The “Un-Wedding” Wedding

Getting married is as popular as ever these days, but no so the traditional wedding. It seems like more and more couples are opting for celebrations which are as unique as they are and which have more in common with a great party than a typical wedding reception. Take a look at the trend for fresh and fun “un-wedding” weddings.

What truly sets an “un-wedding” reception apart from its more traditional counterpart is attitude. An un-wedding celebration is rarely formal, never stuffy, and a lot of fun. The emphasis is on throwing a party which promises a great time to friends and family, full of delicious foods, wonderful wine or cocktails, and relaxed conversation. This style of wedding celebration can take place at a traditional venue, but may also be somewhere other than the standard club or hotel.

Restaurants are a great venue for an un-wedding reception. A party in a restaurant is going to feel more like a great big dinner party than a standard wedding reception. And by choosing your favorite restaurant, you can be sure that the food will be utterly fantastic, a far cry from the usual chicken or beef entrees served at most receptions. The bride and groom can choose relaxed attire, rather than a heavy looking tuxedo and ornate ballgown. A modern silk organza gown with a black ribbon trim and handcrafted bridal jewelry would be tres chic.

Keep the decor informal and interesting. If it fits the room, a few long tables will feel more family friendly than many small ones. A great look for the table decorations would be a long runner over a simple tablecloth with a variety of decorative elements loosely arranged to tumble down the length of the table. A mixture of flickering votive candles, fresh seasonal fruit, and flowers in short vases will suit the restaurant venue perfectly. One word of caution: not all restaurant venues have room for a dance floor, so decide if that is important to you, and select your restaurant accordingly.

Unusual settings are also popular for un-weddings. Why not select an interesting site like an aquarium or a trendy art gallery for your reception? The space itself will be so visually engaging that you will need to do very little in the way of decorations. Plan your menu to suit the space. At an art gallery, stations featuring contemporary and unique cuisine would be ideal for dinner. Naturally seafood would be appropriate for a wedding in an aquarium.

When working with an off-beat venue, choose your colors to suit the locale. Watery blues and greens would look wonderful for an aquarium, for instance. At a site like a gallery which will have a lot to look at on the walls, a restrained color palette like white and charcoal would blend well. This color combination is one of the most popular for weddings this year for everything from bridesmaid dresses to invitations to handcrafted bridal jewelry. Charcoal dupioni tablecloths with a bit of shimmer and texture can be topped with tall clear cylinders filled with a modern flower like white allium.

An un-wedding reception can take place anywhere that strikes your fancy. It could be an airplane hangar, a city loft, or an antique carousel. When you do away with tradition, your wedding can be anything that your heart desires and your mind can envision.

The Secret To Finding Your Perfect Wedding Rings

If you are about to become a bride, this story may mean something for you. Jane and her fiance Mark were planning their wedding, and like most couples, they saw the celebration of their marriage as very special. They decided they wanted their wedding and marriage to be unique. Yes, their day would be special, their vows important, but they felt their wedding rings would be the everlasting symbol which embraced it all.

They both wanted something unique, but unique is easy! They discovered there were many jewellers in Kent, where they lived, who could make unique jewellery, but Jane and Mark were looking for unusual wedding rings. The problem was that whilst the overall design might be unique, the rings they went to see were still made out of gold, silver, white gold or platinum with just a bit of engraving and a gem or two as their claim to uniqueness. It was all basically running along the same old tracks.

So, Jane and Mark then turned their attention to contemporary, non-precious designer wedding rings, but they didn’t seem to have the enduring qualities they were hoping for. After all, they were planning on wearing them for many years to come.

What Makes Mokume Gane Jewellery Special?

During their search for unusual wedding rings, they discovered Mokume-Gane jewellery. It was stunning! It is also known as ‘wood grain metals’ and is a technique used to forge metals. Although no-one knows when precisely the Mokume gane technique began, history does tell us it was first developed by skilled Japanese metal-smiths that worked with Silver, Copper and occasionally Gold. It was this history which added that missing touch of romance.

By layering and fusing blocks of metals and then heating in specially designed forges, ancient jewellers perfected the art of creating intricate and unique patterns within the tablet of metal. A skilled jeweller can create exciting colours and patterns, and it is this which makes each Mokume Gane jewellery piece exclusive.

