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 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 →
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.
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, luxury hotel or villas, you can find it all in Greece.
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 →
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!
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
A festival wedding is not your usual wedding style. It’s perfect for couples who love the outdoor and festival scenes. Planning this type of wedding requires a lot of organising and research. To get you started, we’ve listed a few things that you need to keep in mind.
To know what you need for your wedding, think of your wedding dream in your head and write down your ideas. It could be having a dance floor area with a tent marquee or having a camping tent for your guests. Then start writing down a list of things that you need to make your ideal wedding into a reality.
The first step is to set a realistic budget for everything you need. Having an overall budget is ideal. However, you may want to set a budget for each requirement. This means having a set budget for catering, venue, dress, decorations and any other essential elements for your wedding.
The ceremony is an important part of your wedding. If you don’t mind getting married outside the church, then an outdoor ceremony will be perfect. When holding a ceremony in your chosen venue, you will need to check if they hold a license for a ceremony. Most sites usually have a license, but it’s always best to check in advance.
Setting up everything in an outdoor area can be costly, and you’ll need to create your facilities for guests who are staying over. For instance, you may need to hire toilets, showers and generators when setting up your outdoor festival wedding theme.
A festival wedding is not complete without a photo booth! You can hire a photographer to capture the important moments of your wedding day. You can even hire someone to video every detail of your wedding day.
Decorations are what will complete your entire festival theme. Think of all the decorations you will need to buy. For instance, you may want to think about lightings, flowers, wall decors, plants and any other suitable decors.
Getting invited as a guest at someone’s wedding is great. However, it can be a struggle to choose appropriate attire for the event. It’s essential to pick an outfit based on the theme or the location of the wedding. It will make it easier to narrow down your choices and select a few outfits that you can wear. To help you choose a suitable wedding outfit, we’ve provided some tips below.
Beach summer wedding
When attending a beach summer wedding, it’s essential to stick with long dresses with a light or neutral colours. You can always add a small pop of colour to make your outfit a bit more fun. A long dress is perfect for the location and the weather in case it starts to get windy during the event. A floral dress would also match the theme as they go nicely with the surroundings.
An alternative wedding theme is all about looking stylish but smart at the same time. For formal weddings, guests are generally expected to wear a dress. However, it’s acceptable to wear trousers for this kind of wedding. The trick to achieving the style is to add some chic accessories to the overall outfit. Blazers or feminine suits will go nicely with smart trousers. However, if you’re not into blazers, you can always try a full-on jumpsuit. We recommend looking for silk, floral lace or prints.
A formal wedding is all about glam and glitter. When choosing an outfit look for the colour gold, silver or nude to up your glam. You may also want to try dresses with embellished designs. For shoes, choose a metallic or glittery heel. When it comes to accessories, go for large accessories to make a bold statement. It will also go well with simple dresses as it can dramatically change your overall look.
Weddings in the Caribbean are becoming more popular than ever. St Lucia is one of the famous Caribbean islands to hosts thousands of wedding each year. There are plenty of reasons why couples are getting married in St Lucia. Not only is it a beautiful place to get married but it’s also fairly affordable to have your wedding in the Caribbean. If you’re having your wedding in St Lucia, it’s important that you plan it way in advance. To help you plan your wedding, we’ve come up with some tips below.
Flights to St Lucia
Find out the price of the flights on the month you are flying to St Lucia. It’s also important to confirm how many people can attend your wedding day. If you are paying for the flight tickets for the guests, then it’s ideal to have a rough idea of how much you would need to pay for the flights. However, if the guest is paying for their flights, then you can provide them with an estimated price.
Some hotels and resorts offer a full wedding package. Browse around and see which hotels or resort will suit your budget. The wedding package is suitable for couples who want less hassle in planning their wedding. Depending on the resort, some packages may not include everything you need, so it’s ideal to check what exactly is included and what isn’t. Finding out what’s included will determine what other services you would need to hire out for your wedding.
When to go
May is the perfect month to have your wedding in St Lucia as it’s the time when the weather is consistently warm and sunny. The worst month to visit would be in December as the flights will be more expensive than usual.
Find out the process of applying for a marriage license in St Lucia. The application would need to be booked in advance for the ceremony. A fee will be required for processing the legal paperwork before and after the wedding ceremony.
Once the engagement party is done, it’s now time to plan your wedding and decide on a perfect location for you and your partner. Choosing a location and venue can be difficult especially when you have so many choices available. To help you decide on your wedding location, we’ve listed some of the top wedding destinations this year.
There has been an increased wedding celebrations in Costa Rica. It’s been predicted that Costa Rica would be one of the hottest places for a wedding this year. There’s a lot of reason why Costa Rica has become a popular destination for newly-weds. Firstly the location is affordable and jam-packed with adventures and natural surroundings. The Costa Rican also stands for their slogan called ‘Simple life’ which attracts couples who have the same beliefs.
Hawaii is the perfect paradise for any couples looking to get married. It is best known for its friendly locals, hot weather, beach and natural sceneries. It has the complete package for wedding celebrations, and it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. Hawaii also offers a variety of resorts. We recommend having your wedding in one of their beautiful islands called Maui. The little island is filled with breathtaking waterfalls and rainbows which is the perfect scene for any wedding. There are also a lot of activities available including whale-watching, kayaking and much more.
For a romantic getaway, we highly recommend a town in Mexico called the Riviera Nayarit. This area is also well known for being one of the top celebrity destination. Riviera offers a vibrant beach vibes, exotic locations and delicious authentic foods which is a match made in heaven for any wedding celebrations. Riviera has a variety of luxury villas which is also ideal for a honeymoon vacation.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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 →