After photographing weddings for over six years, I thought it would be beneficial to put together a list of little known wedding day tips to consider so that you can make your day extra special, memorable and most importantly, less stressful.
Consider a First Look with your parents. I recently did a First Look between a groom and his mom, and it was such a special moment. First Looks make for magical moments you can spend together with the amazing people in your life before the ceremony and the rest of your day quickly kicks off. You can also do a gown reveal with your bridesmaids! They’ll be your biggest supporters and get you hyped for the day to come. Biggest tip here is to buffer in time for this so that all bridesmaids can be ready for the big reveal. Another option is a wedding reception room reveal. This gives you, as a couple, a sneak peek into the culmination of all your planning and the details that were put into making the space special BEFORE your guests arrive.
Whew! This one is a must. There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing how to bustle your dress the day of when you’re wanting to get out on the dance floor. Consider designating a person in your wedding party to practice bustling the dress before your wedding day, or even take a video of your seamstres showing how to bustle the train. Better yet, forget having to worry about the bustle and change into a dancing dress instead!
No matter the wedding day, I always have my couples “go into hiding” a half hour before the ceremony starts. This prevents guests from seeing you before you walk down the aisle. Plus it gives you a chance to reset, grab a snack, or do any hair and makeup touch-ups.
You don’t have to do it all! Assign someone to pin boutonnieres, gather gifts at the end of the night, and do any other tasks that can alleviate you having to worry about them.
I can’t stress this one enough! It can be tempting to want to wait to have your hair and makeup done last so that its fresh all day, but a masterclass makeup and hair artist will be sure it lasts all day. Don’t wait to have your hair and makeup done. You’ll most likely be getting into your dress first and having getting ready photos taken. Going first means you won’t have to stress about your hair and makeup being done on time. If you’ll be having your mom, sister(s), or a maid/matron of honor helping you get ready, be sure their hair and makeup are done early in the day too.
Find ways to infuse what’s special to you as a couple into your wedding day. Don’t want to cut a cake? Then forego the cake! You have the freedom to design your day in any way that you please. There are no rules. I love these additional tips on hosting a party that’s uniquely your own.
I hope these tips help make the process of planning your wedding day a little easier and less stressful. If you have any questions or would just like to chat, I’m here for you!
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