Today the Mokume gane technique is unchanged, but craftsmen have married this ancient art form with modern metallurgy by adapting it to be used with precious metals like Platinum, Gold, Palladium and Silver.

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To give you the full impact, I have included a link to a photo album of Mokume Gane jewellery at the bottom of this article. When you see the pictures, I’m sure you’ll understand why Jane and Mark set their heart on getting their designer wedding rings created by a Mokume Gane jeweller.

The skill in creating Mokume Gane comes from knowing how the layers of metals in their unforged form will be transformed, to create the final pattern. Our bride and groom to-be were fascinated to see how many steps it took, and how the jeweller needed to envision exactly how the colours and patterns would emerge from the different metals which are initially layered and forged together.

The skill, and time which go into this complex technique to create the perfect Mokume Gane jewellery piece, means that you should expect to pay that little bit extra and Jane and Mark felt the captivating results were well worth it.

What really decided them however, was that each ring would be created from a single piece. They would truly be a stylish and everlasting symbol of their special bond.

What Should You Know Before You Set Out To Get Your Wedding Rings?

Jane and Mark do have some advice for other couples thinking of getting designer wedding rings made using the Mokume Gane technique, and that is to allow enough time to explore the possibilities with your jeweller. There are infinite combinations, and your Mokume Gane jeweller will want to get it perfect for you. These designs go way beyond what you might be expecting when you set out to find unusual wedding rings and it is part of the experience of creating your wedding and future marriage and you should cherish taking this time.

Distinctive Wedding Venues

Couples these days are searching for ways to make their weddings feel unique and personal. Each bride and groom has their own style. For some, a classic venue like a hotel or country club suits them perfectly. Other nearlyweds, though, would be much happier with a more singular location for their wedding.

Unique is in the eye of the beholder. If you come from a very conservative family, having your wedding in a local park or botanical garden instead of your country club might feel very daring. These outdoor locations are certainly beautiful; it is hard to argue with the glory of nature. To enhance the natural setting, festoon the trees with floral garlands, pomanders, and lanterns. A variation on this idea is to be married in a rooftop garden. You can use potted trees around the edges of the roof to help create an urban oasis. Unless there is shelter, it would be best to plan an evening wedding. An nighttime reception would be magical with all of the city lights twinkling in the background.

For art lovers, museums and galleries are inspired choices. Many museums are available to host special events after hours. An art museum is one option; another great venue would be a natural history museum – how fun would it be to have your reception under the watchful gaze of a giant dinosaur? Museum halls tend to be very large and opulent, so they are ideal for grand weddings with large guest lists. The high ceilings and wide open areas will necessitate that your floral arrangements, wedding cake, and other d├ęcor items are equally large and impressive, so keep that in mind when assessing the true cost of such a grand venue.

Galleries are smaller, making them perfect for intimate, sophisticated receptions. The spaces are generally more contemporary, and can be very chic. The bride should choose a wedding gown that suits the location. For a gallery, eschew the poufy princess dress in favor of one that is elegant and stylish. Handmade wedding jewelry is the perfect finishing touch, because it is unique and personal. The slim lines of a bias cut sheath gown would be complemented beautifully by handmade wedding jewelry with Swarovski crystal cubes or briolettes. Keep your flowers sophisticated as well; think calla lilies or orchids.

The best way to select a location for your wedding is to choose a venue that is near and dear to your heart. Having a personal connection to the site will make your wedding even more meaningful. Besides, sometimes the most interesting locations are those that are not available to the general public. For instance, my best friend was married in an incredible Gothic stone “church” (it had been deconsecrated many years earlier). Her fiance had spent close to a decade lovingly restoring the building and converting it to a home. Their wedding was extra special because it was in a place of great significance to them. Hosting your wedding in a truly exceptional location will make it even more memorable for you and your guests.

The No Stress System to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Congratulations on your recent engagement. I’m sure if you’re looking at photographers, you’ve started to realize planning the perfect wedding feels like a full-time job and the options can be a bit overwhelming. This little system on choosing the perfect wedding photographer for your wedding is foolproof. If you follow it exactly, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get from your wedding photos. It’s applicable to all budget levels, so take a minute to read it and you’ll be a step ahead in at least one aspect of your planning.

