TIPS for your emotional moments on wedding day

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You must have a lot of things in mind right now about your wedding day. You probably are worried about how the day goes, how you will look like, will you cry or will your wedding looks like you wanted.

But if you are very relaxing about the wedding day, it's perfect. These tips below can be our suggestions to add more fun on your wedding day.


We write some tips and explanations about wedding moments and how to make them happen. Please note that this is not a posing guide or showing you how to fake it. Sometimes, a thing doesn't come naturally, if you want it, let's create an opportunity to make it happen. And then your emotion will come naturally, not by faking it or posing. BUT HOW to make it happens ?!

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There are several moments that you can only make and enjoy them on your wedding day. And you will have a lot of fun, tears and exciting that await you. But if you still don't know the meaning of them or why you should do them. See our short explanations below.

These tips are our experiences in years joining weddings and every part has its own unique meaning. All of you are getting married for the first time ever, so there are some terms you might not know it. If you are planning to do anything listed in this post, feel free to let us know.

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Wedding planning is a stressful process but it must be fun, too. We don't want you to miss anything that you can enjoy just because you are stress. So grab a coffee or tea, sit down, take a deep breath and read our blog.

Hope you might find something helpful ;).


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GETTING READY 

No doubt, every detail has been meticulously planned: where to stay the night before, what time hair and makeup are due, and what time to be out the door to walk down the aisle.

Obviously, at that part, you will do your makeup and hair, get dressed and be ready for the ceremony. But there are a few tips to keep in mind:


1. Lay out your wedding dress and accessories.

The first thing you should do when you wake up is take your wedding dress, veil out of the garment bag and hang it up where it can breathe a bit (preferably where nobody will disturb it). Hang it as high as you can, unbustled, so you can see which areas need steaming the most.

Have your dress hanging up and all your shoes (don't forget those pesky stickers on the base!) and accessories, lingerie and garter laid out, with the labels cut off all your pretty new things. You can do this for all the bridesmaids' dresses and accessories too. We can photograph these details without having to disturb you and it also means everything is ready for you to slip into when hair and makeup are complete. This makes getting the detail shots quick and easy for the photographer, and leaves the rest of the day to focus on you!



2. Turn up the music

The getting ready portion of the day easily has to be the most emotional with feelings of nervousness, anticipation, excitement, joy, tears, and laughter! To cool your nerves and keep any tension at ease, create a playlist with some of your favorite tunes.



3. Pen a Love Letter to Your Fiancé

Write a candid, in-the-moment note about marrying him on this day. It will be fun to sit down on future anniversaries and feel those giddy emotions all over again.

Or you can write some notes to your bridesmaid/groomsmen and put them into the gift. When they read those notes at your getting ready room, here are your emotional and candid moments go.



4. Get the Celebrations Started

Pop some bubbly and have a toast with your bridal party! But remember, avoid having too much, you have a long day ahead and you don't want all that excitement going to your head!



5. Do remember to give out bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts.

If you have getting-ready robes, monogrammed shirts or any other gifts for your bridesmaids, right when they get there as a fun surprise. And don't forget to mention this part prior to us, we surely want to find the best way to capture those moments.



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6. Do bridesmaid/father/mother first look.

Before doing a first look with your fiance, you can consider doing bridesmaid or family member first look. When you plan to have it, keep your wedding dress, hairstyles and everything in secret to them. 

Making time for a bridesmaid first look also shows your bridesmaids that you care about them and making them feel like they are an important part of your wedding day. It’s so special to see your best friend with tears in her eyes when she sees YOU as a bride for the first time ever!


Talking about family member first look, what makes these photos so special is that they involve the people who have watched you grow over the years. 

On your wedding day, you will see your father one way or another, but when you plan a father daughter / mother daughter first look, you are setting the moment up in a way that allows us to be ready for the action and the organic emotions that result from that moment when you see each other for the first time!

These are moments you can’t get back, but it’s totally okay to plan for intentionally curating those moments.


