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Do you want a nighttime wedding? Here is how to get it right

Does your idea of the perfect wedding theme involve drama, glamour and unparalleled romance? If yes, you will love the idea of a night wedding.

Night weddings may be a relatively new thing, but it is certainly gaining popularity. After all, a ceremony under a starry moonlit sky is simply lovely. Not only is it an intimate affair, it is also a whole new experience that your guests will not easily forget.

Not yet convinced? Here are some factors that are exclusive to night-time affairs.

The sunset and night hours create a magnificent backdrop

Imagine how beautiful it is if you had purple skies speckled with scatterings of sparkle from twinkling stars as your backdrop. The beautiful colors of the setting sun and magical sounds will be your background. Need I say more about how dramatic nature is at this time of day? Take a look at this post on the Budget savvy bride for some breathtaking photos that will have you excited about this plan. 

Beautiful lighting can transform any space into a haven

At night, you have ample options to create a dramatic and impressive venue. It is very different from when your venue is flooded with natural light and you must work with the available colors and details of the space. Different types of lighting will yield different settings, giving you a plethora of options to work with and create a beautiful ambiance.

You have plenty of time to get ready, and so do your guests

This factor makes it just awesome to have a Friday evening wedding. Your guests can return from work, take their time to get dressed and then travel to your venue. You can also avoid an early-morning hair and makeup session, and instead take things at a relaxed pace.

I hope you get the idea now!

Planning an evening wedding is rather different from a day-time celebration. Here is what you should know about getting this plan on the road.

Important factors to consider when planning a night time wedding

How your venue looks at night

A venue will look entirely different by night than it does during the day. So, you should check it out at night time to ensure it meets your expectations. This is in addition to all the other factors you should consider when booking a venue, as is mentioned here on the Huff Post. Pay attention to whether the ceremony and reception areas are well-lit and there are provisions to illuminate it as per your idea. Also, ensure that the areas that connect from one part to another or pathways leading indoors are well-lit. If there are really dark spaces, find out whether these areas can be lit up to improve the ambiance.

For outdoor venues, check for bugs and insects

Pesky little creatures tend to become active at night. This can be a nightmare for your guests. Find whether the area you pick is particularly problematic in the venue and area you choose before you commit to the paperwork.

Find out how cold it will be

The weather will be colder and windy in the evening. So, consider this factor when planning your wedding. Ensure the area isn’t too windy, or bring in heaters to keep your guests comfortable if necessary. You can also have a small fire pit or serve warm wine to warm up your guests if the weather gets too chilly.

Understand costs

Night time weddings can be just as expensive as weddings in the day. When working out your budget, consider factors like extra illumination, vendors working overtime and transportation costs. Ensure you can afford the extras because of the late hours at which your wedding is. Read all about the different pros and cons of planning a nighttime wedding in terms of cost, at the Confetti UK website. 

Plan the wedding timeline appropriately

Although you may have a late start to the ceremony, be considerate of the needs of your guests. Not all of them may enjoy an all-night party, especially if there are older guests or young children attending. It is a good idea to finish off the important events like the cake cutting early, so they can retire from the function when they feel tired.

Check for local rules and regulations

In certain localities, you may have to conform to noise restrictions after certain hours. If you intend to have your party late into the night, find out if this is an issue. Ask the venue manager about noise curfews if any. It is also a good idea to have the party hours put down on paper, so there is no confusion later.

Make the dress code clear

Since nighttime events are still a novelty, your guests may be unsure of how to dress for your wedding. Rather than assuming that they will turn up in formal attires or automatically realize it is a casual evening, specifically address it in your invitation. Set out the dress code as part of your invitation, to rule out confusion and more importantly, not embarrassing your guests.

Discuss your photo shoots

Inform your photographer that you have your heart set for a night time wedding, right when you book his services. This will allow him to plan the shoot accordingly. The lighting requirements will be different when the event has to be captured in artificial lighting. So, a heads-up will allow your photographer to plan his work for the day appropriately. You may also like to find the best-lit areas of your venue, so you can have the staged photographs clicked there.