This may seem obvious, but competency should be your number one criteria in choosing a wedding photographer. Everything else is secondary. They can be the nicest person in the world, but if the photos aren’t very good, who cares? You’re not looking for a friend, you’re looking for great photos of your wedding. But gauging competency is sometimes difficult. The work we all put on our websites and in our sample albums is our best work. And, unfortunately, that can sometimes be deceiving.

Imagine if you could go to someone else’s wedding, in your pajamas, and walk around and look at the work of your prospective vendors. You could see what the flowers look like after 5 hours, taste the food and cake and watch the dj or band as they engage the crowd – all without being seen. You have that option with your photographer. You just need to know how to ask.

Start your search by gathering names from friends, family and vendors and by searching websites of local wedding photographers. Spend some time on websites, read reviews and imagine yourself in the photos you see. Narrow your search to your 3-5 favorites.

Contact the photographers by email and make one simple request: If you have my date available, please show me 2-3 full weddings from the past year, preferably from the time of day of your wedding. A full wedding is the gallery they give to the clients, not just a selection of images in an album or on a website. There should be hundreds of photos in a full gallery. Why email, why not simply call them? By nature, photographers have great people skills and as a result, many photographers are great salespeople. They will want to meet you before they show you the galleries. They’ll say things like, “I’m happy to show you that, no problem, but let’s meet and make sure we’re compatible before we get to that part.” That translates into, “Come let me sell you on my services and we may never even have to get to the pesky full wedding thing.” Stick to your guns. Don’t skip the initial research. 2-3 full weddings will give you a great overall picture of their style, coverage and skills.

If the photographer doesn’t want to show you full galleries, move on. They could very well be hiding something and who wants to take that risk? Don’t fall for the privacy response (“I’m very considerate of my client’s privacy, so I can’t show you that.”) I’ve seen that response given to newbies in forums to use when they don’t want to have to show their full weddings. You’re not asking for specific weddings, just 2-3 of the photographer’s choice. If they show weddings on their website, then they should be willing to show you full weddings.

After looking through several full wedding galleries of images (don’t worry, you can move quickly, what you’re looking for will be apparent as you go), narrow down your list to 2 or 3 photographers. Phone or email your narrowed down prospects and set up appointments. Pay attention to how quickly they respond. Ask an additional question in a separate email and continue to monitor response time. This is not to waste their time (don’t send a long list of questions), but to gauge whether they’ll get back to you on a timely basis. One of the biggest complaints couples have of the vendors after their wedding is un-returned calls or emails. Don’t expect minutes – good photographers are busy people – but you should hear back within the day, unless you are emailing on the weekend, when they might be shooting or taking a precious off day. If it’s a weekend, a Monday morning response is more than acceptable.

At the actual meeting, you can start to differentiate by personality and compatibility. Because at this point, you should only be meeting with people who are very talented, shoot the style of photos you like and respond to you in a timely manner. Now, simply pick the person you like the best, who offers albums and packages you like and who fits within your budget.

Many photographers are better sale’s people than they are shooters. Do your homework and image research, as described above, so you won’t become a victim of a weak photographer’s personal charms. Digital photography brought a lot of photographers into the business who were lured by the relatively large sums wedding photographers appear to make compared to other types of photography (although it costs a lot more to shoot a wedding). But the skills and equipment needed to manage a wedding photography business are very different from a standard portrait or landscape photographer. Another reason to see full weddings is to make sure you are looking at actual weddings they’ve shot and not just pretty pictures of models.

There are keywords to look out for when doing your research. If a photographer calls themselves a “natural light photographer” make sure you see weddings where they’ve shot in dark places, particularly if your wedding is at night. Weddings require photographers to be able to handle all kinds of lighting situations and really good natural light photographers have lighting equipment on hand (and the skill to use it) when the need arises. If you want group family photographs and portraits make sure a photographer who refers to themselves as a “photojournalist” knows how to shoot them and is willing to do so. A true “PJ” photographer shoots everything as it happens and doesn’t set up any shots. If they’re really good (and you’ll know because you’ll have seen 2-3 full wedding galleries), that’s great, if they’re not, you’ll just get a bunch of snap shots.

