Make a creative clock face

Make a creative clock face

Make a creative clock face – If you’re looking for an original way to display your artwork on a wall, there aren’t many more novel ways than to create a clock face. It’s something you’re bound to look at a few times a day, and its only obstructions are a couple of hands across its face.

While creating a clock might be a creative idea you’d never even considered though, it’s as much about the maths of measuring out the degrees of a circle as it is about creating something bright and colourful in Elements. One aspect that will really define your clock is where you decide to place the numerals, and it’s important to get

that right: but luckily Elements has all the tools necessary for creating with precision.

Ultimately though, aside from the numerals and markers on the clock for the 60 minutes, the design is totally up to you. We’ve taken inspiration from a famous clock in Prague, and updated it with a modern twist of a geometric font and beach photo; but you can create whatever you like. You may want to take the idea of the circle and run with that, or you might want to just create any kind of design and add the numbers on after.

Create an awesome space scene

Create an awesome space scene

Create an awesome space scene

Create an awesome space scene – Explore new ways to use filters, layer styles and masks to create an out-of-this-world composition

Let’s create an awesome space composition from a sketch using some of the most impressive features in Photoshop: filters, layer styles and masks. In this tutorial, you’ll explore each one of these powerful commands and discover how to apply them for realistic effects. To begin, you’ll create stars using the Noise filter and then you’ll learn a clever way to add some twinkles using the Motion Blur filter. Next, you’ll use the Cloud filter, blending modes and brushes to create a colourful nebula. Finally, you will place the images and use the layer styles to add glows and apply

other techniques to complete the composition and make it work as a whole.

You can try out different settings for the styles, adjustments and blend modes, but it’s important to use vivid colours for the nebula to make the image stand out. If you are using Photoshop Elements, don’t forget to check the side stepper for more information on the editing process. There are so many good tips and tricks in this tutorial that at the end, you will have new skills to start using in your own projects. Download the stock images from FileSilo now, and start learning.

3D modelling in Photoshop

3D modelling in Photoshop

3D modelling in Photoshop

3D modelling in Photoshop – Learn the essential skills to transforming 2D textures into 3D objects and create a fantastic cityscape

Are you ready to jump into the 3D world? The Photoshop 3D tools are a great place to start. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add another dimension to flat images using the Photoshop 3D commands. You’ll learn how to work within the dedicated 3D environment, apply textures, create 3D objects, modify the lighting and render the final composition.

To work in the 3D environment in Photoshop, you will need to juggle three different panels simultaneously. The first is the Layers panel; here you will place the regular images, create 3D layers

and merge the 3D models. The second is the 3D panel. It shows the elements related to the 3D objects; 3D layers, Material layers, Light, and Camera/view. Finally, the third is the Properties panel. After you select the elements in the 3D panel, the Properties panel lets you tweak the settings. For example, you can deform the object, add material, define the light intensity and more. Pay close attention to each step, because you’ll have to jump back and forth to each panel. Check the Expert tip for extra advice on how to use the camera/view and the on-screen controls.

Blend with layer masks

Blend with layer masks

Produce a trendy animal double-exposure effect using layer masks, blend modes and adjustment layers

Blend with layer masks – Double-exposure imagery has roots in photography. A juxtaposing of two (or even more) images due to multiple exposures, this technique oftentimes yields startlingly beautiful visuals. You’ve more than likely seen this effect on album covers, advertisements and posters.

Double exposures can be achieved in Photoshop using multiple layers stacked on top of one another and merged using layer masks and blend modes.

Before you get to the blending, though, you’ll want to make selections of the playing pieces. Here you’ll start by selecting and isolating an animal and some mountains. You can certainly make the blend without isolating these, but freeing each from their respective backgrounds will give you flexibility in editing as well as deployment. Blending will be facilitated, and you can adjust the background or swap it altogether.

The initial animal-mountainscape meld will be realised with masks. You’ll then enhance with blend modes, layering clouds with Screen and doing a bit of painting with Color and Pin Light. Some choice adjustments will help to add the final spit and polish.

After completing the tutorial, why not try your own double exposure? Find a worthy animal or person, then pair your subject with an interesting scene or object.

