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07/16

Keep your wedding guests entertained at the reception table

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Your guests want to have fun at your wedding – and you definitely want the same for them too. And yet, how do you bring entertainment to each of the reception tables? What are some of the best ideas to know about making guests feel really great while celebrating your wonderful event?

We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Fun wedding favors. Sure, everyone loves a good cookie as a wedding favor – but why not take this opportunity and make your favors truly entertaining for your guests? Mini-games of checkers, tic-tac-toe, or even Rubik’s Cubes can be amazing favors and it can allow people to toy with them at the table (while they are taking a break from the dance floor, of course).

 

  • Conversation starters. They say beginnings are always awkward – so help your guests break the ice by placing fun cards on their tables. Include questions about their social media activity – such as what was the last text they sent, whose status they liked, and so on.

 

  • Drink vouchers. Make things even more entertaining by offering each guest a card with an “assignment” (such as finding the first person dressed in blue and asking them a particular question). Once this is done, the guest can go with their “assignment” person at the bar and redeem a cocktail for their card with the answer on it.

 

  • Amazing food. This comes without saying, but food is always a great way to make people feel good. Provide them with delicious dishes (be them hors d’oeuvres, comfort foods or a fancy seated dinner) and they will love it!

 

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Allusion Photography can capture your wedding’s most joyous and unforgettable moment s – so if you’re still on the lookout for a marvelous photographer, make sure to give us a call. We will not disappoint you in any way!

06/16

Be creative with the way you decorate with florals at your wedding

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Your wedding florals are a crucial in creating the perfect ambiance at your wedding – they should reflect the beauty of your love story and the uniqueness of who you are as a couple. Are you still seeking how to be creative with the way you decorate the florals at your wedding? We have gathered some inspiring tips – so read on and find out more.

 

  • Floral pomanders. If you want to make your wedding look whimsical, playful and yet extremely elegant and sweet use floral pomanders to decorate the ceremony and/or the reception. Play around with the colors for a more energetic ambiance, or keep it classy with pomanders in the same color (or very close shades of the same color).

 

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  • Floating flowers. Planning a wedding by the poolside or riverside? Use the amazing natural décor to beautify the atmosphere at your wedding reception! Decorate the water with floating flower arrangements and guests will surely love the idea.

 

  • Flowery chandeliers. If you want to have a wedding that’s classy, opulent and glamorous, chandeliers are an absolute must. Sweeten them up with pretty flower arrangements that add grace and elegance to the entire décor – it will look absolutely stunning!

 

  • Taped flowers. This may not sound like an elegant idea – but it can really add a lot to your wedding décor. Tape flower stems unto the walls (for example, the backdrop of your wedding cake table) and it will look playful, sweet and romantic. Lovely idea for a vintage or retro-inspired wedding!

 

Allusion Photography captures people’s most beautiful life events in a way that’s candid and full of emotion – so if you’re searching for a photographer who will know how to find and immortalize the essence of your Big Day, you have come to the right place. Contact us and hire us for your wedding – we will make sure it’s never forgotten!

06/16

Choose your wedding venue with ease by following these tips:

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The wedding venue you choose is really important – especially since it will dictate a lot of other wedding-related decisions you have to make. From the guest list to the style of your wedding, there are a lot of elements that depend on picking the right venue – so you should definitely make sure you do this the right way.

Do you know how to choose a wedding venue with ease? Here are some tips you should follow:

 

  • Think of how many people you want to invite. The exact maximum number of guests you can invite will be determined by the venue’s capacity – but before you sign on the dotted line, you should at least know if you want to have a very large wedding or, on the contrary, a more intimate one. Too many people in a very small space can be dangerous, while not enough people in a large space can be uncomfortable and it can create an unwanted atmosphere.

 

  • Consider getting there. Your venue should be easy to reach – so make sure you check with the traffic conditions, as well as with weather conditions that may interfere with your venue’s accessibility. For instance, if you want to get married in a mountainside location, during the winter, check to see if the venue can be easily reached even in very harsh weather conditions.

 

  • Take your venue’s services into consideration. Every venue has its own policy when it comes to the vendors they work with, so make sure to ask this before booking anything. Furthermore, check with the venue’s music accommodations and ask them about any other services they may offer. To be certain they will keep up to their promises, check with online reviews as well – they can give you a much better idea of whether or not the venue you have chosen is really high-quality in terms of service.

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Searching for a talented and dedicated photographer to capture the magical moments of your Big Day? Come visit Allusion Photography and we will be there to make sure your wedding is truly memorable!

 

06/16

Create a gorgeous wedding with a French inspired theme!

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There’s something inherently elegant and timeless about the French – so why wouldn’t you take these features and bring them into your wedding theme? What does it take to plan a superb French inspired wedding? What are some of the best ideas with regards to this?

