, he may want to too.

The Dress & Shoes

As you’re getting ready, it might be nice for your photographer to take some snaps of your dress and shoes. You are definitely going to want some detailed snaps of you getting into it too, but shots of the dress hanging or your shoes styled around the room can be really pretty too. Definitely look into some inspiration for this, as when you have a stunning wedding dress, you definitely want to make sure you show it off in the best light.

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The Bride Leaving

Then it’s onto those precious moments when you’re leaving for the ceremony itself. If you’re leaving from your home or your parental home, this can often be a moment to savor. However, regardless of where you are, it’s nice to document the moment you made your way to getting married.

The Groom Arriving

We’re going to hope that when you’re on your way, your groom is already there ready and waiting. In many circumstances, the groom and groomsmen will be there before the guests. So, this is a great chance for your photography team to get in some snaps of them awaiting your arrival. The timing here will be crucial, but it can be nice to catch those few moments before your ceremony takes place.

The Ceremony

And, of course, you’re going to want to make sure that you get some really gorgeous shots of the ceremony itself. This is something that you should talk through with your photographer, but you could also look at some inspiration beforehand too. The ceremony photography you want is going to vary based on your personal taste, and the photography style you’re going for. If you will be getting married in a house of worship, make sure to find out their photography guidelines, and be sure to share that with your photographer before your wedding day.

Groups

Then you’ve got the group shots. They can be quite dramatic, especially if you have a lot of guests attending. Whether you choose to do a group shot of the wedding party and guests, or just smaller photos of family members and friends, you’re going to need to plan this out beforehand so that your photographer can work out the timing.

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Staged/Posed Shots

Up next, you’ve got some of the more staged shots. This is usually where you can get a bit more creative with your styling and the kind of photography used. Take a look at these photo ideas if you want to try something different and interesting. Ideally, your photographer will be able to guide you here, but if you do have some creative ideas to consider before the big day, be sure to make these known and schedule them in.

Guests

You may want to think about the kinds of photography that your guests can get involved in. For this, you could consider hiring photo booths from somewhere such as Booth Boy or putting disposable cameras on the tables for people to snap away with. You may even want to go old school and use polaroids which is more like a combination of the two.

The First Dance

And finally, you’ve also got the first dance to capture. Of course you’re going to want to make sure that your photographer snaps away while you’re dancing, but you might also want to consider filming it too. It is quite an emotional moment. Whether you’ve worked with something choreographed or not, this could be something that you want to remember forever and photography can’t always bring the moment to life as much as a video can.

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3 Tips For Choosing Accessories For Your Wedding Day

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Planning the details for your wedding day can take up almost every waking minute of your life. However, don’t forget that for your special day you need to prepare yourself, too. You need to decide what jewelry and accessories to wear on your wedding day. This creates some more decisions, so here are some tips to make it easy to pick out the right jewelry and accessories.

Don’t Wear a Watch

This one is simple – don’t wear a watch. It doesn’t matter if you have a lovely watch, and of course you need to be at your ceremony location on time, but – don’t wear your watch. With all of the different things going on at your wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, cake cutting, toasts . . .), it will be tempting to check your watch to make sure everything is going on time. Instead, relax, and enjoy your wedding day rather than repeatedly looking at the time.

Also, you’ll want your engagement ring (and your wedding ring) to be the star of the show when it comes to your hands. There will be camera close-ups of your hands, and the last thing you want is a watch taking the spotlight. With that in mind, be easy on wearing other rings too. Once again you want your engagement and wedding ring to be the center of attention, and other rings will take away from that.

Subtlety Is Key

You should be the focus of your wedding, so you don’t want to wear anything that is going to take away from that. You don’t need to be wearing a necklace, earrings, a tiara, a veil, a sash, and goodness knows what else to look great on your wedding day.

Instead, carefully think about which pieces of your precious jewelry will best compliment what you will be wearing and fit your personal style. The right pieces of jewelry and accessories can add that extra something to your wedding day look, but too much or the wrong jewelry or accessory can ruin it. Instead of going with an ornate necklace, consider something smaller that will accentuate your neckline.

The same is true for earrings. Small studs may be enough. Remember that you don’t want to copy the design of your wedding dress. You want to make sure that you are complimenting it instead. Less is often more in these kinds of situations. Try on a few things and see what looks best, and getting a second or third opinion never hurts either.

