A Photographer's Top 5 Wedding Tips (1)

Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Paige Young of Apaige Photography, based in Georgetown Township, MI.

Wedding planning can become super overwhelming. I remember becoming engaged and being completely overwhelmed with the next steps. However, I had an advantage, as I had photographed over 80 weddings, and knew what the day entailed and what I needed to book and organize. I began researching vendors first, I think this is something that is extremely important. A wedding needs a place, and a wedding needs service vendors. Being a photographer, that was the first vendor on my list to figure out. There are so many great photographers out there, there are so many kickin’ DJ’s out there, and there are enormous amounts of venues that are breathtaking. Being a creative, I wanted to share a few helpful hints and ideas to help choose ‘your people.’ I will discuss more of the photography side of weddings since that is what I am familiar with, but a lot of these things can be applicable to other vendors as well.

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4 Tips for Finding Your Dream Venue while Saving Money (2)

What if you could get married in the venue of your dreams and save money at the same time? Today’s guest post brought to us by Pixelicious (Montreal, QC) will show you how! Enjoy:

Many couples get engaged during the holidays, this is why wedding shows tend to occur in January. This also means that brides will be busy shopping for vendors and venues. The most expensive item on everyone’s list will most likely be the venue / reception. Clients get maximum ROI on their time and effort when negotiating with the venue. Here are some tips to help you find your dream venue despite being on a budget:

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4 Tips for Valentine's Day Engagement Photos (5)

Hey all you newly-engaged couples out there; today’s lovely guest post from Pixelicious (Montreal, Canada) is for you! Enjoy:

Valentine’s Day is here and this means a large number of lucky couples will get engaged! Although flowers and chocolates never get old, why not consider an engagement session to offer the experience your significant other truly deserves? The wintery backdrop makes the images unique. If you wish to make a statement in front of your family and friends, showcasing your engagement pictures taken in subzero temperature will surely impress. Here are 4 inspiration ideas that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable this year.

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How to Incorporate Your Wedding Venue and Location in Photos (5)

Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from Valerie of A Day of Bliss Photography Inc, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:

One of the most important parts of a wedding is the photography because it will always bring fond memories of the sweet moments that took place on your special day. The exercise of finding the best wedding photographer within your budget can be a very daunting task, but it is worth the hunt when you find a quality photographer who meets your price and delivers the type of photography you desire. Every wedding has a venue whether it is the local courthouse or a rooftop with the city skyline in the background, and your photographer should capture the venue and location in your photos. Of course, the happy couple is the focal point, but if your venue and location are in the photos, you will receive beautiful and unique photos you will cherish forever.

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A Photographer's Top 4 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day (6)

Today’s awesome guest post brought to us by Elle of Captured by Elle Photo + Video (Orlando, FL) is an absolute must read for anyone who wants a stress-fress wedding day! Enjoy:

“I want to be stressed out on my wedding day!” Said NO ONE. Ever. If there is one thing I hear all the time from brides it’s about how they want their day to be stress-free so they can just sit back and enjoy every moment! Of course, there are many different factors that contribute to a carefree wedding day, but one of the biggest stressors I’ve seen from experience is issues with the timeline.

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Wedding Invitation Color and Style Guide (2)

With so many colour and style wedding trends, it can be difficult to nail one down. Wedding industry experts, BWeddings have put together a style guide, based on the season in which you will host your big day, to help give you some inspiration. Enjoy!

Summertime Soiree

Take advantage of having your wedding in the sunshine with a soft summer palette and botanical theme. Feel inspired by nature and enhance the décor with greenery and gentle summer blooms such as peonies, roses, water lilies and even fragrant lavender. A beach wedding is always a beautiful summer option, with stunning outdoor settings and informal footwear, your guests can really let their hair down!

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The Practical Guide To Insuring Your Engagement Ring (3)

Today’s guest post, brought to us by Afshin of Estate Diamond Jewelry (New York, NY) covers a very important topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention: engagement ring insurance! Enjoy:

Your engagement ring may well be the third most expensive purchase you ever make, after a house and a car, and yet so many people – for whatever reason – don’t insure it in the way they would other home contents. Part of the reason may be that they simply don’t know those expensive items aren’t usually covered by homeowner’s insurance, or it may be that they don’t believe anything will ever happen to it. Whatever the reason, a lot of those people realize their mistake only when it’s too late.

Insuring anything isn’t really that complicated, but it is true that jewelry does require a little more effort on the part of the owner. However, it is still quite a simple process that is well worth the effort. Here, we show you how to make sure, not only that your engagement ring is insured, but that it is insured appropriately.

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How to Have a Perfect Winter Wedding (5)

Today’s guest post, brought to us by Steve Gerrard Photography (Montreal, QC) is brimming with helpful tips and insights to help you have a perfect winter wedding!

As I sit here in my studio close to Montreal, the snow is drifting down outside, covering cars and making drivers question going anywhere. And this is just the start of it. As we know, the coming months will bring heavier snow and plummeting temperatures. A Canadian winter is considerably more challenging than the ones I grew up with back in the UK. As a wedding photographer I’ve shot multiple winter weddings back in England but, after relocating to Montreal three years ago, winter weddings bring with them a different level of planning than those in the warmer months. And yet, there are plenty of couples who don’t allow the cold weather to put them off exchanging vows when temperatures plummet.

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Today’s fabulous DIY hashtag sign tutorial  (and free template!) comes to us from Carrie of MyCrayons, based in Hasselt, Belgium. Enjoy!

As the internet overflows with a plethora of DIY tips, tricks and inspiration, it’s no surprise to see the do-it-yourself movement extending to wedding planning at ever-increasing rates. In fact, it almost makes you feel guilty if you aren’t joining the club. While you may be inspired to skip the professional help altogether or find the idea of handmade projects entirely too overwhelming, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to do-it-all-yourself. Thankfully, there is no one formula.

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Today’s super fun guest post comes to us from Clare of Alive Network Entertainment Agency, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. Enjoy!

Dancing and your wedding go together like bride and groom. A packed dancefloor is not only the sign of a great party, it’s also one of the biggest memories you’ll take away of your W-day. So what are the tunes guaranteed to turn your big day into your big night? Our friends at Alive Network, the UK’s largest and best loved wedding entertainment agency, have put together a list of the latest wedding party anthems loved by you, as chosen by their brides, grooms and artists. Watch the vids to hear real wedding bands perform the tracks live, so you can get a true idea of how they might sound at your par-tay!

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