Wedding Album Companies – The big secret

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If you are looking for a wedding album company then you might have noticed something.  It seems like all of the wedding album companies are selling the exact same products!

If you look closely, you might even see that some of the album photos on different websites are the same.

Here is the big secret that wedding album companies will not tell you…

Most album companies just take your order, do the design, and then order the album from a third party “Album Mill” company.  Yes, even some of the largest wedding album companies do this.

In many cases you may spend hours choosing the best wedding album company.  But in reality you are getting an album made by the same company – even though you ordered it from what you though is the perfect choice.  In fact it is fairly likely that the company who you ordered your wedding album from does not even know how to make albums!

There are a few album companies that actually have their own team and production facilities.  One of these companies is Wedding Album Studio.  There are several clear advantages to choosing a wedding album company who makes their own albums:

  1. You will get more choices – more leather colors and more options to make your wedding album unique.
  2. Companies like Wedding Album Studio have a higher level of quality control since they are not dependent on a third party to make the album.
  3. You will get a higher quality album if you avoid the companies who use wholesale album manufacturers

Well, there you have it.  This is the big secret that wedding album companies won’t tell you.  Most of them don’t actually make their own albums – They send your order to a third party album wholesaler.

So, be careful when you are choosing an album company.  We recommend Wedding Album Studio, but whatever album company you choose – ask them how they make the albums.  If they don’t know the details of the process then buyer beware:  You are getting a stock album from a wholesale album manufacture (album mill).

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Be the Bride you Always Wanted to Be

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There is that one special day for every woman when you want and expect everything to be perfect: your wedding day! Perfection however takes a lot of individual and team effort but it is achievable if you plan ahead, start early and know what you want. Here are a few useful tips to help you get through the wedding preparations with little stress and great results.

  1. Get healthy and vibrant

There is nothing more important than being healthy and feeling good in your own skin, especially on such an important day. Take all the preventative steps you can: eat a clean diet consisting of veggies, fruits, fish, seeds and nuts, as these will trim your waist, clean your body from toxins and give you an energy boost. Cut out all junk food, sugars, fatty food and artificial foods to help your body feel light and to rejuvenate your skin. Quit smoking, drinking alcohol and get in the habit of resting well and getting enough sleep. Get in shape if possible, exercise, go for long brisk walks, cycle, jog, get that life force energy flowing through you.

  1. Invest in your beauty

Even if you are not a big fan of paying professionals for getting beauty treatments done, if there ever is a time to do it, it is for your wedding. However, you have to schedule your treatments and start as early as a few weeks prior to the wedding day to get the best results. When it comes to treatments that might cause allergic reactions, like permanent makeup, laser hair removal or waxing, teeth whitening or skin rejuvenation treatments, you should do them early on. That way, allergic reactions that may arise will be history well before your big day. Hire a good hair stylist who has experience with wedding hairdos. Get a pedicure and a manicure, shape your eyebrows and get your makeup done by a professional. Be sure to ask them for tips on what to do in case you shed a few tears. Have a good perfume and good quality accessories.

  1. Manage general esthetics

This is your wedding and you should arrange it to be to your taste. Do what you always wanted to do. Find the perfect location, think of the scenery, the season, nature, design and decoration. Adjust all the esthetic arrangements to reflect your personality and innermost wishes. What kind of wedding photos would you like to have and look at for the rest of your life? Practice for photo shoots, most people are not comfortable in front of the camera and you want to look natural. Hire experienced professionals who understand what you want, especially when it comes to wedding videography. These are once in a lifetime moments and you want to have the best quality videos and photos. After all, it is what you will show to your grandchildren one day.

Most importantly, even though it is fast paced, high stress time, find your inner calm and joy. After all, it is about love and happiness, and you should enjoy every bit of it. So let your shine out and smile a mile wide, be the luckiest girl in the world!

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Future brides, don’t forget these accessories

There’s so much to do, so many aspects to consider and tend to prior to the wedding, and it’s no wonder brides sometimes put themselves on a standby. We wouldn’t want them to forget about some great accessories that can help them shine on their big day. That’s why we have compiled a list of the not-so-common items brides-to-be may forget in all that crazy rush.