Make arrangements for guest rooms or return transportation

A late night party will leave at least some of your guests too tired to drive back home. Don’t rule out the chances of their being too inebriated to make the trip. Keep this factor in mind, and book at least few rooms for your guests to spend the night at, should they need it. Ensure your venue has this facility, so your guests have a place to stay at, should it become necessary. You can also arrange for return transportation for your guests, so they can enjoy drinks at your party.

Use warm lights for better photography

Harsh, white lights will not work in your favor, as it spoils the effect of the romantic black starry night. Instead use the glow of warm candles, dancing fairy lights and pretty chandelier bulbs to create a soft glow. This will flatter the complexions of everyone in the photographs while making the entire effect soft and cozy.

Be careful when using candles, fireworks and other accessories that use fire

Candles and lanterns are essential wedding accessories for most nighttime weddings. However, when using these items, exercise caution so you avoid accidents. Make sure they are contained in suitable candle holders and votives. Also, place them at safe distance from anything flammable. If you plan to use sparklers or fireworks for added drama, think it through to ensure there are no untoward accidents as a result of carelessness.

Now that we’ve covered the important factors to consider when planning a night time event, here are some ideas to make it a fantastic and memorable affair.

Ideas to make your Nighttime wedding a splendid affair

Make the most of the natural starry night

A starry night is a luxury item where wedding décor is concerned. Make the most of the natural environment by having your ceremony or hosting part of your reception outdoors. Let the beauty of the natural surroundings truly shine through with soft lighting that compliments the outdoor setting. If it is impossible to plan an outdoor event, mimic the effect of the night sky with a lavish starry night ceiling. Achieve this effect with dark drapes that extend all the way to the ceiling and twinkling lights attached to it.

Use star lanterns to celebrate the theme

Star lanterns made from paper are inexpensive décor that will bring your theme alive. Suspend it from the ceiling at regular intervals and complete the effect with beautiful twinkling strings of light to set the right ambiance for the event. You can also add disco balls of different sizes to add more visual appeal to the starry sky you create indoors.

Embrace the power of metals to create the effect of bling

Sparkling sequin table linen, napkins, and even drapes will enhance the glamour of your setting. Choose it in metallic hues of gold or silver for an elegant vibe. Alternately, go with colorful sequin fabrics if you have a specific color theme or prefer a casual look. Sequined charger plates will also look pretty in your dinner table arrangement. Other ideas are to have your different direction boards, seating arrangement chart and similar accessories trimmed with metallic borders.

Choose a wedding dress with the right touch of sparkle

Nighttime weddings create the ideal background for glamorous bridal looks. So, choose a wedding dress with plenty of sparkles to look gorgeous on your special day. Silhouettes like the ball gown, mermaid and sheath will look splendid in such settings. Also, include beautiful bridal accessories with crystal and diamond embellishments to complete your look. Sparkling hair accessories like headbands, hairpins, and combs are lovely additions to your ensemble. Since it is a nighttime affair, add color to your bridal look through deep dark nail polish, colorful gemstone jewelry or dress accessories like sashes and brooches.

Candles are absolutely essential for a warm and cozy ambiance

Add lots and lots of candles to add a warm glow to your wedding setting. They are very versatile décor elements that work with various other ornamental accessories to form breathtaking arrangements. Whether you mix them with flowers or another fancy décor, they will add drama to your settings. Have candles of differing heights in various types of containers to form creative tablescapes that wow your guests. Just make sure that they stay alight by choosing good containers that protect them from sudden breezes and winds.

Illuminate the aisle with pretty lanterns

Imagine how dramatic your entry will be when the aisle is softly illuminated with the beautiful glow of lanterns. Set these up beside rows of chairs or benches, so the rest of the area is dark. Then light up the arbor with brilliant, bright lights, so it contrasts with the rest of the scene. You will then be the center of attention as you walk down the aisle and enter into bright light at the arbor.

Use white as the neutral in your theme for the required contrast

Whether it is against black or metallic hues, white adds a sophisticated and clean feel to any setting. So, include white in the flowers, décor elements, and even the lettering. It will also add a smooth contrast to the pitch black that dominates the night space.

Sparklers are a wonderful alternative to confetti and petals for your send-off

The romantic appeal of sparklers will be unbeatable at this time of day. So, make it a part of your exit or entry, and the drama will be impressive. Your guests will also have fun with it. However, some venues do not allow them. In that case, you can consider glow sticks or bubbles for your exit. If you must have rose petals, make sure they are white since this looks best in the photographs at night.

