3 Wedding Photography Options for Your Big Day

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you are planning your wedding, one of the most important factors you will need to consider is your choice of wedding photographer. The photos at your wedding will be your most emblematic and important reminder of your special day for many years to come. All of the family members and friends that came to see you, the wedding party, the festivities will all be immortalized in your wedding photos. Because these photos are so important, your choice of wedding photographer is extremely important. So, get to know your wedding photographer options and make your selection as soon as possible. Professional Photography Service The option that many people choose for their wedding photography needs is a professional photography service. There are a variety of benefits associated with hiring a professional photography service or company.  First, professional photography services have experience in wedding photography. They have top-of-the-line equipment and additional lighting resources, and they are able to determine easily which pictures and locales will work and which will not. Professional services will also be able to detect minute details that others may not. For example, in posed shots if all the bridesmaids but one have both of their hands on their bouquets, the entire picture can look unorganized and unusable. But professional photography services are trained to pay close attention to such details and correct errors before the photos are taken.  Hire a University Student If you cannot afford the cost of a professional wedding photography service, you may want to consider a close second. University students who are studying art and photography can make for excellent wedding photographers at a fraction of the cost of professional photography services.  Post an ad on university job boards (both on campus and online), or attend campus photography and art exhibitions to talk to the students directly while also getting an idea of the type of work they do.  While hiring a student is cheaper than professional services, student photographers may not provide you with the same high-quality results. They are also less reliable and in the worst case scenario could leave you high and dry on your big day.  Ask a Trusted Friend or Two If you have a friend or a few friends who have their own high-quality camera equipment and who can be trusted with the important photographs on your big day, you can also ask them for assistance. The biggest benefit of this wedding photography option is the cost. You may not be required to pay for services at all (they might offer their services as a wedding gift), or if you do the fee will be minimal. While it is very unlikely that your friends will leave you...

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Top 5 Big Investment Antique Items

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the economy starting to slowly pick back up, many people are looking for investments outside of the traditional forms. Collecting antiques can be a fun and potentially profitable way to secure a rainy day fund. Antiquing is a unique form of investment because it has the potential to benefit your life immediately, adding a cultural and aesthetic value to your home. The downside, however, is the lack of uncertainty when purchasing an antique item. Unlike other financial investments, antiques are not backed up by any financial services set in place to protect buyers and the market relies solely on people’s personal tastes. This is why researching the antiques market is key before making any big purchases. Below are the top antiques to buy if you’re looking for a large and consistent investment. 1. Original Furniture A piece of furniture that has not been modified, painted, or retouched can be worth a lot of money. While pristine condition is best—minimal scratches, tears or chipped paint—an original piece of furniture from a popular designer can fetch a large price tag regardless. 2. Prewar Glassware and Boxes   Though they may seem insignificant, old wooden boxes and glassware are sound investments with a plethora of buyers. 3. Designer Jewelry Antique designer jewelry is always well sought after, but what most people don’t know is that name brand costume jewelry can also be worth a decent sum of money and can often be overlooked by novice buyers and sellers. 4. Vintage Name-Brand Clothing Vintage clothing and handbags are always popular sale items. Brands such as Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton are commonly sought after. 5. Built-in Architectural Pieces Old building signs are very collectable and have a huge fan base. But, other built-in home items can also be worth a lot of money. Wrought iron details, tiles, and lighting fixtures are some of the most prevalent antique home goods with a profitable sellout. Additional Purchasing Tips: Consider this additional antiquing tips before your next trip to the flea market. Only buy what you love—in the event you cannot sell your antique in a timely manner, it’s best that you actually enjoy the piece you’ve purchased. You might have to live with it for a while, after all. Purchase from reputable sources—while estate sales are a great source for finding antiques, make sure a reputable dealer or appraiser is present. Auctions can also be a great way to obtain rare antiques. Research beforehand—prior to any purchase, read up on the items you’re looking into. Appraisal websites and antique books can give you an estimate on what you should be paying and what the item is worth. Ask a professional like Crissy Galleries for...

