The Personalised Gift of Luxury For Your Better Half!

Congratulations Gorgeous! You just got engaged and a ring on your finger and permanent butterflies in your tummy remind you of the same every few hours. You are still getting used to being called his fiancee as it suddenly dawned on you- the holidays are just around the corner! This means the first year of gift-giving to your fiance and you want to get things right. You want to shower that man with the very best, but are a little lost on which way to head. What do you get for someone who seems to have everything, pursues the finer tastes of life, and has an excellent style? If you need a little hand-holding in the labyrinth that fiance gift-giving is, say no more. Let us go through some of the premium gifting options that you can choose for your special person, as per their unique area of interest.

Culinary

  • Smokeless Wood & Charcoal Burning FirePit: If your man appreciates a good barbeque but can do without the hassle, welcome to the Firepit. This firepit BioLite makes making a fire as easy as flicking a switch on. It comes with an app that enables easy control of the fan setting, the intensity and there is no dodging-the-smoke-plumes activity involved.
  • The Barista Express Espresso Machine: We all agree on how that morning cup of coffee is everything. Gift this amazing espresso machine and be the first thought in his mind every morning by ensuring his morning coffee is made just right. Be it for the coffee nerd, or someone who appreciates a morning pick-me-up before diving into a busy day, this is perfect.
  • The Iconics Collection: For the guy who takes cooking very seriously, a set of kitchen knives and essentials is very important. The Iconics collection features a minimalistic clean design and a luxurious feel to make any foodie heart happy. It comes with various wood colors and handles color options to suit most kitchen aesthetics.

Tech

  • Arccos Driver Tracking System: If he is a lover of golf and technology, this is the perfect gift for him. This gadget uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to carefully map out the bird’s eye view of the golf course while capturing his best drives. This means more competitive golfing with friends, more bragging rights. The app syncs well with any iPhone or Android device.
  • Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset: This virtual reality headset will be the best thing ever if he is into watching football games or playing video games. This VR set requires no computers, phones, or wires and comes with built-in audio, so no additional headsets required.
  • Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System: Any tech lover will appreciate the jewel cube speakers and the 360-degree sound which will make any movie date a special event. It also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth-equipped glass-topped console which is sleek and classy to look at, making it a great addition to the home decor, even when not in use.

Family

  • M-E (Typ 240) Mirrorless Digital Rangefinder Camera: This camera is nothing less than a work of art. A Leica is surely a camera that he will love to have for his entire life, and he can capture the memories of the time spent with his family for years to come. This camera is high-end and comes with a super-tough body, and will bring out the shutterbug in him and have the memories to tell the story for years.
  • Boudoir Book: Turn this Christmas into the best Christmas ever for him by putting together a tastefully done boudoir book for your partner. Gift him this and watch that smile spread over his face and light it up. This can add some playful spice to your life while letting him know that you were thinking fondly of him.
  • Genetic Testing Kit: What better than the holiday season than to feel closer to your family? Ancestry.com is spectacular for tracing and helping you navigate the occasionally confusing family roots and does the most authentic and premier quality DNA testing out there. Not only does it provide a detailed genetic analysis, but it also recognizes any potential health risks and explains any personality quirks.

Outdoorsy

  • Cacoon Hanging Tent/Hammock: The sweet spot between a tent and a hammock is where this amazing product is tucked away. This elevated relaxation pod can take any camping trip from okay to indulgent in a second. Your man can now hang out in the woods and feel like a stylish hummingbird while at it.
  • Radiate Portable Campfire: This easily portable campfire is a genius creation that makes the exemplary outdoorsy gift. It is perfect for the outdoorsy man who loves to be outside and a good campfire but likes things to be hasslefree. This amazing product has three hours of burn-time and when he is done, he can pack it and carry it on his next adventure.
  • Shearling-Collar Leather Bomber: This leather bomber is the perfect companion for all the adventures out there for your out-and-about man to explore. It comes in buttery Berluti leather, shearling collar, and a luxurious silk lining and is beautifully indulgent. This gift is surely the one for keeps and will keep your man warm and comfy.