I hope these ideas give you enough inspiration to plan your special nighttime wedding. If you can think of something we’ve missed, do share them with us in the comments below. For more wedding day ideas, inspiration and everything you need to bring your wedding vision alive, keep visiting us at the Best for Bride blog.

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19 wedding dress photo ideas to immortalize your bridal gown forever

Wedding dresses are a sentimental aspect of the wedding for every bride!

Every bride usually chooses this dress after much thought and deliberation. It is often also one of the biggest wedding day expenditures. So, isn’t it rather sad that you will wear this dress just once?

So, on the special occasion that is your wedding, it is only right that you show it off to the maximum. Also, there is a way to immortalize this dress forever, and that is through your wedding photos. Gorgeous pictures of your beautiful wedding gown, taken from all the right angles will serve as beautiful souvenirs of your lovely dress. Discuss the different options to capture your wedding dress in its full glory with your photographer. Or think up shots that will highlight your dress and share this list with your photographer.

Here are some of our ideas to inspire you to get the best possible shots of your wedding dress.

Your must-have list of wedding dress photos

1.The classic shot of the dress on the hanger

Give your wedding dress its own moment of glory, when your photographer captures its magnificence all by itself. Whether your wedding dress is an opulent ball gown or a minimalist sheath, it deserves to be shown off all by itself in your wedding album. All you need is the perfect spot to display it at and a beautiful hanger to hold it upright. Choose from silk-draped hangers, fancy vintage hangers and colorful beauties that match the tone of your wedding theme, for more impact. Your photographer will do the rest. More ideas here on the Junebugs Wedding blog. Hang it up against a mirror or between two windows in a clean and uncluttered location to capture every detail in its full glory.

2.Wedding dress with bridal accessories

If you aren’t too fond of the wedding dress on the hanger idea, you can instead have it photographed with the rest of your wedding day accessories. Create the perfect arrangement of your bridal bouquet, shoes, wedding bands and wedding jewelry, and your photographer can shoot it with your wedding dress in the backdrop. Here the focus will be shared by all the items that will complete your transformation into a beautiful bride. Although the wedding gown will not be the center of attention, it will still receive its due attention.

3.Being zipped or buttoned up

Whether your wedding dress has buttons, zippers, clasps or a corset at the back, have a close-up shot of your wedding dress while it is being put into place. This is usually the last step of wearing your wedding dress. The image of it can bring back memories of the entire process and also remind you of the many emotions you went through at the time. So, make sure you have this sentimental image in your album.

4.The side-shot

Capture your dress from a different perspective, when you ask your photographer to get a full-length profile picture. Identify your better side of the face, and show this to the camera. You can even include your accessories like the veil and bouquet to enhance the impact of this photograph. Look away from the camera and focus your gaze on a faraway object, to make this a masterpiece photo.

5.Photos with your bridal party

There will be a lot going on while you get ready. Your bridesmaids will (hopefully) fuss over you, as you wear your wedding dress and accessories. Ask your photographer to document the action and excitement of the scene, since it will be a memorable picture. Have the picture taken when your bridesmaids help you step into your shoes, straighten your train or set the veil. It would be best if your bridesmaids are also dressed in their respective attires at the time, to get the full effect.

6.Full length portrait

A full-size photograph in your gown will be a great addition to your album. It will capture the same effect that your guests experience when they see you for the first time on your wedding day. Try to have this photo before you wear your veil, so the sheer layers of your veil don’t hide these details. Pick a dramatic setting for the image, which is brightly lit with natural light. If your venue has a spectacular view, make this your backdrop. Else, pose before a portrait or in an outdoor location to get stylish pictures.

7.Image of the back

Many modern dresses have showstopper back details like beautiful keyhole or illusion designs, stunning fabric button trains or even low-cut daring details. If your dress has any of these amazing modern style elements in the back, ensure it is captured in your wedding photos. For this, have a picture taken as you face away from the camera. This will also draw attention to your hairstyle and any hair accessories you may have specially chosen for the occasion.

