Brides Reveal Biggest Wedding Regrets In Survey

Wedding (photo by Emilio Azevedo)

The vast majority of brides look forward to their weddings with plenty of excitement and hope. Unfortunately, at least one study indicates that many end up regretting the way they used their budgets.

Recently, New York Magazine published the results of a survey which asked 100 brides to name the biggest disappointments related to their weddings. In conducting their study, researchers asked every respondent to rank their greatest snafus, registry errors and planning missteps. In the end, the study unveiled fascinating results that can help guide anyone who’s preparing a wedding.

Overspending

It’s not uncommon for people to spend too much money on their weddings; however, some go over-budget in ways they later wish they hadn’t. According to New York Magazine’s report, most respondents expressed regret over spending too much money on flowers, while a smaller percentage said they wished they’d spent less on makeup, dresses, hair, photos, drinks and decorations.

Under-spending

Although a large number of brides believed they went over-budget on specific wedding features, others felt they hadn’t spent enough. About one in ten brides expressed regret for spending too little on their dresses, while about nine percent felt they underspent on their cakes. Ultimately, however, the largest regrets centered on poor or inadequate photography, with 22 percent of respondents wishing they’d spent extra on a quality photographer.

Unsurprising

According to professional wedding photographer, Arnaud Brichet, it isn’t that shocking to learn that lackluster wedding photography topped the list of bridal regrets.

“While the ideal ceremony tends to be characterized by a collection of critical features, none of it really matters if the wedding isn’t appropriately captured,” he said. “Sadly, a large number of brides focus their budgets on wedding planners, caterers, florists, bakers, limousine drivers and venue managers. Without an experienced, skilled photographer to capture every critical moment, even the best wedding features tend to fade from memory. That said, a quality photographer has the ability to capture the true essence of a ceremony, so brides and grooms can relive the emotions for years down the line.”

Making a Wise Choice

As an experienced Dominican Republic wedding photographer with HDC Photo, Brichet has amassed years of experience. According to him, when selecting a professional wedding photographer, it’s important to closely examine his or her complete portfolio.

“Some professionals take portraits that seem a little too unnatural or orchestrated,” he said. “On the other hand, an experienced professional has versatile talents, which allow him or her to capture beautiful, natural-looking photos that don’t seem forced or posed.”

Brichet says a good photographer should also ask plenty of questions and get to know the bride and groom to better assess exactly what they are looking for. Most importantly, the professional should have lots of samples that clearly demonstrate both his or her versatility and attention to detail.

Ideally, a wedding should be a beautiful, memorable event. That said, quality photographs can help you retain and re-experience even the most minor details; so you can enjoy them for decades later. When choosing a photographer, ask plenty of questions and take your time. After all, your photos and videos will be the most important link to that special day, when you officially joined your life with the one you love most.

3 Cool New Gadgets that Are Blowing Minds

Mindflex

Advancing technology has set the stage for some incredible new gadgets that make life easier, more convenient and a lot of fun. If you think your latest smartphone app is something special, wait until you see how three cool new gadgets are giving consumers and creators the opportunity to utilize their minds in ways many never thought possible.

Google Glass

This amazing eyewear can do almost anything a smartphone can do, including provide access to the World Wide Web for answers to almost any question. Even more amazing, Glass can generate visual displays that augment reality. Don’t know where you are? Ask this amazing piece of Google technology for directions and arrows will appear atop the ground before your very eyes. Don’t know the meaning of an Italian word? Ask Glass and it will speak the meaning right into your ears. Completely hands free, Google’s intuitive augmented reality eyewear also lets you easily take videos and snap pictures, which you can send to any person, regardless of their location on the planet.

Mindflex

Mattel’s mind-boggling mental acuity game lets opponents control tangible objects using just their minds. Competitors place sensors on their foreheads and earlobes, allowing Mindflex to sense brainwaves which it interprets as directions. Strong concentration skills force a floating sphere in the direction of your opponent, who tries to push it in your direction using only his or her mind. It may sound like something from the future; however, this incredible “toy” is already available at local department stores.

eBook Downloads

To the dismay of the publishing houses, e-Readers are quickly changing the way consumers get their books. Additionally, these gadgets have been a godsend to authors, who are now able to use self-publishing platforms to get their novels in front of readers. According to RJ Lawrence who distributes his eBooks download through Amazon.com, this technology has been hugely beneficial to both readers and authors.

