Wedding fireworks

The Best Fireworks for Capturing Wedding Photographs

Fireworks can add a lot of extra magic to your wedding. They can also be used as a backdrop to wonderful wedding photographs.

What are the best fireworks for capturing amazing wedding photographs?

The Best Fireworks for Photos

Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes. You have big rockets that shoot up high into the night sky and sparklers that dazzle closer to ground. While all fireworks are wonderful in terms of the enjoyment, you will find some fireworks working better in photographs.

Here are four favourites for capturing stunning wedding photos.

Wedding fireworks
Photo credit: fireworkscrazy.co.uk

Fountains

Fountains are definite favourites when it comes to fireworks. These impressive fireworks can reach heights of up to 20 feet and can last for a good few minutes depending on the specific product you buy.

Fountains add drama to your photos and again depending on the product can either run continuously, creating a sea of sparkle and fire, or go off in individual explosions. They can be used as a backdrop in all sorts of wedding photos. Two fountains on the side of a photo could even work as a lovely frame to a kissing couple!

Sparklers

Fireworks can also add just a touch of sparkle to your photos and for this, sparklers are the perfect option. You can use sparklers indoors for most occasions so this is great for adding that firework-effect to your photos inside your venue.

With slow exposure, it’s even possible to use fireworks for drawing words or images to your wedding photos. A sparkler allows you to draw a heart that will show up in the final image, for example.

You can add a lot more depth and fun to your photos when you think about making the most of camera effects as well as the fireworks themselves.

Catherine Wheels

Catherine wheels don’t explode up in the air like many other fireworks. These are usually nailed in a wooden structure and when set off they tend to spin in circles. They create a wonderful effect of a spinning ball of fire, with different coloured sparks flying all around.

The wheels usually last around a minute or two, which gives you plenty of time to take stunning photos. Since it all happens on the ground, you are able to use them as a backdrop for photos of your wedding guests or the wedding couple, and they work great in conjunction with fountains and smoke bombs, which we’ll look at below.

Smoke Bombs

Smoke bombs definitely deserve a mention. If you want to create a dramatic effect, then setting off a smoke bomb in the background is a wonderful idea. The slight smokiness looks brilliant either outdoors acting as ‘mist’ or even on the dance floor – if the venue is okay with it and you have a specific indoor smoke bomb product!– the perfect look for dreamy photos of the newlyweds!

Photo credit: fireworkscrazy.co.uk

 

Tips for good wedding photographs with fireworks

The above fireworks and ideas are definitely worth keeping in mind when thinking specifically about using fireworks in your wedding photos, as opposed to simply having a fireworks display and hoping the photographer can capture it!

Here are two other pointers to keep in mind when planning for your firework wedding photos:

  • Always talk to your wedding photographer about using fireworks. You definitely want to hear their input and ideas, and ideally you want to find out they’ve photographed fireworks before. Even if they haven’t, another option is to take a video and then choose the best frames as your photographs.
  • Remember to stay safe. Fireworks are explosives and it’s important to follow safety guidelines and not be tempted to get too close to them for your photos.

Fireworks are a great addition to your wedding photographs. They will also add plenty of entertainment value to your wedding day so using them is a win-win!


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Choosing a Wedding DJ

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are so, so many things to keep track of. From the big things like the venue, dress, and guest list, to little details like the choice of flowers and place settings, everything needs to be given its due care and attention. However, one thing that you definitely shouldn’t rush through is your choice of wedding DJ. After all, this is the person who is going to be in charge of getting the party started when it comes to your wedding reception, and your choice can either make or break the atmosphere. Not all DJs are created equal, so you really have to think long and hard about who you’re going to pick. Not to worry, though- in this article, we’ll give you a few pointers on questions to ask your prospective DJs, to help you make the right choice.

First of all, you’ll want to make sure that the DJ in question does this as their full-time job. The last thing you want is to hire somebody without the necessary skills and experience, and only find out when the reception itself rolls around. DJs who have made a career out of their work will know how to best work an audience, and even if they’re faced with a tough crowd, they’ll make sure that everyone is up and rocking by the end of the night. A professional will also have access to all the equipment they need to put on a great show, whereas a part-timer might not come fully prepared.

