Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes make a great centrepiece for the reception venue in Sydney.
A wedding cake is as much about looks as it is about taste. Everyone wants to take a photo of the cake, so try to select one that is both photogenic and delicious to eat.

Begin planning the wedding cake at least 3 months before your wedding day.

Look in the yellow pages under wedding cake, google wedding cake in Sydney, try wedding site, flip through bridal magazines, or you can attend bridal expo.

Select a design to fit in wit your overall theme. You can find ideas in wedding magazines. Tiered fruitcakes are a great wedding tradition, however, other options such as carrot cake, chocolate, mud cake, and profiteroles are now just as acceptable.

The best wedding cake makers are those who specialise in it. However your caterer may also able to to make a cake, as will your local bakery or department store like David Jones. The size of your guest list can be used as a guide to the size of your cake.

I always recommend Cake Atelier where they are based in Glebe, Sydney.
I have worked with me so many time in the past years, they do amazing works!

I always photograph wedding cake during the reception, so make sure you pick a good one!

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Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Flowers have been part of wedding decorations, adding to the overall atmosphere and significance of the occasion. The beauty and fragrance of flowers captures the heart of every generation and brings out the romance is us all.

Begin planing foe your wedding flowers at least 3-6months before your wedding day. Look in the yellow pages, under florist, search the internet for wedding websites with service provider database, flip through bridal magazines, attend wedding expo and ask friends and family for recommendations.

Selecting an honest, experienced florist is paramount to getting the right sort of advice for your floral arrangements. Start collecting photos and pictures of arrangements and wedding flowers you like and show them to your florist. Set your budget before you start talking to florists.

Wedding flowers can be used in a variety of places, such as at the ceremony, at the reception as table centrepieces, in the home and even inside wedding cars.

Wedding flowers should coordinate with the reception and ceremony centres taking into account the size of the venues. For example, bigger venues requires more elaborate floral presentations.

You can always check with me if I have worked with any goof florists in Sydney.
I am more than happy to recommend a few good ones.

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Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

Write days, dates, and times in full. For example, “Saturday second of June at one-thirty” If the street number is less than 100, write it in full, if it’s more than 100, write it numerically, for example “Three Crown St. but 217 Crown St.” Titles can be abbreviated, for example, Mt, Mrs, and Dr.

Do not use nicknames or initials. It’s also becoming more common to include the wife’s name on invitations and not just the husband’s. The word “honour” is spelled in the British Fashion for a formal invitation.

The envelop should be addressed with the full name and address of the guest their street address and state/country. If there are other people living at the same address that are also invited, such as children, separate invitations should be addressed to them. If you don’t want children so attend, do not  include their name in any correspondence.

Don’t forget to double check for accuracy and spelling errors before you send out.
It’s best to get someone with a fresh eye to look over it to you.

It’s also polite invite your marriage celebrant to the reception party.
You might also need to check MC, Bands (if you have them) or photographer’s meal, too.

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Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery

There are a number of things you need to communicate about your wedding plans and understanding the correct etiquette and formalities required in invitations, programs or cards is an important function of wedding presentation. Among the chief wedding communications are:

  • Invitations (such as actual wedding, shower party and engagement party)
  • Announcements
  • Reply cards
  • Placecards

Thank you noted

The full extent of the of the wording etiquette is dictated
by the formality of each event. Traditional invitations adhere to more strict etiquette, while semiformal or informal weddings allow for greater flexibility, reflecting a more creative and contemporary style.

Invitations should contain: the reason for the event, the time, the date, the location, and RSVP date and contact details, the dress required to be worn, and usually the names of the host of the event.

The more formal the wedding, the closer it should adhere to accepted wedding etiquette. For example, writing need to be cursive, preferably, with a raised print.
For less formal weddings, use a simpler font and experiment more with alternative colours such as fuchsia or sky blue instead of black, and use matching envelopes.

It’s always good idea to have your photo on your invitation, so ask your wedding photographer to do your pre-wedding photo shoot before the invitations to be created.

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Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

Most couples have invitations made by a professional printer. The printing game is very competitive and the right service and price can be found if you look around for it. There are literally hundreds of stationers, all offering a multitude of choices. Ask to see their portfolio or sample inviations. It’s always worth printing an additional 10 per cent to cover any unexpected rewriters or guest increases. Addressing stuffing envelopes, sharping, and rush orders will incur extra costs.

Pre-wedding  events such as the bucks night, hens night shower party and engagement party are less formal and instead of having these professionally printed, look for generic invitations from a local stationery store. DIY invitation kids, including stamps, whereby you assemble everything yourself, can be purchased from speciality shops.

Many couples are now using a desktop computer and printer to make their own invitations. All these options save money and are a perfectly acceptable practice.

Get your photographer to do your pre-wedding photo shoot a few months before your wedding day. So you can use those photos foe your invitation, welcome board or you can even make stamps out of it these days.