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How To Make Your Casino Experience Positive

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are going on a trip that will involve visiting a casino, plan ahead so that your trip ends on a good note and not with you depressed and destitute. Casinos can be fun-filled places, but have a way of drawing in newcomers so that they become overwhelmed and confused by the lights and entertainment. As long as you keep your cool and follow some tips while gambling, you will have a great time that you can reflect upon in the future. Limit Alcohol Consumption While Playing Free drinks may seem very tempting to you while gambling, but they can hinder your ability to make wise decisions and can cost you your savings. You may be in a position in which you need to think quickly during one of the games that you are playing. Keep a level head by avoiding drinks until you are done playing for the night. After your gambling session, you will be able to celebrate the fact that you did not spend all of your money. You may also want to sit back with a drink if you lucked out and were able to win a prize. Time Yourself And Take Breaks It is so easy to become mesmerized by bright lights and spinning wheels. This could cause you to spend your entire night in one spot, feeding your money into a machine. Take charge by setting up a time frame before entering the casino. Wear a watch to help you keep track of how much time has elapsed. Spend several minutes playing one game. If you do not win, do not become discouraged. Move on to a new area to try out your luck. It is also a good idea to go outside several times throughout the night so that you can clear your head and calm down from the excitement. Once you return to the casino, you will be focused and ready to play. Split Prizes And Ask About Bonuses If you are at a casino with friends and family members, increase your odds of winning by splitting prizes. If all of you agree to do this, each person can try a different slot machine or game table. If they win, everyone will win some money. This makes the experience enjoyable for the entire group. Upon arrival, inquire about free chips or bonuses for newcomers. Many casinos offer these incentives as a way to get you to play. As long as you stick to your budget and do not spend more than you are willing to, you will come out as a winner. Remember, casinos are fun places to visit, but do not have unrealistic expectations. Try to add additional activities...

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Amazing Space: 5 Unexpected Wedding Venues

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the most important decisions in wedding planning is which venue to choose. The place you choose to hold your wedding sets the tone for the event. Are you looking for a space that’s traditional and expected? Or are you looking for somewhere unique and out-of-the-norm? Do you need the preset amenities that a traditional venue offers, or are you a DIY type? Traditional Venues vs. Unexpected Venues There are lots of perks to using a traditional venue for the ceremony and reception. These venues often provide planning staff, on-site catering, and seating. Some traditional wedding venues are church and connected events halls, hotel ballroom or conference room, country clubs, and community centers. But, while these sites do offer amenities and convenience, there can be a drawback. These beautiful but traditional sites are not very personal or unique. By getting creative and doing a little research you can find amazing venues that never crossed your mind before. Think of what you and your partner have in common. What interests do you share? What hobbies do you enjoy together? By stepping off the traditional path, you can make your wedding beautiful, personal, and a day to remember. 5 Unexpected Wedding Venues to Consider Library: Are you and your partner avid readers? Consider getting married at a local library. With beautiful woodwork, art, and good lighting, a library may have just the unusual but elegant look you’re wanting. Art Gallery or Museum: Magnificent paintings and exquisite sculpture are the backdrops for those that choose an art gallery venue. With the beautiful art, not much is needed for decorating. Old Abandoned Bridge: For a rustic DIY wedding, seek out an old abandoned bridge. Whether covered, steel, or concrete, the view is often gorgeous. It’s also off the beaten path and intimate. You’ll need to put some effort into the set-up, but the end result will be worth the work. Restored Barn or Farmhouse: Another fun choice for rustic weddings is an old restored barn. Weddings held in these venues are all about the country charm. Since they’re typically on farms and ranches, the countryside is absolutely beautiful too. Zoo or Aquarium: Imagine getting married in an underwater fairytale world or exotic animal kingdom. Many aquariums and zoos allow weddings and receptions to be held in their naturally gorgeous settings. When selecting your venue, like at Buffalo Launch Club, consider how many people you have on your guest list to be sure your venue can accommodate your friends and family...

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