Top 5 General Tips For Planning Your Wedding Day: A Photographer's Perspective
As a wedding photographer who has done hundreds of weddings up and down the UK, I have seen the highs and lows of wedding planning. Here are my top 5 general tips for planning a wedding, that will hopefully make it feel less overwhelming and make your special day everything you want it to be.
Start Early and Stay Organised
Planning a wedding can take months, if not years. There's nothing worse than feeling rush and stressed, so the earlier you start, the better. You want to have plenty of time to make decisions, book vendors and coordinate all the details. It's also important to stay organised throughout the process. Establish a timeline for the planning process that outlines what needs to be done and when..Use a wedding planning checklist or app to help you keep track of everything - It's always satisfying checking off a checklist as well.
Choose the Right Venue
The venue you choose sets the tone for your entire wedding. Consider factors like size, location, lighting and ambiance when choosing a venue. It's also important to consider the logistics, such as parking, accessibility, and accommodations for out-of-town guests. If your ceremony is taking place at a different venue to your reception, you should also take into consideration the travel time, extra transport for guests and if everyone is able to travel.
Hire Professional Vendors
Wedding vendors are the backbone of your wedding day. From your caterer to your florist to your photographer, it's important to choose professionals who have the experience and expertise to make your day perfect. Do your research, read reviews, and ask for recommendations from friends and family. Also don't leave it too late to book them, you don't want to limit your options.
Be Flexible and Enjoy the Process
Despite all the planning, sometimes there might be small hiccups on your wedding day - but that's ok! It's important to be flexible and have backup plans/ideas. Trust your photographer and suppliers, remember this is their profession, most situations they will have come across before, so don't be afraid to ask for help/advice. Don't stress about the small stuff - at the end of the day, what matters most is that you're marrying the person you love.
Stay present and in the moment
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and emotions of your wedding day, but it's important to stay present and in the moment. This will not only help you enjoy your day to the fullest, but it will also help your photographer capture authentic and candid shots. I always recommend to my couples, to try and step aside together for a short time on their wedding day, to really take it all in. This is so important because wedding days go by so fast! One moment you're saying your vows and the next thing you know you'll be dancing the night away. Try to relax and enjoy each moment!
In conclusion, planning a wedding can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Take into consideration these 5 top general tips, to ensure that your wedding is everything you want it to be. I am always happy to share my knowledge and experience with you to make sure your planning process is as smooth as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.