Popular Wedding Locations for Your Special Day

August 13, 2010

Even though you’ve probably been to several different wedding locations while watching friends and relatives get married, choosing the perfect location for your own wedding might seem like a daunting task. Some couples knew exactly where they wanted to tie the knot as soon as the groom popped the question and the bride said yes, but other people need a bit of assistance when thinking of potential wedding locations.

Five Common Wedding Locations
Although the idea of running off to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding ceremony may have crossed your mind a time or two, the majority of engaged couples choose to get married close to home. No two weddings are alike, but below you will find a list of common wedding locations and a bit of information about each.

Places of worship.
Couples that wish to be married in a religious wedding ceremony often choose wedding locations such as churches, synagogues, temples or other houses of worship. These venues work out well because their natural beauty means little decorating will need to be done for the wedding. Some places of worship will only marry people that are members of the congregation, so be sure to check with the wedding locations you are considering for full details.

Hotels.
Hotel weddings can be appealing due to the lack of work involved! Hotel wedding planners are great at their job and typically take care of most of the details for you. Luxurious hotels make great wedding locations for quite a few different reasons – couples can hold their wedding ceremony and reception all in the same location and out-of-town wedding guests will have a convenient place to stay!

Beaches.
If you live near the water, you might want to consider a beach wedding. Getting married barefoot in the sand at sunset is a romantic idea that numerous couples decide to act upon. Your wedding photos will be stunning thanks to the natural beauty of the great outdoors, and you will have fond memories of choosing the beach as your wedding location from each day forward.

Gardens or Parks.
Outdoor weddings held in gardens or parks are fashionable ideas for spring and summer weddings thanks to the warm weather and attractiveness of blooming plants and flowers. You can be married under a gazebo or trellis or out in the open. Bridesmaids can carry bouquets consisting of the same flowers found in the garden, and fountains and park benches often found in such settings can act as decoration.

Home.
There’s nothing wrong with considering wedding locations based on cost, and plenty of budget-conscious couples decide to get married right at their own home. Whether the wedding is held outdoors or inside, the familiarity of the location will be comforting. Getting married at home is a perfect idea if you are planning an intimate wedding with few guests.

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Quick Guide to Wedding Dresses

August 11, 2010

Judging from the dozens of bridal fashion magazines available on the magazine rack at grocery stores and the popularity of TV shows like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, the hunt for the perfect wedding gown can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding – in the bride’s opinion, anyway!

Fashions and trends may come and go, but when you begin your quest for finding a wedding dress remind yourself that you’ll be photographed more in your wedding gown than any other piece of clothing you’ll ever own. That’s why it’s important to find a wedding dress that you absolutely love, and one that you’ll be comfortable wearing in front of a crowd. After all, all eyes will be on you on the big day – and don’t forget that your children and grandchildren will eventually see those wedding pictures!

When you begin flipping through bridal magazines or you visit a bridal boutique for the first time, you might feel slightly overwhelmed. That’s absolutely normal, and our quick guide to popular wedding dress styles will hopefully help aid some of your confusion.

A-Line Wedding Dresses
A-Line wedding dresses are narrow and fitted at the hips, but they gradually widen as they go down toward the hem. A-Line dresses were given their name because their shape resembles a capital letter “A.” They’re a popular style of wedding dress because they are very versatile – A-line dresses can be made of nearly any material. They can be strapless or have intricate necklines. The choice is yours!

Ball Gowns
Ball gowns are quite possibly the most formal type of wedding dress available today. They have existed since the days of Queen Victoria and they’re always in fashion when it comes to wedding attire. Ball gowns have small, fitted waists and ankle-length, full skirts that are puffed out with the help of petticoats. Ball gowns are a great choice if you’re planning on having a luxurious, formal wedding – a beautiful ball gown can easily make any bride feel like Cinderella!

Empire Waist
The waist of an empire wedding gown starts just below the bust. Its skirt is typically long and loose, which is why empire waist wedding dresses are often favored by brides wishing to emphasize their busts or hide their stomachs.

Mermaid / Trumpet Style
Mermaid wedding dresses are slim-fitting throughout the bodice, hips, and upper or lower calves. The skirt then flares out, similar to the appearance of a mermaid’s tail. They are occasionally referred to as trumpet style dresses because they also resemble the bell of a trumpet.