Panasonic Lumix Dmc-GH5

Type: Fully automatic digital camera with Micro Four Thirds bayonet lens mount. Focusing: Automatic 225-point wide-area system using contrast-detection via imaging sensor. Single focus point – with variable area size – can be moved around the image frame, and clusters of focus points, from nine (3×3) to 169 (13×13) set manually in a variety of shapes (Custom Multi). Manual and automatic switching between one-shot and continuous AF modes, the latter with auto tracking. Face detection and recognition. Sensitivity range is EV -4.0 – 18 (ISO 100). AF assist provided by built-in illuminator. Manual focus assistance via magnification (either full image or picturein-picture) and focus peaking displays (Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink or White; High or Low intensity).

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Metering: 1728-point multi-zone, centreweighted average, spot and TTL flash. Metering range is EV 0 to 18 (ISO 100/f2.0). Exposure Modes: Continuously-variable program with shift, shutter-priority auto, aperturepriority auto, metered manual, TTL auto flash and TTL flash.

Shutter: Electronic, vertical travel, metal blades, 60-1/8000 second plus B (up to 30 minutes). Flash sync to 1/250 second. Alternative sensor shutter has a speed range of 1-1/16,000 second. Hybrid ‘Electronic First Curtain’ shutter has a speed range of 60-1/2000 second plus B (up to 30 minutes). Shutter delay timer (1, 2, 4 or 8 seconds). Exposure compensation up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-stop increments.

Viewfinder: OLED EVF type with 3.68 megadots resolution. Coverage = 100% vertical/horizontal. Magnification = 1.52x (50mm lens at infinity, 0.76x 35mm equivalent). Eyepiece strength adjustment built-in. Auto/manual switching between EVF and monitor screen. 8.1 cm LCD monitor (RGBW display, 1.62 megadots) with tilt/swing adjustments and touch controls. Flash: No built-in flash. External flash units connect via hotshoe or PC terminal.

Additional Features: Magnesium alloy body sealed against dust, moisture and sub-zero temperatures; AE/AF lock, auto exposure bracketing (up to seven frames and up to +/-1.0 EV per frame), multi-mode self-timer (2 and 10 second delays, one or three shots), shutter delay (up to eight seconds), switchable exposure adjust increments (0.3 or 1.0 EV), audible signals, silent mode, auto power-off, wired remote triggering, 43 custom functions.

DIGITAL SECTION Sensor: 21.77 million (total) pixels Live MOS with 17.3×13.0 mm imaging area and 4:3 aspect ratio. Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 200-25,600 (extendable to ISO 100). Focal Length Magnification: 1.97x. Formats/Resolution: Two JPEG compression

settings, RAW output (lossless compression) and RAW+JPEG capture. Three resolution settings at 4:3 aspect ratio; 5184×3888, 3712×2784 and 2624×1968 pixels. Three resolution settings at 3:2 aspect ratio; 5184×3456, 3712×2480 and 2624×1752 pixels. Three resolution settings at 16:9 aspect ratio; 5184×2920, 3840×2160 and 1920×1080 pixels. Three resolution settings at 1:1 aspect ratio; 3888×3888, 2784×2784 and 1968×1968 pixels. 24-bit RGB colour for JPEGs, 36-bit RGB colour for RAW files.

Video Recording: MOV format (MPEG-4/H.264 AVC compression) at 4096×2160 pixels (Cinema 4K), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps

– 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, Long GOP compression regime. 100 Mbps – 4:2:0 colour, 8-bit, Long GOP compression regime); 4096×2160 pixels (Cinema 4K), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (400 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, All-Intra compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 50 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps/ Long GOP compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, Long GOP compression regime. 100 Mbps – 4:2:0 colour, 8-bit, Long GOP compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, Long GOP compression regime. 100 Mbps

– 4:2:0 colour, 8-bit, Long GOP compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (400 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, All-Intra compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (200 Mbps – All-Intra compression regime. 100 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (100 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime). MP4 format (MPEG-4/H.264 AVC compression) at 4096×2160 pixels (Cinema 4K), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, Long GOP compression regime. 100 Mbps – 4:2:0 colour, 8-bit, Long GOP compression regime); 4096×2160 pixels (Cinema 4K), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (400 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, All-Intra compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (150 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, Long GOP compression regime. 100 Mbps

– 4:2:0 colour, 8-bit, Long GOP compression regime); 3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD), 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (400 Mbps – 4:2:2 colour, 10-bit, All-Intra compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (200 Mbps – All-Intra compression regime. 100 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (100 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (28 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 25 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio

(20 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime). AVCHD Progressive format (MPEG-4/H.264 AVC compression) at 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (28 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 24 fps and 16:9 aspect ratio (24 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime). AVCHD format (MPEG4/H.264 AVC compression) at 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps interlaced and 16:9 aspect ratio (24 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime); 1920×1080 pixels, 50 fps interlaced and 16:9 aspect ratio (17 Mbps – Long GOP compression regime). NTSC frame rates available. Built-in stereo microphones with adjustable sound levels and wind noise canceller, stereo audio input and stereo audio output. Higher quality LPCM sound recorded in the MOV and MP4 formats. Optional DMW-XLR1 microphone adapter provides two XLR microphone inputs with 48 volt phantom power.

Video Features: Variable frame rates for FHD/ HD recording (2 to 180 fps), ‘Anamorphic 4K’ 4:3 recording (3328×2496 pixels, 8-bit or 10-bit), master pedestal level (for setting black level), luminance level adjustment (8-bit and 10-bit), wave form monitor/vector scope, synchro scan, time coding (SMPTE compliant) with Rec Run and Free Run modes), colour bars (SMPTE, EBU and ARIB standards), 1.0 KHz test tone, SS/Gain, zebra patterns (adjustable, choice of two), centre marker, ‘Cinelike’ gamma profile (for tonality, two profiles), Rec 709-like gamma curve/knee control, 4K Hybrid gamma profile, optional V-LogL compatibility, seamless file recording with no time limit, LUT display (Monitor/HDMI), time-lapse recording, 4K/2K video streaming via the HDMI connection (10-bit 4:2:2 or 8-bit 4:2:0 colour with simultaneous internal recording), ‘Focus Transition’ tool.

Recording Media: Dual slots for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, both with UHS-I, UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 support.

Continuous Shooting: Up to 600 JPEG/large/ fine frames at up to 12.0 fps or 60 RAW frames with AF fixed to first frame. Up to 9.0 fps with continuous AF. Medium (7.0 fps) and low speed modes (2.0 fps) also available. White Balance: TTL measurement. Two auto modes (neutral or maintain warmer tones), five presets and four custom settings. White balance compensation (amber-to-blue and/ or green-to-magenta) in all presets, and white balance bracketing. Manual colour temperatures from 2500 to 10,000 degrees Kelvin with four custom settings.

Interfaces: USB 3.1 SuperSpeed Type C, HDMI Type A, 3.5 mm stereo audio input, 3.5 mm stereo audio output, 2.5 mm remote input. .Additional Digital Features: Sensor-based fiveaxis image stabilisation (in ‘Dual IS 2’ operates along with lens-based optical stabilisers), sen-

sor cleaning, ‘Touchpad’ AF zone selection, ‘4K Photo’ and ‘6K Photo’ modes (Pre-Burst, Burst and Burst Start/Stop), ‘Light Composite’ mode, ‘Post Focus’ function, electronic level display, grid guides (choice of three), digital zoom (up to 4.0x), Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces, seven ‘Photo Style’ presets (Standard, Vivid, Natural, Scenery, Portrait, Monochrome and L. Monochrome), four user-defined ‘Photo Style’ presets, in-camera adjustment of ‘Photo Style’ parameters (contrast, sharpness, colour saturation, hue and noise reduction), 22 ‘Creative Control’ effects as shooting modes or filter settings (Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Colour and Sunshine), auto bracketing functions (exposure, aperture, focus – up to 999 frames – and white balance), ‘Defocus Control’ function (with iAuto and Creative Control only), ‘Intelligent Dynamic’ processing (Off, Low, Standard, High, Auto), ‘Highlight/Shadow’ control (four presets, three custom settings), HDR multishot capture (Auto, +/-1.0 to 3.0 EV with auto align), intervalometer (up to 9999 frames), multiple exposure facility (with overlay and auto exposure adjustment), lens corrections (Shading Compensation and Diffraction Compensation), long exposure noise reduction (On/Off), luminance/RGB histogram displays, highlight alert, adjustable image display time, auto image rotation, slide show (with variable display times and background music), playback zoom (up to 16x), 12 or 30 thumbnail displays, thumbnail calendar display, in-camera editing (RAW-to-JPEG processing, ‘4K/6K Photo’ bulk saving, 4K/6K Photo’ noise reduction, Light Composition, rating, title edit, face recognition edit, text stamp, video divide, resize, cropping, rotate, favourite, protect, face recognition edit), ‘Clear Retouch’ tool, picture sort modes, built-in WiFi (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with QR code connectivity, Bluetooth (BLE) connectivity, DPOF and PictBridge support.

