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07/16

Create a custom look for your wedding garter

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Tossing the wedding garter has been with us for a long time – and while some brides may choose to skip this tradition, the truth is that many of the couples still choose to do this at their own wedding (for entertainment purposes if not for anything else).

Personalizing your wedding garter is a great way of adding just a bit of “hidden” uniqueness to your wedding attire – so it is surely something you should consider doing. If you are curious as to how you can create a personal garter, then read on to find out more:

 

  • The history of the wedding garter is quite ambiguous, as nobody knows exactly where this custom originated from. Some say that it was a gesture made to show the marriage had been consummated, others say that a bride’s attire would have brought good luck (and since she didn’t want to have her dress torn off, she threw her garter). One thing is for sure: this tradition is here to stay.

 

  • When creating a personalized look for your wedding garter, the only limit you have is your own imagination, really. From garters inspired by brides’ favorite colors or seasons, to garters inspired by pop culture and cartoons, there’s something for everyone.

 

  • Last, but definitely not least, take your dress into consideration when creating a custom garter. Although you will wear it underneath the gown, it is important to choose a shape and size that go with the dress itself (e.g. if you are wearing a mermaid-dress, you will need a slimmer garter, so that it’s not very noticeable from under the dress).

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Searching for a photographer to capture the fun garter moment at your wedding? Allusion Photography will be there for you! We will capture the most magical, unforgettable, entertaining and emotional events at your wedding, so that you can always remember these candid details with a smile on your face! Contact us and find out more about our wedding photography services in Illinois!

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!

 

 

04/16

Consider a naked wedding cake for your wedding!

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Gorgeous and delicious, wedding cakes are among the most important “Big Day elements” for brides and grooms from all over the world. Why are naked wedding cakes such a huge trend right now? What is it that makes them so beautiful, so popular and, in the end, so versatile?

We have gathered some ideas you might want to keep in mind – so read on and find out more about naked wedding cakes.

  • In very brief terms, naked wedding cakes are cakes that don’t have frosting. This might have been odd just a few years ago – but with this trend growing more and more popular, we can see just how beautiful a “frostless cake” can look.

 

  • The best part about these cakes is that they look very natural and inspiring. They come in a very wide range of flavors and fillings, so they can satisfy even the pickiest guests. What’s more, they can be decorated in a multitude of ways too: with powdered sugar, fresh fruit or even beautiful blooms. All in all, these cakes are the perfect complement for a rustic chic, shabby chic or simply an outdoor wedding.

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  • Naked wedding cakes also come in all sizes too. From very high towers of deliciousness to short stacks of elegance and grace, these cakes are suitable for weddings of all sizes. Even more, if you cannot decide on one cake only, you can definitely have more of the smaller naked cakes (which also leaves your guests with more options to choose from).

 

Searching for a talented photographer to capture the beauty, grace and magic of your Big Day? Contact Allusion Photography and take a look at our portfolio! Come see what our services can offer and book us for the most unforgettable day of your entire life!

 

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04/16

Spring has arrived! And what better way to celebrate than incorporating it into your wedding?!

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As one of the most beautiful and most loved seasons, spring is an all-time favorite among brides of all kinds – and if you’re one of the ones who have chosen to tie the knot in this splendid season, you know very well why it makes for the perfect option.

How to incorporate the delicacy and elegance of spring into your Big Day? Here are some ideas you will love:

  • Flowery ceremony. Your wedding ceremony is one of the most important moments of your life – so you will surely want to create a décor for it that speaks about the importance of this event. For an awe-inspiring ceremony décor, we suggest you go wild on your florals: lush bouquets to line up the aisle, flower-decorated chuppahs and even flower petals for the aisle make for wow décor pieces everyone will love.
  • Low-rise centerpieces. Of course, tall centerpieces are still an elegant choice – but why not make your wedding centerpieces a bit more unique by going for the low-rise ones? The secret to creating elegant low-rise centerpieces is to choose arrangements that are very opulent and generous.
  • Special chairs. Your wedding reception décor is not consisted of centerpieces only – so make sure to bring spring into every detail of this special party. For example, chairs with floral prints on them will look extremely beautiful when paired with simpler table linens and flower centerpieces that go with the prints on the chairs.

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Allusion Photography can help you capture all the minute, delicate and candid details of your Big Day – so, if you are searching for a fantastic, talented and dedicated photographer in Illinois, you will definitely love our services. Contact us and let’s talk about your wedding and how we can immortalize it in the most beautiful way!

04/16

Make sure your wedding reception follows an appropriate timeline

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Your wedding day is going to be an absolutely unforgettable event in your life. Starting from the moment you open your eyes on the big day and ending with the moment you are back in your hotel room. This day is going to be exciting, exhausting and slightly scary as well.

