“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.” – Jim Butcher
Childhood sweethearts are a very rare and precious thing to behold, especially those that go the distance. Kelly and Darren met at school when they were just fifteen.
Ten years and one dog later they went out for a meal to celebrate their anniversary. Afterward whilst walking Belle the dog around Linlithgow Palace, Darren got down on one knee and asked Kelly to marry him.
That was in February last year and this July I had the absolute honour of capturing their wedding.
I have never witnessed such a quick ceremony! My couple were keen to be married with minimal fuss and attention.
It was an absolutely glorious day and they couldn’t wait to be outside at one of their favourite spots.
Callendar Park is a favourite place for Kelly and Darren to walk Belle and the wooded areas make for some great images. When I met my couple for their pre-wedding consultation we had a good traipse around all their favourite spots including Kelly’s favourite tree.
Guest of Honour
After a slightly delayed arrival due to a very bad ‘shortcut’ Kelly and Darren’s best girl arrived. Once Belle appeared you could see them visibly relax and start enjoying themselves along with their immediate family and friend.
Belle was such a good girl and was delighted to be amongst all her family.
If you know, you know! The second spot we agreed on during the pre-meet was a part of the woods that gave me serious Twilight vibes. Luckily Kelly was a big fan too 🙂
I had this image in mind from the moment we went there and I’m happy to say it executed even better than I imagined. Plus this lot don’t even need to sparkle to look good! (again if you know, you know.)
Belle of the Ball
Can I request a dog at every wedding? Capturing these images was so much fun.
Honestly, she was such a model and better behaved than some guests I’ve witnessed over the years!
We met back up with Kelly and Darren’s guests for some pictures outside Callendar House, well it would be rude not to really!
Then everyone was off for a meal to celebrate.
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Wilson and Belle xoxo
As so many beautiful love stories start, Gillian was out on the town with friends from work and met Craig who was out with his pals. After a brief encounter, they exchanged numbers. Then they messaged back and forth for a good few weeks before finally meeting up for a date.
This was in December 2016. Four years and two kids later Craig proposed on Christmas Eve 2020. As Gillian is a massive Millies Cookie fan, Craig had ‘let’s get married” iced on a giant cookie with an engagement ring sitting in it!
I used to work with Gillian’s sister in the bank (small world). So when Gillian announced her engagement Pauline recommended me and I was booked 🙂 Now all I had to do was live up to the hype of someone else’s endorsement.
At their pre-wedding consultation, Gillian and Craig were so relaxed. They explained that along with their immediate families they go and stay at Crieff Hydro once a year for a long weekend and this year was going to be no different. Except on the Saturday, they were going to get married!
They wanted natural unposed pictures from the day. Now when couples say this to me I like to dig a little deeper. It’s very rare that couples want pure ‘fly-on’the-wall’ photojournalistic images but that they want a little direction and a lot of fun to make the pictures natural. My wedding couple was in the latter category. I was excited – my favourite kind of wedding!
When I arrived at the gorgeous lodges the family was staying at everybody was still getting ready so I whipped out my camera and started capturing some details.
Their son didn’t only look super smart in his kilt but he was also dad’s best man and the official ring bearer. He was taking his job very seriously.
He was also being super sweet with his little sister who was the flower girl.
By the time I arrived Gillian’s hair had already been tousled into loose waves and hair accessories firmly in place by Shona at Bridal Stylist Scotland. Once the boys had finally all been ushered away to the hotel and Gillian had her wedding dress on all that was left was for Nadine the makeup artist to put some finishing touches to Gillian’s makeup.
I was absolutely in love with Gillian’s bouquet by Victoria Bloom the colours and flowers were simply stunning. As were the arrangements in the wedding ceremony room and the cake. Not to mention the guy’s buttonholes and gal’s corsages.
Meanwhile, Craig and the guys were enjoying a beverage in the bar before showtime.
Let’s get Married
The room they chose to have their ceremony in was flooded with natural light thanks to a huge ceiling window. You can see the beautiful floral arrangements I mentioned and other decorations supplied by Razzmatazz Occasions.
Gillian and Craig were in such a rush to be husband and wife! They chose the shortest possible ceremony and soon…they were Mr & Mrs.