And THESE FIRST LOOKS DON’T TAKE LONG

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Okay, now is the first look with your fiance.

If you’re traditional, it's okay if you skip the first look. The groom seeing his bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle. It’s a magical moment! And you will share this moment with all of the guests. But if you want to have a little privacy about this moment, please consider to do a first look.


A first look is usually (there are several variations on the theme) a considered and staged private meeting of the bride and groom (or groom and groom, or bride and bride) before their ceremony. It’s a great decision for couples who want to spend some quiet time together before the ceremony.


Here is the classic way of the first look:

The groom stands a short distance away with his back turned. The bride walks up to her groom in her wedding dress, carrying her bouquet, and taps her groom on the shoulder. He turns around and sees his bride for the first time.


Or you can try these creative ideas or create on your own:

Some couples pick a door or corner around their venue and stand on either side of it, so they're within earshot and can talk or hold hands without spoiling the dress. You read some notes (not reading your vows - it can be some words to express your emotion with your first look or your feeling at that moment) or having a guitar and sing your favorite song to each other.  Or they even do a prank with the groomsmen and the bride do a hilarious prank, too


Give each other a little something special. Try to think of something they have always wanted or something they'd never expect. The reactions are priceless.

      

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CEREMONY

It's time for the ceremony and to be honest, we do not have much advice at this stage but there are only 03 things please keep in mind:


   1. Exchange rings:

            When you place the ring to your husband/wife, please do not let your fingers/hands cover the ring. All we want at this sacred moment is to see you place the ring to your groom/bride's finger. You can see pictures below for a better explanation.


  2. You may kiss the bride:

            The first kiss as husband and wife is a beautiful moment, so do it slowly. Avoid a short and quick kiss, this is the moment that everyone wants to capture it (yes, included your guests). So we might be disturbed by any unexpected phone photographer to steal our best angle. Our only advice here is to enjoy the moment and do slowly.


    3. Walkout as husband and wife:

             At this part, you might want to have petal flowers (friendly-environment), or colorful paper, or rice (depends on the culture) to be thrown. Guests will stand up and throw up confetti/flowers to welcome the newlywed. 

             All you have to do is to enjoy this moment and chin up. No one wants a beautiful moment without seeing your happy face so enjoy, have fun with it. You can stop and dance or turn your bride around in the middle of that flower rain.

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AFTER CEREMONY

Now it's time for group photos, please make a list and ask your MC/Celebrant or someone in your family knows everyone of the wedding to call out group by group.

We cannot know who is missing from the group so you can sort in order like Bride's family/groom's family, colleagues, high school friends, etc.


After group photoshoot is your own time!

If you do the ceremony around 4 pm, now is sunset time - one of the most romantic time of the day. This is also an ideal time for some intimate shoots of you two so we can walk around the venue area a little bit to enjoy.

Escape from the crowd 30 minutes and have some fun is a good way to relax.


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DINNER RECEPTION


We do not have any guide at this stage, just enjoy your meal and we won't take photos when people are eating. But when it comes to speeches, we will start working.


We prefer to have a seat and join the dinner with you at the reception table. If we go outside or our dinner table is way too far from your dining area, we might miss some interesting parts such as speeches/toasting. We know that speeches/toasting can be planned before but sometime, there might has someone who wants to make a surprise and such a pity that we are not there to capture it. So if you can, please prepare our dinner at the same time as yours and a comfort seat at the reception area.

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FIRST DANCE


1. Vet your song.

Your wedding’s first dance song is all about you and your partner, so choosing a romantic favorite is a good go-to. But you also should try to imagine that song playing over the speakers for all to hear at your wedding—is it a song your guests can relate to, or is it more obscure?


2. Take dance lessons.

This might not be something you’ve never heard before—there is that classic cliche of the soon-to-be-married couple signing up for ballroom dancing lessons as soon as the question is popped—but maybe you’ve written it off as something that simply isn’t for you. Well, think again! If you’re nervous about your wedding’s first dance in any way, dance lessons are probably the single most effective thing you can do to reassure yourself.


