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The first dance: one of the key moments of a wedding and one often feared by the bride and groom! When it comes to your first (and quite possibly only) public dance as husband and wife there’s one key decision to make before your reach the big moment: are you going to go choreographed or make it up as you go along? Time to put it to the debate!

FRIDAY FIGHT OUT!

 

In the Red Corner, arguing for a bit of heartfelt improvised dancing cheek to cheek, in fact her own wedding first dance was so improvised that to this day we still don’t know what song it was to, it’s Dom “The Tog” Bride

In the Blue Corner, arguing for a choreographed routine although his only experience of trying to actually learn a dance routine was at the age of 17 to dance to “Rocky Robin” with his colleagues at the Christmas party cabaret… it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

First Dance: Choreographed Vs Improvised
FIGHT!!!

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Dom: It’s your first dance as a married couple, not Strictly Come Dancing! it doesn’t matter whether or not you can dance properly, it’s just a chance for you and your new husband or wife to enjoy a nice romantic dance together to a song you love.

Matt: But all eyes are still on you and you are expected to make everyone else want to get up on the dance-floor! To some degree it is a performance – everyone will be watching and will want to be entertained!

Dom: If you’re not a great dancer then learning a routine (and being able to remember it after a few drinks) is going to be a nightmare!

Matt: But at the same time if you can’t dance then learning a few moves together even if it doesn’t look like a full routine means you’re not going to be completely embarrassed and end up doing the dreaded “Dad-dancing”!!

Dom: No-one cares if you can’t dance – it’s just about the romance! If you pick a slow dance you can’t really go wrong, and you can always instruct your ushers and bridesmaids to get up on the dance-floor quickly so you’re not dancing on your own for too long!

Matt: I’ve seen some brilliant routines done at weddings, you can even have a joke with it: at my brothers wedding they started the dance with the DJ saying “Will Fred and Ginger please take to the dance-floor” and my Red-headed new sister-in-law proceeded to dance the first part with my 2 year old nephew Freddie before Martin cut in and completed a comedy dance routine!

Dom: But sometimes rehearsed routines can look really forced and just not come off at all which is far more embarrassing than just dancing closely together without a routine! The photographer will be there to capture that moment and a look of concentration and confusion is not the image you want captured for prosperity!!

Matt: But as long as you rehearse it properly you shouldn’t need to concentrate that hard and can just enjoy yourselves rather than worrying you’re making a fool of yourself! Or go for a comedy routine that deliberately makes fun of yourself a little: still a little embarrassing if you’re quite shy but at least it’s on your terms and designed to make everyone laugh!

Dom: If you are naturally good dancers then there’s no real need to choreograph it, you spend enough time worrying about the speeches on the day, don’t give yourself extra stress for the dance!!!

Matt: But if you are good then why not let your talents show with a choreographed routine? How often do you get the chance to do a full-on formal routine with your partner? Rehearsing it can also be great fun and a really nice thing to do together in the build-up to the wedding!

And so, as the DJ plays the final song and the inevitable group hugs and clambering for an ever elusive taxi begins, so this dance-off draws to a close. But you can keep the party going in our comments section below! We’d love to hear your thoughts on choreographed vs improvised, so don’t be shy, hit the floor and show us your moves!

The First Dance: Choreographed Vs Improvised
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Brrrrr…. anyone else feeling a little chilly today? With the snow falling around us we thought we’d brighten up your day with some dreams of exotic locations in the sun for you to enjoy on your honeymoon and who better to tell us all about it than honeymoon expert Rachel Jensen from Simplexity Travel Management! So we’ll hand over to Rachel to tell you her top ten honeymoon destinations for 2015!

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One of the most significant holidays a couple will go on is their honeymoon. After the stresses of planning a wedding, going away can be a welcome activity, and there’s a wealth of locations that you can visit and enjoy around the world.

Santorini 

When to go- June to August

An island situated to the southeast of Greece’s mainland is Santorini. Locals believe this is the site where the lost city of Atlantis was, but regardless of legends, it’s truly a paradise to enjoy. There are a selection of sophisticated hotels and an upmarket nightlife perfect for any couple.