Hope this article was helpful/

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Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery

Invitations and wedding correspondence are your signature tune, reflecting the personality and type of wedding you are holding. Your guests will formulate their own expectations about the event from the style of the invitations.

Send invitations 3-4 weeks prior to the engagement party, buck’s night and hen’s night parties.  Two to three weeks notice is required for the bridal shower and 6-8weeks for the actual wedding – more if you know you have a lot of overseas or out of state guests.
Begin organising your stationary at least 4-6 weeks before each invitations will be required.

Look in yellow pages under ” wedding stationery” or “instant printing” search the internet for wedding websites with service provider databases, flip through bridal magazines, attend bridal shows, and ask friends and family or contact us for recommendations.

How about you do pre-wedding photos before your wedding? So you can have a bit of practice to have your photos taken by professional wedding photographers and you can also use one of photos to be used for your invitation or welcome board for your wedding?

Book us early(6months prior to your wedding day) to receive your free pre-wedding shoot with us.

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The Bridesmaids

The Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids are moving away from wearing exact matching outfits. The trend is towards dresses that complement the bride’s dress such as the colour or the fabric, but gives consideration towards each bridesmaid wearing something that suits their body shape and preferences.

Consult with the bridesmaids what they want to wear only after you have made a final decision on your own outfit. If you ask your bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses, you may want to select dresses they can wear again.
Commence looking for bridesmaids outfits at least 4 months prior to the wedding.

Consideration may also be given to any other female attendants such as the mother of the bride, the groom’s mother, the flower girl and the train bearer.

I also think that the colour theme for the bridesmaids should match to their bouquet as well as their nails or head accessories or even your make-up. (eye shadows)

As a wedding photographer, having the theme colour on your wedding is important factor especially during the location shoot, so all the colours matches and the bride stands out more, too.

You can always get more advise about what to wear on our meeting.

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Wedding Gown

Wedding Gown

Formal/traditional: Full length, white gown with a long train. Complete with a veil and all the matching accessories to give the bride a touch of high class elegance.

Semi formal: Full length gown, but perhaps without a train or just a shorter one and maybe a veil. Dress could be white, off white or other colours.

Informal: Anything is acceptable from  a mini to a cocktail dress. You may want to match your attire with a theme, like jeans for a cowboy and western wedding. A trend is developing where brides are selecting dressed that can be worn again.

These days, purchasing wedding dress seems to be more popular in Sydney. A lot of rental dress places has been closing down over the years due to less demand from both brides and grooms. It’s definitely cheaper option if you purchase your wedding gown in Sydney. So you can select your favourite wedding gown and get them to tailor for you.
Make sure that you get your dress at least 3 months before your wedding which means that you will beed to order it around 6 months before your advance.

My favourite dress to photograph is mermaid style with a long veil. They look stunning in the photos.

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What to wear

What to wear

Wedding attire is always going to a matter of personal preference. With some careful planning and the right advice, every bride and groom can look their absolute best on their wedding day.

Begin consulting bridal couturiers and dressmakers at least 12 months before the wedding. You will also need to allow sufficient time for alterations, final adjustment and even shipping delays. The hiring of any wedding attire for the groom ca be done closer to the wedding date-around 6 weeks before the wedding.

Look in the yellow pages under “bridal and evening wear”, search the Internet for wedding websites with service provider database such as ABIA, flip through bridal magazines, attend bridal shows, and ask friends and family for recommendations.

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the hardest things it can be but again, it would be one of the greatest moment when you are preparing your wedding.
Ask your photographer to show their recent work to get some ideas of what other brides have been wearing these days. One of those big princess style are not on these day I feel.
Marmaid style or Tulip styles are great ones to choose I think! See the photo below!

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Public speaking tips

Public speaking tips

Here are some tips to improve your public speaking tips:

  • Committing your speech to memory is a fine idea, until the moment you suffer a mental block and lose your spot. Instead, jot down the main points on cue cards.
  • Speed kills so slow down. A sure of killing a good speech is going too quickly. Timing is everything. Pause at the spots where you want people to laugh or reflect. If you want to get a true idea of the speed of your speech, record it on tape.
  • The moment you walk up to the podium, you are being sized-up by the audience. Act confidently even if you are not. Stand upright, and look relaxed. Practice doing just this.
  • Look at the audience and move your head around the room as you talk. Project your voice to the back of the room. When you make reference to people, look in their direction to give a sense of inclusion.
  • Don’t worry bout any hecklers, just go with the flow. Any laughs that result from a heckler will be credited to you in any case
  • Finally, never apologise for anything. You are doing the best you can and should not have to say sorry for that. Weddings are forgiving environments and everyone understands the intent and the purpose of speeches and will clap you warmly for this alone.
  • Don’t forget that your wedding photographer will be photographing you during your speech. You know what to do!– back to Home- Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu