Outdoor Group Portraits

Outdoor Group Portraits

What makes a great picture of people?

What makes a great picture of people? Ninety percent of its quality lies in the facial expression, the rest is composition, lighting, and the natural presentation of body language. A tripod is a plus for sharp pictures and the camera should be set at the lowest ISO speed.

I want you to picture yourself and your family outside

I want you to picture yourself and your family outside on a nice afternoon. It’s Thanksgiving, a great day for a family portrait. Unless it is a cloudy day, some nice shade will produce a flattering lighting ratio for your portrait. This means that the brightest part of the picture and the darkest part are not too far apart in value for the film or hard drive card to capture. Then choose a uniform background for you portrait. A stand of dark evergreens, a barn wall, a distant lawn, or a high hedge are all excellent backgrounds. The back of the house and patio, the driveway with the parked cars, or partially sunlit woods are too busy a background for your picture.

Next find something for people to sit on

Next find something for people to sit on: a log, a small table from the patio, a picnic bench or a patio chair. The object is to have everyone’s head at a different level. Small children are, of course already low to the ground. Seat some people at chair height, others on the ground. Sitting like an Indian is not a viable pose. Try sitting the person down on the ground with their knees together, ankles crossed and to the side.

Standing and leaning against something also provides a different height for your composition. Try to place the heads so that they do not line up either vertically or horizontally. Rather than presenting a square shoulder to the camera, a slight turn to the body is preferable. Eye glasses can be held in the hands or tilted down. Be creative in you grouping – two, threes and fours in a close grouping look better than one group of seventeen evenly spaced. Remember to overlap shoulders so that heads are closer together. One shoulder is all that is necessary to see.

Arms should never hang straight down

Arms should never hang straight down. Instead, place some hands in pockets, around shoulders or holding hands. Diagonals in the composition increase the dynamic qualities of your portrait. Pay attention to the legs and feet. Natural looking positions include crossed ankles, placing the feet forty-five degrees apart (standing), and crossed knees. After the positioning everyone, stand back and squint at the effect with blurred eyes. Turn any straight on bodies and relocate any misplaced color or glaring whites for a more pleasing effect.

A broad, low light source is ideal for a flattering look to your portrait. An open sky overhead will result in dark eye shadowing. Reflecting light into the shadow areas or using fill flash will correct this situation. Take advantage of the light from a white building or a setting sun. A natural solution is to place your group under some overhanging branches.

Center your grouping in the view finder

Center your grouping in the view finder, paying close attention to the edges of the finder. Leave a little space on the ends for cropping since the format of an eight by ten or sixteen by twenty photograph will crop ten percent off the ends. At the moment of exposure, do or say something to capture the attention of the whole group in order to coordinate the eyes in one direction. You can save a big paper smiley face until the last minute. The alternative is an interactive pose where everyone looks at each other, instead of the camera. This type of composition is more difficult, since facial profiles are less desirable. In order to insure open eyes, talk through the moment of exposure and for a good selection, take lots of pictures. Above all have fun and everyone will enjoy the experience.

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The Basics of Digital Photo Finishing

The Basics of Digital Photo Finishing

Owners of digital cameras

Owners of digital cameras enjoy many advantages over those with film cameras. A couple of these advantages are that they can take multiple pictures of the same thing without the fear of wasting shots and they can simply take the memory cards out of their digital cameras and put photos on a computer without worrying about storing sensitive film rolls. However, when the subject of getting digital camera photos into picture form comes up; inexperienced owners may be left scratching their heads and yearning for their old film cameras. But these digital camera owners need not fear because there is an easy solution for their problems: digital photo printing processing.

Sure the easiest solution for getting a digital camera photo

Sure the easiest solution for getting a digital camera photo into picture form is to print it straight off of the computer. This leaves people with no hassles and quality pictures, right? Well, not quite because ink and printing paper always seem to have the nasty habit of increasing in price every year and the average printer just isnít capable of producing good, presentable prints. This is why seeking out an established online company to carry out the digital photo printing and processing duties is the common sense solution.

Finding online websites to carry out theses tasks is extremely easy due to the fact that there are multiple sites throughout the Internet that specialize in digital photo printing processing. After finding a website of choice, all a person needs to do is upload the pictures saved on their computer to the companyís photo service and choose their preference of options. After payment and shipping details are complete, the pictures will be processed and printed by the company and then sent by mail.

While it would be nice to think that just about any online photo service

While it would be nice to think that just about any online photo service will fit your needs, the reality is that there is many variations among the various companies. Some companies may be higher priced but offer more quality and some may offer average prints at lower prices. Make sure to check out online reviews about whatever company that you are planning to use to make sure that your preferences will be fulfilled.

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Photography education

Photography education

Does a career as a photographer sound kind of interesting?

If you love the way the world looks through the lens of a high-powered camera, then you just might love a career as a photographer.

Professional photographers enjoy an endless assortment of projects in a wide variety of different areas. The salary isn’t always great, especially for beginners, but you make a competitive salary and you get to do something you really enjoy.

If this sounds good to you, maybe the only thing standing between you and your dream job is some formal training in photography from an accredited program.

Career Opportunities

Photographers use a combination of expertise, artistic creativity, and professional equipment to communicate through visual images. The latest in digital cameras and graphics software give photo professionals an exciting array of new tools and techniques on which to build their careers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, employment of professional photographers is expected to grow at a steady rate through the coming decade. In fact, employment projections place the number of new jobs in the industry at a 10% growth rate through 2018.

Opportunities will be better for those with either a complete degree or at least some formal photography school training.

Training and School Degree Options

Training starts with earning some credentials. Entry-level positions in portrait photography generally require technical proficiency gained through an apprenticeship.

Those wishing to rise to the ranks of photojournalist, industrial, or scientific visual work typically work towards a bachelor’s degree.

Many universities, junior colleges, vocational institutes, and private trade schools offer courses that can be completed on campus or through online classes. Courses range from several weeks to several months, depending upon the level of proficiency desired.

