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Wedding How-to: Pulling off the Mismatched Bridesmaid Look

Are you thinking about mixing things up with your bridal party style? The common fear is how it will all turn out for pictures. Every bride wonders: “What if it doesn’t work and looks like a jumbled mess?” We promise that by following a few of these tips, you can create a fun and stylish look for your girls. Once you decide which direction you want to go, we will show you how to pull it all together!

Guided Freedom:

As tempting as it may be to provide your girls with every and any possibility, it is important to give them a few guidelines. You may think that keeping the dress requirements completely open is making it easier for them, but often it is the opposite. Your girls want you to be happy and get what you want for your wedding day. It can often be more stressful for them to try and guess. There are three main elements to consider when deciding on dresses: Fabric, color and style. Pick 1 or 2 elements that you would like to remain the same, and allow your girls to run with the rest. This will ensure your looks stays cohesive, but has some flair.

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Color me pretty:

Mixing up the colors is a fun way to add some flair to your bridal party. You have a few options here so the first step is to decide how.

1) Mixed color palette. Find some colors that fit together well by placing swatches together. The trick here is to keep your hue consistent. For example: if you are hooked on a pastel pink swatch, keep the remaining choices in the pastel family.

2) Shaded: Changing each bridesmaid dress by a shade or two can create a very interesting look for your bridal party. To pull this look off, you will need to find a gown with a fabric that is available in many colors. Start with 1 color that you love and start to work into a darker or lighter shade. It is that simple!

The long and the short of it:

When the wedding arrives, your bridesmaids will create a beautiful and elegant frame for you and your new husband. Different dress length can often be distracting to the eye and pull the focus from the couple. There are many ways to play with the mismatched bridesmaid look, but when it comes to hem length, we suggest picking just one.

The Mini-Mismatch:

Mixing up your bridesmaid style doesn’t have to mean everything is completely different. Even something as simple as different shoes, bouquets or jewelry can give your girls an opportunity to show off their personalities.

When putting together your bridesmaid style, there really are no rules. All you have to do is play with the options. Put fabrics, color and styles together until you are completely happy with the end result. Mismatching your girls is all about breaking the rules. So go ahead, be fearless!

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8 Things I Wish I Knew While Planning My Wedding

We all know that the more often we do something, the better we get. But when it comes to planning a wedding, you only get one shot to get it right. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, afterall! After the dust has settled from the big day, we want every bride to walk away saying “that was everything I dreamed of” and have no regrets. That is why we asked everyone here at Weddingstar to tell us something they wished they knew while planning their own wedding. Here are 8 things we learned that we think every bride should know.

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1. Who does what?

Your fiancé might not be as involved as you would like him to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much about the wedding or that he isn’t as excited as you are to be married. It just means that floral choices and backdrops are not his top priority. The important thing is not to stress about it. Find out which parts of the wedding are most important to him. Chances are that if he is a foodie or loves music, he will show much more interest in planning the dinner or creating the perfect wedding playlist. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he is looking forward to the most. His answer might just surprise you!

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2. Recruit a coordinator

Even if you DIY your entire wedding up to the day, having a day-of coordinator might be worth it. Having someone to handle the running around and setting up for you is much less stressful. It still allows you to coordinate every detail while being able to enjoy all your hard work on the day of. It is also less costly than hiring a wedding planner!

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3. Schedule some alone time

Remember to set some time aside. Even if it is just a few minutes to be alone with your sweetie on your wedding day. The day will come and go by so fast. It is important to cherish a moment (or two) with each other and remember why this is all happening in the first place. Some good times to do this are often between photos and cocktails, or after the speeches are over.

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4. Have a plan B.

This one might be a given, but it is often overlooked. We often dream of our wedding day being sunny and beautiful. But we all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind. If you are planning to have your ceremony outside and there is a torrential downpour, a backup plan will prevent stress, worry and chaos. Make sure that your parents, wedding planner/coordinator and bridal party are all aware of the plan if the weather turns. Also, remember to pick a few indoor photo shoot locations.

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5. Acquire proper permits

If you are planning to have alcohol at your wedding, it is important to educate yourself on rules and permits. Often different venues will have their own set of rules in regards to alcohol. Make sure you speak with your venue and are clear on what their guidelines are. Is the bar included in your venue rental? Does this include a bartender? Is the permit a part of the package? When are we required to stop serving drinks? Are we able to purchase and serve our own wine or do we need to use your bottle service? These are all very important questions to ask when booking your venue.

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6. Make your guest list first

Picking a venue is one of the very first things you will do when planning your wedding. BUT, there is one more very important step you need to take before signing that contract. Make a rough guest list. This in no way needs to be finalized, but it is so important to have a rough idea of numbers before you book. The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 100 and find out that your guest list is actually 150.

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7. Consider extra costs beyond the dress

Remember to budget for alterations when picking your wedding dress. Lace applique, beading and other details can often be costly to alter. Before saying “yes” to the dress, talk to your bridal consultant about an alteration estimate.

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8. Maximize your photographer’s time (and your budget!)

Photographers and videographers are so important to a wedding, but they can also be very hard on your wedding budget. If your budget does not allow for a full day wedding package, there is still a way to capture all the important moments. Don’t be afraid to play with the traditional reception program. Who said that the bouquet toss and cake cutting have to be at the end of the night? Kick off your reception with the first dance, cut the cake after dinner, and then toss the bouquet. This will allow you to shave a few hours from your photography package while still capturing all those big moments.

