Wedding Day Advice from a Wedding Photographer
I always try and give my couples some last minute advice if they are nervous before their big day. Weddings are very stressful, and sometimes you need someone outside of your friends and family to give you that extra boost of confidence that everything is going to be fine. Here are just a few of the most common pieces of advice I give to my couples.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Personally, I try to come prepared for things like hair malfunctions, dress slip ups and timing issues by bringing simple necessities that may have been forgotten. When you are focused on enjoying time with family, each other and taking in the celebration, the photos are more genuine!
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Have a solid timeline, and go over it with vendors/wedding party. I want my couples to have fun and not be worried about the photos and everything else they will be thinking of that day. So with that in mind, I make sure to go over the timeline for photography a month before the big day. I also go over the must have photo list of important people or certain locations at the venue that are musts for pictures. This definitely helps set the tone that you will be not only the main focus of my time, but that I will be working hard to keep the day all about the wedding and not all about the wedding photos.
It is about your commitment to each other and not about the planning. The planning is over, let your vendors worry about what is going on and enjoy getting married. I always try and schedule in a little bit of time for you two to be alone and take a breath with each other. It creates beautiful genuine images, and also gives a moment to relax from the hustle and bustle.
Be emotionally present and take in every moment, because the day flies by faster than you can imagine! This is one thing I say OVER and OVER again, its one day and it goes by SO FAST. When things get tough (and they just might) stop and look around and remember all those people showed up for you and your fiancé. They are celebrating the both of you getting married and starting a new chapter together.
Something will go wrong, something always goes wrong. Hair/makeup runs late, something is missing and needs to be found, the ceremony ends up starting late. IT HAPPENS! It is a rarity that weddings are 100% on schedule and that’s okay! Just expect that and roll with the flow because the important thing is you will be married at the end of the day and that’s what matters.
Take a deep breath if things don't go exactly as you planned. Relax, have fun and remember you are getting married to the love of your life!