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03/16

These lighting techniques will create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding

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Wedding lighting bears a huge importance when it comes to creating a very beautiful atmosphere for this very special event. What are some of the techniques you should know of before you decide on anything? We have gathered some tips to help you navigate the sometimes confusing lighting lingo – so read on and find out more.

  • Fairy lights or festoon lights. Usually used as interchangeable terms, fairy lights and festoon lights are more or less the same type of lighting – with the exception that the first are usually used indoors, while the latter are used outdoors.
  • Gobo lights. If you want to personalize your wedding with a projected monogram, you are looking for Gobo lights. Unique and modern, this type of lighting works especially with elegant, contemporary weddings.
  • Pattern projections. Want to make a simple wedding venue look more elegant and intricate? Hire someone to project beautiful flowery patterns or arabesques at your wedding. Doing this will instantly change the décor!
  • Up lighting. In general, up lighting refers to colored lights that are arranged in a way that emphasizes different areas of the venue (e.g. the dance floor, the corners of the walls, and so on). With modern technology at your disposal, you can choose pretty much any color you want for your up lighting.
  • Pin spotting. If you want to make your wedding centerpieces really stand out, use pin spotting lighting. This will project a very thin beam of light right through the center of your table, so that it makes the centerpieces look brighter and more elegant.

Searching for a photographer who will know how to capture the magic of the Big Day regardless of what type of lighting you choose? Contact Allusion Photography and we will bring in our experience, our talent and our true creativity!

 

03/16

Have you chosen a date for your wedding yet? Take a look at some lucky days, and days to avoid!

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Choosing a wedding date is one of the first and foremost important steps in planning a wedding. How to make sure you choose a really lucky date, though? What are some of the myths and superstitions surrounding wedding dates? We have gathered them right below – so read on if you need a bit of inspiration.

  • According to the Jewish tradition, Tuesdays are considered to be suspicious when it comes to weddings. Furthermore, they also say that a wedding should take part after a new moon, which will also grant luck and blessings to the newlyweds.
  • In astrology, the beginning of the month is also considered to be quite lucky – so you might want to heed this tip of advice and settle yourself wherever you feel best.
  • 8th of August. Planning a summer wedding? Have it on the 8th of August, then! In some Asian traditions, the number “8” is associated with prosperity and good fortune. So, August 8th may be a great choice for your wedding date as well.
  • Depending on your religious denomination, you might not be allowed to have your wedding during certain religious holidays (or the fasting period preceding them). Before you type out the Save the Date cards, make sure to double check with your ceremony officiant and see for sure.
  • While Christmas is considered the most wonderful time of the year, and 4th of July is full of excitement, they may not be the best days to choose for your wedding. With many holidays throughout the year, choosing your wedding date around them may be better than on them, as many people usually have plans already made.
  • Last, but not least, don’t choose a wedding date because someone else suggests it, but because it makes sense to you and your love story. Regardless of what date you choose, know that your loved ones and friends will be there to enjoy your big day.

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Searching for a truly dedicated photographer who will shoot this very important day of your life? Contact Allusion Photography and have us shoot marvelous photos at your wedding! You will definitely love your wedding album!

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

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!

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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