“Some of the old guards in the publishing profession say that self-publishing hurts readers by letting low-quality material into the marketplace,” he said. “In the past, agents and publishers acted as filters that supposedly worked to keep bad writers and bad stories off bookstore shelves. In reality, however, I think we can all agree that there were plenty of bad books available to readers long before self-publishing came about. In the end, readers are perfectly capable of keeping bad writing at bay on their own through basic word of mouth and ratings systems.”

UBid, Happybidday, Pennygrab: Are All Online Auctions the Same?

Auction user (photo by Petar Milošević)

Penny Auctions have grown in popularity over the past year, thanks to widespread radio and television promotion. Unfortunately, they’ve also come under plenty of fire for bilking unsuspecting consumers out of their hard-earned money. Sites such as UBid, Happybidday, and PennyGrab pit users against one another in auction-style online formats that promise to deliver bargain prices on brand name products. That said, although these sites seem quite similar at first glance; they aren’t necessarily the same.

AARP Issues Warning

Recently the AARP issued a warning to its members regarding penny auction sites that take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. According to the organization, many people don’t realize that many of these sites are unlike traditional online auctions, such as eBay, because they require consumers to pay for the right to bid. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether bidders win an individual action or not; they must pay to participate. This means that any time an auction ends; numerous people have lost money, allowing the auction company to reap large profits at the expense of its customers.

Are They All the Same?

While most penny auctions work the same way, not all maintain the same level of credibility. For instance, while Penny Grab and U Bid are accredited by the Better Business Bureau; Happy Bid Day is not. Likewise, while pennygrab.com and happybidday.com require customers to pay money for the right to bid, ubid.com says it only charges a consumer’s credit card if he or she actually wins. Ultimately, this characteristic makes uBid a traditional auction site, which sets it apart from typical pay-to-play auction sites that force consumers to put money at risk just for the right to participate.

FTC Urges Caution

Like the AARP, the Federal Trade Commission has expressed concern about the way some of these bid-and-buy websites work. According to the federal agency, even when participants win a penny auction auction; the vast majority end up paying more than they expected. Additionally, the FTC warns that some sites use automated bots to make false bids on products, which helps drive up prices to encourage higher profits for the company.

How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer

Wedding photos are a critical part of any celebration, because they allow you to relive all the special moments and emotions years after the celebration has concluded. Sadly, research suggests that many brides and grooms spend too little on this fundamental necessity, instead focusing the bulk of their budgets on catering, flowers, makeup, decorations and drinks.

New York Magazine recently published a survey which asked about 100 brides to name the biggest disappointments associated with their ceremonies. While each expressed a wide variety of regrets, the vast majority said they would have spent more on wedding photography if they could do things again.

According to Arnaud Brichet, who owns the Punta Cana wedding photography company HDC Photo, this isn’t a surprising statistic. In fact, he says most people tend to undervalue their photographer, because they are too fixated on the moment.

“It’s common for brides and grooms to concentrate their focus on the ceremony and reception, because they are so excited about the upcoming event,” he said. “That said, many don’t realize that everything happens so quickly. It’s like a whirlwind that can be difficult to remember. That’s why they need quality photographs and videos to help them re-experience all the special moments.”

Unfortunately, many photographers do a poor job of capturing weddings, because they tend to take overly-orchestrated photos that appear unnatural. To ensure that they are getting quality service, Brichet says brides and grooms should seek personable candidates who ask plenty of questions.

“The best services are going to have photographers who get to know their clients,” he said. “They need to ask questions and learn exactly what the client wants and expects. Our Punta Cana wedding photography service is successful, because we take time to talk with each and every one of our clients.”

To get a better idea of what they can expect, brides and grooms should also ask to see plenty of samples. According to Brichet, a service should have a wide array of photographs in its portfolio.

“The best professionals have versatile skills,” he said. “Be sure to take time to go through their portfolios to get a clear idea of what you can expect. It may seem time consuming, but your photos and videos will be the only thing left after the ceremony and reception have concluded. In the end, your pictures are going to be the only link between you and the powerful emotions of that special day.”

New Book Lists for Thursday, May 16

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New Book Lists for Sunday, May 5

A valuable resource that provides great book suggestions, Amazon.com’s new Listmania is quickly gaining popularity for helping readers find authors and novels which have similarities to some of their favorites. Our in-house books and publishing expert Lois McGinty creates new lists on a daily basis to help readers unearth new books they might normally overlook. Below, you’ll find a few of her most recent compilations:

Must Read Novels that Stick with You
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