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How much time should I plan for my wedding reception?

May 13, 2018

How much time should I plan for my wedding reception?

Nadin Dunnigan is a successful wedding photographer in Scotland and is keen to provide information to brides and grooms which helps them plan their wedding day.  

The wedding reception is the time between the end of the ceremony and the call for dinner.

Many couples plan their wedding day and look at the schedule that is provided by their venue. Most venues have a great understanding about wedding day planning, but you should also take into consideration the length of your ceremony and when it is likely to end.

Civil ceremonies can be as short as 7 minutes. The longest ceremony Nadin has photographed was a humanist ceremony which took over 70 minutes. This included ring warming, two readings, a personal piece of music, the Celtic hand-fasting and the quaich. 

Ask your celebrant how long the ceremony is likely to take so you can plan for your reception. Weddings with lots of time for chat and catching up with friends and family had a reception time of at least two hours. With a two-hour reception, you - the couple - will have the chance to actually speak to your guests too. The two things to ask your venue: 

  • When is the call for dinner?
  • When is dinner served?

The call for dinner is the time the staff will ask your guests to make their way to the room where dinner will be served. This might be 4 PM. Dinner is likely to be served around 5 PM - after everyone is seated, orders have been taken, drinks have been poured and the speeches are completed.

Let your photographer know the time for call for dinner, so they know the plan for the day. When people are being called for dinner, the photographer still has 15 minutes for the romantic photographs - until everyone is seated.

Speak to your photographer beforehand how much time they require for both family groups and romantic photographs.

Nadin spends no more than 25 mins with the couple away from the reception for romantic photographs. She spend no longer than fifteen minutes on group photography.

Why does it matter to have a longer reception time?

Many couples worry that their guests are getting bored while you have your photos taken. You might even consider having some sort of wedding entertainment, such as a magician, or a caricaturist. Whilst these things are fun, the last thing you should worry about is your guests being bored. They will have travelled to the venue, then they sat down during the ceremony, and now they can actually look and see who is at the wedding and start having a chat with people. Just allow your guests to have a drink, to enjoy the canapés, and have a chat without being ushered from one corner of the venue to the next within 30 minutes of leaving the ceremony. 

Have plenty of drinks available for your guests and canapés and everyone will be happy and you can enjoy speaking to your guests too.

The wedding garter - Wear it! Toss it!

May 12, 2018

Why do brides wear a garter, and how do you wear it?

Most brides when choosing their wedding outfit at some point will think about wearing a garter. 

So what exactly is a garter, and why do brides wear it?

A wedding garter is a hidden piece of material that is worn around your thigh, hidden underneath your wedding dress. 

How do you wear the wedding garter?

Garters were originally worn by brides to hold up their stockings. So it’s entirely up to you which leg you prefer to wear it on - there is no right or wrong. You could even wear two garters - one to throw, one to keep! For that reason, many bridal shops sell garters in sets of two - a more intricate one for you to keep, and a slightly simpler one for the garter toss. It’s best to wear it just above your knee. You can try out wearing it lower or higher up to find out where it’s most comfortable for you. 

There are so many different wedding garter styles available these days. Some brides buy their garter, some garters are passed down from a special relative. You could even have your something borrowed, something blue associated with your garter, by adding a little blue ribbon to it, or another personal item, only for you to know. 

Where does the wedding garter tradition come from?

Centuries ago, the wedding guests believed that it brings you luck if you own a piece of the wedding dress, and that would cause some guests trying to rip off a little bit of the dress. In order to stop that behaviour, brides would then wear an additional piece of material that could be given away as a good luck item. Another belief says that the garter was a symbol of the marriage being consummated, and family and friends would take the garter as proof. 

The garter in both cases was removed in the evening, either by the bride or her groom, and given to someone attending the wedding.

The tradition today is that the groom removes the garter during the evening reception. The garter is the groom’s equivalent of throwing the bouquet. If you want, you can set a time aside during your evening reception for the groom to remove the garter and then the single men would gather behind him and he can throw the garter to the guys who would usually scramble to catch it. And whoever catches it is said to be the next man to be married! This can go even further that the man who caught the garter can place it on the girl who caught the bridal bouquet.

