Fizara DIY Wedding Albums & Canvas Prints http://fizara.com Design-It-Yourself Wedding Albums, Photo Books and Canvas Prints Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Photography Life Hacks You Can Easily Make http://fizara.com/7-photography-life-hacks-you-can-easily-make/ http://fizara.com/7-photography-life-hacks-you-can-easily-make/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:47 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10086 What can you do with a piece of leftover tile from your bathroom redo or that souvenir beer cozy from the baseball game? Up your photography game, that’s what. We’re always looking for new and fun ways to expand our photography skills and add to our bag of tricks. By constantly pushing yourself creatively, you […]

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What can you do with a piece of leftover tile from your bathroom redo or that souvenir beer cozy from the baseball game? Up your photography game, that’s what. We’re always looking for new and fun ways to expand our photography skills and add to our bag of tricks. By constantly pushing yourself creatively, you can broaden your skills and knowledge, and inspire new projects at the same time. The pros over at COOPH – The Cooperative of Photography – have a great video with an awesome round up of 7 photography life hacks you can easily make. We’ve seen a ton of DIY photography projects but some of them call for tons of equipment and build instructions, which can actually end up costing you more time and resources. These projects actually get you out of your workspace, and behind your lens, quickly and inexpensively. The video, 7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Items, has some simple and logical hacks that will have you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Get a fun pro ring light effect for a mere fraction of the actual ring light cost with an inexpensive tube light and a few minutes of dissection.

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That beer cozy is a cheap and really effective camera lens case. All that luxurious padding that kept your beer perfectly chilled, actually doubles as a snug, shatter-proof lens sleeping bag. And bonus: you don’t even need to change anything about the cozy to prepare it for it’s double duty.

And that leftover bathroom tile makes an awesome reflective surface for your product photography. Just light your product from above for sharp details, deep, dramatic shadows, and a modern, seamless backdrop.

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The Cooperative of Photography is an online magazine that features a broad range of style and expression, promoting the unique and individual artist and their body of work. From their site: COOPH is about recognizing and promoting outstanding visions from within the community and endeavor to support photographers in breaking creative boundaries. Check out the online magazine, and their YouTube page for more great photography videos.

What did you guys think of the video? Will you be trying any of these DIY’s?

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To Tip or Not to Tip: A Guide to Wedding Gratuities http://fizara.com/to-tip-or-not-to-tip-a-guide-to-wedding-gratuities/ http://fizara.com/to-tip-or-not-to-tip-a-guide-to-wedding-gratuities/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9855 Wedding planning is no joke. If you’ve ever planned one, or are just embarking on this journey, you’ve probably already found that  the process can be taxing. Timelines, budgeting, and etiquette galore, can leave you with more questions than you started out with. We’ve collected some resources, and some expert tips for helping you with […]

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Wedding planning is no joke. If you’ve ever planned one, or are just embarking on this journey, you’ve probably already found that  the process can be taxing. Timelines, budgeting, and etiquette galore, can leave you with more questions than you started out with. We’ve collected some resources, and some expert tips for helping you with one of the major wedding planning conundrums: tipping vendors.

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The Real Simple folks have a Guide to Wedding Tipping that gives us a breakdown of vendors and the amounts generally appropriate to tip each and also some great general advice advice about etiquette. For example:

Acknowledge those who’ve gone above and beyond

Real Simple offers the advice of singling out those vendors who have gone the extra mile to give your personal day a personal touch.

Beyond the customary tips, when someone goes out of his way for you―the baker makes those last-minute tiny changes you requested for the cake; the deejay digs up that old Caruso recording that will make your nonna misty-eyed―consider thanking them with a gift certificate (“Not more than $50 or $100,” suggests Fields), a bottle of wine, or another tangible token. If you’ve sat with your wedding planner hour after hour and she’s knocked herself out to pull it all off flawlessly, you might want to add a personal thank-you note and small gift to her customary tip. If you’ve used her more sparingly, a nice personal gift alone should suffice.

