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Why Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

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There is absolutely no doubt that brides and grooms want absolute perfection for their wedding photographs. These photographs will become a permanent reminder of their special day, and something that they will want to share with family and friends. These photographs have to capture not only the ceremony, but also unscripted moments that will really personalize the day. This is where a professional wedding photographer is worth his or her weight in gold.

So how do you choose the right photographer?  There is absolutely no doubt that there will be a plethora of photographers to choose from. Some will be experienced in shooting at weddings, others will be all-rounders who photographer everything from corporate events through to sport and scenic shots. Regardless of who you choose it is important to thoroughly check their history of the type of shoot you are looking for, as well as checking their portfolios.

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Choosing A Live Band or A DJ For Your Wedding

Author:  Bryan Wong

Music is the live of a party. That is also true for a wedding. The song for the first dance will be in your memory for ever, so make sure it is played the way you like it. After the first dance musical entertainment can enhance your wedding or put a damper on the festivities. When choosing music for your wedding day it usually comes down to choose between a live band or DJ. It is important to choose a live band or DJ who is capable of ensuring that the guests in attendance are having a great time. This means that the band or DJ needs to able to sense the mood of the crowd and adapt to meet their mood and vibe in order to keep the party moving.

The choice for a live band or DJ is not so easy. One great way to ensure that you are choosing a good live band or DJ is to seek recommendations from close friends or family members. If you didn’t attend their wedding or don’t remember their entertainment, ask them if they would recommend their live band or DJ. If they do come highly recommended, ask your friend or family member if you can borrow a copy of their wedding video. Pay special attention to the parts of the video where the guests are dancing and decide if you think the live band or DJ might work for your wedding.

Before you can make the decision for a live band DJ you need consider the following issues. The first thing is price. A live band is usually more expensive than a DJ. The DJ often is just one person and a band has more than one performer. That is where the price difference is, the live band has to pay several people while the DJ is just one maybe two persons. The second thing is music selection. A band often has a more limited musical selection than a DJ. A DJ can have a considerable amount of CD and records available. This can be important when wedding guest request individual songs. When a band doesn’t have that particular song in their repertoire it can be a disappointment for the wedding guest. Another thing is that a DJ can play the duration of the wedding and a live band usually takes several breaks during the party. You need to keep these things in mind when making your choice.

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However, the best way to decide for a live band or DJ is see them at a wedding. Ask the band or DJ if you can see them perform at a wedding and if the couple that is getting married is OK with your attendance. During their performance you can judge if they feel the mood or the crowd and how they adapt to meet the mood and vibe in order to keep the party swinging.

When hiring a DJ it is very important to make a contract which specifies the name of the DJ and companions if needed. It sometimes happens that a DJ becomes so popular that he or she can not play at your wedding. In this case the DJ may offer your wedding party to another DJ for a small finder’s fee. This means that the DJ can sell the right to perform at your wedding to another DJ. It can also happen that the DJ sends a less experienced DJ that works for him to do the job. To make sure that this will not happen to you, you must make sure to specify the name of the DJ on the contract.

It is best to interview at least three to five candidates before you make your final decision even if you already made up your mind. Make sure you see the band or DJ in action at a wedding and set up a contract that specifies all of the details of your wedding as well as all of your expectations.

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What Save The Date Cards Are And Why You May Want Them In Your Wedding Plans

Author:  Gregg Hall

Getting engaged and married is a wonderful, but sometimes very stressful time. There are so many things to think about. When and where is the wedding going to be, who to invite, what colors to use, what to eat, who is going to make the cake and the food, will there be a dance, and who will provide the music? There are all kinds of questions to be answered and dealt with. Not everything has to be so stressful; some of the preparations can be fun.

One of the more fun things to plan is the “save the date cards”. Your save the date cards can be a fun thing to pick out. When choosing your save the date cards have fun and pick fun cards that you like. Part of the reason these cards are fun to pick is because they do not have to match the rest of your invitations or decorations for your wedding. You can choose a different design, and a different color than your wedding colors. You do not have to make sure they match, but they can match if that’s what you want.

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Before you get your save the date cards printed you need to know what date you are wanting people to save. Before you can pick a date for sure you will need to check around for a place for the wedding and the reception. If you have a date in mind you will want to check and make sure your church of choice has that date available. After you set the date with the church you will need to find a place to hold the reception. These two events may need to take place at the same time if you already know where you would like to have your wedding and your reception.

Now that you have the place and time you can get your cards printed. Another reason these cards are a little less stressful are because you can do whatever you want with them. There is no set way to do your cards for your event. You will want to make sure you have your names on the cards, and the date and time of the wedding. Other than these few important items, it is up to you what else if anything is on the card. You can put more information on the card if you want, or you can keep it simple.

Who you send the cards to is also up to you. You do not need to send a card to the whole guest list. You do want to make sure that any guests that you really want to be there get a card. When you send your save the date cards is also up to you. Keep in mind that the earlier people know about the event, the easier it is for them to get arrangements made, and make sure nothing else will interfere with their attending. Most people like to send their cards out between six and nine months before the wedding, but it is completely up to you.