Removing the garter is usually a fun little ceremony during the evening reception. Some grooms crawl under the dress and remove it with their teeth, but more generally, he would try and find it with his hands!

Some brides choose to wear a garter, but decide not to throw it, it’s entirely up to you. There are no rules. It’s mostly just a bit of fun!

Six things to think about when getting married at a city centre venue

May 9, 2018

Edinburgh is a fantastic city. There are many amazing wedding venues in the centre, from small boutique hotels to large venues for more than 200 and even 300 people. 

Here are a few things to think about when planning a wedding in the city.

Getting ready before the wedding: If you are getting ready at a location different from your venue, plan a little bit more time for the car, or a taxi to take you to the ceremony. Traffic can be very busy at the strangest of times. Always plan a bit extra and do not call the taxi when you are ready to go, but have it arranged and waiting for you.

Transport. This might be an easy one as city centre venues are easy to access by public transport, taxi,  or car. Parking might be tricky, however, as the parking spaces in the centre are limited and also metered. 

Green space. Think about your wedding photographs well in advance and ask your photographer for location ideas close to your venue. You might also want to consider either taking your wedding transport or a taxi to a nearby park for your wedding photographs. Some city centre venues have a garden, or access to private shared gardens. Speak with your wedding coordinator at your venue, as they might also have a few additional ideas.

Think about the season. If your city is a favourite location for tourists from all over the world, check during which months the city is particularly busy. Is your venue near a tourist hotspot, such as Edinburgh Castle, or the Royal Mile in Edinburgh? Is your venue near a busy station with lots of people walking past your venue? This can make things difficult for going outside for photographs.

Tourist Hot Spot: Is your venue in a tourist hot spot, such as Edinburgh Castle? Be prepared that you are likely to be surrounded by tourists and well-wishers who all want to have a glimpse of the bride and groom. I have photographed weddings at the castle where hundreds of tourists watched as we were taking the wedding photographs on the private green in the castle.  

Hotel or Wedding Venue: If your venue is a hotel, there will be other hotel guests at your venue. If you have certain locations of your hotel in mind for your wedding photographs, there might be other hotel guests sitting there, or enjoying the space too. If your venue is an exclusive use wedding venue, there won’t be any other guests accessing the venue. There is an added benefit if your venue is a hotel, as most hotels have a bridal suite for the couple to stay after the wedding celebrations. If your wedding is at a wedding venue which is not a hotel, bear in mind you need to organise for transport to leave the venue after your party, as well as collect any gifts or other belongings the day after your wedding.

Six alternatives to the traditional wedding cake

May 8, 2018

At most weddings, the wedding cake takes centre-stage so everyone can have a proper look at it. Wedding cake fashions evolve all the time. Cake designers keep coming up with new ideas and a quick search on Pinterest or Instagram will show you countless ideas for your wedding cake.

First of all - what is a traditional wedding cake? 

Traditional wedding cakes are covered in white icing and come in three tiers. The bottom tier is the one the bride and groom would cut at the wedding and the cake from the bottom tier would then be served to the wedding guests. The middle tier traditionally would be kept for the couple’s first wedding anniversary, and the top tier would be kept for the christening of the first child. In order to keep cake for that length of time, the second and third tier would have to be fruit cake.

Do we have to have fruit cake? 

Of course not. Most wedding cakes nowadays are made with sponge cake. Each tier can have a different flavour, such as lemon cake or chocolate sponge. Most couples have the full cake cut up and served to their guests in the evening. 

What alternatives are there?

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, you could have a cup cake tower. This is a pyramid which consists of different layers and is built up with cupcakes. Usually you would order as many cup cakes as there are guests at your wedding, so everyone gets a piece of the cake.

Individual mini cakes: You can opt to have a wedding cake designed and made for each guest. I have seen this a few times at weddings with a small number of guests. The cakes were actually quite large to be eaten at the reception, and also served as a favour for the guests to take home. The size of these cakes were roughly two to three inches in diameter, and at least two inches tall.

