To Arrive in Style, Try a Vintage Wedding Car Hire

Isn’t your wedding the most special day of your life? You obviously want everything to be perfect, romantic and beautiful on your ceremony. Everything from your dress, jewelry, menu to the location, decor and of course your wedding transportation. There can be nothing classier than a vintage car for your wedding.

We’ve all seen Mustangs, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces in photos. Imagine one of those gliding towards the church or your wedding site with those beautifully tied white ribbons flowing from the front of the bonnet to the car windows.

You could find one of these vintage cars through wedding transportation companies which are present virtually everywhere. Unfortunately most of these companies have only one or two vintage cars available for rent. This is because these cars are expensive to purchase and maintain. You’ll have to do some research to find a good vintage car and book it in advance.

Visit as many local wedding transportation companies as you can find. It is important for the groom to make sure that vintage car is clean. Since they are old, many of them have overly greased door hinges which do not match and look pretty with the glowing white bridal gowns.

You probably would not want to drive the hired vintage car yourself with your newlywed bride sitting next to you. Check that the company you hire the car from offers a chauffeur service. Take a test drive of the car the previous day to make sure it runs smoothly and does not break down mid way. If there are any repairs that you feel need to be done, ask the company to get it done or choose another car. You wouldn’t want to be embarrassed on your wedding with a car whose doors or windows don’t open.

A wedding is a girl’s special day. Decorate the car with flowers, ribbons to make your bride feel like a princess in a fairy tale when she travels in it.

Ten Tips For Brides on How to Get Great Wedding Photos

Couples planning to get married often fall in the trap of thinking that if they get a good photographer then great photos will be guaranteed. Unfortunately this is a fallacy.

Ensuring great photos should be a team effort and there is a lot that couples can do to assist the photographer in achieving this objective. The recipe for creating an environment for great wedding photos demands that certain factors be considered very carefully.

1) The wedding venue. While nice looking gardens can be an attractive backdrop to wedding photos it can also be become confusing if not treated correctly. The guideline here is to go for simplicity. Interesting buildings with arches pillars and staircases are ideal for great photos and create opportunities for posing brides and the couple. The trick is to ensure that the emphasis is on the bride and the couple rather than on the environment. Be careful of a venue build of yellowish bricks with a roof made of grass or reeds. I have very seldom seen good pictures taken in such venues. The reason being that the yellow brics simply does not make a good back-drop for wedding pictures, the seconds reason being the fact that neither the walls nor the roof reflects any light, making it very dark inside where all the action takes place.

2) Timing your wedding. This is a factor often overlooked by couples and many couples choose to have a midday wedding for reasons like convenience etc. While this can work out well on a cloudy day the reality is that harsh bright midday sunlight creates deep black shadows and highlights that can be a test for any photographer. Why, simply because cameras hate contrast and have no way of dealing with such a situation as even the most advanced cameras cannot expose for shadows and highlights simultaneously. Cameras prefer soft even light that are almost guaranteed during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

3) Be ready on time. Insist that your beautician and hair stylist be punctual. If they are not on time the program for the day will be ruined and photos will have to be taken in what little time is left before the commencement of the formalities, usually not with good results.

4) Plan your day and schedule the formalities including the photo cessions. Allow fifteen minutes to each event for the unexpected. Things do and will sometimes go wrong. When you have completed your planning you should have a list with a start and end time for each formality.

5) Get a great car. If you have to travel to between various locations endeavor to get a great car that will make good photos. This will depend on your preference and your pocket. My preference will always be for a nice well looked after vintage car. Your uncle’s new Ferrari will most certainly be a lot quicker but for wedding photos it will come a poor second compared to a vintage model. A cart and horses will also do the trick if you can find them.

6) Do some posing in front of a mirror. There are no photographer that can turn you into a top model on the day of the wedding and there are some brides who simply can not pose. However the situation will be greatly improved if you can get yourself a few magazines and endeavor to copy some of the poses you like. This also applies to the couple.

7) Get a good hair stylist and make-up artist. While you expect to get only the best from your photographer he also expects you to be in great shape. Be assured that your photographer’s efforts are only going to match yours. Photographers loose their appetite very quickly once they realize that their subjects are not looking their best. You have to create a challenge for the photographer almost ‘a catch me if you can’ situation in order to get your photographer in top gear.

8) Be relaxed and spontaneous. If you planned properly there will be no need for you not to be relaxed. Do not invite people to your wedding that has a negative influence on you. It’s your wedding and your day and you choose your guests not your family.

9) Beware of the shiny dress. Most wedding dresses really look great but some of them tend to shine like a mirror. If this is the case with your dress then this is bad news for your photographer and I really mean BAD NEWS. The shiny dress means that your photographer will not be able to use flash (that is if he ever intended to do so in the first place) because your shiny dress will bounce back the light created by the flash and no detail will be recorded in that area of the photo. In actual fact the same goes for sunlight, the shiny parts of the dress will simply not show any detail on your photos. Very experienced photographers are able to deal with this to some extend, but why risk. Go for the safe option and make sure that your dress does not fall in this category. Besides, there is nothing that says that a wedding dress must be white!

