Fun Ideas For Unity Candles

If you are planning a wedding and plan to have a unity candle as part of the ceremony, you might want to think outside the box.

Traditionally, the unity candle involves three candles. The bride has one, the groom the other, and their two lighted candles light the third candle. This is done to represent the coming together of the two people to make one unit. In some alternate methods, family members are invited to participate in the unity candle lighting, often the mothers of the bride and groom, or other close members of the family. Each family then lights a candle, and together they light the unity candle to symbolize of the coming together of the families.

Now, there are a few twists you can add to this fairly conventional aspect of a wedding ceremony. You can provide each guest with an unlit candle when they arrive at the ceremony. After the couple lights the unity candle, they can ask the guests to move to the front of the church (or wherever the ceremony is being held) and light their candles with the lighted unity candle. This can take a bit of time and might be best with a smaller guest list. But it is a meaningful way to not only get your guests involved in the ceremony itself, but also symbolize the union of family and friends with the marriage.

If there is a large guest list and it would be a prohibitive waste of time to do a candle lighting involving everyone at the ceremony, some brides and grooms like to bring the unity candle to the reception. Light the candle again and provide each guest with a small votive candle (the candle holder will be on the tables at individual table settings). As guests come into the reception area or hall, they can light their votive and take it to their table to place into the votive holder. This small votive candle can double as a wedding favor, particularly if you decorate or enhance a plain votive candleholder in some way to coordinate with your wedding.

Of course, you can forget having a unity candle at the ceremony altogether. Many brides these days are trying to reduce the length of the ceremony and spend more time planning the reception. In that light, some choose to do away with a unity candle altogether. You can certainly do this, or you can cut it out of the ceremony and make it part of the reception.

To do this, you can use the votive candle option suggested above, or you can simply incorporate the unity candle lighting into the reception activities themselves. For example, you might choose a quiet moment in the reception to have a lighting of the unity candle. It might be during a short prayer prior to the serving of the meal, or right before the cake is cut. In this case, the unity candle can then be used as decoration on the cake table. As the bride and groom cut the cake and pieces are served to guests, the candle can also serve as a reminder of the couple’s new bond and that the bond is shared with all the guests as well.

Although having a unity candle at the wedding or reception isn’t necessary, it is certainly an option that many brides and grooms opt to include. But it’s important to remember that as with so much surrounding wedding planning there are ways to make it unique and interesting and special to the couple getting married.


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Finding the Best Wedding Videography Services to Capture Special Moments

For most women, they have been dreaming about all the details that they would want to happen on their wedding day. As the time nears for the occasion to finally come true, you will realize that it is not that easy to plan for your own fairy tale. If hiring a planner will cost too much, you have to accept your role and prepare on your own.

You must create a checklist of what must not be forgotten on this special day. Aside from all the glitz and glitter, the food, the venue and other matters, you must take note of the services that will handle your wedding videography. You would not want to miss out on having a souvenir from the one of most memorable dates of you and your partner’s life.

Keen Eyes for Special Moments

If you are planning on having someone who is not a professional in handling camera capture your wedding, you must think very hard about the decision. They may be your best friend or your closest relative, but if they are not adept in shooting for this kind of event, you won’t get the kind of satisfaction that you will have if you will get the services of someone who is a professional in this field.

If you are so concerned about the budget and you think that you cannot get the services of the pros, you should first ask about the matter before you decide about the matter. In the end, you can always do some adjustments, like maybe cancelling the more expensive flowers and opt for simpler kinds to be able to afford the video services of those who will be able to capture the whole event more dramatic and much more beautiful than what it would appear to be.

Before you decide on anything, you must first be briefed about the basic factors and things that you need to know about the topic. You must know the right people that can give you the best services at affordable rates. You can only achieve this if you will divulge on a brief research about this. You can begin by asking people around for recommendations.

If you see people with this kind of business near your area, you should also come up to them and ask about the packages that they can offer with the kind of budget that you can allot for the venture. You can also spend some time online and browse through various websites that deal with this topic. You may also want to try online forums where you can meet brides and grooms to be who are also searching for the kind of services that you are also looking for. You will be lucky to find the right people at these venues because you will be able to tell them your apprehensions about the matter.

