Why Do Asian Weddings Require Different Photography?

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Weddings are unique events, since for most people the finer details of the ceremony are very personal, but at the same time they may be large, public celebrations. Each one will be completely unique, and that’s before you even consider the different traditions and religious influences which may be part of the process. To many people, their family background and personal beliefs will be intertwined with all their marriage plans, and these differences will also affect the kind of photography required for the event.

In the UK, you will find many amazing examples of diversity when it comes to wedding traditions and photography. There is a particularly large selection of specialist Asian wedding photographers in London, Birmingham, Leicester, and other areas where the Asian population is particularly high. In general, Asian weddings tend to be larger and more complex affairs than traditional Christian weddings, with more variations and different aspects of the ceremony to consider. The focus is usually on the wider family as well as just the bride and groom, too. All this can make the official photographer’s job more difficult! Continue reading →

Top Wedding Destinations of 2016

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A dream wedding abroad could be the best holiday you ever plan for yourself, so it’s worth putting in a bit of work finding the ideal destination for you. If you get it right and find somewhere that’s perfect for all your needs, you might even be able to combine the honeymoon and the ceremony – in fact, you might never want to come home from some of these places! Here is a roundup of some of our favourite destinations that are hot this year.

Greece

An ever-popular destination for people around the world, Greece has a wide variety of great locations, mostly on its many islands which all feature their own unique benefits. Whether you’re looking for a party scene, private beaches or historical villages, you can find it all in Greece.

California

The rules on marriage in California are pretty straightforward, which makes it a popular choice already since it’s so easy to get a marriage license and find someone who can officiate. Our favourite reason to get married in this American state, though, is the sheer range of amazing venues to choose from. It has beaches, vineyards, lakes, forests and much more so you can take your pick. Continue reading →

Planning Your Wedding Photography

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Photography is a crucial element of most wedding plans, since you want to be able to remember everything about your special day in vivid detail, and the best way to achieve that is with the help of an excellent photo album. In order to secure a great wedding photographer and ensure you get amazing results on the day, some pre-planning is definitely called for. This is particularly true if you’re planning to have your ceremony and celebrations abroad, which often makes everything just a bit more complicated!

It may also be worth considering that wedding photographers are not only focused on the wedding day itself in many cases. In fact, some of the best packages available (and if you haven’t looked at wedding photography packages yet, you should definitely consider it) will include pre-wedding photography. You can start with an official engagement photo shoot if you really want to push the boat out and document the whole process from start to finish. Following that you can keep your photographer with you throughout the various stages of planning, shopping for wedding outfits, getting ready before the big day itself and anything else you really want to treasure the memories of forever.  Continue reading →

Mediterranean Wedding Destinations

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Struggling to find the right balance between all the factors you want to consider when planning your dream marriage ceremony? A Mediterranean wedding may be just the solution you’ve been searching for. Weddings in Cyprus, Malta or Italy pretty much guarantee you a fabulous day almost all year round, with beautiful weather and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea to match.

Not only that, but saving money by having your wedding outside of the UK means you can splash out on some extra luxuries when you’re there. Local event coordinators like Aphrodite Weddings in Cyprus can give indispensable advice to foreign couples looking to get married abroad.

But which venue is the perfect one for you? Here are some of our favourite destinations in the Mediterranean.

Ayia Napa

Located in the Eastern coast of Cyprus, the municipality is one of the top travel destinations in the Mediterranean. Ayia Napa known for its golden sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets, making it one of the most sought-after beach wedding venues in the country.

Larnaca

It is the third largest city in Cyprus with rows of luxury hotel resorts near the bay that offer civil weddings. Within the area is the incredibly beautiful Terra Santa Roman Catholic Church, famously booked year-round for weddings and baptisms. Continue reading →

The Best Wedding Venues In Cyprus

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Cyprus is widely known for being one of the world’s premier destinations for weddings abroad. “People from all over the world flock to the Island of Love to host their marriage celebrations for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for a small private ceremony or a more extravagant affair,” says Jane, a wedding coordinator from Golden Coast Beach Hotel, one of the best wedding venues in Cyprus. “The weather is beautiful throughout most of the year, the people are known for being friendly and welcoming, and the scenery all over the island is simply breathtaking.” If you do choose to look for your dream wedding venue in Cyprus we can guide you through the best places to start. Continue reading →

Getting Married In Hotter Climates: What To Remember

Destination weddings are a fantastic option for many couples. Traditional and religious ceremonies often lend themselves very well to being abroad where the weather is better, and modern ceremonies can also be enhanced significantly by a carefully-chosen location overseas. The fact that going abroad turns your wedding into more of a vacation is a massive appeal to many people, especially those who don’t often get a chance to share experiences like this with their friends and family.

