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The Best Bridal Looks for 2017

by aiowedding on February 28, 2017

On what should be one of the most important days of your life, all eyes are going to be on you, so you’re going to want to look the part. If you’re having a 2017 wedding, there are some important style tips you should take note of. Floral, floaty and unique are going to be the key themes for your wedding style. Here are some of the most beautiful styles set to hit the aisle this year…

One Shoulder and Off-The-Shoulder Gowns:
The romantic off-the-shoulder style is a really subtle and beautiful style that will guarantee all eyes on the bride. Off the shoulder dresses are both romantic and classic, they are the embodiment of feminine charm and accentuate your neckline and collarbones perfectly, without showing off too much skin and looking tacky! If you’re looking for the perfect design this year, the Ersa Atelier has perfected this look and has almost created fairy tale fashion.

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A Completely New Woman

by aiowedding on October 31, 2014

Every once in a while a woman wants to update her look. This can occur after a recent breakup. It can occur after a life-changing event. It can happen simply because a woman has rocked a hairstyle for well over a decade. Whatever the reason, there are several ways to create a drastic change in a short amount of time. There have been a great many advancements in beauty that have led to efficient products.

Teeth whitening can make a woman appear up to 10 years younger than she is. Because teeth yellow as a woman ages, yellow teeth can make a woman appear much older than she is. Thankfully, teeth whitening procedures can be achieved through various methods. A woman can choose from whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, trays or making a trip to the dentist to have professional results within an hour.

Hair extensions can create a drastic change in appearance as well. It’s important to match hair extensions to existing hair color; however, there are ways to do this. If hair is being dyed a darker color, hair extensions can also be dyed simultaneously. If a woman has highlights, it’s possible to choose a variety of colors as the existing hair may be several shades; although, it’s better to go with a darker shade. Hair extensions can be obtained from a company like Advent Hair.

With a new hair shade and length, it’s a good idea to update makeup. Get colors of makeup that complement eye color, hair color and skin color. For instance, a person who has green eyes, auburn hair and a warm complexion would do well with a copper eyeshadow color. If a person had a cooler complexion, plum would look nice. Looking at a color wheel can help assist with which colors to get. Eyes will pop when a color that is opposite to their eye color is chosen. It’s also important to consider that colors can be warm, cool or neutral. Keep this in mind when choosing which colors will look nicely with the complexion, eye color and hair color.

Lastly, it’s a good idea to get new clothing if so desired. Choose a few key pieces to update a wardrobe if it’s not in the budget to get a whole new one. For instance, choose a new coat to wear on the outside of clothing. Get some scarves. Opt for new shoes, and get a few blouses. All the steps detailed above can be accomplished in a matter of a few days. Have fun.


Marriage Laws in Australia

by aiowedding on October 23, 2014

In Australia, marrying is a modest thing. It is open for any person who is legally eligible according to the Australian law. A number of issues determine the eligibility of marriage; one must be above the age of 18 and need not have any blood or legal relation with the spouse –to be.

Many people from Australia and other countries embrace Melbourne for their marriage. The procedure is uncomplicated, and the Melbourne celebrants are always delightful and ready to take you through it. The paramount step is to complete the notification of the planned marriage (NOIM). This is a government-issued certified form, and it is found with any Melbourne marriage celebrants. The NOIM is filled by the parties marrying as well as by their witnesses. The wife-to-be and the groom must provide a proof of their date of birth, place of birth and the supporting documents for the same. In case the essential documents are not available, they must file a statutory declaration to that effect.

The validity of the notification lasts for another 18 months to give time for planning that wonderful day. The one-month period can be ignored on special occasions. The reasons why one would wish to waive the one month can be deliberated on with your marriage celebrants in Melbourne.

Amongst all requirements of matrimony in Australia, three legal statements must be uttered during a marriage to make it lawful. The theme and colorfulness of the wedding ceremony are left upon the parties getting married to decide and determine. However, the following three statements must be uttered by either of the party getting married:

  1. One must mention the full names – The bride and the groom must say their name. The names may be said either by the celebrant or included in the legal declaration which is obligatory
  2. The legal declaration – both the bride and the groom ought to include various statements in turn as they exchange the vows. The two, in the presence of people as witnesses, are required to take each other as their lawfully another half
  3. The Monitum – The celebrant is under an obligation to state their names and declare his or her legal authority to officiate the marriage as per the law and remind the couples the nature of the nature of the association they are just about to get into

A wedding day is supposed to be part of the gift to the bride and is supposed to remain memorable and distinctive to the couples for the rest of their lives. Proper planning is imperative and ensures that the wedding is wonderful and colourful as the couple would wish for. Look for the best bridal celebrant around Melbourne, a celebrant who will assist your dream wedding come to fruition. Amanda Pattie has accredited herself among all the civil marriage celebrants within Melbourne. She is a professional who cares about love. You can visit her website meant to provide additional information on her services.