Sheath
A sheath is a wedding dress designed to tightly hug the body. Because it’s a snug-fitting style, it’s usually recommended for brides who aren’t afraid to show off their curves. It’s a great choice for tall slim women, but brides that have wide hips may not feel comfortable wearing a sheath wedding dress.

Short
There’s no rule that wedding gowns have to trail the ground! Short wedding dresses typically fall at or just below the knee, and they’re great for brides with athletic legs who love to show off their calves.

Good Luck Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress!
Now that you have a few basic ideas about wedding dress styles, you should have some knowledge as to which type of dress will work well with your body type. Most bridal store associates are extremely helpful when you begin trying on wedding gowns, and it’s a good idea to have a friend take photographs in each dress that you model. The pictures may help you make your final decision.
Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress, it’s time to begin choosing outfits for your bridesmaids! The work involved in planning a wedding may seem never-ending, but it’s all worth it in the end.

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Important Info about Wedding Photography

August 2, 2010

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and it should be documented as such. Finding a talented wedding photographer involves so much more than flipping open the Yellow Pages and choosing one based on an advertisement – not only will you be giving your wedding photographer the responsibility of capturing your wedding memories, you’ll be paying them quite a bit of money to do so.

You Get What you Pay For
Although cost is often the most important determining factor for couples when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, remember that shopping around for a photographer isn’t the same as shopping for your wedding gown: you won’t see what you paid for until after the fact, and by then it may be too late.

Consider the following when looking for a wedding photographer.
Personal referrals. Personal referrals are a good way to ensure that others have had positive experiences with the photographer. A friend or relative is not going to lie to you about their own experience or the quality of the photographer’s work.

View the photographer’s portfolio.
These days, most wedding photographers have websites featuring online portfolios of their work. Take advantage of this, and look at the wedding photos they’ve taken recently. If they do not have an online portfolio, ask to sample wedding albums in person.
Speak on the telephone.
If you like someone’s work enough that you’re considering hiring them, speak to them on the phone. A short phone interview will answer a few of your important questions and provide you with basic information before deciding if you’d like to proceed.

Meet in person.
If the phone interview went well, meet the photographer in person. They’ll be playing a major part in your wedding day, and you don’t want to hire someone that you aren’t comfortable being around.

Finalize specific details before paying a deposit.
Be sure to get all of your questions answered and all of your wedding photography details finalized before giving the photographer any money.
Current Wedding Photography Trends
In order to wind up with the type of wedding photos that you want, you’ll need to use a wedding photographer that can meet your needs. It’s up to you to let your photographer know of any special requirements or wedding photo ideas that you have in mind.
We’ve all seen relatives’ wedding photo albums full of dated pictures that make us want to laugh because of the bad hairdos, ugly bridesmaid dresses, and goofy poses, but the truth is that trends come and go – even in photography. Those pictures looked good when they were taken, but times change.
Some current wedding photography trends include:

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Wedding Photojournalism. A wedding photojournalist captures photos for the duration of the entire wedding day, everything from the bride getting her hair and nails done to the final guests leaving the reception. Wedding photojournalism is a popular alternative approach to traditional, posed photos, and it’s done to tell the story of the day through photos. The photojournalist typically captures images quickly using the camera’s flash as opposed to studio lights.

 

 

 

Outdoor Photographs.

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Even if you’ll be getting married indoors, some of your wedding photographs can be taken outside. Thanks to the sun’s natural light, the beauty of nature, and the use of architecture as a backdrop, outdoor wedding photographs can be an absolutely stunning addition to your wedding album.

 

 

 

Photos Taken by Guests.
Placing disposable cameras on reception tables is still a great way to wind up with some unique wedding photos. Giving your guests with cameras will ensure that they’re willing to take pictures of the party, and they’ll probably capture photos of things you never even noticed. Wedding guests often take great pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the other guests.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of developing film and scanning the pictures, forgo the disposable cameras and ask your guests to upload their digital photos to a photo hosting website. You can easily create an online wedding album and provide everyone with the username and password so they can contribute their own photos. Alternatively, you can have a laptop at the reception where guests can download their photos directly from their camera before they leave for the evening.

These are just a few current trends in wedding photography. If you have other ideas or suggestions, be sure to bring them up when you meet with your photographer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – after all, you’re spending your hard earned money so this person can take pictures of your special day, and there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

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