Health-focus

  • The Mirror: Welcome to the future! This smart mirror is definitely made for the world of flying cars and time travel. And it is especially perfect for your fitness-focused partner and will comfortably slip into his daily fitness regime. This mirror streams fitness classes on-demand and closely monitors one’s moves. It is not just a mirror, it is a virtual personal trainer.
  • Smart Yoga Mat: If your man has a penchant for yoga, this is the most unique and appropriate gift to give him this holiday. This is a yoga mat to put all yoga mats to shame. You can snap this mat into place and there will be no curling around the edges as you use it. When done, just click the snaps, and the mat rolls out on its own.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Electric Citrus Juicer: If your partner doesn’t ever pass on that morning glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and also has a deep appreciation for D&G, we’ve found just the perfect gift for him. Smeg’s retro kitchen appliances and D&G had a baby and this stunning juicer happened. We can’t think of a more classy way of doing morning OJ.

Professional

  • Harness Bedrock Leather Briefcase: This exquisite leather briefcase is that preppy accessory which will not only make him the most dapper commuter but will take care of his essentials in the most perfect way. This will certainly get him some impressed looks as he arrives and leaves from his workplace.
  • Formula 1 Chronograph 43mm Watch: While he is hustling around and getting things done, he will look debonair with this elegant watch slung on his wrist. Its classy design will suit most formal attires and the blue backdrop gives just a pop of color to him an exclusive primacy.
  • Apple Watch: This next-generation Apple Watch not only makes a sleek accessory, but it is also an incredibly nifty gadget to keep your man ahead of his schedule, meetings, and deliverables. It comes with a state-of-art design and an 18-hour battery life, while also being water-resistant. It makes a perfect comrade to take him seamlessly through his busy workday to his after-work plans.

Some men have a simple taste while there are others who like the tested best of things. For the latter type of men who come with a taste for the finer tastes of life, this list will surely hit home and be an assured success. Your lovely to-be-husband deserves nothing but the very premium quality of things. So get him a Christmas present which will bring that child-like spark of awe in his eyes. For more holiday inspiration, check out Lauren and Kyle at Ironstone Ranch, and discover more amazing ideas.

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!

Top 5 Locations for a Dream Destination Wedding

Destination weddings give a chance to all friends and family to enjoy days of celebration with the bride and groom. A resort is booked, usually for a couple of days, where everyone celebrates a much-anticipated wedding, together.

Deciding about a perfect location for your dream wedding is a big challenge though. The world is too big for all to be explored and known, by anyone. Exotic locations are not just restricted to beaches and mountains. Some places are the epitome of romance and it’s only unfair not to get married there.

Well, if you are planning for a destination wedding and haven’t decided upon your dream location, we would love to be of some help. For your ease, we have shortlisted the top 5 hottest locations from across the globe for a magical destination wedding. Read on to explore the most trending dream wedding destinations.

Lake Como, Italy

Remember that epic wedding of Anakin and Padme in one of the episodes of Star Wars? That happened around this gorgeous lake in Italy. Lake Como is the third largest Italian lake and boasts sparkling blue waters surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. The villages nearby such as Bellagio, Tremezzo, and Menaggio are beautiful places to explore, giving a true Italian experience. There are various luxury resorts and hotels which can provide you with magical lake-side wedding experiences such as Villa Cipressi, Villa Monastero, and Villa Balbianello. Lake Como is as luxuriously traditional Italian as it can get.

Marrakech, Morocco

A current rage, Morocco destination weddings give you a true feeling of authentic Moroccan culture and beauty. From henna and hammams for the brides and bridesmaids to beautiful scenic weddings near a beach or a typical traditional Moroccan courtyard, this country offers everything that you’ve envisioned for your dream wedding with uber traditional vibes. Among the most popular resorts to host a destination wedding are the Four Seasons Resort, Palais Namaskar, and beautiful luxury camps at Agafay.

