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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!

02/16

Do you know how to choose your bridesmaids for your wedding?

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Choosing the wedding party is one of the most important Big Day-related tasks. While most brides-to-be have many friends, making the choice for the bridal party can honestly be a daunting ordeal.

How to choose your bridesmaids? How to make sure nobody’s feelings get hurt? Even more, how to make sure the ladies standing by your side at the altar are happy? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Whatever you do, remember that this is your Not your mom’s, not his aunt’s and definitely not your sister’s. It is your wedding and you choose who your bridesmaids are. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do when it comes to this.
  • You might actually want to include in-laws. Yes, you read that right. You may not be very close to them right now, but you will be. Soon enough, they will be part of your family and you will be part of theirs. And while friends may move to other states and relationships may cool, family will always be there – including in-laws. Start on the right foot by including your future sister(s)-in-law in the wedding party.
  • Also, you might not be able to include everyone you want. We mean this. You may have lots of friends who might not make it to the wedding party, but that doesn’t mean you cannot assign them important tasks for the Big Day. Some of them may play a song or have a reading during your wedding ceremony or reception. Others may have a beautiful toast to dedicate to you and your spouse. Whatever you choose for them, it will surely make them feel really special in your life!

Searching for a talented photographer to capture your Big Day’s most beautiful moments? Contact Allusion Photography and we guarantee you will not regret having chosen our services!

02/16

Your guests will surely adore these thoughtful wedding ideas

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None of your guests will come to the wedding with the sole purpose of eating, drinking and dancing. They will be there because they care about you and because they are genuinely happy for the huge step you’re making in your life. They will be there to celebrate your love, your commitment and your beautiful story!

It is precisely for this reason that you will also want them to have the time of their lives while at your wedding. How to do it? How to ensure they leave the Big Day with some really nice memories in their “luggage”? We have gathered some really thoughtful ideas to inspire you – so read on and find out more.

  • The games. Regardless of what age your guests may be, they will definitely love a good, old-fashioned game. Plan some wedding-themed Mad Libs or even a wedding piñata, bring in some oversized board games or organize some drinking/social games to make sure all of your guests have fun – it will be worth all the effort, trust us!
  • The food and the drinks. You don’t need the most expensive caviar and wine brought from France to make people happy. You need fresh, well-cooked and good-looking food that’s aplenty. From mac and cheese variations to tomato soup and grilled cheese shots, there’s a myriad of delicious and budget-friendly foods you can include in the menu, so don’t be afraid to get a little creative with it!
  • Welcome baskets. If you have out-of-town guests, make sure to greet them with some thoughtful welcome baskets. Include a plan of the wedding, a map of the location and some nice treats (such as cookies, lip balm and other small items guests will love).

Want a true professional to capture this really special day in your life? Contact Allusion Photography and leave your wedding album into our experienced, creative and talented hands! You won’t regret it!

02/16

Your dad is so special, make sure to include him in your wedding!

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Your father is one of the most amazing people in your life. He raised you and offered you the best life. He taught you to always believe in yourself, be strong and provided his shoulder in the time of need.

And here he is, ready to walk you down the aisle, with tears in his eyes and a huge smile on his face.

Your dad loves you and you love him. Naturally, he deserves you to include him in the big day, so make sure you do this in a truly special way. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Something Old. Does your father have a favorite tie? Or maybe a favorite shirt? Does he always wear that one special watch? These items can be beautifully included in your wedding. Start with the “Something Old” part. A small patch of his tie can work wonderfully for the bouquet wrap, for example. His favorite accessory can become your good luck charm for the big day too. Use your creativity and make your dad’s favorites a truly special part of your wedding day!
  • Have a first look with your father. Want to ease off the pre-wedding anxiety? Have a first look with your father and ask your photographer to capture this beautiful and emotional series of pictures. You will both love it!
  • Have your dad do a reading at the ceremony. Who else could be better at giving marriage advice other than your dad? Who else in the entire world is better at knowing what’s best for his little girl? Your father will pull off an amazingly sensitive and beautiful reading if you give him this task, so you should definitely do it!

If you have started your wedding planning, Contact Allusion Photography and let’s talk about your photos! Together we can create a package that will be perfect in highlighting each of every aspect of your beautiful big day…bring along your father too and involve him in this aspect of the planning!

01/16

Now that you are engaged, the wedding planning begins! Make a checklist to keep yourself on track

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Getting engaged is such an exciting and special moment in your life! More than anything though, your engagement marks the beginning of the wedding planning – so you will definitely want to start as soon as possible.