Power: One 7.2 volt/1860 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (DMW-BLF19E type). Optional DMW-BGGH5 battery grip accepts a second battery pack.

Dimensions (WHD): body only = 138x98x87mm. Weight: body only = 645 grams (without battery or memory card).

Price: $2999 body only. $3999 with Lumix Vario G X 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH Power OIS image stabiliser zoom lens. $3999 with Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS image stabiliser zoom lens.

Distributor: Panasonic Australia, telephone 132 600 or visit

SonY woRlD PhotoGRaPhY awaRDS 2018

if you’vE CHECKED out some of the winning images reproduced in this issue from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, you might be ready to have a go yourself. The 2018 competition is now open for entries and it’s entirely free, with a massive first prize of US$25,000 on offer plus lots of luvverly Alpha system gear from Sony.

This is the 11th running of the awards and there are two new categories in the Professional competition – called ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ – and an opportunity for award winners to secure a grant to fund future photographic projects.

The World Photography Organisation, which runs the awards, says the new ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ categories are designed to embrace photographers working at the cutting-edge of the medium. Judges will specifically look for originality, experimentation and imagination. Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the Awards.

You can enter a body of work between five and ten images – in one of ten Professional categories (which means you need to be working as a photographer in some capacity), or the ten Open categories. There’s also a Youth category for anybody aged between 12 and 19 years, and a Student Focus category which is open to anybody currently studying photography. For the full list of competition categories and descriptions, go to sony-world-photography-awards

The new Sony Grant program has been introduced for the Professional and Student Focus competitions this year. From the 2018 winners of these categories, Sony will award multiple grants of US$7000 to selected photographers to help them pursue photographic projects of their choice. In addition, shortlisted photographers from the Student Focus competition will each be given US$3500 to work together on a new photographic commission set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation.

The closing dates for entry to the 2018 Sony Awards are 4 December 2017 for the Student Focus category, 4 January 2018 for the Open and Youth categories and 9 January 2018 for the Professional category.

FuJiFilm eXPanDS GF lenS line

WiTH DElivEriES of its GFX 50S mirrorless digital medium format camera now underway, Fujifilm is making good on its promise of additional lenses for the system before year’s end.

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The camera body launched with three GF mount lenses – two primes and a zoom – and these have been quickly followed up by the GF 23mm f4.0 R LM WR ultra-wide and the GF 110mm f2.0 R LM WR short telephoto. To match the GXF 50S body, both lenses are fully weatherised and can operate in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. Both also use linear autofocusing motors – with internal focusing

– for faster and smoother operation.

The 23mm lens – which has a 35mmequivalent focal length of 18mm – gives a 100-degree angle-of-view on the 44×33 mm sensor. It has a 15-element optical construction which includes two aspherical types, one made from Super ED (extra-low dispersion) optical glass and three made from ED glass. These are designed to minimise, respectively, distortion and chromatic aberrations. Fujifilm’s new ‘Nano GI’ multi-coating is employed to help suppress ghosting and flare. A nine-blade diaphragm gives smoother out-of-focus effects.

The new 110mm lens is equivalent to 87mm in the 35mm format and its 14-element optical construction includes four ED glass types to correct for spherical and chromatic aberrations. It has a minimum focusing distance of 90 centimetres and a minimum aperture of f22.

Still to come later this year is a 45mm f2.8 wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm) and as announced at the system’s launch, but Fujifilm has also revealed that a “telephoto prime lens”

– focal length as yet unspecified – is scheduled for mid-2018 along with a teleconverter.

New accessories for the GFX system comprise a new eyecup (the EC-GFX) using a softer material for a better fit and more effective lighting shield; and an adapter for mounting the camera on a view camera.

The new GF23mm f4.0 lens is priced at $3999 and the GF110 f2.0 at $4299. For more information visit

Things To Keep In Mind When Planning Your Wedding

Things To Keep In Mind When Planning Your Wedding

Many people feel that preparing for their wedding day is going to cause stress. But it does not have to be this way, not if you know what to expect from the planning process to the actual wedding day. The following article is going to give you advice you can use to ease your mind.