The Bahamas

In the sea of destination wedding locations, nothing compares to the Bahamas if you wish to have a whimsical wedding featuring seas and sea breezes and jaw-dropping landscapes. The Bahamas comprise more than 700 islands and cays boasting gorgeous landscapes and delicious seafood! It’s relatively closer to home which makes it an ideal place to have a destination wedding that is convenient for most people. While Nassau and Paradise Island are the most popular islands, others like Exumas and Harbor Island offer more private and laid-back wedding experience. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean islands and beachfront villas are irresistibly dreamy. Among some exceptionally popular resorts in the Bahamas are Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, Atlantis Bahamas, and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Fiji

This island paradise located in the South Pacific is a perfect blend of white sand beaches, bluest of waters, and rich tropical forests. The beauty of Fiji is untouched and offers breathtaking views and great adventures for all. There are myriad islands in Fiji that have been most preferred for destination weddings like Mamanuca Island, Savusavu, Turtle Island, and Vanua Levu. Beqa Lagoon Resort, Koro Sun Resort, Mana Island Resort, and Castaway Island Fiji.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Think clifftop resorts, vibrant landscapes, and rustic architecture – and Viola! Welcome to the Amalfi Coast. The ethereal and romantic beauty of the coast is sure to take your breath away. The villas overlooking blue waters take you back to the authentic traditional era of Italy and play perfect hosts to your dream wedding. Some of the most popular resorts and villas to get married here are Villa Cimbore, Hotel Belmond Caruso, Villa Treville, and Palazzo Avino.

The world has no shortage of natural beauty and it is indeed very difficult to pick one! There are so many more that are waiting to be explored. Although we must add that the beauty of the wedding venue and location can truly be covered only in exceptional videography. Photographs cannot do enough justice to such dream wedding destinations. At ByDesign Films, we offer exceptional professional service by our trained wedding videographers which ensures that every aspect of your dream wedding is captured flawlessly.

Staying Connected While Wedding Planning

So you just got engaged and your mind and home are in a flurry of activities. You find yourself swept away by the wave of congratulations, soon accompanied by unsolicited advice,  expectations, and options which demand your immediate decision-making attention. You are soon spread thin amidst the pressure to plan the ‘perfect wedding’, the race to hunt down the best of vendors and making 167 decisions a day, be it flowers, napkin designs, silverware, and more. Result? Frayed nerves and snappy quips between you and your partner!

Abort mission and sit down and take a deep breath! Wedding planning is supposed to be fun, remember? If it is threatening to weight down on your nerves and test your relationship, maybe you are doing something wrong. Retract and analyze and reframe. You got this!

Here we have some more advice (unsolicited, but hear us out!) which will help you glide through your wedding planning activities gracefully while you are still connected to your special one! You can thank us later!

Shared Vision: Before you haul yourself right into the wedding planning activities, sit down with your partner, and talk. How important is the wedding party for you? How involved are you going to be? Do you want a church wedding or a destination wedding? What is the vision for each of you and is there any way to meet in the middle? Talking will leave no room for discrepancies later on, which means no ugly surprises. Starting from that shared vision will set you off to a good start, so we can’t stress on this enough.

Equal Involvement: While it seems more often, that the brides take control of most wedding-related decisions, it is a good idea to ask the groom (or the other partner) for inputs too. A wedding is a collaborative occasion and should depict both parties equally. While chances are that one partner might want to take the backseat and let the other drive most of the decisions, popping in for preferences and opinions every now and then is healthy, so that the least involved party doesn’t feel like they are being overridden and their opinions don’t matter.

Go on Dates: Don’t let everything about your relation be just about the wedding. Keep your dating routine unaffected by the wedding preparations. Every now and then, go out on a date and just enjoy each other’s company and keep the wedding talk away. Continue investing in your relationship and don’t lose sight of what matters. Putting the rest of your life in a pause just because of the wedding might take a toll on your relationship. Keep all ‘wedding talk’ on mute on your dates and just relax!