What are some of the first things to consider? What are some professional wedding planning tips you should remember throughout the entire process? Read on and find out more.

  • Creating a budget is extremely important. But what is even more important than that is sticking to it. Be realistic about your budget, allow some extra for the potential changes and never rush into making a purchase. Also, maximize your wedding savings by creating a credit card to use just for the wedding expenses. This way, you can use the rewards or travel miles on your credit card to have an amazing honeymoon.
  • Be careful with your guest list. The easiest way to save big money on a wedding is by cutting down the guest list. It might be difficult and it might be awkward, but in the end, people will understand your reasons. Furthermore, remember that there’s always the option of not allowing plus-ones (unless they are your guests’ spouses or long-term partners). You can also have a dinner guest list and a party guest list. Your party guests will arrive after the meal has been served.
  • Be down-to-earth when it comes to your time. Whether you like it or not, you don’t have all the time in the world. You are most likely working on a pretty tight deadline. Thus, being fully realistic about your expectations and how much you can do in a short amount of time is extremely important. Take a good look at your to-do list and, if you feel that you are running out of time, cut off some of those not-so-important tasks (such as baking cookies for the welcome bags, for example). Consult with your photographer. A great and professional photographer should be able to direct you in a timeline that will fit your needs.

Allusion Photography can help you capture the grandeur and beauty of your big day, so if you’re still on the lookout for the perfect photographer, give us a call and let’s talk about it! We promise not to disappoint you in any way!

01/16

Have you considered a Cinematographer for your wedding? If not, you definitely should!

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Your wedding day – oh, how marvelous and beautiful it will be! From the flowers you have chosen to the way your bridesmaids will be dressed, everything about this day is about you, about the love you have for each other and about the great moment you are celebrating!

Hiring a cinematographer can help you capture the magic of this day in a truly special way. How so? Why is hiring a cinematographer a great option? We have gathered some of the best reasons to convince you – so read on and find out more.

  • In a recent survey it has been found that more brides are opting for both videography and photography for their wedding day. Commemorating your precious day in a video of your is a way to bring back those special moments for years to come. Imagine 15 years from now sharing the live footage of you walking down the aisle with your children. Listening to your family members talk and being able to see and hear all the guests that attended your wedding. A video is a way to not only bring back the memories but also make the day come alive once more.
  • A new type of videography is called a highlight reel. A highlight reel, although much harder to edit, is an awesome small 5-10min edit of the best parts of your day. A Highlight reel is much easier to share with guests who couldn’t be there. Regardless of what their reasons may be, guests who couldn’t make it to the wedding will be more than happy to receive a video of it. This way, they will feel as if they were part of your Big Day.
  • Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event – and it deserves everything. More than that, you and your future spouse deserve to become the stars in your own movie. Make this day even more special by hiring a videographer who will know exactly how to capture the most beautiful and heartwarming moments and put them together in a video that truly shows off your amazing love story.

Searching for a great wedding videographer in Illinois? Contact Allusion Photography and allow us to be there for you on the Big Day! Your wedding photos and videos are going to be absolutely spectacular!

01/16

Being prepared by knowing what no one tells you about taking wedding photos will assist you on your big day!

 

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Your wedding day is such a special event in your life that capturing its candid and beautiful moments is a “must” regardless of what type of wedding you want to have.

 

Therefore, it is highly important that you properly prepare yourself for the wedding photo shoot. How to do it, though? Here some of the things that nobody tells you about taking wedding photos.

 

Read on and find out more.

 

  • It is important to talk to your photographer about the types of photos you want as there are many different types that can be taken. Your photographer however will be able to offer guidance and input on the great photography styles and poses which will make for your gorgeous photos!

 

  • You will smile so much that it will start aching. Be sure to take a break in between photos and relax your face muscles. You want this to be a happy moment and not something you associate with pain.

 

  • Your photos will not be ready immediately after the wedding. It might take some time for your photographer to carefully select, edit and enhance every photo from your event. Also, making your photo album may take a bit longer as well. Keep in mind that this time taken will only enhance the beauty of your final products.

 

  • Budgeting for a photographer can be quite hard. Choosing a photographer will be much about the “feeling” you get from his/her work, the products they offer as well as the experience they can provide. Be prepared to allow a small cushion in case you fall in love with someone who’s a little more expensive than what you originally had in mind.

 

Still searching for a fabulous, talented and dedicated photographer for your Big Day? The award winning company Allusion Photography proudly serves the area of Illinois – so if your wedding is here, give us a call as soon as possible! We will make sure your wedding pictures truly capture the emotion, beauty and elegance of this most important day in your life!