Reasons for Choosing the Pros

There are many things that will happen on your wedding that won’t be easily captured by untrained eyes. This is the reason why you have to rely on the wedding videography services of those who have been into this kind of business for quite a time already. You would want to go back to the events to know the sidelights or even how you looked like months or years after you have tied the knot. You will have more reasons to smile and be proud about that moment if you will be able to view the whole occasion from the eyes of the professionals whom you have hired to document the festivities.

Aside from the proper training, they know what to shoot and what certain angles most clients are looking for. They can also ask for your suggestions when it comes to songs and other features that you may want to include on your video. They have the latest software that they can use to edit everything to make it appear dramatic and grand than how it really was.

Engagement Party Games

The engagement party is a time when the families of the couple will get to know one another. In some cases, this might be the first meeting between the two families or groups of friends and any icebreaker activity will be a welcome event.

In that light, whoever plans the engagement party (likely the bride’s family, but it can be the engaged couple or anyone else who wants to plan the party) should plan a few games and activities designed to help everyone get to know everyone else.

First up is a trivia game. Create a « Trivial Pursuit » type game with questions about the bride and groom’s lives. You might contain the questions to just facts and events relating to both the bride and groom (such as how long did it take her to say « yes » when he asked, where did he propose, where did they meet, etc), or you can include questions pertaining to their lives outside of each other and before they met each other. Not only can this be fun, but also it’s an entertaining way for people to get to know each other and the engaged couple better.

One popular icebreaker that’s used at corporate functions and company parties can also work really well at engagement parties. Tape a card to each person’s back and encourage him or her to work the room, mingle with everyone and particularly try to get to know someone they have never met before. Before moving on to someone else, be sure to make a comment about the person on the card on his or her back. Partiers write an impression of that person, such as « she seems sweet » or « he knows a lot about the weather ».

This icebreaker ends when the mingling session is over. The cards are then read one by one and people not only get to know each other better, but enjoy hearing all the comments people made about them. Try to ensure that comments are complimentary or somehow presented in a positive light. Hurtful comments, obviously, are not appropriate.

If this is truly the first time many of the guests have met, then another fun game involving the wearing of cards might be in order. In this game, each guest wears a card on their front that has their name on the front and a number on the back. They don’t share with anyone what their number is. Guests mingle and chat and get to know each other over the course of the evening.

Toward the end of the evening, the cards are flipped over and the number side is shown. Everyone gets a piece of paper and writes the numbers on the paper, then tries to correspond the name of someone with their number. This fun game can be hard for people who are bad with names, but it’s fun nonetheless.

For an activity that doesn’t put people on the spot quite so much, consider letting the already marrieds help out the to-be marrieds. Place two pieces of posterboard on the wall and mark them « advice from women » and « advice from men ». Now is the time to offer advice about wedding planning, not about being married. That advice can come later. Encourage guests to offer their own wedding planning advice. The advice from older people at the party could be decidedly different from the younger couples in the group, making for an enlightening group of comments.


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Digital wedding videography

Weddings are definitely a joyous occasion in one’s life. This is because to some, it only happens once in a lifetime. And since this event is very special, couples who are to be married would want to make sure to capture everything. The best option for this one is to have a reliable wedding videography coverage.

Because of the viability of income in this field, more and more people are getting into wedding videography business. If you are one of those who have plans of putting up a wedding videography venture, it is a must that you conduct a research about the trend of the times when it comes to technology.

Going digital

Like the traditional cameras or film cameras, videography has also changed its face and has turned digital. In important events such as weddings, gadgets such as the video camera are very important to ensure the quality of the shots.