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35mm Film – A Short History

35mm Film - A Short History

When it comes to photography and motion picture

When it comes to photography and motion picture it is impossible not to hear about 35 mm. film when going technical into the conversation. It is called 35 mm. film as it is 35 mm. wide and will have perforations on both edges at each 4.23 mm along it.

With a history dating back since 1889

With a history dating back since 1889, when it was first introduced by Thomas Edison, the 35 mm film is still used today with some variations in format based on what it is used for but basically its form stayed the same all these years. It was first introduced into photography in 1913 and is still very popular amongst several professional photographers.

If we are to talk about film

If we are to talk about film we have to talk about sound as well. In the beginning the idea of synchronizing sound and video was appreciated but was quite difficult to realize. Thatís when the sound started to be stored directly to film, forming the analog soundtrack that takes out of the film a small margin to the left. In the search for perfection the display ratio changed together with new methods of storing the sound.

Nowadays digital soundtracks

Nowadays digital soundtracks have been implemented. The technology break through behind this was the storage of the sound between perforations in Dolby Digital, in 2 strips along the outside part of the edges in SDDS and lately on a special compact disk synchronized thanks to a time code with the film in DTS.

With technology evolving

With technology evolving as it does at the moment new techniques and features will probably be available in the future but so far the main format of the 35 mm film has remained unchanged with just mild modifications that are better suited for the purpose it was designed for. The most common aspects of the film nowadays is considered the one that has 4 perforations, a vertical pulldown and a density of around one frame in 19 mm.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Do you remember the first digital cameras you saw?

Do you remember the first digital cameras you saw? Did you even stop to contemplate the photography process and the changes that would occur due to a new method? Probably not. Not until the widespread use of digital cameras has the process of digital photography been a topic of any interest. Now, we all are buying digital cameras, and must learn the ABC’s of digital photography.

Unlike traditional photography

Unlike traditional photography, the advent of digital utilizes “pixels” to control color content, clarity and the quality of the picture. Each photo is composed of hundreds of pixels. These pixels are small square pieces of color, that when put together produce the image captured on the camera. Think of pixels as pieces of a puzzle.

Each piece of the puzzle contains a small portion of the color and object, that when locked together form the much bigger whole. Digital photography offers the professional photographer a much broader scope of options than traditional methods. Adjustments can be made to just a small portion of a photo rather than having to change the entire background, subject color, or other complete coloring of an object in the photograph.

Digital photography is not new

Digital photography is not new, but it is new to the average consumer. Professionals have been reaping the benefits of digital photos for several years. It is only since the explosive growth of computers, however, that digital photography has become a realistic method of photography for just about everyone. Now, John Q. Public can use his digital camera and upload his pictures onto the computer. It is here that any real benefit of digital photography, from a personal standpoint, ends. For most of the pictures we take of our family and friends, we don’t need professional quality photos. We just like the ease and convenience of taking the picture, uploading and printing in a matter of minutes. The use of digital photography today is for the most part, a replacement of the old Polaroid of the 70s.

There is some irony here

There is some irony here. Isn’t it just par for the natural course of things? Something as beneficial and complex as digital photography is simply the everyday answer to the Polaroid. The real benefits of digital photography are lost on the general public. Digital photography allows us to dissect a picture. Much like investigators can dissect the pieces of a murder case, we can investigate the pieces of a picture. Once again, the real benefit is realized and appreciated only by the professional photographer, not your next door neighbor.

The last piece of required equipment

The last piece of required equipment when making digital photos would be the software necessary to view the pictures and make adjustments to the pixels. Usually, this software will accompany the digital camera when purchased, and quick install instructions make it possible to complete the software upload in a matter of minutes. User friendly “buttons” have eliminated the need for most of us to even understand how to break apart pixels to adjust color and contract, we simply move an arrow up or down to make the adjustment.

Digital photography is helping to revolutionize the way we view our pictures and the way we are able to capture the most breathtaking images. But, what does that really matter, if all you need is an up-to-date version of a Polaroid?

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Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

Professional photographer

Every year folks from around the world head up to ski resorts for their winter vacation. Many of them will have their photos taken by the on-mountain professional photographer at the scenic overlook at the top of the mountain. The prints that they purchase will be taken home, framed and cherished as their most valuable possessions.

One of the most important factors, is being in the right place at the right time. There are many variables to consider, such as deciding where to set up your photography shop on the mountain. Lets take a look at some.

The weather is a big factor in determining where the best zone is to photograph clients. Because the weather can change minute by minute, shooting zone flexibility is the key. If your zone becomes fogged in, MOVE, it could be that 1000′ down the mountain the view is great.

The “hot zone” on a blue sky day

The “hot zone” on a blue sky day is typically the best view from the top of the ski hill. When the weather is good you will capture the most pictures from the best scenic overlook on the mountain. Families, couples, singles and groups will ski right up and even wait in line on these picture perfect days. Harvest the hay while the sun is shining. Do a good job with your groups, squeeze as much as you can out of each one by doing your breakdowns. By breakdowns I mean a group shot, then just the kids, then mom-n-dad, then individual photos of each kid. Work it, when they go to buy their pictures, the more you shoot the more they buy.

The hot zone on a snowy day is typically the most wind protected area of the mountain. Another important factor when the weather is inclement is your backdrop, so if possibe pick a spot with beautiful trees for the background. The prettier the trees are, the better. People will definitely buy photos taken while it is snowing, especially if they have snow laden branches or are from areas like Florida where it doesn’t snow.

The time of the day may effect your zone

The time of the day may effect your zone choice too. If there is a good view from the deck where everyone meets for lunch, it’s a great opportunity to get everyone while they are altogether and not zooming around the mountain. It can be a challenge getting folks to slow down long enough for a photo shoot. Try setting up at the on-mountain lodge (if it has a good view), particularly during the busy periods, like the holidays and spring break. Try to set up in view of the outdoor eating area, so everyone sees you working, interested groups will come over to you. If it slows down, youcan go over and work the crowd.

At large ski areas where skiers only ride a particular lift once in the morning, just to get to the upper lifts. You can be busy in the morning, then really slows down when everybody’s up there skiing, so move.