8.Photo of the wedding dress skirt

If your wedding dress has an interesting skirt and train, highlight it in your photographs with a suitable picture. Whether the skirt features tiered details, has a beautiful hemline or has perfect ruffles, show it from the right angle in an image. Try sitting down with your skirt spread around you to capture the effect of a full skirt in its full glory. For a ball gown skirt or one with ruffles, you can also sit with your feet up and the skirt spread out to display the various details in it. This idea is especially good for lace dresses.

9.Image of the fanned out train

If the dress has a long train, an image from the back with the train spread out to its full length will showcase its effect. This will also look great if the images are taken as you go up or down a staircase. The effect of the train and skirt will be magnified when taken from above or below and also be unique for the aerial positioning of the shot. For a longer train, get the full impact directly from the back.

10.With the veil

The veil is often one of the most striking bridal accessories that instantly enhances the bridal look. If your outfit includes a veil, get a picture of yourself in it. Lifting the veil also is a magical moment that makes for an amazing photo. Ask your photographer to capture the effect of the veil on the dress from different angles, and find the one that is most appealing to include in your album.

11.Zoomed-in image of intricate details

If your dress features intricate beading, lace appliques or embellishments, a close-up shot of these intricate details will capture it well. It is a good idea to take a closer look at your dress and find out which details you love the most. Share this information with your photographer, so he can do justice to the shot by focusing on that one special feature of the dress.

12.Above-the-waist shot

The neckline and waist add definition to a wedding dress. Let these features get their place in the spotlight with a photograph of the bodice. Zoom in on this area and also include jewelry like necklace or earrings for the complete effect. An aerial image will also create a unique perspective and make it an interesting picture.

13.With the groom holding you

There is immense scope to experiment with this shot. You can even showcase the back of your dress in this shot, as you face away from the camera. Include your bouquet for a pop of color and also as a prop that will work well in the setting. Other ideas are to hold hands and walk while the images are captured. Or sit in a strategic position so your dress is highlighted without a direct focus on it.

14.An outdoor shot

Make the most of the natural lighting to get a beautiful portrait. Choose the golden hour, which is an hour before or after dawn and dusk for the best pictures. Since the natural light at these times of the day is most flattering, your images will turn out great. If it is impossible to plan an outdoor shot at these timings, make sure you step outdoors for few pictures when there is plenty of natural light. Or choose a room with a window through which natural light streams in to get pictures with similar effect.

15.Bridesmaids holding the train

Take a look at this picture, and I won’t have to say anything more to convince you. This will be a beautiful and classic picture of your wedding day. As you stride forward, have your bridesmaids pick up your train and hold it visible from all sides. This will enhance the beauty of your dress, and also create beautiful imagery with the contrast in color with that of your wedding party.

16.Photo with your bouquet

This is one picture that simply cannot go wrong. Let the pristine white color of your dress pop against the bright colors of your bouquet, when the image focuses on your dress and the bouquet in your arms. Unless it is a close-up shot, make sure that this image is taken in a clean backdrop with few other distractions. The bouquet should preferably be the only colorful element in the entire frame, to capture the impact with full effect. Such photos are really pretty if there are saturated colors in the bouquet. However, your photographer may also be able to adjust the settings to make this picture unusually attractive.

17.Bride looking in the mirror

This is another wedding dress shot that is sure to be beautiful. The photograph will actually focus on the image in the mirror, and and the real bride with less clarity. Black and white photos of this scene will be extraordinarily beautiful, and this is one you should definitely consider. Make sure that the mirror is clear, the surface below it uncluttered and the background clean for the image to look its best.

18.On the dance floor

This is the chance to have yourself photographed at an angle that emphasizes the beauty of the dress, while you dance with your husband. The dance floor, especially if it is a reflective surface, will form a beautiful backdrop when your photographer clicks the image from a low angle. A talented photographer will be able to capture this emotional moment with perfection. It will also be an opportunity to showcase your dress from a different position and highlight its statement features.

19.Walking away with your husband

This is a very symbolic photo and one that creates a nostalgic image. While the picture will also show off the back of your dress, it will help you relive the special emotions that you felt as you stepped into the new chapter of your life. So, make sure your photographer captures it.