Perfection is a Myth: Don’t expect perfection because you will be disappointed. Something will go wrong, and you will break down, and trust us, we are not coming from a mean place here. With so many things to be done, its only math is that things will not be perfect. Be flexible and remind yourself constantly that it is okay if things fall short or don’t go as planned. Expect problems and have plan B. Be flexible and figure something out. People will not notice, whether the shade of blue matches perfectly or not but they will certainly notice, thanks to wedding photography and wedding videography, the frayed nerves on the wedding day.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate: Don’t insist on doing everything on your own. Delegate your bridesmaid, your family members, and friends and they will be happy to help. But holding yourself accountable for a million different things will not only ensure you let a ball slip but might also lead to a very stressed you, which will reflect wrongly on your relationship with your partner. Hire a wedding planner if you have to. Call up your best friend. Ask your partner’s help. Just, don’t do everything on your own.

The wedding day is important and might be the most magical day of your life. But its the marriage which should be the prime focus. A gentle reminder: the wedding is just the celebration of your love while the marriage is for the long haul. We know things can get blurry in the light of wedding planning and a simple decision like the choice of silverware might seem like life or death. But it’s not! So eyes on the prize, people. All that matters is each other. So hold on to each other and this too shall pass.

Highlight Film Vs Insta Film: Made Easier by byDesign Films

The wedding trends all over the world have been taken over by social media. Weddings are not just about the ‘whats’ but also about the ‘hows’ nowadays. Wedding photography is on the verge of becoming passe as videography is gradually taking over the wedding circuit and how!

Wedding videos are of various types depending on their timing and relevance. As social media has deepened its claws over literally everything, it is inevitable for weddings to be spared. Boomerangs are a rage ever since they were introduced to the world. People do not shy away from capturing every little detail of their routine be it sharing the coffee you are sipping with your bae or enjoying a luxurious vacation at the Bahamas!

How can weddings not take any advantage of the social media revolution? From ‘save-the-date’ being announced on Insta story to engagement videos being put up as Highlights, it’s just the beginning. Wedding videography via aerial coverage is the latest trend to hit the wedding circuit. Well, filming weddings have been a thing for decades, however, the ever-evolving technology has taken it a notch higher.

Various new forms of videos are gaining strong popularity these days. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Highlight films and Insta films. Both are videos of a specific duration aimed at providing a gist of a wedding. They are videos that carry snippets from a wedding in case you haven’t noticed or heard about these, we’ll enlighten you. There are a couple of differences between a Highlight film and an Insta film. Let’s take a look at them.

Timing

Timing is one of the biggest differences between a Highlight film and an Insta film. While Insta films are restricted to 60 seconds or less, Highlight films can last up to 3 minutes. The crispness and shortness of Insta films are enough to create a buzz about the wedding. However, Highlight films carry more details and therefore, are meant to be for a longer duration.

Information

Given the nature and purpose of Insta films, they are required to carry minimal but gripping and most important information. Insta films include scenes that involve the family members of the bride and groom only. Other important people such as those behind bringing the couple together get space in an Insta film. On the other hand, Highlight films include a more elaborate glimpse of the wedding. They include scenes related to the venue, family, and relatives of the bride and groom and the story of their wedding.

Range of Popularity

Instagram scores all the way! Insta films have more reach than Highlight films as they can be shared easily and have a better chance to reach a widespread viewership. They can be easily be posted and viewed on Instagram, which is currently the most popular and widely used social media tool. Highlight films, on the other hand, can be shared via Vimeo and Youtube.

The word popular does not do justice to social media and its tools. And it is even better to know that a wedding can make perfect use of social media nowadays. You can increase the reach of your wedding by a strong margin by utilizing tools such as Insta films and Highlight films. Post it to your profile, share it with your friends and relatives or just cherish it for your lifetime, wedding videography is taking the wedding industry by a storm! For more wedding videography inspiration, check out the rest of our blog.

20 Amazing Grand Wedding Exit Ideas

Wedding exits are not the end of a celebration, instead, they are an entry into a new beginning. The beginning of a new life, hopes, more celebrations, and a lifetime of togetherness. Grand wedding exits mark the epic end of your singlehood and give a rocking start to your married life.

