Tips for Your Wedding-Planning: The Beginning

Congratulations, now you have a date for your big day and it’s time to start working with the first details of the celebration. Sometimes it isn’t easy to know where to start. Don’t worry, next we give you some ideas that will help you.

Tips for organizing your wedding:

1. Announcing the engagement.

It is important that both friends and family know as soon as possible when the big day is. Among the different ways to notify it, we would highlight the “save the date” that does not replace the traditional wedding invitation, but it is sent long before with the most basic weeding details.

2. Choosing the kind of wedding.

It’s time to sit with your partner and choose the style of your wedding: you may prefer a traditional wedding with vintage touches or an informal ceremony on the beach, but both of you must agree to enjoy all the wedding moments.

3. The wedding budget.

It is the time of sitting down and determine the budget that you will allocate to the wedding. It is very important to be realistic and define it, since subsequent steps as number of guests, menu, d├ęcor,… will revolve around it.

It will be necessary to have the answer to the following question: Who will pay for the wedding?

4. The guests.

Once you have taken a decision regarding the wedding budget, take a pencil and a piece of paper and start writing down the people you would like to invite. It is very important that you both have the same idea regarding the size of your wedding.

Would you prefer a small intimate wedding or a big elaborate event? A family wedding or a celebration with your friends?

5. Get as much information as you can.

Finally, as the last tip for your wedding planning beginning phase, we will recommend you to get as much information as you can. Search on the Internet for the latest trends, looking wedding magazines, discovering news on Social Networks and glancing the catalogues of your favourite designers to start identifying the style of dress you would like to wear the day of your wedding. All the information collected will be useful for organizing your event.

And remember, your wedding is your celebration, so make the decisions always keeping in mind that the most important will be you and your couple enjoying such a special day.

Spark a Trend by Hiring a Wedding Limo Service on Your Exquisite Moment

Create your first unique impression and articulate your style by investing in a deal that is lucrative as well as classy.

Now with a Limo on hire, you can truly make your wedding royal and live up the Prince Charming fairytale. Limo Rental services with their world class offerings can help make your wedding day a memorable and an unforgettable event.

Speaking of the services that service providers offer, they must be well experienced, adroitly trained and must possess a touch of delicacy. They must possess an excellent track record when it comes to transporting newly wedded couples.

The Royalty that is a Limo

The limo you hire will be well-equipped with contemporary, best-in-class amenities like a row of champagne, mineral water bottles, clean glasses, napkins, tissue papers and so on.

The Chauffeur Matters

The highly competent and skilled chauffeurs offer a royal treatment to the wedded couple and see to it that every last wish of the bride or groom does not fall on deaf ears. He should be courteous, dressed in an austere attire and must be wearing a warm and welcoming smile on his face.

Ineffably time conscious, venerable, well-dressed, polished mannerisms and highly secure driving skills are some of the qualities the limo chauffeurs must hold.

Choice of the Fleet

The limo service provider should have an exotic range of limos; all equipped with latest GPS technologies and the best in class features.

Some of the limos in wedding businesses are Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lincoln Stretch Limo, Cadillac Escalade Limo, Infinity QX80 Limo, Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi.

Price Matters

It is observed generally that for a majority of wedded couples a 3-hour Wedding package simply serves the purpose and transport the bride and groom to the auspicious wedding location and thereafter to the wedding reception, leaving an ample amount of time to spend inside the limo uninterruptedly and capture the glamour of the world outside.

It is recommended to go in for wedding limo services that offer such small duration packages which are flexible to extend it a few hours if required.

Special Guests

Sometimes you have guests who are very important to you and you would want them to be greeted in a way which not only makes them feel unexpectedly important but also leave a mark that speaks of your wedding arrangement very highly.

You just need to update the information on the Limo Rental service provider’s website or need to conduct a meeting in person so as to arrange for pick-up facilities from Airport or nearby train station.