We have some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

 

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  • The table setting. The French style is effortlessly elegant – so don’t over-analyze every detail on your guests’ tables. Miss-matched plates look really wonderful with this wedding theme – and so do the glasses as well.

 

  • The table décor. Your French inspired wedding should be really sophisticated – but that doesn’t mean you should spend more than what you have. Some simple, white table linens, with napkins decorated with your wedding monogram – this is the kind of simplicity everyone loves!

 

  • The drinks and the food. A bottle of wine and a carafe of water should be on every table, always. This way, you don’t risk that anyone takes a seat at a table where he cannot be served. As for the foods, don’t be afraid to go all-French and organize a delicious cheese and fruit combination. This idea would be healthy and it would definitely satisfy your guests.

 

  • The background. You may not be able to travel to France to have the French appeal – but you can definitely choose a space that resembles it as much as possible. Choose an awe-striking location for the wedding and your French-themed wedding will be memorable!

 

Allusion Photography can help you capture all the adorable, candid and romantic moments at your wedding. Come visit us, take a look at what we usually do as photographers and book us for wedding pictures that are flawless, creative and truly stunning!

 

 

06/16

Your bridal bouquet should be stunning! Make sure you are aware of the latest trends

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Your bridal bouquet is not just a bunch of flowers. It is the bouquet you carry down the aisle as you make the first steps of the rest of your life. It is an accessory that should reflect who you are and what you believe in, as well as what your love story is all about too.

Of course, you want your bridal bouquet to be stunning from all points of view! But how do you do that? What are some of the latest trends in the wedding florals’ world? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

  • Foliage and greenery. You don’t have to have a bouquet with actual blooms. If you want a bouquet that looks natural, beautiful and really unique, you can opt to have a bouquet made out of greenery 100%. This will be really gorgeous and it can save you some serious money too, as greenery and foliage tend to cost a lot less than actual blooms.
  • Fruit and foodie “treats”. Another great trend in the floral world is that of incorporating edible elements in the bridal bouquets. Thus, herbs and fruit have become a stunning part of the bridal bouquets we have seen this year – and this can make for a really nice addition for a bride who wants her bouquet to be vibrant and joyful.
  • Flowers as accessories. Don’t want to wear a bouquet? Or maybe you want to accessorize it with matching beauties? Flower crowns, flower garlands and even flower bracelets are a trend right now and they look amazing on brides!

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Allusion Photography can help you capture the romanticism, beauty and magic of your wedding! Contact us, see what we offer and hire us as your wedding photographers! You will not be disappointed!

05/16

Make sure you and your bridesmaids have fun getting ready on your wedding day

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Your wedding day is going to be quite hectic – so you really need to give it a good head start by gathering with your bridesmaids and having a bit of fun as you are getting ready for the big moment ahead of you.

How to sprinkle everything with a bit uniqueness and excitement? We have gathered some cute ideas you and your bridesmaids will love – so read on and find out more.

 

  • Sporty tank tops. Are you and your ladies the kind of girls who really like being comfortable? Get some color-matched tank tops for you and your bridesmaids and accessorize them with delicate bows for an adorable and fashionable effect. It will look so great in the pictures!
  • Silky bathrobes. They always work and they always have the power to put a smile on a lady’s face – so they will surely make for a more than welcomed gift for your bridesmaids. Choose bathrobes that match each other in style and color, so that you all look fabulous in the pictures!
  • Flannel shirts. For a comfy and tomboyish effect, buy flannel shirts for your entire wedding party. Make them color-coordinated for your bridesmaids and choose a shirt that’s a bit different for you, so that you create a nice and stylish effect for the “Getting Ready” photos.
  • Personalized makeup or emergency kit bags. Offer your bridesmaids something they will use again – such as a unique makeup bag or an emergency kit that contains everything they may need in case of an emergency (such as if the dress gets torn or stained, for example). They will be more than appreciative of your gesture!

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Allusion Photography knows exactly how to capture the emotion, excitement and amazingness of a wedding day – so if you’re searching for someone experienced and talented, we are the ones. Contact us and find out more about our services!

 

05/16

Make sure you know how to hire a wedding officiant!

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Your wedding ceremony is, in fact, the pillar of your entire wedding day. Of course, you want every second of this special moment in your life to be absolutely perfect – and hiring the right wedding officiant is more than important when it comes to this.

How to do that? How to find a wedding officiant you can actually resonate with? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • First of all, decide whether you want your officiant to be religious or not. If you want to get married in a house of worship and already belong to a specific denomination and congregation, choosing the right officiant will be a lot easier for you.

 

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  • If you want to have a religious wedding, but don’t belong to any house of worship, think well before you make steps in this direction. Choose a religious denomination that reflects your beliefs and talk to a representative to see what’s needed to get married in their house of worship.

 

  • If, on the other hand, you want to have a civil ceremony, there are a lot of options you can choose from. Notaries, lawyers, mayor and even friends and family members can officiate weddings in a completely legal way. However, before you settle for an option, check with your state’s legislation and make sure it can be done! The last thing you want is to discover your wedding cannot be legally recognized!