Make sure that at your wedding, there are enough refreshments for all of your guests. During the night, there will be a lot of dancing and conversing, which can lead to dehydration. Prepare accordingly by having a lot of quality water and soda in many different locations at your wedding.

One of the things that you can do to make sure that everything looks good is to choose a bathroom buddy. This person can sit next to you in the bathroom to give you another set of eyes to analyze your dress, accessories and the makeup that you will wear on your wedding day.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift for your wedding guests, think of something useful. My parents had matchbooks printed with their wedding date, which was great when they got married as no one knew smoking was bad yet. Today I might have a candle with a tag engraved the wedding date instead as it’s far more healthy for them to burn that!

Designer candles, jewel-encrusted candelabras, and crystal decor can add up quickly when multiple tables are used for the wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. To save money, purchase large, unscented pillar candles of varying sizes. You can then use adornments and embellishments from bulk craft supply stores, such as stick-on colored crystals or textured, sheer ribbons to tie around each of the pillars.

For men who are about to get married, it is just as important that you wear a nice tuxedo as it is that the bride wear a beautiful dress. Men just assume that all the attention is on their bride, but the groom has all eyes on him as well.

Which is more important, having a wedding in the small venue you love or having a ton of people in attendance? It can be a hard decision to make, but remember that it is your day and that no one will be so deeply hurt by not being able to come that they would want to ruin it for you.

When planning a wedding, one of the most important things to remember is not to stress out over the details. A wedding is a joyful, fun event, and any missing details will likely never be noticed by the guests. Focus your energy and worry on the big things, and enjoy the fact that you are preparing for the one of the biggest days in your life!

Having a smaller bridal party can save you money on gifts and the rehearsal dinner, allowing you to use the extra funds to pay for the wedding itself, upgrade items like the cake or flowers, or apply it towards your honeymoon. As long as people are able to attend your wedding, they’re content.

One of the ways that you can make your wedding as convenient as possible is to have your ceremony and reception at the same location. This will allow you to save a lot of money on transportation and miscellaneous costs, which will appeal to your guests and your bank account.

Do not wait until the rehearsal to begin preparing your flower girl and ring bearer for their role. Make time with the children to practice their movements and placing during the ceremony. Children thrive on structure and teaching them early will build anticipation to do their best. Explain all the importance that they carry on this day and they will adopt a responsible attitude.

If you’re trying to save money on your wedding reception, consider planning it for a time that does not require a lunch or dinner to be served. Instead, you can just serve appetizers, drinks, and/or desserts. This can save you a significant amount over the cost of providing a full meal.

Interview candidates to see their past work. Also, find out what kind of editing sound he or she uses. While VHS used to be the preferred format for weddings, now you need to get a DVD or even a digital copy of your video. Use your gut instinct and follow this advice for hiring videographers.

A great tip that can reduce costs for many of the vendor services at your wedding reception, including photographers, caterers and musicians, is to offer to help them advertise their services in exchange for reduced costs. A small card placed on the reception tables where guests will be seated can provide the names and contact information for different vendors who are providing their services. This advertising has the benefit of cutting your costs and enhancing their chances of new opportunities.

To trim your wedding costs in the planning stages, consider inviting fewer people, if at all possible. The number of guests often has the most impact on how much a wedding costs; therefore, you can save a lot of money by inviting only the people with whom you and your future spouse really want to share the day.

If you can afford one, a wedding planner can be a huge time and stress saver. Not only can a planner coordinate your wedding and work with you to make your vision a reality, but she can also be a great resource for ideas and opinions. She will save you from dealing with every little minor detail and let you focus on high-level planning and being able to enjoy the process.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, make sure that you have some kind of a backup just in case the weather chooses not to agree. You can still have a perfect day if you realize that weather is unpredictable and it might not cooperate. By being flexible it will help you be less stressed about it.

In conclusion, planning for a wedding will only be difficult if you allow it to be. By becoming aware of all there it to know about a wedding, you can ease your mind. The article above gave you information that if used properly, will help you succeed in having a wonderful wedding.