However, it’s important not to get too caught up in the excitement and forget about the specific considerations you will need to have in the back of your mind when planning a wedding abroad – specifically in hotter countries that you and your guests simply aren’t used to.

Remember all of the following to ensure everyone has a fantastic time…

Get help from a local expert

A great suggestion whenever you decide to host your wedding overseas is to opt for local wedding planning services rather than someone based in the UK. On the whole, you will find that people who are based in the country you’re going to will have vastly more experience than those who aren’t. Check reviews for places that specialise in dealing with British weddings in your chosen location.

Show some cultural influence

Your wedding will inevitably be a mash-up of different cultures when you go abroad. Both of your families will bring in their own ideas and traditions, plus you have the added dimension of being in a foreign country. The best solution is usually to blend the best of all the cultures you have available, taking inspiration from home and your destination.

Keep everyone hydrated and entertained

You might not realise how much of a difference the hot weather can make to your hydration levels until it’s too late. Especially when people are being severed alcoholic beverages, the demand for water is going to skyrocket. Make sure you keep all your guests safe, healthy and entertained when everyone is gathered in a hot location.

Book with seasonal weather in mind

Just because you’re heading to somewhere that’s known for its sunshine and heat doesn’t mean you will be guaranteed that at any time of the year. Sometimes the summer is the worst time to visit a hot country, depending on whether they have rainstorms periodically as many southern-hemisphere countries do. You will most likely want to avoid this when you make a booking, so consider the differences around the world.

Unique Wedding Cakes: Are They for You?

If you and your partner are a little different, a unique wedding cake might be the perfect touch to make your special day just a little more special. When it comes to unique wedding cakes, there are really no rules to follow. Well, you do want it to be different than the ‘normal’ fancy multi-tier wedding cake that’s been used for years and years and years.

The wedding cake doesn’t have to necessarily be unique in that it’s different than every other cake, though. Sometimes, using someone’s idea for a cake can be a stepping stone for your own ideas on the perfect wedding cake. Let’s face it, there are only so many types and styles and shapes of cake that can be made.

A great way to see a lot of wedding cake ideas quickly is to browse through pictures to get ideas for your own unique wedding cake. While you can look through photo albums at a local bakery, any online search engine is a great tool for looking at a lot of pictures of unique wedding cakes quickly and efficiently.

If you’re wanting something different, but not too different, choosing unique stands or toppers for your wedding cake can be a way to break from tradition, but not too much. For some people even this would be going too far, but as time progresses, weddings are sure to change, with unique and eccentric wedding cake stands and toppers becoming more common.

Whatever the type, shape or flavour of the cakes, they’re sure to be a part of weddings for a long time to come. Almost everyone loves a good piece of cake or old fashioned sweets and a lot of those people enjoy weddings. When you combine the two with the style of the bride and groom you get something unique, and you can see why wedding cakes are probably going to be around for just as long as weddings.

How To Prepare For Your Perfect Day

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Aside from your complete wedding checklist, the first ever thing you need to consider is the wedding venue. There is a wide variety of options to consider. Are you looking to make it a garden wedding? Whether a hotel, beach or a grand church wedding, remember that the decision is between you and your partner so you might want to decide on this early on.

If you’re a fan of details, we will need to organise each event and cut it down to a strict sequence: the rehearsal, ceremony, reception, flowers (yes, matching the bridal flowers and corsages can be crucial) and stationery or the invitations for engagement party up to bookmarks and napkins. You may also include your honeymoon plans if you want to. The reception party is a bit simpler to plan, so hopefully you can relax and enjoy the night away with your family and friends.