Intense care and devotion are the primary qualities any limo service provider must possess. With technology, booking of a Limo service has become much easier. With professional service providers one can book a wedding limo online, or through their Android app or even WhatsApp. The advantage of visiting the website is that one gets to take a look at the various Limos and make an appropriate choice before booking. With online payment facility, these kinds of services are friendly and affordable too.

Arranged Marriages In The Modern World

When we hear of arranged marriages, most of us jump to drastic conclusions, two awkward families, one room but a whole load of delicious samosas. However the sad truth is a lot of these arrangements may be forced, and the samosas might not even be there.

But before we begin drilling into the pros and cons, lets take a look at some of the facts surrounding them.

Arranged marriages are usually conducted for daughters

They are mostly carried out by religious families

They serve as a way of finding a spouse when offspring haven’t done so themselves

They are associated more so with Asian families such as Pakistanis or Indians.

They do seem like glum ways to find love, and yes some may even be forced. Situations such as these are horrific, and result in tough lives for many young people around the world.

Forced marriages are completely immoral, and against UK law by the way! Which is great news. But does that stop some parents bullying their child into a wedding they may not want to be a part of? Certainly not…

We have conducted some research into arranged Muslim marriages and learnt a great deal surrounding Islamic marriage culture.

The majority of Muslims end up marrying through referees; an acquaintance usually suggests a potential match and the two families will meet to discuss the marriage of their children. This all seemed good and well until we delved deeper. Due to family respect and culture, it is difficult to say “no” to the potential match once you have visited their family and discussed marriage with them. Sound a little fuddy duddy? Allow me to spell it out…

You are looking for a lovely bride for your son. Your friend tells you of a family who is looking for a lovely groom for their daughter, fantastic! You see a photograph, and she does indeed look lovely (even with the flower crown Snapchat filter planted across her head imitating Sid from the Ice Age). You agree to meet after having a brief discussion over the telephone with her parents.

Upon arriving at the ‘potential’s’ house, you sit and discuss how happy you are with their daughter and how excited you are to get this show on the road. After a wonderful twenty minutes you are offered some tea by a girl who looks similar to the one from the picture, but also not… so… similar…

After a bout of confusion, you ask where the lovely young bride to be is, and low and behold they present you with the tea girl!

Two things become abundantly clear, firstly you have been duped. And secondly the flower crown filter really does work wonders.

But wait! You have already discussed half the wedding! You have too much dignity to lose, you can’t simply walk off! You are forced into the only respectful option – continue with the wedding.

So you return home, head held in shame, you made a mistake, but you can’t show it. You explain your ‘successful’ escapade with enthusiasm to the rest of the family and things begin to get heated. Your son disagrees and is furious. You have little choice but to fight back as you have already promised him to Flower Crown Sid. Things go pear-shaped, but the marriage goes ahead.

As you can see, these scenarios can get a little dark. So we continued our research and looked into other ways to get around this hiccup. After some painstaking Google searching we stumbled upon the world of marriage bureaus and got a chance to sit down with some owners of Muslim marriage bureaus. We managed to get a real insight into how they work and what criteria they use to match from. There was a convivial aurora about topics of marriages that were arranged, which took us by surprise as we expected it to be as dreary as the parents doing the arranging!

“Clients are educated, sensible individuals, most of whom haven’t had time to find themselves a spouse due to work or other commitments,” they said. “That’s where we step in, we send them introductions with whom their families can discuss marriage then walk away and inform us of their decision. We do the congratulatory follow-up call or the ‘sorry you didn’t get the job’ speech so they don’t have to!”

OK so they seemed to have solved the issue of the dreaded “oh sorry, you’re just not our cup of chai” speech. What about the photoshopped images turning Aunt Jemima into Kim K?!

“Of course people all over the planet use photo editing tools to make themselves look more attractive, we live in a superficial world,” they claimed. “We do however implement strict policies regarding photographs, as any falsified information or images will result in an immediate termination of membership. Our customers do understand this and they definitely do not want to lose their paid membership over it! Although we cannot conduct military-level background checks on our clients, we do however conduct our own research using social media and any other online resources within our rights. This helps with authenticity of client profiles. Any discrepancies are handled immediately.”