Tips For Ensuring That Your Wedding Won’t Kill Your Budget

Tips For Ensuring That Your Wedding Won’t Kill Your Budget

Planning a wedding can take an enormous amount of time, energy and effort. From choosing invitations to finding the perfect dress, this major life event comes only once in a lifetime for many people. The information in this article is designed to help you in making sure that every detail is taken care of in the most economical and efficient way possible, whether your guest list includes 10 or 1,000.

Make sure that you meet your partner’s friends and family before you tie the knot with each other. This is a very important thing to do, since you are going to be spending a lot of time around them after your marriage. Ascertain that you get along well and try to work out any issues beforehand.

If you have a disagreement with someone who will be attending your wedding, make sure that you make amends before your big day. You will not want anything to ruin the atmosphere at your wedding. It is best to try to be on good terms will all of your guests when this day comes.

If you will be having an outdoor wedding, consider the costs involved. To save money on your wedding, keep in mind that outdoor weddings may require permits, have party size restrictions, and if you will be allowed to have music. Also, weather conditions could add extra costs to your outdoor wedding plans.

Get your nails done when you get your hair done for your wedding to give you the overall pampering that you deserve on your big day. It isn’t very expensive, but the foot bath and hand massage will help calm your nerves and leave you looking beautiful and feeling great!

On the morning of your wedding, you will have to give yourself extra time to get dressed since you will want everything to look perfect. Plan to start getting ready at least an hour before you usually would to avoid rushing to get to your wedding. This will allow you to look your best.

Order small individual portions of cake from a local bakery if the thought of spending the equivalent of your honeymoon on your cake does not appeal to you. You may be able to find a bakery willing to provide freshly-baked cupcakes that are low-calorie and available in healthier options for family with special dietary needs such as gluten or sugar-free.

Speak to your family and friends in regards to services for your wedding. You never know when you might have an overlooked relative who handles music or cooking. You may also find that your friends have connections to service professionals who can offer you a discounted price due to the referral.

When picking out your wedding ring, make sure to get one you know you are going to like years down the line. Many people pick a random ring, and later decide that they do not like it. Also, if you are going to get matching bands, make sure both of you like them.

Do not feel shy to ask the person videotaping your wedding to look at their previous work. You want to make sure you have picked the right videographer for your big day and looking at their prior work can give you an idea of what to expect for your wedding.

Everything you purchase for your wedding can be negotiated! Wedding dresses are marked up by fifty percent or more. You should see if you can get a discount on the one you love, or maybe one that has a flaw that they’ve put away in the back. Even flowers can be bought at a discount if you’re not too choosy.

Look at suits for the men in the wedding as opposed to tuxedos. Suits can very easily fill the role of a tuxedo with the right accoutrements. You will find that not only will these be cheaper to rent than a tux, in some cases, purchasing the suits can be cheaper than a tuxedo rental.

If you think that you are going to get cold feet before you wedding, seek counseling or see a psychologist. This can provide you an outlet to talk about all of your fears so that you are in the strongest position mentally before, during, and after the big day arrives.

When you have family that can offer services that are perfect for your wedding, such as a DJ or baker, do not be afraid to ask for the gift of trade. It can be a tremendous boon to your budget if someone close to you can offer a service as all or part of their wedding gift to you. Just remember that this is a business for them, most likely, and they may have restrictions.

Those who love you will not weigh the beauty of your day based on cost. If keeping to a smaller budget makes your day just as special to you as spending a fortune would, then so be it. Don’t spend yourself into a hole just to impress anyone. Your loved ones care more that you are happy and make the most of the day.

Think about which effects windy weather could have on your outdoor reception. Avoid any light fabrics and complex hairstyles. Find solid tents that will stand in case of wind. Let everybody know that the location might be windy: give them advice about clothes and hairstyle that will not look bad when the wind blows.

Use people that you know and trust for referrals. When it comes to hiring anyone to help with your wedding (catering, musician), you don’t want to just trust that any person can get the job done to your satisfaction. Ask your friends who they used, and then make sure to give the company a visit while they are working so you can get an accurate feel of the job they do.

No matter how large or small, your wedding is an event that you want to be perfect, right down to the smallest detail. Whether you’re getting married for the first time or the third, a wedding still takes months of planning and preparation. The time-saving tips contained in this article can guide you in making the smartest choices and help you to avoid any last-minute emergencies.