Next up, make sure that you interview your DJ instead of just taking them on without ever meeting them! A face-to-face meeting is the best way of sensing whether or not the DJ is going to be compatible with the sort of wedding reception you’re planning. It also gives you the chance to discuss any particular songs or playlists you have in mind, to make sure the wedding DJ is going to be able to accommodate your requirements. Now is also the time to think about whether or not you want the DJ to take requests. Some couples like things to stick to the predetermined playlists, whereas others are happy to open up the floor to their guests- let your DJ know which approach you’d prefer at this stage, to make sure it’s something they’re happy with.

Finally, a DJ is only as good as their equipment, so make sure your chosen DJ comes prepared with everything that’s required for one hell of a party. This is particularly important if you’re booking a large venue for your reception- you don’t want the sound to get lost from speakers that are too small to fill the venue. You’ll also want to be certain that they know how to get everything set up quickly, so your guests aren’t left waiting around. Lastly, backup equipment is also a must, in case anything happens that puts part (or all) of the main equipment out of action.

So, now you know what to look for in a wedding DJ, you should find that the whole process is a lot simpler. If you want to make things even more simple, then why not cut out the middle man, and go straight to Floorfillas? As one of Brides Magazine’s top ten wedding DJs in the country, your wedding reception is sure to go down a storm!


Wedding party food

Eight occasions to hire a private chef

There are numerous occasions that call for a party or some form of celebration. You could be planning a corporate event, a friend’s birthday, or fathers’ day. On such days, most people generally cook for themselves or order food from random restaurants. It can be quite difficult to make enough food for each of your visitors if you decided to cook by yourself.Wedding party food

Parties and special occasions are supposed to be fun and memorable. However, when you’re in charge of all the planning, the hosting, the cooking, the serving and eventually the cleanup, it can quickly become un-fun. Hiring a private chef can put the enjoyment and fun back into your party or occasion so that you don’t miss a single special moment.

Hiring a private chef comes with numerous benefits and advantages compared to cooking yourself or ordering from a restaurant. The biggest benefits are that it saves you money since you don’t have to buy all equipment, food and table decorations. Additionally, hiring a private chef can save you lots of time. They will take care of the cooking and preparations; all you have to do is show up a smile.

So, when should you hire a private chef? As I said, there are many occasions and events that need the services of a private chef. Here are the 8 occasions where you can benefit by hiring a private chef.

1. Wedding

Hiring a private chef can really make your wedding unforgettable, and it should, after all, it’s your special day. Private Chefs are able to organize a large professional team that can cater to all your visitors. You can be assured the food will the quality and presentation will be exceptional and your wedding photographer will have some amazing shots!

2. Birthday

If you have a loved one whose birthday is around the corner, you can make their special day extra special by hiring a private chef for them. The chef can craft the menu to reflect their career or personality, and show off some of their aspirations on the birthday cake.

3. Valentine’s Day

Sometimes booking a table at a restaurant on a special day like Valentine’s Day can be as difficult as finding true love itself. Hiring a private chef is a unique idea that offers you the intimacy of customizing your menu to suit the exact culinary preferences of your partner.

4. Anniversary

An anniversary is all about the best memories of your marriage. But you don’t want to spend this precious time being worked up in the kitchen, do you? A private chef can help you recreate that special meal that you had on your first date or that special dinner you had at your wedding.

5. Hen Part

Traditional hen parties are typically characterized by the exchange of small gifts and night-long parties often with shots, feather boas, and strippers. However, if the idea of a messy wine-soaked night and plenty of half-clothed tipsy heads doesn’t work for you, it might be a great idea to hire a private chef for a low-key lunch and themed dinner after that.

6. Mothers Day

Mother's’ day is one of those days that you give your mum some special treatment. And if you’re a mum, you want to take a break from all the stresses of shopping for groceries, cooking, serving and cleaning up. A private chef can afford you the luxury of spending time with your loved ones and still enjoy your favorite meal.