Shadows and lighting

Shadows and lighting change throughout the day and some locations can become completely unshootable in the afternoon. A zone thats hot at 2pm may not be by 3pm, as it gets swallowed up by the long afternoon shadows from the tall Mountains. Move to a spot with better light, people are getting tired and now they will slow down long enough for a quick shot.

If you work for a company that assigns you a specific zone to shoot and you have to shoot it hot or not, and at the moment it’s not. Cover your zone the best you can, stay enthusiastic and energetic you will get something, and it could be the best money group of the day!

If you cover your zone, hot or not, your manager will be more likely to give you a hot zone on future assignments. Hone your photography skills and be dependable. You’ll start getting the best location.

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Tips That Will Help You With Your Wedding

Your wedding day should be one of the most beautiful and memorable days of your entire life. Wedding planning can be incredibly frustrating, though. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you apply the tips you’ve just read, you’ll be able to plan a flawless ceremony and reception.

You want to think about and practice your aisle walk prior to your wedding day. Do it at the venue in which you are getting married, and wear the footwear you’re going to wear on the big day. Your overall flow will be far smoother for your big day.

Before the wedding practice walking down the aisle. Try to practice at the wedding site so you can test your chosen shoes on the flooring at the site. This is going to make you feel confident on your big day.

If you’re doing your own catering, Costco is a place that can save you a lot on wedding food. This is no secret but buying your foods from the big club stores will save quite a bit of money over retail grocery chains and that is considering the membership charge. Think about asking friends to help you out with food costs.

Internet bridal shops have wedding dresses for bargain basement prices, but make sure to order well in advance so that you can get your dress altered before the big day. You may only spend $100 on the gown when buying it online, but it may cost another $200 for the alterations. Be sure to work the additional cost for alterations into your overall budget.

When you are planning on who will be giving the speeches at the wedding, have them rehearse the material before you so that you can make sure everything is appropriate. For example, you would want to eliminate any jokes that apply to a very specific group within your guests in order to avoid anyone feeling excluded and to make sure the speech is well-received by all who attend your wedding.

Pick a reasonable dress that you won’t have to starve to get into. If you attempt to lose weight too quickly, you are going to be dehydrated, just like a fighter getting ready for a fight. You want to stay on your feet during the ceremony and reception. You can always choose a dress that utilizes a corset so that you are able to take your dress in for the moment.

Try to make your wedding day more personal by using elements that symbolize you and your future spouse’s relationship and personalities. Select a theme that best represents what you mean to each other.

Interview a lot of skilled and experienced photographers before settling on the one you want. You don’t want to end up with a photographer that you’re not going to be happy with. Get recommendations from people you know if you aren’t sure who to use.

Your wedding pictures are very important since they capture images that you will want to view again throughout your life. Even though it can me costly, your best bet is to have a professional photographer take your pictures so you get the best quality possible.

One ideal gift idea for your friends and family joining you for a destination wedding is to consider having a selection of local goodies delivered to the room of each guest. Put items in these baskets that they can use on their trip. These can be maps, disposable cameras, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and also a pamphlet detailing where it would be fun to visit. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.

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. By renting jewelry instead of buying, you can get the look that you dreamed of for your wedding day without having to spend thousands of dollars.

One key consideration when setting up seating for your wedding meal is to avoid having an odd number of guests at any table. To keep table conversations flowing, group the people you have sitting at the tables by their age.

Make sure your venue has enough space for dancing. There are few things that can suck the fun out a reception like not having the room to bust a move can, so do what you need to do to give you and your friends the space you need to boogie!

Craigslist is a good outlet for locating local talent for your wedding. Before you pay them, go to meet them and take someone with you.

You could ask from any friend or family member that is capable of carrying your gear. They can help you to gather the family and get the perfect photo.

Ask a friend if you can wear something of theirs on your wedding day. This jewelery can help you get a great look for your special day!

Try to plan your reception for the afternoon. Most people will make plans after the reception, which minimizes the amount your guests may drink. Also, dinner receptions tend to be more expensive than lunch receptions, and you’ll be able to spend your savings on something else.

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Check to make sure that you can alter the lighting of the venue where the wedding reception will take place. You will want to have the option to dim the lights during dances or have bright lighting during the ceremony. Discuss this with the venues you’re considering before making your final choice.

Consider silk flowers for your wedding instead of spending a lot of money on luxurious floral arrangements. You can choose silk flowers far in advance, so you won’t have to fuss with them much on the day of your wedding.

When making plans for table sitting, make sure the number of guests is even at each table. As well, consider grouping tables by the ages of guests. This way those at the tables will have more to talk about.

If the couple has two diverse backgrounds, try honoring both of their traditions. One background can have traditional dishes, decor, or traditions at the reception, and the other can have their traditions be a part of the actual wedding. This helps make sure that everyone is satisfied, and that helps them feel involved and part of the big day.

Part of the wedding tradition is to wear “something borrowed,” so don’t hesitate to borrow jewelry from a friend. This can allow you to look the way you want to and add an element of charm to your wedding.

If you plan on making a wedding speech or giving a toast, you should practice beforehand. Without the right amount of planning and practice, you can easily lose the audience, get caught with your foot in your mouth, or just bomb the speech with nothing but stuttering and a confused look on your face.

Be sure to make wedding plans that incorporate the cultural and social backgrounds of both parties in the marriage. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.

Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. Some of your guests may need to schedule their vacation around this day, and they require enough preparation time. About eight months before your wedding, send out invitations to allow ample time for travel arrangements.

One important thing to consider is a gift registry. Tell your guests that they are not required to bring anything. Offer suggestions that span a wide array of price points. Everyone should feel comfortable with what they can spend.

Don’t neglect to take into account any legal requirement of the location of your destination wedding. You will need to address all of these legal issues beforehand.

With weddings, consider if you wish for children to be invited. This point is very important in regards to budget and stress should you allow children to attend. Then again, many people may not attend if they cannot find a babysitter.

Have flowers with a cohesive theme. To make the whole room peaceful, go with a retro theme that includes colorful flowers. Red poppies, bright Gerber daisies and beautifully colored peonies may offer the perfect touch.

