The summer months are filled with a whirlwind of bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings. If you are engaged, than hopefully you have been paying close attention to the rising cost of weddings. According to recent surveys conducted by the Wedding Channel and TheKnot.com, the average cost of an American wedding in 2011 came in at upwards of $27,000. It is rapidly approaching the height of wedding season and as you gather decoration ideas at all of the weddings you attend, make sure that you are also thinking about how to cut costs at your own celebration.
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Guy Pearce Inspects Nick Cave's Necktie, Who Ignored the Black Tie Dress Code
We’ve been not-so-silently (or patiently) anticipating the bow tie’s triumphant return since it first faded beneath the long tie’s spotlight. Many people told us that we’d have some time to wait, arguing that there was much more potential in the long tie than even the most cleverly stylish gentleman could find tucked away in the dapper folds of his bow tie, and for a while they seemed right. Though fashion tends to exist in short bursts of trendiness, the long tie proved itself to have impressive longevity and we were relegated to the bow tie’s sidelines.
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It turns out you don’t have to wait until you find your soul mate to receive a proposal. High school seniors across the country have been getting creative by asking each other to prom through exciting promposals. You didn’t think you were going to get away with just going up to her during lunch and asking her did you? No way! Making sure that you go to prom with your crush is even more complicated than selecting the perfect prom suit or prom dress, some serious planning is involved.
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Ah, prom. One of the defining points of any young man’s high school life, it can also be one of the biggest hits he takes to his growing bank account. Between tickets and transportation, parties and flowers, and tuxes and photo shoots, the average guy is looking to spend over $500 on making something special out of his prom night. Yikes! Though we can’t quite help you with all of that (we’re still mastering the fine art of not splurging on our own parties) we can offer up some solid advice on how to knock your wardrobe bill down a few digits. (more…)
This Year's Oscar
For decades now, culture and class have collided and clashed at the Oscars, much to the fashion-conscious world’s delight. But as much as the motion picture industries would like to believe that this event is carried by its representation of the finest in film accomplishments, you know as well as we do that the event’s most captive audience isn’t so much the moviegoers as it is those of us who watch with a keen eye for style of both fabulous and faux-pas varieties. (more…)
It seems like just yesterday that we were off on summer vacation, basking in the warmth of the ever-present sun and enjoying the lazier days of the season, but now the holidays are now upon us, and you’d better believe that they’re making relentless demands on our time, money, patience, and ability to withstand colder temperatures. (more…)
This is a continuation from our Part 1 post:
Tip #6 If your cousin is a video buff we can assume he knows how to compose a shot but if not here’s a guide. First he needs to look for the shot. Good shot composition uses the ‘Rule of Thirds.’ Think of the screen divided into a tic-tac-toe pattern. When framing a person the eyes should be on the top line and the center of their head on the left or the right line not dead center. A properly balanced shot will look professional. (more…)
The Enthusiastic Amateur
So you decide to have your cousin video tape the wedding with his camcorder, the first thing to remember is that he’s family and you must vow to forgive him. However there are a few tips to help make his efforts a success.
Tip #1 Insist he use a tripod especially during the ceremony. Shaky shots make video unwatchable and weddings shot by a single camera are inherently a series of real-time lingering shots. Even if his camcorder has a built-in image stabilization it can only compensate for so much motion. A good tripod is almost more important than the camera. A fluid head will make his pans smooth instead of jerky. Be sure ask about it. Offer to rent one if he doesn’t own one. Curiously, one place to get one super cheap is a local cable community access channel. Our town will loan you a good tripod for any event if you’re willing to give them the finished product as a program. You get a free fluid head tripod and a way to let all your friends get a copy of your wedding. (more…)
You’ve thought of every detail to make your wedding perfect then realize you need to have video. There are a number of ways to do this. One is hiring a professional. Another is to do it yourself meaning asking a friend or relative. If you decide to go the professional route you can begin by asking your photographer for a recommendation. They’ve probably worked with everyone in your area really know who’s good. Other option is to look at video companies and their website samples. They will have professional editing and affects which can make your video a memorable Hollywood style movie.
Using The Professional
The main quality you want to look for is a good documentarian. Having a videographer that is flexible and willing to be there while the bride is getting ready and having her pre-wedding photos taken at the house can be wonderful moments to capture on tape. Think of everything you’d like to see and make a list of events for the videographer. (more…)
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Guest Post by Kevin Sinnott
Starting out in married life has enough challenges without having to drink bad coffee in the mornings. The days of stopping off at four-bucks before work may be over too especially if long term goals include saving for a house. Then don’t forget that one of life’s greatest pleasures is lingering over a cup of coffee at your own breakfast table with the love of your life. So perhaps the most important item when registering is finding the perfect coffeemaker. (more…)