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TOP 10 WEDDING COLORS FOR SPRING 2016 TRENDS FROM PANTONE

Pantone just released 10 colors for spring 2016 few days ago and those are just perfect for spring weddings as well. As one of the most important events in our lives, our weddings surely deserve second consideration on every part, especially the wedding color schemes. “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves”, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This spring we’ll see some breathtaking wedding color ideas with these colors. Check out the following trending wedding color palettes in spring 2016.

top 10 wedding color ideas for spring 2016 trends

Pink is a classic color used in wedding decorations and the first trending wedding color in 2016 is Rose Quartz, which is a shade of pink color. “The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”, by Pantone.

elegant rose pink wedding color ideas for spring 2016 trends

Groom-The Perfect Palette/Rose Cocktail-Erin McGinn via SMP/Bouquet- Mirelle Carmichael 

Photography via SMP/Rose Pink Dress & Rings-Blaine Siesser Photography via SMP

As a shade of orange, Peach Echo is another trending wedding color in the year 2016, which  emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. Matched with pink and gold will successfully add a touch of romance to it.

gold and coral peach echo Pantone wedding color trends 2016

Centerpiece, Bridesmaids & Cakes-Sandra Marusic Photography via Mod Wedding/

Table Settings-Katelyn James Photography/Bouquet-Amanda Crean Photographers via SMP

This shade of light blue color will make every part of the wedding day so comfortable, just like the blue sky above us, making it a pastel color palette with peach.

light blue and peach spring wedding colors 2016 trends

Centerpiece-Aaron Delesie Photographer via Fab Mood/Bridesmaid-Sylvie

Gil Photography via SMP/Cake-Anneli Marinovich via B Loved Blog/

“A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context”, by Pantone. Adding some chocolate brown or other neutral colors if you’re planning a chic rustic wedding theme.

modern rustic snorkel blue wedding color ideas for spring 2016 trends

All from SMP

“While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place”, said by Pantone. I added some purple to make them a perfect match.

yellow and purple wedding color ideas for spring and summer 2016

Credits Details Here

As a shade of aqua, this Limpet Shell can tell us what’s it like in spring.”Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility”, by Pantone.

pink and aqua limpet shell pantone spring wedding color ideas 2016

Cake-Hunter Ryan Photo via Artfully Wed/Bridesmaids-Whitney 

Krutzfeldt via SMP/Shoes-Love & Light Photographs via SMP/

Who doesn’t like grays? We need a gray shade in every season and here’s the Lilac Gray.

lilac gray and amethyst purple wedding colors spring 2016

All -Photogen Inc. Via SMP

If you’re planning a passionate related wedding in 2016, here’s the one-Fiesta. I love it so much when combined with navy blue.

fiesta red and navy blue 2016 pantone wedding color ideas

Cocktail-Martha Stewart/Others-Belle and Chic

Here’s another neutral color scheme for the year 2016 and Iced Coffee can work well with almost every color. Combine this color with green to make it oh-so-natural.

pantone iced coffee inspired neutral wedding colors for spring 2016

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This Green Flash hue is infrequent as a main wedding color but really brilliant with navy blue, isn’t it?

pantone 2016 spring color green flash and navy blue wedding color ideas

Bridesmaids&Groom-L Hewitt Photography via SMP/Bouquet- Will Hartl via Brides Magazine/Table Settings-Mod Wedding/

TOP 10 WITTY DIY WEDDING MEMENTOS

Your wedding is the most important day of your and your partner’s life. The wedding day is your day, but it would never be complete without the attendance of all your friends and family members. They are there to share your happiness and as gratitude you might wish to give them a memento in return, a gift to mark your special day. Those wedding favors are usually something small and not too expensive, but if you choose wisely, the size won’t matter and they will bring smiles to the gift-receivers faces for years to come. Be unique and let these fun top 10 DIY wedding favors help you make the right wedding favor for your day.