Just Be Yourself

When it comes to dressing for your wedding, you want to be yourself. Don’t let other people tell you how you should look for your wedding (or what the wedding itself should look like). If that means ignoring all of the advice in this article, then go for it.

Your wedding isn’t about turning yourself into a stereotypical “bride.” Instead it is a reflection of your and your fiance’s personalities, and for you that reflection is also in the jewelry and accessories you’ll be wearing.

Stick to your own style and if that means you stray outside the “usual” color scheme or typical way of doing things then don’t worry. Sticking to your own style is how you are going to look the most beautiful when you get married. Take a moment to reflect on what you are wearing and if any of it feels like it is only being worn due to pressure from others (you know who you are), then seriously consider ditching it.

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Wedding Photographs: Dos & Don’ts

Your wedding is a day you will spend a huge amount of time planning, but relatively little time actually doing. Months of preparation go into a single day, so of course, you’re going to want wonderful photos to help preserve the memory of your special day for the rest of your life.

If you want to ensure those photos are the best that they can possibly be, you will find the following list of wedding photography “dos” and “don’ts” helpful.

DO: Hire A Professional Photographer

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The idea of hiring a professional photographer may be an expense you don’t think your budget can spare, but remember: these are the photographs you will cherish for the rest of your life.

The importance of having a professional eye capturing the moment for posterity cannot be overstated. Professional photographers know exactly how to produce the perfect shot, so you can be guaranteed excellent quality, and images you’ll delight in looking back on 50 years from now.

DON’T: Go Too Heavy On The Photoshop

Every so often, an article emerges mocking “bad” wedding photographs. As far as we’re concerned, if the bride and groom like the photographs, then no one else’s opinion matters.

But if you want to avoid the problems often depicted in these lists, it’s vital that you go easy on the PhotoShop during the editing process. Talk to your photographer and stipulate PhotoShop should only be used to correct photography issues, such as bad lighting, rather than as a tool to produce entirely new (and often downright bizarre) scenes.

DO: Opt For Candid Over Posed Photographs

Of course, you will want to assemble for a number of classic posed photographs; you with your bridesmaids, you and your new husband or wife with your respective parents, and so on. However, the best wedding photographs are often candids; moments captured when you didn’t even realize a camera was pointing at you.

Skilled professionals like Clewell Photography know how to capture these quiet moments, preserving small memories alongside the standard posed offerings.

DON’T: Discourage Your Guests From Taking Photos

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Surveys have suggested that many couples are unhappy when photos of their wedding are have been posted to social media. This has resulted in brides-to-be deciding to ban guests from taking photos altogether. The idea behind these bans is to ensure quality control, and guarantee no unflattering images are circulated without the couple’s express agreement, or a photo of the wedding gown is posted before the ceremony has even taken place.

While you may like the idea of that kind of absolute control, weddings are all about uniting with your family and friends in celebration – so it’s natural they’re going to want to capture the moment and share it with others. A mixture of excellent professional photographs and ardent amateur efforts will ensure that the entire day is captured through different eyes, giving you a wide range of experiences and moments on (digital) film. Sure, some of those photos might not be particularly flattering, but that’s all in the good spirit of the day.

If you keep the above dos and don’ts in mind, you can be sure that you will always look back on your wedding photographs with delight and pride.

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Wedding Planning Advice To Keep You Relaxed & Organized

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All the planning and decision making that go into pulling the gazillion aspects of your wedding into place can leave you stressed out beyond belief. The following pieces of wedding planning advice can help you stay relaxed, organized, and focused on the important aspects of your wedding.

Do whatever you need to do to unwind, relax and sleep well
Take your vitamins, exercise, and find effective emotional outlets for releasing the stress you feel. Remember your groom. Do fun things together and plan together.

Get and stay organized
Start early and document every decision made around your wedding day. It doesn’t matter if you keep records on line or in file folders or a paper bag. Find a system that works for you, implement it early on, and keep it current.

Determine your wedding priorities
Along with your bride- or groom-to-be, set and agree on priorities. Identify those key items that you both really want (and don’t want), and areas where you want to splurge and can under spend.

