Your wedding day is the best day of your life. But with so much going on and a few drinks thrown into the mix, it will be over before you know it. You can always fall back on the memories (even if they are a little hazy) but the best way to take lasting souvenirs of your day is with a set of photos.
Of course, wedding photography, like anything else, is affected by the style and taste of the day. Choose the wrong photographer and your pictures will look like they’ve come from another time.
With that in mind, we’ve picked up on a few wedding trends that are big in 2017.
The comeback of film
Digital has dominated for over a decade now but film is making a comeback. Both for professional photographers and through Polaroid and Instax portable and printable cameras.
Rather than everyone standing around looking cold and awkward, an editorial style shoot that could have come straight from the pages of Vogue is a major trend for 2017.
Although, bothering with posed photos at all is a little out-dated. People are now looking more for a naturalistic approach, where genuine moments are captured rather than staged.
Why wait until weeks after the wedding to see the shots? Get your photographer and your guests to upload them on the day to Instagram. That way you can relive your big day when you wake up in the morning.
Summer is just around the corner now, which means it’s high time to start thinking about your summer wedding. And what’s one of the most important parts of a wedding? The cocktails, of course.
With that in mind, here are five of our favourite cocktails for summer weddings. Just remember, no matter how god they taste, don’t overdo it in the first couple of hours. It’s a long day and you want to remember all of it.
An ideal drink for a sunny, beachside wedding. The kind we specialise in here in Portugal. Made from tequila and triple sec, it’s the coconut that gives it a real summer kick.
Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
OK, here in Portugal we have our own version, using Espumante (a fizzy white that’s our equivalent of Prosecco). The raspberry and lemon flavours give the sweet whine a bit of an acidic twang that cuts through on a hot day.
This Brazilian classic is made using cachaça, lime juice and sugar. And let’s face it, the Brazilians know a thing or two about what to drink in the sunshine. It’s also something of a speciality in Lisbon.
Another fruit that just screams summer, a watermelon punch is a refreshing crowd pleaser when the sun is beating down. Rim each glass with sugar and prepare in bulk as it disappears quickly.
Another margarita variant, this mild and refreshing take on the classic will keep your guests cool all night long.
The centrepiece is a big part of any wedding design scheme. But who ever said that they had to be flowers? You can create a real talking point with some unique centrepiece ideas. Just remember, try not to make them too big, as your guests generally like being able to see who they’e talking to.
How about a living breathing centrepiece? Goldfish are beautiful creatures and are one of the few animals you could actually incorporate into your wedding and be sure they’re not going to get out of control. Just remember that you have to find good homes for them after the big day. Maybe your guests could take them home as favours?
A bunch of carrots is just as beautiful as a bunch of flowers. Why not get creative with fruit and veg? Use a pumpkin as a vase or carve up some courgettes to make an eye catching display. Vegetables also have the advantage of being significantly cheaper than flowers.
Why not get your guests involved in the centrepieces? Think Lego blocks or Mechano pieces for your guests to create their own centrepieces.
Piles of leather books give off a great vintage vibe. Make them all classic love stories for an added touch of romance. Who knows, your guests might even get inspired.
Why not incorporate the meal into your wedding centrepiece? Make it a big pile of delicious cupcakes, or chocolate lollies that your guests can nibble.
With so many people to talk to, a million things to think about, not to mention trying to look as magical as you ever have, your wedding day can go by in a blur. But there are some things you can do to regain control.
Take the time to connect
Make time throughout the day to actually enjoy it with your new husband or wife. It can be easy to get caught up with old friends, chatterbox aunties or work colleagues. The last thing you want is for the day to go by without taking the time to enjoy it together.
Minimise travel time
Add up the drive to the ceremony and back to the reception, another change of venue in the evening and then a trip back to the hotel and the chances are you’ll spend several hours on the move. Try and keep things central, with a venue that doubles or triples up in functions.
Hire a planner
Obviously, I’m a little biased but using a wedding planner really can free you up to enjoy your day. Of course, you still get final say in everything from flowers to first dances. But the difference is you don’t have to worry about any of that on the day.
Keep the toasts on the short side
Great wedding speeches are amazing. But think about it, how many do you actually remember from weddings you’ve been to. Funny and moving speeches are fine but try to keep the admin side of things to a minimum. The more time you can free up for fun the better.