DIY: Jam Jar Favors

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to pocketfulofdreams.co.uk

Pinecone Fire Starter Favors

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to myownlabels.com

Handmade Soap Wedding Favor Tutorial

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to soapdelinews.com

DIY Wedding Favor Bags With A Twist

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to diywedding.org

DIY Matchbox Shrine Favors

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to myownlabels.com

DIY Strike-Anywhere Match Jars

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to ruffledblog.com

DIY Seed Bomb Favors

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to myownlabels.com

DIY Coffee Favor Bag

Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to intimateweddings.com

Mason Jar Candle Wedding Favors

 Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

DIY project and photo credit to myownlabels.com

Homemade ‘Love Spice’ Favor Jar

 Top 10 Witty DIY Wedding Mementos

20 Wedding Trend for 2013

20 influential wedding bloggers  share their thoughts with on wedding trends they personally feel will emerge in 2013.  Below are their opinions and predictions.  How many do you agree with?

20.  Patterns  will  be  hot

The Perfect Palette

For 2013, I think that incorporating patterns into wedding day decor is going to be HOT! I think we’ll surely continue to see chevron and stripes used on everything from table runners to bowties. However, I think we’ll also start to see more and more gingham, paisley and even polka dots. Because what’s not to love? They truly do add a bit of fun and a touch of whimsy. I’m imaging bridesmaids in striped skirts, and groomsmen with paisley ties. There really are so many possibilities when it comes to patterns and we’re so excited to see where they’ll turn up for weddings in 2013! – [Chrissy, The Perfect Palette]

19.  The  Reception  Lounge

The Man Registry

The reception “lounge” is a wedding trend we’ve seen begin to take off in 2012 and expect to see back even stronger in 2013. It offers an away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. From a groom’s perspective, the lounge is a perfect spot to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or finger food. If you’re planning to include a photo booth, any yard or table games or a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the place to do it. As always guys, be sure to talk ideas over with your fiancé before you commit.- [Chris, The Man Registry]

18.   Prints  charming

Southbound Bride

In my book, prints will be a key trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but next year I think this will really catch on– everything from the stripes and chevron of 2012 to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabrics used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping, or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. Just don’t go overboard or too matchy matchy – depending on the print itself, less is often more! [Gaby, SouthBound Bride]

17.  Lace,  lace,  lace

Borrowed and Bleu

In my opinion, we’re going to see a lot of lace in 2013! Lace has been a mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be making a comeback right now. From full-on lace dresses to just a touch here and there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear on the runway. Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gowns with lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklaces, contrasting color lace and more in their spring 2013 collections. My favorite thing about lace is that it’s not just for the gown – lace details in the wedding décor is becoming a hot trend, too. Lace can make an elegant statement anywhere from the invitation to the wedding cake. Lace details can be chic and sophisticated, or when paired with rustic or vintage elements, lace can become a bit more whimsical! – [Erika, Borrowed & Bleu]

16.  Less  Is  More

Boho Wedding Blog

I believe that weddings will become more stripped back and minimalistic. We have seen so much styling going on that I think in 2013 couples will want to get back to basics and let the wedding be more about them. So the old phrase ‘Less is More’ will come into play. Less details, less fuss. So simple minimalistic décor and more relaxed styling. Couples have become swamped with over stylistic wedding ideas so think minimalistic venues,  simple flowers with stripped back table decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, un fussy ideas for a couple that want the wedding to be about them NOT the details and styling.- [Kelly, Boho Wedding Blog]

15.  Virtual  Guests

Austin Weddings

In 2013, technology will play in huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and next year will be a defining year for this type of service. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples will opt to “broadcast” their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.  It’s real-time streaming of a real life event.  It’s a great idea for couples who want to include more and more people in the wedding. I often ask planning brides if this is something that they would consider, and most are not even aware that this is an option!  Look for more live-stream weddings to emerge in 2013. – [Rachel, Austin Wedding Blog]

14.   The  Fun  Factor

Intimate Weddings

In 2013, couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on fun! And that means, lots of creative food stations (i.e. mashed potato bars), snack stations (i.e. DIY Smores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be ever-popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Late night barbecue will also be sizzlin’. Along with emphasising the fun factor with food, couples will continue to create make their cocktail hour and reception interactive with games such as corn hole, bocce ball & horseshoes.  Entertainment will also get interactive, with couples hiring everything from live event artists, on-site poets and dance instructors to magicians & tarot card readers. To make the fun last even longer, the post-wedding after party where couples hire a bus or van to take guests to a local night club after the reception, will be big for 2013. – [Christina, Intimate Weddings]