Once you are at the meeting (after following the process above to determine who to meet), ask questions about what’s important to you. Photographers have very different ways of working and don’t assume because your friend’s photographer allowed them to post their images on Facebook that all photographers will. Read the contracts they give you carefully. If you have questions, call and get the answers before you sign. It’s not fair to a photographer to disagree later when all of the information was in front of you in black and white.

As I said above, this system of searching for a wedding photographer will work at every budget level. Everyone starts somewhere and if your budget won’t accommodate someone with a lot of experience, you’ll have all the tools to judge the people in your price range if you follow the above steps. There are bargains to be had, but you really need to pay close attention to the work they produce to make sure your bargain doesn’t turn into bad wedding photos. Follow this system to the letter and you can rest assured you’ll know exactly what you’re getting from your wedding photographer.

Tips on Choosing a Reasonably Priced Destination Wedding Photographer

Most competent and reasonably priced wedding photographers charge a few hundred bucks to cover a one hour wedding; edited digital images and prints vary in price in this range but are typically still somewhat reasonable.

By all means, if you have the budget for the famous ‘Rock Star’ photographer & his entourage, hiring the big dog on the block will ensure that all angles are captured in high quality by a team of 2nd and 3rd photographers and most likely a video production team will add to the hoopla with heaps of huge lights, tri-pods and personnel taking over the otherwise calm and tranquil destination wedding site. Of course, if you are funding a wedding of this magnitude, nothing is ‘reasonably priced;’ spending a few grand to over $10,000 on the media production becomes really essential.

Attempting to define a ‘reasonably priced’ wedding photographer will vary greatly from the bargain pix options to the “Mega Marriage Machine” — they are all ‘reasonably priced’ in their own way. So the first consideration in choosing a ‘reasonably priced destination wedding photographer’ would be to start off by planning a reasonable destination wedding.

For a small intimate wedding party of six or less, just about all aspects of the wedding will be in the ‘reasonable priced’ category; wedding parties of 12 or more will just be paying more for those services. Find a practical wedding package that includes everything you’ll need for a simple, stress free wedding like the Wedding Planner, minister and photography. When all the essentials are bundled into a ‘Mom and Pop’ wedding with photography package you will often save on the overall costs by not individually hiring a planner, a wedding minister and a photographer.

Compare “Mom & Pop” or small and personal wedding planner’s websites that showcase the photographer’s galleries; you should see somewhat of a consistency in the quality of the pictures, providing the equipment & editing is at a professional level.

Inquire about the photographer, ask for their website & galleries and look for what type of equipment they use; do they shoot in the professional uncompressed ‘Raw’ format with top quality JPG files as backup? Do they use the industry standard & pricey editing software or are they using a cheaper ‘Jr. version’ or other substandard editing software? Even with a great camera & a great photographer, not all the candid shots will be able to be taken with optimum contrast & exposure like a bright sunset in the background of the, now silhouetted, wedding party. Good technical editing with an artful eye for detail is truly paramount for perfecting what already seemed like the perfect shot. Skipping this step would be missing out on the magic that really makes a picture pop with vivid clarity & gently pull out the wonderful colors that are truly there but just need a wee bit of technical artistry.

Most hard-working photographers will spend between 3 to 12 hours editing a one-hour photo session so the most time-consuming part is the editing. Check out the photographer’s gallery of weddings at various locations you want your wedding and then compare to others. Most professional photographers using a good camera and who edit at the highest resolution on good industry standard software like Photoshop & Lightroom should all be consistently good–just be aware of the bargain photo deal where they encourage you to accept un-edited photo files. Unless you are an experienced amateur photo editor you should select a photo package with a photographer that professionally shoots and edits the pictures.

If you are fairly confident that you are capable & want to edit your own wedding photos, ask for a big break in the price for just the unedited picture files. Considering that it should take at least 3 times longer to edit a one-hour photo shoot, most photographers may agree to about a 25% discount off their normal rate with edited pix. Make arrangements to have the photographer shoot right to your ‘CF’ memory card. Be sure to have the photographer set his camera to capture both Raw and top quality JPG for backup. Back up any pictures you may have on your memory card; shooting at both high resolutions will take up quite a few giggle bites. Be sure to have at least a 16 gig CF memory card for a one-hour photo session. Another option is to have the photographer mail you a USB drive or a photo disk with the image files.