I love how the officiant is trying to make a run for it out of my picture!
When you have a family of posed photograph haters but still need to get a group shot to mark the occasion what do you do?
You tell them all to look at their favourite family member! I was pleased to see the new Mr and Mrs looking at each other. Little Meghan, I think she was most in love with her shoes!
I adore this image. I told Craig to whisper ‘dirty things’ in Gillian’s ear. It seemed to do the trick.
By the time I had them walking towards me, I think they were secretly starting to enjoy themselves. Mission accomplished!
One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor
Gillian and Craig decided to liven their wedding guests up at around 3 pm with some tequila shots. Hardcore this pair!
After a wonderful afternoon chilling with their nearest and dearest and the bride’s dad trying one or two of the top-shelf whisky bottles (well it’s not every day a daughter gets married is it?). It was time to cut the cake and enjoy a meal.
How beautiful is this Cakes by Lucy cake? I do love fresh flowers on a wedding cake.
Also how cool are these personalised placenames/coasters that Craig burned the name in of each guest himself?
Plus each adult guest had a miniature of their favourite tipple. There were so many thoughtful touches like this the whole day.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Marchant and thank you for inviting me to be part of your intimate and beautiful day.
Give a big round of applause for your second love.
Because they taught you love still exists,
after you thought it never could again.
Plenty Of Fish In The Sea
Emma and Barry met in 2014 on the dating app ‘Plenty of Fish’ and after messaging and phoning each other for a while they started to meet up and fell for each other hook, line, and sinker (sorry, not sorry about the pun!).
Both Emma and Barry have kids from their past relationships and whilst on a family holiday together in Portugal in 2019 Barry decided to pop the question. He waited until the last night having hidden the ring inside a sock in the hotel room safe. The kids were all in on the surprise and they made out they wanted some family photos in the hotel grounds before they went for dinner. Barry asked the question and Emma told him to “Pi$$ Off” because she thought he was joking!
Once she realised he was serious she did say yes! 😀
Beautiful Day For a Wedding
I was a bit nervous the night before the wedding as I checked and re-checked my camera gear, charged my batteries, and re-read my notes. Thanks to Covid this was my first wedding since February 2020 and I was worried I wouldn’t do them justice. “What if I’m rusty?”, I asked Mr JB. He assured me that once I got into it I would be fine. And he was right!
The couple had chosen Orocco Pier in picturesque South Queensferry to get married and Emma and her bridal party had stayed there the night before. As I parked up the sun was shining over the Forth Bridges and it felt like summertime.
I always bring lighting gear when I am capturing bridal prep in case the hotel room is dark. However, I needn’t have puffed and panted my way up the stairs to their room with tripods and collapsible softboxes as when I stepped inside the huge windows in the room were letting in tons of light. Still, better to be safe than sorry!
Becca the make-up artist had been there from the crack of dawn along with the hairstylist and Emma, her best friend, and her two daughters looked amazing. Becca also had some top tips for carrying the bouquets that I will steal and use from now on but that I can’t repeat here!!!
There were so many lovely personalised touches at this wedding that were a joy to capture. Like these shoes.
That Emma’s friend (who also did the flowers and tablescapes) had customised for her.
Even Emma’s manicure had a tiny ‘I do’ on her ring finger.
Whilst Emma had both her daughters in her bride squad, Barry’s son was his best man and had the all-important job of handing over the rings.
I really loved how Emma and Barry made sure their kids all played key roles in the wedding.
Tying the Knot
Before the ceremony the Humanist got Barry and me to practice the Hand Fasting. Poor Barry! I’ve never seen anyone more relieved to see his actual wife-to-be walk down the aisle!
In the lovely family-orientated service, Barry and Emma’s mums handed over the tartans for the fasting.
Barry’s son nailed the best man duties.
And Emma’s eldest daughter read a blessing at the end of the service with moral support from her sister.
Orocco Pier has steps that lead from the terrace to the beachfront so the bride and groom and their guests all braved the sand to get some group photos.
I feel all the ladies in their heels were especially game and didn’t complain at all!
The Benefits of a Smaller Wedding
Whilst due to the C-19 regulations, Barry & Emma could only have 30 odd guests it did come with some pluses (for me).