13.  Extended  Wedding   Receptions

Gig Masters

One of the biggest trends of 2012 was the “After Party,” a party after the reception was officially over. The After Party came with its own music, food, and sometimes even wardrobe for friends of the bride and groom. Although many couples will be continuing that trend in 2013 others will be looking for ways to bring the younger vibe and fun to the wedding itself, without the expense of throwing a completely different second party. Look for receptions that last a tad bit longer so that couples can fit in a change in entertainment and the ever-popular food trucks. For some couples, receptions will be divided in to three distinct sections, the cocktail hour with low-key music and food, the dinner “hour” (actually two or three hours) with all the expected wedding traditions (except for the bouquet toss, which is on its way out and fast), and two to three hours of fun where it’s completely acceptable for Grandma and Grandpa to head on home. DJs and bands will be mixing together in new and interesting ways as couples use these longer receptions to try and please everyone.
– [Marta, GigMasters]

12.  Wedding  Dresses…  With  Pockets

Bridal Snob

Finally, the wait is over!  Pocket wedding dresses will break out in 2013 and brides everywhere will rejoice. Functional fashion is in and fashion designers are coming around to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  I recently spoke to a Very popular gown designer who dished that some very high-profile celebrities will be debuting pocket dresses in 2013. Honestly, I’m stunned it’s taken so long for this trend to go pseudo-mainstream. If your wedding is more than 6 months away, you might want to entertain the idea of a wedding dress… with pockets. – [Bridal Snob]

11.   The  Roaring  Twenties

The Giving Bride

I think the biggest wedding trend for 2013 will be a 1920’s vintage look.  The decadence and gayety of the era make it a perfect inspiration for a celebration like a wedding. Plus, with the popularity of shows such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of The Great Gatsby coming out, the 20’s will be roaring back into popular culture. The style of 20’s fashion is very romantic.  Hallmarks of this look include dropped waist dresses and lace in soft colors of ivory.  To channel this look through your accessories, try long strands of pearl necklaces or gold toned jewelry.  Instead of a traditional veil you could wear a cloche style headpiece or a beaded headband with art deco details. – [Maggie, The Giving Bride]

10.  Localized  Weddings

Valley and Co

As one year of wedding trends comes to a close another will emerge with vibrant ideas, new methods of entertaining guests and bits of eye candy that will set weddings apart as truly spectacular. These are the trends that will live on and become classic. As we are knee-deep in planning and prepping for marvelous 2013 weddings we look ahead to the localized wedding. You needn’t look too far past your hometown for preeminent wines, sea foods or fresh bounty from farmers or bakers. Caterers will see an increase of delectable menus that are thoughtful and sourced locally, showcasing the best of what’s to offer where their creativity can truly shine.

To truly give guests an incredibly unique experience {at often a fraction of the price for shipping foods cross-country or wine across The Pond}, couples can look to nearby family-run apple cideries for a fun approach to bubbly, to a regional winery to select a scrumptious blend to pair with dinner, or work with a farmer or chef to personalize favorite food elements in an elevated light. The focus will be on quality, not quantity, and a remarkable experience will ensue! – [Aleah + Nick, Valley & Co.]


9.  grooms   start  spending

Wedding Statistics

In 2013, we expect the average cost of a wedding to increase slightly, partly due to spending by the groom.  As more grooms begin playing an active role in the planning details of their wedding (a growing trend we’ve seen over the past 2 years), certain items such as groom cakes, groom rings, accessories, intricate honeymoon plans and unique groom gifts could significantly impact most wedding budgets, causing engaged couples to ultimately spend more.  Most of the grooms that we’ve spoken to state that their bride-to-be is totally on board for this increase in spending since it is as much his wedding as it is hers. – [Mason, WeddingStats.org]

8.  A  return  to  elegance

Burnetts Boards

In 2013 we are going to see a return to elegance. 2012 weddings reflected the world economy with a shabby chic, ‘do it yourself’ kind of attitude but 2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina,  Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again! – [Sara, Burnett’s Boards]