 

Allusion Photography captures candid, romantic and unforgettable wedding moments – so if you want your Big Day to be gorgeously “archived”, contact us and find out more about our services. We are here to make sure your wedding will never be forgotten and that its most beautiful parts are elegantly included in your wedding album!

 

 

05/16

Flowers are gorgeous! But there are some things you should know about them when planning your wedding.

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Undoubtedly, flowers are a very important part of the wedding – especially since they set the celebratory feeling of the day. What are some of the essential things every bride-to-be should know about flowers when planning her wedding? We have gathered them right below – so read on to find out more.

  • Your flower proposal will sound like a poem. Really, it will be written beautifully and it will be almost as melodious as a poem and as romantic as a fairytale. Don’t get too carried away, though! Read attentively, focus on the details and make sure you clear out any confusions now, before you sign on the dotted line!

 

  • Not to make you feel anxious, but you will most likely not see your flower arrangements until the big day. This is perfectly normal, considering you want your flowers to be fresh and vibrant – not withered and “sad”. Find a reliable wedding florist and trust her expertise – your flowers will look absolutely gorgeous!

 

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  • There will be at least one detail that will really stress you out. Your florist may not find the blooms you wanted or the shade you wanted. Your chosen flowers may be in off-season and too expensive for your budget. Whatever it is, rest assured that a good florist will help you find solutions that work excellently for you. In the end, you will love the “replacements” just as much (if not more!) than what you originally had in mind.

 

Searching for a wedding photographer who will immortalize the beauty of your wedding in a truly unique, candid and professional way? Contact Allusion Photography and we will be there to make your big day stay alive forever in our amazing wedding photos!

 

 

 

05/16

Be sure your groomsmen have the right boutonnieres for Spring!

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You and your groom are the most important “parts” of the Big Day. But you surely believe your wedding party is very important too! How to create superb boutonnieres for your groomsmen and how to make sure they are inspired by the warm season outside? We have gathered some ideas to inspire you, so read on and find out more:

  • These pretty non-floral elements have been very popular in the last few years – and we can definitely see why. They are unique and they make for the perfect pieces of décor for a rustic-chic wedding. So, if you want a wedding inspired by the country side, boutonnieres that incorporate succulents and greenery would be a really wonderful choice!
  • With its amazing fragrance and delicate looks, lavender couldn’t be more suitable for a wedding in the warm season. Match sprigs of lavender with purple white spider mums to create beautiful summer-y boutonnieres for the groomsmen.
  • They have been increasingly popular with weddings too – and truth be told, they can be absolutely gorgeous. Wild and delicate at the same time, wildflowers are the perfect complement for a wedding that’s casual and unique at the same time – so they will surely look amazing as boutonnieres too.
  • White roses. Classy and pure, white roses are an all-time wedding favorite – so it is worth considering the option if you want your wedding to be traditionally elegant and fancy. Pair mini white roses with ribbons that match your wedding color and your groomsmen’s boutonniere will look really beautiful!

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Searching for a photographer who will know exactly how to capture all the pretty and romantic details of your Big Day – and in a way that’s just as unique as your love story is? Contact Allusion Photography in Illinois and we will be there for your wedding day!

 

 

05/16

Create some portable foods for your wedding cocktail hour!

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Your wedding cocktail hour is meant to create a smooth bridge between your ceremony and your reception – so it should be just as carefully planned as the rest of the wedding too. Naturally, food will play an important role in the cocktail hour – but what are some of the best portable foods you could include here? Read on and find out more.

  • Doughnuts and chocolate dipping sauce. Serve this all-time sweet, comforting food in an ice cream coup glass and we guarantee the guests will absolutely love it.
  • Crudite shots. Want to serve your guests something healthy? Crudite shots are a really amazing option – and it will definitely satisfy everyone’s taste (regardless of whether or not they are vegan).
  • Mini shrimp cocktails. Delicious and fancy, shrimp cocktails are a very popular option at weddings. Serve yours in “mini” versions at your cocktail hour and you will add a touch of uniqueness to this elegant food!
  • Soup shooters. Delicious and heart-warming, soup is an all-time comfort food everyone loves. Serve yours in shot glasses to make it more suitable for the cocktail hour’s level of formality. Also, if you want to make the shooters even more unique, serve guests tomato soup shooters and pair them with mini grilled cheese sandwiches!
  • Tiramisu in a glass. We all love this Italian dessert – and serving it in a fancy glass will look really amazing for your wedding cocktail hour. What’s more, it will make it easier and less messy for everyone too (as the tiramisu will be already portioned and ready to serve).

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Searching for a really amazing photographer able to capture the most beautiful moments at your wedding? Contact Allusion Photography and leave your memories into our talented and well-equipped hands! We guarantee you won’t regret it!

 

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