7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

 

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Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you interview photographers, ask them these questions to help you determine if he or she is the right photographer for you.

  1. Do you have a portfolio I can review?

Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer’s style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

23 (NewsUSA) – Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion — something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you’re preparing for war — between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn’t sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don’t want to skimp on is the memories.

Which is why choosing your photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make. To help ensure that you get the most romantic photos of your fairytale day, Professional Photographers of America, a 29,000-plus-member association, offers these suggestions:

* Express yourself. What kind of photos do you like? Do they tend toward the journalistic or is your style more whimsical, classical, or romantic? Whatever your style, be clear with your photographer so that he or she can capture your personality.

* Say yes to the dress. It starts and ends with this iconic garment. What will make you feel like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being? Is it a flowing sundress, a formal gown complete with train and veil? Or maybe your idea is more modern and it’s a strapless dress, in a color other than white. Whatever it is, dare to wear your dream dress.

* Buy the shoes?or not. Carrie Bradshaw knows shoes. And you should too. Will you walk down the aisle in stilettos or kitten heels? Maybe cowboy boots are more your style? Can’t decide? Then leave the shoes at home, and feel free to walk barefoot.

* Rejoice in style. Your wedding day isn’t just a ceremony, it’s a celebration that brings all your family and friends together (for better or worse), and pictures of this memorable party are a great way to inject your own sense of style. Be it a backyard BBQ, a tail gate at your favorite stadium, or a formal dinner, pictures of this event are a must-have.

* Decide on your ride. Some people prefer to be whisked away by horse and carriage as if they were Cinderella herself. Others prefer luxury limos and cars as their modern equivalent. For the unique free-spirits of the world, maybe a motorcycle is more your thing. Either way, a great photo opp awaits as you leave your wedding.

What You Need to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring Online

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Jen Glantz11/9/2016

We buy almost everything online, nowadays, from clothes to accessories, even groceries and electronics. That’s why some people are even browsing diamond rings online in hopes of finding the perfect engagement ring, at the perfect price.

So if you’re committed to ditching store hopping for online browsing, here are 6 things to know before you press the buy now button on an engagement ring you found online.

  1. Do Your Research

Just like you would for a brick and mortar store, be sure to do your research on the online store. Read reviews from past customers and search credible sources to find out more about them. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Inexpensive Ways to Totally Impress Your Wedding Guests

 

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Gnall 3In your 20s and 30s, the more weddings you attend, the more you’ll feel like you are having a big ol’ case of wedding weekend Deja vu. The day and the night can start to feel repetitive for guests who have become frequent wedding attendees. So if you’re looking for fun and unique ways to make your wedding stand out from the rest, here are six easy (and inexpensive!) ways to impress your wedding guests.

  1. Cater Your Favorite Food

Skip the traditional wedding reception food and instead do a buffet or a side dish table with a type of food that you love. To make it even more personalized, perhaps cater your wedding dinner from your favorite local restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Tips to Help You Savor Each Moment on Your Wedding Day

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Jillian Kramer

 

You spent a lot of time planning your wedding day. So it’s only reasonable that you want to actually enjoy it— especially in the moment. But stress and worry can take precedence over enjoying the fruits of your labor, warns Jaclyn Fisher, owner of Two Little Birds Planning, if you’re not careful to stay present .

“At the end of the day , the most important part of a wedding is the celebration of your love and beginning of your life together,” she says. “Brides need to remember that when they start to get distracted and stressed. If they don’t stay present, their wedding day will go by in a flash without the bride actually experiencing or enjoying it .”

With that in mind, here are seven expert-approved tips to help you stay in the moment. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Cold-Feet Thoughts That Are Actually Totally Normal

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Jillian Kramer

Cold feet are often taken as a no-good, very-bad sign that you should run as fast and far from your impending marriage as your feet (or car) will take you. But according to our experts, not all cold feet are signs your relationship is doomed. In fact, some, like these six, are perfectly normal.

  1. THAT GUY IS SUPER CUTE

Until now, you’ve only had eyes for your significant other. But as the wedding day approaches, you find yourself attracted to other people. “Marriage is a big step, and it’s normal to start noticing ways your single life is coming to an end,” says Lesli Doares, marriage coach and author of Blueprint For A Lasting Marriage, including noticing the men and women you can no longer date. But this cold-feet sign, Doares says, could be nothing more than primal instincts kicking in. “As my husband and I say to each other, ‘we’re married, not dead,'” she laughs. View our complete list of celebrity-approved honeymoon destinations. Read the rest of this entry »

12 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO FOR A DIY WEDDING

cumberland_foreside_maine_wedding_emilie_inc_22There is no denying how expensive weddings are: Even if you plan on having a low-key, relaxed wedding with just your closest family and friends, the price of everything will soon add up to an astronomical sum. So it’s no surprise that DIY weddings have rapidly grown in popularity. Brides and grooms (and their families) are now attempting to tackle every part of the wedding set-up and hosting themselves: Everything from the cake, to the invitations, to the bride’s bouquet are often now “homemade” in order to save money. But which parts of a wedding are really feasible to DIY… And which parts aren’t? Let’s have a look at the parts of a DIY wedding that should really be avoided, regardless of the cost. Read the rest of this entry »

