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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • Remember Your Wedding

    Hire a Professional Photographer

    You might think you can skip the expense and just rely on friends and family to capture good photos from the ceremony and reception. Big mistake! Even though every cell phone out there today has a built-in camera, these pale in comparison to professional DSLR cameras. Of all the outside help you hire to make your wedding day a success, this is one you should splurge on.

    Stage Fun Photo Ops

    It’s fine to stand in one happy line and smile nicely for the camera, but it’s much more fun to look back on more creative photo ops. Use some of these ideas:

    • Get goofy with your bridal party.
    • Find an old picture from your parents’ wedding and recreate the same pose.
    • Use props to your advantage (picture frames, sparklers, flowers, wedding rings, scrabble letters, Christmas lights…).
    • Get creative with group pictures to show more energy and emotion than a mug shot.
    • Use perspective shots to make it appear the bride’s foot is crushing the groomsmen, the bride’s head is inside her wedding ring, or the groom is putting the crescent moon in the sky on his bride’s finger.

    Encourage Selfies

    Ask guests to text the pictures they take of themselves to either the bride or the groom. Then, the pictures are at your disposal to save digitally or print for a wedding guest keepsake album.

    Set Up a Photo Booth

    This is the chance for your wedding guests to get creative. Have plenty of props for them to choose from. Set up the booth so when the personalized photo strip prints out, guests know to tape the strip into your scrapbook and write a message alongside it. This method for remembering your wedding is one that guests love, too.

    Personalize Memorable Items from the Event

    So far, every way we have suggested to remember your wedding involves photos, but you have plenty of other options as well. Personalize some important items from the day so you have them to look back on years from now. Here are some items you might want to have engraved before the special day arrives:

    • Trinket box to hold small mementos from the event
    • Toasting glasses
    • Wine bottle
    • Cake knife
    • Picture frame
    • Ring bearer’s pillow
    • Candles
    • Cake topper

    Choose a Creative Spin on the Classic Guest Sign-In Book

    Setting up a photo booth is one great option for replacing the boring old sign-in book, as detailed above, but it’s certainly not your only option. Here are other methods you can use to document who came:

    • Guests write messages in the blank spaces around engagement pictures in a photo album.
    • Attendees sign their names on the oversized mat board surrounding an engagement picture. Have it professionally framed after the event.
    • Friends and family snap a Polaroid picture of themselves as they walk in, paste it in the guest sign-in book and write a message to go with it.
    • Wedding guests write their well wishes on custom letterpress note paper.

    These ideas capture the important moments of your wedding day and document those who attended the special event, giving you memorable keepsakes you can cherish for years to come. For more useful wedding tips, please visit our Facebook page or contact Bella Bridal and Heirlooms today.

    June 11, 2014
  • Memorable Marriages

    Although you've probably spent your whole life dreaming of the day you'll walk down the aisle, that special time will come and go before you know it. Like many brides-to-be you not only want your day to be that fairytale ending (and beginning) come true, but want it to be one that creates such a lasting impression that it's burnt into your memory, as well as your guests', forever. Celebrity weddings are often lavish and grandiose in their attempt to make eternal the celebration. Discover some of these unique weddings and find inspiration from the stars.

    5 Memorable Celebrity Weddings

    While the paparazzi may not stalk you, and you may not have $3.5 million to drop on your on your wedding day, you can still glean amazing ideas from the creative ceremonies held by some of Tinseltown's sweethearts.

    Kim Kardashian and Kayne West

    The latest newsworthy newlyweds, reality star Kim Kardashian and hip hop artist Kayne West, went all out for their spring 2014 nuptials in Florence Italy. Much of the day was immortalized through social media - both Twitter and Instagram were bombarded with photos of the big day, posted by the happy couple. Among the pics was Kardashian wearing her custom-made Givenchy gown and another was from the reception showcasing their almost-matching leather jackets with the words "Just" on his and "Married" on hers.

    Victoria Adams and David Beckham

    The famous Brit couple, soccer champion David Beckham and pop star Victoria Adams (aka Posh Spice) wed in 1999 at Ireland's Luttrellstown Castle. The two, who have long held a reputation for displaying some mega PDA, topped their wedding cake with a nude (minus some well placed ivy leaves) sculpture of themselves. Their tastes for extravagance also included a purple flag with the initials VBD (for Victoria, their baby Brooklyn and David) that was raised above the castle after the couple said their vows, and golden his-and-hers thrones at the reception.

    Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

    Although their wedded bliss only lasted five years, at the time of their fairytale nuptials in the summer of 2000, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were Hollywood's "It" couple. During their Malibu ocean-side wedding, a gospel choir and four bands entertained the newlyweds and their A-list group of guests. As an added musical wow factor, Melissa Etheridge serenaded the crowd to the tune of "Whole Lotta Love". Fireworks illuminated the evening sky, offering the perfect final touch at the this nearly surreal event.

    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

    Singer-actor Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel tied-the-knot during an enchanting ceremony held in southern Italy's Borgo Egnazia resort. Since guests had to travel so far to partake in the festivities, the bride and groom decided to make it a week long event. One of the hallmarks of this dream-come-true celebration was the original song Timberlake wrote for his wifey to-be - which he played on his acoustic guitar for her as she walked down the aisle.

    Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting

    Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco and tennis pro Ryan Sweeting definitely started off the 2014 New Year with a....bang by joining hands in marriage. Most of the wedding was on the sweet and traditional side - including Cuoco soft pink Vera Wang tulle ball gown - with one exception: the wedding cake, which was hung upside down, connected to a right-side-up glittering chandelier. Sweeting still managed to get a slice of cake to smash into his bride's face.

    Do you need more tips on creating a memorable wedding day? Please feel free to visit our Facebook page or contact us at Bella Bridal and Heirlooms anytime.

    May 31, 2014

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