There’s so much to love about multicultural weddings (the food! the interesting languages! the clothes!). But what I love the most are the creative ideas couples come up with to honor their heritage while staying true to themselves at their wedding.
A Guide Bride contacted me recently because she wanted to incorporate her groom’s Middle Eastern heritage in the invites and place cards, but she couldn’t find appropriate wedding stationary with Arabic writing. As someone who did the same fruitless search 7 years ago, I suggested an alternative that didn’t involve ordering invitations from an international vendor. (Will it arrive in time? What’s the currency exchange again?)
Instead of trying to find an invitation that perfectly meshes Western style with Mideast writing, give yourself a break and choose a Western wedding invitation that very subtly mimics that gorgeous, swirly Arabic calligraphy. (Wedding Paper Divas’ “Stylish Swirl” invites would do the trick!) Have a friend, family member, or professional calligrapher write out the bride and groom’s name to create your own unique wedding monogram, then take it to your local office supply store to have a personalized stamp made. The stamp can serve as a seal for the invitations, and it can also double as an inexpensive way to DIY your own place cards.
Now, if only deciding who makes it onto your final guest list was just as simple…
For more ideas on how to combine cultures at a wedding, read our 12 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding.
Unless you’re marrying a fairytale prince and birds help you get dressed in the morning, you probably already know that planning a wedding comes with its share of stressful situations. But what if a film crew followed your every move as you trudged through the wedding details? What if your wedding planner was a big, burly man named Sandra?
Intrigued? Put your wedding binder down for 10 minutes and watch a couple of webisodes of Road to the Altar, a mockumentary about the joys of wedding planning. Think “The Office” meets The Wedding Planner. You can watch the first one here:
As a wedding planner for umpteen years, I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for doing your homework. Follow these 3 steps before your wedding photo shoot, and you’ll increase your chances of getting the quality images you dream about.
When choosing a photographer, be sure you:
1) See and like their work. If you’ve chosen a studio that has multiple photographers, confirm that you’ll get the pro whose pictures you admire most, rather than an unknown associate. Some photographers display award-winning images, but may send an assistant instead. Read the fine print on the contract, and ask what would happen if the photog you specified is unavailable for any reason.
2) Get references. Sure, they seem nice and professional, but how can you be certain they’re reliable? The best way is to check them out by personally speaking with previous clients and venues where they’ve worked. Like all our wedding vendors, each one of our wedding photographers is Certified By The Guide, and has gone through our own rigorous reference check process.
3) Make friends with your photographer. When a person is uncomfortable while having their picture taken, it shows. For a special event like a wedding or a milestone anniversary, you might want to have a trial run with your photographer. An engagement or family shoot gives the photographer a chance to gauge your comfort level in front of a camera, and to notice details like when you blink your eyes or that nervous twitch of yours. It also gets them familiar with your good side and your less-good side—photographically and personality-wise.
For more wedding photography insights, be sure to read questions to ask when evaluating your wedding photographer.