Ways to Spread the Love After You Say ‘Yes’!

Couple kissing while being surrounded by foliage

Couple kissing while being surrounded by foliage

The man who has your heart got down on his knee and asked you the question! Both of you said yes to being a plus one forever, saving each other a seat at every table, laughing at the same stories, and making new ones along the way.


It is surely an epiphany in itself, realizing you want to share your life with someone, and some would say it is a more monumental event than the wedding itself, and we would agree! Since you have made this sliding door decision of your life, there are many things you can do to celebrate your relationship away from the crowd before the wedding activities take over.


This is the ‘calm before the storm’, so enjoy it and make it perfect so you always look back at it with fond memories for years to come.


•  Revisit and Relive: Take a winding trip down the memory lane with your fiance and acknowledge and revel on how far you have come.  You can do an exclusive version of your first date together by booking the entire place for the evening and recreating the magic. Order the same dishes, wine, and dessert as you did on your first day and we guarantee you will feel the butterflies again. Add in some celebratory bubbly and voila! What better way to celebrate the day than going full circle?

•  Spa Date: The next few months will be nothing short of crazy, so take this opportunity to slot in a spa date with your man into your planner. Book a luxurious day in the spa and head out with your fiance for a relaxing couple’s massage to melt all the chaos away.  It will not only act as a pause button and let you soak in the peacefulness before the wedding planning starts but will also let you soak into each other’s exclusive presence. Add in a facial or a manicure to complete the spa session, sit back, sip your champagne and relax!

•  Just-engaged Session: While that just-engaged glow is still working for you, get some pictures clicked with your fiance. Whether you want to take tons of adorable selfies, or go all out with a professional photographer, make sure you capture the spark in your eyes forever in photo squares. Bonus: Not only do these pictures make an adorable keepsake, but they will also be charming engagement announcements or save-the-dates.

•  Take a Trip Together: Escape the world for a few days and bask in that new tingling feeling of being just engaged. Fly to a beachy location on the other side of the world or check in to a luxury hotel in the same city for a stay-cation- whatever your and your fiance’s schedule allow. You can also rent a yacht and sail through the water and soak in some sun while you unwind. Sneak in some quality time before the mayhem of wedding planning sets in. Also, it is an apt way of sealing the deal and getting a tiny taste of the honeymoon ahead!

•  Host a Soiree: Happiness multiplies when shared with people who have nothing but good vibes for you. Have some of your closest people over and celebrate this momentous event with some exquisite champagne and finest of delicacies. Ensure this soiree has just the choicest of your inner circle, soak in the happy feeling of being around the people you cherish before you make a formal announcement!


Your day of engagement is one to be forever marked on the calendar and will hold special significance for years to come. Take time to breathe in, soak in the happiness, and stretch out that post-engagement bliss a little longer. We dare you to indulge a little before you declare your news. Enjoy before wedding preparations unfold!

Why is Investing in a Wedding Video Worth it?

Newly married couple kissing during wedding photoshoot

Newly married couple kissing during wedding photoshoot

A wedding day is potentially the most anticipated day of one’s life. It is a social declaration in front of everyone you hold close in your life, that you and your spouse are each other’s ride or dies, for as long as ‘forever’ lasts. It is a day you will want to live and relive for years to come! You will talk about this day whenever you make friends and are sitting together cozily, swapping stories. You will talk about this day when your grandkids are wrapped around your armchair, begging for the story to be retold for the umpteenth time. You will want to hold to those moments forever in your heart as your wrinkles grow deeper and the memories grow fainter.


And sometimes the photo squares in the album are not quite doing it, as they can only capture so much. However, a cinematic representation of the day went by can really transport you to the day, making it a memoir for you to revisit for decades to come. It can act as a time capsule, encapsulating your memories, your high points, and the cracking emotions in a perfect movie. It might cost you a little more to get a panoramic video made, but can you really put a price tag on memories? Let us go through some reasons why wedding videos are definitely a good investment:


•  Play-by-play of the day: As witnessed by many married couples, the wedding day goes by very fast. Most people say their wedding day is a giant blur of activities and they don’t remember what went on exactly. Having a dedicated video acting as a reference point and a play-by-play of how the day went is just about perfect. It reminds you of the trivial details of the day which will make you smile in years to come. Investing in a wedding videographer lets you relive your special day, even when your memory fails you.

•  People make a wedding: The guests of the wedding day are essentially the people who make the wedding a special event that it is. Seeing the friendly faces of your well-wishers will warm your heart and remind you how important these souls are in your life. As it is the close circle of people who make a wedding more special, having them forever captured in your wedding video will make you cherish them more.

