Hens Night

Hens Night

This is the female version of the bucks night. The hens night is an opportunity for the bride to get together with close friends and family (females only usually) for emotional support and rejoicing.

The evening should be memorable ad planned with care and sensitivity. Nightclubs, restaurants, a party at home, a male revue and a good old fashioned pub crawl are popular choices. However, if thats not our cup of tea, book into a beauty spa or take a harbour cruise in Sydney instead.  There are private companies who organise hens nights for you.

The hens night should be held a short time before the wedding usually around the same time as the bucks night.

The maid/matron of honour (and sometimes the bridesmaids) is responsible for organising and hosting the event. Invitations should state the theme, place,date, time what to bring, what to wear.

I have photographed hens night in the past. It was a lot of fun especially when the stripper came out of nowhere! Some people hire photographer for hens night, also.

Please make sure not to have your hens night out a night before your big day! I can use photoshop but not too much!!!

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Gift Guess

Gift Guess

Each guests sit int a circle and pass around a non-see-through bag filled with typical household items. Guests then guess what they think is inside the bag simply by feeling it.
The person with the most correct guesses wins.

It’s in the bag. Have your guests sit in a circle and pass around a non-see-through bag filled with typical household items. Guests them guess what they think is inside the bag by feeling it. The person with the most correct guesses wins.

The name game

Find as many words as possible with the letters used from the bride and groom’s within a two minute time limit. The person with the most answers withs a prize.

What a load

Get a set of bathroom scales and weigh everyone’s bag. It can be a lot of fun to find out who has the heaviest bag and why.

How about having a photo boost at the party? It’s not too expensive to hire a few hours, so all your guests can get their photos taken in the photo boost in such funny outfits?
Thoese photo boost has been very popular especially when there are a lot of kids at the reception party.

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Bridal Shower Games

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal shower games usually centre on the bride. Make sure the games you play are suitable for people of all ages who may be attending.

Spike Rack:

Buy a selection of spices and cover up the names of the spices on the bottle with pieces of paper. Number each bottle before passing them around the room. Guests write down what they think each spice n against the corresponding number on the answer wins a prize. Give the spices to the bride to help start her own collention.

Love songs:

Each writes down their name and the bridal waltz from their own wedding. If the guest is not marries, they simply pick their favourite long song. Pass back to the host when finished.Then reads out each song tile one at a time.

What is the bride wearing?

Have the bride leave the room without warning. Guests have five minutes to write down as many items as they can remember the bride is wearing. When she re-enters, each person ticks what they got right. The one with the highest score wins a prize.

If you are planning to have these kinds of games at the reception party, please let your photographer know, so he/she won’t miss the moment. Having Karaoke at the reception party has becoming very popular these days, too.

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Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

The bridal shower takes place a few weeks before the wedding and is usually hosted by the maid of honour and or bridesmaids. If your bridesmaids have not offered to host a shower, ask a close relative to help.

Invitation should extend to close friends and those you intend to invite to the wedding. However, wedding showers don’t have to be exclusively female and anyone from co-workders to old school friends can host a wedding shower, with invitations even extending to the groom.

There is not limit to the number of showers you can have, but one is sufficient for most brides to be. Light snacks and drinks are usually served. The host then gathers every one to watch the bride open her gifts. The maid of honour sits next to the bride and keeps note of each gift and the giver.

You can always have your photographer for the event, so you can practice to be photographed, too.

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Seating Arrangements 2

Seating Arrangements 2

The had table is placed in prominent position and usually includes the bride and groom and members of the bridal party. However, there are no hard fast rules and parents, ushers, flower girls or ring bearers could be part of the head table instead.

You could also have the bridesmaids and groomsmen sit with the guests sit with their parents at the head table.

Tables closest to the head table are reserved for immediate family, such as the parents of the bride and groom. Parents of the bride and groom can host their table with grandparents, siblings and honoured guests sitting at their table. Seat parents facing towards the head table. If you have divorced parents attending with new partners, some care needs to be taken. If they are on good terms, then you may like to have them on the same table as each other. Seat their parents with mutual friends on separate table nearby.

Otherwise. each of your parents can host their own separate table. The overriding concern in these sorts of arrangements in to make as many people as comfortable as you can, so always discuss your planned seating with each party first.

Please let your wedding photographer know which tables are the VIP guests such as your parents, so we can focus them more than other guests.

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Seating Arrangements

Seating Arrangements

Allocated seating avoids guests clambering or fighting for the best seats while leaving total strangers with little in common forced to sit next to each other. Most weddings keep head table seating fairly close to traditional arrangements, but guest allocations are open to greater discretion and require thoughtful planning.

The final seating arrangement can be organised close to your wedding day when all your RSVPs have been returned.

To help make it easier to allocate seats, draw the outline of the number of tables and room set-up on a large piece of paper. Tables are usually round and seat eight or sometimes 10 to a table, but check this with your reception centre beforehand.

Write each guest’s name on a Post it note and place it on your layout where you would like each to sit. Once you have finalised your seating plan, clearly labelled seating allocation list should be posted to at the entrance to the reception venue.

Make sure you talk to your wedding photographer where you will be entering to the reception venue, so he / she will know what to capture. It’s always good to introduce your photographer to MC what will be happening on the night.

If you are planning to have your wedding this year 2013, please let me know early as my availability for this year has already filling up quickly.

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On your wedding day

On your wedding day

If you have done all that you humanly can do to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible, then you can and should relax. Give thought to the reason you are getting married  and why everyone is three to help you celebrate the occasions.
No wedding is ever perfect and if you accept this, you will be in a better position to enjoy your day all the more.

  • Relinquish control by being a guest your own wedding and appoint a wedding day coordinator (such as MC of rusted family member) You bridal party, the host and service providers are there to tend to any problems. Let the day take care of itself and have faith everything will work out – because it will.
  • Have something to eat and drink such as energy foods – chocolates, energy bars, banana and yoghurt. your wedding day is not the same to worry about the caroline count.
  • Try to personality thank every person who has attended your wedding. it’s hard to stop and speak to everyone at length, but a quick glad you could make it, it means a lot to us to see you there…” is fine.  There will be some people that you have not met previously so it’s  important to make a point of meeting and thanking them as well. Don’t forger to also let your best friend/s know how much their friendship has meant to you over the years.
  • Make sure that you are the first to leave the reception. Even newlyweds can overstay their welcome, as guests are waiting for you to leave first before they can go home.Your photographer will be photographing you during the reception party, don’t forget to smile on their camera, too!

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The Caterer

The Caterer

Your reception centre usually handles both the catering and the beverages.
This makes life a little easier, but it also means you will need to take into account the standard of food when you select your reception centre.

Ask potential caterers to fax or post their menus and pricing structure to you; this will save you the initial running around. Food prices are usually based on a cost per person basis. Check to see if this covers staff, silverware and linens. Make sure you get everything in writing. Take note of the cancelation policy and guarantee of food quality and service.

Menu selection will depend upon your own tastes, guest numbers, budget, time of year time you want to ear and formality of the reception.

Foe example, mains can be served as a sit down meal or as a buffet. Sit-down menus are regarded as a more formal wedding occasion. Smaller, less formal weddings may only have finger food or fruit and cheese platter.

The wedding cake can be served as the dessert.  Remember that you do’t want to serve too little food. Order the right amount for the occation. Your caterer may be able to help with the table settings and design, and assist with hiring any other need equipment such as chairs and tables.

If you need more advise about the caterer, please ask me as I have photographed so many weddings in the past.

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Beverages part two

Beverages part two

Whatever bar arrangements you decide on, ensure there is a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A sensible beverage list could include two choices of beer (light and full length) red and white wine, water, soft drinks, orange juice and sparkling wine for toasting. There are also a number of simple cost-saving measures you can adopt:

  • Place a time limit on the bar opening hours. Pre-dinner drinks are usually served 30-60minutes before dinner and finish at 12midnight. Guests pay for their own drinks outside these times.
  • To lower consumption, and thereby reduce costs, have wait staff serve the drinks coming around on trays.
  • If you would like to have a toast with traditional sparkling wine, chepaish one should do, since guests will only sipping it.
  • Select venue that allows BYO alcohol. Negotiate a reduced price with your local liquor store to supply kegs of beer and cases of wine.
  • Ask your reception co-ordinator for other ways of reducing the bill.

Question to ask the beverage supplier

  • Is a deposit required?
  • Wat methods of payment are accepted?
  • Do they provide an agreement in writing?
  • What will the wait people be wearing?
  • Who pays for damaged or broken glasses?
  • How will the drinks be served? For example, at the bar or do they serve?
  • Who will be in charge on the day?

Don’t forget  your photographer will be taking photos through the night at the reception. You probably do not want to get drunk bad… 🙂

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Beverages

Beverages

Celebrity drinks are a typical part of a wedding reception. Because they add significantly to the costs, carefully calculate what financial contribution you can afford.
Following are different arrangements you can make for the bar service.

Cash Only Bar:
A cash only bar requires guests to pay for the drinks themselves, which maybe necessary, depending on your budget. However, depending on the formality of the event, guests generally expect at least some of the drinks to be paid for.

Paying on consumption:
Paying on consumption means you pay what the guests drink. But there is flexibility in how this can be arranged.

  • An open bar is where you pay for all the drinks, and this invalids spirits and cocktails. This can be a costly option.
  • A wine and beer bar is where you can limit what you pay for to drinks such as beer, wine and soft drinks.
  • A set price bar is an agreed up-front prince per guest, irrespective of the amount actually consumed

If you are looking for more information about wedding reception,  I am happy to give you some advice based on my experiences in the wedding industry.

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