7.   Custom   Wedding  Details

Polka Dot Bride

The hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly personal wedding day. We’re seeing more weddings at the one venue- not reception/ceremony  ‘all in one’ function centres, mind you, but farms and large garden spaces, backyards and inner city, multi level venues. This extends to more unusual venues – art galleries, favourite upmarket cafe/gallery spaces, warehouses. I’m predicting more and more couples opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and vision. This can be through asking a wedding stylist to create a bespoke occasion, or making and creating everything themselves right down to the wedding dress and bouquets. This extends further to bridal gowns and accessories- instead of leaving an off the rack gown as they bought it, Australian brides are adding sleeves, coloured belts, crystal brooches. For some weddings, the bridesmaids are being given a colour and asked to choose their own dresses. Grooms are adding fun bow ties and pocket squares and even the ceremonies are involving less traditional moments and more words that tell a story of who they are as a couple. For Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them to tell the wider world that ‘as a couple, this is who we are’. – [Ms. PolkaDot – Polka Dot Bride]

6.    Fabulous  Florals

The Brides Cafe

Of course for the 2013 wedding trend, I have to speak on the wedding flowers.  For Spring 2013, I think we’ll see soft shades of yellows mixed with grays and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel.  Come summer, get ready for over-sized and brightly colored blooms.  Picture lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons.  Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand tied bouquet and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite.  And, let’s not forget to use lots of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents.  I hope we’ll also see more of the monochromatic bouquets.  We can achieve this look with a lush bouquet of pretty tulips, ranunculus and garden roses.  These pretty blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colors and would be the perfect on your wedding day.  And for the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant color summer blooms at the farmer’s market.  To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.                                                          –  [Janie, The Bride’s Cafe]

5.  Economy & Technology  Drive  Choices

Tweet My Wedding

The economy will continue to play a large part in how brides and grooms approach planning and vendors. Couples are becoming increasingly selective in a world of more and more options. Online tools and apps like Pinterest propel the availability of creative ideas while social media continues to bring the bride and vendor closer advancing trust and educating both. I sense that we are seeing the trade off of super trendy, bling drenched wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations that are personal to their families, lives, values and pocketbook. – [Mindy, TweetMyWedding]

4.  Birds  of  a  feather

Emmaline Bride

I predict the hot wedding trend for 2013 goes to the birds! We’ve seen bird themed weddings grow in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an increase in bird-themed everything throughout 2013, particularly in the spring.  Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders,  bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).  Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.  We’re also seeing an increase in feather-inspired hair accessories (like veils and fascinators) to subtly tie in the theme.  Fans of Portlandia will revel in this wedding theme, as couples everywhere will find a way to “put a bird on it”.  (I couldn’t resist.) – [Emma, EmmalineBride]

3.  DIY  attire

DIY Bride

On the do-it-yourself front, I predict couples will choose projects that are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time commitments than they have in recent years. Much of DIY for the last few seasons has been focused on quick and inexpensive but we’re really seeing a swing towards more challenging and sophisticated projects. On the top of the list, I think we’ll see a lot of DIY attire: handmade bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, revamped and upcycled clothing.  Shows like Project Runway have certainly fueled an interest in clothing construction and, therefore, sewing. Jewelry-making, especially the advanced techniques like metalsmithing, intricate beading, and metal clays, has been trending in the mainstream craft world for well over a year now and I think we’ll definitely see DIYers embrace these new trends and skill sets wedding world in 2013. – [Khris, DIY Bride]

2.   Low  Key  soirees

Rock n Roll Bride

2012 was the year of the detail-heavy ‘blogworthy’ wedding. Bunting, cupcakes, tents, tipis, mason jars, bicycles covered in flowers… it was the year of weddings with lots of ‘stuff’. With so much wedding inspiration around on wedding blogs, I think that engaged couples are starting to feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure they have the right ‘stuff’ for their day – to make it look a certain way, or have certain things. So my prediction for 2013 would be that couples will start to rebel and we’ll see a lot more low key weddings – elopements, small family gatherings, less pressure and less ‘stuff’. Weddings taking inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra ‘things’.
– [Kat, Rock n Roll Bride]

