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Tips To Pick The Greatest Wedding Places

Which are the best wedding places in Tucson? How do you make sure that your wedding is special? What do you do to ensure that it is a great occasion for the couple getting married as well as the guests? After you have decided on gorgeous Tucson as your wedding venue, these would obviously be some questions on your mind.

When you are looking for great wedding places, Tucson AZ has several in beautiful settings. Most places for weddings have facilities so that the bride and the groom feel well looked after. It is they who are the stars of the show, and obviously wedding places go out of their way to make the couple comfortable. Both before and after the wedding, recreation facilities are important to ensure a pleasant stay. Some wedding places have facilities such as a recreation room and a children’s playroom.

Some wedding places offer in house catering services, while others allow you to choose your own catering service provider. Some have only an indoor space, while others have outdoor spaces too. Having a rough estimate of how large your guest list would be would help you decide if the wedding place is the right size for your needs. You also need to see how flexible the wedding center is to your needs. Keep in mind questions about the budget, the catering service, the cuisine, and the value-added services.

There are several wedding centers in Tucson that offer reception halls across different budgets, sizes, and styles. Ask locals in the area which are the places they would recommend for weddings. Let them know what you are looking for -what your budget is, whether you will have many guests or a small, select group. Whatever your criteria, you would definitely want the wedding to be at a place that is convenient to reach. It should, at the same time, be a special experience with a relaxed atmosphere for guests. Keeping all these factors in mind will help you to pick the perfect place for the wedding of your dreams.

Tips Shopping Wedding Ring

When it comes to shopping for wedding rings, both the future husband and the future wife have a say in things, and it’s crucial for couples to employ the “5th C” – Communication – to select the perfect wedding bands that reflect their union. The 5th C is just one of the best 5 Tips to use as you’re shopping for wedding rings.

Often, even more time and effort can be spent shopping for wedding rings than engagement rings because this is a choice that will affect two people instead of one. Read on to learn the top five tips for shopping for wedding bands.

Tip One as you shop for Wedding Rings: The first step is to discuss each of your ring styles and preferences. Communicate with each other! Does your bride want something simple, or would she prefer a more unique wedding band to match her engagement ring? Does your groom need something strong that will stand up to his tough job, or is he more interested in wedding ring sets that reflect the bond between the wedding rings? What you discuss will set the tone of your whole shopping experience.

Tip Two as you shop for Wedding Rings: Once you have decided on the types of rings that you are looking for, your next step is to visit a jeweler you trust. Find a trusted jeweler! Sure, there are plenty of jewelry stores at the mall or on the street that you could shop at, but if the people who work at these stores aren’t very knowledgeable of diamonds or rings, then the level of service and care won’t be as unique as your union. Look for a jewelry store in your area that specializes in fine jewelry from known brands. They will often be the most informative and knowledgeable. And, due to their service with brands, these jewelers are very accustomed to creating custom rings that are the perfect wedding ring sets for your style and personality.

Tip Three as you shop for Wedding Rings: Sometimes it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to customize your own ring. Many designer brands are able to customize their styles so that you can get a designer look with top-level quality – while also creating a ring that is unique for you. An experienced jeweler will be well acquainted with the 4 Cs, and can explain to you exactly what you should look for.

Tip Four as you shop for Wedding Rings: while it’s important that you each have a ring that you like (after all, you’re going to be wearing it all day, every day, for the rest of your life), you may want to coordinate your rings with each other. A similar design theme, metal, color, or style will bring together the look of your rings, and add to the unity and love that they symbolize. Wedding ring sets come in a wide variety of styles for men and women, so don’t forget to check these out when you’re shopping.

Tip Five as you shop for Wedding Rings: Order your wedding rings far in advance of your wedding. It can take a while to get the perfect wedding ring set created, or to get rings sized, so order your wedding rings AT LEAST three months before the wedding. This way you will have your actual rings ready before you exchange your vows.

Wedding Make Up Tips

Look after your skin

In the months leading up to your big day you need to invest some time treating and looking after your skin. This includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing morning and night. One of the worst things you can do is leave your day make-up on at night. This means your skin won’t have the time to renew itself and spots and blackheads will start to appear. Once you have a skincare routine in place, stick to it!

Preparation is key

My key tips for long-lasting, flawless make-up would be to always start your wedding day with applying a moisturizer to your face. Once you’ve let this soak into your skin, apply a good quality primer over the top. Smashbox PhotoFinish and Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch are excellent primer’s and will help your foundation go on more easily and make it last longer.

Concealer can improve your skin dramatically, but only if it’s invisible! The best way to use concealer is by applying with a brush and using varying shades and textures, depending on what you are concealing. Everyone applies their concealer at different stages in the make-up process. Personally, I always apply it after the primer and before the foundation, but I take great care in blending the two together so as not to remove the concealer.

Concealer is fantastic at hiding those dark circles, under eye puffiness, blemishes, broken capillaries or veins, scars and rosacea.

Foundation

To find the correct shade of foundation for your skin, test along your jaw line. The correct shade should fade into your skin and not leave any unsightly marks. I tend to always use either a brush to apply foundation, especially if a liquid. However, I always blend afterwards with a sponge to make sure the foundation is smooth and flawless.