How about adding a unique spark to your exit? One that will be remembered for generations to come? That will be cherished by both of you for your entire life. There are various ways in which you can have the most swoon-worthy exit at your wedding. We have compiled a list of 20 unique grand exit ideas, so, read on and take your pick.

Sparkle On

This is one of the most popular ways to make an exit at a wedding. Apart from adding heaps of fun to the moment, it forms a great photo op for spectacular wedding photography. For the ‘grandest-of-grand’ exit, you could go for extra long sparklers as well.

Glow Sticks

If you are worried about your guests setting themselves on fire, then glow sticks are your next best bet. They not only add color to your exit but also make for gorgeous props for your exit photography.

Confetti

Every girl’s dream – to be showered with confetti. Well, almost everyone’s. Imagine the happiness it would add to an already existing happy moment of your wedding exit! The confetti shower makes you feel like a princess in every way.

Colored Smoke Bombs

Add a gorgeous dash of color to the wedding photography of your exit with the colorful smoke bombs. It has been proclaimed as the hottest wedding photo trend by the Huffington Post.

Bubbles

Since your fairytale deserves an equally whimsical ending, bubbles can be considered a perfect choice. Bubbles are so much fun for everyone, adults and kids alike. Also, the dreaminess they add to the photographs is the next level.

Flowers

Feel every bit of a king and queen with the shower of petals on you both as you make your exit. Our favorites are the rose petals, as they add glamor, whimsy, and fragrance to your exit.

Feathers

As elegant as it sounds, feathers look amazing swaying in the air. They add heaps of beauty to the wedding photos and look equally stylish as a wedding exit prop. You could choose between huge long feathers to be given to each guest individually or small little feathers to be tossed up in the air.

Sequins or Glitter

Glam up your exit with sequin or glitter throwing and see the magic it does to your wedding photography. Considering glitter is more difficult to clean, sequins are the best option to add not just a touch but lots of glamor to your exit.

Candlelight Romance

Nothing spells romance any better than candles. Hand your guests lit candles to show a dreamy way to your life ahead and make the most romantic exit. A candle exit is the ultimate romantic high that a wedding reception can get.

Balloons in the Air

Make your daytime exit merry and full of joy with the release of balloons in the air. It’s like the happiest ending to the ceremony and merriest beginning to what lies ahead. We love the fun element brought in by colorful balloons.

Utopian Laterns

Feel the utopia as sky lanterns go up in the air while you and your spouse make an exit. Sky lanterns are a treat to the eyes as they travel miles away in the air, as far as all the eyes can see. A bonus, it is a great option if you have plenty of kids at a wedding as they are left awestruck and thrilled!

Let the Bells Echo

Cowbells are another unique option to make an exit with. You can hand your guests cowbells and make a musical exit as they ring the little bells. The bells can also be personalized and gifted as a keepsake, always reminding your guests of your musical exit.

Butterfly Release

With all the anxiety before your wedding, after you both get married, the butterflies in your tummy are needed to let go of! How about literally releasing actual butterflies in the air? Witness that fairytale feeling come alive as you release umpteen butterflies in the air. Feel the fragility, magic, and dreaminess, all at once.

Bring On the Snow

Without caring much about whether, tossing snow in the air is a beautiful thing, whenever done. We mean artificial snow, of course. It’s also so much fun (think photos!). Snow tossing is one of the most unique ideas to have a wedding exit.

Tossing Leaves

Perfect for a fall wedding, your guests tossing leaves as you both make an exit is sheer beauty. The leaves add a wonderful story-telling effect to your wedding photography.

Adventurous Exit

If you want to have a rare kind of exit, there are so many ways to do so. Think sailboat, rowboat, paddleboat, surfboat, sled, or a snowboard. Many brides and grooms opt for these options also especially if it has some significance to their love story.

Fairytale Carriage

How about being a princess and being carried away from your singlehood by your prince charming? Get the absolute princess feeling in a carriage while making your wedding exit with your spouse.

