Photo source: The Knot
Gone were the days when all you need to do is to choose a color motif as your “wedding theme”. Not that it is passe, but let’s admit it, doing just that may make your wedding look like everyone else’s or worse, somebody else’s. Have you ever attended a wedding and you suddenly have a deja vu — and you end up racking your brain, trying to remember the other wedding where you saw all these wedding deets; and all in the same color? Yeah. You don’t want that to happen to your guests. Not that you’re shallow or OC because you care so much about wedding details (like, geez, weddings are supposed to be more than the details, right?). But admit it, taking a leap beyond the wedding color motif and yes please, having a wedding theme — no, scratch that — having a cohesive wedding theme is a sure way to showcase your personality as a couple.
It doesn’t have to be over-the-top unique to show your quirks and perks. You can start with the basics. It can be the most common, most popular kind, just add some (or tons!) of your personal touches and you can end up claiming the theme as “yours”. Easy-peasy, eh? Let your imagination run wild, cherries! The possibilities are endless! Unravel your creativity and brainstorm with the right people (your partner, your bridesmaids, your wedding stylist, etc). Have fun. Don’t be afraid, don’t hold back. You can incorporate ANYTHING, it’s your wedding afterall. 🙂
To help you start and give you some idea, here’s a cheat sheet on the 4 most popular wedding themes. You can steal one of these as it is or tweak it a bit and go kick it up a notch! Remember, don’t forget to have fun! 🙂
Infographic source: Simply Bridal
photo source: 100 Layer Cake
Reception food will definitely EAT a big chunk on your wedding budget. That’s a a fact. While taste and food aesthetics are give-aways when deciding for wedding food, one major thing you need to consider is the kind of reception you want to have. Will you be having a Sit Down or Buffet style? If you’re having a close knit, intimate wedding reception, you may choose from either a Family Style or Speciality Reception. Consider your budget, food choices and inclusions, coherence to your wedding theme, and maximum enjoyment of your guests when deciding. Here are 4 reception choices (with pros and cons!) to help you decide.
P.S. We had Speciality “Brunch” Reception for our wedding! 🙂
Infographic source: Simply Bridal
photo source: photography by Priscila Valentina as seen thru Green Wedding Shoes
Whenever I get asked about choosing a wedding photographer, I tell the brides to visualize first how they want their photographs to be like. Would they be sweeping and dramatic? Or perhaps, sunshine-y bright, like taken straight out of a wedding magazine? Or would they be bold and vibrant, perfect for your colorful wedding theme? Or say, you want them subdued and vintage-looking?
Wedding photographers have different “photography art” so it’s important to make sure that what you want is what they do best. While I know some brides who booked their photographers because a) they’re popular, b) they were offering BIG discounts at the bridal fair, or c) someone else booked the photographer for them, sometimes ending up quite frustrated because they realized too late that they are not the ones they need.
So, after looking for one, feel free to browse their online photography galleries, check out the previous weddings they’ve covered in order for you to get a feel if their “photography art” is what you like. What I’m saying is, take time in choosing your wedding photographer. Do not rush it. Your wedding photographs are the only ones that what will be left after all the flowers have been used, the food consumed, and after the rave party you had was over. These are your keepsakes for life, so if you have to invest on something, invest on photography. If you have to take time in choosing something, take time reviewing the photographer you want. This little step in your wedding preparation is not something you would like to skip.
To give you a quick round on how to ace that perfect wedding photograph you dream of, here’s an info graphic on the tips and tricks for perfectly captured weddings:
Infographic source: Objektiv Wedding Photography