Highlighter

Every bride wants to look truly radiant on their wedding day and one way of achieving this is to use a highlighter. These can be applied underneath or immediately after your foundation has been applied. My favourite highlighters at the moment are Laura Mercier Secret Brightener and Pout Love Glow. However, a fantastic and less expensive version is Benefit’s Moon Beam. Your chosen highlighter will catch the light and give you a beautiful glow when applied to your cheekbones, browbone and bow of lip.

Powder

Always set your foundation with a loose powder. This will help your foundation last longer and give your skin a smooth, even appearance. Personally, I love M.A.C. Cosmetic loose powder as it is very fine and gives a matt appearance to the skin, which is very important for photographs.

To give your cheeks a gorgeous radiant look, I prefer cream blushers. Depending on skin tone, my favourite cream blusher at the moment and one which I often use on brides is by M.A.C. Cosmetics Blushcreme in shade Posey. A cream blush can be applied using fingertips or a brush and I usually recommend you blend with a sponge as well. A good tip when applying any blusher is to smile and then dot the product on the apples of your cheeks. Make sure you then blend the product along your cheekbones.

Eyes

I always recommend curling your eyelashes using an eyelash curler. You can do this using a standard metal eyelash curler or a heated one. Strip lashes are fantastic for anyone whose natural lashes are sparse. They give an instant wide-eyed look. I also recommend individual lashes to anyone who wants to add extra thickness and volume to their own natural lashes. Remember, well defined, beautiful eyes always photograph fabulously!

Lips

There will be plenty of people to kiss on your wedding day including your new Husband! So make sure you keep your lips looking luscious by exfoliating them once a week in the run up to your big day and keep a lip balm to hand to stop your lips from becoming chapped in cold, windy weather.

Tips For Wedding Photography

1. Enjoy & Have Fun
Please do not go into Wedding Photography if you don’t enjoy weddings. You’ll need to handle pressure and always remember that you only get one chance at weddings. You cannot afford to mess it up. Working to tight schedule and having good social skills is very important as well.

2. Check Your Gear
Before you leave your home or studio to go to the wedding, check & re-check you camera gear, make sure all the camera batteries are fully charged and the flash gun batteries as well if you are using re-chargeable. I personally prefer re-chargeable batteries for my Nikon SB900 flashguns.

3. Have back-ups
Never go to photograph a wedding with just a single camera body and a lens. You should have at least 2 bodies. Try and shoot with the same bodies. Don’t have a pro body worth $3000 and a back-up as a $400 body. You need to have a like-for-like back up body. I photograph with 2 bodies and have a 3rd one as a back-up. Have a variety of lenses from wide angles, zooms and fast prime lenses. The ones I’d recommend for shooting a wedding with are:

– 24-70mm f/2.8
– 14-24mm f/2.8
– 85mm f/1.4
– 70-200mm f/2.8
– 105 VR Macro
– 50mm f/1.4
– 35mm f/2

4. Insure Yourself & Your Business
It is absolutely critical that you insure yourself. Just like you would insure your car & your home. You need to have sufficient insurance should the worst happen whether the kit is stolen, a CF card fails and gets corrupted or a hard drive failure, someone gets hurt or injured due to your negligence while you’re at a wedding. To cover yourself, you need to have:

– Public Liability Insurance

– Professional Indemnity Insurance

( if you are outside of the UK, then please check with your insurance company or seek legal advice)

5. Don’t Shoot in Continuous Mode
You need to pick the moments and shoot. Shoot like a sniper, wait, aim and fire. Don’t machine gun everything & anything that moves in the hope of getting one good image. Remember, you’ll need to edit & post process the images after the wedding. What would you rather have, 500 really good images or 3,000 average ones images? A story of a typical wedding can easily be told in 500 images or less.

6. Shoot in RAW
There is no need to shoot JPEGs anymore. Shooting in RAW means you can ‘future-proof’ your files and when using software like Aperture 3, Lightroom 3 or Capture NX2, you can edit them completely in a non-destructive manner. If your camera has dual-slots for CF cards (Nikon D3 / D3x / D3s), then set both the slots to RAW+RAW. This way you have instant back-up of images in camera. Gives you more peace of mind and I don’t have any hesitation in using larger cards like the 8Gb ones. If you have only one CF slot in your camera, I would advise not to use cards larger then 2Gb. So you don’t put all your eggs in one basket if things go wrong.

7. Don’t Delete Images In-Camera
You may miss great shots if you are constantly ‘chimping’ and deleting images off your CF Card. You also use up more battery power of your camera and also risk the CF card going corrupt.

8. Use Flash Creatively
When using flash, use it creatively by taking the flash away from the hot shoe of the camera. Lastolite produce a variety of products which are ideal for the small flash guns.

9. Always Be One Step Ahead Of The Game
I always keep the following information with me at all times:

– Schedule of the day: Whats happening when
– Names of the bridal party i.e parents, best man, ushers, bridesmaids, etc
– Emergency Telephone Numbers
– Family group shot list
– The address of the venues i.e where the bride is getting ready, church, reception venue

10. The Couple Should Spend More Time…with their loved ones and not with the photographer. Don’t keep them away from everyone for a long time. About 15-20 minutes to do the couple shots is more than enough and perhaps another 15 minutes or so late in the evening.