The 7 Worst Wedding Planning Tips Every Bride Should Avoid

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Jen Glantz

When you’re engaged and jumping on the wedding planning train, advice will suddenly start to surround you. Every article you read online will be about wedding dos and don’ts and every friend and family member will try to feed you tips and tricks that they think you absolutely need to hear before it’s your turn to walk down the aisle. So when all of this advice is coming into your life, sometimes unwarranted, it’s important to recognize what advice is actually helpful and what advice should be, well, kicked to the curb. Want to know to spot terrible advice? Well, here are seven wedding planning tips you should 100% avoid. Read the rest of this entry »

The 5 People You Should Leave Off Your Wedding Guest List

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Jen Glantz

 

When you’re starting to jot down the names of people you want to be part of your wedding day, you may have a whole category of people you’re scratching your head over, wondering if you should extend them an invite. Whether it’s a person you haven’t spoken to in more years than you can remember or a person that has a bad reputation for making a party all about them, for the very wrong reasons, it’s important to pick and choose the people you surround yourself with on your big day very, very carefully. For starters, here are the 5 kinds of people it’s more than OK to leave off your wedding guest list. Read the rest of this entry »

LET GO OF THESE 7 THINGS FOR A HAPPIER MARRIAGE

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Kaitlin Menza

The couples on the show Married at First Sight have a lot of work to do to make their relationships succeed. Like, say, learning each other’s last names and whether or not they’re actually attracted to each other. As the title suggests, the participants agree to marry whomever a crew of relationship experts set them up, and at the end of six weeks of living together, they have to decide whether or not to stay together.

One of those relationship experts, Rachel DeAlto, doesn’t just advise married pairs with such extreme circumstances. In her career, she’s met, coached, and even hypnotized couples to help them work through their issues. With so many of those brutal conversations under her belt, she shares a few universal truths about what needs to be Marie Kondo-ed out of your marriage if it’s ever going to work.

  1. CLEANLINESS

“The biggest thing that I hear [in sessions] is tidiness, not having the same style of picking up after yourself or cleaning the house,” DeAlto says. Yes, there are couples out there who are dedicating therapy sessions to arguing about who takes out the trash! It sounds silly, but of course, having that fight regularly is truly frustrating. “The advice that stand out the most is the most cliched: don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s on point when it comes to marriage,” she says.

  1. GETTING ALONG WITH EVERY MEMBER OF EACH OTHER’S FAMILY

Yes, it can be painful to know that two of your favorite people on Earth, whom you love more than anything, would prefer not to hang out with each other. “This thing may seem big to you, but it doesn’t play out in the relationship in the long term,” DeAlto says. “It’s okay if they don’t get along.” You don’t need to force your husband and sister to be buddies-you just have to maintain your relationships with each of them, and let them be themselves.

  1. PAST RELATIONSHIP PAIN

The ghosts of relationship past have a way of hanging out in your marital home. “You need to let go of you past, period,” she says. “Get past expectations that your partner could be similar to an ex.” It’s easier said than done to move on from all those ugly times, which is why DeAlto is such a fan of hypnosis. “It’s a great way to work on getting past relationships, using a lot of visualizations on ways you can move forward.”

  1. FEAR OF WHAT MAY GO WRONG

Getting married means putting your full faith, finances, and future in another human being, which is a terrifying concept. A focus on past relationships might also mean that you’re terrified of your SO exhibiting traits of behaviors of your exes. “I see that getting in the way a lot, like you’ve been cheated on in the past and now you’re afraid your husband will do it,” DeAlto says. Talk out those fears with your partner to you can both identify when your anxieties are clouding your vision.

  1. SINGLE SELFISHNESS

Hey, it’s not a bad thing to be focused on yourself when you’re single. Who else is there to consider? “Let go of your selfishness-I say that in a loving way!” DeAlto laughs. “When you’re married, you have to start putting someone’s feeling along with yours. I’m not saying above yours, but along yours. In a marriage, you need to be more empathetic and compassionate than you’ve ever been.

  1. THE EARLIER VERSION OF YOURSELVES

When you first got together, you and your spouse were likely ultra affectionate, passionate, flirtacious, and that can naturally change as the years pile up. DeAlto is a fan of The Five Love Languages, the popular book that demonstrates the different categorical ways people experience and express their love for each other. “It’s a very simplified understanding of how to make someone feel loved. The problem with them is we use them as an excuse, like ‘He doesn’t get me,'” she explains. “It’s a tool to let someone else know, This is what i need.” If you want some of those early honeymoon-style dates, speak up.

  1. YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT MARRIAGE

You might know a couple that seems to have your ideal marriage, but you’re not seeing every part of it all the time. “Understand that there’s an evolution of self that will continue forever,” DeAlto says. “Change isn’t bad as long as you’re changing together. Let go of the thought that things will be stagnant. Who wants to be stagnant?” Nobody.

Alright, who else is ready to go kiss their mate? See DeAlto in action on Married at First Sight, with a new episode this Tuesday night at 8:30pm ET/PT on FYI.