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Assign someone to hand out the tips

The post also offers a great tip in delegating someone to be in charge of all gratuities at the end of the night. Prepare all of your tips ahead of time in labeled envelopes and ask a best man or one of the parents to hand them out throughout the wedding day and night.

Assign someone you can rely on―one of the fathers, the best man, your super-organized maid of honor―to hand out envelopes with the non-contract tips in cash, either at the time of service (hair and makeup people), at the end of the wedding (which allows you to adjust the size of the tips to reflect the service), or at the beginning. “If you hand out your gratuity envelopes before your wedding, the vendors will be more likely to go above and beyond for you on your special day,” says David Tutera, an event planner.

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A personal “thank you”

If you want to wrap your gratuity up in a personalized bow, consider a handwritten thank you card. The gesture is personal and goes a long way in expressing your heartfelt thanks to those who made the most important day of your life perfect. Check out this post from Inside Weddings here.

The post also goes into great detail about the vendors you absolutely should tip, as well as those who you can use your own judgement about. For example, these are vendors that absolutely should be tipped, and why:

Banquet Captain — Oversees the servers and makes sure your guest’s food and beverage wishes are met. Often acts as the head maitre d’ for the reception and works closely with wedding coordinator. Tip: $1 – $5 per guest.

Hair and Makeup Artists — Assists with all the beauty needs of your bridal party, keeps flow of group while everyone is getting ready. Tip: 10% -15% of the total fee, whether you go to the salon or they come to you.

Bellman — Assists with loading wedding items, i.e. gifts, flowers at the end of the night, luggage, etc. to your hotel room or car. Tip: $10 – $20 each.

Check out the whole Inside Weddings article and see a detailed list of other vendors with examples of gratuity amounts for each.

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Don’t forget the officiant

In organizing the gratuities, don’t forget about the officiant. Martha herself advises us to consider making a donation to the church, synagogue or temple where the ceremony is performed. If the officiant is a civil employee, such as a judge, skip the tip altogether but consider sending a thank you card.

A typical amount is $75 to $100, separate from any fee you may be charged for the officiant’s time. If you belong to a church, your own minister or priest may perform the wedding at no charge. In this case, you could make a donation to the church, and as an extra thank-you, consider sending something personal, such as a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.

You can’t go wrong with Martha Stewart etiquette so take a look at the post, here, for a breakdown of all of the wedding categories you’re wondering about.

Here’s to happy wedding planning!

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A Little Wedding Inspiration to Start Your Week http://fizara.com/a-little-wedding-inspiration-to-start-your-week/ http://fizara.com/a-little-wedding-inspiration-to-start-your-week/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:33 +0000 https://fizara.com/?p=9799 The weekend flew by and Monday is already here. You could probably use a little wedding inspiration to start your week. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite wedding inspo from around the web to inspire you, or perhaps, just serve as a lunch break buddy.  Don’t we all benefit from pretty pictures? We love […]

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The weekend flew by and Monday is already here. You could probably use a little wedding inspiration to start your week. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite wedding inspo from around the web to inspire you, or perhaps, just serve as a lunch break buddy.  Don’t we all benefit from pretty pictures?

We love this modern, colorful wedding held at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art featured on Green Wedding Shoes. Head over for geometric shapes, big patterns, and great gold and neon details. The bride found inspiration in the Kate Spade brand: bold, fun, and modern.

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This soft and beautiful wedding features sweeping lines, a flirty floral design, and a sweet simplicity of watercolor paintings. This wedding, featured on Ruffled Blog, is as beautiful as it sounds. If you’re looking into a floral motif, look no further. All of your inspiration is here.

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Wedding Chicks featured this awesome wedding and titled it “Groovy Comic Book Wedding” which we find so appropriate. It had bright blues and teals, vintage elements like this gorgeous brooch bouquet, bold peacock feathers, and, of course, a nod to classic comics with custom cufflinks made from comic book pages, to come together in a classy wedding we like to think of as “geek chic.”