Normally with a big wedding, the group shots and all their permutations can take up a large chunk of the time I have for formal photos before the wedding meal. The wedding coordinator told me how long I had once the group photos were over and looked worried I wouldn’t have the new Mr & Mrs back in time. I, on the other hand, was giddy at the amount of time I had for a change!
The first stop was the little pier right beside the venue. Whilst I was in the moment directing Emma and Barry I knew there were other people walking about but it wasn’t until I started editing the images that I realised we had our own photo bomber!
I shall be expecting one at every wedding I shoot now!
South Queensferry was absolutely heaving. The nice weather had bought the world and his dog out in search of ice creams and sea breezes but that wasn’t going to stop me. I had Emma and Barry all along South Queensferry at spots I had planned out on my pre-shoot recce earlier in the week. My couple was brilliant and fully game for what I had planned. The best kind of wedding couple 🙂
You’d never know it from the way my two fabulous models are posing for me, but the benches behind us were absolutely swarming with tourists and day-trippers. I did make one old lady’s day by getting her to hold the bouquet during this shot.
Back in Time for Cake
Much to the coordinator’s surprise, I had Emma and Barry back well within her timeframe! Allowing them to do some socially distanced mingling with their guests before the cake cutting and meal.
As there were no evening guests due to restrictions, Barry & Emma cut the cake just before the meal.
It was a stunning three-tier creation from Creative Slices Cakery that carried the navy and gold colour scheme of the wedding.
Yes Sir I Can Boogie (sort of)
A small but welcome change in the regulations has meant that while full dancing and mingling is not yet allowed at weddings, the couple can at least have a first dance.
Emma and Barry danced to Space by Biffy Clyro, watched by their closest family and friends and it was perfect.
Fire the Cannons
Emma and Barry had organised lots of table games to keep their guests entertained into the evening but someone was a wee bit disappointed. Barry’s dad had purchased some pretty heavy-duty confetti cannons but hadn’t been able to use them doing the first dance.
Well, we couldn’t have that! The early evening light was beautiful so before the games commenced I suggested we took Emma and Barry out onto the terrace and fire the cannons at them.
Barry’s Dad was happy and we got some stunning images. A win-win I’d say 🙂
It was a perfect day and I was still smiling that night as confetti fell out of my bra whilst I got undressed!
I’ve written about Wedding Favours in the past, but ideas change and I wanted to update you with some of the latest simple ideas I have found across the web.
As you read through, you’ll discover that most of these gifts are just that—simple. You’ll be happy to learn that majority of memorable wedding favours are often both easy to create and easy on the wallet. You can thank me later 🙂
A personalised illustrated label makes a chocolate bar infinitely more sophisticated. Dark or milk is up to you, but the bars are sure to be a hit for guests with a sweet tooth (so, everyone!).
Bottles of olive oil are the perfect favour for a Greek destination wedding—or a fun way to celebrate your Greek heritage.
Mini bottles of homemade limoncello, a popular dessert drink, make the perfect post-wedding treat. There are loads of easy recipes online
Bags of seeds are generally seen as a symbol of growth and harmony, which makes them a meaningful wedding favour. You can use any flowers you like, but it’ll be especially touching to gift a type of bloom that was used throughout your day.
Do you know what makes a great photobooth snapshot? A group of your best friends, all sporting tattoos of you and your love’s faces.
Colourful, handmade fans keep guests cool during summertime ceremonies and also serve as the perfect photo booth prop. You could also print with the day’s running order and kill two birds with one fan!
Looking for a quick way to repurpose your wedding flowers? Towards the end of the evening, ask a designated person to break down centrepieces and bouquets and place them into glass bottles. It’s a great way to ensure that guests bring home an actual piece of the big day—and guarantees that those pricy blooms won’t go to waste.
For the kids
Keep it simple on the kid’s table. A pack of crayons, a clipboard of fresh paper, and pair of cute shades are all you need to keep little one’s content throughout the event.
Mini hot sauce bottles
If you and your spouse-to-be are known to carry hot sauce on you wherever you go, the spicy condiment might be the way to go when it’s time to choose favours.
Here’s a bright idea: Fill a mini lightbulb shaped jar with your favourite jelly beans. Tie them with name tags if you’d like them to double as place cards.
