The Five Golden Rules 3

The Five Golden Rules 3

Having an understanding of wedding traditions in Australia, expectations and

conversations will put you in a better position to create the sort of wedding you want.

Keep an open mind, an alert ear, talk and take an active interest in information gathering.

Some of the best sources of information are from:

Bridal Magazines: Bridal Magazines are a great starting point for gathering ideas, examining trends and listing service providers such as photographers just like us and reception venues.  Local, national and International magazines are available at your local newsagent.

Books: A good wedding books can provide you with a comprehensive snapshot of the essential  things you need to know about wedding planning. There is no shortage of wedding books in your local books and library. (I find that Kinokuniya Book Store in Sydney has got the wide range of wedding books)

The Internet: There are a number of wedding websites, complete with tips and FAQ section just like “The News Page” on our website.  You will see our listing on EasyWeddings, also.

Yellow Pages:  The Yellow Pages is always useful for looking for wedding service providers.

Friends and Relatives: Friends and relatives can recommend people, places and service providers. People tend to trust a referral from someone they know. They can also offer advice to help you avoid the mishaps they went through.

Bridal Shows: Bridal shows or Wedding expos are a great way to see many service providers under one roof, which can save you a lot of running around.

Wedding Consultants: Wedding consultants can organize some, part of or all of your wedding for you. They are flexible about their pricing and assistance structure and will accommodate your individual needs. Their services are more suited if you lack time ad can spare the extra cost.

Obviously, our blog here should be helpful to everyone, too. Please contact us for more details.

Rule Four is coming soon…..

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A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 2

A Civil vs Religious Ceremony 2

When you decide either Civil ceremony or Religious ceremony,

Keep in mind that civil ceremonies offer the advantage of greater flexibility with the vow, music, style of wedding and location.

Civil ceremonies are conducted by a civil celebrant (marriage celebrant) and work particularly well for people marrying a second time, or those with no or different religious convictions.

Celebrants will marry you according to your wishes but differ in their approach and delivery, so interview at least two in person before deciding on whom you would like to use. Expect to pay AUD$500 or more for their service in Sydney these days.

Religious ceremonies are conducted by an officiant and follow a pre-scribe format of rituals, tradition and customs. For this reason, both you and your partner need to be comfortable with your faith and how you want it expressed in a religious context.
Officiants are paid a nominated fee to help cover costs.

Family religious backgrounds and personal convictions can provide either a great source of comfort or friction.

Hope this article was helpful.

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Rule Five Part 2

Rule Five Part 2

Use this list of traditional wedding roles as a guide only. Don’t be afraid to allocate roles according to your own personal choices and reasons. For example, it may be more appropriate for you to base your selections on ability or on a

personal connection you have for each person.

Maid/Matron of honour:

  •  Organises the bridal shower with the bridesmaids
  • Organises the hens’ night
  • Pays for her own wedding attire
  • Helps with invitations and recording of gifts
  • Helps the bride dress for the ceremony
  • Helps throughout the day as needed
  • Returns any hired accessories for the bride
  • Assists with the young attendants
  •  Takes charge of the emergency pack (TBA)
  • Witness the signing of the register
    Bridesmaid(s)
  • Assists the maid of honour wherever possible
  • Helps the bride dress for the wedding
  • Pays for her/their own wedding attire
  • Looks after the guest book
  • Helps organise the bridal shower Flower girl or pageboy
  • Sprinkles fresh flower petals down the aisle for the bride to walk on
  • Carries a pretty basket of fresh flowers
  • Carries the bride’s train and helps to arrange it neatlyBest Man
  • Organise  the bucks’ night
  • Hires own wedding attire
  • Ensures the ceremony documentation is in place
  • Drives the groom to the ceremony
  • Witness the signing of register
  • Instructs ushers as needed
  • Holds the bride groom’s rings for the ceremony
  • Pays service providers on the day as necessary
  • Makes a speech
  • Returns the groom’s attire
  • Helps photographers to organize the groups shotsUshers
  • Arrive early to assist with any  setting up
  • Welcome guests and show them to their seats
  • Hand out service sheets
  • Help the best man as asked
  • Clean up after the ceremony
  • Hire own wedding attire
  • Help decorate the newlywed’ car

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The Five Golden Rules Rule Five 1

The Five Golden Rules Rule Five 1

A good project manager learns how to delegate tasks and motivates their team to do them well.