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This creative wedding portrays the couple’s unique love story. The bride shares her wedding images and story on Ruffled Blog telling readers about the long-distance love that happened, by chance, on safari in South Africa, “Defying Africa’s slow internet, regular power outages, and rural work assignments, we spent the next 2 years living and working on separate continents (me: Africa, him: Australia), but meeting in faraway places all around the world and growing our relationship. Mark proposed just after we moved to Texas in mid-2014 to finally be together, and we quickly decided we’d like to host an intimate, colorful, and loving wedding in the beautiful Hill Country outside of Austin. We wanted our small wedding to reflect our deep happiness and adventurous love story, and to be a vibrant celebration of our dearest friends and family.

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We love beautiful, real weddings, with candid moments, painstaking attention to details, and raw, unfiltered emotion. But we also love stumbling upon beautiful wedding shoots designed and shot as inspiration for brides. This classic and clean wedding shoot, featured on Bridal Musings, is bright, white and simple. The setting is bare, rustic, and incredibly chic.

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This small wedding was held in a backyard and then followed by a celebration at a local brewery. We love the mix of formal and casual with the bride’s beautiful blush-colored dress, alongside tree-hung pinatas and hanging plants at the reception. See the whole wedding on A Practical Wedding.

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We’re really loving the floral motifs these days. Maybe it’s the changing weather and being way too excited for spring blossoms. This is another inspiration, or styled, shoot – featured on Love and Lavender. The photographer, Adriane White, shares that the shoot was a collaboration of several different artists and artisans, adding everything from the setting, to the make up, to the desserts on the sweets table.

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This coastal wedding shoot is anything but nautical. It’s earthy, rustic, and totally romantic. The tables featured have an organic and family-style feel to them – perfect for an intimate gathering of your closest family and friends.

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Check out this oh-so-romantic sweetheart table. We can’t even get over all these flowers. Even in an indoor reception, you can easily get lost in your own secret garden amongst bouquets like these. See the shoot on

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7 Stunning Inspirations for a Spring Wedding http://fizara.com/spring-wedding/ http://fizara.com/spring-wedding/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:39:05 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9756 Spring has officially sprung, and that means we’re brimming over with inspiration for upcoming nuptials. Along with the birdsongs, blooming flowers and the appearance of long-awaited colors in our wardrobes, spring also brings a whole new set of themes and options for weddings. Here’s a collection of our absolute favorites… Take it Outside Photo credit: Maple […]

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Spring has officially sprung, and that means we’re brimming over with inspiration for upcoming nuptials. Along with the birdsongs, blooming flowers and the appearance of long-awaited colors in our wardrobes, spring also brings a whole new set of themes and options for weddings. Here’s a collection of our absolute favorites…

Take it Outside

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Following a rough winter of freezing temperatures and cozying up to fires and loved ones, spring finally brings weather that makes us brave enough to venture outside, so why not do just that? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the newly sunny weather than with a pledge to love your one and only forever, right in the middle of nature. Step outside with your ceremony and enjoy the beginning of new life all around!

Say “I Do” In the Rain

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Of course, we’re no strangers to spring and its moods. We’ve all heard the “April showers” bit, but impending rain doesn’t have to doom your big event. From color schemed rain boots to umbrellas for all the guests and waterproof lenses for your photographer, it’s pretty easy to make the best of the wet weather as it comes around in spring. Sometimes it can actually be more fun that way!

Play Springtime Games

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Speaking of fun, expanding into the fields of nature has another perk for hosting weddings. If you’re not the type to spend the whole night dancing or don’t want the formality of all having dinner together, spring makes it easy to occupy your guests with a wide variety of outdoor games. Stick with the classics, like croquet, bocce ball, a ring toss or horseshoes, or mix it up with some new trends like giant yard Jenga, vegetable bowling or putt putt. If you’re the creative type, you can even make up your own lawn games for guests to enjoy!

Use Bright Colors

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One of our favorite parts of spring is the re-appearance of bright colors that not only perk up our outfits but also serve to significantly lighten the mood.