When it comes to eating, some of the best restaurants are part of hotels. Dimitris offers some of the freshest fish available on the island, whereas Archipelagos allows you to dine alongside a cliff overlooking the now non-active volcano. There are some amazing sights here that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world.

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Bora Bora: 

When to go- May to October

Bora Bora is only a small island, being just six miles long and 2.5 miles wide. Yet that doesn’t stop it from being a place filled with natural beauty and cultural bliss. From clinking glasses with your loved one, to diving, parasailing and hiking, there’s an activity to suit all tastes.

To embrace the full idyllic island experience, Bora Kaina Hut is a must visit restaurant. The interior features candle-lit tables, wooden furniture and a sand floor. There’s even homemade breadfruit gnocchi, mahi mahi with passion fruit and a popular catch of the day.

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Fiji: 

When to go- Late October, Early November

With clear turquoise waters, glittering sands and beautiful resorts, there’s little wonder why Fiji has been a popular honeymoon location for a number of years. For people that believe a beach is essential for a perfect break, this will definitely be your idea of a nirvana.

Blue Bure will instantly relax you, featuring tropical blue and green walls. This a funky bar come restaurant that only serves fresh and traditional South Pacific food. Mariamma Temple hosts a South Indian fire walking festival during either July or August, and is an amazing place to visit. All of the temples are intricately designed, leaving people awestruck by the design.

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Tuscany: 

When to go- Early Autumn or between April and May

Italy is already known as a beautiful place to visit, but a must visit destination for honeymooners is Tuscany. From mouth watering foods to postcard perfect views, there are very few places that can offer this level of sophistication.

Although there’s many dining locations in this area, one that stands out from the rest is Il Teatro del Sale. It features beautifully cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and don’t forget about the wine either.

You can also immerse yourself in Tuscany’s culture by visiting the Galleria degli Uffizi. Built between 1560 and 1580 as a government office building, it now holds the Medici’s inspiring private art collection.

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Kauai: 

When to go- September and November, or April to June

Hidden shorelines and romantic resorts make Kauai a place for those celebrating their honeymoon. Two words to describe Kauai is a tropical paradise, as there’s plenty of places to relax, alongside adventurous activities that provide more of an adrenaline rush.

Seaview Terrace may not have the most imaginative name, but it’s an amazing cafe. There’s a selection of carefully created pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers and coffees that can be enjoyed whilst facing the ocean. An amazing tour of Allerton Garden will show you just how amazing Kauai is. Don’t be fooled by the name, as it’s actually a valley complete with waterfalls and crystal clear pools.

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British Virgin Islands: 

When to go- September to November

The British Virgin Islands are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands in the Caribbean, which only adds to their appeal. There is always steady trade winds, calm waters and protected bays in which to relax.

Potter’s By The Sea is the first place you’ll see when departing from the ferry dock. Although originally from New York, Potter’s creates feel good seafood. The décor is stylish and even features graffiti on the walls. Live bands also play regularly at the venue, adding a trendy edge to the establishment’s vibe. A beautiful location to visit is Sage Mountain National Park, boasting 92 acres of amazing rainforest-esque greenery.

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Maui: 

When to go- April to May or September to November

Maui may not be the largest island in the area, but for couples that want to visit Hawaii, it’s an amazing place to begin. As soon as you hear the twang of a guitar and feel the palm breeze, you’ll never want to leave.

Honolua Store is a bungalow that was previously a general store. Now it serves deli style food, including wraps and masubi. There’s also a coffee bar to relax in that serves tantalising pastries.

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Bali: 

When to go- July to August

One of the more exotic locations on this list, Bali will definitely exceed your expectations. With numerous beaches, elaborate temples and hidden jungle bungalows, this is an amazing place to spend the first few weeks of your lives together.

A must visit is popular eatery Bumbu Bali. The restaurant specialises in some of the best Indonesian food in the area. Gunung Kawi is at the bottom of a green river valley, and is one of the countries oldest and largest monuments that has been cut out of rock.

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Tahiti:

When to go- May and October

Tahiti is a tropical paradise, perfect for the first few weeks of marriage. Enjoy the slow pace and warm weather as the world passes on by, as well as the sandy beaches.