Be grateful for all that you have and for everything others are doing for you
You will get gifts, good wishes, and offers to help. Thank those who offer assistance whether you take them up on that offer or not. Because weddings are happy occasions, people feel good and want to help if they can. It’s nice to be a part of a positive and joyous event.

Remember your plan and stick with it
Yes, you’ll hear of a great idea or see something at someone else’s wedding that you’d like to adopt for yours, even though you may already have plans in place for your wedding. Be careful of over thinking or playing “one upmanship.” Is this new idea something you really want or makes sense for your wedding? What plans will you have to change or give up for it? Remember to plan your (and your fiance’s) wedding, not copy someone else.

And the best advice of all – let go of bridal guilt!
You can’t make everyone happy all the time. It’s not worth the worry and stress. Sometimes guilt is ok as it can help us acknowledge and deal with others’ feelings. But most of the time we are simply afraid of letting someone down or hurting someone’s feelings. Of course you should be aware of the feelings of others. But remember that on your wedding day, first and foremost, you are there to please yourself and your bride/groom as the two of you begin your new life together.

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Potential Bad Bridesmaid? – 7 Telltale Signs to Look For

If you are planning your wedding, you might be already looking for candidates to be your bridesmaid.

There are so many things to arrange for your weddings, such as the venue, photographer, dress, band/dj, decorations, the cake, and the people who will be standing by your side.

Picking the wrong bridesmaid can, however, have disastrous consequences. While you might not be a mind reader, you can pay attention to the person’s behavior and look out for the telling signs of a bad bridesmaid to avoid disappointment. Find out below how to spot a potential bad bridesmaid.

1. She Can’t Keep Her Mouth Shut

A bridesmaid needs to be chatty and good with people, but she also must listen. If you are planning your wedding and all you hear about is someone else’s marriage or her relationship issues, you should think twice before you ask her to be your bridesmaid. If she loves gossip, it’s likely that you too could soon find yourself in the spotlight (and not in a good way), and every guest will know more about your wedding plans (including disasters) than you.

A bridesmaid needs to be discreet, especially if you are planning a surprise for some of the guests. Look out for girls who talk too much: they don’t make good bridesmaids.

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2. She Has The Green Eyes

No, I don’t mean her eye color, but the jealous “green eyed monster.” We often feel obligated to ask our childhood friend to be a bridesmaid. Sometimes it’s not such a good idea.

If you used to go out partying and she’d get upset when you had a boyfriend to go with and she didn’t, or she didn’t feel comfortable joining you and your partner for dinner if she was single, you might have a problem. Even if she doesn’t show it, she might have the green eyed monster eating away all her goodwill, and she could end up sabotaging your wedding, even unintentionally. Pay close attention to her attitude and check again to make sure that you are on the same page and she is really happy for you.

3. She Is A Party Animal

Bridesmaids who love partying and drink too much can ruin your wedding reception. Before you ask your friend to be your bridesmaid, you need to do a reality check. You don’t want your wedding getting ruined by her after a night of heavy drinking. Make sure that she knows when to stop, and she doesn’t get overly argumentative when she had a few glasses of wine.

You don’t want your bridesmaid to cause drama and run off in the middle of the night to get drunk and forget about her important role. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is have to search for her and find her blacked out in the toilet.

4. She Is Constantly Late

If she turns up late all the time without a good reason, you might be heading towards a disaster if you ask her to be your bridesmaid. Constantly being late is a sign of a lack of organizational and planning skills. A bridesmaid needs to keep deadlines you have for your wedding. If she is in charge of ordering the flowers and she forgets about it, your wedding can be ruined.

Make sure you can trust and depend on her with simple tasks and she can turn up for meetings on time, or you will have to spend extra time and energy picking up the pieces after her.

5. She Is Disorganized And Messy

If she cannot keep her own place in order, how can you expect your future bridesmaid to check the arrangements of flowers, tables, and adjust the dresses of flower girls? What if she misplaces her dress and can’t find it on your special day? You don’t want your bridesmaid to create chaos on your wedding by losing accessories, leaving her makeup around to stain the white dress, or burn a hole on a shirt because she forgot that the iron is on.

6. She Loves The Spotlight

One of the worst types of bridesmaids is the one that wants to be the center of attention all the time. Just imagine that you’re having photos taken by your professional photographer, such as Kortni Ellett Wedding Photographer, before the wedding, and your bridesmaid photobombs each picture.