•  The promise encrypted: While the wedding might have a lot of moments to cherish, the most monumental one has to be the ceremony. As the vows are shared between the couple and the promise of forever is exchanged, the video will capture the slighted detail of the ceremony in exquisite details.

•  Feel the feels: You are probably going to be moving through a wave of emotions on your wedding day, and what better way to capture that than to have it in a wedding video for years to come? Feel the jitters, the excitement, the love in your heart, and the thrill of the future ahead forever. You can add in your special touch to make your wedding video more representative of you. Many videographers have collections that you can choose from and personalize your wedding film accordingly


A wedding video is a ride back to the day it all happened, and it will forever be yours to revisit when you are feeling low, or reminiscent. There are so many talented wedding videographers out there who will weave your day in a perfect movie, give words so your feelings are articulated perfectly, and bring your day alive in vivid colors and elevated shots, as you and your partner star in your unique love story!

For the Indulgent Bride : Prep Yourself Luxuriously!

Bride getting ready for her wedding day

Bride getting ready for her wedding day

Hey gorgeous, a little birdie told us that you are all set to tie the knot! And we’re sure, with a constant glow on your face, everyone can sense your excitement. And now as you look forward to the happiest day of your life, we understand the butterflies and anxiety that come along with the excitement. It’s your best day and you want to look your most dazzling self.


The transformation and transition mostly do not happen overnight, they require weeks and months of dedication. There are certain things which can easily be done by yourself while there are those which require some indulging! Let’s take you through some of the basic as well as luxurious ways of self-care that comprise your wedding beauty timeline, which you can indulge in to achieve that flawless look for your big day.


Go Easy on the Stress

When to start – Day 1

First and foremost, the basics – try to keep the stress away. We know that a celebration this big brings with it so many things to sort, to think about and to take care of. We are sure you know that the effects of stress can become easily visible on your face like early wrinkles, dullness and much more. Apart from that, it can also cause various inflammatory conditions like eczema and keratosis. No point taking stress when you have such a great thing to look forward to.


Skin Care

When to start – 8 months prior

You can start with a skin-care regimen right from Day 1 of knowing about your wedding, but a minimum of eight months is a must. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist and get talking about the skin-care regimen that should be followed to achieve that flawless dream look for your big day. For instance, in case you wish to get started on the miraculous retinoid, you would need at least four months (minimum!) to go through the process. You could even indulge in some derm-administered light peels or full-body microdermabrasion to have a jaw-droppingly smooth skin shown off slyly by your wedding dress.


Salicylic Acid Peel

When to start – 2 weeks prior

You read that right, this 30 percent beta hydroxy acid peel, when applied to your skin, clears your complexion, freeing it from all sorts of blackheads and whiteheads hidden under the skin. Since irritation or dryness might occur, it’s best to keep a gap of a minimum of two weeks between this procedure and your wedding day.


Hair Care

When to start – 8 months prior

Consider the basics like conditioning every time you shampoo, a thumb rule. If you wish to go for hair color, hair extensions or a keratin treatment, do it early on! It’ll give you ample time to analyze the effects of it. If you are in a mood for indulgence right before your wedding, go for a Frizz Tamer which is formaldehyde-free treatment to remove unwanted frizziness. The effect of it usually lasts until six months.


Refine your make-up

There are some things that you can totally count on, like Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks, as they would never ever disappoint you. With various luxury brands, acing the cosmetic scene, give yourself ample time to try different brands to finalize the one that suits you for your big day.



When to start – 3 months prior

Need to work on your eyebrows every time you go out? And getting even more worried as you are all set to shine on your special day? Then microblading is the right thing for you. In this treatment, your brow is enhanced and shaped with the help of a pen-blade, creating pigments under your skin. It should be started while you have two-to-three months’ time before your wedding. The effect lasts for about 18 to 30 months and the treatment is followed by touch-ups every six months or every year, depending on your skin type and preferred look.


For that flawless smile

When to start – 6 months prior

On your wedding day, we know you will be smiling all through and your smiling pictures and videos will be cherished forever. Well, there is so much you could do for achieving that flawless smile on your wedding day. For starters, you could visit a dentist for regular cleaning and x-rays. For your big day, you could even go for Veneers, which are placed over your teeth ensuring a million-dollar smile. The procedure should be done four weeks before your wedding day.


