If you want to plan the perfect wedding ceremony you will just have to follow a number of logical steps that will lead to a wonderful event. Those steps are not difficult at all to complete as long as you are willing to accept help from those around you and you have a pretty good idea regarding the type of wedding ceremony that you would like to have.
You should start by choosing the music and the readings that will be part of the event because these two elements are the main factors of influence when it comes to the atmosphere set. That means you will have to choose meaningful songs for each and every event of the ceremony. Also important is to make sure the song played during the Unity Candle event says something about both the bride’s and groom’s family. If you make the right choices you will be able to impress with an emotional event that will leave no eye dry. When it comes to the readings, you should use as inspiration The Bible, poetry or a novel that you really like. Just make sure the passages you select speak about love and commitment.
It’s also important to go through the wedding ceremony details with the officiant and make sure he/she looks at the ceremony the same way you do. You can even have the officiant include in his/her opening comments the short version of the story that brought the two of you together. When looking at the ceremony’s structure you should focus especially on the exchange of vows because this is the event that truly impresses at a wedding. That’s why you should think hard and determine if it’s best to write your own vows or go with one of the traditional versions available. After you make your choice you should make sure the officiant is ok with it.
Don’t forget about customizing the event so that it can match your personality and expectations while still being of religious nature. You should start by personalizing the runner. That’s extremely easy to do: you should simply print a monogram in its center. I also recommend you to put together wedding ceremony programs that tell the story of your love while highlighting the most important events of the ceremony. You can even include a poem that you really like. Not to mention the importance of including in the ceremony a family tradition. You can decide to wear something that all previous generations have worn on their wedding day or follow a special type of ritual that’s important for your family.
If you are planning on getting married in the Cincinnati area, you should know that you will be able to easily find for the wedding ceremony a church as well as an amazing location that makes available outdoor as well as indoor wedding ceremony spaces. That means the only thing you will have to do is be ready to make a choice. Here are a few of the Cincinnati wedding reception venues that I think you should definitely consider.
I must start by mentioning the Glendale New Church that impresses with an historical air as well as with serenity and sacred spaces. To a wedding ceremony held in this location you will be able to invite a maximum of 110 guests. In addition, you will be able to make sure they are impressed by the beauty of the location as well as by the beauty of the service by taking advantage of the counseling and the coordinator made available in exchange for a modest fee.
The Garden Park Unity Church is another exciting Cincinnati wedding venue that should be considered by all the couples interested in a non-denominational wedding. Your holy union will have the chance to be hosted either by the beautiful sanctuary available or by the outdoor gazebo that’s just as exciting. It’s all up to you and the expectations you have when it comes to your wedding day. What you can be sure is that the spiritual wedding ceremony held in this location will fill you up with joy and peace.
If you are interested in unique locations, perfect for both your Cincinnati wedding ceremony and reception, you should start by considering the Centennial barn. This elegant wedding venue is also spacious and has been recently renovated so that it impresses with its old building charm as well as with some contemporary details. You should also know that this wedding location makes available the St. Clare Chapel that has been around since 1895. That means you will be able to have any type of wedding ceremony of your interest.
For those of you passionate about unique wedding settings I recommend the Cincinnati Museum Center. This building impresses especially with the historic Art Deco masterpiece accommodated under its roof. Also spectacular are the private dining rooms made available and the exhibit spaces that you will find perfect for the wedding ceremony as well as for the reception or a stunning rehearsal dinner. In this location you will also benefit from a generous parking space and an in-house caterer. Not to mention that you will be able to invite up to 400 guests.
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Paris Daily Photo
This is ‘The blog that started the City Daily Photo community’, which most certainly you are familiar with, if you are passionate about big cities and urban photography. On this website, those interested in pursuing urban photography careers can find everything there is to know about Paris, from several photographers’ point of view. Also, visitors will be happy to discover a typical Paris, and an unusual Paris as well. Restaurants, museums, monuments, the Eiffel Tower, and many others are beautifully represented on this website about photographing Paris.
New York Street Photography Blog
After presenting a website that deals with images captured in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, Paris, we switch to presenting a website that shows some great urban views of another impressive city, New York City. Those interested in seeing New York City in a different matter should visit this website, and also book a NYC street photography walking tour, in order to learn the art of seeing and to discover more about one of the largest cities in the world.