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If you’re headed for a spring wedding, don’t be afraid to get a little sassy with bright colors like this year’s Pantone pallet, including Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Strawberry Ice and many more. Springtime offers some of the most gorgeous, vivid color schemes for wedding the one you love, so take advantage!

Embrace Pastel

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If you’re not into bright, loud shades of pink, blue, purple, yellow and any other color on the wheel, try on some pastel for size. Pastel colors go hand in hand with the rites of spring, from the green of fresh grass to the fuzzy yellow of newborn baby chicks. Just because you don’t want your color to literally pop doesn’t mean you have to go dull. Think Easter colors, and imagine how amazing they’d look on your feet, as programs, clothing your groomsmen or for whatever other purpose you can imagine. From our experience, you can’t go wrong with pastel in a spring wedding.

Go Floral

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We mentioned we love the colors of spring, and it’s important not to forget the most gorgeous source of all those colors in the outside space we call nature. Flowers are finally in full bloom, in every color of the rainbow, in every style we can imagine. Scenery like that makes it difficult to feel anything less than elated, and this spring, floral print gowns are bringing that feeling to weddings, which we find appropriate.

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Your marriage to your best friend is absolutely a happy occasion, and you’ve already arranged for plenty of blooms around the reception. Why not surround yourself with flowers for the entire event? Floral bridesmaid prints offer another layer of spring theme to your already beautiful wedding, and if you go with light, flowing dresses like these, your ladies and their legs will be sure to thank you for the fresh air.

Freshen Up Your Menu

7 Stunning Inspirations for A Spring Wedding Photo credit: Shiran Mizrahi, Pretty. Simple. Sweet

We can’t talk spring celebrations without acknowledging that fruit, fizzy drinks and colorful cakes are finally back on the wedding menu. Fresh from a season featuring heavy, warming foods and mulled ciders, spring hosts light fares like fruit kabobs, flavored cheesecakes, healthy tarts, and many other food options that will give your guests energy to play your numerous lawn games. Pair the spring weather with similarly colored foods like fresh vegetables, pink and yellow cupcakes and anything else your heart desires. After all, it is your heart’s day.

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While you’re at it, mix up a little something to wash all those treats down that won’t sit too heavy on the tummies of your ever-active guests. Spring is perfect for sparkling cocktails and fruit-laden spritzers, and we there aren’t many fruity drinks that aren’t delicious. Help your guests relax and stay hydrated so they’ll stay happy they’re sharing your day.

With these tools in your wedding arsenal, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to planning the perfect spring bash for lovers. If you want, throw a literal hop in the mix and lay out some hopscotch lines. Or don’t. It’s all up to you!

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Peek Inside a Perfect Fizara Album http://fizara.com/peek-inside-a-perfect-fizara-album/ http://fizara.com/peek-inside-a-perfect-fizara-album/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:08 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9728 If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve probably noticed we love to blog about all things wedding, family, and photography-related. We love celebrating – and helping people celebrate – all of life’s biggest moments through beautiful album designs. We like to sprinkle tips and info to help you create your perfect album into […]

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If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve probably noticed we love to blog about all things wedding, family, and photography-related. We love celebrating – and helping people celebrate – all of life’s biggest moments through beautiful album designs. We like to sprinkle tips and info to help you create your perfect album into our blog. You don’t have to be a designer to design a beautiful custom album. With some expert tips and the right resources, you can do it all on your own. It doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. If you’re a visual person, like most of us here at Fizara, it can be helpful to see the actual finished product. Today, we’ll take a peek inside a perfect Fizara album. Hopefully it will give you ideas, inspiration, and a little motivation to get started on preserving, displaying, and sharing your own memories. This is a page-by-page example from clients, Julie and Ketan. They chose a flush mount album with an acrylic cover, wrapped in beautiful black leather. They did such a great job designing their album, we share it as an example on the blog. Their album tells a story, and makes it easy for them to relive the day from start to end, and share it with their loved ones. We’ve included some of our top tips with examples from this album so that by the end of the post, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own!

All of the stunning images are by Greycard Photography.

