Seven Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding
As a Houston Wedding and Destination Wedding Photographer a little secret. Here’s a confession. I love weddings. I truly do. I was the groom twice! I’ve personally shot nearly 80 weddings myself. From this experience, I have learned some things to ensure that you have a stress free wedding. There will always be some type of unforeseen circumstance that arise, but preparation can do your wedding day justice. There are three things that all brides want: to have fun on their wedding day, gorgeous images to enjoy afterwards, and for their special day to be memorable. Here’s a seven tips to ensure you have a stress free wedding.
- Select a location where you are getting ready with care. A bed & breakfast with lots of natural light will look much more beautiful in photos than a church kitchen with industrial appliance and fluorescent lights. We have suggested our brides get ready in a completely different hotel room than they slept in the night before. That will keep the room free from clutter and unnecessary distractions.
- Find out what the rules for the photographers are what the ceremony location and tell them in advance. All venues are different; some restrict the locations of photographers, use of flash or even the times when photographs are permitted. It’s important that these restrictions are taken into account.
- Take the price tags and stickers off your shoes and dress, even those found inside in advance. The last thing you want to see is a price tag and the last thing you want to be looking for on the day of the wedding is scissors.
- Make sure you eat before the wedding. It may be hectic and you may be nervous. But it will be a while before you have the opportunity to nourish yourself during the reception. It is also essential that you bridesmaids are eating too, because you do not want hunger to be the driving or motivating force when it is time to do formal pictures with the family and wedding party.
- Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, hair pins, stain treatment, Visine, safety pins, pain relievers, mini deodorant and scissors. Nothing will throw a monkey wrench into a timeline like an unforeseen accident. Being over prepared is something I always suggest to my brides, and something that could help you immensely if an emergency arise.
- Allow 50% more time for hair and make-up than you originally anticipated. It can help alleviate the number one reason weddings do not start on time. The more moving parts that there are, the more you need to account for time delays.
- Above all remember that your vendors work for YOU on the day of the wedding. If you do not want to do something, simply say no. This is your wedding day and you do not want to have any regrets.
I know you are planning a wonderful wedding day. As you move closer, just remember to enjoy the moment, the night will go by extremely fast! Thanks for reading, Ed.
This is our first installment of the EDucated Bride Series:
1. 7 Tips For A Stress Free Wedding
2. Why Add A Bridal Session
3. 8 Tips Before Hiring A Photographer
4. Why Add A Day After Session
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