If you are one of those who are planning to get into wedding videography venture, the major consideration is if you are going digital or not. In choosing video equipment fit for you, you must first weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using a digital one compared to the traditional or films. If you have been using or shooting with film, here are some of the differences you will have to adjust to once you shift with digital videography:

- battery. Majority of the digital video cameras that come out in the market today use batteries that are designed specifically for the unit. In film ones, disposable cell batteries are usually used. These require replacement depending on the type. Disposable cell batteries are single-use batteries that usually adhere to standard conventions and sizes and made up of lithium, alkaline, or oxy-alkaline. If you are using disposables, lithium is advisable because its lasts longer and can make the cameras speedier and faster. Disposables are also light and readily available in stores. In digital video cams, compact lithium batteries are usually used. In fact, digital cameras today one or more of a variety of battery types that may include disposable and rechargeable that usually require frequent replacement or recharging. Battery types in most digital video cameras include model-specific, universal rechargeable and also disposable.

- storage option. This can be the biggest advantage digital video cameras have over film video cameras. Digital video cameras use different media types as storage options such as CompactFlash Types I, II, Floppy disk, Hitachi Microdrive, Mini CD-R/RW, SD/MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Select, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture Card that can be used and reused over and over again unlike in film video cameras that you have to use a rolls of films that come in different frame sizes and different sensitivities to light.

Buying video equipment

In fact, the primary thing that you need to consider is choosing and buying video equipment. These days, with so many options available in the market, finding the suitable video equipment such as video camera can be a tiresome yet significant task.

If you don’t know what you need and what you want, buying equipment for wedding videography is nothing simple. The first thing that you should do if you’re planning to buy a digital video camera is to conduct a research about he specifics you would want to have. List down all of these and then search for brands that offer the best quality of each specification.

Destination Wedding Activities

As brides get more and more creative in planning their weddings, locations weddings are becoming more and more popular. Although this might result in a smaller guest list, it can also result in some fun opportunities for activities.

Many brides like to have their weddings seaside, so they move the festivities to a beach locale, either on their local coast or somewhere more exotic like Jamaica or the Bahamas. In any event, there are several activities that can be planned around this theme. If the wedding is also a weekend event where guests will be around for more than just the wedding, the bride can plan a sailing excursion. Charter a boat for a day and bring your guests out on the water to relax, rejuvenate, and perhaps enjoy a meal.

If the wedding is in the Caribbean, how about a cooking demonstration? The bride and groom can arrange for the wedding guests to enjoy a complimentary cooking demonstration put on by the hotel or a local cook. Since much of the food the guests eat while visiting for the wedding will be different than what they eat at home, they might enjoy learning how to prepare it for home enjoyment.

Say the wedding is in Hawaii, another popular destination wedding location. Here, you can plan several activities around the location. For example, what about a luau? This could even take the place of a more formal or conventional sit-down rehearsal dinner.

In Hawaii, guests will enjoy a hula lesson. Depending on the age of your guests, be sure there is enough time between the wedding and the lesson for the resting of aching bones, in case there are any.

At the wedding itself, there are many ways to incorporate the location into the ceremony itself. At a beachside reception, you can play « pass the shell », where a large shell is passed around and guests « listen » for some advice from the other world. Once they get a piece of advice (really something they think of themselves) they share it with the bride and groom, either verbally, or it can be written into a book for the couple.

Other pre-wedding activities can include guided tours, shopping excursions and wine tasting activities (if applicable). If you choose to include any of these activities keep in mind that the bride and groom (or their families) are expected to pay for the bulk of them. If you arrange a sailing excursion, for example, you are expected to pick up the tab for the trip. Do not tell people ahead of time that the activity will be x dollars. It’s likely that won’t sit well with them.

Since one of the great benefits of the destination wedding is that only your closest friends and family will likely surround you, you can plan some meaningful activities that you wouldn’t plan if the wedding were a larger event. For example, you might plan a slumber party night with close friends that includes movies, popcorn and drinks in your hotel room, villa or cottage, depending on where the wedding is held.

Of course, if you plan a destination wedding, for some people this might double as their vacation. In that event, you might not want to schedule too many activities but instead let people find their own activities and entertainment both before and after the wedding.


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Dance Floor Activities

Dancing is an essential component at most wedding receptions. We look forward to the couple’s « first dance » and the bride’s special dance with her father. It’s also a place to get loose and funky, if you’re a guest or a member of the wedding party.