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To best arrange your photo album into a visual story, think of the day in terms of chapters. You wouldn’t begin a story with its ending. Organize your photos in chronological order from the beginning. Create folders for each major event of the day. You can see the next 2 spreads (both pages side by side) are of the bride getting ready as well as detail shots of her clothing and jewelry.

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These images transition to the beautiful images of their ceremony. The venue and detail shots on the left page and a stunning single shot on the right.

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Here, the bride and groom get ready for their reception by changing into different attire. They’ve included a great shot from the reception venue, which separates these images from the wedding ceremony images above.

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Don’t get overwhelmed by the multitude of images; you may have hundred from your wedding. Look at one group of photographs at a time. Include photos that capture the details of your venue, décor, and attire to help set the scene for a more complete story about your event. Choose pictures that fit with other pictures.

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When it comes to designing a great event photo album or wedding photo album, less is more! As a guide, allot an average of two to three photos per page. You could have some pages with four or more images, while other pages might only have one really great wedding photo.

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This layout looks great because A.) there is a nice mix with one wide shot of the groomsmen taking up the left page and B.) The spread makes sense chronologically as all 3 reception shots are from the same time of day.

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Was this helpful? See some more great samples from real customers here.

 

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7 Ultra-Unique Wedding Venue Ideas http://fizara.com/7-ultra-unique-wedding-venue-ideas/ http://fizara.com/7-ultra-unique-wedding-venue-ideas/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:32:29 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9700 Chapels aren’t the only places for weddings anymore. More and more couples are looking at each aspect of their nuptials as a unique expression of their personalities. Never before has wedding planning been so fun! Here are 7 ultra-unique wedding venue ideas. At the zoo Have you ever dreamed of getting married on in the […]

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Chapels aren’t the only places for weddings anymore. More and more couples are looking at each aspect of their nuptials as a unique expression of their personalities. Never before has wedding planning been so fun! Here are 7 ultra-unique wedding venue ideas.

At the zoo

Have you ever dreamed of getting married on in the African plains but the idea isn’t quite jiving with the budget (or the in laws), consider getting married at the zoo! Many zoos now offer private and corporate events, some including catering and decor options. Each zoo has sets their own rules about what attractions are open for ceremonies and receptions. The San Diego Zoo, for example, offers their guests rental space with a few extra guests. From their website: Imagine saying ‘I do’ overlooking a vast savanna while herds of rhinos, giraffes, and gazelles roam in the distance. Or perhaps you have envisioned a lush tropical setting on the edge of a lagoon filled with rare birds and incredible plant life. And if elephants are more your style, we can do that, too!

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In a national park

We can’t think of a much more beautiful place to get married than in the middle of beautiful preserved wilderness. Many national parks don’t allow weddings at all, but there are a few that do and they’re totally worth the trek. Glacier National Park is one of these. There are several sites within the park to have an intimate gathering and pets are even allowed (on leash). One of these sites is a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater offering your guests a front row seat to Mother Nature’s finest. Glacier National Park offers a Flickr album to those interested. See it here.

In a castle

Live out your childhood fantasy and get married like a princess – in her castle. Sprawling landscapes, grand ballrooms, and picturesque settings can all actually be yours. These days, you don’t need to be Tom Cruise to get hitched in a castle, however many are pretty pricey. But how can you put a price on love, right? Forbes put together a list of Mansions and Castles You Can Get Married In. You might be surprised to learn you don’t’ have to go quite as far as you think to live in the lap of luxury. One of the listed is Oheka Castle and Estate in Huntington New York.

In mid air

Hot air balloon enthusiasts unite! Or the will anyway, at the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dubbed, “The world’s premier balloon event,” hundred of hot air balloons take to the sky to create the most beautiful, colorful horizon. According to the festival website, From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Our signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States. Imagine getting married right in the middle of this event! Apparently there are hot air balloon baskets large enough to hold a small sampling of your nearest and dearest for a celebration in the sky.

At a stadium

Are you guys huge sports fans? Or has your wedding list grown enough to fill a stadium with third cousins and ex coworkers? Either way, check all the boxes by having your ceremony in a stadium. The only real issue is whose team you’ll represent. If you can successfully navigate this one, happily ever after should be a piece of cake. Get some more info here.

