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 →

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 →

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!

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Photo courtesy of Hertfordshire wedding photograpers, Ray Lowe Studios.

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 →

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.

Benefits Of Having Your Wedding Abroad

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In the UK, weddings have become infamous over the past few decades for breaking the bank in many cases. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in the UK has now surpassed £20,000. On the other hand, a wedding abroad averages only £8,000 in total, which is a massive saving in anyone’s book! If you want to save money on your wedding without compromising on how enjoyable your dream big day is, here are the benefits of hosting your wedding abroad.

Less guests to pay for

Your venue costs, as well as all the catering, can be covered by a much smaller budget by hosting your wedding abroad since less people are inevitably going to be able to travel. As long as your most important guests are able to make it this is a great way of cutting down from the start.

Reasonable venue prices

In the UK, since demand is so high, venues tend to hike up their prices constantly, especially in the summer. Abroad it can be much easier to find venues that are quieter, especially in places where the weather is good all year round, and the costs of living might be lower so prices are generally cheaper.

Day-to-day costs

Your wedding abroad is probably going to take longer than a couple of days. Another advantage of lower prices generally in other countries is that your food and drink throughout your stay is going to be cheaper for everyone.

Combine the wedding and honeymoon

If you’re holding your ceremony in a beautiful remote location, there’s no need to travel further to go on your honeymoon! Enjoy everything the location has to offer longer than the rest of your guests and travel back whenever you’re ready, and this is more than likely going to save you a lot.

How To Book A Dream Wedding On A Tight Budget

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There are many ways you can save money on your dream wedding and still have everything you always wanted from your big day. Just because costs in the UK tend to be high, that doesn’t mean you have no options to cut costs without taking away from your experience.

Choose the right location

Unpredictable weather and high costs are making the UK a less attractive place to host your wedding. It’s so easy to travel elsewhere there’s really no reason not to save money by doing this. Even just travelling to most European countries will most likely cut your costs, since the cost of living is lower and there are more venues available all year round. Indonesia, South Africa and the Caribbean are also popular destinations that don’t cost as much as you might think.

Go at the right time

If you’re going somewhere known for its warm and sunny climate, you still have to do some research and ensure your dream wedding date doesn’t fall in a rainy season or a time where temperatures are extremely high. If your wedding is happening outside of peak season this will reduce the cost of accommodation and flights too.

Ensure everything is covered

Depending on how specific you’re being about the details of your wedding celebrations, you might find it better value to go a package deal to ensure you have everything covered, or alternatively you could hire a professional wedding planner. The benefits of this might include making it easier to deal with language barriers and getting advice on which deals are really the best value. Either way you need to make sure your costs are planned in advance so you don’t get unexpected bills for food, drink, entertainment or services you didn’t plan beforehand.