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Four Essential Tips for Planning Destination Weddings in Ireland

Four Essential Tips for Planning Destination Weddings in Ireland

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Are you considering tying the knot on the Emerald Isle? Destination weddings in Ireland are an up and coming trend these days and a wedding on our beautiful island can be an unforgettable event.

To help get you started on your adventure, check out our four essential tips for planning destination weddings in Ireland.

Start Early  

Before you start planning the fun stuff, get all of your documents in order. Whether you are Irish or coming from abroad, all destination weddings in Ireland require essential paperwork and you need to give the Irish government at least three months notice before having your wedding here. You will also need to collect a range of documentation, which could take quite a while, so you will want to start working through the logistics early.

While you will need to organise several things before getting the official go ahead for your big day, the Irish government makes everything easy by providing all of the information on their website.

Tip- Some offices, especially the Dublin government office, can get incredibly busy and long delays are common. If you want to speed up the process, shop around. You can apply with any office in Ireland you’d like.

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Set a Budget

Whether we are talking about destination weddings in Ireland or a small gathering in your back garden, setting a wedding budget is essential. It is way too easy to overspend or just get stressed out dealing with costs if you don’t have a specific figure in mind.

We have seen unforgettable weddings of every size and budget. Trust me, brides and grooms, a bigger budget does not automatically mean a more impressive affair. Having the perfect wedding is all about prioritising expenses. If you love flowers, make them a higher percentage of your budget. Not a social butterfly? Opt to just invite your nearest and dearest, then spend more money on your honeymoon! It’s your wedding, and it is your time to do YOU! There is no minimum budget or guest list size.

Create a To-Do List

It is so important to get organised from day one! It is all too easy to get lost in the process of preparation so I’d highly recommend starting with a plan and sticking with it. This website has worked with wedding experts to create a free wedding checklist PDF that I think is a major time saver (check it out HERE) and a good starting point for inspiration.

From there, you can create your own checklist and shared documents. Saving shared documents, notes, and to-do lists online can streamline the process. Link your wedding party, wedding planner, family, and anyone else who is helping you out in the wedding planning process.

Expect the Unexpected

When it comes to destination weddings in Ireland or anywhere in the world, there is always going to be an element of surprise. When you aren’t there in person to see every last detail, there are going to be elements of the unknown.

If you aren’t from Ireland and have never been to an Irish wedding, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the traditions here. Weddings around the world are very different from each other! Don’t assume that everything will be like it is in weddings in your country or like what you have seen on television. Even little things can throw you off. That is why it is important to ask questions! Chat with your venue in great detail so you know precisely what to expect.

And, as always when it comes to weddings: know yourself! If you like to have control over every little detail, destination weddings in Ireland or elsewhere can be tricky because you aren’t there to see things and talk to vendors face to face. On the other hand, if you love surprises and are head over heels in love with the idea of a whirlwind wedding, this can be a great option for you!

8 Ways To Avoid Stress While Planning Your Wedding

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It’s hard to imagine just how much goes into planning a wedding until you find yourself knee deep into it. As a busy wedding venue in Arizona who plans and coordinates numerous events every year, we see just how overwhelming and stressful it can be on a couple.

The good news is, your level of anxiety is totally within your control. If you’re open to adjusting your mindset and ready to kick stress to the curb, here are 8 tips we’ve discovered over the years that can help you keep calm and wed on:

1)  Involve Your Partner  

Don’t carry all the responsibility for the decision-making.  Discuss things with your fiancé. Talk about what you both want your wedding day to be like, and make the choices together.  Sometimes you will have to make a compromise, but that’s what marriage is all about!


2)  Accept Help

 This might be from your partner, or from your parents or your partner’s parents, or your bridal party or, quite frankly anyone who offers!  If you know someone with any specialist knowledge or some time to spare then ask their advice, or – even better – assign them a job to do, and be gracious about it.


3)  Make Some Decisions Alone  

Everyone is different – some of us need our people around us and some of us need peace and quiet to make a decision.  Some parts of wedding planning, such as dress-shopping, should be done with a carefully selected set of people. Consider who is helping you and who is hindering the process and avoid anyone who is slowing you down or making things more complicated than they need to be.