Corked bottles of rosemary-infused oil make an unexpected favour. On the tag, be sure to include its multiple uses. Or mix it up with homemade garlic oil or chilli oil. Perfect for foodie couples.
Opt for millennial pink key chains, emblazoned with an equally millennial slogan, for your girls and navy or jet versions for the guys.
Put together a playlist of your wedding’s best tunes and burn them onto CDs so guests can keep dancing long after they leave the dance floor.
Planning an Autumn wedding? Why not give everyone a toffee apple, add a personalised name tag and it doubles up as a stylish place card.
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How’s your wedding shoe shopping going? Still looking? Them I have some top tips for you.
Create a Pinterest board of wedding shoe styles that you love so that you have that at the back of your mind as you try on wedding dresses.
If you’re planning on shopping online, it’s always a good idea to buy early as sizes can run out really fast. If the sizes run out, the lead time can be long, especially if it’s handmade. So it’s always a good idea to get the shoe early rather than later.
If you get it before your wedding dress fitting, you’ll be able to wear it to ensure that it matches your dress and the hem is right. This will help you save alteration costs later down the road.
Consider Your Venue
Are you having an outdoor wedding? Garden? Ballroom? Church? Barn? Think about where you’re having your wedding when you’re choosing your wedding shoe.
Garden wedding brides might want to consider wearing a comfortable wedding flat which works better for the garden terrain. If you love a good heel, a low heel would suit the uneven surface. Or expand your mind and wear a wedding bootie, a mix between a heel and a flat that provides extra support.
Wherever you decide to have your wedding, always ensure that your shoe choice works well with the location.
Think about your everyday style. Are you someone who loves the confidence of a 4-inch stiletto? Then keep to your style and wear a stiletto for your wedding. Just ensure that the heel you choose has extra padding so that you’re comfortable all day. On your feet for most of it!
If you are a woman that loves converse or sandals, then stick to a lower shoe height for your wedding. I don’t recommend testing a new height on your wedding day as all eyes will be on you. If heels are important, consider a low-heel option so you still get the experience of a heel without the ambitious height.
Also, choose shoes that have natural materials such as genuine leather to allow for stretching and breathability. Just remember to stay true to who you are.
You’ve probably put in a ton of effort to find the perfect dress, which means that you might want to find a wedding shoe that complements your dress and style.
Look at the elements of your wedding dress. Is your dress adorned with classic lace or elegant rhinestone embroidery? Does it have little blue detail embroidery? Look for similar elements in your wedding shoe to complement your dress, so that it matches your style and taste. You wouldn’t want a total mix match.
Ensure They Make You Feel Special
Choose a wedding shoe that makes you feel amazing! Even though your dress is floor-length, you still want to be able to give your guests an occasional peak that’ll make them gasp and shower you with compliments!
You want to feel like a princess on your special day, so consider one that isn’t boring. Perhaps a sparkly blue Cinderella glass slipper or a gold and champagne number. Bottom line: Choose a wedding shoe that will stand out and one that will look amazing both in pictures and in real life.
Wear Them In!
Try, try and try them again! Wear them around the house (preferably on a clean, indoor, and carpeted surface in case you need to return if needed) to test the comfort of the shoe.
Try wearing them for an hour or two as you prep for meals to get them worn in so that they fit comfortably on your wedding day. If you really want to go all out, try dancing in them to really wear them in.
It’s also fun to wear them before your wedding in the house so you can truly imagine how you’ll look on your big day!
Re-Wearability vs One-Time Special Sentimental Wear
Are you looking for a wedding shoe that is sentimental or one that can be re-worn?
If you’re looking for something sentimental, then look for one that is special enough to be passed down as an heirloom.
If you’re looking for practicality, then focus your search on shoes that you can re-wear after your wedding day. Instead of an ivory number, look for a nude heel, or go bold with a black beauty. Also, consider wedding sandals or even flats. Not only are they comfortable but the style is usually one where you can re-wear many, many times! This way, you’ll be able to relive your wedding day every time you put them on. Also, who doesn’t love a bargain?
Stumped on what to choose for your something blue? Make it your shoes! A powder blue shoe is a great option to keep up with tradition and make your shoe buying process easier! Or go all out with a bold sapphire blue!