You should be able to edit a camera’s ‘RAW’ or uncompressed format. If your particular digital picture editing software does not support these formats you should consider upgrading to software like Adobe Lightroom, which cost quite a bit less than Photoshop, but has all the tools to do most of your digital enhancements you would need when using a good camera with taken with good contrast & lighting.

If these details seem like it would be a distraction for you on your wedding/honeymoon, but you would still like a crack at your own editing, then inquire about purchasing both the edited and Raw unedited digital image files. Take advantage of the expertise of the local destination photographer, they shoot these locations for a living and typically have honed their skills at digitally enhancing the photos with great skill.

Watch out for the wedding photo package that boasts of including prints; often these are just the tiny 4″x 6″ sized prints. Just to give you an idea how inadequate this size is, good professional cameras will be shooting an image that is about 24″x 36″. If you are just buying these tiny prints, keep in mind you’ll never be able to blow them up to a reasonable size if you ever needed to.

Be sure your wedding photo package allows you to at least buy a large number of edited Top Picks from your wedding gallery, and consider purchasing all the pictures taken on your wedding day; you may be able to negotiate a nice quantity discount on the whole group; as these will be great to have forever & a big hit for the anniversaries!

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What’s a Wedding Proof Album?

A wedding proof album is a way of showing you a ‘rough version’ of your wedding photos.

The term ‘proof photos’ comes from the days of film. Proof prints were made by printing photos without doing any extra work to them in the darkroom.

You would choose which photos you were going to order from the proofs, then they would be re-printed with extra care and attention to enhance the quality of each picture.

With digital photography ‘proof photos’ usually means images straight out of the camera, so they wouldn’t have had any editing done to them.

Proof photos may also have a copyright watermark on them.

As a side note – all digital photos require some degree of post-processing in a photo-editing program. Even though a photo may look OK straight out of the camera, a couple of simple enhancements can make it infinitely better!

Having this first draft lets you pass around your wedding photos without worrying too much about them getting damaged.

It also lets your friends and family order prints from the photographer.

The main thing you need to know from your photographer is whether you get to keep the proof album or if you have to hand it back after a certain an amount of time. Also, what the style of album will be.

Traditionally proof albums consisted of large prints fastened into plastic wallets, which in turn were fastened into an album. This was a security measure so people couldn’t make illegal copies of prints.

What’s popular now are digital proof albums. Multiple photos are printed directly onto a magazine-style page, with a reference number underneath.

In the digital age the wedding proof album could become a thing of the past, which would be sad because they give you a record of every photograph from your wedding.

(You may only have 60-100 photos in your album, out of the hundreds that were taken).

But, so you don’t miss out on having proofs, more and more photographers are turning to digital proofing methods. These take the form of DVD’s or online galleries.

Online galleries are great because all your friends and family can see them, as well as your cousins in Australia that weren’t able to come to the wedding! Galleries can also give the option of visitors buying prints online, so you don’t have to worry about showing an album around and collecting orders.

Here’s a list of things to ask your photographer when it comes to proofing:

Can I keep the album? If not, how long can I keep it for?
Will the photos be watermarked?
Is the album traditional or digital?
Will I have an online gallery?
Is it password-protected?
Can people buy prints online?

How to Officiate a Wedding: What to Do When Wedding Participants Aren’t Prepared

Many couples choose ceremony elements that include their guests, like the wine box, letter box, unity candle, guest readings, etc. and often times those guests aren’t prepared. Most of the time it’s because the couple forgot to tell them, so be sure to introduce yourself to anyone who’s participating before the ceremony begins. Roughly 1/3 of the time, moms aren’t told that they’re coming up to light candles or family hasn’t been asked to write letters for the couple’s letter box.

Couples often use the letter box or wine box as their imagery, where family members are invited up to deposit letters they’ve written to the couple and exchange hugs.

Family members usually get immediately stressed and freak out because they weren’t told and never wrote a letter to the couple. Your job is to officiate, so tell them that it’s no big deal and that it happens all the time. The last thing the bride and groom needs are stressed out family members.

