29 Jun

Wedding Traditions

Wedding traditions are more variable than ever. If it’s your wedding you have a lot of flexibility; if you and your partner like an idea there is no reason not to consider it, though budgets are always a factor. But even if traditions are not compulsory all the elements of the wedding must fit together. I mean, you can have any theme you like, but you must stay within the theme, and will have trouble if you mix different themes together. As with anything creative, there must be some coherence in what you do.

 

Older traditions had several bridesmaids in identical dresses. The individual bridesmaids still looked different, but at the same time they matched. Obviously the dress sizes will vary, but is you have them all made by the same dressmaker the cost might be quite reasonable.

 

Variations on this tradition include the same style of dress in several different colours. This can provide the best in similarity and contrast. The bridesmaids can still all look like part of a group, and the individuals can still have a colour that matches their completion.

 

A different variation has identical material (or at least identical colour) all used to make various styles of bridesmaid dress. Again, the small group can have similarity and contrast, while still looking like members of a group.

 

If your bridesmaids look like they belong together, if they look like they are all part of the same wedding, then the design(s) are doing something right. If you are happy with the look of the bridesmaids, and are reasonably satisfied that the photos of the wedding won’t look too dated when you reach middle age, then do what suit the theme and style of your wedding and reception.

17 May

SPLENDID WEDDING

 

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Professional Wedding Photographer website Advice

  • Have a website and keep it up to date.
  • You site should have recent video highlights or some of your recent top wedding photography that you are happy with.
  • Write blogs about each project, or at least the ones online.
  • Some local city sight in the background can show browsers that you are in their city.
  • Have easy to read articles and solid information. Get ideas communicated as directly as possible. The interested couple should feel it all makes sense and will work out well.
  • Get to know wedding vendors and locations. This makes them easier to work with, and there is always something useful to learn from anybody. At the very least, you will look professional in front of the client if you already know the others they are working with. And it looks good it you can make recommendation s based on experience.
  • Find as many Sydney sites as possible that work for wedding shots. A familiar background makes all the difference.
  • Attend any trade shows, bridal show or anything relavent. The networking is worth it.
  • Have a Facebook page and keep posting highlights of you best wedding photography.

A separate business account on Facebook is an advantage; and use the ‘boost page’ feature to target engaged couples.

11 Apr

SYDNEY WEDDING BLOGS – DIFFERENCES AND SPACE

For at least two generations we have been told that the old gender roles were obsolete. And we concluded that gender neutrality was the new norm. Truth be told those old gender roles probably are well and truly out of touch and out of date. But we are still trying to discover what the new roles are; they probably have a lot to do with all of us being more individual, which means there will be few if any common threads between people of the same gender. That being said, if we approach marital relationships in a gender neutral way, if we approach relationships as best friends rather than marital partners, we end up with a roommate rather than a lover. There is a masculine/feminine difference, even if the best philosophers and neuroscientists in the works have never been able to adequately put this distinction into words. And if we lose that difference we lose the masculine/feminine tension and attraction, which is the whole reason why we were attracted to the relationship in the first place. Political correctness is adherence to someone else’s ideas, whether it is traditional gender roles or modern misconceptions that confuse equality with neutrality. We will have to figure out the truth of these differences over the course of living out lives, even if it means our generation will have to suffer some frustration in the process. About the only thing we are certain about at the moment is that the other people are always different to ourselves, which is something we should feel comfortable in accepting.

 

05 Apr

SYDNEY WEDDING BLOG – SNEAKY COST AND SNEAKY TRICKS Part 2

SOME TRICKS:

  • Some decorations can be bought second-hand, and flowers can be bought on line cheaply. Do spend some money on decorations you want to keep as momentous; buy other items second hand and sell afterwards.
  • When budgeting, concentrate on things that will be important when you look back. Photos and videos are permanent. Flower arrangements need only look good on the day.
  • Recruit friends to make decorations. If well instructed you will be surprised at how many invitations, placeholder, flower arrangements can be made on two afternoons with a few friends.
  • One venue for everything can be cheaper, include a lot of features, and save on transport between sites. But as with all package deals you get something fairly reliable, but a little inflexible.
  • Off season services are cheaper. The same wedding a month earlier or later may cost less.
  • Buy wholesale, buy bulk. This is one of the few times you will be buying in large quantities.
  • Hiring a photographer and videographer from the same company may get you a discount. They also tend to work together a little better.
  • Use the word ‘wedding’ and ‘honeymoon’ judiciously when booking hotels and services. Some people and some search engines charge more when they hear these words. On the other hand some hotel staff like to pamper the newlyweds and give a few complementary items, something that doesn’t happen at other times.
  • The wedding is a one off event, so spend a little more if you have to. You won’t get a second chance, and you can’t go back and change anything. If you need extra cash some credit cards give you an interest free period when you first sign up. Get a credit card for the wedding (or 2) and take advantage of this. Commit to paying it off in minimal time, but check out fine print!
  • Always priories the important and permanent over the temporary. Great photos, that great dress and souvenir decorations are there for your whole life. Think about what will be important when you look back at the event.

 

 

22 Mar

SYDNEY WEDDING BLOG – SNEAKY COST AND SNEAKY TRICKS Part 2

SOME TRICKS:

  • Some decorations can be bought second-hand, and flowers can be bought on line cheaply. Do spend some money on decorations you want to keep as momentous; buy other items second hand and sell afterwards.
  • When budgeting, concentrate on things that will be important when you look back. Photos and videos are permanent. Flower arrangements need only look good on the day.
  • Recruit friends to make decorations. If well instructed you will be surprised at how many invitations, placeholder, flower arrangements can be made on two afternoons with a few friends.
  • One venue for everything can be cheaper, include a lot of features, and save on transport between sites. But as with all package deals you get something fairly reliable, but a little inflexible.
  • Off season services are cheaper. The same wedding a month earlier or later may cost less.
  • Buy wholesale, buy bulk. This is one of the few times you will be buying in large quantities.
  • Hiring a photographer and videographer from the same company may get you a discount. They also tend to work together a little better.
  • Use the word ‘wedding’ and ‘honeymoon’ judiciously when booking hotels and services. Some people and some search engines charge more when they hear these words. On the other hand some hotel staff like to pamper the newlyweds and give a few complementary items, something that doesn’t happen at other times.
  • The wedding is a one off event, so spend a little more if you have to. You won’t get a second chance, and you can’t go back and change anything. If you need extra cash some credit cards give you an interest free period when you first sign up. Get a credit card for the wedding (or 2) and take advantage of this. Commit to paying it off in minimal time, but check out fine print!
  • Always priories the important and permanent over the temporary. Great photos, that great dress and souvenir decorations are there for your whole life. Think about what will be important when you look back at the event.
18 Mar

SYDNEY WEDDING BLOG – SNEAKY COST AND SNEAKY TRICKS Part 1

More than a few wedding cost tend to sneak up on us. Sometime there is a way around it, sometime we just have to budget the cost.

SNEAKY COSTS:

–           Stationary: Invitations, reply cards, save-the-day for our wedding notices, programmes for reception and the ceremony, tabling seating cards, than-you notes. Reliable, neat versions of all these cost about $800.oo, more if you hand-engraving, thermography of something more fancy.  You can cut costs somewhat by printing the seating cards and a few things yourself. It is possible to make quite a good ceremony program this way. Invitations and reply cards tend to be professional. Many people will save these as a souvenir. When deciding, picture yourself framing the cards, invitations and other printed material latter on; this helps you decide which ones are most important. Put some money of effort into what will be kept, like invites, and only be cheap with seat-markers and disposables.

–           Music: can go either way. An iPod through a sound system that’s already at the venue is dirt cheap. Hiring a sound system might cost $100-$200 if you just have a microphone with some music playback. If you want a DJ you can spend anything from $300 to $1000, and more if they are a minor celebrity. A band for the reception will cost about $3000 for an established act; make sure they know some of the songs that you want!

You might want classical musicians for the ceremony; these vary greatly, but finding a group of students from a local conservatory can be a good option; they will be eager to perform, but always audition them first. As they probably only play two or three songs for the ceremony, this is usually a simple matter.