4)  Prioritise

 Decide which elements of the day are most important to you.  Do you especially love beautiful flowers, or do you particularly want to provide some fun entertainment for your guests, or do you really need that stunning gown?  Decide which areas to splurge on and which areas to save on. This will help you throughout the planning process, and will help if you have a budget to keep to.


5)  Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Once you have decided what is most important to you, then it will probably be easier to identify what is less important to you.  Those are the bits you delegate, or you just get them sorted out and then don’t give them a further though. Few will notice the tiny details anyway, your guests just want a nice party and to celebrate your love.


6)  Have A Rest  

Breathe.  Stay in the moment and appreciate that you are going to spend the rest of your life with this special person and this wedding is a celebration of that.  Take a break. Chill with your partner or your friends and then get back to planning with renewed enthusiasm.

7)  Gain Some Perspective  

So many people think their wedding day is the most important day of their lives.  Your wedding day is the first day of your entire marriage, so it’s worth keeping that in mind.  Your marriage and your partner will be very important to you forever, and whether your aunt enjoyed sitting next to your neighbour at dinner, and whether the flowers in your bouquet *exactly* match your shoes and ribbons will fall from memory pretty quickly!


8)  Remember That This Is Your Day – Nobody Else’s

 A wedding is a celebration of a couple’s love and the first day of their married lives together.  Yes, you want to provide a fun day for your guests, but this is your one chance to do this the way you want it.  So, be sure of your vision for the day and go for it!

 

It’s easy to get stressed out when planning a wedding, but it’s far from worth it. Keep these tips in mind to maintain balance and find peace about every aspect of your big moment tying the knot together.

Kim is the founder of Tre Bella, a stylish and affordable wedding venue in Arizona. With a refined eye for design and an impeccable coordination process, Kim is passionate about keeping platinum-level weddings stress-free and within reach for busy couples.

Bring Out Your Inner Child With A Disney Wedding!

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“Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age & Dreams are forever.” ~Walt Disney. Since childhood, we’ve all imagined our wedding day to be a happily ever after with the one and only prince charming. No matter how old we grow in age, Walt Disney is an inspiration to many, bringing forth the inner child in all of us. Just by saying the word, “Disney”, what do you imagine? Hope? Faith? Magic! Disney itself is a representation of the good memories encountered throughout the years. Of the smiles and joys of the good old days and current adventures. With so much happiness and glee, why not incorporate the magic alongside your big day! Sit back and relax, Hakuna Matata, and let your inner Disney shine with these creative ideas.

 

Seasonal Wedding

Spring, summer, fall and winter: More than likely, there’s some sort of Disney character that represents one of these seasons. Some represent one, others many; however, there are many ways to incorporate the Disney spirit! First, set a date with your fiance about when you’ll have the wedding. Depending upon when the date is set, research or come up with a list of your favorite disney characters that can be used for that season. For example: My friend Tina got married in December, 2017. Because it was during the winter, she could have used Elsa from “Frozen”, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”,  Winter Fairies from “Tinkerbell”, Cinderella and the classic Mickey Mouse! Elsa was an obvious chose because of her winter setting. Crystals could be used as decorations for the wedding, and the brides hair and dress can be made similar to Elsa’s as well.  The dress could also be made similar to Cinderella’s classic, blue ball gown. For brides who want to steer away from tradition, why not let your dress be your something blue!

Know Your Disney? Choose Your Location!

What kind of a princess are you? Are you elegant, mystical, outdoorsy, or an island girl? Choosing your inner disney can be hard, but figuring out what kind of a wedding you want can help with the process. Let’s say that I love nature, want an outdoor wedding and I love magic and adventure. 4 words: Faith, trust, and pixie dust! Peter Pan and the fairies can be the perfect setting for my outdoor reception. Imagine this: an outdoor reception with a live band, mason jars filled with fairy lights, wildflowers and acorns, and the bridesmaids wearing fairy styled, colorful dresses. The table cloths have glitter here and there and can easily be represented as fairy dust. Guests can party comfortably barefoot, and there’s a roaring fire to set the scene. Doesn’t this remind you of Peter Pan and the lost boys celebrating the night away? With dancing fairies and music blaring to songs all through the night?