Fireworks

Sureshot to have that ‘Whoa!’ effect on everybody, fireworks are the king of a grand glamorous exit. Imagine your wedding photography featuring you both driving away as fireworks light up the sky all around. Impressive? Exactly what we mean!

Ski Lift

In case you are getting married in the mountains, head up for a ski lift to make that perfect showstopper kinda wedding exit! We bet, you won’t regret the decision once you see your wedding videography – like you are in a bubble you’d never want to pop.

Helicopter

This final one is the answer to every question aimed at the grandest exit of all times. Get on the helipad and make the most dramatic wedding exit in a helicopter, leaving everyone awestruck. Into the sky, enjoying the views, this exit will give you one of the most memorable moments of your life.

The exits are special and should be celebrated in a grand way as they form the final moments of your singlehood. As you move towards your happiest change of life, it deserves every grand kind of celebration.

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.

5 Tips for a Cozy 2021 Winter Wedding

Tis the season of cozy cuddles, warm blankets and smokin’ hot cocoa. If you think your upcoming winter wedding is going be challenging, think of these things and relax. After all, such a romantic occasion calls for all things romantic like these. Love is all you need, they say and cuddles, blankets, and hot cocoa are indeed all things love!

However, apart from these things, there are a few others that you can embrace to have a perfect and romantic winter wedding. We have shortlisted the five most important factors that you need to keep in mind while planning your winter wedding. Read to know more.

Bundle up

Whether it’s you, your partner, or all your guests, ensure that everyone is dressed keeping in mind the weather conditions. You could remind them about it via the invite, hinting at the climate and its Dos and Donts. It is advisable to invest in a cozy pair of tights that you can wear underneath your dress, in case your legs aren’t exposed by it. Another great idea would be to opt for a wedding dress with long sleeves to keep away from the chill. Let’s remind you that at times, silhouette makes all the difference, and sleeves do not always matter. You can look as sexy as you want to look despite being fully clothed. Pick a silhouette that flaunts your body while keeping you warm from the inside.

Say hello to winter wedding accessories

You have heaps of winter accessories and you don’t repeat them often. But did you know, those winter accessories can help you get through that chill on your wedding evening? Yeah, that chic cape or that glam faux fur throw that you saw at Nordstrom will prove to be your perfect companion. You could also be a trendsetter wearing denim or leather jackets over your wedding dress. A fuzzy warm scarf would also do the trick, you could also opt for a glitzy one and take the glam quotient a notch up. For a winter wedding, do not hesitate to add dark and bold colors. They add an elegant touch to your wedding and the effects of it on your wedding photography are spectacular.

Take care of your guests

Given the chill, do not forget to ensure that your wedding venue is a comfortable cozy place for your guests to enjoy every moment of your wedding. Start with a coat check right as they enter. Inform them well about the coat check (maybe through the wedding invite) so that they do not hesitate to wear coats and land up sneezing at your wedding. Pick a nice hot drink for your guests on arrival, like a hot toddy bar, cocoa, soup, or hot chocolate. For outdoor weddings, you could add an ample stock of pashminas and blankets for your guests so they can beat the chill with ease. You could also keep heaters or fire features at convenient gaps. Candles are another great way to add mild heat, romance, and light to an outdoor wedding.

Pay attention to the timing

We all know that with winters come early dusks. Getting your wedding photography in natural light might be a challenge. Therefore, remember to get your wedding portraits done before the dusk strikes. Another challenge would be getting an outdoor shoot, however, with well-thought-of plans, that can be achieved perfectly. Dress keeping in mind the climate conditions, wear proper shoes in case you are planning to shoot in the snow and do it before the night falls. You don’t want to pose while freezing yourself away. The wedding videography should also be timed carefully.

Prepare for all things winter!