–           The Bar. People will inevitably drink at receptions, and take advantage of what is on offer. If you offer everything, some individuals’ will insist on trying it all, and running up quite a tab. A cash bar where the guests pay for their own drinks is pushing it a bit, but offering two or three beer and cider options and non-alcoholic drinks for free, and then charging for more elaborate variations is probably a reasonable compromise.

–           The Food. We know about this, but the total cost will sneak up on us. $50 per head with 80 guests is four thousand dollars to start with. There’s also cake, drinks and other factors on top of that. Venues will probably charge for serving the cake fee even as it is supplied by someone else. Remember, caterers charge per head, but there may be a minimum headcount, and children might best be served something different.

10 Mar

Sydney Wedding and Videographer

The availability of inexpensive, good quality video equipment has made a video an expected part of any wedding day. This same technology has also raised our expectations on how good the final product should be. With good equipment and computer editing resources so readily available there should be no reason why the products shouldn’t look impressive. However, no equipment is better than the individual who operates it. Nothing can compensate if the original footage is lacking in any way.

The experienced professionals tend to get better results, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Occasionally a hobbyist with a little skill and study can produce a very respectable result; this is helped by the fact that film is now a subject taught at school. Unfortunately, a professional can occasionally be bad at their job, or simply have a very bad day.  Established companies that can show you examples of their work are usually the safest option.

It is quite possible that the engaged couple have certain ideas that they want in their video. Even if they don’t there will always be some elements of their wedding day that are different to any conventions. In all cases the matters should be discussed with the wedding videographer. The happy couple usually know what they want, and the videographer knows what may or may not be an issue in capturing the images they have in mind. Film factors as fundamental as lighting might not occur to some people, but any videographer knows how easily this can make or break a scene. This is reason enough to look at the venues in advance.

Music is often included when a video is edited together. Discuss this with the wedding videography people; music can change the overall effect of a scene, especially if its music that you like. Music that seems added as an afterthought can hinder an otherwise effective film. Discussing this in advance can prevent disappointment.

It is not uncommon to have two videos made of a wedding – a longer video with footage of the whole day, and a shorter ‘highlights’ version that can be sent to guests and relatives. The ease of DVD duplication makes videos a worthwhile gift. They may not be played very often (even as the parents of the bride might play it to every visitor) but with the little space taken up by a DVD they are well worth retaining.

Many companies can provide both photographers and videographers. As a combined service this make a lot sense as the two professional will be more apt at working together. It also makes it easier to include still images as part of the wedding video.

Look for Sydney Wedding Videography, wedding videographer, Wedding Video resources online.

25 Jan

WEDDING MAKEUP SYDNEY

 

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You will probably not be doing your own bridal makeup, but there are a few things you can do to help the artist who does your makeup for the big day.

  • A makeup trial is expected these days; you might want to try a few different options. Wearing a top that is the same colour as your wedding dress will give you a good idea on how the dress and makeup will look together.
  • If you haven’t done so already, search for some ideas online and show images of what you like to the makeup artist.
  • Some makeup artist used to allow pre-wedding photography at the makeup trial, but many found this didn’t really work out very well and no longer allow it. Taking a photo for later reference is probably a good idea.
  • If you are looking into artificial tanning remember to discuss it up with the makeup artist, and probably the dress maker. If your skin is a shade darker on the day it might change the whole look that the dress and makeup were aiming at.
  • Look into some good healthy ways to improve your skin for your big day. By this we mean good diet and exercise. As these things tend to be beneficial for your health in general you might want to keep up the good habits.
  • Remember that lighting will affect the look of you makeup. Most makeup artists and photographers are savvy to this, using non-reflective/matt foundation and flash photography where appropriate. It doesn’t hurt to raise the matter in advance.
  • Talk to the artist about what you might do with nail polish. It is a little counter-intuitive but when you have an elaborate dress the nail polish tends to be better if it doesn’t stand out. As with everything all the elements need to be co-ordinated.
  • If you are wearing jewellery, as most brides do, remember to factor this in, at least be showing a few photos to the dress and makeup designers.
  • Ask about a touch-up kit for the day; maintenance is important.
19 Jan

Sydney Wedding and Videographer

sydney wedding and videographer

The availability of inexpensive, good quality video equipment has made a video an expected part of any wedding day. This same technology has also raised our expectations on how good the final product should be. With good equipment and computer editing resources so readily available there should be no reason why the products shouldn’t look impressive. However, no equipment is better than the individual who operates it. Nothing can compensate if the original footage is lacking in any way.

