I hear (read!) wedding photographers chatting amongst themselves on social media and when I notice the same topics come up time and time again, I write a blog post about it.
Because there's zero point in wedding professionals banging on about how brides and grooms 'just don't get it' when you're only planning on doing this once in your life and you've never been told. You don't know what you don't know, right?
So here are some of the hot-button subjects at the moment and expert tips to help you to form a better relationship with your wedding photographer and in the end, get better photos.
"Get married!" they said. "It's such a great experience!" they said.
And for some couples, it IS their jam:
Friend: "So, how's the wedding planning going?"
Them: "Great! We're having so much fun choosing our photographer/looking at venues/working out colours together etc."
But for many, wedding planning is quite simply a freaking nightmare.
Many blended families use a unity sand ritual to symbolise the coming together of the different elements of the new family unit and, just like the different coloured grains of sand, are never to be seperated again. It's sweet and everything, but it has been DONE (and done and done again!).
And unity candle rituals do not work at an outdoor wedding ceremony - TRUST ME.
So we need some new, cute (and less kitch) ways to include children in a wedding ceremony and I think these 6 ideas are gold.
2017s big trends reach back into the past for inspiration (as all the best ones do!), drawing from classic lace accents, vintage color palettes and even 70s styling and bold floral patterns. Texture will play a huge role in the new styles in the form of embellishments like sequins, lace, ruffles and pleats.
There is definitely something for every woman in the bridesmaid’s dress trends for 2017..
I don't know about you, but I love giving really thoughtful and different gifts almost as much as I love receiving them.
So with Valentine's Day creeping up, we thought that we'd do a round-up (to save you time and precious brain-power) of some of the best and most unique handmade Etsy presents that you can give to your S.O. without breaking the bank. We've got something for everyone!
The best part is, these 10 awesome Aussie Etsy shops are offering exclusive discounts to Unbridely readers (yes, YOU!) of 10-15% off their products for a limited time (check each store's details below for the shop coupon codes and other deets).
Jump on them today!
In case you've been living under a rock, you would know that Pantone announced their colour of 2017 as 'Greenery' - "a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. A fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew."
What is super-handy, as far as wedding colour palettes go, is that greenery is practically everywhere in the leaves and foliage that were a massive hit in decor in 2016.
But the next question is: what colours does 'greenery' go with and how can I make it work for my wedding?
We've pulled together the most common causes of newly-engaged angst and how to sidestep them in the hope that you can keep yourself wrapped up in the warm, comfy blanky of your love for just a little while longer..
Rose gold as a core colour for weddings started to become very popular a couple of years ago and there are several excellent reasons why it's not going anywhere in 2017..
It seems pretty clear-cut..
You hire a great wedding photographer, they take photos of your big day and you get the photos to do what you want with afterwards, right? Simple!
So answer me this:
- Are you allowed to upload those photos to Facebook?
- Can you and your family make copies of your photos?
- Do those copies have to include the photographer's watermark?
In short, do you know who owns the copyright (and moral rights) of your wedding photos and what that actually means?
For many couples, planning their wedding is the first and only time they come into contact with, book and work with a professional photographer. To get the most out of your experience and the best result possible (gorgeous photos of one of the most significant moments of your life and hopefully a great relationship with a photographer you can trust for future shoots), it is really smart to know your rights and obligations when it comes to copyright.
Bianca follows bridal fashion religiously - it's her passion. She has helped to style everyone from high-profile, London society brides and celebrities to Persian princesses. She knows where it's at!
Unbridely are thrilled to welcome Bianca Velt-Herron to our ever-growing list of wedding professionals and guest bloggers.
Bianca trained and worked at Harrod's London and is currently the Australian representative and stylist for American label, Jasmine Bridal, and several other international brands (follow on Facebook or Pinterest)
This week Bianca offers us a look at 5 slightly unconventional, but fun bridal styles that allow a bride to express her personality more freely than with a classic princess silhouette: Sequins, Rockabilly, Spanish Senorita, Modern Grecian Goddess and Red Carpet.
