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Tips for Hiring Your Wedding Videographer

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When it comes to things that you should budget for in your wedding, your photographer and your videographer should be at the very top of that list. They are the ones responsible for the safekeeping of your wedding memories. When you look 30 years down the road, you aren’t going to be able to remember every single detail of your wedding, but a video and some photographs will bring it all back in no time.

Of course, as with every wedding vendor, there are a few tips to doing it right.

1.) Get a jump on it. Everyone knows that in this business, the best wedding vendors are the ones that get booked the fastest, so don’t wait until the last minute or all you’ll have to choose from is the random guy that no one has ever heard of or your little cousin with a handheld camcorder. In addition, many wedding videographers offer similar packages to many wedding photographers. If you book them early enough, a save-the-date or reception video might be included along with your wedding video.

2.) Ask to see examples of their work. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to watch a few clips of other couples’ wedding videos before settling on a videographer. Just as with any other wedding vendor, you need to see their portfolio in order to get a good idea of whether or not you will be pleased with their work.

3.) Get a list of callable references. References are going to be your best bets to learn everything you need to know. You’ll want to ask if they videographer was professional, polite, and made their subjects feel comfortable being videoed, if they showed up on time and stayed until the promised hour and if they succeeded in catching all of the important aspects of the wedding on video. You’ll also want to ask how intrusive they were when videoing; someone who barges their way up the aisle alongside you is going to be a real thorn in your side on your wedding day.

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4.) Make sure they use HD. Many companies offer HD, but not all HD is the same. They should be using the most modern HD cameras with 1080p resolution. Of course if you are looking for a vintage or film grain look for certain aspects of your wedding, ask if they are able to do that sort of thing.

5.) Find someone that matches your personality. Your wedding videographer is going to have to look through hours and hours and hours and hours of wedding footage before determining what moments should be kept and which ones can be edited out. If you choose a wedding videographer that has different than you of what is ‘important’, you might end up with a wedding video full of cake close-ups and ceremony shots rather than one that recorded your brother performing some of his famous moves on the dance floor.


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How to Talk About Your Wedding Budget as a Couple

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If we know one thing, it’s that planning a wedding is virtually impossible without first establishing a budget. How else would you be able to make the important decisions that go into planning your big day? However, talking money isn’t usually a conversation many couples look forward to; it’s much more enjoyable to talk about the venue and what you’ll wear. It’s necessary though, so we’ve gathered a few tips that will make the talk a little more productive, meaning you’ll only have to have it once and can save your time for the fun stuff.

1.) Pick the right time. The best thing to do is set aside a specific time to talk about your wedding budget. That ensures it won’t just come up, say after you get the credit card bill in the mail and are both a little on edge. Choose a relaxing time without distractions. Instead of having the talk while the Yankees are playing the Red Sox, meet for coffee sometime during the day to hash out the details.

2.) Have two numbers in mind. A wedding budget is never really set in stone, hence the two separate guidelines. The first should be your goal number: an amount you’re going attempt to stay close to. The second number should be the maximum amount you will be able to spend. So maybe you’d like to budget $12,000 for your wedding, but you know you absolutely cannot go over $15,000 without having some financial repercussions.

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3.) Be prepared to compromise. Remember, this isn’t just about your wedding; it’s about your marriage and your future. Life doesn’t stop after you get married; you still need money if you’re ever going to buy a house, travel the world together or have kids someday. If your main goal is to buy an $8,000 wedding dress, but your fiancé’s main goal is to pay off some student loan debt before buying a house, you might need to give a little.

4.) Put it in writing. It’s very difficult to work out a budget for your wedding when everything is conceptual. So instead, bring a pen and paper to the meeting. Writing down what you both agree and disagree on will help keep everything organized as well as give you an idea of how your budget really breaks down. Once you see, in writing, how much is going to what things, you’ll be able to better prioritize which aspects of your wedding get more cash and which you might be able to do without.

5.) Don’t take it personally. If you and your fiancé could give each other the world, you probably would, but this is reality, and reality means someone has to say ‘no’ once in a while. If your fiancé thinks paying $5,000 for a venue is too steep, it doesn’t mean they think you aren’t worth it, it just means they think paying $5,000 for a venue is too steep.