Once you get your hands on your special wedding dress, you may feel that no number of photos are enough to capture the beauty of the dress. While that is true, including it from all possible angles is the next closest thing you can do. Discuss the specific features of your dress with your photographer, so he can ensure no detail is missed in the photographs.

For photogenic wedding dresses that are perfect for your special day, visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride. With a wide range of designer wedding dress collections that are suitable for any taste, budget and body type, you will have no trouble finding your dream dress at our store. Visit our website today to shortlist your favorites.

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Nobody likes a Bridezilla! Here’s how to avoid being one

Wedding bells are ringing! Love is in the air! Isn’t your engagement one of the most beautiful phases in life? So, you want to remember it fondly.

No bride wants to look back on this phase in her life and regret the memories. Unfortunately, wedding planning is not a walk in the park. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stressing over the details and slowly turn into the dreaded “Bridezilla!”

Wedding planning often brings out the worst in a woman. It is only normal that you want the perfect wedding in every way. However, this entails spending enormous amounts of money, planning things to the smallest possible detail and getting everyone in your wedding to perform as expected. Definitely not an easy feat! And as you struggle to cope with the zillion details, your stress levels naturally go up and you may lash out in ways you later regret.

The sad part is that you may not realize that you are turning into a bridezilla until you have hurt hearts and strained relationships. However, there are warning signs that tell you of where you are headed. Scrutinize how you’ve been behaving lately. If you notice these red flags, you better stop before it goes too far and the damage cannot be undone!

Everything you say contains “my wedding”

Talking endlessly about your wedding can irritate those you spend time with. Who would like it if even casual inquiries about the wedding end up in monologues on wedding plans, dress shopping and other wedding details. You will sound wedding-obsessed, and it can really make people dread being around you. Whether it is your excitement or apprehension that causes you to talk about the wedding and nothing else, curtail it. Don’t bring up the topic of your wedding unless necessary. If you are asked about it, keep your answer brief and to-the-point. Leave some things to be seen, rather than spill the beans and kill all the fun.

You are certain nothing is going your way

There is often a time in every bride’s life when she believes things are getting nowhere. You may be frustrated with the lack of options or unhappy with what are available. It may seem that nobody, but you, is concerned about the wedding. In this tryst for perfection, it is likely that you will push your well-wishers away. You may also believe nothing is up to your expectations. Before you freak out and drive everyone away, just sit back and analyze what is going on. With a calm and composed mind run through the different options once again. Some of them may not be as bad as you initially thought they were. Be flexible and open-minded and you will see better progress.

You cannot stop adding details

Pinterest and glossy picture-perfect weddings on the internet can agonize a bride who strives for perfection. Every page you turn, every link you click leads to more eye-candy that you must have at your wedding. This can pose a problem! If you continue to add more details to your wedding, your expenses will spiral out of control.You may also lose control over what is more important as you obsess over several small details. So, stay focused and stop before you go overboard. Once you have enough inspiration, close the picture books once and for all. There will always be another detail that you could add, but remember that it isn’t really necessary. Keep your priorities clear and move on to the next task. Procrastination will only delay you and cause frustration.

You barely spend time with your fiance

Wedding-obsessed brides often forget the most important person in their life—their fiance. This is a big tragedy, as your engagement is a golden period when you should celebrate your love and commitment to each other. It is the time to connect, bond, plan your life together and dream of a beautiful tomorrow. If the wedding overrides this need to be with each other, it is time you took a break from the wedding tasks. Take time away from all the mad wedding planning and simply enjoy the feeling of being in love. Remember that this chance doesn’t come again. So, make memories while you have time.

Your bridesmaids are uncomfortable in your presence

Your bridesmaids are often your best friends, sisters and cousins. They are the women who you share your biggest joys and sorrows with. If they seem to be on edge, every time they are around you, it is time to take stock of the situation. Analyse if you have become very demanding, irritable or obsessed with the wedding these days. Do your single friends prefer to stay away from you? Is it not because they are jealous, but because they are tired of you bragging on and on about your wedding. Avoid rifts and unpleasant situations as far as is possible. Be considerate and accommodating, and they will be eager to participate in your wedding. Don’t be pushy, as it can spoil the fun in your relationship. After all, you want these girls to stick around you even after you are married.

Take a look at this Huff Post article to avoid overstepping the mark, with your bridesmaids. 