You’re Not Limited To One Pair
Finally, remember that it’s totally normal to have a pair for the ceremony and another for the reception. If brides are allowed to change wedding dresses, then the same thing applies to wedding shoes!
If you want to wear a heel during the ceremony, then consider a wedding flat for the dancing which is more comfortable. Also, your wedding day is all about you! So you have every valid excuse and reason to splurge on new shoes.
So there you have it! Enjoy the fun of the wedding shoe hunting process.
The guest list is sorted and you’re ready to start inviting – HURRAH! In addition to the wedding stationery, which traditionally holds the invitation itself and the RSVP card, it’s a good idea to include an information card for your guests.
What is this information card for? Well, if you’re having a location wedding or most of your guests don’t know the area where your nuptials are taking place, then it’s pretty handy to have one, and it avoids last-minute queries on the day itself (no bride or groom wants their phone ringing off the hook by lost relatives!)
There is no set etiquette for what details you should write on the information sheet, so here are some useful pointers you might think about including (these can be placed in your invitation envelope or mentioned on your wedding website).
Include directions to your ceremony and/or reception venue, as well as maps of the local area, for all those who are not familiar with the location.
It is considerate to include the nearest transport links, like a nearby railway station or the closest airport.
Also, if your guests are treating your wedding as a little getaway, provide them with tourist information and a list of local attractions!
Another good idea is to provide your guests with contact numbers for the local taxi firms, or with nearby car park details. This way, they will be able to enjoy your reception without worrying about how to get home or designating a driver.
This is the perfect place to jot down all the sleeping options. Try reserving some rooms in local hotels, bed and breakfasts, or friend’s houses, so they don’t get booked out by strangers, and get your guests to mention your name. It’s a good idea to provide a variety of options here across all price ranges.
Tip: You can also ask your wedding venue where your guests can find accommodation near the wedding!
An information sheet will also often feature the required dress code, especially if it is in an unfamiliar climate (sun hats against the heat and mittens for the cold!) or if you need “lawn-friendly” shoes!
Are you excluding children from your wedding? Or do you have special arrangements made for them already? Put this on the information sheet. Try to be as polite as possible when excluding children from the festivities.
Most couples have qualms about where to mention their gift list, as traditionalists still say that it is rude for the engaged couple to mention presents. I think it’s completely acceptable to put gift list details on the information sheet (otherwise all the guests will just ask!) If this is still too obvious for you, a number of stores provide helpful cards with your gift list details on them, that you can slip into your invitation envelope.
An information sheet is also a good place to let your guests know whether you’re having a cash bar or which cards the bar will accept. Then they will know what to expect and be prepared.
The Day After
If you are planning any activities for the day after, like a catch-up brunch, or golfing. The information sheet is the perfect place to put all the details.
If you have a set a “Carriages” time (the time everyone needs to leave the venue). You should let your guests know on the information card so that they can make arrangements for getting home in advance.
Having a social media savvy wedding? Get guests posting early by providing the wedding hashtag on the info sheet. Or having an unplugged wedding? Let guests know you don’t want to share pictures on social media here.
If you are an environmentally friendly couple, why not send out a simple business card with the URL of your wedding website, on which all of the above information can be found! Supplement this with your phone number and that of the Best Man or the Maid of Honour, so that your guests can ask any additional questions!
You don’t have to splurge out on expensive quality paper for the information sheet. You can just print them at home on nice paper and save some pennies!
After weeks of scouring wedding dress shops and hours of fitting room dramas, I know that ‘the dress’ is important. But choosing your wedding jewellery is just as crucial to give you the perfect look as you walk down the aisle. So before you start your search, have a look at these tips for picking your accessories.
Compliment Your Dress
First off, the colour of your jewellery needs to stay in theme with your dress/outfit. If you’ve gone for an ivory or champagne shade of gown, gold metal will really set off this style and make you glow. If you’ve chosen a bright white gown, platinum or silver jewellery will enhance your look – or try rose gold metal to compliment a dress with soft pink or blush tones.
Find a Skin Match
The same goes for jewellery working with your skin colour. If you are dark-skinned or have an olive complexion, try and find a lighter hue of jewellery that will stand out, perhaps a silver metal. On the other hand, a pale colouring can be complemented by tones of warm golds – but remember to adjust this if you’re planning on getting a tan for your big day!