It is entirely possible to have a great wedding with just a little budget. A wonderful wedding need not put you in debt. There are many things you can do to save money, including making your invitations, decoration and food.

Be sure to get some practice dancing while wearing a long skirt to present the most graceful silhouette at your wedding dance. Whilst you may not have any problems dancing in different attire, your partner may find negotiating large amounts of fabric difficult. This will help him adjust to dancing with you in your dress and prevent any awkwardness, especially if your gown is particularly full at the bottom.

Start planning as early as you can. You may need even more than a year. Planning early ensures that you have more choices for venues and vendors.

Include your guests in your wedding day activities. Don’t just let everyone stand around tapping their feet, waiting for something to happen. Organize contests, games or even sports. If you set up activities for guests to participate in, your wedding reception will be more fun for everybody. Your guests may even make new friends by playing games together, and everyone will be talking about your wedding for weeks to come.

Consider a buffet or having delicious bite size foods for your guests if a traditional dinner is too expensive or elaborate. In order to accommodate more guests, you will need to reduce costs somewhere. Cutting down on the food at your wedding is one way to save money. If you rule that out, you may have to have fewer guests instead.

Make sure you know what you want the bridesmaids to wear in your wedding. Many friendships are strained because of simple disagreements on the subject of bridesmaids dresses. Choose something that matches the wedding theme, it’s affordable and that your bridesmaids will like. In this way, you can have an enjoyable wedding with no disagreements about the dresses.

Open a bank account for wedding savings! Creating a budget for your spending can ensure that you don’t spend more than your funding allows. If you’re not ready to get married, start saving now, so you can use the money later.

Interview candidates to see their past work. Make sure that you also keep in mind the quality of the sound and editing that your videographer provides. Make sure you will be receiving a digital video or DVD. Make your decisions based on the factors mentioned as well as your personal first impressions of different videographers.

A great gift idea for the bride’s party is a piece of custom jewelry that connects bride and bridesmaids. This gives them a way to remember being a part of your special day.

A wedding can be a truly joyous day. However, planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Fortunately, if you use the advice you learned here, you will be able to organize a day that everyone will remember for years to come.

Once you have the design of your wedding in mind, record it on paper and then start shopping around for services that specialize in that kind of design. Once you have gathered information on the various companies that can provide you with your chosen motif, you can start the process of elimination by comparing their prices and services.

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Helpful Wedding Tips For Your Perfect Day

Most women have dreamed about their wedding day their whole life. This is why it is so important to properly plan out your big day.

Prior to your big day, practice walking down the aisle. Be certain to practice at the wedding venue while wearing your wedding-day shoes. Your overall flow will be far smoother for your big day.

Faith and religion mark one of the most important topics in marriage. Talk not only with the person you are planning to marry, but with their family as well to understand their religion.

When you plan your wedding, be sure to think about cost effective alcohol options. The open bar option is the most costly of choices and the cost can be prohibitive for many couples but do not feel bad if you cannot afford it. Ask your venue about the different alcohol serving options that they have available.

Keep the wedding in line with how you are personally. Make sure it reflects your spouse as well. Select a theme that best represents what you mean to each other.

Purchasing wedding gowns through the Internet can help save you a lot of money, but see to it that you do it early in order to have enough time to alter it if needed. You can purchase wedding gowns for as low as $100 online, but sometimes the alterations may cost you double that amount. Make sure to allow for additional expenses in your total budget.

Photographs capture memories that will last a lifetime. Choose to hire a professional who can photograph your day in a way that is going to document all of your special moments, even if it means spending a little extra.

Make sure that you listen to all the speeches before the big day so you can remove anything that is inappropriate. Remember that your guests will include people across a wide range of ages, and a joke that younger generations find amusing might be offensive to older guests.

Choose ethnic catering to spice things up. Too many people serve up chicken and steak, so go against the grain and spice things up. Variety makes life exciting and will undoubtedly make your dinner unforgettable!

The pictures that are taken at your wedding are very important as you will look at these for the rest of your life. It pays to spend the extra cash to hire a wedding photographer in order to reduce the chance of some amateur screwing up your wedding photos.

You should put a great deal of thought into writing your wedding vows. Understand that marriage is a very strong commitment that requires the both of you to make sacrifices. Make your love for your spouse-to-be crystal clear in your vows.

Writing your vows is an important part of your wedding ceremony, and you should go slowly and think hard about what you want to say. Marriage is a life long commitment that requires love, sacrifice and the art of compromise and forgiveness. Of course, the most important thing for vows to convey is your love for your partner.

Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. Often, flowers interfere with guests being able to converse across the table. There might be a few of your guests that are also allergic to flowers. Candles without scent are a romantic and beautiful centerpiece.

If you do not want a traditional wedding cake, consider individual-sized cakes. Some bakeries are able to make healthier cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories in each serving providing you with healthier options such as fruit- fillings in replacement to frosting, calorie-free sweeteners and gluten-free ingredients.

Consider placing your colorful cake on a piece of fabric or tablecloth in a coordinating color. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.

You can include some embellishments in your bouquet of flowers including rhinestones or Swarovski crystals! This is easy to do at home; you can just use some heat-fixed crystals or adhesives, some costume jewelry or even attach a heirloom piece. Make sure you stay consistent with these decorations in cut, color and dimensions so it goes well with what you are going to wear.

Perhaps you would consider a cruise ship wedding, with only a few close friends and family. This will allow you to enjoy your honeymoon as soon as the festivities are over. Many cruise companies have special deals for wedding and honeymooning couples.

Invite the whole family to the honeymoon when you’re planning a destination wedding. They can all save some money by staying since the hotels usually offer better discounts for the longer stays. Your guests will have a memorable trip as well.

Put sweet appetizers at the dinner table between meal courses. Think about sugar roses that enhance your wedding colors.

If you are having a destination wedding, surprise your guests with a basket chock full of goodies delivered to their hotel room. Include maps, cameras, hats, disposable cameras, or guides on local attractions that they may want to visit. A local restaurant guide is also a great thing to include in the basket because it can help them to find great places to eat.