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Check out TodaysBride.com for a complete list of area invitation companies.  Each one ready to help you with your individual invitation needs.

Saving Money as a Newlywed Team

Author:  Nathan Dawson

As a newly wed couple, you may not always agree on things; however, when it comes to financial survival, the both of you will need to put your heads together and make some decisions with regard to money management.

For this reason, it is always wise for a married couple to seek financial marriage advice. A financial planner can help with matters such as whether or not to get a prenuptial agreement, and what percentage of your income to put into a joint bank account, and some wise investments to start out with.

Other decisions are best made between the two of you. What are your spending habits? Who will balance the checkbook? Who will pay the bills? What investments do you wish to make? What are your financial goals and what is your plan to reach them?

Another aspect of marriage that may require planning is your wedding budget. That would include everything from the price of engagement rings all the way to the actual wedding cost.

Planning your financial future together is crucial for a healthy marriage. If the both of you choose to undergo premarital counseling, take a few sessions to communicate about your financial issues. Get started early, and continue with couple counseling after tying the knot, as well.

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Nathan Dawson writes for http://www.marriedfinances.com and http://www.successfulmarriageresource.com, great online sources for marriage and finance information.

Make Your Wedding Day Even More Special By Writing Your Own Vows

Author:  Gregg Hall

The trend these days is to have a wedding celebration that reflects the personalities of the two people involved. To this end, you may want to consider including vows that you have written yourself as part of the wedding ceremony. While the traditional vows may be beautifully written, that does not necessarily mean that they are the right ones for the two of you.

The first thing to think about is what you really want to say in your vows. While the deep affection you and your beloved have for each other is the reason you are entering into the honorable estate of holy matrimony, you might also want to include such concepts as friendship, hope, peace, respect, kindness, patience, loyalty, and a shared future.

You might also want to include a passage about welcoming your new spouse into your family and becoming a part of theirs. Your desire to have a family of your own might be a part of the thoughts you express to each other as well.

Look at some sample vows for inspiration. The librarian at your local public library should be able to suggest some books for this purpose. If you are working with a wedding planner, he or she may be able to suggest some good sources of information as well.

Reciting your vows is not like an exercise in public speaking in that it needs to last for a certain amount of minutes or have a specific word count. Use as many or as few words as you need to express the promises you are making to your spouse. This is your day and no one is going to think it amiss if your vows are wordy and flowing or brief and to the point.

To that end, some couples find it helpful to try to write their vows together, while others would feel more comfortable working individually. This is also a case where no one solution is inherently better than the other; people just need to determine what would work best for them.

If you like the wording contained in traditional pre-written vows but want to add your own personal touch, ask the officiate you have chosen whether you can have a combination of the two at your wedding ceremony. In this way, you are not breaking with tradition by including the standard vows, but you are making the celebration of your wedding a more individual one by adding whatever thoughts you want to share with your chosen one and guests.

If your goal is to have a wedding that is truly a reflection of your personalities, then writing your own vows is one way of ensuring that your wedding day will be as unique as the devotion the two of you feel for each other.

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Things to Know Before You Hire a Wedding Planner

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Each and every year around 2.5 million weddings take place nationwide. This means that the number of weddings that will take place in your immediate area is astounding. Your wedding plans are going to be affected by number of factors, because many more weddings will happen at or around the same time as your wedding.

If you want even the tiniest little detail to be taken care of at your wedding, it would be recommended that you hire a wedding planner. This can save you a lot of time and money. The wedding planner will help you coordinate your wedding and the most important of all he or she will save you from frustration.

So, what is a wedding planner anyway, and what does he or she do?

A wedding planner (sometimes called a wedding consultant, wedding coordinator or a wedding producer) is hired to help the bride and groom coordinate a wide variety of tasks associated with their wedding. Planning your wedding can get very frustrating at times that will make you forget about the fun that you need to have. So, it is a good idea to spend a little bit more on a wedding planner to make sure your wedding day goes smooth.

A wedding planner can help plan many aspects, including DJs, floral arrangements, cake, seating arrangements, invitations, photography, and so on. In some cases, he or she might be able to use his or her industry connections with vendors to get you a good deal on many things.

The wedding planner will conduct an interview with the bride-to-be and the groom, and then coordinate the details that have been agreed upon. A good wedding planner should be able to assist in organizing, budgeting and purchasing services. Also, after the interview, he or she will put a contract together that you and him or her need to sign. Without a contract there’s a lot of room for misunderstanding and confusion of what was agreed upon.

In the contract, or often referred to as a letter of agreement, the wedding planner will include the services expected to be performed, the cost of these services and the payment terms.

When you receive the contract, if there’s anything you do not agree with or anything not to your desire, discuss it before signing it. When you sign the contract, you and your soon to-be wedding planner have to agree on all of the items listed to avoid any possible misunderstanding. But remember: even though you have been through the interview process, you are not obligated to continue with that particular wedding planner until you sign the contract.

So, how can you find a good wedding planner?