Whichever season you choose, or location you and your fiance have chosen, let your creativity shine and be bright. Themed wedding nowadays are the new craze, so don’t let yourself be set back because it’s “not traditional.” Like Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Now, Put It In Action!

Once you have your date, location and Disney setting, like Sebastian once said, you’ve got to set “the mood.” During this wedding planning journey, make sure to make memories and put them in your “Adventure Book.” Set the mood by giving your guests a taste of whats coming by making your Save The Date invitations match your disney theme. For the wedding itself, be creative and tap into your inner child. Have fun and remember that this is your wedding. Make it a dream come true and a fairytale that will stick within the storybooks.

Thank you for reading & remember to stay in the Wedding Vibe!

Limiting Technology For A Stress Free Experience

Wedding planning and completing last-minute to-do items in the days prior to your wedding day can be stressful in and of themselves. Unfortunately, the presence of technology can often heighten such feelings. Constantly checking your technology to include your smartphones, tablets or laptops can cause anxiety, blur boundaries between others and cause unwelcome distractions. Here are a few reasons why you should detox yourself from your technology prior to your big day.

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What is a Technology Detox?

A technology detox is the proactive choice of either ignoring your devices for extended periods of time or keeping them turned off altogether. For instance, you may decide that you will not use your devices during certain hours of the day or you may also choose to keep them turned off for days at a time so that you can concentrate on more important things. No matter the choice in time restrictions, a technology detox prior to your wedding day may be the best way to ensure you make the most of your time, get more done and enjoy your peace of mind. Here’s how detoxing can help:

#1 Reduces Your Anxiety

According to research, there is a definite connection between anxiety and technology and for a number of different reasons. For instance, do you get anxious if you misplace or forget your cell phone because you’re worried you’ve missed important information? Alternatively, does constantly checking social media result in you comparing your life to others? When adding a wedding to this mix you may even start to wonder if there is anything else that you’ve left out of your wedding, sending you straight to the internet for hours on end. To reduce such feelings, decide to take a break from your devices to calm the chatter in your mind and improve your well-being.  

#2 Creates Boundaries

Next, staying off of your devices altogether can help to create boundaries between you and others who may mean well, but who are being intrusive on personal time. For instance, you could be getting constant phone calls, texts or direct messages from people who are excited about your wedding and who want to ask questions, check on how you’re feeling or simply have a chat. However, an influx of such communications may be overwhelming for a bride or groom to be who already have a full plate before them. Create boundaries between you and others by keeping your devices turned off during times where you need to concentrate on organizing the details of your wedding event.

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#3 Lessens Distractions

Technology can also cause unwelcome and even detrimental distractions. This is because surfing the web, answering calls, checking social media notifications, or even texting and driving can take your attention away from the immediate tasks you have at hand. You could easily lose countless, precious hours from distractions caused by your technology. All in all, to prevent this from occurring, simply stay away from your devices and give yourself a break as you prepare for your big day.

Too much of anything is never good thing and this is very true when it comes to the use of technology prior to your wedding. Planning and preparing for a wedding can be overwhelming, and when your technology starts to get in the way it may be time to turn it off completely. Your wedding is a special occasion that represents the love that you have for your new spouse. As such, get rid of your devices for a while and instead concentrate on what matters the most—your bride or groom to be.

Adventures In Paradise: Why A Costa Rica Honeymoon Is A Great Choice

When it comes to choosing your honeymoon destination, you’ll want to think about what you and your partner like to do on vacation, etc. – to help you decide how you’d like to spend this special time. If you’re the type of couple who likes a bit of adventure as well as the chance to relax on the beach, then look no further than Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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Often overlooked as a honeymoon destination, Costa Rica offers newlyweds some incredible experiences to form the perfect start of married life. A beautiful destination that offers more than meets the eye, here are some of the reasons why a Costa Rica honeymoon is a great choice.

The climate

If sunshine and warm temperatures are a must for your honeymoon, then you won’t be disappointed with Costa Rica’s pleasing climate. While the dry season takes place from December to April, temperatures are pleasant all year round.