01/16

Don’t miss out on these currently hot photo trends for your big day!

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Your wedding is an amazingly special moment in your life – and you want its most special aspects to be perfectly captured in the beautiful wedding photos. This possibly means you are more than interested in the hottest photo trends of the moment – and if that is so, you have come to the right place. We have gathered some of the popular trends in wedding photography today – so read on, and see if you would like to incorporate them in your wedding day too.
Bridal portraits: If you don’t want to rush for your bridal portrait, you can actually choose to schedule it before the wedding day. This is a great option, especially if you would like to see how your dress, hairstyle and makeup look when they are all put together.
Day-after photo shoots: Likewise, if you don’t want to rush through your wedding photos, you can also ask your photographer to schedule a day-after photo shooting. This will give you and your spouse plenty of time to get ready and do as many double-shots as you want to, so that everything is absolutely flawless in your wedding pictures. Make sure to ask your photographer if there is an extra cost for this option.
Father-daughter first look: Have your father see you when you are ready to walk down the aisle and ask your photographer to capture the moment. This is bound to be an amazingly emotional photo shoot, so it will surely look amazing!
Social Media: Because Facebook, Instagram and the other Social Media networks have become a routine part of our daily lives, many brides choose to incorporate them in their wedding too. Create a special hashtag for your wedding and your guests will definitely enjoy the idea.

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Searching for a talented and creative photographer in Illinois? Contact Allusion Photography and let’s talk about your engagement and/or wedding pictures! We guarantee you will not regret having chosen our services! www.allusionphotography.com

01/16

Make sure you look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos by following these tips:

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Your wedding photos are more than just images. They are your very own “time machine”, the one and only way in which you can turn back time and revisit one of the most beautiful days of your life. Thus, it is more than natural that you want to look gorgeous in your wedding photos.

We have gathered some tips to help you shine under the spotlight on your special day – so read on to find out more.

  • Strike a pose…or strike two. The old “Practice makes perfect” is very true when it comes to the posing aspect of your day. When hiring a photographer look at the poses on their site to see if that is the style you are looking for. Just in case have a few of your practiced poses ready to go. Practice a few poses at home to see how you like yourself best. Be more than comfortable telling your photographer how you like to be posed. A great photographer will take this into consideration and work with it.

 

  •  Sit up straight…and smile. Turns out that our grandma’s beauty tips are timeless! When she told you to sit up straight and when she said that a woman’s best accessory is her smile, she was so, so right! Take these tips of advice with you on your wedding day too – they will be more than helpful when the camera points at you.

 

  • …Speaking of the camera, it is much better to ignore it. Don’t think of it as “there”. Have fun, smile, laugh and rejoice! You’re going through one of the most precious moments of your life! It would be a real pity to concentrate on a piece of technology (and the people maneuvering it), rather than on how amazing your wedding will turn out!

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 Allusion Photography is an exquisite photographer providing services in the wonderful state of Illinois – so if your wedding is here and if you are searching for a true PRO, come visit us and give us a call! Hire us for your Big Day and we’ll “capture” it in the most creatively candid of ways! www.allusionphotography.com

01/16

Create the perfect wedding photo album by making sure your photographer gets all the key shots!

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Your wedding is a unique moment in your life. Your wedding album is your very first family heirloom so having it captured in a really beautiful way is definitely on your list of priorities. How do you do that? How do you make sure your wedding photo album comes out absolutely flawless?

We have gathered some tips to help you with this – so read on and find out more.

  • Do your research. Before talking to a photographer, do some research and see what the main photography options are, what styles you love and what your photographer has specialized in. This will make the discussion much easier and it will help you and your photographer communicate better, knowing that you are on the same page.

 

  • Careful with the black and white photos. Black and white photos can look timelessly beautiful and elegant, and it is a good idea to have a few of them in your album. However, please make sure to balance them out with the colored images so that the entire album looks beautiful.

 

  • Don’t forget about the formal photos too. You may not like them very much, but it is more than likely that your parents and grandparents will want one or two copies of these photos. Plus, the traditional touch of these photos can be “tamed down” with décor and style details, so there’s no need to worry that they will ruin your wedding album’s overall appeal. On the contrary, they will most likely make it more complete.

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Searching for a truly creative and talented photographer in Illinois? Come visit Allusion Photography, take a look at our previous work and book us for your magical wedding day! We guarantee your wedding photo album will truly capture your Big Day’s grace and uniqueness! www.allusionphotography.com