Think about the Future
Though your wedding dress may not get another chance to shine, your bridal jewellery should be something you can return to again and again.
Less Is More
Don’t go crazy with massive statement pieces that will detract from the look of the dress. When you walk down the aisle, you still want the dress to be remembered – not the massive bling hanging around your neck! If in doubt, go for something really simple and stick to only a few accessories – your dress will do the talking anyway!
Remember what you’re putting in your hair before you choose what jewellery you’re going to wear on your big day. Think about whether you’re going to sport the veil look, a glitzy tiara, or just using a simple accessory to finish off your hairstyle. When jewellery shopping, take your hair items with you so you can match metals if need be.
Dare to be Colourful
There’s no need to keep everything a shade of ivory, silver or gold. “Adding a pop of colour with jewellery is a subtle way to liven up a classic neutral colour palette. Matching your gemstone to details in the wedding, such as a shade in the bridesmaid bouquets or the table pieces, is a sophisticated way of tying your theme together. Or make some of your jewellery your something blue.
Mix Old, Borrowed and New
Not everything has to match. Of course, you don’t want to clash eras and colours, but a beautiful heirloom piece, borrowed or gifted from a relative, could look wonderful alongside a contemporary classic. And if you have a favourite pair of pearl earrings that always make you feel your best, by all means, wear them. Even better if they complement the beading in your gown; consider choosing a modern tiara which also has pearl beading detail to really make the most of them and create a cohesive overall look.
On your wedding day, you still need to do ‘you’. So if you don’t normally wear extravagant necklaces and heavy earrings, why do it on the best day of your life? You need to feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing, so let it emulate your personality and be yourself!
Wedding Etiquette: Who (Traditionally) Pays For What?
You’re engaged to your best friend, your partner in crime, your ride or die. Now it’s time to start planning the big party! The first thing on your mind will likely be: “How much is all of this going to cost?” and “How are we going to pay for it??”. But don’t panic. Apps like BrideBook have super helpful budget planners which estimate the costs of your wedding and breaks them down, so you have a good idea of what each part will cost.
Some families may offer to help the newlyweds-to-be celebrate the most magical day in their lives, and for that, I’ve put together the lowdown on (traditionally) who pays for what. This way you can look at your budget, see how much each part costs, and let your families know how much they can help with! At the end of the day, it’s whatever works for you and your family, but this is a good place to start!
Who pays for the engagement party?
This expense is traditionally covered by the bride’s family, as they will often host the engagement party at their house, as a way to welcome and bring together the two families (usually for the first time!). However, whichever family is feeling the most generous can host or offer to throw the party.
Who pays for the wedding rings?
The wedding rings are a split cost between the bride and groom’s families. The groom’s family will pay for the bride’s ring and vice versa.
Who pays for the wedding flowers?
The bouquet should be a gift from the groom to the bride, as she is his date. The bride’s side of the family will traditionally pay for the flower decorations
Who pays for the bridesmaid dresses and usher suits?
The bride’s side of the family traditionally pays for the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses. Although more and more, bridesmaids are paying for their own dress. It really depends on your budget, the type of dresses you want them to wear and whether or not it’s within their price range! This is something which you should definitely discuss early on with your bride squad, to avoid any confusion later.
As for the best man and usher suits? Unless they are matching and require special suits, the ushers should pay for them themselves. If the suits need to be tailor-made, it’s an expense that the groom’s side should kindly cover.
Who pays for guest’s accommodation?
Traditionally each side of the family will pay for their own guest’s accommodation. However, this will really depend on what the families are comfortable with. Nowadays, most guests will pay for their own accommodation – just make sure you mention this on your invites.
Who pays for the honeymoon?
Traditionally, it is the groom who pays for the honeymoon. However, most couples today are splitting the cost, and many are asking for donations towards their honeymoon, instead of wedding gifts! This is a new tradition, that stems from the fact that people are getting married later and already living together when they tie the knot. This means they probably don’t need a new toaster or a 24-piece dinnerware set!