Your parents don’t look too excited

It is normal for parents to be emotional when their daughter gets married. After all this transition in status is a big change in their lives too. However, joy will normally overcome the sorrow. If you are always discussing the wedding and not spending any quality time together, it will only distance you further from your parents. Involve them in the wedding planning, welcome their suggestions and appreciate all that they do for you. Also spend time with each other without discussing anything about the wedding, and relive fond memories from the past. Understanding each other at this stage in life will help you remain closer even after your marital status changes forever. It will be immensely helpful if you acknowledge what they are going to, instead of obsessing over the wedding.

Now, if you are worried about family drama ruining your wedding day, here are some tips on how you can avoid it. 

You are obsessed with diets, workouts and weight loss regimens

Brides want to look their best on the most special day of their life. However, don’t stretch yourself to the extent where you sacrifice your happiness and health to look great. Dieting, changes to meal plans and new exercise regimes will help you get in shape and look great in time for your wedding. Nonetheless, tackle everything in moderation. Crash diets and extreme exercise regimens will only do harm. With this approach, you put your well-being at stake. Drastic changes to diet and intense workouts can leave you dissatisfied and unhappy. So, think of whether it is really worth it.

Your fiance fell in love with the present you. He doesn’t want to get married to a whole other you! So, stay healthy and happy, and you will look fantastic on your wedding day.

Every waking minute involves wedding planning

Wedding planning can be laborious and time-consuming. However, it shouldn’t be the only thing in your life. If you find yourself constantly struggling with wedding-related tasks and worrying over the planning timeline, re-evaluate your approach. A well-rested and relaxed bride is better equipped to tackle wedding planning challenges than one who is exhausted. So, do your research first and set priorities. Create a realistic timeline for all wedding tasks and also factor in buffer time. This will allow you to approach the tasks in a systematic and organized fashion. Also accept help from those who offer it. More on this below.

You feel you have to do everything yourself

You may feel that nobody is capable of doing the wedding tasks perfectly. If this means you undertake more than what you are capable of, you are in for big trouble. Having a perfect wedding is not about all the things you successfully did, it is more about the joy and happiness you feel on the day. This won’t be possible if you attempt all the tasks yourself. There will be plenty of friends and family members who are eager to help. Delegate responsibilities to them and trust them to do it right. You should also trust your vendors, especially if you chose them after enough research. So, make your decisions with care, and leave the rest of the job to those concerned. It will take a huge load off your shoulders and leave you more time to enjoy yourself as a bride.

Your vendors don’t look enthusiastic

Do your vendors seem to be doing their job only because you paid them? This could be a sign that they don’t consider you a good client. It is likely to be true if you have particularly signed them up for the job through a referral from a friend or contact. If your contact was extremely happy with their service, it is because they are professionals at what they do. So, it may be time to think of whether you’ve been rude towards them. If you’ve been mean in what you said or the emails you sent, this bad attitude will cause them to be less excited about your wedding. Unless you are certain they are incompetent, look at why they aren’t so keen on doing their job.

If you expect your vendors to do their job with full gusto, it is important you treat them well, show respect, be responsive and open to suggestions and concerns.

You aren’t happy with your fiance’s ideas

If you seem to dismiss every idea your fiance comes up with, it is a sure sign you are turning into a bridezilla.  Just in case you forgot, it happens to be his wedding too. However, if you think you have the last word in all the wedding decisions and ruthlessly reject all that he has to offer, you’re in grave danger. Your fiance will also have certain expectations for your wedding day. After all, it is a lifetime opportunity for him too. So, it is only right that you accommodate his ideas and suggestions as well. Don’t stress out over how his suggestions go with the theme or match your vision. Give him his fair say and let him have some fun too.

We know it is hard to keep calm and stay sane when your wedding day is approaching. It is only normal to get all wrapped up with your wedding plans and make mistakes along the way. Nonetheless, try to keep it under control or it won’t be any fun going forward. Remember that the wedding is just a day in your life, but you need your relationships for the rest of your entire life. Is it worth the drama?

For all your wedding-related needs, such as your dream wedding dress, bridal party dresses, accessories and more, Best for Bride has the solution. Visit our website today and come one step closer to realizing your wedding vision in the easiest possible way.