A self-centered bridesmaid loves hearing her own voice and will become bossy. She will want to be in charge, and forget to ask you for permission before ordering flowers or other decorations. She will praise her skills in front of everyone, belittling your efforts, and take credit for everything done right. She will brag about her choice of dress, and pose for hours instead of helping out. She might even post the pictures on social media out of pure vanity before your wedding day.

7. She Is Overly Competitive

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While being competitive can be a good thing, it’s not the best if you are trying to work as a team. She has to have the best ideas, and doesn’t want to listen to the other bridesmaids. She’ll constantly seek attention and confirmation, and in the end, cause more headache than you can imagine. She might want to pick the one dress that suits her but looks like a potato sack on the rest of your bridesmaids so she’ll look better than others. She might even want to outshine you and have extraordinary makeup on your wedding day, so people look at her instead of you.

Picking the right bridesmaid can be a challenging task. Make sure that you look out for these telltale signs and choose somebody who is reliable, a good team player, and organized.

You want everything to go smoothly on your wedding, and a good bridesmaid can help you with this. Pick the wrong friend, and disaster is practically guaranteed.

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3 Ways To Keep Your Wedding From Emptying Your Bank Account

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When it comes to the big purchases that you expect to make in your lifetime, there are few that spring to mind faster than your wedding day. With many weddings costing in the tens of thousands, many couples worry about how it’s going to affect their finances from the moment they start planning.

Which begs the question: does it have to be that way? Does a wedding have to be something that completely drains your bank account?

Of course not! The truth is that weddings have so many details and “moving parts” (ex. special decor, food, entertainment, photographers, etc.) a great deal of money is often spent. However, if you have a lower budget in mind, there are plenty of ways to help keep costs down for your big day. Here are 3 money-saving tips to help from emptying your bank account.

1. Keep things simple

One of the major things that causes weddings to be so expensive is when couples (and their parents) insist on inviting everyone – the co-workers, the second (and third) cousins they haven’t seen in years, the neighbor whose wedding they attended 5 years ago . . .

By keeping things simple and small with your wedding, you can save huge amounts of money. You don’t need to invite everyone you’ve ever known (the bigger the guest list, the bigger the price tag). Instead, just include the people that you really care about.

Another thing that can quickly cause a wedding budget to get out of hand is when couples go overboard on the endless details that they really don’t need.

Things like complex flower arrangements with imported flowers, an unusual venue, pricy favors, elaborate paper goods (such as menu cards and individual escort cards for each guest), and all kinds of decorations might be nice, but they don’t necessarily add to the specialness of your wedding when you get right down to it.

2. Try something different

Of course, if you want to get married without having to spend huge amounts of money then you could try something a bit different. Eloping is never going to be the most common or popular style of wedding but going away and having a quiet ceremony without too much fuss can be incredibly exciting as well as being easier on the wallet.

Think what you want about the stereotype around Vegas weddings, but places like the Little Church of the West offer lovely, intimate ceremonies that aren’t going to cost an arm and a leg. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone, but if you want a wedding that won’t be too expensive, then it’s at least worth considering.

3. Go the homemade route

Of course, if you really want lots of detailed decorations, food, and place settings, there is one thing that you can do instead of spending money on buying them or hiring someone to do them: make them yourself.

Taking a homemade route with your wedding can save you huge amounts of money. Just be careful that you aren’t planning on too many DIY wedding projects, which can end up making life more stressful and gives you a lot more work to do. Get your friends and family involved to help so that you’re not dealing with all of the work by yourself (you can “pay” them with a pizza lunch or dinner).

A lot of couples don’t like the idea of having to make compromises on their wedding plans because they feel like they won’t have a “real wedding” unless it has all of the bells and whistles. It’s important to remember that the most important part of any wedding is getting to promise yourself to the person you love most in this world. That’s what makes it a “real wedding.” As long as you have that, just about everything else is optional.

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5 Things That Wedding Planners Love

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Wedding planners love getting to work with amazing brides and grooms . . . Providing vendor referrals and decor suggestions that are a perfect fit for the couples vision . . . Figuring out wedding day logistics so the day flows smoothly . . .

Yes, it’s a “labor of love.”