A cheat sheet of what each family traditionally pays for…
Bride and Bride’s family:
• Wedding dress and the accessories that come with it
• Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories (although nowadays more and more bridesmaids pay for their own attire)
• Bride’s accompanying outfits (going away and honeymoon)
• Hair and make-up, along with other beauty treatments
• Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony
• Transportation for the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception venue
• Photography and/or videography
• Venue hire and decorations
• Wedding cake
• Wedding stationery
• Groom’s wedding ring
• Engagement party
• Wedding insurance
• Overnight accommodation for close family
• Presents for the groom’s family
Groom and Groom’s family:
• Groom’s outfit
• Best man’s and usher’s outfits (like bridesmaids, however, these now tend to be bought by the groomsmen themselves)
• Groom’s going-away outfit
• Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony
• Transportation for the bride and groom from the reception
• Buttonholes for all the groomsmen
• Civil or religious ceremony fees
• Church fees, plus extras like church music and bell ringing
• Registration office and other venue fees
• Passports and visas for the honeymoon
• Travel and accommodation for the honeymoon
• Spending money for the honeymoon
• Travel insurance for the honeymoon
• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
• Presents for the bridesmaids, ushers and best man
• Presents for the bride’s parents
• Press announcement for the wedding
• Wedding night hotel
So, that’s how it’s been broken down historically, but the winds of time are changing and there’s nothing to say that this is how yours will or should be broken down. Couples are getting married later in life now than they used to, so financial situations are likely to be somewhat different.
Your parents, their parents, the bridesmaids and the best man and ushers, they all (hopefully) help you have the most amazing day ever. So you want to say thank you either when you’re getting ready, during the speeches or at some other time. There are traditional gifts like flowers for the mums but for those of you that want to gift something different…read on, I have collected some ideas 🙂
For as long as you have been dreaming about your wedding day there’s a good chance your mum has been too. If her help has been invaluable why not treat her to one of these gifts as a thank you? Same goes for your future mum-in-law or any other maternal figure that has been a big part of your day.
Overnight bag – If your mum played an integral part in helping you plan your wedding, encourage her to take a much-needed postnuptial holiday with a roomy canvas bag, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
A cosy dressing gown – Is there a more perfect way to say, “Thanks for all you do—now go relax!”? I think not.
A custom illustration – Custom gifts are the way to go for brides seeking something that says a heartfelt “thank you.” Memorialise your special bond with a personalised illustration of your likenesses. (check out The Ricketty Desk for a truly bespoke experience)
Engraved beauty compact – Pair this sweet little handbag accessory with her favourite lipstick or nail polish for a thoughtful beauty gift she’ll use for years to come.
Personalised hankie – On your wedding day, waterworks are practically guaranteed—especially from your mother. Give her a pretty crocheted hankie and, for maximum sentimentality, have the gift customised with embroidered names, dates or a monogram.
Spa experience – Relieve your mum from her mother of the bride/groom duties by giving her the gift of relaxation.
Special locket or charm – Tuck in a little note or vintage photos of loved ones for a sentimental gift she’ll treasure forever.
Meaningful Figurine – Like the Willow Tree carved ones are the epitome of sweet sentiment.
Monthly subscription box – Gin tasting, wine of the month, chocolate tasting…the choices are endless.( check out Bottle in a Box for a wide range of alcoholic gifts)
Glass or crystal vase – up the ante by giving her flowers already arranged in a beautiful vase, that will last long after the flowers do.
House Plant – or for the green-fingered mums a house plant or garden plant would be a thoughtful gift.
Perfume set – her favourite perfume or the one you’ve chosen for your wedding day.
Whether he is walking you down the aisle or providing much needed moral support, here some gift ideas for the main man in your life.
Overnight bag – Perhaps he and mum can go away for a wee break?
Personalised handkerchief – give it to him during prep and he can carry it with him all day.
A decanter – wine or spirits his thing? Help him to show them off in style.
Wallet – personalise by having his initials monogrammed onto it.
Monogrammed glasses – for his whisky or other tipples.
Personalised cufflinks – there are loads of great styles to choose from
Personalised golf ball set – if your dad is a golfer this could be perfect.
Your bridesmaids have been there for you every step of the way throughout your wedding planning journey. From celebrating your engagement to planning the best hen party ever, you can’t imagine a better group of gals to have by your side for your walk down the aisle. Whether you met them in school, university, or at work—you’ve undoubtedly shared some amazing memories together, and your wedding is no exception!