7. Christmas

Christmas time can be quite overwhelming with all the preparations, cooking and serving, and before you know it, the day is over. Instead of getting overwhelmed by all the kitchen work, you can hire a private chef to take care of that while you enjoy more fun family time and delicious, quality food.

8. Holiday

Holidays are supposed to be as relaxing and fun as possible. They are also the best times to actually have consistent quality, balance diets meals away from the fast-food and hectic routines associated with the city life. If you have booked a staycation at a countryside farmhouse or scenic seaside house, having a private chef to prepare custom-made foods for you can enhance your holiday experience and allow you to actually enjoy your time.

Nothing beats the convenience of having a private chef that can cater to your every culinary need. You get to save time and money while incorporating delicious menus and new fixes to your diet. Save yourself from the stresses and hassles of shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning up, and focus on actually having fun on your special day by hiring a private chef today.


Newly married couple at a wedding venue in Yorkshire

5 Must-Haves for the Perfect Yorkshire Wedding

Yorkshire offers the perfect backdrop to your wedding, with its Norman castles and beautiful national parks just the start of what you’ll find here.

When you are surrounded with such beauty and rich culture, you might as well make your wedding a little more Yorkshire, whether you’re from the area or have fallen in love from afar and are deciding to get married here.

Here are the five must-haves for creating the perfect Yorkshire wedding.Newly married couple at a wedding venue in Yorkshire

1. Readings by the Brontë Sisters

Readings are always a beautiful addition to a wedding ceremony, and a few passages here and there will pace the flow of the ceremony.

When it comes to selecting your readings, you have to go with Yorkshire’s finest. The Brontë Sisters have produced a number of literary classics with touching observations about love. You could pick something like the speech by Mr Rochester to his fiancé in Jane Ayre.

If the Brontë Sisters are not your thing, you have plenty of other famous Yorkshire folk to opt for, from W.H. Auden to Joanne Harris.

2. White Roses as Your Wedding Décor

An easy one this! You definitely need to use white roses in your wedding decorations. You can place an individual white rose in a glass vase on the tables at your reception, create stunning displays with lots of roses, and even have them prominent in the bride’s bouquet.

White decorations work on their own but you can also combine them with another, brighter accent colour. Add a dash of blue or pink for a romantic look; these colours will also look great if you’re going for something like a vintage theme at your wedding.

In terms of other flowers, white roses pair beautifully with hydrangea.

3. Wensleydale for a Wedding Cake Twist

If you’re getting married in Yorkshire, you should definitely play with famous Yorkshire foods when it comes to your wedding menu. While it’s up to you how far you take it, we think an amazing twist on the traditional wedding cake is to opt for a Yorkshire cheese board instead. A beautiful cheese wheel cake with layers of Wensleydale, Ribblesdale, Barncliffe Brie and the like will charm your guests. Pair your cheese “cake” with rhubarb chutney and crackers.

If doing away with the proper wedding cake is a step too far for you, do this as well as and not instead of.

A beautiful wedding cheese wheel cake

4. Rhubarb Gin to Toast

Talking of rhubarb, a Yorkshire wedding is nothing without rhubarb gin. The pinkish drink will be the perfect way for your guests to toast your happy day. Combine with sparkling tonic and you have a modern drink to replace champagne.

Serve classic rhubarb juice if you want a non-alcoholic version on the side or as an alternative for any children that will be attending.

5. A Live Band Playing Classic Yorkshire Tunes

Yorkshire’s rich heritage of folk music gives you at least one perfect entertainment for your wedding. Your wedding would benefit from having a live band playing traditional folk songs, and perhaps you could even add the Long Sword dance to your reception.

If you want something slightly different, Yorkshire has a rich selection of modern favourites. How about having a tribute band to cover songs by The Cult or Kaiser Chiefs? You can find plenty of local talent through platforms like Freak Music and ensure you can add that Yorkshire sound to your big day.

Whatever your wedding theme, these five must-haves will make sure your wedding is filled with unmistakeable Yorkshire heritage.

