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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!

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

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!