If they don’t have paper handy, find them a few pieces and tell them to bring up blank paper to deposit during the ceremony and to write letters of blessings, encouragement, and support later on, after the wedding. This usually calms nerves immediately and gives them permission to relax.

Guest readers are often not prepared, too. The male ego is an interesting thing. So many guys refuse to practice out loud and often say, “I got it, man.” They inevitably trip on their words and lose their place and bomb.

So, tell them that “We want the couple’s ceremony to kick butt and that takes a team effort.” It’s a bit passive aggressive, but then say something like, “Since everyone here wants their ceremony to be their best memory yet, I’m sure taking a few minutes alone to practice your guest reading out loud makes sense. Right?”

Then, show the guest reader where you underline words in your ceremony book to remind you where to inflect your voice in some way and that it helps you to keep your place, so you can look up from the page. That usually works and the reader then finds a quiet place to practice.

Before every ceremony, be sure to ask the bride who will escort her down the aisle and if she’d like you to ask, “Who has the honor of escorting Bride down the aisle and presenting her to groom?”

The old-school way to say that is, “Who gives this woman away?” but times have changed and the bride’s not a possession or gift. If she’d like you to formally ask, be sure to then speak to her dad, or whoever is escorting her down the aisle so that person knows you’re going to stick a microphone in his face, expecting an answer.

You don’t want to surprise him and make him look foolish in front of all the guests, but when dad messes up, it’s usually funny and a great ice-breaker. The bride’s dad is usually grateful for your introduction and attempt to prepare him prior to the ceremony.

Dad usually asks, “What do most people say?” Tell him to please feel free to say whatever he likes, but most dads say something like, “I’m her dad and it’s my honor.”

As officiants, it’s our job to be prepared and to help others do the same. Calming nerves and preparing others is part of the deal.

How to Officiate a Wedding: What to Do When Someone Faints or Throws Up

For the first time in nine years of officiating weddings, a recent bride threw up during the ceremony.

She came down the aisle with her mom and then barfed out of nervousness before anything was even said. She handled it like an absolute champ, but was certainly embarrassed nonetheless.

If you want to really know how to officiate a wedding when someone faints or throws up, follow these steps.

  • Instruct the couple and their bridal party to eat a little before the ceremony. Don’t suggest they pig out, just have a little something in their stomachs.
  • STAY CALM! Your energy is contagious and if you freak out, you’ll make it much worse for the wedding participants.
  • Instruct the person who’s experiencing upset to squeeze their feet and toes inside their shoes. This naturally grounds us and brings our conscious awareness back to the present moment.
  • Instruct the person who’s in trouble to BREATHE. Tell them to take full, deep breaths.
  • Ask a guest or someone in the bridal party to get water for whoever about to pass out or throw up.
  • Get a cold, damp towel or handkerchief for their forehead or to wipe their mouth and clean up.
  • Act like it’s no big deal! The person who experienced the upset is undoubtedly embarrassed and if you remain calm and act like it’s no big deal, their embarrassment will be diminished and you’ll look like a pro. Celebrate their recovery and ask the guests for applause.

Having a bunch of people clap for you feels great, even when you’re embarrassed. That person will then know that his/her guests love and support them and then the ice has been officially broken before the ceremony even started. It’ll be way more comfortable for the fainter when first walking into their reception.

8) Give them a mint. Man do I wish I remembered that I had Altoids in my pocket! I carry a small tin of Altoids to hand out to the couple and their bridal party before walking into a ceremony. I would’ve looked even more professional, but it was my first time experiencing something like this and I forgot that the mints were there.

The 8 steps above work equally well for someone who faints, as long as they don’t hit their head on the ground. If they hit their head, seek medical attention!

Weddings are live events and so they don’t always go as planned. The best way to handle unexpected things is to act like you’ve seen it before and that it’s not a big deal. Stay calm, THEN ACT.

Destination Wedding or No?

You have seen just the place for your dream wedding. No, it’s nowhere close to home but who cares? You just have to be married there.

You have dreamed of getting married on the beach at a tropical destination but you live in a city nowhere near a beach.