 

Photo credit: www.ufniak.co.uk


Wedding stationery

Wedding day details you don’t want to skip

Aside from reaffirming your love or celebrating a new one, doing everything you wish you would have done the first time around is what it’s all about! Which is why wedding day details are such an exciting part of a second wedding or vow renewal ceremony. It’s so exciting planning for the second time because you are a pro! You know what’s important and what isn’t and you have a new found style and second chance glow to show off to your loved ones! So, once you have your dress, your flowers, and everything else leading up the the big day - it’s time to focus on the wedding day details you don’t want to skip!

Wedding stationery

Wedding day details are essential, right? The flow of the ceremony, the coordination of the vendors at the reception, and the decorations your guests will see… all of these are pieces of a puzzle that will come together and wedding day stationery can make that happen! We are talking wedding programs, menu cards, place cards, and guest books. Basic Invite has given us some of their favorite tips and tricks on how to utilize wedding day stationery details to make your day one to remember!

Wedding Programs

Wedding programs can be used for so many things! There main purpose is to help the flow of the day go smoothly, but if you’re smart they can serve as much more than that! Especially for larger weddings where guests may not know one another programs can serve as reading material and talking points while everyone gets settled. If your ceremony is more formal and lengthy programs can help keep guests on track so they can pay attention to the events as they unfold.

Designate a couple family members or close friends to stand as greeters and have them hand each guest or couple a wedding program as they come in. It will help start everything off on the right foot!

Place Cards

One of Basic Invite’s favorite wedding day details… place cards! Place cards are such a nice thing to incorporate into the reception. Whether you place all the cards at a table for guests to grab as they walk in or set them up at each place setting prior to guest’s arrival, these little pieces of stationery will make your guests feel extra special.

If you’re looking for a decoration to bring your table scape together, a personalised name card can be the perfect final touch. Choose a design that matches your wedding theme or keep them simple by choosing a classic border design with foil. The options are endless and this detail won’t go unnoticed.

Menus

Last but certainly not least - menus. You can get seriously creative with menu cards. Design a larger sized menu with all of the options laid out or be subtle with a dessert and drinks only menu. Place the menus atop each place setting or in the middle of every table to add to the decor and inform your guests on the night’s bites.

Day of details are essential and can be catered to every couple’s needs. Thanks to Basic Invite we have the lowdown on wedding day stationery and a place to get all of it. Basic Invite has endless customization options with over 180 colors and 100 font choices. You can match your day of designs to the invitation you’ve already sent out or choose a new look entirely! They also carry wedding save the date postcards and so much more!


100 years of wedding gowns

Watch 100 years of wedding gowns in just over 3 minutes

100 years of wedding dresses in just over 3 minutes! This video created by Glam.com goes through the history of wedding gowns. From 1915 to 2015 we can see how it all changed. You decide which one you like!

 


Franco - Glasgow wedding band

Reasons to hire live wedding musicians

Nothing adds to the excitement and merry making in a wedding ceremony like a live performance does. A live music band will make the audience excited and not only that, but it also creates unforgettable moments.

Live musicians have a natural skill for energising audiences with their electric performances. They can create an enjoyable energy-filled happy mood that makes weddings lively. Live musicians also engage wedding crowds and bring a party-feel to a wedding reception.

Franco - Glasgow wedding band

Photo credit: Franco, a Glasgow wedding band

Wedding bands can produce a customised performance made to suit a specific wedding. They can modify or play a song written specifically for a couple. Through customised performances, live musicians can make a wedding day extra special with that unique song that will make a couple cherish their day even more.

The trend of live wedding bands is being embraced by couples in Scotland. Wedding bands in Scotland are fast becoming the entertainment choice for guests in weddings. The entertainment needs of wedding guests are unpredictable, and it is for this reason that couples are opting to entertain their guests using live wedding bands.

DJs pre-plan their songs in a list, but live musicians perform in accordance to a wedding atmosphere. It is for this reason that live musicians are effective in electrifying their audiences compared to DJs.
Space is no longer a concern when hiring live musicians. Technology advances have enabled more compact setups and thus live bands can perform in smaller venues.