Here are 5 things that wedding planners particularly love.

1. When you have a vision for your wedding day
Believe me, we want to help you create your ideal wedding, but when our questions and suggestions are met with, “Um, I don’t know,” we have nothing to work with. You don’t have to have every single little detail figured out, because yes, we love to have some creative input. Also, some ideas sound good “on paper” but just aren’t practical in real life. But when you have some idea of what you’d like, the pieces can be pulled together so much easier.

2. Pinterest
Wedding Planners Love Seeing Our Bride & Grooms Pinterest Board
It’s a wonderful tool to find and save inspiration and ideas for your wedding. It helps in expressing your ideas and vision. Sometimes words can’t really express what you mean, but a photo – they’re not wrong when they say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” (Just don’t try to exactly recreate something you’ve seen – you want to inject your personalities into the decor and plans, not just re-do what someone else did).

3. When you do a First Look and do all of your photos (or as many as possible) before the ceremony
Wedding Planners Love When The Bride & Groom Share a First Look Before Their Wedding Ceremony

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Why? For brides, your hair and makeup are at their freshest. Also, the more photos done before hand will make your after-ceremony photo session go much quicker. You’ll get to your reception sooner, and may actually get to enjoy some of your cocktail hour. You’ll get the party started on time, guests won’t have to wait.

4. When you have a reading or two during your wedding ceremony
Why? Readings add an extra bit of personalization to your ceremony without adding any cost, or a lot of time to your ceremony. Plus it gives us planners a brief 5 minute or so “breather.”

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5. When you and your new husband/wife are smiling and enjoying yourselves
Wedding Planners Love When The Bride & Groom Are Smiling and Enjoying Themselves

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Why? Joy is contagious. If you’re enjoying yourself, your guests will feel it, and have an even better time at your reception. Also, if you’re happy, we know we’ve done our jobs.

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“I Take Thee… Erm…”: What Are You Forgetting About In Your Wedding Planning?

“I Take Thee... Erm...": What Are You Forgetting About In Your Wedding Planning?
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Right from the moment he (or she) popped the question, there is a never-ending cavalcade of things to do, details to plan, and a constant feeling of “have I forgotten something?”

With an almost never-ending amount of things to have to remember while planning your perfect day, it can seem like this feeling never goes away. While you can draw up lists and plans and make sure that everything you have prepared is thoroughly in your control, there may be things that escape your thoughts, especially if you are blindsided by bigger issues at the time.

Here are some things that you may want to think about that can have a major impact leading up to your big day itself, and afterwards.

Include The Helpers

In other words, your vendors, from the people in the band, your photographer and videographer, as well as your wedding planner. These people need to be taken into account during the big day, and while you may have thought purely in terms of feeding your guests, these people who have worked so tirelessly to make your day so special need feeding too! A lot of caterers will consider your vendor meals at a price concession (couldn’t hurt to ask), so while it is a little bit extra on your budget, you want them to be working at full capacity, so make sure they are fed!

A Guestbook

You may want to make a trip to a local bookstore for a type of book that is characteristic of where you’re getting married. But there are also plenty of great guest book suppliers. Pure Invitation provides various designs, depending on your individual style. Also, you don’t want to forget the pens! Having a guest book for your guests to give you their well wishes when they arrive at the reception adds a lovely little touch and gives you a fantastic memento of your perfect day.

The Seating

If you are not doing assigned seating, you’ll need to think about the fact that people don’t sit next to each other naturally. So make sure that you get an extra few chairs than the amount on your guest list. In addition to this, it’s beneficial to get an extra set of chairs for the ceremony as well as the reception.

If you are getting married in the same venue as you are having the reception, it may be practical to reuse the same set of chairs for the ceremony and the reception.

You’ll also need to think about providing canapés (also called hors d’oeuvres or appetizers) for your guests, as well as the room layout/flow so there isn’t going to be caterers and helpers coming through destroying the ambience.

Your Marriage License

It depends on where you are in the world, but you will need to take your marriage license with you to the venue. Be sure to check for deadlines in applying for this license, and if there are any special documents needed so that your application is completed.