Tips To Make Any Wedding Go Smoothly

Tips To Make Any Wedding Go Smoothly

Without the proper wedding information, this wonderful and dreamy day, can turn into a very real nightmare. This article will make sure that your wedding will not turn into a nightmare, by making sure you have the proper information to apply to your wedding preparations, as well as, the processes involved.

If you want to maximize your look on the day of the wedding but are on a budget, one of the things that you can do is to rent diamonds. This helps you turn heads during the ceremony without turning your bank balance into a bunch of zeroes.

Wedding bands are a vital part of the wedding, as they help to signify the joining of two parties. Make sure that on the days leading up to the wedding and on the wedding itself to have someone who you can count on keep track of your wedding bands to ensure security.

Remember that the reception is the time for you to let loose, but do not act too wild as your in-laws will be at the wedding. Make sure that you dance and have the time of your life with your friends as you will cherish these moments for the rest of your life.

When talking to your DJ, let him know the songs you like as well as the song you don’t like. Perhaps this includes heavy rock, country music or a song that reminds you of an ex. Whatever it is, let him know so you don’t end up cringing at your own wedding!

Place a full length mirror at that head of the aisle and practice walking toward it. This will help insure a trip-free wedding day. If you worry about twisting your ankle, wear pretty flats instead. Having footwear that is less sexy but will keep you from falling is an easy decision to make.

Want a novel idea for your wedding and reception? How about a cruise! More and more people are choosing to take their destination wedding and have it on a boat, and there are many great reasons for that. You’ll find excellent catering, an on-site bar, and they have all the decor and set-up items you need already on deck.

To plan a wedding on a small budget, consider asking friends or relatives to donate their help or talent in lieu of a wedding gift. From photography to catering to making your wedding cake. Your loved ones may be thrilled to pitch in with the skills they have to keep your wedding day budget-friendly.

Try to arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel or resort for guests arriving for your destination wedding. At worst, have your guests meet up and form groups so they can share the limo or cab costs. It’s already costing them a lot to be there; try to help them as much as possible!

Why not provide a tour of the area to the guests of your destination wedding? You can go along too and have a fun-filled stress relieving day with your friends and family. Everyone will be able to enjoy the trip and get to know the area you’re visiting a little bit better.

Be extremely careful at your wedding that no underage guests can have access to liquor or you and the company catering your bar will be liable. Let the bartender know who at your reception isn’t of age so they can turn them down if they make it to the bar. It’s highly recommended to sit the youngsters on the opposite end of the room so they have a longer trip to get there, making them more vulnerable to being stopped by other guests who know them.

A great way to save money on catering is to have children’s meals prepared for anyone under 10. Your caterer will give you a reduced rate on those meals as they’re typically smaller and simpler than their adult counterparts, and that can give you substantial savings if you’re having many kids at your reception.

You may skimp on your budget for many areas of your wedding to get to the right price, however, do not make this mistake in your photography or video choices. Preserving these memories will be one of the most important parts of your wedding; next to the ceremony itself. Do not be afraid to spend the appropriate amount to get the best for your needs.

If you are having trouble deciding when to get married, think about tying the knot during the wintertime. Try to plan your wedding around November or January so that you can avoid the high prices during the holidays. This will help to give you an inexpensive wedding that is beautiful too.

Instead of forking over cash for fanciful floral arrangements, consider relying on potted plants to add a touch of green to your ceremony site. You can embellish terracotta pots with colorful ribbons, paint or decoupage, or you may choose glazed stoneware. After the wedding, guests can take the potted plants home as a wedding favor, or the new couple can plant them in their yard.

Don’t forget the gift registry, which is a wedding tradition. Let your guest know, they don’t need to bring anything. Give them options if they insist on bringing something. Your guests should feel that their gifts, no matter how modest, are welcomed and appreciated.

Think carefully before inviting children to your wedding. If you want to save a little money and stress, you can avoid inviting children. However, you might run into attendance problems of adults invited due to no childcare options for them.

Do not be afraid to have a destination wedding, even if you are on a budget. While some of these events can cost a lot of money, not all of them are extremely expensive. If you have a small event and choose your location carefully, you can have the wedding of your dreams at a very affordable price.

As stated in the beginning of this article, the wedding day and the planning process can turn into quite the nightmare if you don’t have the best information possible that will make your day wonderful. Now that you have read this article, you are closer to having the dream wedding that you deserve.