When you’re a bride-to-be, when it comes to all of the purchases that you have to make in time for your upcoming nuptials, definitely the most important one is your wedding gown. However, one misconception that a lot of women have is that once they purchase their dress from a bridal shop, there is no other care or maintenance that is required.

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That’s where this article sheds a bit of light on the topic. In order to ensure that your dress is beautiful, comfortable, and picture-perfect for your wedding day, here are some things that you should make sure to do beforehand.

Have it dry-cleaned. Although you might have bought your dress straight off of the rack, remember that there’s a pretty good chance that other people tried it on before you did. That’s why it’s a good idea to have it professionally dry-cleaned, especially if it is made out of silk, wool, rayon, or acetate fiber. Also, make sure that you go to a cleaners that specializes in formal wear and also has some kind of guarantee in case they inadvertently damage it during the cleaning process.

Keep it stored in a cool and dry place. Once your dress is clean, it’s important that you store it properly until your wedding day arrives. The best way to do this is to get a storage bag to put it in and then to hang it up in a cool and dry place (like the back of your closet, for example). If you’re wondering where you can get this kind of garment bag, eBay has plenty of them, or you can find them at a local David’s Bridal store too.


Steam-press it the day of the wedding. Whether your dress has been sitting in a storage bag for a couple of days or several weeks, it’s bound to get some wrinkles on it. That’s why, on the day of your wedding, you should set aside an hour or so to steam-press your gown. However, you definitely want to be careful and make sure that you don’t apply too much heat and that you don’t rush through the process. One website that you can give you some great step-by-step instructions is eHow. Go to the site and put “steam-press a wedding dress” in the search field.

Use a toothbrush and detergent for spot stains. If you were to ask someone who works at a bridesmaids’ gift company like Wedding Prep Gals for another wedding planning tip as it specifically relates to your wedding dress, one thing that they might recommend is that you look over your dress to make sure there are no tiny spot stains. If you do notice a couple, don’t panic. All you need is a small cup of warm water, a bit of laundry detergent, and an old toothbrush. If you gently rub the stain with the solution, that should take it right out.

Watch what you eat and drink. One other thing that you should definitely not forget to do on your wedding day is watch what you eat or drink. Anything that could result in a stain should you accidentally drop it or spill it (such as chocolate or grape juice), you can go without. Remember, you have forever to eat “messy foods,” but you have only one chance to make a first impression on your wedding day!


Wedding Day Limousine Rental Negotiation Tips

by aiowedding on September 23, 2014

When it comes to weddings, there are summer weddings and there are winter weddings. Of course, a nuptial ceremony is not as common in the winter, which means that you can often save on some of the miscellaneous costs, like catering services and party supplies. The only service that can be tough to save on is a limo service. Limos are in demand all year, so you really have to negotiate with a limo company to get the quote you are looking for. Negotiating on a wedding day limo requires a combination of patience, confidence, and savvy. Here are four wedding day limousine rental negotiation tips.

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  1. Do your research and know exactly what you need. Before you call limo companies and start negotiating, you want to make sure that you know exactly what type of limo you need and for how many people. If you aren’t sure what size limo you need – or even what kind of limo you want to hire – it will be difficult for the limo company to come to a quote that you can start working with.

  2. Call around to get an ideal quote. It is also important to call many different limo companies. There is a good chance that if you don’t throw out a wide net, it will be difficult to get the best deal. Calling around can also give you the upper hand at the negotiating table. If one company gives you a quote, you can take that quote to another company and have them try to beat it. You can actually get a great deal by going this route.


  1. Offer a deposit to seal the deal and show that you mean business. You also want to show a limo company like Midway Limousine Service that you are serious and that you are ready to hire a limo. You can do this by offering a deposit from the onset. If you mention money, it will be enticing for the limo company, and they will be more inclined to give you a better deal. For the limo company, accepting a lower quote is better than having the customer walk away.