Coco beach has a casual atmosphere, and offers some of the best fresh and tasty foods; we recommend you sample the fish burger. Another eatery is Cook’s Bay, which has everything you could ever want, including shops, hotels, restaurants and more.

The Best Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

These are some of the best locations to visit if you want to celebrate your marriage in style. No matter where you choose, it will be a memorable holiday like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

Thanks to Rachel and Simplexity Travel Management for sharing these top honeymoon destination ideas with us today!

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Bride Vs Groom Awesome Suppliers:
HD Moments

 

Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to the latest member of the Bride Vs Groom amazing supplier family, fantastic wedding filmmakers HD Moments! HD Moments create beautiful films in their natural discrete style and we caught up with Justina from the HD team to find out a little more about what makes her tick as a filmmaker…

Tell us a little about yourselves, how did you get started in wedding videography and what inspired you?
Before HDMoments was born we owned a photography business, we had a lot of adventures and successes but eventually the idea of videography and the challenges that went with it started to appeal to us. We came to the conclusion that we wanted to tell stories in a different way… For us that was video.

How long have you been filming weddings for?
This will be our third year filming beautiful weddings.

Whatʼs your style of wedding videography? What defines you as a videographer?
We are a professional wedding cinematography company experienced in capturing sound, motion and most importantly emotion. You can say our style is cinematic but for us the storytelling is the most important.

Whatʼs your approach on the wedding day?!
We work discreetly in an entirely non-invasive way. We are flexible, organised, and we don’t interfere with any of the events of your wedding. We are here to offer any advice related to your wedding film if you need it.

What are you most proud of so far in your career?
With every wedding we film we take great pleasure from the satisfaction of our customers after they see the finished product.

What advice would you give to a couple when choosing their wedding videography?
Firstly don’t be afraid to hire wedding Videographer. Secondly please have a good look to they portfolio and compare at least 3 different videographers. If any of them can give you goosebumps that’s the first indication that they are worth booking.

Could you give us a little more detail about your packages?
Our prices start from £2000 we have three different packages to suit individual needs and we would like to offer Bride Vs Groom readers a special £200 discount off each of our packages for a limited time only!

What piece of advice would you give to couples when planning their wedding day?
Remember to enjoy your wedding, sometimes you can forget what the whole wedding thing is about!

Whatʼs your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?
People, love stories and being able to give our couples everlasting memories

Thanks so much to Justina for taking the time to talk to us and telling us a little bit more about her films. You can find out more about HD Moments on our Find A Supplier Page or check out the HD Moments Website to see more of their gorgeous work! You can also find them on their Facebook or Twitter Page.

Website: www.hdmoments.co.uk
Email: info@hdmoments.com
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Crab & Lobster Thirsk wedding Yorkshire by Toast Photography

Today we have a little photographic treat for you in the form of Eloise & Ben’s beautiful wedding at Yorkshire’s Crab Manor in Thirsk, captured by friend of the blog, the amazing Toast of Leeds. Crab Manor is such a cool and quirky venue and the gorgeous couple’s plans fit their surroundings perfectly, so to tell you a little more about it we’ll hand over to the lovely Shelly, a.k.a Toast of Leeds!

Crab Manor in Thirsk is not your average wedding venue. Stuffed full of deep sea divers, a yeti, a skeleton hanging from the ceiling, vintage typewriters and odd ball knick knacks, it’s not the kind of place for your average couple. But then Eloise and Ben aren’t exactly average.
Eloise and Ben were married in the Orangery at Crab Manor surrounded by friends and family. Eloise looked like a model straight from the pages of Vogue in her amazing Amanda Wakeley gown and her blue hydrangea bouquet was created by her clever mum, Fiona, who had also spent months growing and drying flowers for confetti. Ben looked suitably ace in his Paul Smith attire outshone only by pageboy Ethan.

Their reception was held in the Manor’s restaurant, the Crab and Lobster famed for it’s amazing seafood. The table plan was based around literary classics (which guests also got to take home with them as little mementoes of the wedding), and their reception featured a whole host of eclecticism that suited the venue down to the ground…

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