If you and your spouse love a similar thing such as travel, incorporate it into your wedding theme and decorations. Their are artistic ways to make wedding invitations distinct, so that they reflect the couple’s personalities and interests. Design your wedding program and guest favors to match too.

A reception held around lunchtime is a great idea. Your guests will drink less alcohol during these hours, which cuts down on your bar needs greatly. Lunch receptions tend to be cheaper than dinner ones because of a possible lower need for alcohol. That money can then be used for other wedding expenses.

For instance, consider a menu of contemporary fusion with popular dishes. You might even want to consider expanding your culinary options with wedding favors that are ethnically identifiable.

Silk flowers can be a good option to use in lieu of cut flowers. Since they can be chosen months in advance, you won’t have to worry about their freshness, which will be one less thing to worry about as your big day approaches.

Every aspect of your wedding needs to be planned. Everything from the food served to what happens in the reception should be planned. Your plan should be to provide every guest with the best experience possible.

For couples who enjoy the jet-setting lifestyle, incorporate thematic decorations that convey a love for travel. Save-the-date notices and invitations could be created to resemble tickets, boarding passes, or vintage postcards. Family photographs and wedding programs could be displayed inside a propped open vintage leather suitcase.

When starting out with plans for your wedding, create a list of what you want in a prioritized order. Flowers are usually one of the most important parts of a wedding, and the cake and venue are usually up near the top, too. Prioritizing your wants can ensure that you don’t step over your allotted budget and still have the wedding day of your dreams.

If you will not be serving a meal at your reception, consider ditching the tables and renting comfortable lounge furniture instead. Chaises, lounges and even sectionals can encourage your guests to mingle like old friends. Perhaps you could create different lounges and add plush seating to allow your guests to relax.

Plan group activities for those who are sharing your special day. Don’t make your loved ones just stand around and wait for the wedding to be over. You can have competitions and games, or maybe a karaoke hour. Your wedding will be a more memorable event when everyone has fun and interacts with each other.

If you’re planning on having your reception outdoors, talk to your caterer about appropriate food choices for the event. Some foods may spoil quickly on hot days, and other dishes may not fare well in strong wind. Fancy serving dishes, with covers, might be an option. If needed, you can keep beverages cool in a small fridge.

Grooms should ensure that the tuxedo is tailored to fit perfectly. Ask for opinions from family and friends about how well the tux fits and looks on you before you choose the one you’ll wear. People will be taking a lot of pictures: make sure you look your best for this important day.

Destination weddings can be a lot of fun, but try to keep your guests in mind. Your guests might have vacation plans made, and you want to give them preparation time as well. Try to send out invitations roughly eight months ahead of time to let them make the appropriate arrangements for work and family.

Start early with your wedding preparations. Advance planning gives you options that you just don’t get at the last minute. This will also allow you to book the vendors you want to use for your wedding.

Hire your wedding photographer to create memories instead of simply taking photos. When interviewing them, ask them about their vision for your day. Ask them about their ideal process and flow throughout your wedding day. You want their style to mesh with what you have planned and your vision.

You may want to cut down on a meal size for your reception. If you want to have a lot of guests at your wedding, you may need to cut costs in other areas. You can stay within budget by serving small meals to loved ones. If you cannot do this, consider reducing the amount of guests.

Use floral arrangements of varying heights. Try using vases that are tall for more compact heads with long stems. Then add in smaller flowers with shorter stems to fill in empty spaces and to fluff out the arrangement. Also, opt for darker shades for your long stem flowers and lighter shades for the shorter flowers.

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To be certain of having a happy bride on the wedding day, be sure that all arrangements are of a type and quality she will appreciate. If she feels it’s her responsibility to undertake the planning and worry about a below par celebration, it will ruin her entire day. A Bridezilla will be on your hands if you do not let her make decisions.

Before you start making purchases for your wedding, obtain a rewards-based credit card to use for the services. Weddings can be quite costly, but having a credit card with miles or other perks can at least give you some relief from the costs associated with your big day. Make sure you charge all your expenses on the same card and find out in advance what kind of rewards you will be getting.

Remember that there are alternatives to purchasing a brand new engagement ring. Consider using a family heirloom item of jewelry instead. These keepsakes can make you feel like a part of that family, while being vintage and beautiful to wear all of the time.

Everyone in your wedding entourage, including your mother and your bridesmaids, should be dressed and ready before the time that you need to slip into your gown. It’s important that your assistants are focusing on you in the final moments before the ceremony begins. If they’re concerned about getting ready, they’re not focused on assisting you.

Since the price of gold is continuing to rise, try have your weddings rings created with some other popular metals. There is titanium, platinum, stainless steel, silver, tungsten, and more. Not only are they more affordable and look great, but they go well with most wedding attire. It’s time for something a little different.

A great gift idea for the bride’s party is a piece of custom jewelry that connects bride and bridesmaids. This way, each of your bridesmaids will have special memories of your wedding and how much fun they had being a part of this exciting experience.

Once you have decided on a date and a general theme, the next step is to choose wedding invitations that reflect the wedding theme. Invitations usually include your wedding colors and give your guests a sense of what the theme is going to be. Before you make a decision on wedding invitations, consider all of the options.

You will surely want to be photographed with a number of your wedding guests. If your wedding is large, you will want to have a set time for photographs or the task will be pretty much impossible. Make sure your guests know where and when you plan on taking photos with them, and that you have your photographer booked long enough to get all the pictures you need.

Avoid asking a friend to take your wedding photos for you. Unless your friend works as a professional photographer, he won’t have the skill to capture your beautiful memories. You want your photos to be spontaneous, show quality, and to last your entire life. A friend might be able to do some of this, but they probably will miss the mark on some things.

You do not have to be overwhelmed by the thought of planning your wedding once you use the tips you have just read. It is possible that you will love the planning near the same amount as the wedding itself.

At a wedding, the music is one of the most important elements to the day. Be certain whoever you hire for music is able to motivate your guests to enjoy themselves. You don’t want the wedding party to be dull.