Have you been married? Or maybe you’re in the midst of planning a wedding? What is it you wish you knew when going through the process? Tell us below!

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Pro Talk: Tips for Selecting a Wedding Photographer

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Once your vows have been exchanged, the bubbly’s been popped and your lovely gown has been carefully tucked away, what’s left from your big day? Your gorgeous wedding pictures of course! At least you hope they’re gorgeous.

Given the long term importance of wedding photos, there should be no doubt about the need to invest some serious time, energy and dollars into selecting your wedding photographer. The selection process is one of the more intense tasks you’ll take on while planning your wedding, but because the final product is all you’ll have to forever remind you of one of the most amazing days of your life, you definitely want to make sure you manage it properly. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of the critical things you’ll want to consider when selecting a photographer, straight from the ultimate subject matter expert, our very own resident freelance wedding photography purveyor, Mugshots Photography. Here’s everything you  need to know to get you to your dream wedding pics.

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Tip #1: Money Talks

Always start the process of selecting your wedding photographer with a solid understanding of your wedding budget. Set your overall bottom line first and then decide what percentage you want to dedicate to your photographer. Consider the type of coverage you’re interested in, what parts of your day you want captured and what type of final product you’re interested in. This will help you to narrow down your options, based on both service offering and price point. Make sure you approach this from a realistic standpoint and remember the cardinal rule of purchasing any product or service, you get what you pay for.

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Tip #2: Set a Benchmark

Look at lots and lots (and lots!) of wedding inspiration to get a solid visual sense of what type of photography appeals to you most. There’s more wedding inspiration available to today’s bride than ever before so use it to your advantage. Scour wedding magazines (like the Weddingstar magazine) and Pinterest to see how others have had their day captured. Do you gravitate towards a photojournalistic approach? Do prop heavy wedding photos appeal to you? Once you understand the type of images you want, you’ll be better prepared to pick the photographer that can get you exactly what you’re after for your photos.

Tip #3: The Playing Field

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different types of wedding photography companies in your market. There are no doubt plenty to choose from, regardless of where you reside. Some photographers may just be starting out and are looking to build their portfolios. Some may be very experienced with 100’s of weddings under their belts. While others still may be set up as ‘studios’ with several subcontracted photographers working on their behalf. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these offerings. For instance, a new wedding photographer may offer you an attractive price as he looks to gain experience, while a seasoned pro will come at an added investment but will already know the ins and outs of shooting weddings. There’s someone for everyone, just make sure you understand what you’re signing up for.

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Tip #4: A Serious Commitment

Fall in love with the portfolios of the photographers you are interested in. Anything less and you may not be happy with your final images. And don’t just settle on a photographer’s website portfolio that features their best work. Once you have narrowed down your selection ask your prospective photographers to share with you a full set of images from a couple of recent wedding they have captured. This will give you the best sense of what your potential finished product will look like. Keep an eye out for the types of images that are important to you. And pay attention to any specific processing approach a photographer takes to make sure you like it.

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Tip #5: The Meet and Greet

Before the final product comes all the preamble, and an important preamble it is. Your photographer is one of the very few wedding vendors who will spend the better part of your day close by your side. You’ll want to make sure there’s a personality match prior to booking with a specific person. Your potential photographer should easily be able to address all of your questions. Ask him/her to talk about why they started shooting weddings. Ask about their experience and about the equipment they use. The answers you get should confirm how knowledgeable the photographer is, while also provide you with insight into how personable they are. If going with a studio offering, make sure to get some face time with the specific photographer set to shoot your day, before you sign the contract. Be weary if this is not an option.

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Tip # 6: The Test Run

Book an engagement shoot. This will allow for a test run in getting your picture taken by a professional photographer so that you feel more comfortable on your wedding day, both as a couple having their pictures taken and with the person taking the pictures. A set of engagement pictures will also help you better define for your photographer the type of images you like best.

Tip #7: Get Organized

Prepare a shot list of important events and people you want captured and share the list with your photographer. Sharing this information will ensure that important memories are captured on your big day. But don’t go overboard in listing out a too detailed shot list. Trust that your photographer will capture the day in a way that is similar to the work that he/she has shown you during the booking process.

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Want More

To view more of the Mugshots portfolio visit their website at mugshotsphotography.ca, or pick up a copy of the current Weddingstar magazine for front to back wedding inspiration, all captured by Mugshots.

xoxo.

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Real Weddings: Become a Feature Weddingstar Couple

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Behind the scenes at Weddingstar work on new inspirational wedding content is a constant. From the print magazine, to the Blog, to product development, there’s no downtime in the creation of fresh ideas and products. And the number one source of inspiration for the work is real weddings. It’s the love stories of couples all around the world that acts as the driving force for everything. And needless-to-say, nothing excites the team more than seeing images of Weddingstar products as parts of those stories.

If you’re one of the many couples who have made Weddingstar a part of your wedding day we want to hear from you! We’d love to see the details of your day and share how you put your personal touch on the products you used. Photographers, this goes for you too! If you’ve shot a wedding featuring a Weddingstar product, share it with us for your opportunity to have your images showcased. For more details on how to become a Weddingstar Feature Wedding check out the submission section right here on the Blog. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at a couple of our recent submissions. Happy Friday!

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featured here: decorative birdcage

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featured here: blown glass globes filled with preserved petals

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featured here: paper parasols

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xoxo.

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