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Are you getting married in 2018? If yes, then this article is for you! We have curated our 5 top wedding trends that will help you make your special day perfect! Be prepared to want to do them all!
We have all been to a wedding with a big, white marque tent with heavy plastic sides, it is nice but can get super-hot, it is hard to put up, and is not customizable to your wedding colours or feel. Stretch tents are and they can be designed just for you! They are a great way to prep your outdoor wedding for any weather. Since they are designed for you, you could be having an intimate gathering or a wedding as big as the royal wedding and still be able to have a tent the size you need.
They can be ordered to your specifications, the colour options are pretty much unlimited, plus they create such a great silhouette to take pictures against day or night. Inside the LED lighting that comes with the tent will help make sure your pictures turn out bright and crisp, and give guests a magical feel as they dance the night away on the dance floor, which is also included! So, if you are worried about it being super sunny or ridiculously rainy during your outdoor wedding, worry not, because hiring a stretch tent is a jaw dropping way to be prepared for both.
While we are talking wedding details we need to cover lighting, as one of the biggest forgotten it often times gets overlooked even though it is the single most important area! It will set the mood, not to mention, make sure you get stunning pictures you can look back on for years to come!
When researching what kind of lighting you are looking, remember the soft glow of hanging lights or candles will give your wedding and reception a much more fairy tale like feel than super bright fluorescent lights. The options are endless and can be customized to fit any style or budget, here are some ideas:
Outdoor Lighting Ideas
- Hanging Lights from the ceiling. You can customize the light bulbs to the colour and wattage you are looking for. These are great for outdoor, because they give off a bit more light for when it gets dark out without losing the fairy tale feel.
- Paper bags with small candles inside. The colour of the paper bags is customisable, so you keep with your wedding colours and the candles inside can be either flame or battery operated.
- Trees wrapped in lights. These make great photo backgrounds and really accent the outdoor nature of your wedding, giving off an enchanted forest vibe.
Indoor Lighting Ideas
- Floating votive lights. Take any colour glass bowl or vase, fill it up halfway with water and then add a slow burning candle to it, it should float and will give off a soft romantic light.
- Hanging chandeliers. Not all venues have these but they can be rented and plugged in if you have a high ceiling in your venue.
- Windows with Hanging Lights. For venues with windows they create great natural light, which we all know, but keep utilizing them even after it gets dark with hanging lights, that only turn on only after it gets dark.
Asian wedding is a big event that’s normally celebrated with their traditions and religions. The event is normally incorporated with meaningful and colourful designs to represent their culture and heritage. Different parts of Asia celebrate their weddings differently to each other. We’ve listed the following countries who have their own ceremonial marriages.
The Korean weddings would have the bride and groom wearing their traditional clothing called the ‘Hanbok’ during their wedding ceremony. The setting of the wedding is prepared beforehand where they would have a traditional table in place. Foods such as chestnut and Korean dates would be presented on the table as symbolising ‘children’ for their marriage. This ceremony is usually celebrated by the groom’s family only.
Before a wedding is celebrated, Filipinos have a tradition where the groom would have to visit the bride’s parents in advance to ask for the bride’s hands in marriage. Once the groom has the approval of the bride’s parents, both parties would then discuss any ideas and plans on how the wedding should be carried out. It’s an old tradition that is still applied by some Filipinos today. The tradition is named as ‘pamamanhikan’.
Asian weddings can differ in different ways especially when choosing your themes or picking out what decorations you want to use for the event. A lot of Asian themes would most likely have some traditional style on their decoration. You can incorporate the following decoration ideas that can maintain the traditional atmosphere for your wedding.
In most Asian countries, lights and lanterns are the most used source of lighting, so adding the lights as a decoration can instantly give you an ethical or tropical mood.
Asian Weddings normally has a vibrant feel, so it’s important to use some bright colours like red, yellow, gold, green and blue. You can also mix some bright colours with warm colours to balance the colour theme. Depending on the tradition, some cultures are required to wear certain colours in the event.
Traditional Muslim weddings will vary significantly depending on the background and religious beliefs of the particular families involved, but one thing’s for sure: as a wedding photographer, you’ll enjoy a unique experience every time you work on one! People have a few misconceptions in general about Islamic weddings, so it’s important to consider the specific needs of the couple in question.
For example, some Muslim wedding ceremonies are traditional for people of Indian, Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin. These will always differ, but are generally based on Middle Eastern Islamic traditions. A typical wedding would start with two separate preparation ceremonies for the bride and groom respectively. One or two days before the main event, a henna or Mehndi ceremony is usually conducted at the bride’s home. The groom may also be featured in multiple pre-wedding ceremonies, especially the baraat which is a procession immediately before the main event.
Meanwhile, Malaysian, Indonesian or Thai weddings that follow Muslim traditions may be slightly different, but still compromise of several connected events in general. For example, these nuptials may begin with specific ceremonies for selecting the bridal dowry, delivery of wedding gifts, a pre-wedding family feast and a dedicated time only for photographs to be taken
How can you get organised when there is so much to think about? A spectacular wedding that blends old traditions with modern entertainment and making all the guests enjoy the day (almost as much as the couple themselves!) can be hard to pull off. You’ll need to be highly organised from the beginning, so think about the following stages…
A year in advance
- Select a suitable date that your closest family and friends will be happy with
- Try to sketch out your budget and work out how much to spend on each element
- Decide on a total number of guests, so you can calculate the rest
- Consider venues and try to book as soon as you can for popular choices
- Think about the overall theme and start co-ordinating to match
- Start thinking about outfits, especially the bride’s
- Book whoever you need to oversee the wedding ceremony itself
- Send some “save the date” cards in advance of final invitations
For any wedding to be a truly spectacular success, you need to invite plenty of suitable guests to enjoy themselves and share in your celebrations! The invitations themselves hopefully won’t determine whether your guests respond, but they do give people the first taste of what to expect at your ceremony and/or reception. That’s why we love to see them as an opportunity to have fun. From our own experience plus some unique wedding invitations we’ve seen online, here are our top 5 ideas right now.
How can you make a traditional invitation card stand out? Take the idea quite literally, and have pop-up details to surprise your guests! Well-crafted invitations will set the tone from the beginning, and we find a simple pop-up design can be super effective.
Want to show off your creative skills with some unique digital content? If you’re feeling up to the challenge, we’ve seen some incredible examples of couples making their own interactive relationship timelines to announce their engagement or wedding. Include photos and videos of important moments in your lives together (including some of your most valued guests!) and string it all together in a fun way for something very unique.