1.  Food  Truck  Frenzy

The Budget Savvy Bride

In the last year or so I’ve seen a great increase in new and interesting gourmet Food Truck companies popping up and I think these kitchens on wheels are going to have a big presence in weddings in 2013. Not only is it cool and different but it’s also convenient! Imagine a gourmet hot dog or grilled cheese truck providing your guests with good eats at your laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food trucks for every type of food you could imagine, you could even hire a few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It’s sure to be a fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years to come. – [Jessica, The Budget Savvy Bride]

2013 Wedding Trends

DIY: S’mores Kits

After the bride and groom make their happy departure, let the guests mingle and roast marshmallows. If your venue does not have firepits, you could also use little gas camp stoves on every table.
Materials:
1. Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
2. Graham Crackers
3. Marshmallows
4. Wire Hangers
5. Cellophane Bags in 3 Sizes
6. Adhesive Paper and Cardstock
7. Labels and Instructions design (downloadable pdfs right here and here.)
8. Kraft Box with Lid 4.75″ x 6″ x 2.5″
9. Tissue
10. Ribbon
11. Scissors
12. Wire Cutter
STEP 1: Remove the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers from their original packaging and put them in cellophane bags. Here we put six graham cracker squares in a 4″ x 6″ bag, Three chocolate squares in a 5″ x  3″ bag, and about 10 marshmallows in a 5.5″ x 8″ bag.
STEP 2: With the wire cutters, cut off the head of the hanger and then bend the hanger in fourths so it fits the length of the box. Secure it with ribbon.
STEP 3: Print out the labels on adhesive paper and instructions on cardstock and cut them out. Fold up the instructions.
STEP 4: Lining the box with a piece of tissue, assemble the marshmallows, crackers, chocolate, instructions and hanger in the box.
STEP 5: Adhere the label to the box lid and voila! A S’mores Kit!

DIY: S’mores Kits – Project Wedding

DIY: Wedding Card Album

DIY: Wedding Card Album

Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. Two pieces of cardboard
  2. Three pieces of patterned paper that all complement each other
  3. Ink pad
  4. Glue dots
  5. 30″ of ribbon
  6. Two large brads
  7. Large ring

Step 1: Prep The Front And Back Covers

You’ll need two pieces of cardboard to make the mini-album. The size of your album will depend on the largest card in your stack. Measure about a quarter of an inch past each side of your largest card. Trace your measurement and cut two pieces – one for the front and and one for the back.

Step 2: Design Your Front And Back Covers

Choose something meaningful to put on the cover. A wedding picture, the date, your initials…

Then you’ll need three pieces of patterned paper that all complement each other. Based on the design you choose for the front of your album, measure and cut your desired papers.

Step 3: Create The Wraparound Bow

This part can be tricky, but it’s important to get it right. The ribbon will hold your entire album together.

You will need about 30″ of your desired ribbon. You want the bow to tie directly over the line of your two patterned papers on the front of your album. Put a mark about one inch in from each side – this is where you will attach the ribbon.

Placing the ribbon over your marks, stab through the ribbon with scissors

Once your holes are ready, put two large brads through the ribbon and cardboard and secure them on the backside. Now your ribbon is completely attached.

Step 4: Prepare The Interior Album Covers

Next, cover the inside of your album covers. Trace your cardboard and cut out your choice of paper, attach with glue dots.

IMPORTANT: You must do this step after the ribbon is attached, so that the paper covers the brads that poke through the backside of your album.

Step 5: Add Embellishments

Add alphabet initials, stamps, or any other details to jazz up your cover.

Step 6: Affix The Album Ring To Tie It All Together

Draw a little dot where you want to punch your hole, about half an inch in from each side. Place your album covers together, insert into your hole punch.

Next, stack your cards together and in sets of four to five, punch the same type holes. Now you will need a large spiral ring, which you can purchase at a scrapbooking store. Open it up, insert your album cover, then all of your cards, and then finally your back cover!

25 Tips How to look Fabulous in Your Wedding Photos

25 Tips How to look Fabulous in Your Wedding Photos

25 Tips from the people who know best – the photographers.

 

1. Be Yourself. Don’t try to look or be anything other than yourself. If you are self-conscious about a certain thing and it manifests itself physically, it will ultimately come through in the photography … Be your best self and you can ensure that the photos will indeed portray you as your best self.