Creating a thorough wedding reception timeline can help you put all the wedding highlights in the right order and give you some clarity of mind as well – Do you however know the appropriate steps your reception timeline should follow? Read on and find out more.

  • The cocktail hour. As the name suggests, this is the first part of the reception and it will last for approximately one hour. This is the time for you to get away with your photographer and shoot some photos, while your guests indulge in snacks and drinks.
  • The introductions and the cake cutting. This shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes total – and it usually involves mentioning the parents, the wedding party and announcing the entrance of the couple. The intros are usually followed up by the cake cutting. The reason this is after the introductions is so the vendor can then have the cake cut into individual pieces and ready to be served for desert immediately after dinner.  After the cake cutting comes the wedding toasts (which shouldn’t last for more than 10-15 minutes total).
  • The dinner and the party. Once the toasts are over, the first course is served. The dinner itself lasts for about 1 hour or so and it is followed by another 1 and a half hours of dancing. Of course, the timings are approximate, but if you have rented the venue for a very specific number of hours, you should try to stick to a stricter timeline.
  • 1st Dances – The night is usually kicked off by the bride and Grooms first dance followed by the father /daughter and the mother/son dances.
  • The bouquet and garter – The DJ usually saves this for the end of the night.  This is followed up by about 1 hour of dancing and a farewell to the bride and groom.

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  Allusion Photography can capture all these amazing moments in a beautiful, original and truly candid way – so if you are still searching for a wedding photographer in Illinois, give us a call and we’ll be there for you!

03/16

Be unique when creating your signature wedding cocktails!

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Your wedding should reflect who you are, what your style is and what your love story is all about. From the colors you choose to the flowers that decorate the Big Day, everything about this event should be about you – and your cocktails make no exception from the rule.

To help you serve excellent cocktails at your wedding (and make your guests happy), we have gathered some of the most delicious and unique ideas right below – so read on and find out more.

  • Popsicle cocktails. Perfect for a summer wedding, popsicle cocktails are fun, unique and really tasty. Basically, any cocktail can be turned into a playful popsicle – so whatever your favorite drink may be, you can definitely pull this off. Your guests will love the idea!
  • Vintage cocktails. Planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Make sure your cocktails are inspired by the old times too! For example, a cocktail inspired by the Prohibition era can be a really tasty surprise for your guests.
  • Craft beers. If you plan on having a more casual wedding, don’t be afraid to replace the more traditional cocktails with beer. Serving a good variety of delicious craft beers is guaranteed to satisfy your guests’ tastes.
  • Ice tea. If you don’t want to serve alcohol at your wedding (or if you want to provide all of your guests with non-alcoholic options too), ice tea is a very good idea. It is delicious, refreshing and it allows you to provide your guests with a wide range of options to choose from.

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Allusion Photography can capture the beauty and grace of your Big Day in a way that’s truly special and candid. Contact us, find out more about our services and photography style and we will make sure to provide you with amazing wedding photos!

03/16

These lighting techniques will create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding

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Wedding lighting bears a huge importance when it comes to creating a very beautiful atmosphere for this very special event. What are some of the techniques you should know of before you decide on anything? We have gathered some tips to help you navigate the sometimes confusing lighting lingo – so read on and find out more.

  • Fairy lights or festoon lights. Usually used as interchangeable terms, fairy lights and festoon lights are more or less the same type of lighting – with the exception that the first are usually used indoors, while the latter are used outdoors.
  • Gobo lights. If you want to personalize your wedding with a projected monogram, you are looking for Gobo lights. Unique and modern, this type of lighting works especially with elegant, contemporary weddings.
  • Pattern projections. Want to make a simple wedding venue look more elegant and intricate? Hire someone to project beautiful flowery patterns or arabesques at your wedding. Doing this will instantly change the décor!
  • Up lighting. In general, up lighting refers to colored lights that are arranged in a way that emphasizes different areas of the venue (e.g. the dance floor, the corners of the walls, and so on). With modern technology at your disposal, you can choose pretty much any color you want for your up lighting.
  • Pin spotting. If you want to make your wedding centerpieces really stand out, use pin spotting lighting. This will project a very thin beam of light right through the center of your table, so that it makes the centerpieces look brighter and more elegant.

Searching for a photographer who will know how to capture the magic of the Big Day regardless of what type of lighting you choose? Contact Allusion Photography and we will bring in our experience, our talent and our true creativity!

 

03/16

Have you chosen a date for your wedding yet? Take a look at some lucky days, and days to avoid!

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Choosing a wedding date is one of the first and foremost important steps in planning a wedding. How to make sure you choose a really lucky date, though? What are some of the myths and superstitions surrounding wedding dates? We have gathered them right below – so read on if you need a bit of inspiration.

