As a wedding photographer, I have seen it all. Days and nights filled with laughter and love and well….. the complete opposite, to put it nicely. I have put together 3 of my favorite tips for a stress free wedding. These all have to do with you and your spouse, and your love.
Have a time line
If there is one thing that helps a wedding day go smoothly it is a thorough and detailed timeline. Everyone knows that planning and thinking ahead are important, but this is often neglected on a wedding day. Once you make your timeline, copies can be give to wedding vendors, immediate family, the bridal party and any other people who would be helping that day so that everyone knew where they were supposed to be the day of the wedding
A lot of times I think f brides get overwhelmed when it comes to planning a specific timeline because there are just so many things to think about. If you aren’t sure where to start with a timeline and you don’t have a wedding planner, We would be glad to help you put together a timeline to make sure that everything on your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible.
Give Yourself Time
Things will run behind schedule. Give yourself ample time for your hair and make up. In my opinion, the bride should be the first to get her hair or makeup done. If she’s getting her hair done someone else can be getting their makeup done, but the bride is the number one priority. If you think it’ll take you 3 hours to get ready plan for 4-5 hours. Trust me. If you’re ahead of schedule your photographer can get more bridal shots of you or photos of you and your bridesmaid in your bridal suite. It’s always best to be ahead of schedule rather than behind schedule. But remember, if you are running late don’t freak out too much– they can’t start without you.
Have Alone Time
Your wedding day will fly by, that is a guarantee. Making sure you make time for eachother on your big day. If you don’t, the day will be over before you hardly knew it began. Not sure how to get alone time? I have a few ideas for you.
Have your own transportation. You might feel like you are missing out on some of the fun with your wedding party, however traveling alone will allow you to take a ‘time out’ from all of the excitement. You will be able to re-enter your wedding reception re-energized and ready to celebrate with your friends and family.
Have a ‘First Look’. Over the past few years, a ‘first look’ has become very popular option for a lot of couples. Rather than waiting until you’re walking up the aisle to see each other for the first time, a first look gives you the chance to meet up at a separate location before the ceremony. This gives you a chance to calm your nerves, see each other, and have a few minutes to yourselves. This can be as far in advance of the ceremony as you would like – it can be just a 10 minute rendezvous. I love first looks and I will be happy to help you through this process. It gives me a chance to create even more magical memories for you!
Plan a sunset shoot -Sneak out for a sunset photo shoot during the reception. Once your photographer has captured a few images, they can head back inside and leave you guys to enjoy some time together, away from your wedding reception. No one will notice if you are gone for 20 minutes, and that time will be invaluable for you and your new spouse