10) Get some dance lessons. It is really an embarrassment to see some couples dance. Rather get some lessons. Also keep in mind that your photographer is looking for something where you are really moving. The slow dances where you take a step every now and then with little movement in between, really does not work for photos. Your photographer is looking to create a sense of movement by creating some blur hence the need for the quicker move.

I really hope that this will be of value to you and if you do not or can not meet all of this, do not despair there are ways to work around most of the issues mentioned.

Ideas For A Vintage Themed Wedding, One Of This Year’s Hottest Trends

Out with the old, and in with the… old? That’s what celebrities Annie Lennox, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, and Matthew McConoughy seemed to think at least. Celebrities and their wedding planners have their fingers on the pulse of trends in fashion, and weddings are no exception!

No wonder vintage themed weddings debuted as such a hit last year. This chic remake of the 1920’s era is all about style and grace. From the decor to the attire, an antique look is the perfect choice for your wedding day.

Colors and Decor

The most popular and traditional-looking vintage wedding tones have been rose pinks and champagne beiges. It almost brings to mind the sepia-tones of an old photograph.

Damask, chandelier silhouettes, and love birds are great choices for prints and design to add some dimension.

Dress

Wedding gown designers are realizing the popularity of this trend in vintage styles and have created some stunning options for you. Lace is one of the main ingredients. Overlays of gently hanging delicate lace over satin are truly feminine and sweet.

Some designers are offering a variety of shades in champagne and rose tones. Or you can accent with a belt or sash of these antique tones to add a little splash of color.

This is also a great opportunity to wear gloves. Wrist length, elbow, or full length gloves can be the perfect touch depending on the style of your dress.

Hair

Long hair is swept up or back in a relaxed or loose style. Soft waves or hanging pieces can add texture. Chignons at the base of the neck are a great idea for the sophisticated look. For shorter hair, cropped bobs and bangs are the most authentic to the era.

Headpieces and Veils

Your choice of veil or headpiece can really set-off your entire look. From head bands with feathers and large decorative or jeweled pieces, to beaded caps, there are many ways to be sure to look the part of a vintage bride. These options are great for shorter hair.

For the traditional veil, long and sweeping yet soft looks are more true to the time period of the 1920’s. Choose something that lays closer to the head without much height or layers that stand out too full.

For the groom and groomsmen, don’t forget the choices in hats that help to pull their look into the overall theme as well. You can go old-time gangster style with white bands, or simple fedoras. For formal weddings, top hats and tails like something you’d see on the Titanic are a great choice.

Jewelry

Vintage wedding jewelry can actually be one of the most important details of the ensemble. What’s even better is that you will want to wear it again because it’s currently in style and can go with so many other outfits!

There are a lot to choose from but the most popular designs seen are usually pearls and larger pieces of off-center rhinestones. Because of the simplicity of the rest of the attire, you can get by with a more elaborate jewelry set. This can be a focal point to complement your dress and headpiece.

Shoes

You have to love an occasion to wear cute strappy shoes, or thick lower heals like traditional “pumps” with large bows, buckles, or jewels. Or how about wearing the still-stylish lace up “granny boots” for kicks under your vintage gown? You may have some trouble making up your mind with this one because there are TONS of cute shoe options to choose.

Accessories

Vintage lace style wedding accessories help you bring decor and function together. Guest books and pen sets, ring bearer pillows, even your garter can be found with this style.

Flowers

Flowers play an important role in the vintage wedding. Real wedding bouquets in the 1920’s were HUGE! They were sometimes longer than the hemlines! But what a gorgeous tradition, and one you should consider keeping for a truly authentic and beautiful vintage wedding.

Be sure to include lots of roses, hydrangeas, and lilacs to match the heirloom tones of the style.

Favors and Gifts

Make sure to have plenty of vintage style favors to thank your guests for sharing your day.

And for your guys and dolls who stood up with you while you said your “I Do’s”, don’t forget to present them with a great gift. For the groomsmen, pocket watches have been a traditional favorite and go with the overall theme. For the bridesmaids, maybe consider that dazzling vintage necklace set for the special day.

Photographer

You’ll want to preserve the charm of the day with excellent photography. Make sure your photographer knows your theme ahead of time. They may have some creative ideas to help you record the moments. Vintage wedding photos look especially elegant in black and white so be sure to have some printed in a true old-fashioned way!

Getaway Car

Some couples have even gone so far as to rent vintage vehicles from the 20’s or 30’s to magically transport them as husband and wife. Imagine the great photo opportunities around this set of wheels!

After almost an entire century, we’re still drawn to these styles. They’re timeless and classy. Weddings are the perfect opportunity to bring them back for a day! With these essentials, you can be the best “ragtime bride” that’s ever walked down the aisle!