To which I replied “So, are you saying marriage bureaus finds perfectly suited matches, legitimately, and also gets rid of any potholes in the process of arranged marriages?”

“No, of course not,” they replied, “There is always potential for a bit of drama when arranging a marriage, just look to TV soaps for more detail! But we do try to make it as hassle-free as possible for our clients. And so far so good!”

To be completely honest, I was satisfied with the responses I got back from the owners and managers of Muslim marriage bureaus. I get the feeling they had prepared them well in advance and was ready for me! Nevertheless, I feel they indeed addressed the usual pitfalls when going down the arranged route. There are a few marriage bureaus in Britain, however be sure to do plenty of research when trying to find one that ticks all your boxes. Ensure you get a years membership, introductions regularly and a dedicated matchmaker. Also confirm that there will be no additional fees upon successful marriage, as many places do charge such a fee. Look out for SSL certificates if buying your membership on their website. And also consider finding a bureau that offers a money back guarantee of some sort.

It seems there is a civilised way of arranging your offspring’s marriage, which leads me to my conclusion. If you want to find someone for your kid to marry, and they are happy for you to do so, then use a marriage bureau! I will surely get my son signed up, he needs to settle down!

5 Skills Every Professional Wedding Photographer Needs

As the entry-level DSL cameras have become more affordable, many people have turned into hobbyist photographers. The popularity of social media apps has also played a key role in fueling people interests in photography. The need for professional wedding photographer is on the rise today, which makes wedding photography a lucrative career opportunity for many.

However, there’s a difference between amateur photography and professional wedding photography. If you want to start a career in a wedding photography, here are a couple of skills you should start developing right now.

Know Your Tools

Professional wedding photography is a responsible job because people trust you with their special events and memorable occasions. You should be someone with an eye for detail and a creative bent of mind. You should know your camera inside out and how it works in a variety of lighting settings. In short, here are a couple of questions you should answer before entering professional wedding photography business.

Do you know how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together?
Do you know how to handle your camera settings in low-light conditions?
Can you adjust your photography under bright sun?
Can you take great pictures when the subject is moving fast?

While learning photography is a life-long process, you should acquire advanced photography skills before getting into this business full-time.

Get a License

It’s one thing to pursue photography for fun and quite another to make a living out of it. Indeed, you need to spend quite bit on building your business before people start taking you seriously. Starting from high quality cameras and lenses, to license registration to insurance, you need to get ready to spend on building your business for a full-time operation.

If you want to be a professional photographer, you should do the following things:

Apply for a Business License
Get into Contracts with Client (Hire a Lawyer)
Open a Business Account
Purchase Gear Insurance
Register Your Business (Sole Proprietorship or LLC)
File for EIN

Are you ready for such an investment into your business? Think about it.

Build a Website

In today’s competitive and crowded wedding photography business, getting noticed is the key to more business opportunities. As technology has become mainstream, your prospective clients are searching for you online. By having a business website, you can reach your potential clients, show off your work and share your portfolios with them.

Start Networking

Being self-employed can be lonely at times. In professional wedding photography, you need to be good at networking with people in order to get recommendations from others. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to join one of the popular photographers’ groups online. Apart from learning more from other photographers, you can stay on the top of their mind during peak wedding seasons.

Negotiation Skills

Professional wedding photography can be financially rewarding once you become popular in your region. However, when you start off your career, you will need to develop great negotiation skills to convince your clients why they should buy a certain package and why it’s worth the investment.

Sometimes, people hesitate hiring a rather inexperienced photographer for their weeding. By working on your negotiation skills, you can ask for the right remuneration for your work and scale your business without hurting your bottom line.

Take Away

Indeed, professional wedding photography is a lucrative career option for many. However, it requires in-depth knowledge of photography, camera, lenses, lighting conditions and, above all, a lot of practice. If you want to be a full-time wedding photographer, keep the above tips in mind and stat working on your skills today.