Winter brings with it chill, extreme chill at times, snow, blizzards, and what not! As romantic as it feels, winter can be really harsh at times. Keeping all that in mind, you should do all the needful preparations like the arrangement of parking in close proximity of the wedding venue only, well-heated smoking zones for those who want to go out for a smoke and other such things. Have back up plans regarding your photoshoot or videography in cases of blizzards. And do not forget about plan Bs for suppliers or contractors for specific purposes.

These are pretty much all the important stuff that you really need to care about while planning for your winter wedding. If you are cautious about these things then you are all set for a memorable wedding, which everyone would be able to enjoy and cherish. For more inspiration on weddings check out the rest of our blog.

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?

Cancel:

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:

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?

6 Wedding Trends for 2020 You Can Look Forward To

The ball drops and another year rolls in. What a year, huh? We will soon be stepping into a brand new year, and also a whole new decade. As 2019 comes to a glorious end, 2020 comes at us with the whole new box of wonders. If you have set a date to tie the knot anytime next year, we are here to give you a fresh breeze of inspiration which holds promises to be big trends in the next year.

2020 seems to be the perfect balance of going inwards and keeping your conscience happy and going all out with opulence, drama, and a peppering of mystery. The duality promises to be thrilling and we can’t wait to see what these trend predictions play out. Let us take a close look at how 2020 will look like in terms of wedding trends.

The Right Cause

If there was ever a time to care for a cause, this is it, because the world sure has a lot of causes which could use some attention. And what better way to share the joy and steer the focus to some cause which is close to your heart than using party favors as your charity? Give back to the community by adding a charity to your wedding registry or thank your guests for celebrating with you by donating to a charity of your choice.

Opulent Photo Booths

Photo booths are great, and even more so when the photo booths are no less than the set of a period drama backdrop. The experience is elevated by several levels, and are more artful in a Kardashian-meets-Shakespeare way. The effect is deliciously opulent like all your guests are posing for a luxury magazine cover. Bring in the moody tones and metallics and take the cute high school photo booths to a whole another level. Bonus? Your guests will love and cherish the perfectly captured and edited portrait of them delivered right to their doorstep following the wedding!

Unveil the Drama

Veils are going to sport a strong presence, come 2020. They are either going to be supersized by triple-fold or be unmissably bold in its presence or not be there at all. There is no mid-way here. Think along the lines of the dramatic veil sported by Priyanka Chopra and Nicky Hilton- that’s the effect we will be going for in 2020. The veil is either going to be blown out of proportion (quite literally) or be non-existent in the coming year.

The Allure of Unknown

There is definitely a wave of spirituality and mystical in this troubled time, and it has certainly trickled down to weddings as well. People have an allure for the unknown and weddings are certainly a great place to explore the same. Not only is it a great way of entertaining and keeping your guests busy, but it is also an inclusive way of passing on that feel-good around, irrespective of faith, creed, deco, and vibe of the wedding. 2020 predicts tarot and palm readings, crystal healing, and aura paintings.

Cheese Galore

‘Let there be cake!’, they said. But next year will surely see something called the ‘cheese hour’, a more interesting and decadent version of the traditional sweet table. Mounts of cheese, crackers, nuts, relishes, and fruits, which you can’t possibly say no to! Think of a charcuterie board, lux it up and multiply it seven folds in proportions, and there you have it- a phenomenal cheese table!

Sustainability

Caring for the environment is the need of the hour and certainly cannot be stored in the box labeled as a trend. However, the sustainable wedding is certainly bringing the right kind of attention to the issue at hand. It encouraged one to get closer to nature and keep technology and artificial materials at bay. Sustainability is certainly a strong presence in the current year and is anticipated to be more so in the coming year. Sustainable weddings are extended from food to flowers, decor to waste management, and everything in between. This is certainly a nice ‘trend’ to exercise.

The ebb and tide of trends are dynamic and can shape the overall evolution of any industry at large- be it fashion, wedding, or decor. What is in trend certainly does not direct the way you should be planning your wedding, but it surely gives you a fresh wave of perspective on what you could be considering. 2020 comes with a whole bunch of amazing reasons for us to be excited for the year ahead when it comes to weddings. Are you excited? Because we sure are!