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Useful Information To Help You Create The Ideal Wedding

Most people put much time and work into planning the perfect wedding. So, if you are about to plan your wedding, be sure to read the following advice.

Wedding dresses are one of the most expensive things to be purchased when planning a wedding. To save money, consider looking at dresses that have the same appeal as a wedding gown, but aren’t categorized as such. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. The money you save by choosing a cheaper dress can be used to alter it and add some stylish details.

You can not serve everyone’s favorite top-shelf drink or you would quickly exceed the price of the dress, so consider what you like, and what will keep you within your budget. If there is one thing people like more than alcohol, it is free alcohol, and an open bar can quickly become a huge expense, especially the longer it remains open. The folks running your venue may have affordable bar services, so be sure and ask them about it.

Include elements that tell about you, your spouse and the relationship. Select a theme that represents the time that you have spent with each other.

You’re going to look at the pictures from your wedding for many years to come, so make sure that you get good quality photos taken. Make sure that you hire a professional photographer and spend a little extra money on this if you have to so that you can document your experience wonderfully.

Check your wedding venue to emsure that there will be enough room for a dance floor. Nothing is worse than everyone being crammed together during a dance, so move things out of the way to help create extra space.

Have your wedding on the property of friends or family. If you know anyone with a large enough backyard, you can save a lot of money on your wedding. Pay someone to clean for them before and after your 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. Flats may be a better choice if you think you may hurt your feet. Not falling beats wearing sexy shoes.

Take the time to carefully consider the most important aspect of the wedding, your future spouse. You should never rush into a marriage just because others are pushing your or because you are caught up in wedding planning. Be sure you carefully take into account the traits that you require in a mate, and which ones will drive you insane.

Your guests shouldn’t be kept waiting during your lengthy photo sessions. Take the bridal party photos ahead of time. You will want to respect everyone at the ceremony and reception.

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Ensure that all guests understand the scheduling of events by emailing everyone involved an itinerary of events; include maps for those who may be unfamiliar with the area. Maintain an updated lists of all events, such as the rehearsal or a pre-wedding dinner, so your guests know exactly where they will be at all times.

Look at the portfolios of any makeup artist you are considering for your wedding day. Is the style pleasing to you? You need to be sure you’re going to really like the style. You don’t want to find out an hour before the ceremony that your makeup artist has a look planned that you hate.

Ask your close friend if you are able to don their items for your big day. This can help you achieve a nice look, while also letting you focus money in other areas to make your wedding much better.

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. Some bakeries will even ship fresh cupcakes with fewer than 100 calories per serving as well as healthy options like gluten-free ingredients, fruit-filling instead of frosting, no-calorie sweeteners, or even tart meringue toppings.

The menu is an excellent place to reflect cultural diversity. Add a twist by using ethnic drinks, wedding favors, or dessert options.

Brides who have sensitive skin should start a skin care regimen well in advance of the wedding. Find products with oatmeal proteins and sea salts, for example.

If you intend to hold your wedding outdoors, devise a contingency plan in case weather or other problems prevent the wedding from going smoothly. Rent a few tents or find a venue that has a hall, as well as a park. One helpful trick if it’s wet, but you can still stay outdoors, is to use boards as walkways through wet or muddy areas.

Check your wedding venue to emsure that there will be enough room for a dance floor. It can be a horrible experience to feel crammed while everyone around you is trying to dance; move chairs and tables out of the way to give everyone some extra breathing space.

Do your research before hiring a wedding planner. Follow stylists with look books to get better ideas for your wedding. Make use of clippings from magazines, photos and even lyrics from songs to get your vision across.

See if you can find a willing helper who can assist you with looking after your equipment and moving it when necessary. Your assistant can help you round up the family members for the group pictures to make things run even smoother.

If you want to get married in another state, you need to know the state’s marriage laws. Things such as residency requirements, blood tests and fees should be addressed before you book your venue.

It is a good idea to plan for an even number of guests at each table, since people tend to pair off in conversations. Try to group tables according to age, so that they could find similar things to talk about.

Make sure the style of your wedding is reflected in your choice of flowers too. You can use a vintage theme for a classy look. Flowers could include bright red poppies, daisies and peonies.

You can even ask one of your friends if you can borrow some jewelry for the big wedding day. Not only does borrowing jewelry help you perfect your look without spending extra money, but your friend will be honored to contribute to your appearance on your wedding day.

Before you start planning your wedding, sit with your fiance and make a list of the things that are most important to you. For most brides, where they are having the wedding takes precedence over who they are inviting. The flowers they are going to carry is often more pressing than the cake they will be cutting. By having a plan of what is most important to you, you can set aside funding for each item and ensure you get the wedding of your dreams.

Silk flowers offer great alternative for many of the flowers that you would include in your wedding anyways. You can get these way in advance because they aren’t fresh and then have them on hand and reduce one thing to do right before the big day.

Place a number of different-sized potted plants throughout the venue in lieu of costly floral arrangements. Ceramic pots that have been painted or decorated with ribbons make a wonderful table centerpiece. Guests might can take these plants to their homes as wedding favors, or the newlywed couple could plant them at their own home.

Many centerpieces are expensive; in addition, the wrong centerpieces will detract from the beauty of your wedding reception instead of adding to it. Avoid large and complicated centerpieces; choose simple, elegant ones instead. If the centerpiece is too big, it becomes a distraction, making it difficult for people to interact as well as enjoy their food.

A gift registry is a wedding tradition. To make guests comfortable, make it clear that they need not bring gifts. Offer suggestions that span a wide array of price points. Your guests should feel good about giving you a gift that is affordable to them.

If the cultural backgrounds are different, have the wedding with one tradition and the reception with the other. This will ensure that all parties are happy and satisfied.

Try adding some depth to the centerpieces and floral decor by placing elements at differing heights. Make use of taller vases for long stem flowers with compact heads. Put hydrangeas or other flowers with volume around these vases. Have the shorter flowers be lighter in hue than the taller blooms.

Take care of all the legal arrangements for destination weddings. No matter the fees, red tape, residency requirements or other issues, your needs must be addressed before you start booking services and hotels for your wedding.