For electrifying, energetic and much memorable wedding moments, live wedding bands are the way to go. They no doubt bring the much-needed liveliness factor needed at wedding ceremonies.


'Groom's guide to accessorising

Groom’s guide to accessorising

Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the biggest days of your life. You have spent months sorting out the band, the centrepieces and the venue but now it’s time to turn your attention to the clothing.

Brides are lucky in the sense that most of the focus tends to be on their dress and the huge range of styles means that their dress can often be a representation of their personality. Grooms, on the other hand, are a little unfortunate in the sense that wedding suits are a little generic.

However, help is at hand. Accessories are a great way to incorporate a little bit of your personality and style into your wedding outfit and it is really easy and often inexpensive. We’ve teamed up with Trendhim to talk about 4 common groom’s accessories and how they can be worn.

Cufflinks

These are a great accessory as they are really easy to get right and there are so many routes you can go down in terms of style. Groom’s cufflinks are commonly seen in silver and gold, especially if said wedding has a black tie dress code.

However, if you are holding a themed wedding, cufflinks can be a great way to give a subtle nod to this theme. For example, if your wedding has a nautical theme or dress code then anchor cufflinks make a perfect choice.

Another really nice idea is to go for a pair of simple cufflinks but to get them engraved with you and your wife’s initials or the date of your wedding as this makes for a really nice memento of such a special day.

'Groom's guide to accessorising

Lapel pin

A lapel pin is classically worn on the left lapel of a suit jacket and grooms usually opt for a boutonniere which is a type of lapel pin made of a real flower. However, for practical and style reasons, many grooms are choosing to go down a different route with their lapel pin.

Typically, metal lapel pins are used to express affiliation with a cause or an organisation, but for a wedding you could use it to express something about your personality or heritage. For example, a really nice gesture could be to get a flag pin of your native country if you are marrying abroad.

Faux flower lapel pins are great if you are looking for a flower design in a bold colour as you are sure to find something that fits your taste. Just make sure that the colour compliments your shirt, your jacket and any other accessories that you are wearing on your torso area.

Cream lapel pin

Bow tie

If you have opted for a black tie dress code at your wedding, then a black bow tie is essential. If you have a different theme or dress code, then a bow tie can still be a worn and can often look more stylish than a traditional tie.

For example, if you’re holding your wedding outdoors or you have a boho theme, then a wooden bow tie is a really nice way of connecting this theme with your accessories!

If you feel that your outfit is a little boring and monochrome, then a floral bow tie is a really nice way to inject some colour without going overboard. If you do opt for this type of bow tie, make sure to keep your other accessories subtle so they don’t end up clashing.

Don’t be put off if you are unsure about how to tie a bow tie, there are plenty of tutorials and infographics online. If you’re still struggling, then just get yourself a pre-tied one.

burgundy bow tie

Suspenders

Suspenders, or braces as they are also called, are a really nice way of incorporating some subtle colour into your outfit. They are also a nice alternative if you don’t fancy wearing a waistcoat or a cummerbund.

How bold you go is completely up to you but some classic colour combinations are navy suspenders with a white shirt and burgundy or red suspenders with a light blue shirt. Subtly patterned suspenders are also a really nice choice.

The golden rule of suspenders is that they are a substitute for a belt so the two should never be worn together.burgundy suspenders


wedding suit

Why Consider Online Wedding Suit Hire?

wedding suitWeddings are far from cheap, with almost every aspect of the special event costing a fair amount of money, from the catering to the attire. There are various ways to save money when planning a wedding, and an increasingly popular method is hiring the suit of the groom and possibly groomsmen.

Various companies can be found online offering wedding suit hire, and many of these are well worth considering for prospective grooms. There’s a host of benefits to be gained from online wedding suit hire, giving all the more reason to consider it for the special day!
Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits:

Plenty of Styles to Choose From

Walking into a high-street retailer doesn’t offer the same range of clothing when compared to an online specialist. Suit hire companies operating online will have a massive range of suits covering many styles and sizes, from contemporary to classic, and you can easily view many of these from the comfort of home.
Both the bride and groom can view a large number of suit styles online, and then make their decision based on what they like, as well as other factors such as price or availability.
Whether you want a suit that is formal, casual, or something totally grandiose, finding something to your liking should be easy enough.

