How to Relax In-Between Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding is demanding work. As the wedding gets closer, stress rises. You have countless details that need to be ironed out, not to mention the emotional weight that a wedding holds. Sure, you might have friends to help you, but you want your special day to be perfect and being stressed can lead to mistakes.
Taking a break is harder than it seems, knowing that the deadline is approaching, you may not be able to relax properly, and wind down. The stress can affect other aspects of your life, not just the upcoming wedding, so it’s crucial that you can take some time for yourself. In this article, we look at a few ways at how to relax in-between planning for your wedding, so you aren’t overwhelmed!

Meditate

Though it may be hard at first, forcing yourself to meditate is a terrific way to clear your head and get some much-needed rest. Meditation also helps slow your heart rate, meaning that you will be physically calmer when it’s time to get back to the grind.

Exercise

If planning for the big day makes you feel like you want to run away, or start pummeling your best friend, why not do it? Obviously, we don’t recommend you assault your friend, but going for a run and hitting the gym is a fantastic way to burn off stress. Also, physical activity produces endorphins, which offer a sense of euphoria, and helps stabilize your mood.

Take a Bath

Soaking in the tub is a great way to relax your body, as well as the mind. Light a scented candle, maybe even play some soothing music. Take the time to put some extra effort into refreshing yourself, by breaking out the pumice, and you’ll be a whole new person when you get out.

Call Your Parents

If in the picture, calling your parents is an excellent way to keep things in perspective. It keeps you connected, and feeling sane, but also helps you re-assure yourself that things are okay. Also, if they aren’t helping plan the wedding, talking to them about something unrelated is a clever way to distract yourself temporarily. They’ll love to hear from you, and you’ll feel better after!

Go on a Date

A contributor to wedding stress is the fear that your relationship will change after the big day. Of course, while planning the wedding much of your time is spent preparing to spend the rest of your life with your partner, not actually spending time with them. Set some time aside, and go on a date like the old days. In part, the time spent with your loved one will help relieve stress, but more so, it will help re-affirm that you made the right choice and that the pressure and effort you’re feeling while planning the wedding is worth it. Your fiancé is likely under quite a bit of stress too, so maybe taking a bit of time to smoke a joint or eat some cannabis-edible with them, will do you both a lot of good.

Start Journaling

The thoughts, ideas, and dreams you have leading up to the most important day in your life should never be forgotten. You could start a new journal, or consider using a ‘prompt’ journal, which is designed to help you grow, and analyse yourself. Either way, journaling is a wonderful way to relive stress, while keeping things in perspective. It also gives you something tangible to look at, when you are struggling, reminding yourself what you are capable of overcoming.

What You Need In A Wedding Photographer

Wedding preparation can be both thrilling and full of challenges. You have a lot of decisions and investment to make, from choosing the perfect location to choosing who will capture the events of the wedding day. A friend or relative with a good camera can do this, but a professional wedding photographer will be the best to ensure the event of the day is properly documented. To help you ensure that you will find a great fit when you pick your photographer, here are few tips on what you need in a wedding photographer.

PORTFOLIO: A wedding photographer’s portfolio is made up his past work on different wedding coverage. You will be able to access his styles, skills and stories while looking at some pictures of his previous work. You can rate these photographs on any of the photographic elements like lighting, presentation or centre of interest. This will help you determine if the wedding photographer will give you the kind of service you desire. Your requirement should be based on what you and your spouse value the most, from the artistic style to the image content and quality. It is also essential to let the photographer know what kind of service you are hoping for, first judge for yourself what style they typically work in.

PERSONALITY: The personality of your wedding photographer has an astonishingly huge role to play in setting the mood for your special day. Is he excited by your vision, does he offer suggestions or makes a recommendation or is he compulsive? Since every professional photographer has a different style and personality. It is essential that you meet at least once to interview and connect with the photographer who will handle your wedding. While there are no instruments for testing personality or measuring compatibility, you can use your awareness to evaluate and rate this factor. It is essential that you and your partner like, trust, get along and feel comfortable around your wedding photographer.