Cake pops are very popular too. They are bitesized cake lollipops and can be displayed in different ways - upside down, or with the sticks pointing up the way. 

French macaron towers are becoming popular too. Similar to the cup cake tower, the macarons build a pyramid. You can use many different colours and designs, and every guest can have more than just one bite of cake. 

A lace wedding cake - the outside of the wedding cake is covered in edible lace. This looks very intricate and just amazing!

Naked and semi-naked wedding cakes are very popular too. The outside of the cake is not covered, or only slightly covered, in icing, laying the cake tiers bare and make them look naked. The disadvantage of naked cakes is that they can dry out within a few hours. 

Cheese wedding cakes are popular too: Simply have three or more tiers as big slabs of cheese which your guests can enjoy with the buffet in the evening. 

These are just the main trends, but a quick search online will reveal many other options.

What are wedding favours and do we need them?

May 7, 2018

Wedding magazines and wedding websites are full of wedding stories that can help you gather ideas and help you decide which elements you want for your own wedding.

When you see photographs of beautifully decorated wedding breakfast tables, you will often see little items beside each setting which either contains the words Thank you, or the names of the couple and the wedding date, or an ornate container with chocolates or sweets in it. You will probably have heard of wedding favours, but what actually are they and why do we give them? 

Wedding favours are popular worldwide. They are small gifts from the bride and groom that are given to their wedding guests as a gesture of appreciation or thanks. It’s a small item that your guests can take home as a lovely reminder of your wedding. They can be given to the guests individually after the ceremony, or often each guest will find their own little gift beside their dinner plate, when they sit down for the wedding breakfast. 

Couples can personalise the favours with words - either the guest’s name or the couple’s name and wedding date, hand-craft them, fill them with sweets and so on. You can make up favours where each guest receives the same one, or you can have separate ones for men and women, and give even different ones to children if you wish. 

So what is the history behind wedding favours? 

Wedding favours have been around for centuries! They were mostly used by the European Aristocracy or upper classes and used to be called bonbonnieres. A bonbonniere was basically a small decorated trinket box that contained sugar or confectionary and was used as a symbol of wealth and royalty. Because centuries ago, sugar was very expensive, it was only the wealthy that could afford to give sugary confectionary as gifts. Over the years, however, sugar became affordable and therefore the little trinkets became much more widely spread. The sweets were then replaced by almonds and given to the guests to signify the good wishes for the couple’s new life together. Five almonds were given for five wishes: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a long life.

Almonds coated in sugar were introduced as far back as the 13th century and they are still very popular at weddings today.

The sugared almonds are often given in a coloured organza bag, or in a little box that can include the almonds as well as other fillings. Couples often decorate the boxes to match their wedding colour scheme. Favours nowadays come in all sorts of shapes - anything you can imagine. If you have a beach-themed wedding, you could add chocolates that look like sea shells, if the location of your wedding is popular for something, you can add a miniature gift to signify the wedding location. Some people include lottery tickets, personalised key rings, or cup cakes. 

It’s entirely up to you if you want to include favours, or if you think it’s not necessary for your wedding.

Wedding Invitation Checklist - What needs to be included

May 6, 2018

Traditionally, invitations are sent out by the parents of the bride and the first sentence used to read like this: “Mr and Mrs Brown would like to invite you to celebrate with them the marriage of their daughter Mary to Jakob on 20 May 2018 at Edinburgh Castle”

However, nowadays, invitations can be sent by the couple themselves and not mention the parents’ names, or if you want to be more traditional, you can include your parents' names. Many couples plan their wedding for one to two years in advance that they even send out save-the-date cards, or little fridge magnets, to their wedding guests, so people can put the date in the calendar.

The following things need to be included:

The names of the bride and groom: Include both your full names. Often there are people at your wedding for whom it is the first time they meet the other half, and it’s nice for them to know the full name.

The wedding day and date. If you put down 12 May, and it’s a Tuesday, it can be best to say Tuesday, 12th May, so that people are aware it’s a mid-week wedding. 