There are two types of helpers: the ones that you pay and the ones who are volunteered. Your unpaid helpers include people like your parents, cousins, brothers, sisters, close friends and so on. Your paid help includes wedding photographers like us, the florists, DJ and etc.

Although there is truth in the saying, “You get what you paid for” you should not select helpers on price alone. Quality of work one reason for price differences, but there is more to it than that.

What does their reputation hold? Do you actually like their work? Do you feel comfortable with the person?

We always tell our clients when we first meet, “You came here because you like our work on our website, do you feel comfortable with us too?”

Don’t get too caught in allocating the volunteer tasks according to tradition.  Instead, select on suitability and circumstances.

For example, in a traditional wedding the father gives the bride away. However, the bride can ask a brother, mother, stepfather or even both parents at once
if she so wishes.

Similarly, instead of selecting a close friend for the role of bridesmaid, ask a sister, cousin, or sister-in-law, or dispense with the role altogether.

Rule Five Part2  is coming soon…..

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The Five Golden Rules Rule 4

The Five Golden Rules Rule 4

The other side of the wedding planning can be the most difficult to control, and that’s the politics of it.

Overbearing parents and helpers can get caught up in rivalries and power games and, if left unattended, can result in threats of non-attendance or refusal to contribute further. Weddings are about building a

nd strengthening families, not about destroying them.

Employ these leadership strategies: 

  • If you have an overbearing helper, give them specific jobs. For example, give them the task of narrowing down the best caterer.
  • Remind those concerned who’s wedding it is and relay your visions of what you want your wedding to be like. Be as diplomatic as you can.
  • Always maintain an air of politeness and calm, but remain firm and assertive.
  •  As a last resort, be prepared to risk relationship status quo to keep control. it’s not nice to think strained relationships. could develop over what is supposed to be a joyous, but remember your priority now is to your life partner.

One of the true tests of your leadership is how you are going to manage the budget. Allowing other to decide who pays for what exposes you and your partner to a higher risk of deposited into your bank account upfront allows you to spend as you see fit, without seeking permission or worrying about unwanted  interference.

This may not be necessary for your situation, and hopefully parents will support their children in any case.

You also remember that you need to book your venue, celebrant and photographers first. They are the first ones to be booked out.
It’s October 10th today.  A lot of booking that we are taking now are ones in April, May and June 2013!

Please contact us early if you are planning to have your wedding in Sydney or any other places even!

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The Five Golden Rules 1

The Five Golden Rules 1

Having the right people close to you can make an enormous differences to the

pleasure and success of your wedding organisation. Whether you are employing professionals or asking friends and family to volunteer and assist, you must still select the right people.

The quality of the help you enlist will depend largely upon your ability to search out and recognize the best people for the job, and then getting the best out of them.

Getting people to do what you want requires leadership. Share your vision with those around you so they get a clear idea of what you want. Never assume anyone in your wedding party knows what is expected of them. The more information your helpers have, the better job they will do.

Be excited and spread your enthusiasm to others. Most people would be naturally chuffed at being asked to help out, so make them feel their contribution is really important and appreciated.

Be consistent, clear and don’t give out mixed messages. Agree with your partner on  important matters before you speak to anyone else. If you appear unified, this will give others less opportunity to wrest control from you.

Keep in contact with your helpers, Let them know where you are up to, ask them where they are up to, and ask if they need any help with their task/s. Give deadlines, because this sets the impression that you are in control ad makes people feel responsible for their tasks. Deadline also reduce anxiety because you have a deadline date of completion and can act when it’s not met.