Adorn your hair

The use of hair jewellery has been on the rise in the last few seasons, and we’re simply thrilled by its simplicity and functionality. The younger brides who are not keen on doing some elaborate, heavy updo, or would rather skip any hairstyle manoeuver could benefit from a single carefully chosen piece or a set of tiny hair adornments. A friend of a friend makes these pearl-encrusted accessories that work perfectly for the gentle, romantic souls, and I’m definitely reserving one.

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Odd coloured power piece

In case you plan to go with a rather simple and inconspicuous look, consider incorporating a signature element. It’s recommendable to add something personal that makes a statement about who you are. If the standard bridal paraphernalia tires you, this is a perfect way to express yourself in the modest, unobtrusive manner. It can be anything from a dog-shaped brooch to show your love for your pooch to a spiked choker for the rock’n’roll brides.

Femme fatale or Cinderella shoes?

Whether you prefer ballet flats or killer stilettos, there’s always a means to showcase your inner persona. For the vamp women who like to shock and amaze, we suggest going for a shoes in dark red and black tints, or perhaps even punk boots, for the grunge loving ladies. For the girly girls like myself, a nice pair of bridal shoes is decidedly an ideal footwear addition. Clean lines and satin with some gems on the side are a sure-fire choice for the wedding.

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Umbrella, ella, eh

Personally, I’m an umbrella super fan and I have a few quality pieces for all occasions. It’s a very unusual, uncommonly seen detail that will separate you from the crowd of uniform brides and introduce a whiff of the olden days.

This particularly comes in handy for the events in the part of the year when the weather is volatile and the forecast is inconclusive. Don’t risk getting your dress or hair wet and pick up a beautiful, lacy umbrella that will protect you from the sun and rain alike.

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A really handy purse

Being on your feet all day, you may need a bandage, wet wipes and a mirror (among other things) to be at your side, and a small, handy purse can take care of it. Buzzing around the venue and getting slightly sweaty can ruin your makeup, so it’s recommendable to carry a fix-me-up kit with you. When purchasing for this item, make sure it’s not slipping off or difficult to handle, as it will bring you more frustration then relief in this case.

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Super classy veil

If you’re in love with the old Hollywood style, a classy and mysterious veil could transform you into a movie star for the day. Mysterious, demure, vintage, extravagant, bashful, innocent, these are all the adjectives that describe this evergreen accessory piece. This is the means to make a graceful and elegant entrance with little effort.

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Something to warm you up

Even in the summer, the stormy weather can bring a cold breeze, and the last thing you need is to get ill on your wedding day. This means a potential two weeks of sneezing on your honeymoon. Carry a classic cut, Channel-inspired jacket to keep you warm and make you look sophisticated.

We understand how the preparations for the special day can be tough on the ladies. That’s why we have gathered some special suggestions to help the brides accessorise with ease.

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Plan a perfect vintage wedding

Once again, we come upon Wedding Wednesday, that lovely mid-week day where I try to impart some of my sagey wedding advice. Today, let’s quickly go over why you should consider having a vintage wedding!

When it comes to our ideal wedding, most of us already have our dream event in mind. Whether it will be a traditional “princess” wedding or a more intimate occasion with a few close friends, we want it to be perfect. But if you’re still struggling to make the choice or you want to go for something different and non-traditional, here’s an idea: why don’t you try having a vintage wedding?

Vintage weddings have a special aura of uniqueness and quirky charm around them. It allows you to get as creative and artistic, as you would like, and it usually costs less than a traditional wedding. Take the engagement ring, for instance – antique engagement rings tend to be have unique designs and extraordinary craftsmanship, usually are cheaper and are potential candidates for an heirloom.

Vintage weddings allow for an extra romanticism to the event. It’s important to know that in this case in particular, the details are far more than simply additional features. The details of your wedding – the dress, the ring, the decorations – will make the design.

The great thing about having a vintage wedding is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on the décor. Choose a venue that complements the look that you want to achieve – turn the venue itself in part of the decorations. An additional perk is that vintage venues and locations usually look magnificent in photos. The soft, rustic colors and the natural beauty of the location can be enhanced by special lighting and your photographer’s skills.

Vintage weddings are currently on the rise, but still not too popular to become mainstream. They’re stylish and fashionable, while keeping it simple and authentic at the same time. They allow you to show off your creative feminine side and host a wedding that’s worth remembering. – See more at: http://www.stevelewisphotos.com/vintage-wedding/

 

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Hot Destination Wedding Tips!

So you’ve decided to ditch the traditional hometown wedding to run off to some exotic island with your beloved. Times have changed and destination weddings are no longer limited to a sandy beach. Places like Rome and Paris are also very popular destinations.

Although destination weddings are not considered traditional, there are still proper wedding etiquette guidelines to follow. The goal of wedding etiquette is to show your guests that you love and respect them and that you truly value their involvement in your special day. Wedding etiquette tips

  1. Guests should get at least eight to twelve months notice. This is important because it will give your guests enough time to decide whether or not they can afford to or be able to make proper arrangements to attend.

2. Is the bride and groom required to pay for the travel expenses and hotel accommodation for their guests? According to wedding etiquette it’s not a requirement. I’m pretty confident that most people are aware that they would be responsible for their own expenses.

  1. What additional information should be given to guests? Do provide your guests with information about area attractions. I would encourage you to include hotels and restaurants at different price points so your guests have options and this will allow you to not offend any of your guests.
  1. Is a wedding planner necessary? I highly recommend hiring one especially one who is knowledgeable about your specific location. This will save you a lot of time as he or she can guide you on things like documentation requirements and may be able to get you some special perks and discounts.

These are just a few of the more important things you need to know about Destination Wedding Etiquette from http://www.eventconnoisseur.com/

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Top UK wedding dress designers

The UK boasts of many talented and creative fashion designers, such as CocoMio Bridal. Each of these illustrious geniuses brings their own unique ideas to the world of fashion. We’ve searched high and low to name the very best in modern bridal fashion and compiled a handy list of these leading wedding dress designers for you.

Stephanie Allin
The world famous Stephanie Allin is a modern designer who pays particular attention to exquisite and contemporary bridal style. Her signature style can be seen in Marylebone boutiques and Paris stores. This award-winning wedding dress designer will make you fall instantly in love with her magical designs.

Stella McCartney
Stella had a rocky start to her career but she soon took her position and came up with sexy bridal dresses in 2001. McCartney has managed to attract numerous high-profile celebrities upon launching her grown-up and tailored label. Her wedding dresses are perfect for the red carpet. Because Stella is a strict vegetarian, none of the materials she uses is made from fur or leather.

Suzanne Neville
Suzanne is one of the leading designers of bridal wear in Europe. All of the dresses she designs are British made. Neville adheres to traditional origins and uses modern couture techniques. The beautifully designed wedding gowns with signature bodices are suitable for slim brides. This talented designer uses only the finest silks and embroideries to create romantic bridal gowns.

Kula Tsurdiu
Kula has a passion for the iconic era and you can clearly see this in her designs. Her gowns range from figure-hugging corsetry and hand-crafted lace to many other feministic styles. She also makes custom jewellery to complement her bridal gowns.

Charlotte Balbier
Charlotte is a third-generation designer who pays particular attention to contemporary fashion. Balbier is often referred to as the modern English Rose because of her exquisite lacework designs on bridal gowns. You can also find many elegant classic cuts and satins among her wedding dresses.

Charlie Brear
Charlie Brear’s wedding dresses have appeared in many famous magazines such as Vogue and worn by Kate Moss. With a blend of classic accents and Hollywood-style glamour, Charlie’s spectacular wedding dress designs ooze elegance and are the ones to watch out for in 2016.
If you are getting married this year, consider browsing through the catalogue of these top-rated UK wedding dress designers in order to choose your perfect gown.

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Marquee Event Catering – Six Simple Tips for Stacking Up the Savings

It’s often assumed that when considering marquee hire in South East London¸the biggest expense of all is the marquee itself. And in many cases this can indeed prove to be the case, though more often than not, marquee hardware has a tendency to be surprisingly affordable. By contrast however, when you are looking to put on an event for relatively large number of people and cater to their every whim, it is in fact the catering itself that can stack up the most surprising bill of all…and not in a good way.

The simple fact of the matter is that when you speak to a person who has recently attended an event, chances are the catering will be one of the first things they mention. If the catering was good, they will sing the praises of the event. If it was bad, they’ll probably find it difficult to find anything good to say whatsoever about the event in general – catering really is that influential.

So there’s really no way of getting away without catering, which means the best way of approaching things is with proactive savings in mind. So for those looking to organise and put on an event in the near future, here’s a quick look at six simple tips for making real savings on marquee event catering costs:

1 – Book Well Ahead
First and foremost, not only do the very best catering companies on the market get booked up quite a long way in advance, but all the best deals are always snared ahead of time. It’s the same with pretty much everything – the later you leave it, the less freedom of choice you’ll have and ultimately the more you’ll end up paying. It might sound somewhat risky to book many months, perhaps even years in advance, but just as long as there is a good degree of flexibility agreed, there doesn’t need to necessarily be any risk involved. And the further ahead you book, the bigger the savings you stand to make as a result.

2 – Keep it Simple

Try to remember that fantastic catering for any given event does not have to be in any way complicated or over the top.  Quite to the contrary in fact, the most successful and memorable catering usually tends to be the type that is relatively simple and therefore enjoyed by everyone. The more complicated you make things, the more it becomes inevitable that some guests simply will not ‘get’ what it is you’re trying to do. There’s a time and a place for fine dining and endless alcohol of course, but when it comes to making real savings, simplicity really is the primary item on the menu.

3 – Avoid Mealtimes

It’s often something you may have no direct control over, but if at all possible, it can be a good idea to ensure that your event doesn’t necessarily tie in with any mealtimes. For example, if you were to host an event between the hours of 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM, you would pretty much have no choice other than to provide everyone in attendance with plenty of food – a full meal, no doubt.  By contrast, if the event was set to take place between 7:00 PM and midnight, it’s more likely that guests will choose to eat before they attend the event and you will therefore get away with putting on snacks, rather than full dinners.

4 – Shop Around

Never forget that with such incredible competition on the market these days, it’s always worthwhile checking out a few catering companies and having them battle it out to offer you the lowest possible price.  This is especially the case for those who choose to book in advance as with so many providers available to you, chances are you’ll be able to find a fantastic deal if you try.

5 – Ask the Experts

A quick point but an important point nonetheless, never forget that to work with a fantastic catering company is to also gain access to comprehensive information on all aspects of the subject.  So rather than just worrying about how exactly you can go about making savings, you could always just ask those you intend to work with directly.

6 – Do It Yourself!

Last but not least, try to remember that one of the best things about marquee hire in the first place is the you are not necessarily tied up to any catering company, or even professional catering at all. As such, you effectively have every opportunity to take care of the catering yourself should you choose to do so, which may involve quite a lot of time and effort but will at least ensure that things are done exactly as you want them to be and within your specified budget.

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Tips for finding the best Wedding Officiant

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Finding the right person to marry you is an important decision. The person you choose as your wedding officiant will have a huge influence on your ceremony and set the tone for your wedding day. You will want to make sure that you find a wedding officiant who is willing to perform the type of ceremony you want. A good wedding officiant will take the time to understand your personalities, style, and beliefs so that together you can create the perfect ceremony. AZ Ceremony wedding officiants understand the importance of creating a ceremony uniquely designed for you.

AZ Ceremony strongly encourages you to seek a wedding officiant that will listen and work with your ideas. We encourage you to ask questions. We have listed a few questions to ask a potential wedding officiant.

This is not an exhaustive list and not every question may be applicable to your situation.

  1. Will the officiant allow you to customize your ceremony?
  2. Will you receive a copy of the ceremony script before the wedding?
  3. Will the officiant provide information on different types of ceremonies and ceremony script examples?
  4. Can you write your own vows?
  5. What is the officiant’s fee and if there are additional charges – mileage, rehearsals, specialty ceremonies, etc?
  6. Will the officiant allow photography during the ceremony?
  7. Will the officiant allow guest speakers or a co-officiant?
  8. Does the officiant require a contract?
  9. What is the cancellation policy?
  10. How many ceremonies has the officiant performed?
  11. What style of ceremony does the officiant like to perform?
  12. What is the officiant’s attire?
  13. Will the officiant provide a copy of their license?
  14. What is the best way to contact the officiant?

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Why Pre-Wedding Photographs are becoming the Trend in Singapore

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When your parents got married, they have probably never heard of prenuptial or pre-wedding photo shoots. Why is this becoming a trend now, in Singapore? And is there any reason for you and your groom to have the same photography session?

