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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!

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!

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

If you are on the fence about having engagement photos taken, don’t be, they are a must!

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Undoubtedly, getting engaged is a huge moment in your life. If you have yet to decide whether or not you should take engagement photos, you should definitely know they are a must. Why is it so important to have a special engagement shoot? Here are some of the reasons you might consider:

  • Having an engagement photo shoot will help you know your photographer or company. This way, you will not be nervous about the wedding photos, because you will know exactly how your photographer works and what you can expect from him/her.

 

  • Having a professional engagement shoot can also help you settle on the best makeup and hair style too. Scheduling these before the actual wedding will allow you to see exactly how they look on you (so that you have plenty of time to decide if you would like to keep everything this way or change something about you look). Plus, it would be nice to wear professional makeup and have your hair professionally done for the engagement photos, right?

 

  • Your engagement photos can be really fun and creative, so you will definitely not want to miss out on this pre-wedding experience. What’s more, you can use the engagement photos for your Save the Date cards and/or wedding invitations too. Sure, this depends on what type of wedding stationery you want, but it is still an option to consider.

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Searching for an amazingly talented and creative photographer in Illinois? Allusion Photography is what you need! Come visit our site, take a look at our previous work and let’s have a discussion about your favorite types of photos! We guarantee the most beautiful moments at your wedding will be candidly captured by our experienced hands! www.allusionphotography.com.