Make a point of publicity acknowledging your helpers at the reception. Otherwise you can take them out to lunch, give them a gift like a special photo or just send them a thank you card.

Was this article helpful?  Please contact us if you are planning to have your wedding in Sydney!

Rule Four ( Part 2): Be a Leader is coming soon….

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The Five Golden Rules 4

The Five Golden Rules 4

Your first priority in this event is the preservation of your relationship.

There’s no point walking down the aisle in the best-organized wedding of the year if you can’t stand the sight of the person at the other end of it.

If your partner says to you, “We can’t do that, my parents won’t like it” their priority in this insurance is the relationship with their parents, and not necessary to yours.

Reaching decisions that may have far-reaching circumstances is never simple.
If you are going to put your foot down, make sure it’s important enough to do so. The key is to pick your battles. It’s more about putting everything in perspective and prioritizing what is really most important.

The organization of your wedding is a test of how you will function as a team. The decision-making process is unique to the dynamics of each couple. Some people like to organize every aspect together, other like to delegate parts, while others prefer to split the tasks.

We have noticed that a lot of our clients likes to come to see me together on their first appointment.  So they both can see more of my work and feel the connections with myself as their wedding photographer.

Agree at the early stage how you will work , so you don’t get yourself in a position where
the person is accusing the other of not pulling their weight, or pulling too much weight.

Rule Three will be update soon. Stay tuned!

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The Five Golden Rules 5

The Five Golden Rules 5

I have read a book a few months ago. The book was about “What makes people successful”.

One particular habit that is most useful to wedding planning is Habit Number Two: “ Begin with the end in mind.” This is based on the principle that all things are created twice – first in the mind, then in the physical.

Problems  can arise when couples don’t have a clear picture of the type of wedding they want. Without a clear plan, it’s easier to get talked into things you don’t really need or want.

No two weddings are ever going to be the same, so every wedding is an exception to the rules of wedding etiquette and planning. You have in front of you a clean canvas ready to be painted. You may hear people say “ It’s your day, do whatever you want.” This is true to some extent, but it’s also true the day happens to your partner’s, your partner’s parent’s and your guest’s day as all.

Consequently, it’s as silly to say “ Do whatever you want” as it is to say “ Try to please everyone” These are the extremes you should be avoiding.

Find the middle ground that resolves around a sense of balance between you, your family, your friends and your guests.

Sit down with your partner and create a vision of your wedding. It may change over time and this is fine, but at least you will have made a start.

Ask yourselves:

  • What do we want the guests to say about our wedding day?
  • What do we want our parents and immediate family to say about our wedding day?
  • What do we want the bridal party to say about our wedding day?
  • What do we want to say about our wedding day?

Keep these outcomes in mind as you begin to organize your wedding.

Please contact us anytime if you need to discuss your wedding planning in Sydney.
Although we are wedding photographers, we have been in Sydney’s wedding industry over a decade. We have met many couples who got married in Sydney during the time. We should be able to give you some advise. 🙂

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Organising your Wedding in Sydney

Organising your Wedding in Sydney

If you think about it, a wedding is like a small business.

See yourself, then as a project manager or a CEO running a small business enterprise.Like any small business, you will need to hire the right people, delegate tasks, rope in volunteers, stick to budgets, order equipment, sell your ideas, and satisfy as many people as you can in Sydney or worldwide even.

As the project manager, you will want to take ad keep control over the planning to ensure the success of the event.

The Five Golden Rules for organizing your wedding by Sydney Wedding Photographers are designed specifically to help you keep control. Each rule has a purpose ad the best wedding are organized by people who understand and adhere to these simple but effective rules.

Although we are wedding photographers not wedding planners, we have been in the wedding industry here in Sydney over a decade and we feel that we are the ones that how all our clients plan their wedding day and actually be there form getting ready to the end of the reception party on the day.

We will post Rule One on the next blog.  Stay Tuned!

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