The photo sets are rather useful. While pre-wedding photos might seem like just an added expense at first, they are actually quite useful. You can use the photos for your wedding video, as stills. You can also use them for your wedding website, for your wedding save-the-date cards, and for your souvenirs. Some couples and these photos spread out during their wedding reception at the hall, and the effect is actually quite classy. It fills the venue with love. You can look at samples of a Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore if you are still not sure, just to asses if you would like the same done for your wedding as well.

It’s a good way to get you and your groom in the right mood. Wedding preparations can be so straining that some couples have fights while preparing the wedding. You are both just raring to have the perfect wedding day that the stress about that, and meeting your budget, can take a toll in your relationship. A Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore can actually be a welcome break.

It’s a good set of photos to show to your kids. Wedding photos themselves are fun, but your kids will probably wonder how their parents looked like minus the wedding garbs. Most photo shoots pre wedding are also so much fun, your kids will think their parents were really cool to be able to pose that way. It’s a very good, light hearted and fun memorabilia to own. You might have to spend a bit more for it, but in the end, you’ll find that a Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore is well worth your money.

It’s your last set of photos as boyfriend-and-girlfriend. Every milestone should be recorded, especially if you are a couple who are on your way to establishing your own family. A wedding album is fine, but why should you start there? A Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore will also mark the last few months you have as unmarried but loving individuals. There is really no reason for you not to have this photoshoot.

The packages are affordable. There are plenty of affordable packages to look at for a Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore. All you have to do is to shop around for it. There are high end ones, for course, who might end up charging you as much as five times the normal photographer’s fee, but there are gems like the package being offered by Dream Wedding SG that could make you rethink your pre wedding photoshoot plans. You might actually go on with the photo shoot because it’s a lot of fun. Talk it over as a couple and see if it is an extra expense that will go a long way, anyway. Think value instead of price tags, and you should be able to make the right decision.

Pre Wedding Photoshoot in Singapore by DreamWedding will capture all precious moments before you exchange I do’s with the love of your life.

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Things to Consider When Planning Your Same-Sex Wedding

Now that same sex marriage is legal in all states, many couples who never thought it would be possible for them to marry can’t wait to say “I do.” If this describes you, you and your partner will be moving through largely uncharted territory. There aren’t centuries of tradition behind you to guide you, and you probably have more questions than answers right now. Luckily for you, there are no real rules. With this in mind, here are some things to consider when planning for your big day:

  • Who proposes? The short answer is, whomever, or both. If one of you has always wanted to pop the question, while the other feels strongly about being the one to answer it, talk it over and do what feels most natural. Dual proposals are another idea.
  • Engagement rings: this is purely personal. If you both like the idea of engagement rings, wear them.
  • Family: depending on your level of family support, decide whether to invite everyone and let them attend or not, according to their comfort level, or simply don’t invite those family members who are not supportive of your relationship and disagree with your being married.
  • Who pays for what? Clearly, if there are two brides or two grooms, the traditional guidelines don’t apply. Much of this depends on the couple’s age and financial situation. A budget discussion with family members may be the best course in determining the finances.
  • Attire: this is another purely personal decision. Anything goes as long as you’re both happy and your wedding party looks reasonably coordinated.
  • In the church: it’s traditional for the groom to be in place at the altar when the bride enters and walks down the aisle. You may decide you’d rather both enter from the side after guests are seated, walk down the aisle together or following one another, decide who walks down the aisle, or create two aisles and meet at the altar.
  • Religion: not all religions accept same-sex ceremonies. Look for someone of your faith who doesn’t mind performing the ceremony. If you can’t find someone active in your faith, consider someone who is ordained, but is non-denominational to work with you to customize your ceremony. You may still be able to borrow some ceremonial touches, or go with a personalized, spiritual ceremony.
  • Honeymoon planning: research your honeymoon destination ahead of time to be sure that they can accommodate you and your new spouse, both legally and personally. You may want to consult a wedding planner or other wedding industry professional who works with same-sex marriages. Happily, the number from which you can choose is growing rapidly.

Other questions will likely occur to you in the course of your planning, but getting the basics mapped out will at least start you in the right direction. Remember, this is fairly new territory for everyone else, too. With good communication and a bit of creativity, you can make your day as unique and magical as you’ve always dreamed.

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