PROFESSIONALISM: The wedding photographer to be chosen must show a high level of professionalism. Since your wedding photographer will be shadowing your every move to ensure that he captures lasting images, he must do this in a professional manner. He must work in an inconspicuous and less irritating manner. He must abide by the wedding code of conduct and blend in to find many subtle special moments, capturing great details from a naturally positioned guest. He must be able to accommodate you bringing in assistant or secondary photographers. Your wedding photographer must also belong to a particular association to further enhance his professional competence.

PREPARATION AND PLANNING: Preparation they say is the mother of great manifestation. Your wedding photographer should be able to prepare with you. He should accompany you to the venue to know the types of background and design to be used. This will also allow him to know the angles he will be operating from and to see if it suits you and matches your expectation. Planning allows your photographer to know the list of people and the moments you want to capture and who the important guest are.

PRICING: Since taking wedding photographs require a great deal of work, your photographer should be able to offer you his best services for a fee that will suit your budget. This will depend on the number of photos and albums you want for yourself and others. You should also know how much your wedding photographer charges per hour and look at the packages and special offers.

FINAL PRODUCTS: After the wedding event, it will take the photographer some time to edit, apply finishing touches and deliver the final products. You should also know that some final products services might attract some additional fees. The final products might come in an album, portraits or slideshow.
It is very obvious that when looking for a wedding photographer, your decision will be based on a balance of judgments of you and your partner. This process might seem tedious and demanding but this guide will make it easier by informing you about what you really need in a wedding photographer

The Hottest Wedding Trends Of 2017

Weddings are one of the most memorable moments recorded in human life and this is why a lot of work goes into it to make it as eventful as it is. The event is a culmination of ideas and old and new trend solely for the purpose of creating a lasting impression for the couples and the guests. The year 2017 has witnessed an ample lot of wedding action with different ideas and trends coming into play. This is a quick rundown of the hottest wedding trends of the year 2017

OFF THE SHOULDER WEDDING DRESSES: Unlike the traditional wedding dresses most brides wear, the year 2017 has seen a lot of off the shoulder wedding dresses. The off the shoulder dress is a fashion hit with today’s bride. This dress allows a glimpse of the bride’s shoulders and upper part of the back without revealing too much. It serves as the trendy alternative for the traditional cold feet, cold shoulder dresses.

VINTAGE GLAMOUR: One of the hottest wedding trends of 2017 is the mash-up of the old and new trend. This trend involves the mixing of the trends from as far back as the 70s with new ideas to create an exclusively modern style.

CAKES: Last year, the naked cake took centre stage; by the way, naked cakes refer to a cake with unfrosted sides. This year people tend to opt for cakes that are barely frosted such as a translucent cake. Translucent cakes are cakes with a thin veil of frosting and bit of cake showing are much in vogue in 2017. This type of cake is iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or fruits that give hints of the cake flavour. The fruits used are such that are in season.

ANIMALS: The use of pets and beautiful four-legged creatures is one of the hottest wedding trends in 2017. This four-legged creature range from the young ones to the adult animals. Picture a dog standing in the corner of the room with the inscription “wedding vow in progress” or having a wedding in a barn full of farm animals. How adorable are these trends.

NATURAL: The usual trend of using a hall or having indoor receptions is beginning to fade off. People are opting for a more open space or the use of parks and gardens decorated with nature and some beautiful lighting do spice things up. Some even have their wedding venues located in the field or mountains. All the same, these wedding scenes are well designed by nature and this is why people love it. Increasing number of intending couples prefer to follow this hottest trend of 2017 now.

UNUSUAL COLORS: The Previous wedding has seen the restriction of colours to a particular set of colours such as the dark colours for the groom and the light colours for the bride. Modern weddings now utilize a range of unexpected light colours breaking the norms and giving rooms for new 2017 trends. Picture the groom and his men wearing a light blue suit and the bride and her girls wearing pink or peach dresses. How lovely.

FLOWERS: Flowers serve more than ornamental purposes, they are memory makers and they symbolize romance. The recent trend has seen the adoption of new flowers such as peonies for no reason.