But what if the wedding planners decided to add some fun and surprise to the dance floor by adding fun activities there? This doesn’t mean a rousing version of the « Bunny Hop », which, while maybe essential, is hardly unique.

There are, however, many fun games and activities you can add to your dance floor activities that are sure to be a hit.

Try a fun game of the « chicken dance ». Ok, so that doesn’t sound too original. But if most of your guests are just sitting at their tables, watching a few brave couples dancing, or just finishing their meals, you might want to get everyone up and having fun. Try this game.

The DJ announces a number. Everyone looks under his or her chair, where there is a number. Depending on the number of guests at the wedding, there might be only numbers « 1″ and « 2″ or more, up to 5.

So, say the DJ announces number « 4″. Each person checks under their chair to see what their number is. These numbers can be written simply on a piece of masking tape and affixed to the underside of the chairs when the reception is being set up. Each « 4″ in this scenario will head to the dance floor to do the chicken dance with the other « 4s ». Not only does this get people out of their chairs and on to the dance floor, they get to know other wedding reception guests they might not otherwise know.

One dance floor activity that’s gaining popularity is to bring in a dance teacher for the wedding reception. As a kind of pre-dance activity, the teacher will quickly walk people through their paces on the dance floor, perhaps teaching a bit of the waltz or, for something completely different, a little bit of the tango, before the music officially begins and dancing commences.

Having a dance teacher do a bit of teaching not only livens up the reception right from the start, but it gets people out on the dance floor who might otherwise be too self-conscious normally to get out there and let it all hang out. And practically speaking, it will likely make the wedding guests feel more confident in their skills before the « official » dancing begins.

Another fun activity to get everyone on the dance floor, including even the most reticent, is something you can refer to as the « snowball » dance. This is a good way to jumpstart the dancing at the beginning of the evening.

Here’s how the « snowball » dance works. The wedding party, bride and groom included, will head to the dance floor for a fun dance. The music for this dance should be fast, something with a disco beat or a fast song that most people have at least a passing familiarity with. After a bit of wedding party dancing, the music stops. The female members of the wedding party move into the crowd and bring back one male each. The male members of the wedding party do the same, but they bring in female guests. The dancing then begins again. This is repeated until all the guests are dancing. It’s truly a snowball effect!


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Colorless wedding videography

Who says beauty is absent in the absence of hues and colors? In black-and-white creation—especially in wedding videography—this is no longer the case to most people who tie the knot these days.

Despite the boom of color in visual arts such as photography and videography in advertising and in almost all forms of media, many videographers are enthusiasts are shifting back to black and white because there is another facet of beauty in subjects when they are in grayscale.

Finding beauty in grayscale

In the beginning, everything was black-and-white. Before color videography that invaded national telecasts, black-and-white videography has dominated mainstream media. Being the more convenient to use and produces better results compared early on in video processing, b&w was safer to use. But with the resurgence of color videography —with the help of modern technology—more and more people craved for colored videos, making the videographers in events such as weddings shoot almost everything in color.

B&W kept plummeting with the presence of manufacturers who offered better color processing at lower prices. As a result, less and less B&W options were available in the market, making it more expensive and hard to find.

In reality, black-and-white (b&w) videography didn’t lose its glory despite the dominance of colors in this field. This is because its foundation leads back to great symbolic values in people’s culture like birth, wedding, death and other solemn events where the basic white and black are present. And in between, unlimited shades of gray continue to define the other realities.

Over the years, the certain abstract quality of b&w prints never fades to appeal to the senses of imagination and intellectual standpoint. The absence of hues and other shades of color let people unlock the mystery and appreciate the innate beauty in an ordinary scene. Its “simplicity” also forces the audience to see things in a different light and urges them to concentrate on other aspects of the photo like composition, lighting, and the like.

Breathing new life

These days, wedding events breathe new life to B&W because more and more couples want « drama
in their wedding coverage. Most amateur videographers are being lured to colored works because of its almost limitless possibilities. But as they become seasoned videographers, they go back to black-and-white shoots because of their beauty and mystery.

