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07/16

Choosing the best wedding theme is crucial for the outcome of your big day

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Although it is not absolutely mandatory, choosing a wedding theme for your big day could have a hugely positive impact on the success of this very important event in your life. Do you know how to choose the best wedding theme? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • This is a timeless classic that will never cease to fascinate us all – so if you want to be classy, romantic and unique, choosing a vintage theme is a great option for you. To make things even more special, settle on a specific type of vintage or retro décor: Victorian, Roaring Twenties, Pin Up 50s, Hippy 60s, Disco 80s, 90s Nostalgia, and so on.

 

  • Rustic-chic. This wedding theme has been extremely popular over the course of the past few years – and we definitely love it too. Somewhere in between casual and touches of elegance, rustic-chic weddings are so successful precisely because they strike the perfect balance. These weddings allow brides to dress in gorgeous feminine dresses and decorate their weddings in a chic style, but also sprinkling everything with bits of beautiful natural landscapes and an overall casual “vibe”.

 

  • Don’t want to linger in the past? You can definitely have a unique, modern wedding! The key with this theme is to find contemporary elements that are elegant, outstanding and very personal and bring them into the Big Day. For example, you could plan a modern wedding based on geometrical shapes and bright colors, but you could also plan a minimalist wedding focusing on low-key shapes, colors and décor.

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No matter what wedding theme you may choose, rest assured that Allusion Photography can help you capture it in a gorgeously creative way! Contact us in Illinois and we will make sure your wedding day stays memorable for the decades to come!

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!

 

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

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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04/16

Being the mother-of-the-bride is a big deal! Make sure you are aware of your duties

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As a mother, you want your daughter to be happy – and, on her wedding day, you want to make sure she feels like the true princess she is. What are some of your duties as the mother-of-the-bride? What are some of the things you are expected to do before and during the wedding? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Help with the wedding registry. Since your daughter shouldn’t include wedding registry information on the invitations, it is up to you, the groom’s mother and the couple’s close friends to spread the news. This way, guests have the opportunity of buying something the bride and the groom will truly love.
  • Walk her down the aisle. In traditional Christian weddings, the father is the one to “give the bride away”. However, if he cannot be there or if the bride chooses to honor you as well, you might be expected to walk down the aisle with her.
  • Be part of the receiving line. Traditionally, the mother-of-the-bride is the hostess of the wedding – so she is also the first in the receiving line. Be there with a warm smile on your face to help your daughter receive the guests and make them feel truly welcomed!
  • Be a very good friend. You love your daughter more than anyone else in this world – and more than anyone too, you also know what she’s going through. Be her support, her friend and her shoulder to cry on as the big day unfolds – you will both remember these moments as some of the most candid and sentimental ones you have ever had!

Allusion Photography can help you capture precisely these moments: the seconds of wordless emotion that will sprinkle your big day with tears of joy. Contact us, find out more about who we are and hire us for your wedding!

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

As the Best Man, make sure you create the best wedding speech!

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Being the Best Man in a wedding is an amazing experience. On the one hand, you will stand by your friend’s side as he ties the knot (and as he plans the Big Day too). On the other hand, this role will be accompanied by a lot of responsibility.

Of all your tasks as a Best Man, delivering a great wedding speech is one of the most important ones. After all, you are the groom’s honor attendant – and everyone expects you to give a speech that’s funny, emotional and truly honest.

How can you create a wedding speech that will leave everyone smiling? Here are some tips to consider.

  • Don’t procrastinate. Writing a good speech doesn’t just happen overnight, so take your time to write and edit – also take your time to practice it in the mirror as well. Doing this can make the entire difference in the world!
  • Keep it short. In general, wedding speeches shouldn’t be longer than 5 minutes (or even shorter than that, depending on the day-of schedule the bride and groom have created). Stick to being short and sweet and you will definitely nail it!
  • When in doubt, follow the pattern. That white sheet of paper can be quite intimidating, so if you feel lost for words, follow the “classic pattern”: start with an introduction (a joke or a pun), thank the hosts for the event, tell a story about the groom (which shows his qualities, as well as the qualities of his bride) and wrap up the speech with a toast (wishing the couple a happy life together).

Is your friend searching for someone to capture these amazing moments? Tell him to contact Allusion Photography and both he and his bride will be more than happy with our services!