RSVP - how to and by what date. Let your guests know how they can respond to your invite and by which date you need to know if they will accept your invitation or need to decline.

Day or evening invite: Many couples have their closest family and friends attend the full wedding day. These are the ones that would receive a day invitation. Your colleagues or friends from the craft club or rugby team might only be invited for the evening reception. 

The time: Give your guests the start time of the ceremony, so they can be there on time.

Location: if you have split locations, such as a church for the ceremony and a hotel for the reception, the invitation should include the venue’s names. You might want to include an additional piece of paper with location instructions if your venue is hard to find, or if you are getting married at the beach, for example.

Transport: Some couples provide transport for their wedding guests. If the venue is on the outskirts of a city, they might organise a bus to pick up all their guests in the city centre an hour before the ceremony. You might also give people the option to take the bus back  after the party is finished. 

Meal choices: Some couples give their guests two meal choices, and they can already decide their options before the wedding. Other invites simply have a vegetarian tick box so you can let your catering team know how many vegetarian dishes need to be provided. 

Your contact details: Allow people to contact you if they have any questions. You could set up a wedding email address with Google or Hotmail which you both can keep an eye on. Also give them a phone number. Especially older relatives might want to give you a call.

Dress code: If there is a particular dress code for your wedding - let your guests know.

Wedding presents: Let your guests know if there is a wedding gift list available online or if you prefer cash presents. 

Over to you: Design to your heart’s content! 

An overview of wedding invitation options

May 5, 2018

At some point during the wedding planning process, couples will think about their wedding invitations. There are so many options and suppliers out there that it can be hard to decide.

Today I will introduce you to six different options for your wedding invitations - all varying quite heavily in price. The wedding invitation is the first flavour your guests will receive about your wedding and for some couples it is very important to introduce everyone to their theme and have it carried through from invitation to thank-you cards.

One: Make the invites yourself. Many couples choose to design and hand-craft the invitations themselves. This can be time-consuming, but also very rewarding and a fun thing to do. You can go to shops such as Hobby Craft for inspiration, and use Pinterest to gather invitation ideas. You can customise the way you want them to look and don’t need to liaise with a supplier if you want to change things. 

Two: Choose a stationery designer online. They will need you to provide a few details about your wedding, such as your theme, or any preferred colours. They will then provide you with digital designs online which at some stage you need to sign off for printing. They may send you paper samples too for you to choose from. The invites are then digitally printed by their preferred printing company or themselves and then posted to you. Digital printing still means a professional printing company will deal with the job, rather than someone’s home printer.

Three: Professionally hand-crafted invitations can have that particularly luxurious finish that you might not get from digitally printed invitations. The paper options these designers have access to can be very tactile and different to what you have seen before. Some of the papers cannot be used by modern printers and the designer might use an old printing press which gives the designs an amazing finish. 

Four: Choose an online service which will provide you pre-designed wedding invitations. You can then insert your own dates, names, locations and often additional comments for your wedding guests. You might also have the option to upload your own photographs for personalising your invites. Fridge magnets are also popular for save-the-dates. 

Five: You can go to your local stationery shop or supermarket and buy a pack of pre-printed wedding invitations. They usually come in packs of ten, 25 or even more invites.

Six: Go paper-free. Use an online system for your wedding invitations such as RSVPify.com. You basically design a beautiful email which is then sent out to your guests. The system also keeps track of who has received and replied to the email. The online service can also include things such as meal choices, and an online RSVP functionality, so that all people need to do is press a button to let you know if they will be attending or not.  

Top 6 things to think about when choosing your wedding rings.

May 4, 2018

Most couples in the UK have choose to exchange wedding rings during their wedging ceremony. Even though this is a long-standing tradition, a few new trends have been emerging over the years. This little article contains the top six things to think about when choosing your wedding rings. 

One: There are different routes you can go down for your wedding rings. You can find a jewellery designer and ask them to design the wedding bands for you, or you can even attend a one-day workshop where you can make each other’s wedding bands and choose from different designs and incorporate your own ideas. Or you can choose your wedding bands in a jewellery shop or even buy it online. You can go to shops in the high street, or even look at Pawn Shops for antique wedding bands that come with a great price tag.