  2. Be courteous, respectful, and diplomatic. On top of everything, you also want to be incredibly courteous and respectful. If you aren’t nice to the limo company, they will be less inclined to negotiate – they may even hang up the phone. You don’t need to be overly nice, but you do want to be pleasant – you could even crack a few jokes. When it comes to getting the best deal on a limo, being nice is one of the strongest negotiating chips.


Lastly, a limo will be an essential part of your wedding plans. However, limos can often be expensive, especially if you are hiring more than one. This is exactly why you want to get into the right gear to start negotiating with various limo companies. In the end, you can either get them to bid against each other or you can get the company to bring down the quote – whatever you do, though, make sure to shake hands when you get the quote you want; you don’t want to walk away from a good deal.


How To Make Your Wedding Unique And Great?

by aiowedding on July 8, 2014

The persons that are going to get married are too excited about their future life. They are thrilled about the memorable event that would fill them with glamour and unforgettable memories. Such events should be planned with extra care as making them unique and great is a matter of great pride and pleasure. It is advised that you plan your wedding in an excellent manner so that everyone is impressed with your good arrangements. The following steps will help in making your wedding an event that leaves long lasting impressions upon all.

a.     Advance Planning – It is suggested that appropriate arrangements are chalked out well in advance. You should be prepared well in all respects for this unforgettable moment of your life. A viable program must be written on a piece of paper and nothing important should be left out, after all it is the most auspicious event of your life that is going to make your life partner to join you.

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b.    Selection of suitable Church and good Wedding Place – plan your wedding giving deep consideration to selection of the Church where you would be praying along with your life partner. It should fall near to your residence and should be quite convenient for others too. You should make all arrangements well in advance with regard to the facilities and other aspects that are a must for a memorable wedding. Same is true with the venue of your wedding. It should also exist in the central place that should not be too far from the reach of the participants. They should be at ease to reach the place well in time.

c.     Dress – The dress chosen by the bride and the bridegroom must be glamorous enough so that the onlookers are impressed greatly. It is the most lovable event of their lives and as such all efforts must be made to make it attractive enough. The dress should be charming and should leave unforgettable impression upon others so that they remember the bride and bridegroom for longer periods.

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d.    Other facilitiesPlan your weddingwith a deep consideration to the requisite facilities that are a must for everyone that attends the event. The transport hired for the guests must be reliable enough and should pick up everyone in a feasible manner in time. The food for the guests must be delicious enough and the hotel staff must be instructed to serve the guests to their entire contentment. Drinks should be served quite consistently.

A well planned wedding means an event that would be remembered for long by all. The bride and bridegroom will take pride in enjoying their wedding if everything is arranged in a feasible manner. The guests’ satisfaction should be taken seriously as they are the people that are witnesses to the wedding ceremony, the most significant event of one’s life. Lovable music, good food, attractive photographs and other memorable things make your wedding unique and great.


Before the wedding day, each and every bride looks forward to the bridal gowns that would be essential for her to look the prettiest and along with that, she also ensures which make-up artist and hairdresser would be employed. Apart from this, there is something else which is also equally important that is employing the right photographer. Once the photographer is booked, you can be rest assured that the photographs and the videos taken on the wedding day would be something to cherish for the years to come. But on the other hand, have you ever imagined what it would be like if you want to see the videos after a few years and the poor quality of the video does not let you enjoy the film at all? This is the main reason why it is better to go for HD videos rather than having the videos in the ordinary formats. With high definition picture quality, it is guaranteed that you can watch the videos over and over again and that too at any time you want. Searching for such photographers has now become easier than before because of the internet. You can filter your search according to the place you live such as wedding video Gold Coast. A list of companies would come up from where you can select according to your wish.

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Reasons to choose HD videos for weddings

When a photographer is appointed to capture wedding video Gold Coast, he does not know with which film, he has to take the videos. It can be on a VGA camera or a HD camera or a Blu Ray camera. These cameras are different from each other because of the varied video qualities. So it would be better to specify the person with which film he needs to take the video. Here are some of the reasons why you must choose HD videos over others:

  • A high definition video is the difference between an ordinary video and a brilliant one. Most importantly since it is your wedding, you would definitely not want the videos to be just ordinary. Moreover the cost of ordinary videos is less while high definition videos are a bit expensive but it doesn’t mean it would be unaffordable for you.