Kybella for a slimmer jawline

When to start – 1 month prior

If you want a slimmer jawline, you can go in for Kybella, a nonsurgical injectable technique that aims at reducing the fat beneath the chin. It requires around two to four monthly appointments and should be done at least one month prior to the wedding as it causes some amount of swelling which might take some time to subside.


Non-surgical temporary Nose-Job

When to start – 3 months prior

Yeah, we know we have just made the day for some of you! Introducing the Hyaluronic acid fillers like Voluma and Bellafill, which are god-sent for nasal imbalances. The result – a 15-minute non-surgical nose job, giving you a dream nose for your big day.


Go Sweat Free

When to start – 3 weeks prior

Not just your wedding but we have got you covered for your honeymoon as well! If you are worried about sweating on your wedding day or as you plan to travel around the globe on your honeymoon, give MiraDry a thought! This single session (non-surgical treatment) of one hour can permanently reduce underarm sweat and frees you of your unpleasant odor.



When to start – 12 months prior

PicoWay laser wipes out tattoo pigments in four to eight sessions in one to two months, depending on your tattoo.


Décolletage Rejuvenation

When to start – 2 months prior

Worried about getting that perfect fit and look of your chest in your wedding gown? Go for a chest makeover with the Décolletage rejuvenation, in which fine lines and wrinkles on the chest are removed with the help of Botox and fractionated lasers. Psst, it can even do some magical makeover for your cleavage by sharpening it a bit!



When to start – 6 months prior

This is a rather minimally invasive treatment to reduce excess fat from areas like abdomen, hips, armpits, and thighs. This should ideally be done before your first dress fitting to get a proper idea.



When to start – 3 months prior

This treatment is to burn excess fat by hooking it up with a device that emits bursts of heat, targeting those fatty areas. The result is permanent and the fat is excreted by the body over a time of three months. One procedure takes an average of 25 minutes and can target multiple areas at once.



When to start – 6 months prior

This procedure consists of a one-time session of 45 minutes of cellulite smoothing. The effects last for around two years although you might initially experience some pain for a few days.


TempSure Envi

When to start – 2 months prior

Aimed at giving an instant lift to the neck or any other part which requires a lift. You would be required to take four sessions with a gap of three weeks each, with every session being of 20 minutes.


A Tailored Perfume for Your Big Day

When to start – 3 months prior

The ultimate indulgence – a fragrance in a gorgeous crystal carafe, an engraved flacon, six refill flacons, and two travel sprays – all in YOUR signature style. Luxury perfumer Kilian Hennessy’s effort of three months for making a fragrance that’s all you is indeed the ultimate indulgence! The process requires you to be presented with three samples for you to finalize ‘your scent’.


With so many options to give you that perfect body, look, and confidence for the happiest day of your life, we hope you keep in mind the basics of giving proper attention to yourself. And do not forget to stay away from booze and sugar for amazing results, but we guess you already knew that. Our wedding videography experts at byDesign Films truly believe in the ‘If you feel good, you look good’ philosophy, and your wedding day totally deserves to see your sass. For more wedding inspiration, check out the rest of our blog collection.

Advantages of Having Three Photographers On Your Wedding

The gold foil in your wedding invites will soon fade, the flowers will fall away and wither, and the fragrance in your dress will waft away to nothing. What will remain is the spouse you have chosen to share your life with and the memories. And what better way to explore those memories than to flip through some photographs or to watch your wedding film?

Opting for a good photographer and videographer is the best investment you can make in your wedding. When all is said and done, its the camera which holds the memories of the day forever. While having one good photographer to capture the day is great, having three photographers is thrice as good, and we come with reasons to back that statement too!

Capture Everything

You don’t have to worry about losing those precious moments of your special day. Having three photographers to back you up will ensure that every moment is captured and none of the moments have slipped away uncaptured. This means you can basically relive the entire day to its last finest details and not just the highlights of the day. More lenses, more to document, right?

Follow the Couple Separately

While one photographer is capturing the bride while she is getting ready, another one can be with the groom and document his side of the story. The third photographer can capture the guest pouring in or the ceremony. Having different photographers gives the wedding a 360-degree coverage, letting the photographers capture multiple locations at the same time. This means important details like the groom’s reaction to the bride walking down the aisle, your little nephew dancing away alone, and the couple’s mothers’ exchanging a secret joke, everything is caught in the camera.

Explore Different Angles

A single subject can look different from three different angles. While having three photographers at hand is incredibly handy, in terms of a wider range of coverage, photographers can also explore different angles of the same subject, giving it a more cinematic coverage. While one photographer can cover more traditional angles, there will still be room for the other photographers to explore a wider range of angles.