Two: Go shopping together. Dedicate some time and go to a few jewellers and try on different styles of rings before handing over payment. Also, the trend is to have individual rings. So you don’t need to find matching rings, but can choose what you really like, and your partner’s ring can be entirely different.

Three: Think about the metal you want for your wedding rings. Some jewellers recommend the material of the wedding band to be the same as the engagement ring, but you can of course have different metals. They say that if two different metals are worn beside each other, the softer metal ring can be worn away or scratched by the ring with the harder metal. The most common choices are: silver, white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, palladium, platinum, titanium. Titanium is particularly good  as it is hypo-allergenic which is therefore perfect for those with sensitivities to jewellery. 

Four: Don’t leave buying your wedding bands until the last minute. Unless you go shopping in a wholesaler, it is unlikely that the ring you decide on is available in your preferred material and ring size. Most wedding bands are made to order elsewhere. The average time for ordering wedding bands is between 6 and 8 weeks. Wholesales might have a larger selection, but more bespoke jewellers will only have display samples in stock.

Five: Think about any engravings you might want in your wedding bands. There is no standard engraving suggestions, but many couples engrave the wedding date in their wedding bands. Other people choose to have the partner’s name engraved, or a personal message. You can also have the partner’s finger print inside the wedding ring, or the wave form of his heart beat or their voice. The options are endless.

Six: Diamonds in wedding bands are becoming more and more popular. So it’s best to check the diamond quality of your engagement ring so that the diamonds in both rings have the same quality. Diamonds can vary in colour quite dramatically which can look strange when the diamonds are beside each other.

Five things to think about when choosing your wedding venue

May 3, 2018

Nadin Dunnigan is a wedding photographer with experience in hundreds of wedding venues across Scotland and internationally. For many couples, choosing the right wedding venue is a very important process. Here are a few things worth considering before signing with a venue.

First: Think about how many guests you want at your wedding. If you only want a wedding with 20 guests, a small boutique hotel with a private dining area might be just fine. Very small weddings can also take place at your own home with the ceremony in your back garden. We only just celebrated our own wedding in a five star luxurious holiday home overlooking a fantastic beach, and a private chef cooking for us in the large kitchen. Most weddings I have photographed had approximately 80 to 100 guests. For weddings that size, there are countless wedding venues you can choose from. If you have more than 150 wedding guests, you can check websites such as Wedding Venues in Scotland which allows you to filter by guest size.

The second thing to think about is access to the venue: City centre venues don’t usually have parking spaces, so most of your guests will either arrive by taxi or public transport. If you have wedding transport arranged for yourself, the parking might be restricted. 

Third: Green space: Some city centre venues do not have a garden area. If you want your wedding photographs taken in a garden or a park, you might have to walk or drive to a park. This can take substantially longer than having photographs taken in a garden adjacent to a hotel. So you should plan the length of your reception to have enough time for you to speak to your guests, as well as leave to have your photographs taken elsewhere. 

The fourth thing to think about is your food options. Some venues have their own kitchen and they will only allow their own chef provide the wedding meal. Other venues only work with a preferred number of catering suppliers which you can choose from, but they might not allow a catering company you have experienced elsewhere. Some venues are totally open to other catering suppliers. They provide you with a list of options, but you can also choose your own catering supplier you have found elsewhere.

The fifth point is quite important: Find out if your venue is hosting an second wedding on the same day. Many venues only have one wedding per day. However, some venues can host two weddings in one day. This can mean that you are given a very strict schedule for your wedding which you must adhere to, so that both weddings can run on time. 

The last thing to think about is this: Do you love the venue? Do the staff fill you with confidence? Are your requirements taken into consideration? Choose with your head and your heart and you will enjoy a wonderful wedding.

What to do when planning overwhelm hits

May 2, 2018

Getting engaged is hugely exciting and for weeks people will congratulate you and you will feel like you are sitting on could nine. 

Once the wedding planning starts and you list all the things you need to organise, many people can get very overwhelmed. This can cause them to behave in all sorts of ways. 