 

If you want to avoid the rain and the humidity, choose where you stay carefully. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica experiences more rainfall than the rest, while the humidity tends to be higher around the coast.

The landscape

The rainforest landscapes of Costa Rica are a sight worth seeing. The country has seen many efforts in recent years to protect its landscape, after once being threatened by deforestation. Because of this, Costa Rica is much less commercialized than other destinations, and while you’ll find some upmarket hotels based there – many visitors prefer to stay in the heart of the rainforest and enjoying a romantic hideaway in a cottage or bungalow.

 

When looking at Costa Rica holidays, discuss the different accommodation options with your agent. It’s easy to get a lot for your money to be able to enjoy a romantic, luxury honeymoon retreat.

Activities

If it’s an action-packed honeymoon you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer in Costa Rica. The great landscape means that there is a lot of choice of activities, featuring everything from bungee jumping to deep sea diving.

 

Some of the best things to do in Costa Rica include exploring the Arenal Volcano and the Hanging Bridges, while there are some great adventure parks located near San Jose and other locations. A great idea for a wedding gift is to have people pay for you to do certain activities on your honeymoon, so if you have some things in mind that you’d like to do during your stay, make sure you add them to your wedding list.

A haven for coffee lovers

A trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without sampling its famous coffee. Costa Ricans are known to drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, and coffee lovers won’t be disappointed with the choice that’s on offer. You can even enjoy a coffee tour during your stay to give you more insight into how your favorite brew is made.

 

Choosing the right honeymoon can be difficult, but as far as cool honeymoon destinations go – Costa Rica is ideal. With opportunities to relax and unwind as well as enjoy some incredible activities, it’s the ideal place for adventurers to start their new lives together.

Fun & Unique Games For An Outdoor Wedding

Sure, having an outdoor wedding may be beautiful, but having fun and enjoyable games can make it even better!

There are so many ways to make your wedding fun and entertaining, and with these unique ideas your wedding will not only be memorable, but enjoyable as well.

Tic Tac Toe Wedding Favors

A fun a simple game your guests might enjoy is tic tac toe! Customizing a small tic tac toe game in a pouch will not only keep your guests entertained, but will be a cute way for them to remember your wedding. A simple way to do this is by using colored markers to match your wedding theme or customizing a small hard wood or cloth board with a picture of you and your husband.

Baggo With Customized Boards

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Another fun game, being one of my favorites, is Baggo/bean toss. Baggo is a fun outdoor game that is not only convenient, but is easy to play and allows your guests to challenge each other. There are so many things this game can offer, 1) you can customize the boards to match the wedding theme, 2) it’ll allow your guests to play against each other and have fun while doing so, 3) it’ll set the scene and get you and your husbands family talking. Along with customizing the boards not only will it match your wedding, but guests will be at awe with your extra, unique details. If you do choose to customise the boards, make sure to get bags that match as well; whether they’re the color scheme of the wedding, or have you and your husbands names on them.

Giant Jenga

Watch out for the tumbling tower! Try this risky, daring  version of jenga to spice up your wedding. Not only is this game unique, but it can be homemade, keeping your husband busy while you’re out making other wedding decisions. Make sure to inform your guests to wear close toed shoes while playing this game, because though it may be fun, the after results of a block hitting someones foot may not be. Unless it was caught on video, then maybe it might be.

Ladders

Ladders is such a classic, and it can be easily incorporated with your outdoor wedding! This game is easy to set up, light weight, and can be simply changed to match your wedding venue.

There are so many games one can play at their wedding, but finding the right one can be tricky. Just ask yourself:
1) Which one would be right for the location?
2)Which one is easy to set up?
3) Will this game be the right fit?
4) Will I have fun playing it?
All that matters is the enjoyable of the game itself and the fun it’ll bring to your wedding.

Are Custom Wedding Vows Right for YOU?  

3 Things to Ask Yourself!

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In hopes of making the day as special as possible, you might be considering custom services for some aspects of your wedding. Custom wedding vows are a relatively new concept for weddings, and I feel very honored to currently contribute to people’s lives as a custom vow writer. However, is this  service right for you? Here are 3 things to ask yourself:

First thing To Ask:

Does sharing unique promises, custom written from my love story resonate strongly with me?

