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  • Worldwide Hen Party Traditions

    Have you planned your hen party yet? Are you having a destination hen party? Ever wondered what the worldwide hen party traditions are? Maybe you want to avoid some of the more unpleasant traditions. You may wish to include some of the quirkier ones.

    Well today we have a fun infographic from The Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa in Ireland on worldwide hen party traditions.

    Worldwide Hen Party Traditions

    Worldwide hen party traditions for love me love my wedding

    Now I for one will not be wanting a Scottish hen party or Argentinian hen party any time soon. I’m more than happy with an Indian hen party or Mauritanian though. A legitimate reason to be a pig? Yes please. Do you know of any other worldwide hen party traditions that are not mentioned here? Would love to hear from you.

    Surprise Wedding – A Friday Film

    So you want to get married. You just haven’t got round to planning ANYTHING or save any money. How would you feel if your other half actually arranged a surprise wedding? A wedding that someone else planned for you from start to finish. Moved? Touched? A bit miffed? Delighted? In today’s wedding film Christina had no idea she was getting married. She thought she was modelling for a bridal shoot. This is good, as she at least lad a gorgeous dress and hair and makeup done. How peed off would you be if you were looking like a tramp while your surprise guests were dressed to the nines?

    It certainly takes the hassle out of wedding planning and leaves the marriage to do the talking.

    In a couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a wedding that was planned in just 3 weeks. It can be done people!

    Surprise Wedding

    DIY Wedding Advice – Wedding Planning

    So we all like a bit of DIY wedding advice. Those DIY details can personalise your wedding or save some money. There are some great ideas. I have to say it’s not something I did. That’s mainly because I am not very crafty. Maybe all I needed was a handy DIY wedding advice infographic to give me inspiration and a few ideas.

    DIY Wedding Advice

    Today we have a fab DIY wedding advice infographic from Crowe Saw Mills in Ireland. Now here’s a bunch of people who are handy. They can create everything from decking, to planters to fencing. I am sure they could knock up some wooden table centres for a rustic wedding before you can even say Do It Yourself! So today’s infographic is definitely lumber heavy. However, there are some fabulous ideas here! So sit back and be prepared for some timber love.

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    Do you have any DIY wedding advice of your own that you would like to share? Would love to here from you.

    Capturing and Sharing Your Wedding on a Budget

    Today’s post is a tricky one for me. Capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget. In other words, without hiring a professional. With a background as a professional wedding photographer, the thought of not having a professional photographer at your wedding makes me want to weep for you. No one has EVER regretted having a professional photographer at their wedding. They have certainly regretted not having one.

    However, I also realise that to some, photos are not high on their list of priorities. They may detest photos. They may simply not have a budget for it. I also truly believe that if you can’t get a DECENT professional photographer, don’t get one at all. Your expectations will be lower. You won’t have some obnoxious sod lumbering around your sacred day. Also the results may surprise, not disappoint you.

    Rita Silva is a wedding planner with a heart for the modern couple. With her inspirational ideas and innovative use of technology and traditional resources, she loves blogging about all things weddings to help couples make the best memories possible. She is sharing her thoughts on capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget. So over to Rita to tell us more.

    Capturing and Sharing your Wedding on a Budget

    Your wedding day is one of the happiest in your life. If you’re about to embark down this road, and you’ve been pricing out a photographer, you know that getting wedding photos and video is one of the most expensive wedding services there is. 

    Next to the venue, and possibly the cake, you’re going to spend the most on your photographer. In some cases, however, you might even spend as much on your photographer as you do on your venue. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a boatload to have a great, memorable wedding. You just need a little ingenuity.

     Shooting Your Wedding: The Basics

     Instead of hiring a professional to do your photography, you can opt to do it all yourself. Seem crazy? It’s not, really. What you want to focus on is the actual logistics of shooting rather than the content of the shots. 

    capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget guests photographing bride and groom for love me love my wedding

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    In other words, focus on finding at least 4 people who will shoot your wedding all night long. Alternatively, set your guest’s expectations up front. Tell them that they will be shooting the wedding for you and that you’ll be providing all of the camera gear. Then, coordinate the shooting so that guests will hand off the cameras to one another periodically throughout the night. 

    capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget wedding guest photographers for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

    Trust that your guests – your friends and family – will know what to shoot. They are, after all, the people closest to you. A lot of the pictures and video from the night will be candid, and you have to be OK with that. If you are, it will end up being one of the most spectacular nights of your life, and your guests will have a blast.

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    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

     Hiring A Video Editing Service

     A professional video editing service might be a good idea if you plan on doing the shooting yourself. In fact, there are companies out there who specialize in this sort of thing. You rent the cameras from them, and they let you do the shooting. They usually supply you with film-quality cameras and then edit the raw footage when you turn in the film.

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    Then, you get a copy of the finished product. It’s an awesome process.

     Instagram Your Wedding

     OK, so you have the wedding video covered, now how about the pictures? What’s a wedding without extensive pics? This is another area where a little creativity can go a long way. First, set up an Instagram account and download the free Instagram app.

    capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget bride selfie for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photograph

    Next, pick a pre-determined wedding hashtag. You could use your name or some up with something else that’s equally clever. Next, sign up for a ifttt.com account. This is a website that lets you set “rules” for uploads. For example, when a wedding guest snaps a photo, and then tags your special wedding hashtag, the site will automatically upload the photo to your wedding album. Pretty cool, right?

    capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget wedding guest photographer for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

     Do Your Own Editing and Sharing

     If you really want to save money, do your own editing and sharing. Editing can be a little tricky with video, but iMovie or even Windows Movie Maker should be up to the task. If you want to go all out, you can always call up a friend who owns an Adobe Premier or Final Cut X.

    For sharing, use something like Vuze which makes the most of P2P networking and file sharing and share your wedding with all of your friends.

    You can also upload videos to sites like Vimeo or YouTube, and then set your video channel to “private.” Hand out the link only to those whom you want to share your special day with.

    capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget videography for love me love my wedding

    So there you have it. Top tips for capturing and sharing your wedding on a budget. What do you think? Is photography a priority for you, or is this something that you would seriously consider? Would love to hear from you.  



    Peacock Wedding Inspiration

    Now I love peacocks, peacock feathers and peacock colours. To me they are glamorous, beautiful and reminiscent of that golden era of the 1920s. So if you want a hint of a vintage theme, with a vibrant colour scheme some peacock wedding inspiration is for you. Go for an all out peacock extravaganza or just a hint. Here are some of my favourite peacock wedding ideas.

    Peacock Wedding Inspiration

    Wedding Stationery

    Peacock wedding inspiration black gold invitation for love me love my wedding

    Classic black and gold are given the peacock treatment by Zazzle.

    Peacock wedding inspiration wedding stationery for love me love my wedding

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    Love this stylised peacock stationery by Hattie Boo Designs.

    Peacock wedding inspiration lux peacock feather wedding stationery for love me love my wedding

    Ashley Romo

    Embossed invitations embellished with a peacock feather and gold ribbon by Ashley Romo.

    Hair Accessories

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    Go for a hint of feather with this vintage inspired hair comb.

    Peacock wedding inspiration silver hair accessory for love me love my wedding


    Love these super sparkly jeweled feather combs from Etsy.


    Peacock wedding inspiration peacock shoes for love me love my wedding

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