Verve Photo is proud to name itself ‘The new breed of documentary photographers’. This company is owned by photographer and photo editor Geoffrey Hiller, and is set to show everybody that the power of the still image is still strong. Verve Photo means fire, endurance, intensity, stamina, and is very appreciated by those who visit it, because it presents, besides some extraordinary photos, some interviews by the finest contemporary image makers today. At the same time, it suggests amateur and professional photographers alike new photo agencies and publications. All in all, this is a true source of inspiration, being one of the best websites for those who aim some photographer careers.
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Capturing their wedding on camera is important for couples, so they are always ready to make available a generous budget. That means as a photographer you have the chance to always have clients if you get your skills ready for taking artistic shots at emotional weddings. That’s why I put together a list of wedding ceremony photography tips that will also be useful for the couples who want to have a friend passionate about photography help them capture their wedding on camera.
First of all you should find out everything there is to know about the wedding ceremony venue involved. If it’s a church you will notice that the list of restrictions that apply is much longer. You even need to determine if you are allowed to use flash or not. There are many churches that don’t allow the use of flash because they feel that the flash will attract the attention of the guests who will no longer be as involved in the service.
Also important is to make sure you don’t miss the bride’s arrival. In fact you should be ready to capture any special arrival because the job of a photographer is to capture all the special wedding day events on camera. In addition, in order to make sure you perfectly capture the arrival of the bride you should examine the weather, the sun’s position, the side that the bride will use in order to get out of her transportation vehicle and the best spots for taking the perfect pictures.
After the wedding party gets in place and you make sure you take plenty of photos as the bride walks down the aisle, you should make sure during the ceremony that starts you take the photos of interest while not bothering the guests. In addition, no matter if you are a professional photographer or one of the couple’s friends willing to help out you should avoid serving any alcoholic drinks. That’s because otherwise the results of your work will be negatively affected. If you are a friend of the couple you should start partying only after you manage to capture all the events that the bride and the groom have interest in.
I also recommend you to examine the wedding ceremony venue in detail and make sure you are aware of the areas where you can go and the areas that are off limits. Also important is to be aware of the ceremony’s length. That’s because you need to determine how fast you need to move in order to take all the shots of interest.
If you are interested in getting married in Atlanta, you should know that there are plenty of wedding ceremony and reception locations that are worth considering. You just need to have an idea of what you are looking for and keep an open mind. To help you start somewhere I tried to put together a list of the exciting options that you should definitely check out before making a final decision.
I personally think you should consider starting with the Atlanta Botanical Garden. That’s because this location makes available indoor as well as outdoor spaces that are just as suitable for both the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. In addition, the background of your wedding will have the chance to include fragrant flowers, dramatic backdrops and romantic fountains. What’s also nice is that the various spaces available give you the chance to invite to your Atlanta Botanical Garden wedding even up to 300 guests. The only downside is that you will have to take care of all the details because an in-house wedding consultant is not available.
If you are interested in getting married in a dramatic location that has recently been transformed with the help of a $138 million budget, you should consider the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. You will have at your disposal three ballrooms as well as atrium views that are just perfect for a romantic and elegant wedding ceremony. I must also mention the availability of an onsite wedding planner that will help you take care of every little detail, including the menu that will be served to your guests. In this case the downside is that you will have to give up the idea of having an outdoor wedding ceremony.
For those of you who aren’t ready to give up the chance to have a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony, I recommend the Atlanta National Golf Club that impresses with landscaped grounds perfect for both an elegant ceremony and a lavish reception. It’s an impressive location with a country club feel that you will be able to use for a wedding with up to 350 guests. You will only have to bring your own caterer and wedding planner.
If you are passionate about mansions, you should consider the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center which is in essence a Gothic-Tudor style mansion located right in Atlanta’s center. It’s a wedding location that should be considered especially by those who are interested in a classic wedding venue with a historical nature. You will also be able to invite plenty of guests because you will have available 27,000 sqft.
If you want to be a master of ceremonies, you should know that in a wedding this individual has a very specific set of responsibilities. In addition, the master of ceremonies is usually a person that’s not included in the wedding party but is knowledgeable when it comes to the families of the bride and groom. So, if you have been asked by your friends to be their master of ceremonies or for some reason you really want to be a master of ceremonies, you should keep in mind the list of responsibilities associated with this wedding role.