Check in with yourself about this. If you feel excited and happy inside when you think about exchanging that One of a Kind of Moment for everyone to experience and remember, then you might want to consider a custom option for your wedding vows. If #Notyourbasicbride and #Uniquebride are your battle cries, then you might want to consider a custom option for your wedding vows. At www.uniqueweddingsvows.com, answering 10 easy and fun questions about your love story is all you need to begin the creation of unique, very memorable and special promises for your ceremony. Listen to your heart, what are your top passions, desires and hopes for your wedding day? Maybe you want to have the most amazing food, or a rockin’ band or the best possible venue? Maybe you are fortunate enough to have it all! Only you and your soon to be spouse know the answers!

If Unique Vows feel right to you, then the next thing to ask yourself is:

Is this something I want to create myself, or do I want the peace of mind of a professional service?

Are you the type of person that loves creating, planning and making things when it comes to celebrations? Or would you rather just pay someone else so you don’t have to worry about it or put time and energy into the creative process? Most likely, there are aspects of your wedding that you will want to have complete control over and other aspects that you will be more than happy to hand over to a trusted friend, planner or other professional. At www.uniqueweddingvows.com, after sharing your love story with me, you are guaranteed to be overjoyed and thrilled with your wedding vows! My custom wedding vow package includes: 350 words of original content created from your love story, just answer 10 fun and simple questions! You choose the tone of the vows: Almost Traditional, Nature Lover, Spiritually Minded, Hopeless Romantic, Poetic, Humorous or Story. Also included is an optional 30-minute phone call (in case there are details you need to discuss) and two revisions after receiving your feedback, making sure you are very happy and excited about your vows!

 Considering Custom Vow’s Is A Huge Relief In The Mind, But Can You Afford Them? Lastly, Ask Yourself:

Is there room in my budget for custom vow services?

As you probably know by now, sometimes it can be extremely hard to stay within a budget while planning your wedding. I believe that your money will naturally gravitate towards what is personally most important to you. There are no right or wrong choices (Again, listen to your heart!). At www.uniqueweddingvows.com, I am excited to offer custom wedding vows for you, BECAUSE you deserve to have a unique and memorable experience and BECAUSE this custom option is actually very affordable! HOW? By keeping my expenses low by being a digital-only company (I don’t even have business cards!). Why? BECAUSE I want to contribute to YOUR life in a positive way without affecting our physical environment (or your pocket book) in a negative way. You may also want to know, that I am An One Woman Show, meaning when you reserve a custom vow package with me, I will be the one creating, communicating and writing with and for YOU!

It gets better, though. At www.uniqueweddingvows.com, I have created another way to offer truly unique vows to YOU but without the custom price tag! Click here, https://www.uniqueweddingvows.com/services/unique-wedding-vows/ to see sample content of my unique, ready to use vows that you can easily personalize yourself. With 3 different themes to choose from and offered at half the price of custom vows, even a small wedding budget can accommodate this option!

I really hope these questions help you to create a perfect and special day! May it be blessed with pure joy, sincere promises, gratitude, beauty and forever love!

Brigitte McBride

Writer of vows at www.uniqueweddingvows.com  

Photos by: Christine G at ClassicPhotographers.com

Creating A Sight To Behold At Your Wedding

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Making an impact with your wedding is something a lot of people want. You have already worked hard to arrange the perfect venue, invite the right guests, and sort out all of the little things which will need to come with it, leaving you with little else to do but wait. Of course, though, there are always more jobs around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about the displays you have on the big day. To help you out with this, this post will be going through four creative ways to create a spectacle at your wedding.

 

Flowers: Starting with something nice and traditional, flowers have long been one of the most popular ways to decorate a wedding. Of course, though, just because this is already trendy, it doesn’t mean that you have to follow the same route which everyone else will be going down. Getting your hands on some wholesale roses for weddings will give you the chance to be very liberal with their placement. To help with this, it could be worth hiring a professional flower artist to make sure that they are arranged properly.