We hope you love her take on these Unbridely styles and in particular get some inspiration from Bianca's top styling tips and accessories suggestions!
This week Unbridely welcomes guest blogger from across the ditch, Megan of She Said Yes - a digital wedding magazine and practical guide to planning your own wedding.
Megan is only recently married herself and has some handy and relevant tips for those couples planning their wedding.
She is also the creator of The Little White Book - Wedding Diary and Organiser and has generously offered a special discount for Unbridely blog readers (the coupon code is at the end of this article).
Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom, Megan!
Quick Vows by Unbridely is a simple way to get a little of you and your fiancé into your wedding ceremony. It's a basic, 1 minute process and is meant to be a starting point for more detailed and intimate vows; a springboard for your creative genius to flow.
Have a go and remember to share it with your fiancé!
Lee Bouras, from award-winning Wyld Orchids, runs an unique and thriving floral online consultation and design service based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Wyld Orchids creates bespoke and artistic wedding flower arrangements to enhance and embellish the look and feel of an entire wedding; from churches to civil ceremonies, receptions and all types of bridal flowers.
In Lee's 2nd post for Unbridely, she talks about how hiring an experienced, talented and personable florist can make all the difference to your big day - saving you undue stress, time AND money.
Thanks again, Lee!
Pssst! Are you a little over wedding planning?
Do you even remember the last conversation that you had with your fiancé that wasn't about the guest list, your accommodation or the menu?
Then it's time to get back to basics and revisit why you guys are getting hitched in the first place. And we have a handy resource to help you do just that; nurture your connection and step away from the planning folder (and Pinterest) for a while.
Check out our 50 ways to reconnect!
This week we are kicking off the first in a series of checklists to help you make the important decisions when hiring your vendors (fancy-speak for wedding suppliers, you know, the people who you pay to make the day even more unforgettable).
First up is your venue!
Many wedding couples would like to include the refined elegance of string ensemble music to their celebration, but don't know which songs would be best, so we've pulled together an amazing resource for you!
We have created an easy, 1-page downloadable pdf for you to refer to: the 8 most requested processional (bride's entry) songs with professional quality audio and video recordings of each as performed by Amicus Strings.
This week it is all about the processional songs and in the coming weeks we will also cover music for the signing of the certificates and the recessional.
You can Pin it HERE!
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) advises that learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important - whether it's in the leadup to your wedding or just on an average Tuesday.
Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that can help you almost immediately and in the long term too.
Here are the APS top 7 ways to look after your mind and body and reduce stress and its impact on your health:
Wedding thank you notes and cards are sometimes like an afterthought and are easily one of the most neglected parts of wedding planning.
But, when you consider the time and money that (most of) your friends and family would have put into your big day (the planning and celebration) they deserve a thoughtful and timely thank you.
And unless you host a slide-night for your nearest and dearest when your professional photos come back (you sadistic bitch!), it is usually the last form of communication that they receive from you about the wedding. It stands to reason that you should leave them with a relevant and sweet memory of your big day and a feeling like their efforts were truly valued.
Here are our top 4 tips to keeping it simple and more manageable.
When it comes time to plan what is (likely to be) the biggest and most public celebration of your relationship, you want to make sure it will be a party to remember.
And it’s this ideal, wanting to make your wedding special because you don’t want to have any regrets, that can contribute to your decision making becoming clouded. Spending can easily get out of control, the expectations of family and friends can feel oppressive and then the overwhelm starts to set in.
We share the 5 most powerful tips to help save you money and time, therefore eliminating undue stress. But we're also big believers in making sure that the 200+ hours you spend planning your big day is a happy and memorable experience for you AND your guests (because those outcomes needn't be mutually exclusive).
Bingo bango; a happier bride.