First of all, you will have to announce the wedding party. That means as the bridesmaids and groomsmen enter the wedding reception venue you will have to announce their presence and get ready to emphasis the arrival of the bride and groom. The master of ceremonies is also expected to mark the presence of the couple’s parents and the arrival of certain closer friends and family members. In addition, after the bride and groom enter the venue it’s time to declare the party officially started.
During the wedding reception the responsibilities of the master of ceremonies are as important because he/she is supposed to let the guests know of the beginning of each and every important event included in the reception. That’s because the bride and the groom need someone in charge of making sure the guests don’t fail to attend some of the most spectacular and fun events of the day. So, you will have to stay alert and be ready to announce the special dances of the night as well as the beginning of the dinner, the throwing of the bouquet and the cake cutting event. Also important is to make announcements that will ensure the comfort of the guests, so a great master of ceremonies also needs to provide bathroom location and parking information.
Toasts are also important for a wedding reception, so the MC has the role to organize even those events. That’s why before the wedding he/she should discuss with all those who will be delivering speeches and come up with a schedule that will helps the guests to efficiently deliver their speeches. Before each speech the master of ceremonies is also supposed to announce the name of the speaker.
One of the last duties of a master of ceremonies involves announcing the departure of the bride and groom. When the couple leaves the party, the guests will definitely feel the need to accompany them, so they need to be aware of the event.
Flowers can’t miss from a wedding because they add that romantic and colorful touch that we simply love. In addition, they come in a variety of colors, scents and shapes so they can be used for virtually creating any type of setting that you are interested in. That means it won’t be hard at all to make them part of your wedding ceremony site. You will just have to focus on the architecture of the venue and decide which style is most suitable for the wedding theme chosen.
For instance, if you are having the wedding ceremony outdoors, in a beautiful garden, you should consider getting married under an arbor that’s extremely easy to take to the next level by using flower-based embellishments. Such arbors can be easily gifted with some flower foam that you can then use to secure a wide variety of colorful and romantic flowers that work for your wedding theme. Roses, lilies or peonies work as great for the arbor of an outdoor wedding ceremony, so you will be satisfied with the result no matter the type of flowers you decide to use.
I also recommend pomander bouquets which are also called kissing balls. These flower bouquets have the shape of a ball and are considered alternatives to the classic bridal and bridesmaid bouquets that are supposed to be carried in hand. However, the shape of these wedding bouquets and their ribbon handle also makes them suitable for creating centerpieces or decorating the ceiling of a beautiful wedding ceremony venue. For instance, if you want to use such bouquets as centerpieces you will just have to place them on top of some tall glass vases. I must also add that these bouquets are pretty easy to make and look great especially if you make them from miniature roses or only white daisies.
If your wedding ceremony site involves pews you might also want to use as decorations some floral garlands. Such garlands are an interesting alternative to the usual tulle and ribbons and are usually made from greenery embellished with a wide variety of blooms. You should feel free to attach to the greenery of interest beautiful hydrangeas, traditional roses and lilies or a combination of the flowers that you like the most. You can also use garlands at the reception in order to decorate the tables.
I must also recommend you to take advantage of the natural scent of flowers. Wedding ceremony flower arrangements can be used to impress all senses. The fragrance of a Casablanca lily or some garden roses will definitely enrich your wedding day.
If the two individuals interested in getting married have children from previous marriages, they should consider involving these younger members of their family in the wedding ceremony. The only problem is that children are unpredictable by nature, so you need to make sure their part is age appropriate and comfortable from all points of view. Here are a few advices meant to help you take the right decision.
For instance, if the children are older you should consider integrating them in the bridal party. That means you should assign them the role of junior bridesmaid or groomsman. If you decide to that you should purchase for them outfits similar to those of the bridal party and make sure they get involved in the wedding just as much as the other bridesmaids and groomsmen. You should keep them away only from the bridal shower and the bachelor and bachelorette parties if you plan on enjoying such events.
You can also ask an older child to be the reader of the ceremony. In this case he/she will simply have to read a beautiful passage about love and family. However, if the child is shy you shouldn’t force him to be a reader. Instead, you should ask him/her to escort the bride down the aisle or play the role of an usher. Helping guests to find their seats can prove to be entertaining for an active child. If the young family members that you are trying to ingrate are not old enough to play the role of an usher, for instance, you should consider asking them to be the flower girl, the ring bearer or the bouquet holder. These are tasks that even smaller children can deal with while having fun.