Personalised clutch bags – It’s a gift they’ll use for years to come—and they’ll always think of you.
Anything monogrammed – from coasters to make up bags – who doesn’t like something with their initial(s) on it?
Jewellery – from tie the knot stud earrings to necklaces to wear with their bridesmaid dresses you can’t go wrong with a bit of bling.
Pashmina – If your wedding is outdoors or taking place in the evening, a super-soft pashmina is the perfect gift way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.
Personalised candles – Available in a variety of delicious scents such as lavender peppermint and lemongrass verbena, these modern, budget-friendly candles are the perfect custom gift for your girls. Search on Etsy.
A personalised mobile phone case – Personalised phone cases offer a modern pop of colour to your bridesmaid’s clutch. They’re the perfect accessory for those impromptu mirror selfies on the big day.
Engraved beauty compact – see mum’s list above.
Best Man and Ushers
These guys will be there to help the groom during every step of his wedding planning process.
From trying on wedding suits and organising an awesome stag do to giving a hilarious best man speech, there are a whole load of best man and usher duties which might go unnoticed by the other guests.
Personalised tankard -The glass or metal can be personalised with the groomsman’s role, your wedding date and location. You could also go for pint glasses or rocks glasses.
Personalised collar stiffeners. They can be engraved with your choice of a message in a selection of fonts, making them truly unique to the recipient. What a lovely idea!
Wedding socks – a practical gift that can be personalised.
Beers of the world gift set – What best man wouldn’t be over the moon with a hamper full of beer? This set contains six speciality craft beers which have each been paired with a savoury treat. Once your groomsmen’s wedding day hangovers have subsided, they’ll love tucking into this thank you treat!
Questions to Ask a Videographer Before Hiring Them for Your Wedding
Apparently, one of past brides biggest regrets is not hiring a videographer so they can relive their wedding day over and over again. If you think this might be you…read on to make sure you get one that is right for you.
Start by researching wedding videographers in your area and reading reviews to find potential suppliers that match your wedding vision and budget. When you’re ready to reach out and possibly negotiate a contract with a videographer, there are several questions to ask them that you should keep top of mind.
Here are the top 10 questions to ask a videographer before your wedding day.
1. What is your videography style?
There are many styles of videography. Whether it is documentary or cinematic, it is important to discuss the type of video style you want and make sure they offer it.
2. How do you choose the music for the film?
Discussing music is a great idea because it plays such an important part of your wedding film. You will be able to let your videographer know the types of genres you like and you can provide a list of songs for them to choose from.
3. Have you worked with my photographer before?
Your photographer and videographer will be working side by side, so you should make sure they know how to work as a team while capturing your big day. If they haven’t, make sure they are amenable to meeting them beforehand.
4. When will I receive my wedding video?
Editing can take a while, especially during wedding season. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ask when you will receive your final video so you will know when to expect it.
5. How long have you been filming weddings?
This will give you a better understanding of how long your videographer has been in the industry. You should also ask to see their previous work whether they are new to the industry or old. Checking out previous work will also help make sure you don’t fall foul to wedding scammers as a legitimate videographer will be happy to share their work.
6. What equipment will you use?
There are always new methods as well as technology, so it is a good idea to make sure your videographer is up-to-date with the most reliable equipment. If they are using drones, for example, do they have a licence to fly them?
7. Have you shot at my venue before?
This is a great question to see if the videographer is familiar with your venue. If they have shot there before, they will know the ins and outs of the area. If they have not shot at your venue before, then you may want to ask if they will visit before the day of your wedding.
8. What is your editing process?
Editing can be done in many ways and some types of editing can change the quality of your video film. Asking how your videographer edits their videos will let you know what kind of videos they produce.
9. What packages do you offer?
Videographers usually offer a variety of different packages and deals. You should discuss what package you want such as, having both a trailer video and your wedding highlight film. Or even see if they will do a same-day edit too!
10. Do you have a second shooter?
Having a second shooter is like having another set of eyes at your wedding. This ensures that nothing will be missed during the getting ready process, ceremony, reception, and all the good stuff in between.
That’s a wrap! I hope you found that useful.