Archives for September 2011

7 Vital Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

One of the most important people on your wedding day is your photographer. Your wedding will be over in just a few short hours, and the pictures he takes will be your only life-long memory of your special day.

It’s vital that when you choose your photographer you make the right choice. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have.

Take a look at these 7 questions. They are just a small sample of the questions you need to ask a wedding photographer.

1. Do You Have References, And A Portfolio And Samples From Previous Weddings You Have Photographed?

Make sure the photographer can show you a complete album and not just random pictures. This will enable you to see if you like his style. And be sure to check out those references!

2. What Time Will You Arrive, And How Much Time Will You Spend At My Wedding?

If you want pictures of you and your bridesmaids as you are getting ready, having your hair styled and having your make-up done, make sure you mention this when you meet with the photographer.

Obviously this will have to be factored into the price.

3. Can We Give You A List Of Specific Shots We Would Like, And How Soon Can We See The Pictures You Take?

Most photographers are more than happy to discuss specific shots with you as it helps them to know what pictures you have in mind.

By the time the wedding breakfast is over, the photographer usually has all the pictures ready for you to view on a laptop computer. You can then feel happy that you have all the pictures you wanted.

4. What Style Of Pictures Do You Take?

Check out if the photographer likes to take more formal pictures (poses where everyone is looking at the camera and saying cheese) or whether he looks for more spontaneous shots –  the sort that capture special moments.

And of course, the obligatory formal group shots of your families and friends.

5. Will You Provide An On-line Gallery Of Pictures?

Most wedding photographers do this. It means family and friends can view the complete set of pictures of the wedding day, allowing them to purchase copies of any pictures they want.

Find out how long pictures will be on-line.

6. Are you Insured?

Although most wedding photographers are insured, you do need to confirm that yours is. Should there be any problems, and something goes wrong with the equipment, as disappointing as this will be, you know your photographs will be retaken.

7. How Much Is Your Fee?

Of course, this depends on things like the length of time your photographer spends at your wedding, how many pictures he takes etc.

Be sure to ask if the price includes your wedding album, and albums for both sets of parents. Also ask what extras might be involved and how much they could cost.

So choose your wedding photographer carefully. Find one that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed and is willing to listen to your suggestions.

This way you know the photographs of your wedding will be exactly what you wished for and more.

After all, these are the memories you will keep for ever, and enjoy sharing with future generations.

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.

7 Ways To Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

Now that you’ve found your perfect wedding gown, it’s time to look for those all important accessories to finish your look. So take a look at these 7 ways to accessorise you wedding dress:

1. Choosing A Headpiece

Many brides still like to wear the traditional veil as their chosen headpiece on their wedding day. But if you’re not sure a veil is for you, it’s worth considering other options before you make your final choice.

And if you’ve always thought how wonderful it would be to wear a jewel encrusted tiara, this is your chance.

But if your hairstyle demands something more simple, how about a fascinator, or jewelled hair-slides or combs? Or you could even wear flowers in your hair.

2. Choosing Shoes

When you are deciding on which shoes to wear on your wedding day, there are a few things you should bear in mind. It’s going to be a long day, so comfort is as important as style.

They need to match your dress, and make sure the heel height doesn’t mean you tower over your groom.

3. Wearing A Garter

 

Although the tradition of the groom tossing the bride’s garter is a bit outdated, most brides still like to wear a garter on their wedding day.

And if you choose a blue garter, you can cover the ‘something blue’. And you will have another lovely memento of your day.

4. What Bag To Carry

A bag is a must on your wedding day. You will need to carry a few bits and pieces with you, like tissues or lipstick, and you may collect bits during the day.

So choose a small clutch or a satin or lace silk drawstring purse. And if needs be, you can easily decorate your bag to compliment your dress.

5. Which Jewellery To Wear

The jewellery you choose to wear on your wedding day is a very personal thing, and of course what you choose will depend on your hairstyle and the style of your dress.

