In all my experience of photographing weddings, one word tends to sum them up more than any other. Any idea what that word could be?
Yep. It’s “chaos”! There’s so much to think about and do on the day itself, things can quickly spiral out of control if you’re not careful.
But it needn’t be that way! With a little careful planning and foresight on your behalf, you can easily have the smoothest wedding day of your dreams. So without further ado, here are my top 5 tips for a stress-free wedding day:
Create a detailed timeline your wedding day that includes when flowers are set to arrive, when people should arrive, when hair and makeup will get done, etc. Include exact times and locations. Share this timeline with everyone involved in your wedding, including your photographer!
Have food on hand while you get ready. Some couples make the mistake of barely eating on their wedding day and end up with a headache! Having healthy snacks and lots of water on hand will make for a better day.
Practice walking in your wedding day shoes to make sure they’re comfortable enough to stand around in for your portraits and for the duration of your wedding. Pain is beauty, yes, but looking pained in a picture isn’t worth the discomfort.
4) Be Prepared!
Pack a “wedding day emergency” kit and bring it along with you on your big day. Essentials include some clear nail polish for snags, pain reliever for headaches, any makeup you need for touching up and a travel sewing kit. Band-Aids, lozenges and tissues are also good.
5) Stay Cool!
Have your cake and flowers arrive at the latest possible moment (but still budget in some buffer time). Flowers wilt and cakes can melt on hot days, so putting these deliveries off can ensure both look great for your pictures, ceremony and reception.