Some couples choose procrastination and do nothing for weeks and then have a planning spur. They say to each other that this weekend is a planning weekend and we get stuff sorted. And if something comes up spontaneously, such as an invitation to a party, they can easily postpone the planning until next weekend. 

Wedding planning can also cause anxiety with some brides and grooms. The sheer task of getting all the different suppliers organised, getting input - wanted or unwanted - from family members, sending out invitations and people not responding in time are only a few things couples can struggle with during the planning period. 

Anxiety can make people feel helpless and they retreat which then results in a less effective planning period. Wedding planning can also cause stress for the same reasons just mentioned. The way to overcome this is to have regular planning sessions together, as a couple. 

The first step is to do a brainstorm about all the different elements of a wedding, such as paper invites, type of ceremony, huge floral displays or just a bouquet for the bride, type of wedding cake - or is the cake important at all? Do we want wedding transport? Will we have a band or a DJ? Do we want a buffet or a formal sit-down meal? Do we want bridesmaids, and if so how many and who are they? Who will be the best man, or you might opt for a best woman. And who will be the Ushers? Do we want wedding entertainment during reception? Do we want canapés during reception? Do we want a receiving line? Do we need a photographer for the full day or just for a few hours? 

If you look through a wedding magazine, they will give you a list of all the elements a wedding can have and you can then decide which ones are crucial for your wedding. Once you have finalised the important elements for your wedding, put them on a list and then prioritise which suppliers you want to get organised first. You do not need to have all suppliers in place 18 months before your wedding. 

The big ones people get out of the way first tend to be the venue, the photographer and the band. All other suppliers can be booked much closer to the wedding. If you then look at venues, shortlist a few and visit them together and get a feeling for the place. Do the same for the photographer: create a shortlist and then contact them and see if they are still free and then meet with them. 

How do you come up with a theme for your wedding and do you need one?

May 1, 2018

When you start planning your wedding, you might start thinking about a theme for your wedding.

So what exactly is a wedding theme? 

A wedding theme can be a concept, it can be a colour theme. A concept for example can be Vintage Spring Wedding, or Rustic Barn Wedding. A colour theme can be pastel blues, or Christmas greens and reds.

Many couples also combine concept and colour, such as a Vintage Spring wedding with pastel colours. If you find it hard to come up with a theme for your wedding and you would really like a strong theme, have a chat with your fiancé and write down the main things that the two of you enjoy. Mountain walks? Are you both book worms? Do you love classical music? Do you like antique furniture? Are you both interested in interior design? Are you rock climbers? Or both mad about playing tennis? 

Having photographed hundreds of weddings, I have seen many different themes. A theme does not mean you have to plan every aspect of your wedding around that theme, you can also have a few things dotted around as your wedding decor to give your guests an idea of who you are as a couple. 

I have photographed a historic re-enactment wedding, where the bride and groom including all the guests were all dressed up in medieval clothing. I have seen a book lovers wedding take place in a library and many aspects of the wedding had a book theme. Even floral decorations were made from the pages of old books. The world really is your oyster and you can do whatever takes your fancy. If you don’t want a theme, and you are happy with your venue, allow them to decorate your room with your favourite colours - or leave it totally up to them how to decorate. 

A wedding theme can start with the save-the-date cards that are sent out way before the invitations are handed out. The theme can be used on the paper invitations, the wedding decorations, the flowers, your wedding dress, the colours you choose for flowers, napkins, your wedding cake and so on. 

Head over to Pinterest and start searching for things you like in combination with the search term Wedding. Such as Vintage Wedding. Or Library Wedding. You will be surprised what you will find. Pinterest is the best resource online to build up idea boards. And if the images you see are not filling you with inspiration, start using the coloured buttons above the search results to filter the images that are displayed. For example, once you entered Library Wedding, you might see buttons such as Vintage, or Modern, and the results will be entirely different. Go wild, or go subtle. Be yourself and only choose what you really love for your wedding.  

Should you wear your glasses at your wedding?