3. Have a Father-Daughter or Mother-Son first dance.

The father-daughter dance can be a very emotional moment in a father's or a daughter's life. Many fathers think back to the day their baby girl was born, and many daughters think about how dad is always there for comfort or support. A song that evokes the power of that special family bond is what many fathers and daughters like to think about when dancing on the bride's big day.


As the groom, the bond you share with your mom, whether she's your biological mom, step-mom, adoptive mom, grandmom, or mother-like figure, is a special one that should be honored on your wedding day. After all, she loved you first! There's no better way to embrace your bond than with a heartfelt mother-son dance song at your wedding reception.


4. Dress for success.

If you’re nervous about your big dance and wearing a dress to your big day, sky-high stilettos, a skin-tight mermaid silhouette that you can barely walk in and a ten-foot train probably won’t help.


5. Practice makes perfect

Not even professional dancers wing it! Learn some moves from a pro or at least take some time to push back the furniture and experiment.


6. Considering to have a smoke/fog machine

Want to add the” dancing on clouds effect” to your first dance? This is a good choice for you to create an impressive visual effect.



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SPARKLERS EXIT

Wedding Sparkler send-offs are an amazing way to finish for an already perfect evening filled with friends and family. There are several things to consider for a magical sparkler exit if you want to make it flawless. So let’s begin, here’s how to do a wedding sparkler send-off that any bride and groom will want to remember forever.


1. Go BIG

The regular-sized sparklers burn out very fast, and by the time the end of the line gets theirs lit, the start of the line has already burned out.  So please get the longest biggest sparklers you can.


2. Go SLOW

Take your time and enjoy the moment. Right in front of you is the moment that you can't see and enjoy it every day, just only this day, only for your wedding.


3. Make a TUNNEL

Guests stand in two-line and make a tunnel so you can walk, run or dance in the middle of that tunnel. If you have a really small wedding (less than 15 guests), each of the guest can have 2,3 sparklers.


4. DON'T use candles, matches or lighter to light up the sparklers.

USE torch lighters.

Matches, candles and lighter require two hands to light, burn down quickly and are difficult in wind. If you give a torch lighter to every sixth or seventh person you should be fine. Wedding Sparklers light much faster off the torch lighters allowing you more time to exit, and guest more time to form the wedding sparkler exit line.


Last but not least: 

Make sure the wedding venue permits a wedding sparkler exit.

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AFTER PARTY

Yayyy, it's time to dance!


While dancing, you might see Andrew dance with you.

Don't worry, he is still doing his job by joining your party and take candid shot

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Hipster Wedding loves to capture every single detail of your wedding, everything belongs to you and your day, if you love it too, please prepare these things like the below:


1. The bride should prepare these things at your getting ready place:

〈 Wedding rings/engagement ring

〈 Invitation cards / stationery set

〈 Flowers bouquet must be ready before the bride finished makeup.

〈 Accessories for your wedding gowns.

〈 Veils

〈 Wedding gift for guests (if you have)

〈 Your favorite books/novel (if you have)

〈 Your favorite accessories (bottle of perfume, necklace…etc)


2. Things that the groom should prepare at his place:

〈 Wedding shoes, wedding socks

〈 Cravat or bow-tie, wedding cufflinks.

〈 Wedding boutonniere must be at the groom’s place before he suited up.

〈 Wedding gift for guests (if you have)

〈 Favorite books/novels (if you have)

〈 Favorite man things (cigar/watches/pomade….etc)


To avoid stress and miss any details, please ask your friends, bridesmaid, groomsmen or sister/brother to sort them out. Place it on a table or in a box will save a lot of time and stress for you.


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Okayy, it's really a long post and thank you so much for coming this far.


This is a guide and also some tips that we hope you can enjoy the wedding and having the best day ever. So please feel free to ask us any questions regarding this post or anything you feel confused.


Communication and trust are the important keys to every dream comes true.


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