Mix Different Styles

No two artists are the same and the same can be said for their art. Having three different professional photographers means you get a healthy mix of different styles of photography backed with different lenses and filters. Not only it brings a sense of depth in the final photo or video album, but it also lets you have a variety of coverage, ensuring your final album is not one dimensional.

More Footage, More Creative Freedom: This holds true especially for wedding videography, as you never know what turns out to be important amidst all the footage which was captured. Having more footage captured surely can be more taxing to work through, but also gives the wedding videographer more creative freedom and expression to create a wedding film which they are proud of. There is no restriction as per what footage to pick and what not to- as they would potentially have more than enough.

Having multiple lenses at your disposal, especially when it comes to important days in your life like your wedding day, is the best thing you can ask for. It means more coverage, more angles, more creativity, and hence, a truly cinematic representation of your wedding. What more can you ask for? Convinced? We rest our case!

5 Fabulous Reasons to Have a First Look at your Wedding

In years past people have been believing that seeing your wife before the wedding ceremony brings bad luck for the groom. However, the progressive world has evolved since then and most couples have stopped being superstitious about these things. More and more couples are opting to have a first look at their weddings.

A first look is relatively a modern custom where the bride and groom see each other for the first time in the wedding attire, earlier than at the aisle. It’s the moment of revealing the couples’ wedding look to each other before the wedding ceremony. It is a great concept and is becoming popular by the day. If you are planning to tie the knot, it’s worth a consideration. Let us take you through some of the reasons why you should consider having the first look at your wedding.

First look brings the best look

Since it’s done at the beginning of the day, you are your freshest best! Your look and attire are flawless at that time, hence, it’s the perfect moment to capture your perfect looks. As the day progresses, which will be real quick we might add, your look is not going to stay as immaculate as it did early in the day. Therefore, this time is best to have some great wedding photography.

Great to calm the wedding jitters

Pre-wedding jitters are understood and no one has escaped from them. However, the first look can help ease those butterflies. During the first look, you and your partner get some quality time to be alone and calm each other’s anxiety down. Plus, you get out of that ‘will he like my look?’ or the ‘how do I look?’ thoughts as you walk the aisle! The first look gives you ample time to discuss how great you both look and we all would agree to that – once your partner compliments you, the world becomes a better place already.

For that precious alone time before the big exchange

Your first look is ironically the first time being single and alone with your partner and also your last, and by that we mean, you won’t be single anymore when you walk down that aisle. So if you decide to go for your first look, you would be spending some quality time with your partner before you both get sucked into the celebrations. Then it’s all about being surrounded by friends and relatives.

Gorgeous photo ops

With first look come fresh appearances and solitude of you both. This means – great opportunities for clicking your wedding portraits. In fact, if you have decided to hire a wedding videographer, even photos won’t be able to do justice to your first look. That first expression of your partner when he sees you all dolled up for your big day is too precious to be captured only in photos. And such wedding photo ops are more vital during the winters when you have a lesser number of hours of natural light needed for a perfect wedding photoshoot.

Save time for your guests

Getting your first look means you can have your wedding photoshoot before the ceremony begins. Which in turn saves a lot of time which is usually taken up by wedding portraits. That, in turn, gives you ample time to spend with your guests and enjoy your happiest day with them. Since you are done with most of the photoshoot for the both of you during your first look, you can utilize and devote time after the ceremony to your family and friends. Well, after all, their purpose is the same as yours – to celebrate your love!

Times have changed and superstitious beliefs have given way to progressiveness. That being said, it is still a personal choice as a couple has other reservations when it comes to having the first look at their wedding. This happens due to various reasons like a couple might not be comfortable displaying their emotions or might want to save time for the wedding celebrations only. However, most of the time, the pros outweigh the cons.

Wedding Planning During COVID-19

You get to hear so much about quick fixes and crisis aversion while planning a wedding, don’t you? From a tear in your train to a broken heel of your bridal shoes, everything can be fixed and saved. But what do you do when a pandemic hits just when you are in the thick of wedding planning? No wedding magazine or bridal blog quite prepares you for something like this. Because this is not exactly something that happens so often and for sure not something that even occurs to us to prepare for!

But one day, in the middle of switching color samples for your wedding decor and cake tasting, you hear the news. That Covid-19 is here, and here with a fury which is taking countless people in! Between your own share of, ‘Oh, this wouldn’t impact us’, and waking up in cold sweat in the middle of the night in a red hot panic, you have made peace with inevitable-COVID-19 has made itself comfortable and is here to stay for a while! This also means that you’ll be wedding planning during COVID19.