Nowadays, it’s probably the easiest to search the Internet. But, it’s best if you know anyone who had had a wedding planner for their wedding. Referrals are always the best.

Even if you have to seek help from the Internet or the yellow pages, be sure to ask for his or her credentials. Ask for references from each of your potential wedding planners and research their past work. Also, ask to see a few other weddings your potential wedding planner has prepared. This will help you make a decision very easily.

Some of the advantages of hiring a wedding planner are saving you from frustration; money savings, since most wedding planners have connections in the industry; solving your wedding problems; low stress, and such.

But, there could also be some disadvantages, such as: overconfident (ego) wedding planner may try to convince you into having a wedding of his or her dreams and not your dreams. If you’re a person who likes to be known or to show off, hiring a wedding planner may not be a good idea as they will be in charge of your wedding. Another disadvantage would be that you may hire a scam artist who may not have done any weddings while broadcasting his or her enormous experience. That’s why it is vital to do a thorough research.

So, how much does a wedding planner cost?

Fees can range anywhere between 5% and up to 20% of your total wedding budget.

A good planner should also be upfront about whether your budget is in line with your vision. You want someone who will be honest about what you can afford and who can find less-expensive alternatives you’ll be happy with.

For a list of Cleveland and Akron area wedding planners, click HERE.

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Who Else Wants Fun and Flirty Bridesmaid Dresses?

Author:  Jess Watson

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is definitely a big decision. With the hottest trends of the year now available, finding the perfect set of flattering dresses for your girlfriends can be a fun and relatively painless task. There are a few points to examine when beginning this process, from length and color to shape and price. By selecting the designs that fit your party best while staying true to your vision and remembering your group’s preferences, you’ll be well on your way to buying outstanding dresses that everyone can be happy with.

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Short Versus Long

Do you like short and flirty, or long and dramatic? One thing to think about when deciding on the length of bridesmaid dresses is the season of your wedding. Knee-length dresses are more common for spring and summer weddings while full-length are more often than not in fall and winter ceremonies. If you’re still on the fence about length, one option is to buy long and hem later when your mind is made up.

Also, check and see how the length compares with your wedding gown. If you have a cathedral veil and a long, flowing train, then full-length bridesmaid dresses are probably a good option. For a shorter or more contemporary bridal gown, knee-length bridesmaid dresses are the way to go.

A Note on Color

Here’s a tip that cannot be stressed enough—get your bridesmaids’ honest opinions when selecting color! Your bridesmaids know which colors wash them out or clash with their complexion and which do not, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think. You don’t want to be stuck with a sea foam green fiasco in your wedding photos that makes you wonder, “What was I thinking?”

Find a color that both you and your bridesmaids are comfortable with. If reaching an agreement is turning out to be impossible, strike a compromise by selecting a similar color in a different shade. It’s not a bad idea to visit your local hardware store and take home coordinating paint swatches to get a better idea of which colors go together—and which don’t!

Material Matters

Know your fabric and you’ll know how your bridesmaid outfits will turn out. Choose satin or sateen for a rich and lustrous surface, or pick chiffon for a lightweight and sheer effect. Charmeuse is a light, shimmery satin fabric that has a soft and contouring shape that’s perfect for draping or ruching.

Take a few moments before selecting your garments to learn how the dress you picked will hold up throughout the night. Will it wrinkle easily? Do stains come out? What are the cleaning instructions? Assign someone in your wedding party the task of bringing stain remover and an iron to the big event so that you will have all of your bases covered for any worst-case scenarios.

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It’s All in the Details

In many cases, the details make the dress. Whether it’s a ruched bust complemented by an asymmetrical hem or pleating at the waist for a slimming effect, details are what draw attention and provide a fabulous fit. Some of the most popular styles include: beaded accents, beautiful draping, ribbon ties, flower appliques, or a rhinestone belt.

And don’t forget to accessorize! With matching clutches, dyeable shoes and sparkly jewelry, your bridesmaids will be ready to walk down the aisle in style. Exquisite details are what transform a good dress into a great one, so keep an eye out for your favorite design features. You can easily make your bridal party look like they stepped out of a fashion magazine with the glamorous dress styles available today.

The Right Shape for All

It’s rare to find two bridesmaids of the exact same size and shape, so what’s a bride to do? The best option is to look for bridesmaid dresses that are designed to accommodate different body types.

For example, you might choose a dress style that features a high empire waist with flowing fabric that floats away from the tummy and hips to achieve a look that is flattering on all figure types. Another choice is to let each bridesmaid pick a different design of the same color. Then you will have a diverse bridal party displaying a fun and modern approach to bridesmaid dresses. No matter what your preference is, be sure to see each bridesmaid in her dress before making your final decision.

Your bridesmaids function as your supporters and sisters-in-spirit for your big day, so why shouldn’t they look their best? There are a lot of things to consider, from length and color to material and shape, but finding the perfect design with eye-catching details is well worth the search. Give your wedding party outfits they’ll cherish forever as they share in this momentous occasion.

Jesse Watson is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including weddings and fashionsuch as bridesmaid dresses.
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