April 30, 2018

Many brides wonder if they should wear their glasses at their wedding. But there is one thing they forget when it comes to wearing glasses.

There are two main considerations: The first thing is this: Do you sometimes wear contact lenses and are you OK with wearing lenses for the duration of your wedding?

And the second thing is this: Do you feel comfortable wearing contact lenses, or would you not recognise yourself in the photographs?

Some people can wear contact lenses only for a short period of time, such as a sport activity, or when they go out for a few hours. Other people wear contact lenses all day long and have no problems with it. 

If you have never worn contact lenses before and you are considering wearing lenses for your wedding, you should make an appointment with your local optician so you can get the right lenses for your eyes. The strength of your contact lenses may vary from the prescription in your glasses. Also, there are different types of contact lenses, such as hard lenses, monthly lenses which can be re-used and are disposed of after 30 days. You would wear these lenses most days, and take them out over night. They would then be stored in a cleaning solution over night. There are also single-use lenses. As the name suggests, you would only wear them for one occasion, or for one day. After that you can throw them away. Single use lenses tend to be very soft and thin and very comfortable to wear. Single use lenses are often used by people who do not like to use contact lenses very often. They can buy 20 pairs of lenses and use them whenever they need to, and simply stock up again once they have run out.

It takes a little bit of getting used to if you have never worn contact lenses. Some people have no problems at all, other people might need to use eye drops every now and then when they wear lenses to keep their eyes moist. If you plan to wear contact lenses on your wedding day, stop wearing your glasses the night before your wedding and don’t wear them again until you walk down the aisle. This prevents the red pressure points on your nose from developing. As a wedding photographer, I have never had any problems taking photographs of people wearing glasses. However, the main issue people don’t think about are self-tinting glasses. I have asked grooms as well as close family members on numerous occasions to take their glasses off as they will look like black sunglasses even though there is no bright sunshine. The photographs can look a little bit strange.

Five things to think about after you got engaged.

April 29, 2018

What kind of wedding is the right one for you?

Elaborate fairy-tale wedding, or how a wedding with only your closes family members and friends. Or maybe you just want to exchange your vows with no more than you and your two witnesses on a small beach, or in the highlands. Either way, you will need some planning for your wedding. 

First: Think about general location ideas: What locations are meaningful to you: The beach? A certain town? A certain country? If it's a certain beach - look around the area where you can have the reception after your ceremony. If it’s a certain town or city, there will be plenty of venues. 

Second: How many people do you want at your wedding? 5? 20? 80? 150? These numbers will give you an indicator on the type of venue you can choose. 

Third: Venue type: City centre hotel? Do you prefer a religious ceremony in your family church? Do you want to have your ceremony in a historic castle or in a private estate with lots of grounds for a big but private family wedding? Or can you imagine having a barn wedding? Or if you only have 10 people at your wedding - a luxurious holiday home at a stunning location might also be an option. 

Fourth: Type of ceremony: The four ceremony types in Scotland are religious ceremony, civil ceremony, humanist ceremony, interfaith ceremony. Religious ceremonies can take place in a place of worship, such as a church, but they can also take place at a wedding venue. Discuss with your celebrant if they are willing to have the ceremony outside their place of worship. A civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies can take place anywhere in Scotland. You don’t need a special licence for venues, or the beach, or the botanic gardens for example. All you need to do is let the celebrant know where you want the ceremony to take place. Humanist ceremonies can also take place anywhere in Scotland, such as hotels, or outdoors. The only stipulation is that they cannot take place in places of worship, such as a church. Please bear in mind there are wedding venues which used to be a church, but are no longer used for religious reasons. Therefore humanist ceremonies can take place in those venues. The same applies to Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies. 

Fifth: Setting a date. Think about who you want to be at your wedding. If you want your favourite auntie to be at your wedding, who is a primary school teacher, and lives 500 miles away, make sure your wedding does not take place on a weekday during term time, as she might not get the permission to take days off from her job. If you plan a winter wedding, please bear in mind that the weather might make it difficult for people to travel. If you plan a wedding on a remote island in Scotland, there might be ferry disruptions due to high winds.