Under the stars

Dreaming of an outdoor wedding but live somewhere with uncooperative weather? Dance under stars without having to rent an emergency tent by having your wedding at a planetarium. Adler Planetarium in Chicago offers several options and amenities, as well as a beautiful Chicago skyline for those still wanting an outdoor view. Give your guests a starry sky complete with bright constellations or swirling ceiling designs. Those comfy reclining chairs are a bonus.

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At a theme park

Life is a wild ride. So is marriage. Embrace this concept, and your inner child, and rent out a theme park for the big day. Get married with Minnie and Mickey by your side, and then be whisked away in your own horse drawn pumpkin with a Disney World wedding. The theme park offers packages and tons of options for those kids at heart. Your guests will love you. Just don’t expect to see too much of them. The experts over at The Knot have some more info on this fun option.

Are you considering a nontraditional wedding?

 

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6 Standout Free Fonts for Your Next Photo Album Project http://fizara.com/photo-album-free-fonts/ http://fizara.com/photo-album-free-fonts/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:45:38 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9703 Finding the perfect font to use in your photo album can make a world of difference. You want to use a font that complements the overall feel and theme of the album, a font that helps the photos illustrate a particular story without distracting attention away from the main event—your photos! Fortunately, the Fizara Album […]

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Finding the perfect font to use in your photo album can make a world of difference. You want to use a font that complements the overall feel and theme of the album, a font that helps the photos illustrate a particular story without distracting attention away from the main event—your photos!

Fortunately, the Fizara Album Designer makes it easy to use your favorite fonts. Every time you start the album design software, it automatically locates your existing font collection. This provides you the ability to access your fonts quickly and easily using the drop down menu in Fizara’s text editor. You can see in the screenshot below, the drop down font menu also gives you a preview of what each font looks like.

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If you don’t already have a font you want to use for your album, you can browse through websites like DaFont.com and 1001freefonts.com, to discover thousands of fonts you can download for free—just be careful not lose track of time while you’re font hunting, the process can be addicting! To make things a little easier for you, here’s a handful of free font suggestions that work great in photo albums:

Respective & Allura

Cursive and script type fonts are perennial favorites for wedding album designers. Some of these fonts truly are the perfect fit, but use a discerning eye when trying to decide which is best. Be sure to pick one out that’s easily legible and will stand the test of time. Respective is totally free and and timelessly classic.

Or, for a more handwritten feel, Allura is touch less formal, but still has a bit of romance to it.

6 Standout Free Fonts for Your Next Photo Album Project

Happy Fox & A Day Without Sun

This delightful font is as versatile as it is adorable and you can download it for free directly from the creator’s blog. It’s perfect for quirky, upbeat, and trendy albums, such as a photo album of all your favorite whimsical snapshots. Happy Fox is also playful enough to use in a photo album of your children or pets.

For a similar feel without all the bulk, you can also scoop up A Day Without Sun.

6 Standout Free Fonts for Your Next Photo Album Project

Penna & Nordica

If you’re looking for something a little more sleek and modern, you have tons of options to pick from. Penna is an award winning font that might be what you’re looking for. Penna is available for free download, here. It features a mixture of clean lines and smooth curves for a polished look.

Nordica is another quality font choice that’s suitable for many general uses, including the occasional pairing with a more eccentric font.

6 Standout Free Fonts for Your Next Photo Album Project

Installing New Fonts

Lastly, we pointed out earlier, Fizara automatically uses the fonts installed on your computer, but if you install a new font while Fizara was open and running in the background, you’ll need to save the progress you’ve made on your project, then shut down and restart the album designer in order to be able to access the new font in the album designer.

Start your search for the perfect font and then download the Fizara Album Designer here to put it to use in your next project!

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Jana Williams Shares Her Tips for Dressing for Your Engagement Session http://fizara.com/jana-williams-shares-her-tips-for-dressing-for-your-engagement-session/ http://fizara.com/jana-williams-shares-her-tips-for-dressing-for-your-engagement-session/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9691 If you’ve worked in the industry or just dabbled around on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen Jana Williams‘ work. Jana is an extremely talented wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. She’s worked with some heavy hitters like Victoria’s Secret and Todashi Shoji, but its her love of weddings that keeps her in the business. […]

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If you’ve worked in the industry or just dabbled around on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen Jana Williams‘ work. Jana is an extremely talented wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. She’s worked with some heavy hitters like Victoria’s Secret and Todashi Shoji, but its her love of weddings that keeps her in the business. Jana shares a series of videos on her YouTube channel sharing all kinds of tips for photographers. I especially like this video, though. Jana Williams shares her tips for dressing for your engagement session with her wedding client, Devon Rachel. Devon is a style blogger. Find her here. This is a super short video that covers things like keeping your clothes classic and not super trendy, as your clothes looking classic will keep your photos looking timeless.

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Here’s the video.

This can get you thinking about your own engagement shoot and it can also help you as a photographer in directing your own clients on what to wear to theirs. Was this helpful?

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6 Wedding Themes We Love http://fizara.com/6-wedding-themes-we-love/ http://fizara.com/6-wedding-themes-we-love/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9657 Weddings don’t have to be all about the white dress, 3-tier wedding cake, and robust floral centerpieces. They can be full of life and personality, reflecting the unique traits that make you, you. Inject a little personality into your big day with a fun themed wedding. Are you still as obsessed with The Notebook as […]

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Weddings don’t have to be all about the white dress, 3-tier wedding cake, and robust floral centerpieces. They can be full of life and personality, reflecting the unique traits that make you, you. Inject a little personality into your big day with a fun themed wedding. Are you still as obsessed with The Notebook as the first time you saw it? Consider a vintage theme to reflect your favorite Ryan Gosling movie by wearing a vintage dress, birdcage veil, complete with a seaside splash engagement session. Or did you and your honey meet at a carnival? Rent a red and white striped circus tent and a popcorn machine and bring the carnival to you. Have a truly personal event by incorporating all that is meaningful to you and your partner into your wedding day. Whether you have small details or giant gestures, why not have a little fun with your wedding? Theme weddings can be as calm or as kitschy as you want: go as big as theme superhero costumes for your entire bridal party, or as tame as an action figure boutonniere. Here are 6 wedding themes we love.

1. Superhero theme

Love conquers all. Show the world how amazing your love is with a superhero themed wedding. Or, maybe just how geeky you two really are. We love these superhero boutonnieres made from action figures and the stealth invitations that open to reveal the event details!

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2. Disney’s UP theme

There is hardly a more romantic Disney movie than UP. We’ve seen countless themed weddings of this movie and we love each and every one. The props are easy enough to gather (suitcases, balloons) and that grape soda pin is the cutest boutonniere we’ve seen.

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3. Camping Theme

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom seemed to put wedding-themed engagements and weddings on the map. The theme is fun, young, and well, campy. If you guys love the outdoors, consider a woodsy wedding with wildflower bouquets, s’mores to take home, and maybe even a little hike to your wedding destination. Just make sure to tell your guests beforehand.

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4. Travel-Inspired

You guys love to travel but asking your guests to fly to the French Riviera might not have been the most realistic. Ditch the elopement idea and include your loved ones by bringing the destination home. Consider some cool passport or map-themed invitations and thank you gifts and have your guests sign a globe with well wishes for safe travels to the new couple.

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5. Literary theme

Books have the ability to sweep us away to a different time and place. Perhaps you guys bonded over your love of Jane Austen or your eyes first met over the tops of books across a local coffee shop. Incorporate them into your big day with centerpieces, this amazing book arch, or (for the origami enthusiast) simple bouquets made from pages of well-loved novels.

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6. Carnival theme

Really bring the party home with a carnival or circus theme. A day turned night affair will have your guests munching on hot dogs from your gourmet hot dog stand, dining under a striped circus tent, and thanking your for all of the fun carnival games they haven’t played since childhood. Bonus if you love red and gold as you can embrace these bold theme colors all over the place.

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Would you ever consider a theme wedding?

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8 Reasons You Should Hire a Wedding Planner http://fizara.com/8-reasons-you-should-hire-a-wedding-planner/ http://fizara.com/8-reasons-you-should-hire-a-wedding-planner/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:04:02 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9642 Wedding planners are professionals who help plan and execute all aspects of your wedding.  aren’t just for the uninvolved bride. You can be as hands-on as you want to be and still benefit from so many services wedding planners have to offer. There has definitely been a trend towards all things DIY, but that doesn’t […]

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Wedding planners are professionals who help plan and execute all aspects of your wedding.  aren’t just for the uninvolved bride. You can be as hands-on as you want to be and still benefit from so many services wedding planners have to offer. There has definitely been a trend towards all things DIY, but that doesn’t mean yo ucan’t get a little help from your friends. Wedding planners can help if you have a busy schedule or a million homemade projects you want for the wedding. Wedding planners can help from idea conception, to organization, to preparation, to implementation the day of. We’ve put together a list of 8 reasons you should hire a wedding planner.

1. They will help you stay within your budget

Wedding planners are trained to work within any budget. Many planners take a percentage of the total cost of your wedding. The theory is that a $10,000 wedding has considerably less resources used and less of a time commitment than the $50,000 wedding. Here’s an article from The Nest with more info about how wedding planners are paid.

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2. They will help you stay on time

If you’re running around on the day-of, personally making sure the homemade mini pies are perfectly golden, you’re bound to run into some mini catastrophes that may cut into your time. Let’s face it, we can’t be everywhere all at once. Wedding planners can help you stick to your schedule by making last-minute decisions on your behalf (with your best interest in mind) and delegating tasks to others – and away from you. This can help ensure that everything runs on time; saving you,a nd your guests a headache.

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3. They can get in the way

We mean this in the best way possible. Wedding planners are neutral parties. Their main goal is to get you down the aisle and that can mean refereeing some inter-family planning problems. Planners will hear your wedding questions and dilemmas and offer solutions that may satisfy everyone. At the very least, ideas and possible solutions will be coming from a neutral party so they’ll seem much more objective to everyone.

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4. They can ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch

We mentioned this before, but can’t stress it enough. Wedding planners make sure that your wedding day is perfect. They hire the help, get the venues set up and broken down on time and the way you’d have done it yourself. They work for you. They make your vision their vision and help bring this big day to life.

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5. They come with great ideas

It’s their job to create professional relationships, get to know vendors, and give you inside information. They can help with tips like you can save money by having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. You may have 1000 things pinned to you “wedding” board on Pinterest but no real direction. Planners can help you achieve your wedding scheme dreams but also be realistic about your budget and goals.

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6. They act as a sounding board

Let’s face it, your girlfriends and fiance and family members, and the cashier at Michael’s may get tired of you “vision.” Run your ideas by your planner ad nauseum and they will make sure they understand and can picture it right there with you. They totally get that individually-named and tagged loaves of mini bread at each place setting are your everything.

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7. You can relax

Wedding planners are planners for a reason. They love color coordinated post-its, matching file folders, and pretty paper clips. Besides having someone just as into the perfection of your wedding day as yourself, planners come with great knowledge and great experience. They have trusted relationships with vendors and will be able to tell you who the best ones to work with are. They do the schmoozing so you don’t have to. They can steer you away from the overpriced flower lady and towards the locally-grown greenery of your dreams without losing any precious beauty sleep.

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8. Enjoy the ride

Wedding planners will take the hassle out of worrying who and what to pay for next; how to get in and set up and broken down all on time, and just when to get your sparkler exit ready. Share your dream with them and then put your wedding in their hands and step back. Yes, your wedding day should be perfect, but it won’t be if your a haggard sleep-deprived mess. You probably can pull it off yourself. But consider investing in a little peace of mind. It will go a long way.

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Did you hire a wedding planner for your big day, or are you considering it?

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