2. Relax. Were often our worst critics when it comes to pictures. Remember that you want to be seen the way others see you too. While you want flattering photos, you want to make sure that it still looks like you in the pictures.

3. Laugh! It’s flattering on everyone.

4. Think about the moment. Capturing the romance of the day, the emotion, excitement & intimacy is what it’s all about. Don’t look at your photographer, look at your new spouse and savour it all. Your photographs will be amazing & true.

5. Forget the camera is there and try your best to be playful and warm.

6. Have an engagement session. This is so valuable for client and photographer. The clients have an opportunity to relax and be in front of the camera and the photographer can get to know his or her clients. By the time I am at the wedding we are friends and this makes everyone more relaxed!

Get the Look

7. Practice in the mirror! Study your face and figure out the best smile (or maybe you like your serious face better) and angle for you.

8. Be comfortable. For engagement and portrait shoots, wear clothing that is flattering, but comfortable too! If your 6 inch stilettos are hurting your feet, it will show in your face!

9. Keep makeup and eyelashes normal and classic.

10. Mind the lens. Try to not allow one part of your body to be closer to the lens because it will make that part appear larger than the rest of your body.

11. Get in position. To make your neck look more elongated, drop your shoulders and raise your chin. Imagine that you are being pulled by a string from the top of your head.

12. Be prepared. If you are prone to have flyaway’s or random frizzies in your hair, have a toothbrush with hairspray on standby! One squirt and swoop will tame most frizzies and help your hair look super smooth for pictures.

13. Have white chalk handy. White chalk hides stains on wedding gowns. If you are worried about grass stains, general dirt or in case there is a spill on your wedding day, make sure to have some on hand! It works in a jiffy and no one will know but you!

14. Dab. If you are planning on getting married in the summer and want outdoor photos, oil dabbing strips are a MUST HAVE! Make sure the groom has a hanky too. Sweaty photos are not pretty!

Strike a pose

15. Not head on. To look thinner, keep your shoulder to the camera and avoid facing the camera straight on. Hide behind the groom a bit or tuck into his armpit to slim yourself down.

16. Don’t look down. To avoid a double chin, have the photographer shoot from above the eye/face level. Tilt the head a bit sideways to hide the chin and have the photographer avoid shooting from the side. (I also remove as much of the double chin as possible in editing with Photoshop.)

17. Hand on hip. Every girl feels insecure about her bare arms in a strapless dress. The remedy? Instead of the arm laying flat against the torso and making it look wider, simply toss the hand on the hip. It will make the arm much more toned looking.

18. Angle yourself. Balance your weight on your back foot and cross the other foot in front of the other in a T fashion. Pop a hip towards the camera but at an angle. This is universally appealing and slimming, especially when

combined with hands on the hips.

19. Natural light is your friend! Getting ready in a room with windows makes for great pictures. Not only is the light beautiful, it is also flattering and makes your skin look amazing. Opening the shades whenever you can will add a lot to the pictures in any situation.

20. Make sure your reception is well-lit. The best wedding receptions seen in magazines have lighting covering the dance floor and on the cakes and table arrangements. Consider hiring a lighting company to light your reception or ask the venue/band/DJ to light your reception for you. The pictures will be amazing and you won’t regret it!

21. Don’t let it get TOO dark during dancing. DJs and bands love a dark dance floor to entice people to get loose. Photographers, of course, want this too and want to get fun dance shots of the crowd, but we need a little light to focus on people. Ask the venue ahead of time not to turn off the lights entirely. Also, during your first dance, have spotlights! Will and Lauren Aves, Aves Photographic Design

22. Use spotlights. If you are planning a candlelight ceremony, be sure to have a spotlight shining on the area where you will be saying your vows.

23. Prevent the squinty look. If the sun is really bright, close your eyes and ask your photographer to let you know when s/he is going to take the picture. Open them when s/he tells you and that will eliminate the ’squinty’ look. This also works if you typically wear glasses and do not want to wear them for portraits.

24. Love yourself. After photographing hundreds of brides I can tell you that every single bride is beautiful on this day, regardless if they consider themselves plain, overweight etc. The transformation is always astounding. Accept it, believe it and be confident the camera will see it.

25. Be happy. Happiness is beauty!