The solution? A destination wedding. While many think this means a wedding where you and a selection of friends and family hop on a plane to a tropical island, there are also destination weddings that happen closer to home, just not at home.

Getting married elsewhere may mean that tropical beach, but it may also mean an apple orchard hours from home, a quaint town nestled in the mountains, a historic location that you just fell in love with. Whatever the ‘destination’ there are a few things to remember before booking.

If you are planning to get married in the country that you live in, that’s one less thing to worry about. If, however your ideal place is outside of the country there will be paperwork and licenses that have to be obtained. Most places known for their weddings will have a packaged deal that will be stress free and simple, they’ve done it before and they’ve perfected what they need to do.

If, however your dream wedding is in a place not known for weddings, you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork and planning on your own. (or with a professional planner of course)

Going out of town to get married is a lot more simple, you take who you want to be part of your big day and you save money on a huge reception since you only have a selection of friends and family in attendance. You can spend more time with your guests since there won’t be as many, and you will find the whole thing just a bit more relaxed than a large wedding with a large reception and everyone you have ever known in attendance.

If, however you have close friends and family who can’t travel or you just can’t leave out certain people no matter the numbers, then choosing a destination closer to home may be your ideal way to go. No one says it has to be a church and traditional, but having something within an hour of home helps everyone get there with not much hassle. Beach? Mountains? Historical site? Garden at home? Whatever you choose it’ll be beautiful.

Why Rolls Royce Wedding Cars Make the Perfect Wedding Transport

Choosing which type of wedding transport you want for your wedding can be an extremely difficult decision. With so many different types of cars, and different makes and models, you are literally spoilt for choice. In this article, we will consider some of the advantages of choosing Rolls Royce wedding cars, and how you can choose a wedding transport company to help you to find your perfect wedding car.

Rolls Royce wedding cars are known as the ultimate classic weddings cars. Whether you choose a silky White, or shimmering Silver or classic Black exterior, Rolls Royce wedding cars are the luxury premium within wedding car transport. Put simply, Rolls Royce equals stylish.

The style and elegance of the Rolls Royce will really shine on your wedding day when you take your wedding photos. The image of the beautiful bride exiting her style Rolls Royce will capture a truly breathtaking moment. Wedding photos now form last memories of your special day, so having the perfect atmosphere and photos can be truly wonderful.

However, there is a lot more to the Rolls Royce than simple style and elegance. It is also remarkably practical and reliable as a wedding car. The Rolls Royce has a reputation for being trustworthy, and is very unlikely to break down. With such a rich tradition of luxury and reliability, it is easy to see why Rolls Royce wedding cars are so popular among couples choosing their dream wedding transport.

In addition to its reliability, Rolls Royce wedding cars are also practical in terms of their lower flooring. This provides practicality in terms of the wedding bride being able to easily enter and exit the Rolls Royce without causing any damage to the dress. As you can imagine, this is extremely important for any bride, especially before entering their own wedding ceremony.

The luxury and comfort of your own dedicated chauffeur driver also provides additional comfort on your wedding day. The advantage of a dedicated chauffeur driver is that they will focus on the timings and getting you to the venue at the right time, and you can focus on enjoying the important things that really matter on your wedding day.

Once you made the decision that you wish to hire a Rolls Royce as your wedding transport on your special day, you will have to decide where you wish to hire the car from. Many people will use the internet to find a wedding transport company, where they can hire the car and a chauffeur driver from.

Always remember when looking on the internet, it is always a good idea to also visit the wedding car showroom. One the main advantages of this is that you can actually physically see the car in the flesh before you secure the booking. Unfortunately, some wedding transport websites may advertise certain cars, and have “stock” photographs of the car – however, in reality, they are leasing a much older model.

Double check some of the practicalities such as will the car be professionally cleaned before it is used on your special day; how long will the chauffeur driver be able to stay; what insurance or coverage does the car have in the case of an accident etc. Although some of these questions may seem over the top, it is important that you consider all eventualities and scenarios for your special day.

Remember, your wedding transport is performing one of the most important parts of your wedding day – it is delivering you to your wedding venue, and will be a prominent part of your wedding photos. Take the time to choose the right transport for yourself, and enjoy your wedding day.