There are also plenty of decisions that you can and should take in order to make sure the younger members of your family are comfortable during the wedding. First of all, you should consider assigning a helper for each one of the kids. Such a person will make sure the child gets on time to all the events and is entertained and supervised in the same time. I also recommend you to not force the children to keep on their formal wedding ceremony attire during the reception. So, at the wedding reception you should allow them to change in more comfortable clothes so that they can run around and eat without ruining their formal attire. If the child gets the role of the reader or of the person walking the bride down the aisle it’s also important to build up his/her confidence by practicing a few times.
Lutheran weddings are not all the same because this religion includes three main branches. The opinion that all branches share is that a wedding is in essence a worship service. That’s why during a Lutheran wedding ceremony you will notice that the officiant praises God while sanctifying the union of the two persons interested in sharing their destinies for eternity.
I must also let you know that every Lutheran wedding starts with a prelude that impresses with hymns and instrumental music. After the prelude, the guests and the couple will enjoy the processional. What comes next depends on the Lutheran branch to which you belong because the order of service is not the same in the case of every church. The pastor is the main person influencing the character of the wedding, so will have to discuss the specifics with him. What’s always included is a worship service that involves the usual parental consent and an opening prayer. The ceremony also benefits from some special scripture readings that are usually shorter than the readings that are usually read on Sundays.
After these readings, the pastor will deliver the wedding sermon that can be more or less personalized depending on how well the pastor knows the couple in front of him. This sermon is definitely most impressive when the pastor knows the couple and can include in his sayings the life experience of the two lovers. As expected, a Lutheran wedding ceremony also includes the exchange of vows that just like in the case of other wedding ceremonies can involve traditional vows or personalized vows. If you choose personalized vows you should discuss the matter with the pastor in order to make sure the style you approach is suitable for the occasion.
After the vows are exchanged, you will also enjoy the usual blessing and exchange of the rings. This event involves the reciting of some special words by the pastor and the actual placement of the rings on the couple’s fingers. After this emotional event is over the pastor will pronounce the couple married and will be the first person to officially congratulate them.
You should also know that prayers are extremely important for a Lutheran wedding. They are associated with each special event of the wedding and are usually dedicated to God and Jesus who are asked to bless the marriage of the couple. Also important is the type of music you choose, so you should focus on finding Christian wedding songs that are considered appropriate by the Lutheran church.
When it comes to Greek weddings and traditions, you should know that most of the times those traditions are filled with religious symbolism. If you are interested in discovering more about the traditions that mark the elements of a Greek Orthodox wedding you should take a look below.
For instance, every Greek wedding ceremony is marked by the Holy Trinity symbol that’s used to add significance to the wedding ceremony stages involved. This symbol is also the reason why certain gestures are repeated three times. Also traditional is the Stefana. This Stefana is usually made from floral wreaths or metal and displays in the back a ribbon. During a traditional Greek wedding ceremony this Stefana is placed on the couple’s heads and is the symbol, of God’s blessings. These crowns are also connected by a ribbon so that they can stand for the bond that the couple will share for the rest of their lives.
You should also know that, traditionally, a Greek wedding ceremony includes two parts. The first of the two is the Service of Betrothal that involves the exchange of wedding rings blessed by the priest. This first part is followed by the Sacrament of Marriage when beautifully decorated candles are lighted and held by the Koumbaros. During this entire second part the couple is supposed to hold hands and pay attention to the religious readings involved. The climax of this second part is represented by the consumption of wine and the three times that the couple surrounds the altar led by the priest. It’s then time to remove the Stefana and declare the couple married.
The traditions that define a Greek wedding ceremony also continue during the reception when the couple enjoys traditional music and food by the side of numerous guests. At a Greek wedding you will always see plenty of wine and a variety of dishes and desserts tempting on beautifully decorated tables. There are also plenty of traditional dances involved. For instance, the “Circle dance” is usually part of every Greek wedding reception and involves two circles that surround the happy couple. As the circles and the couple continue dancing plates are broken and money is thrown at the ones performing the entertaining music. Breaking plates is actually considered the equivalent of wishing the couple to have good luck in their marriage. I must also mention that Greek weddings use as wedding favors candy-coated almonds always delivered in an even number as a sign of the couple’s unity. Fertility and abundance are also part of every Greek wedding through the breaking of a pomegranate.