The experienced professionals tend to get better results, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Occasionally a hobbyist with a little skill and study can produce a very respectable result; this is helped by the fact that film is now a subject taught at school. Unfortunately, a professional can occasionally be bad at their job, or simply have a very bad day.  Established companies that can show you examples of their work are usually the safest option.

It is quite possible that the engaged couple have certain ideas that they want in their video. Even if they don’t there will always be some elements of their wedding day that are different to any conventions. In all cases the matters should be discussed with the wedding videographer. The happy couple usually know what they want, and the videographer knows what may or may not be an issue in capturing the images they have in mind. Film factors as fundamental as lighting might not occur to some people, but any videographer knows how easily this can make or break a scene. This is reason enough to look at the venues in advance.

Music is often included when a video is edited together. Discuss this with the wedding videography people; music can change the overall effect of a scene, especially if its music that you like. Music that seems added as an afterthought can hinder an otherwise effective film. Discussing this in advance can prevent disappointment.

It is not uncommon to have two videos made of a wedding – a longer video with footage of the whole day, and a shorter ‘highlights’ version that can be sent to guests and relatives. The ease of DVD duplication makes videos a worthwhile gift. They may not be played very often (even as the parents of the bride might play it to every visitor) but with the little space taken up by a DVD they are well worth retaining.

Many companies can provide both photographers and videographers. As a combined service this make a lot sense as the two professional will be more apt at working together. It also makes it easier to include still images as part of the wedding video.

Look for Sydney Wedding Videography, wedding videographer, Wedding Video resources online.

18 Jan

wedding cakes Sydney

Like other aspects of wedding a wedding cake owes something to both art and tradition.  There is a tension here, but probably a good one. Art never exists in a vacuum. Rather, it makes something new out of the materials and influences of the past. A wedding cake can be original by using domestic and foreign traditions and the personal history of the happy couple. Any design that the couple finding appealing is worth considering.

As with everything we should consider what happens in the long term. How will the photo of the wedding cake look? I do hear a few people talk about how the cake tasted, but far more people talk about how it was decorated. This is reinforced by the number of people who latter see the wedding photos. The cake is meant to look good.

Of course the design should be remembered for all the right reasons; it should be impressive. Many people are still reasonably young when they marry, and may hold iconoclastic views, or still be attached to some passing fad. Consider how the photos of the cake (and of the whole wedding) will look in a few years’ time. The last thing you want is something that makes you cringe. If in doubt it is better to be a little more conservative. And remember that the idea is to be artistic and maybe a little innovative, not outrageous and countercultural.

In reality most people don’t design a wedding cake from scratch; they look at various other designs and ask for a few changes to be made. This is not a bad approach.

If the cake looks too good to eat, you’ve probably doing something right. Remember, this is supposed to be a once in a lifetime event; you don’t get a second chance. Feel free to be a little indulgent.

A Few Point to Remember:

– Make arrangements for your cake several months in advance.

–Beware of the weather. You might need to talk to the cook if the cake is to will survive a hot summer day.

–Find a tablecloth, table and decorations that match, compliment or somehow suit the cake.

–Some venues charge a ‘cutting fee’, ostensibly to cover the cost of extra plates and cutlery for cake. $2.oo per head isn’t unusual.

–The group that makes the cake should delivery it. Delivery is a tricky job, and mistakes are unthinkable!

–Some individuals may wish to keep their piece of cake. Little boxes are preferable to folded napkins (that remind you of children’s birthday parties). Unfortunately there is no way to know these things in advance.

–  Arrange for some really great photos of the cake.