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07/16

These tips will assist you in choosing a great wedding cake

 

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Your wedding cake is such a powerful symbol of your love story! As an important part of the wedding, you will surely want this sweet treat to be perfect from A to Z.

 

Are you curious as to how to select a great wedding cake that will make you happy, complement your wedding, and satisfy your guests too? We have some useful tips for you – so read on and find out more.

 

  • First of all, find the right baker. There will be a lot of talented wedding cake creators in your area – but only one of them is, well, the one. Talk to multiple vendors, check their reviews, look at their style and see if they would fit you, your style and your wedding. Once you have found the right wedding cake designer, be sure you establish all the details in writing before you actually sign your contract with them. Be clear about the design, delivery, price, extra-costs and all the other details a wedding cake comes with!

 

  • Settle on a particular wedding cake style. This should coordinate with the wedding style, formality, theme, motifs, colors, as well with your own love story and with who you are as a couple. Yes, it can be difficult to narrow down your options according to so many factors – but with attention to detail, it can be done and it will be more than worth it.

 

  • Find your perfect flavors. Remember, this is your wedding, so you have the right to choose cake flavors you really love (instead of deciding on what you think your guests would like). Believe us, a bit of uniqueness will actually be a pleasant surprise for the people invited at your wedding, so don’t be afraid to go past tradition and “trends”.

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Allusion Photography can capture the beauty of your cake and the amazingness of your wedding in a style that truly suits you! Candid and personal, our wedding photography services are here to help you create an absolutely gorgeous wedding album!

 

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!

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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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

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!