  • According to the Jewish tradition, Tuesdays are considered to be suspicious when it comes to weddings. Furthermore, they also say that a wedding should take part after a new moon, which will also grant luck and blessings to the newlyweds.
  • In astrology, the beginning of the month is also considered to be quite lucky – so you might want to heed this tip of advice and settle yourself wherever you feel best.
  • 8th of August. Planning a summer wedding? Have it on the 8th of August, then! In some Asian traditions, the number “8” is associated with prosperity and good fortune. So, August 8th may be a great choice for your wedding date as well.
  • Depending on your religious denomination, you might not be allowed to have your wedding during certain religious holidays (or the fasting period preceding them). Before you type out the Save the Date cards, make sure to double check with your ceremony officiant and see for sure.
  • While Christmas is considered the most wonderful time of the year, and 4th of July is full of excitement, they may not be the best days to choose for your wedding. With many holidays throughout the year, choosing your wedding date around them may be better than on them, as many people usually have plans already made.
  • Last, but not least, don’t choose a wedding date because someone else suggests it, but because it makes sense to you and your love story. Regardless of what date you choose, know that your loved ones and friends will be there to enjoy your big day.

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Searching for a truly dedicated photographer who will shoot this very important day of your life? Contact Allusion Photography and have us shoot marvelous photos at your wedding! You will definitely love your wedding album!

02/16

Do you know how to breakdown your wedding budget? Take a look:

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We may not like this, but money does make the world go around. And while they have no connection whatsoever with true love, the truth is that you will need money to plan the perfect big day. This is precisely why planning a suitable wedding budget is so important – especially when you want to make sure that your dream wedding doesn’t come with a high cost for your finances in the first year(s) of marriage.

How do you do it? How do you plan and breakdown your wedding budget? Here are some tips to consider:

  • First and foremost, understand that different locations practice different prices. It may be shocking, but the difference between a wedding in one part of the US and one in another part of the country can go as high as a few tens of thousands of dollars. Sure, it depends on what you want for the big day, but it is more than important that you research prices at your chosen location before you do anything else.
  • Also, you should know that while there are no standard ways to breakdown the budget, there are some expectations you should have. For instance, the venue will most likely cost something around 40-50% of the entire wedding budget. Flowers will cost 10%, music will cost 5-10%, a planner will cost 10-15%, and so on.
  • It is also extremely important that you leave some “cushion” in your budget as well. In general, it is advisable that you leave at least 5-10% of your total wedding budget for unexpected expenses (such as having to pay extra hours for your band or DJ, for example).
  • Here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:

Reception: 48-50 percent

Ceremony: 2-3 percent

Attire: 8-10 percent

Flowers: 8-10 percent

Entertainment/Music: 8-10 percent

Photography/Videography: 10-12 percent

Stationery: 2-3 percent

Wedding Rings: 2-3 percent

Parking/Transportation: 2-3 percent

Gifts: 2-3 percent

Miscellaneous: 8 percent

  • To avoid stress, allot 5 percent of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.
  • Use sites like Wedding Wire and The Knot to help. They both have free budget calculator and forms to make this process a stress free one.

Searching for a photographer who will capture the gorgeousness of your big day in a creative and candid way? Contact Allusion Photography and hire us for your wedding! We will preserve your beautiful memories in a way that will bring you tears of joy!

02/16

Make sure your groomsmen look sharp on the big day by knowing how to dress them!

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Your groomsmen are some of the most important people at the wedding – and you will definitely want them to look really great (and feel equally amazing too). How do you do that, though? How do you make sure your groomsmen look sharp on the big day?

We have gathered some tips to help you dress them really well – so read on and find out more.

  • Mismatched is OK. Long-gone are the days when everything at a wedding had to match 100%. Same as bridesmaids’ dresses, the groomsmen’s attires don’t have to match either. In fact, they will look a lot more stylish this way.

 

  • Mismatched, but with style. If you decide to allow your groomsmen to wear mismatched suits or tuxedoes, please make sure you do give them some rules at least. For example, sticking to three colors or simply to variations of the same color will be a very good idea.

 

  • Different silhouettes for different bodies. Your groomsmen look different – so it is only natural that you allow them to dress in tuxedoes or suits that are different too. This will help them choose something that suits their bodies and their personal style – and, consequently, it will also help them feel better throughout the entire wedding day.

 

  • Coordinated details. If you want your groomsmen to look great together even with mismatched attires, focus on coordinating the details – such as the lapels, the bow-ties, the shoes or the boutonnieres, for example.

 

Searching for an amazing photographer for the Big Day? Contact Allusion Photography and allow us to be part of your wedding! We will capture its essential beauty, we will preserve the most romantic moments and we will make sure this special day is immortalized forever!