Apart from Christmas, summer is the most popular times of year for a wedding. The glorious summer sunshine makes for some stunning wedding photographs, and the balmy evenings mean your guests can celebrate your special day long into the night. Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in tired tradition, when the best weddings are those which mean something to the couple. Read on for some up-to-date inspiration for your summer wedding.
For some people, elaborate prints might be a little stuffy and old fashioned. If you want a way to add interest to your invitations or decorations, laser cutting is the massive trend of 2013. It can be personalised to your tastes, so you’ll end up with something truly unique. Maybe you want something contemporary and abstract, or two love-birds sitting on a tree. Carry the main theme of your wedding through to the smaller details for a sense of flow.
2013 sees the rise of the ‘double dress’. This is where the bride changes out of her ceremony wedding dress to another white number for the evening reception, making it easier to dance and keeping your main dress free from red wine spillages or dirty shoes on the train. This is especially good for summer ceremonies when you want to get out of the thick, heavy wedding dress fabric and into something floaty and elegant. It will also ensure there’s less of a risk of someone else treading on it or even ripping it as you groove the night away. If you don’t want to change out of your dress, update your evening look with glitzy accessories and comfortable, pretty dancing shoes.
Catering for the sweet-toothed
Anyone with a love of anything sugar-coated and pastel coloured will love 2013’s main food trend: wedding confectionery This can be used in several ways: if you’re looking for unique wedding favours, a small selection of your favourite pick’n’mix can be tied up in a small organza bag for your guests. They can also be piled up in a vase for an interesting table centrepiece, or alternatively, scatter them over your dessert table for children or anyone too full for a proper pudding.
Once the formal photos are out-of-the-way, it’s becoming more and more popular to have the wedding photographer take a series of fun photographs of the couple and their family. If there are children attending, you can get some priceless shots, and it’ll make everyone relax knowing that they don’t need to be on best behaviour for the photographer all evening. The dance floor is a particularly good place to get some hilarious snaps for the album. Another way of creating fun snaps as the evening celebrations continue is to have a photo booth at the reception. These fun booths are instant photo booths that allow guests to dress up in a range of amusing costumes and have a group snap taken. You can usually take a copy with you there and then as well as see a copy of your picture placed into a special personalised wedding album for the happy couple to enjoy as a keepsake.
For a truly 2013 twist, get together as a couple to devise your own wedding cocktail. Give it a name which means something to the two of you, and make sure the bar staff are experts in making it by the time your wedding comes round. Use ingredients you both like, and make sure everyone has one at the ready so they can raise a glass to the happy couple.
Krishanthi Williams is a contemporary wedding photographer in London and she enjoys keeping up to date on the latest cutting edge wedding photography techniques and equipment to ensure wedding photographs are as up to date and on trend as every other aspect of your big day.
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