You should put careful consideration into whether or not you want children to attend your wedding. Having children attend can be aggravating, and it can run up your costs. Be that as it may, many of your friends and acquaintances might decline your invitation if they can’t bring their children. There may also be some who won’t come because they can’t find a sitter.

Make sure that your flowers are beautiful If vintage themes are your choice, then beautiful flowers in vibrant hues may provide the effect you desire. These may include peonies in yellow or pink, bright daisies, and red poppies.

Make sure the bridemaids know what type of gown they’ll be wearing before asking if they will be in your bridal party . In this way, you can let them know exactly what they are in for before they accept your invitation to participate. Select something affordable that matches your wedding them, and which your bridesmaids will love. This will make sure there are no problems or hurt feelings because of the event.

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When choosing a videographer for your wedding, make sure you interview many candidates and ask to see examples of his or her work. Inspect the sound quality while you’re at it. Many couples use to have their wedding put on a VHS tape, but these days, DVDs are the common choice. Use your intuition when choosing a videographer, because after all, they will be capturing your most memorable day.

Add flowers of all different heights. Obviously you want the low profile florals in the shorter vases, while the long and more spectacular flowers, like roses, should be in taller containers. Shorter flowers of greater volume an be used to surround the tall vessels. Have the shorter flowers be lighter in hue than the taller blooms.

Don’t have too much money to spend on your wedding? No problem. There is no reason to go into considerable debt when planning your wedding. There are many things you can do to save money, including making your invitations, decoration and food.

Families are all too willing to push family traditions on you for your wedding, but gently remind them this is your wedding and try to compromise. Be sure to let them know that you thank them for the love and affection they offer, but this day is for you and your future husband or wife in the end. When you follow your own instincts and plans, you will have no regrets in regards to your wedding day.

Be prepared for rain. For an outdoor wedding, create a “Plan B” since it could rain. You may think it won’t rain on your wedding day, but you really never can tell.

Before you start purchasing anything for your event, sign up for a credit card that offers incentives and rewards. Weddings often cost thousands of dollars, so getting 1% of that back in rewards can accumulate quickly. Charge all of your expenses to that card and the rewards should build up very quickly.

Invitations are one of the most integral parts of any wedding, aside from the the theme and date. Invitations generally include at least the color scheme of your wedding to show to your guests. Think of your options prior to picking out your wedding invitations.

If you want a small Las Vegas wedding, do whatever makes you happy. However, if you would like a more traditional wedding, read the advice provided in this article for the wedding of your dreams.

Think about printing up your own personal wedding invitations if you are short on money but long on time. When it comes to printing your own invitations, there are many options available including invitation kits. These kits often include the card stock and envelops. Invitation kits often allow you to select such things as ink, wording and fonts.

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How To Have The Wedding You Want

The process of planning a beautiful wedding can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. The process can be very difficult if friends and family interfere. You’re about to read some great advice that can help you stay sane when planning your wedding.

Religion is most likely going to be a significant factor in not only your wedding, but your future marriage. It is wise to have conversations with your future mate and his or her family to be sure you all understand each other’s religious beliefs.

To save money, choose a date that is not when most people typically get married. Many brides and grooms decided to tie the knot between May and September. Wedding venues are costly during these months. If it is imperative that your wedding be at this time, be sure to make your reservations far ahead of the date.

It is important to practice walking down the aisle as often as possible before the ceremony. This absolutely needs to be done where the event is taking place with the exact footwear you plan on wearing on the big day. Your walk will flow more smoothly when your special day arrives.

Personalize the wedding so that it reflects your personalities, and that of your relationship. Select a theme that best represents what you mean to each other.

If you will be preparing the food for your wedding, shop at wholesale stores. Shopping wholesale renders significant savings for food. Think about asking friends to contribute to the food bill.

Select ethnic catering for a truly memorable event. Use lots of different foods rather than the more traditional chicken and steak. Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.

You should try to create a wedding that is extremely personal by having elements which encompass you, your fiance, and the relationship between you two. Select a theme that corresponds to you as a couple, and evokes things you have done together.

When choosing a cosmetic artist for the big day, look at samples of his or her prior work. Is the makeup style what you are looking for? Be sure they can create the look you want. You don’t want to wait till the last minute only to find out that you are not pleased with the makeup job they will be doing.

If you want to have an unusual and interesting wedding reception, select a catering group that offers ethnic flair. Chicken, steak and such are served at weddings all the time. Why not do something different? Make sure that your wedding feast is something that everyone will remember for years to come.

Take the time necessary to write out your wedding vows, because this is going to be remembered by your spouse for a long time. Keep in mind that your marriage is a strong bond between two parties that must both compromise and sacrifice. Write your vows so that they express your love for your spouse and remind you of why you love them.

Take the time necessary to write out your wedding vows, because this is going to be remembered by your spouse for a long time. Understand that marriage is a very strong commitment that requires the both of you to make sacrifices. Your vows should fully capture your feelings and dedication to your partner.

If you do not want a traditional wedding cake, consider individual-sized cakes. There are some bakers who are able to prepare elegant cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories each. They can also use healthy ingredients like fruit fillings, no-calorie sweeteners, and even meringue toppings.

Take the time to look at the work of different photographers before committing to one. You never want a photographer who is unlikely to make you happy in the end. Check online reviews or ask your family members for recommendations on a good photographer where you live.

Don’t overcrowd your wedding reception tables with excessive flowers. Frequently, these flowers are a nuisance to your guests, since they get in the way. An additional possibility to consider is that a number of your reception guests may suffer from allergies. Because of this, you should think about putting candles that are non-scented onto the table in order to achieve a more romantic look.

Make certain that your choice for the reception has enough dancing space. It can be very uncomfortable to see your wedding guests crammed together to dance in a tiny space, so make sure there is enough room prior to the event. Move chairs and tables out of the way if necessary!

The music ranks up there with the videographer in terms of importance. Make sure the person you hire knows what type of music you do not want played. This is far more important than getting every tune you want to hear played, as a song from a genre you and your guests hate can kill the entire mood. Perhaps it’s heavy metal, or country music, or even a previous lover’s “special song”. No matter what it is, make sure the DJ knows so that you don’t have any unpleasant surprises playing at the wedding.

Fashionable and luxury-loving brides can choose to embellish their bouquet with a touch of sparkle; think Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and even a sprinkle of diamonds. You can add some crystals that have been glued on, some costume jewelery, or an heirloom of your own. Make sure it goes with your dress and accessories, and that the color, cut, and size of the stones compliment your ensemble.

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Think about getting silk flowers as an alternative to real ones. Because they’re synthetic, you don’t have to wait until the last minute to purchase them, eliminating your concerns about floral arrangements on your wedding day.

The venue that you select for your wedding reception should have enough space for dancing and activities. Nothing is worse than a tiny, crowded dance floor where there is no room to move around. To make the dance floor larger, clear out some chairs and tables.

The menu is an excellent place to reflect cultural diversity. Another alternative is to offer ethnic dessert or drink options to the menu.

Check to make sure that you can alter the lighting of the venue where the wedding reception will take place. Although this may seem trivial, you want the option of having a low-light setting during your first dance and a more brighter setting for the rest of the celebration. Before committing to the venue, ask them about this.

If you have decided to give a speech in a wedding, make sure that you plan for it and practice it enough. Without the right amount of planning and practice, you can easily lose the audience, get caught with your foot in your mouth, or just bomb the speech with nothing but stuttering and a confused look on your face.

Even if you picked out and bought your dress, the wedding shop should keep it until your wedding. By putting it in your closet, it could get wrinkly or get stained. Having the bridal shop keep it will ensure that it’s pressed and fresh for your special day.

If you have an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a plan B in case it rains or there are other unforeseen conditions. You can rent several tents or look for a location that has a community hall, in addition to an outdoor space. Get proper installation of temporary walkways at the outdoor site to make sure muddy conditions do not end up soiling the shoes of the wedding participants or the guests.

Consider borrowing a special piece of jewelry from a friend or family member. This helps you save money, look beautiful and will make your wedding day extra special.

Inform your caterer if you’re going to be having your wedding reception outdoors. Some food are unsuitable for outdoor receptions, as they will spoil in 90 degree heat or blow around in the wind. Or maybe you could put fancy covers over your dishes. If you can, use a small fridge for keeping drinks cool.

For example, consider a contemporary fusion menu filled with popular dishes. Make the meal more original with an ethnic dessert or traditional drinks.

If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on flower arrangements on the reception tables, have you considered a display of potted plants instead? Colorful pots can be decorated with paint, ribbon, or decoupage to make the arrangements even more lively. Guests might can take these plants to their homes as wedding favors, or the newlywed couple could plant them at their own home.

For example, choosing which flowers you want to have in your bouquet or table settings will rely on what’s available in your new location. Communicate with florist and wedding professionals where you’re getting married to discover the flowers that will be blooming and available at that time.

Gift registries come in handy when planning a wedding. It is also harder for the bride and groom to have to bring all of the gifts home from the reception. Provide a large assortment of gifts to choose from at varying prices. People need to be comfortable giving what they are able to afford bringing.

If you are going to travel for your wedding, make sure you understand the local laws. Whether it is residency requirements, fees, or any other red tape, you should have all your needs addressed before you begin the task of booking hotels and services for the big day.

Your floral arrangements will be more interesting if you select flowers in varying heights. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Peonies and hydrangeas are wonderful flowers to incorporate. The shorter flowers should have more prominent blooms and be more lightly colored.

Make certain that everything in your plans coordinates with each other, even the flowers. Vintage themes can offer a classy look if the flowers are suited to the theme. These include red poppies, pink and yellow peonies, and bright daisies.

In order to keep the bride happy and stress free on her wedding day, you should make certain that the quality of the wedding meets her standards. If she feels it’s her responsibility to undertake the planning and worry about a below par celebration, it will ruin her entire day. If you run everything by your bride she will have a much happier wedding day.

Use floral arrangements of varying heights. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Then use shorter vases around the taller ones, filled with big flowers like peonies or hydrangeas. The full flowers should be a lighter color than the tall flowers.

The groom’s tuxedo should fit perfectly. Consult with people whose opinions you trust before you make a final decision about your tux. There may be photographs taken, so look your best at your wedding. This will be an event to remember!

Try to plan some fun group activities that your guests can enjoy on your wedding day. You don’t want all of the guests simply watching and waiting for the vows to come to a close before leaving. Organize contests, games or even sports. Everyone will more easily remember your wedding when they have fun and get to socially interact and mingle.

Be sure to select your videographer with care. Begin early and interview several. Remember that the editing and sound quality are especially important. Make sure you will be receiving a digital video or DVD. Decide who you want to choose based on the gut impression you get with each.

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Plan your wedding well in advance. It might seem silly, but other people are doing the same thing and you want to be ahead of the curve. Plan as soon as you can to make sure you get everything you want.

Be alert about the weather. For example, don’t hold an outdoor wedding during a heat wave–people might not stay too long, if they are uncomfortable. Similarly, they might leave early, if it’s too cold. There are various arrangements that you can make to account for the weather. For example, if you are planning on having an outdoor wedding in the summer heat, providing fans may alleviate some of your guests’ discomfort.

Get a credit card with a rewards program prior to purchasing services for your event. Since you’re likely to run up a good bill footing your wedding, getting miles and other perks out of the whole shebang is a good idea. Any time you need to buy something for the wedding, charge it to the card. You’ll see your rewards build up in no time.

Congratulations on tackling your fears and reading this far. If you haven’t thrown up your hands in frustration yet, you will probably make it to the wedding day. Your wedding belongs to the two of you. Use the tips mentioned in this article and make your wedding all you have dreamt it would be.

On your wedding day, there will be many guests with whom you want to take photos. With a large guest list and a huge venue, it may be difficult to coordinate posed photographs unless you have set aside a specific time frame for doing so. That is why everyone should operate on the same photography schedule and have a photographer who knows this plan and has time dedicated to this activity.

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