 

3D Video: Over the last few years, public entertainment technology has entered new realms of possibility, and 3D video is starting to hit the scene. With loads of guides around the web to help you to make this sort of tool, it should be nice and easy to equip your wedding with technology which will leave your wedding on people’s minds. Of course, along with this, you will also need to create some videos to be played through it.

 

Water: Like spinning LEDs, flowing water can be used to create the illusion of shapes and 3D objects. Using a special electronic waterfall, you can build a display which will be unique, while also being very easy to get set up and ready to use. Of course, you won’t be able to make something like this from home, but you can still look into the idea of borrowing someone else’s. This will ensure that you have the very best experience with these tools.

 

Sound: Finally, as the last area to consider, not all wedding displays have to be physical. In fact, when used correctly, sound can have more of an impression than the things you hear. To help you out with this, hiring a professional DJ or musician for your big day could be a great idea. For those looking for something a little different, though, you could think about using sounds other than music to add something to your special event.

 

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you will be feeling inspired to start working harder on the time you put into your wedding day displays. This sort of pursuit is usually done as a way to show your guests just how strong your relationship is. It doesn’t have to be something big or grand, and most people find that the smaller ideas often have the most impact. Of course, though, whatever you choose, it has to be unique to you.

How To Start And Manage A Side-Gig To Save Money For Your Wedding

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Planning a wedding is a huge job, and it’s one that can bring a lot of stress and anxiety, especially if you and your partner are doing everything yourselves. From booking the venue to saving money for the big day, there’s a lot to think about, and when it becomes overwhelming, it can put a strain on your relationship and can even take some of the joy out of what should be a very happy occasion.

 

One great way to reduce stress and ensure that your wedding day is as perfect as you want it to be is to take on a side-gig that will allow you to earn extra money. While adding to your schedule may not sound appealing now, it can actually be beneficial in several ways, including giving you the opportunity to test the waters with a new career.

 

Here are a few of the best tips on starting and managing a side-gig.

 

Start your own business

While the months leading up to your wedding may not seem like the ideal time to start a business, it can actually be very manageable. If you’re creative and enjoy making things like jewelry, clothing, accessories, or artwork, you can start selling items online; you can also offer your services to others by doing freelance photography or calligraphy for weddings, which will give you the chance to scope out some nuptials before your own big day.

 

For many of these businesses, you may need to purchase materials and equipment, which can be pricey. But, don’t panic! There are various business loans specifically for female entrepreneurs (including SBA Loans, Term Loans, Business Lines of Credit and Short-Term Loans). Start by reading up on each loan type available, so that you can feel confident you’re making an educated decision on the best loan for your needs. Knowledge is power, and it can make a world of difference when securing a business loan.

 

Personal assistant

There may be several people in your area who could use an extra hand, whether it’s help with coordinating a schedule or running errands. Look online for tips on where to get started, or download an app such as Taskrabbit that will hook you up with people in need. The key with these kinds of jobs is to make sure you stay organized and maintain communication with your clients at all times.

 

Teach a class

Knowledgeable about art, yoga, or history? Look into part-time teaching jobs with local high schools, colleges, and gyms where you can share your knowledge and earn some extra bucks at the same time. There are different guidelines for different states, so make sure you do some research into what kind of credentials you need.

 

Sell Your Stuff

Becoming a verified seller on Amazon or with a fashion app like Poshmark or Vinted can help you earn money selling things you have sitting unused in your home, or if you love shopping at thrift and antique stores, you can make a business of finding the right buyer for certain items. The key to making this a success is taking great photos of your items and maximizing their potential so the buyer can see immediately that they can’t live without it.

 

Start A Blog

If you have something interesting to say, consider starting a blog, which will allow you to gather followers and monetize using ad space. The most important thing to consider here is how to garner readers who will keep coming back, so make your content funny, heartfelt, relatable, and knowledgeable and maintain it each week.

 

Starting and managing a side-gig will not only help you earn extra money for your big day, it could put you on a new career path if you decide you enjoy it enough. Do some research before making any decisions, and talk to your partner about how he or she can help during this time to reduce stress and worry.