Now we know you’re getting pretty excited and jumpy (we can’t blame you!) so maybe you need to take the first few tiny steps into planning your big wedding day. You can start with notes, some online research, and maybe some advice from close friends and relatives who have first-hand experience. Will you have a theme? Perhaps you would like to have an Asian-inspired wedding? Whatever theme you decide, it’s important to think about how you will document that special event in your life at this stage of the planning process. A good way to keep the memories of your wedding and the days leading up to it would be to hire an experienced wedding photographer, who knows how to set the right mood and lighting. Continue reading →

Unique & Exciting Wedding Destinations

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When it comes to getting married, it’s important to pull out all the stops and make it something worth remembering for the bride, groom and guests. This goes beyond the simple ceremony as well; it’s important to pick a good destination. One good way to ensure a memorable day is to consider having a wedding abroad, which we always advocate… but what about breaking away from predictable choices and going for some of these exciting places?

Koh Phangan, Thailand

This is a leafy island destination that is close to the lovely waters of Thailand, which provides a nice sense of far-flung culture on a bed of sand that satisfies any kind of wedding theme. Consider looking through some nearby jungle temples or hop on a boat at the Ang Thong National Marine Park, for a trip or even for the wedding itself to create an unforgettable experience.

Dubai, UAE

If you’re looking for an exciting Asian wedding venue, then Dubai is a perfect destination. Crystal clear waters, beaches that stretch for miles and sunny skies throughout the year are just a few of the draws. A beach ceremony would create beautiful photos and memories for the newlyweds and guests. It is home to the most luxurious 5, 6 and 7 star hotels and resorts in the world, so you could have the ceremony and honeymoon at different high class locations. The Dubai Fountain is also a great place to check out for a ceremony venue as they have breathtaking displays. They also have high tech clubs for hen and stag parties. Continue reading →

How To Choose Your Wedding Venue Abroad

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If you’re thinking of having your wedding abroad then you must have already been won over by the countless benefits of travelling. We’re all about chasing your dream wedding so it’s great if you’ve decided to pull out all the stops in the name of love and take your celebratory ceremony overseas.

However, that’s just the first step. How do you now decide what your venue is going to be, and where in the world you can find it? Whether you’re looking at hosting your big day in France, getting married in Cyprus or tying the knot in Thailand, there are an overwhelming number of choices to make. That’s why, to help you out, we’re looking at the plus points for each different type of venue you can go for, as well as the potential downsides.

Option 1: Outdoors

Nature makes the perfect backdrop for a beautiful scene like a wedding! Whether it’s fields of flowers, mountains and hills or a golden beach at sunset, the decorations are already done for you. However, if you’re not satisfied with that, it’s easy to add your own setup such as lighting, seating and even larger structures to keep your wedding covered, all without having to worry too much about space.

On the other hand, the weather is likely to be unpredictable even if you choose a hot and sunny destination. If you want your wedding outside you might have to weatherproof the event and the guests which can be expensive, plus it’s hard to keep the temperature under control which is an issue when everyone’s outfits are so important!

Option 2: Indoors

If you’re choosing to have a ceremony at a church, a mosque or any other religious setting, you’re probably going to be safe from the elements. You can also host a fabulous wedding in a hotel, a restaurant or pretty much any other indoor location of your choosing. You can enjoy the benefit of fully trained staff at the venue, as well as having accommodation built-in for the guests and even the happy couple for the honeymoon.

The only thing to be wary of is hidden costs, because if someone else is hosting your event and providing everything you need with no questions asked, chances are you’re going to be billed for it later and you have to bear this in mind. You can also be quite restricted as you have the follow whatever rules are in place for your venue.

Options 3: The best of both worlds

Our favourite strategy for choosing your venue is to have the best of both, and choose a combination of outdoor and indoor events for your wedding. If you’re able to travel abroad and all your guests can afford to join you, that’s perfect and you can probably enjoy a fabulous celebration outside providing the weather is on your side. If you’re closer to home or somewhere the weather can’t be predicted, be flexible so you can make the most of any good weather but you’re still able to keep everything on schedule (and dry) should conditions take a turn for the worse. The key, as always, is to be prepared in advance and everything should run smoothly on your dream wedding day.