Being part of the power of videography, a new life has been breathed into B&W today. Back in print advertising, as well in movies and other documentaries, B&W continues reinvent itself because it can now be manipulated digitally. In fact, more and more Internet sites create series designed to introduce the new generation of videographers as well as photographers to the possibilities of B&W outputs. These sites tell how great B&W videography is especially in weddings as it reintroduces the photographers to the concepts of shadow, highlights detail, film, image contrast, exposure, and tonal range.

If you are into wedding videography whether as a business or a hobby, there are some things that you can use in shooting in black & white:

- Make sure that you will check about the chronology of the wedding. By doing this, you can decide what to shoot in b&w that would emphasize the beauty of the subject.

- Start learning how to convert color into gray tones because it can be more convenient and less expensive.

- Do test runs because you can examine your contrast and key skills by balancing major shade components before the actual videography coverage.

Choosing Your Wedding Gown

The wedding ring is ready as well as the other things
needed in the ceremony. But how about your wedding gown?
Still haven’t made up your mind on what design you want?
Don’t fret because we’re here to help you with this

Choosing a wedding gown is not an easy task for brides like
you. After all, you are the last to walk during the bridal
march and all eyes will be on you. So there’s the pressure
for you to shine. After all, this is something that doesn’t
happen to you everyday.

There are different places where you can get a wedding
gown. If you’re on a really tight budget, you can rent from
bridal shops and you can select among their collection. The
good thing about this is that it saves a lot of time
compared to having one made for you.

Another option is of course to have one specially made for
you. Most brides choose this option because, again, a
wedding is one special occasion where they need to shine.
By having a gown customized for you means that it will fit
you well and that you’ll have something that truly speaks
of your sense of style.

Regardless of where you will get your gown, it would be
good to do some research too. Look into wedding magazines
since they usually showcase different wedding gown designs.
These magazines can give you ideas on designs that will
perfectly fit you.

Choosing wedding attendants

When you are planning a wedding, one of the things
that you want to figure out is who you will want for
your attendants. If you have a lot of friends, it can
be difficult to figure out who you want to choose to
be in your wedding party. Here are some suggestions
for when you are selecting groomsmen or bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids -

One of the first things that should be taken into
consideration when you are choosing bridesmaids is
whether you or your fiance’ have a sister. If your
husband to be has a sister, it’s always a nice gesture
to ask her to be in the wedding party. Once you have
included your sister or your husband’s sister, then go
to your friends.

Groomsmen -

Just with bridesmaids, it’s a good idea to include
brothers of your bride to be when selecting your
ushers or groomsmen. Then you can choose which of your
friends to be in your bridal party.

Best man/Maid of Honor -

This honor is usually saved for a sister or brother,
or a best friend if those getting married are only

It can be difficult to try and figure out who it is
that you want to be in your wedding, especially if you
have a large group of friends.

If you don’t want to have a large wedding party, there
are other things that you an include your friends in
so that they are a part of your special day. So don’t
be concerned if you want to have a small wedding party
- there are always ways to help in a wedding.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

You have gotten engaged, set a wedding date, and now
you need to find a photographer. After all, you want
to have a wedding album to look at years from now and
remember your special day. So how can you find the
photographer that will be right for you and do a good
job? Well, here are some tips on how to find the right
wedding photographer.

Talk to friends and relatives -

The best way to find someone is to talk to people who
have recently gotten married and have had pictures
done. Find out who they used and whether they were

Talk to the photographer -

Once you have found a few photographers, go and talk
to them to find out what their rates are. Find out
what kinds of things that they offer and, of course,
if they are available on your wedding date. If you
haven’t been referred to them by someone, you might
want to ask to see samples of their work and

Wedding pictures are a big part of your day, and
there’s no second chance to get them done if they
don’t turn out right the first time so it’s important
to know that you are choosing the right person for the

If you don’t have a lot of money but you would like a
video of your wedding, you can always ask a friend to
do one for you as a wedding gift. After all, you won’t
be able to be everywhere at once and you want to be
sure that you can see your guests having fun.