Also, make sure you have somewhere safe to keep your documents. Make sure they are in a secure folder, in a place that is out of the way of any pets or children, because without this piece of paper, you will not be able to get married! There are plenty of folders you can purchase that are nice and secure, but there are ones you can purchase from places like Abbey Stationery that do the job just fine. This folder is also a great place for you to put all your other relevant documentation, such as your ID and your passport, so when you are ready to jet off on honeymoon, it is all in one secure place.

If you’ll need to renew your driver’s license or passport before heading off, try and do this at least 8 weeks before the wedding.

Get Someone To Corral People

It is always helpful to have someone who is able to wrangle people together for photos. Remember, the photographer doesn’t know who the important members of the family are, (and neither does your wedding planner), so it may be worth assigning a member of the family this duty so they can get the desired people quickly. That way, you are able to get through all of the photos you need, without the photographer running over time, and therefore you running over budget.

Check For Food Allergies

While you may love barbecue chicken sticky ribs, your gluten-free vegan guest may not take so kindly to it! So, it’s important to make a note early on in the proceedings of who has food allergies, intolerances, or are vegetarian or vegan. A handy little tip, if you can get a list to your caterer that states where these people are sitting, it is going to be a godsend for them, and makes your day that much smoother.

Thank You Notes

You are obviously grateful that people have come to spend your big day with you, but it’s a thoughtful little touch to send everybody a thank you note, especially for those that bought you gifts. Make sure these notes don’t go out any later than two months after your wedding day.

It can be overwhelming to write personalized and heartfelt thank you notes, especially if you have more than 200 guests in attendance, but be sure to allocate a little bit of time each day to writing these notes, maybe 30 minutes. And, not just your guests, be sure to thank your bridal party, your family, and your parents.

We can get so overwhelmed by the whole process that we will inevitably forget about something, but the important thing in this respect is to plan and to allow sufficient time to think about what you really want for your big day. Little details mean a lot in your wedding, and you want your guests to feel like they have been looked after, so take a few of these ideas into account, and use them in your planning to make their day, as well as yours, extra special.

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19 Popular Marriage Proposal Locations and How Much They Cost

There are so many potential marriage proposal locations! You may have purchased the ring months ago and stashed it somewhere safe, but have you thought about where you’ll get down on one knee?

This iconic moment will become a story you’ll tell for years to come and the location will certainly go down in history as your landmark of love.

Whether the two of you spend your nights at the stadiums celebrating America’s favorite pastime or would rather opt for a more lavish night out on the town, there’s a perfect proposal spot for the two of you.

To help you narrow your selection and determine where you might pop the question, ProFlowers is putting a price tag on some of the best places to propose including popular baseball stadiums, Disney Theme Parks and iconic spots such as The Empire State Building and Maui, Hawaii.

Browse the lists below to discover surprising figures and find the perfect for you to get down on one knee.

Baseball:


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Disney:

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Adventure:

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Marriage proposals are exciting, but always remember that this moment should be special and memorable, so choose a location that will be personal and meaningful.

Thank you to ProFlowers and Taylor Poppmeier for sharing these informative and inspiring infographics showing the cost of proposing at 19 popular locations.

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Jean

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The Bouquet Toss – How To Catch The Bouquet

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The bouquet toss, you know that fun custom during the wedding reception when the bride throws a bouquet to all the single ladies, didn’t start out so jovial and fun.

The practice of the bride tossing her bouquet originated in 14th century Europe. At that time, the belief was that all brides and everything they touched was lucky. By merely touching a bride, or getting a piece of something she touched, wore, or carried would give a person a little bit of that luck.

A very unromantic concept – as the bride was often aggressively chased, guests tearing at her dress and bouquet in the hopes of obtaining some of her luck. Eventually brides began throwing bits of their bouquets to the crazy crowd.

This new practice of tearing apart her own bouquet to throw to several people eventually transformed to the bouquet toss practice we know today. Bride’s used to toss their own bouquet, but this eventually turned into a small toss bouquet, allowing the bride to keep hers. Instead of getting some of the bride’s luck, whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

Tossing the bouquet is the easy part. Just be wary of low ceilings or the bouquet will be bounced directly down to the floor instead of reaching the intended target – the single ladies.

Catching it takes some finesse.

Check out this entertaining infographic from our friends at Larson Jewelers which gives the single ladies an easy (and amusing) how-to and tips to increase their odds of a successful bouquet catch.


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