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  • HD videos are just the perfect choice for weddings. This is because it captures the finest quality videos and the audio will also be crystal clear. If you see an ordinary quality video, you will be able to understand a marked difference with an HD video. Talking about the sound quality of an HD video, the film is made in such a way so that there is noise reduction in it. This means even if there is noise around you will be able to capture the video properly and when the video is viewed, the noise will be subdued because of the noise clarity feature.

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  • Another reason why you must choose HD video for your wedding is because it has many different editing options which are not present in any ordinary video quality. A high definition video will be much sharper and in places where the sharpness is not equal, the photographer or the editor will be able to edit and increase the sharpness. This facility is not present in VGA videos. Apart from this, there are the clients who want their wedding video to be composed in a traditional format. This can only be done if you have a good video editor and the quality of the video will only look good if it is in high definition. Just imagine the scene if the video is taken in an ordinary mode and it comes hazy. After many attempts, the editor comes up editing the video and with the hazy picture quality and the heavy editing; the whole film will be a mess. You would definitely not want that.

So with so many benefits, it would be wise to choose HD videos when it comes to your wedding.


Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

by aiowedding on July 3, 2014

Your anniversary is a special day that you share with your significant other. It is important that you make your yearly celebration special and memorable. Below are a few ideas that you can use to do that.

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Re-create something from your wedding night

This typically is about recruiting your wedding night meal menu, but if you have any other ideas you can go with those as well. The idea is to re-create memories of the most special day that you and your significant other shared together. Reliving these moments will take you right back to when you first fell in love with each other. There is no going wrong with this idea. No matter how good or poorly you execute your plan; the simple act of revising those memories is good enough on itself.

Re-create your first date

This goes along the same lines as what we just talked about above. You can take your significant other on the same day that you both went on the first time. You will be able to relive all of the memories that you experienced on that first date. You will both find a lot of satisfaction sharing this process with each other.

Go on an adventure

Take your significant other on an adventure that they will not forget. Do something exciting and memorable. It would be best if it is something that you have never experienced before. To throw out a random example, you can go on a hot air balloon ride. Whatever it is, make sure it is something spectacular and it will be a memory that you can share with one another for the rest of your life. Try to do something that involves the two of you interacting with each other on a one-on-one basis. Group activities are not preferred for this, but activities and adventures that require you to work together or experience it together are ideal.

Write a love letter

Write a letter that shows your significant other how much they mean to you. This is a great way to show them how special they are to you in ways that you may not normally expressed to them. If you need some help, you can use happy anniversary quotes to get you started. These quotes are perfect for this type of situation. A love letter is a very thoughtful gift and is something that your significant other can keep with them and look at whenever they want. Any time they miss you or they want to relive that moment, they can look at that letter again.

These are just some of the many ways that you can celebrate your anniversary with your significant other together. The best thing that you can do is do something from the heart. You know him or her better than anyone else and you should know exactly what they would like to do for your anniversary. Feel free to steal any of these ideas or even surprise her with one of your own.


Five Ways to Make Your Wedding Day Stand Out

by aiowedding on June 24, 2014

Everyone loves a good wedding, the white dress, the fancy food, the cheesy music; everything about the day is filled with excitement and anticipation.

However when it comes to your own wedding, we want it to be different, to stand out from the pack and to be a day that every guest will remember.

So if you’re looking for a way to make your day unique, hear are some ideas to get you inspired.

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1)   Choose a theme

Themed weddings are becoming more and more popular, from English country fair to psychedelic 60’s, there is no limit to what you can do with a theme other than your budget and imagination.

When choosing a theme try and think of things that are personal to you and your partner. Do you have a joint love of sci-fi? You could have guests dress as star trek characters and decorate your venue to resemble the interior of the Starship Enterprise.

If you both love the 40’s 50’ or 60’s, retro weddings can be great fun for everyone. They give you the chance to dress in the style of your chosen era, and to have all of the music and decoration geared towards your special decade.

Colour themes can also work well if you don’t want to go too over the top. A lot of couples will have a colour scheme running through the outfits for the bridal party, but you can also notify guests in advance so that the theme is universal.

2)   Shake up the music

Wedding music has a pretty bad reputation. Cheesy DJs playing out of date love songs, and wannabe rock bands performing bad covers are all too common when it comes to after dinner entertainment.

With a wide range of ages and tastes it’s always going to be hard to please everyone, so as it’s your wedding, choose the music that gets your toes tapping.