Everything You Need To Know For Wedding Pictures You Want To Keep Forever

Your wedding photos are one of the absolute ‘musts’ when it comes to figuring out your wedding budget. They are one of the main things you should think about splurging on, as the pictures will last forever – unlike many other elements of the ceremony. They can help you to keep the day alive in your mind whenever you look at them, and bring a smile to your face and that of your family’s. The wedding pictures are about the bride and groom, yes, but they are also about capturing pictures of your friends and family to treasure forever, too. How often is it that all of the people you love the most will be in one place together? It’s probably very rare, but these photographs can help you to capture some of the most precious moments in time.

 

But how can you be sure that you’re going to end up with wedding pictures that you want to keep forever and ever? This guide is going to help you. Read on if you want to make sure you wouldn’t change a single thing:

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Find A Wedding Photographer That Suits You As A Couple

Here’s a shocking fact for you: not all wedding photographers are created equal. They all have their own unique eye and style, so it’s imperative you check out their portfolios and find a style that suits you best. Some photos will be very modern and colorful, while others may be simplistic. With the right artistic wedding photographer you’ll get some quality shots that you’ll want to cherish for the rest of your life. Take your time to find the one that’s right for you!

 

Don’t forget either, that wonderful photographers can often book up a year in advance. If you find one you like, book them ASAP to make sure you get the pictures of your dreams.

 

Make Sure You Finalize Your Wedding Day Schedule

You want to make sure your pictures are taken in natural light, so make sure you discuss with your photographer your wedding day schedule so they know the best time to take your pictures. You don’t want to lose the best lighting in the day, or get half hearted pictures because your photographer has had to rush to get the shots you want. Make sure you discuss with them what you plan on doing but stay flexible incase they know a way to make your pictures even better.

 

Explain How You Like To Look In Photos

Wedding photos are subjective. A photographer may think that you look beautiful in a shot, while you think you look like Shrek’s third cousin. It’s a good idea to explain how you want to look in the pictures to your photographer beforehand. In fact, show them a picture that you really like of yourself, and a picture that you don’t. This should give them a better idea and a handy guide they can use to capture the pictures that you really want. You could even give the photographer a list of pictures that you don’t want them to take. For example, you might not want pictures where you and your partner aren’t smiling, or you might want to avoid wide angle shots. Telling them this on the day can throw them off, so tell them in advance!

 

Get Some Candid Shots

A great photographer will get some candid shots of you and your loved ones, making the pictures all the more special. Sure, posing for pictures can be great, but don’t underestimate how awesome candid pictures can turn out if captured at the right time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a picture of you and your parents laughing, with none of you even aware that a photo is being taken? These magical moments are ones you will treasure. The best photographer will be able to take awesome shots while minimizing time away from your family and friends.

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Let Go Of Perfect

It can be so hard to let go of the idea that your wedding day must be ‘perfect’. However, if something doesn’t quite go as planned and you’re not happy about it, you’re not going to end up with amazing shots where you show what a great time you’re having. Why would you want a picture of you looking like you hate the person you just married in your photo album? Let go of perfect and do your best to enjoy the day, whatever happens.

 

Do The First Look Before The Ceremony

Tradition says that you can’t see your partner before the ceremony, but this is total rubbish. Instead, arrange to see your partner when all of the guests are in the church, so you have a quiet 5 minutes to yourself before the chaos ensues. You should also get a wonderful ‘first look’ shot!

 

Relax And Act Naturally

You might know your angles, but trying too hard to pose is going to make your pictures look stiff and unnatural. Listen to your photographer, and do your best to relax and act as naturally as you can.

 

Get A Professional To Help With Your Makeup

There’s a reason natural wedding makeup often wins over heavier wedding makeup. Wearing heavy liner and shadow on your big day can actually drown out your eyes – so they won’t show up in pictures, and you can actually begin to look quite scary! If you intend on wearing false tan, then make sure you’re even all over and you use bronzer to your advantage. The editing process can be made difficult for photographers when your chest and face are different colors.

 

Don’t Ask To See The Pictures While Your Photographer Is Working

The pictures you see on a camera on the day are going to be different to the pictures your photographer will send to you once edited. Asking your photographer to see the pictures while they are working is annoying, and can throw them off. Let them work and look forward to seeing the pictures once edited and ready!

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