Understood that a lot of intricate thoughts, planning, and love has already gone into making this day truly special, there needs to be a reiteration to your wedding planning-and fast! Things have not gone south yet, and if managed smartly, you will still be able to have the most amazing wedding day, just the way you planned to! Listed below are some pointers to keep in mind as you combat the uncharted territory of these uncertain times. Breathe, refocus, and read!

Postpone or Cancel?

Postpone (Please):

A wedding to look forward to next year is still better than no wedding to look forward to! Don’t be disheartened by the turn of events and don’t give up on your big day! Rather, try to postpone the wedding to late 2020 or 2021. This will give you something to look forward to and plan towards in the current day and will make more sense in the grand scheme of events.

Half and Half:

Couldn’t wait? We understand! How about half and a half and having a small courthouse ceremony now with no party and postponing the reception until a safer date? This way, you will be technically married, but will still have something exciting and celebratory to work towards! Now isn’t that exciting?


If you don’t want the pandemic even remotely tainting your special day, we get it! Canceling is a valid choice, however, it might be wise to have a timeframe in mind as you cancel. This will give your mental clarity, and will not be disheartening for you and your partner.

Reschedule Norms

Vendor loyalty:

Do not let your wedding vendors go, as they might have also put in a lot of work into your wedding planning. Arrange for a meeting with your photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, etc. and work out rescheduled dates and availability. If there is a change in plan, they should be the first to know and should be given the first preference for the rescheduled date. It is fair that way only!


Flexibility is encouraged when you are already in the midst of uncertain times and the options are scarce. Trying to meet midway and work out dates and choice which are feasible for both parties. We understand this is a special day for you and your partner, but sometimes, things are just not in our control and it is a good virtue to take things by the stride.

Breaking the News

Go Virtual:

When physical contact is cut down, it is the internet that comes to the rescue. Send out e-vites, virtual save the dates, schedules, and reschedules. This way, everyone in your guest list is in the loop without you having to call them personally. Trust us, nobody will hold it against you, especially at a time like this. Go for convenience rather than etiquette.

Mass Communication:

Want to break the news in a way that feels a little more personal, go for live streaming, or a video conference. This way, the guests will feel a personal connection to the message and will take it in sportingly. Also, for older members of the family, this might be the safest yet most personal way to communicate your plans.

Search for the Silver Lining

More time to plan:

As you are entering a new timeline with a revised wedding day. A few extended months of planning window is only going to help you make your wedding day even more perfect. Now is the time you can consume as much as content you can relate to wedding planning, go through inspiration blogs, and nail down what you exactly want.

Delayed gratification:

We guarantee that your guests will be highly onboard with the reschedule and will be ready to party by the time the wedding day finally rolls in. Having a social gathering to look forward to is equally rewarding to your guests as it is to you, and the wait is only going to make the occasion sweeter!

We understand these are uncertain times and we are still trying to find our foot as things are changing every day. There might be a storm of emotions brewing inside you, and it’s okay to feel as you do. We understand that it breaks your heart a little as you wrap up your dreams for a date much further away, but we reassure that we will be out of this soon enough and when we do, there will be no black cloud looming over your head, threatening to rain on your special day. That day will be truly yours, and no pandemic will steal your thunder! Now, isn’t that a heartening thought?

Why You Should Consider Filming Your Rehearsal Dinner

By now, it’s pretty standard to hire a talented videographer to capture your wedding and incorporate it into a gorgeous film. But, have you ever considered having a videographer there to film your rehearsal dinner too? This is an add-on option that is quickly growing in popularity here at byDesign! Here are a few reasons you might want to consider adding a rehearsal dinner film to your package:

Candid Moments

Because the rehearsal dinner is less structured and hectic than your wedding day, it’s a great opportunity to capture candid moments between loved ones. All of the important people in your lives will be there, including your wedding party and closest family. It’s the perfect chance for everyone to get to one another ahead of the big day, and you will really value getting to look back at some of those moments.

Important Speeches

Oftentimes, the rehearsal dinner is when some of the best speeches come out. It’s a more casual event, and your guests probably will feel more comfortable opening up in front of a smaller group of people. Think funny memories, loving sentiments, and all sorts of future well-wishes. Having the ability to watch these back at a later time will be absolutely invaluable.

Pre-Wedding Bliss

The Rehearsal Dinner is “the calm before the storm.” There are few opportunities to document this incredible moment, when everything is suspended in pre-marital bliss. Everything has already been planned, you’re surrounded by loved ones, and everyone is giddy with excitement for the upcoming nuptials.