It Saves You Money

Hiring a wedding suit online is understandably more cost-effective than buying a specially tailored suit. Package deals are always available and offer exceptional value for money when compared to buying the suits outright.
Suits are available for under £100 at most websites, so there’s no denying that using an online wedding suit hire can save you a fair amount money - money that can be used elsewhere in the wedding!
Plus, buying a suit outright will not only cost more, but it could end up being a total waste of money should you never wear it again!

It is a Quick and Easy Process

Organising suits for a wedding will never be easy. It involves going to several shops on more than one occasion, which means the groom will have to organise meeting anyone that needs a suit, which can be a nightmare task to achieve.
Then there’s picking up the suits, returning any hires, and even going back into the store for alternations if necessary.
By doing this all online, you can avoid so much stressful organising and arranging needed for suit hire. You get to view everything from a computer, can order there and then, and will only need measurements from anyone wearing a suit – all of which is quicker and easier than hitting a high-street retailer.
Most will have your suits delivered by the needed date, meaning the overall hiring process is just much simpler when done online.


Wedding Swing Band

Swinging through: The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Swing Band

Wedding Swing BandSo, you have an event coming up soon and you are looking for live entertainment that can turn a good function into a great one. It’s tough trying to decide on the perfect band that will be enjoyed by everyone and very often, all you have to go on when booking them is word of mouth that their act is any good.

If you are looking for party music that is as sophisticated as it is entertaining, then consider hiring a swing band to take care of your guests. Swing music is best described as the foundation of many modern music styles such as Jazz and Soul music, it came about in an era of social uprising and cultural shift that saw people experimenting with music to develop a new sound that swept the European nations and United States.

The History of Swing

Swing music birthed exciting artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington, who all brought their own unique sound to the style of swing music. Swing was the predominant music trend of the late twenties right through until the early Forties, where its popularity dwindled in the shadow of the Second World War. The war conscripted many artists into military service and Swing bands that consisted of up to 15 members, suddenly found themselves with only three or four musicians that could take the stage.
This led to the evolution of swing into Jazz music, as musicians formed smaller groups and focused on fewer instruments used in the composition. Swing seemed to fade into the background for the next few decades as Jazz and Soul began their rise into popular culture.


In the late Nineties and early 2000’s, Swing made a brief comeback as it was integrated into modern pop music by artists and given a second chance at shaping popular culture. Today, swing bands can be found as traditional pieces featuring large ensembles, playing a variety or original and cover tracks for their audiences.

Why book a Swing band for your event?

If your event needs a party atmosphere that’s lively, with a band that has high-energy and offers an enthusiastic performance, then a Swing band is the perfect choice for your event entertainment. A Swing band should be able to play all of the classics from the era of Swings peak in the late thirties and early Forties such as Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’ right through to modern versions such as Christina Aguilera’s ‘Candyman’.

What you can expect from a great Swing band

With a Swing band, you can expect a vibe that will get everyone on the dance-floor. Swing music was made to get feet moving and it even developed dances that were named after their areas they were birthed in. The Charleston and The Hop were examples of dance moves made to describe the movements of Swing dancers and these became influences on modern dance moves as well.


It’s safe to say that Swing music is one of the grandparents of modern music and dance and you can expect that in any performance from a Swing band, get ready to get up and get moving!

The final note on hiring the best Swing band

The most critical part of hiring a Swing band for your event is finding one that is reputable and reliable. Working with a talent agent to find a band that will show up on time and delivers a performance that is value for your entertainment budget is not as easy as it sounds, so make sure you choose to work with an agency that has a solid reputation and plenty of past client testimonials.
Your event is set for success with a Swing band for the entertainment, the only thing left to do is let your hair down and swing the night away!