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Look Sexy, Not Trashy, in Your Prom Dress

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Prom Dress - Not trashy - Plus size prom dresses, Wedding DressesProm is one of the premier times in a young woman’s life. You want to look your very best, and let’s admit it, looking your very best often means looking as beautiful and attractive as you can possibly look. Of course there’s one more thing though; you’re still in high school. Sorry, but you need to save the over-the-top sexiness for after you turn 18.

But we get it. So instead of telling you to wear something with long sleeves and a high collar, we’re going to tell you how to get that sexy look you’re after while still keeping your prom dress classy and appropriate.

1.) If you’re going to show skin, avoid the obvious. A low, low cut front not only screams ‘inappropriate’ but also slightly desperate, just as a short, short, short skirt would give off the same impression. So if you’re going to show some skin, we suggest going with something unexpected: your back. Backless gowns provide and element of surprise while still showing off your figure, and literally every “risqué” part of you is covered. It’s a compromise for everyone.

2.) Consider the cut. Even if something covers you completely from head to toe, it can still be sexy provided it has the right fit. Even a long gown with long sleeves looks unbelievably gorgeous when made in a slinky, body skimming design. Not only will you look amazing, but it also gives off an aura of effortlessness: like you just can’t help how good you look. You tried to cover up…it’s not your fault you have an amazing body under there.

3.) Consider the fabric. Sheer fabric has been seen everywhere lately, and if New York fashion week means anything, it definitely won’t be going away any time soon. This means you can use it to your advantage. When sheer fabric is strategically placed in the correct places, it gives the illusion that something is missing while you remain completely comfortable and covered.

4.) Be supported. No matter what dress you wear, there is nothing more unsexy than someone pulling and tugging at themselves all night. Wear the proper undergarments, and if you’re afraid you might pop out or expose yourself on the dance floor, wear a different dress! You should be able to move any which way you please without risking an accidental peep show.

5.) Stay balanced. The fastest way to cross over from sexy to trashy is to try and do too much. A skin tight, low cut, short skirt is way too much. Instead, make sure to pick one feature to accentuate and keep everything else fairly tame. If you’re showing your legs, keep your chest and back reasonably unexposed. If you plan on wearing a tight, fitted dress, make sure there is plenty of fabric to keep you reasonably covered. If you’re thinking of wearing something with a plunging neckline, opt for a longer dress that conceals your legs.


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Dressing for Prom? Don’t Forget Your Undergarments!

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It’s prom season! And that means many girls are shopping for their perfect prom dress. And while much of the excitement is directed at various prom  dresses, shoes and accessories, there’s just one thing that tends to get left off that list: the undergarments. It’s understandable; after all, shopping for something that no one is going to see might seem a little less interesting than shopping for the rest of your outfit, but nothing will ruin a beautiful dress faster than VPLs (visible panty lines). So here are a few things you might want to add to your prom dress shopping list to ensure the most gorgeous look possible:

1.) Cut. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that no prom dress looks good with exposed bra straps, and if you find one that does look good with exposed bra straps, good for you. Hold onto it because it’s probably the only one in existence.

If you’re going to wear a strapless prom dress you’re going to need a strapless bra. The same with racerback dresses, low cut dresses and even backless dresses: you’ll need a bra that matches your dress shape to avoid it being seen. Underwear needs the correct cut as well, otherwise you’ll end up showcasing it to the world. Go for either full coverage or a thong for best results. And as far as those people that say to go without a bra…

2.) Support. The entire point of wearing a bra is for support. If you happen to be one of those lucky girls that stays perfectly perky and in place without the help of a lady garment, than this section of the article might not be for you. But for the other 95% of us, you’ll need something that keeps the girls in place, and one of the key elements to making sure you have the proper support is…

3.) Fit. A poorly fitting undergarment will not only look awful, but it won’t be able to do its job either. Too big and you won’t have the support you need, too small and you’ll have an array of extra lumps and bumps.

4.) Color. The color of your undergarments might not matter as much if you’re wearing a brightly colored gown or even a light colored one made with heavier fabric, but if you’re wearing a dress made of thinner, more flowing fabric the color might be seen through it. Don’t make the mistake of choosing why or black, as it will still be seen; your best bet is to choose something that most matches the color of your skin.

5.) Comfort. If you are going to have the night of your life you absolutely need to be comfortable. Make sure you choose undergarments that are made of breathable fabric (meaning you can dance the night away without drowning in sweat) and aren’t going to be pinching or scratching you in any areas. Plus, remember, no one looks cute while picking a wedgie…no one.


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