If your dress is quite intricate why not opt for a single string of pearls around your neck and pearl studs in your ears?

6. Wrap Or Stole

A beautiful stole around your shoulders will definitely add a touch of elegance to your wedding outfit and will be a great addition to your wedding outfit. especially if you are planning a fall or winter wedding.

Imagine how good it would look if you and your bridesmaids were wearing a faux-fur stole. Great for the outdoor photographs!

7. Wear A Sash And A Corsage

Wearing a satin sash in a contrasting colour around your waist adds extra interest to your dress.

You may like to choose a sash that is decorated with diamante or a more simple style that will match the colour of your bridesmaid’s dresses.

Also adding a matching corsage or brooch to your dress on the hip will finish your look.

So with all these gorgeous accessories to compliment your wedding gown, you can be certain you will look every inch the perfect bride.

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.

7 Great Ideas For Your Hen Party Weekend

Of course there was a time when a hen night was just that. A night when the bride-to-be would meet up with her girl friends for a drink or two to celebrate her last night of freedom.

But the traditional hen night has evolved into a party which can last a weekend or even a week.

So if you are about to plan a hen party, check out these 7 different ideas:

1. Pampering Spa

If you have spent the past months planning your wedding, you are probably more than ready for some serious pampering and relaxation.

So what could be better than a visit to a spa? This is a quiet and relaxing environment where you can enjoy whirlpool baths, saunas, and steam rooms, and treatments for the body and face, not forgetting the hands and feet.

2. Learn To Dance Weekend

Learn to dance hen parties are just about having fun.

So whether you choose pole dancing, salsa, line dancing, rock ‘n roll, or even something a bit cheeky like burlesque dancing, you can be sure everyone, young and old will have a great time.

3. Learn To Cook Weekend

Why not combine having fun with picking up some really valuable skills? You can do this with a learn to cook weekend.

During the day you can learn the basics of baking bread, and making sweet treats like cup-cakes, fruit pies, cookies and the fantastic whoopie pies.

After a fun day in the kitchen you are invited to enjoy your evening with a relaxing dinner and a glass of wine.

4. Shopping Weekend

If you are planning to have a shopping weekend hen party, then why not choose to hold it in one of the most exciting cities in the world?

New York!

There’s not a minute to lose when you’re in New York, so drop off your bags and hit the shops. Head for 5th Avenue. Unbelievable shopping!

And when you’re all shopped out don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful sights. ‘The Sex In The City’ tour is a must.

The tour takes about 3 hours and takes in some of New York’s top venues. And even if you’re not a big fan of Sex and the city, this is a great way to see the sights of Manhattan.

5. Quad Bikes

So if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, and you don’t mind jumping down into muddy puddles then quad biking could be right up your street.

This is a great fun activity, especially for a group. Venues vary. Some terrains are quite gentle, but for the not so faint hearted there are some courses which are a tad more challenging. In fact, they are almost mountainous.

But these off-roaders are great fun and you can soon become addicted. If you’re new to quad biking don’t worry. You will be given full instructions (and a helmet).

Oh, and you will need your driving license to take part in this activity.

6. City Break

There are plenty of cities that have become very popular for hen parties. Especially in Europe.

Cities such as Barcelona offer everything you ever want for a lively fun filled weekend. Beautiful golden beaches, great weather, great restaurants, beach bars and nightlife that goes on all night.

So if you want wall to wall fun consider a city break for your hen weekend.

7. Weekend In A Country Retreat

For the ultimate in sophistication, what could be better than a whole weekend in a beautiful country house with your very best friends?

Imagine a manor house with sumptuous sofas, magnificent scenery, great country walks and horse riding nearby.

When you arrive you will find a lovely hamper filled with luxury goodies, including wine.

For your last weekend as a single girl enjoy catching up with your friends in the pure luxury and decadence of a country retreat.

These are just a few suggestions you might like to consider for your hen weekend. But whatever you choose to do with your last weekend of freedom, make sure you enjoy it. You won’t have another one!

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.