For an alternative to the ubiquitous covers band, consider getting a jazz or swing band in. Their songs should get the dance floor buzzing and provide good background music for anyone who wants to stay chatting.

If you’re feeling really brave you could even plump for karaoke. A wide selection of songs will ensure there’s something for everyone and it will make a great addition to the wedding video.

3)   Hire a Photo Booth

Wedding photography is big business. Photographers charge high prices for their services, and when you add in the cost of an album or two, the costs can quickly sky rocket.

A great way to avoid this is to hire a photo booth for the day. You may still want a photographer for the crucial moments, but for the rest of the time your guests can do the work for you.

The great thing about photo booths is that your guests get to keep a copy of the photo, giving them a precious memory of the day a great souvenir.

4)   Go wild with the location

If you really want to make you wedding one to remember, try choosing an extreme location. From the bottom of the sea to the top of a mountain, couples have tied the knot pretty much anywhere you can imagine.

An unusual location will work best if you’re planning a small wedding, but if your guests are up for it, then the sky’s the limit. Speaking of which, how about getting married as you’re free falling towards Earth after jumping from a plane?

Or if you’d rather be closer to the ground, pack your wedding party onto a rollercoaster and get hitched while doing a loop de loop at 50 miles and hour.

5)   Go overboard

Popularised by celebrities like Katy Price is the all out wedding extravaganza. This may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it will definitely be a day your guests won’t forget in a hurry.

For a true overboard wedding, throw caution to the wind and go for everything your heart desires. From that fairy tale dress with the 24ft train to the pink carriage pulled by white horses, nothing is too much for this wedding.

This type of wedding works best in an extravagant venue, but if your budget has been splashed on a dozen white doves and a church filled with roses, then a talented decorator can turn even a village hall into a fairy tale castle.

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However you decide to make your wedding stand out, just make sure it is special and personal to you. After all, you may want to give your guests a day to remember, but it’s your special day, and one that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

An article in conjunction with Addington Palace one of the best wedding venues Surrey has available to offer.


Choosing the Perfect UK Wedding Photographer

by aiowedding on June 19, 2014

Searching for the perfect UK wedding photographer takes time, but it’s one of the most important things you will do for your big day. Getting one that is qualified, professional and reputable will make a difference when it comes to remembering your day afterwards through the photos. You want to look back and remember it all with a smile, instead of wishing that you’d gotten the shots you asked for or have to try and make out who people are in the images.

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While it takes time, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a photographer in Hinckley or another part of Leicester,here are a few tips to help you get started.

Talk to Others and Ask for Recommendations

One of the best places to start is with people you know. Ask them if they know affordable and reputable photographers for your big day. It’s important to specify that you’re looking for someone who deals in wedding photography, as it required different skills to those who specialise in portrait or studio photographs.

You will know people who married recently, even if you were not invited to their weddings. It’s best to keep the questions to the people in your local area, as many photographers will charge extra if they have to travel far.

Visit Them at Wedding Fayres

There are plenty of wedding fayres in venues around the country. These are great, and you should attend as many as possible. Not only will you get to speak to the different types of vendors, but you can also get a few ideas to incorporate into your big day.

The wedding photographers will be around, and will be able to show off their skills and portfolios. This is the perfect time to see their work, and look at the type of shots they are famous for doing. Most photographers will have their own style and favourite shots, and you will see all this in their portfolio.

It is also a chance to look at the different photo album choices, and talk to the professionals about the packages they offer. You can discuss your needs directly with them, and find out about the type of offers they have to fit your budget needs. This is also the perfect time to talk about who owns the copyright of the photo, and the cost of getting copies of your own photograph afterwards.

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Trial a Few Options

You need to see how the professionals work with you, and that means trialling a few of your options. You can book engagement photo shoots or organise them for family shots. Most will be happy to come out to a spot of your choosing, and work with you to get the shots of your dreams. Some will even offer discounted rates because they know it is a trial for the real thing.

If you’re not happy with the idea of a trial—or you just don’t have the money—then you will need to have a close look through the portfolios. Don’t just look at a few images and select one. Really compare the different photos available to choose the best option for you.

It’s important to be extremely happy with your wedding photography decision. This determines the way you look back on your day. You don’t want to hire someone who turns out to offer poor quality work, but you also want to avoid those that charge an absolute fortune and then don’t deliver your photos on time. When it comes to Leicester wedding venues, Lee Glasgow Wedding Photography is just one option to look into for the perfect memories of your big day.


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