Wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You started dreaming about it when you were 5, and continued shaping it through school and college. You want it to be magical, you want it to be special, you want it to be perfect. And it can be. Through years of being a wedding photographer, I have learned so much about weddings, it became natural for me to create a list of tips to ensure your wedding is the most perfect in every single way.
1. Stay organized. Organization is the key to a successful wedding. Creating a timeline of the day, being on time, packing everything from deodorant to an extra pair of shoes, are just a few of things to keep you afloat. Don't forget to give yourself some extra time while getting ready, and leave about 30 minutes to have a good filling brunch/lunch. If hiring a wedding planner or wedding coordinator is a possibility, I strongly suggest you do so. It will cut a lot of stress from your life, and will simplify your planning.
2. Hire trusted wedding professionals. Just as important as being organized, hiring a great wedding team should be a priority. You should trust your vendors completely, so your wedding day will stay worry free. That is why it is so important to carefully look through your photographers portfolio, do a trial run of your make-up and hair with your beauty team, and taste the cake at the bakery. Read reviews, talk to previous brides and other vendors, and trust your instincts.
3. Relax and be yourself. It is your wedding day. The most important day of your life (well, definitely one of them!). Relax, have fun and be yourself. From the moment you wake up till the end of reception, have the time of your life. Don't stress about anything. As long as your groom is there, everything else shouldn't matter.
4. Enjoy every moment. Don't rush time. Don't think about the ceremony while drinking mimosas with your girls, and don't rush your portraits with the photographer to see your guests. Enjoy every single moment of this joyful, beautiful day and take it all in, one moment at a time.
P.S. Watch the movie "About time", when you have a moment. One of my favorites and goes with this tip so well!
5. Don't panic if things go wrong. There will be moments that don't go as planned. It might rain, or your maid of honor will embarrass you with the story from your college days, or the music will stop when you walk down the isle (that totally happened at my wedding), or somebody will spill red wine on your dress (TIP: no red wine at your wedding). You can either stress about it, or embrace it with a smile. After all, every time in rains in the future, you will remember your wedding day. You will laugh countless times about the funny speech your best friend gave, and smile every time the music stops.
P.S. And you still shouldn't have red wine at your wedding, because let's be honest, there is nothing funny about a bright red stain on the wedding dress.
6. Just keep on smiling. Greet every person, whether it is your family or a hired professional, with a genuine smile. Be grateful for all the hard work they are doing, and they will be happy to help! Plus it has been scientifically proven that smiling boosts your mood and gives you positive energy.
7. Put down your phone. Unless it is a very important call, your phone can wait and so can social media. You will have plenty of time to respond to those texts later!
8. Eat, drink and be married! All the yummy food that you carefully selected for your menu, the delicious cake and special drinks, are so important. Make sure to get a plate (or better, ask someone to get a plate for you prior to your arrival at the reception) and enjoy it!
P.S. Don't forget to rest and stay hydrated during your wedding day, and prior to it.
9. Dance and mingle. I can't stress enough about the importance of interacting with your guests. Once the reception is in full speed, and you are full and happy, walk to the tables and talk to your friends and family. Smile, hug and enjoy all the well wishes. And after all the talking, get the party started by joining the dance floor. Go celebrate! You have waited for this for so long.
10. Remember, what it's all about. The last and most important one. At the end of the day, your wedding is not about the flowers, the dress, the perfect party or a tasty cake (well, this one is pretty important if you like sweets as much as I do). Your wedding is a unity of two loving people, who have decided to spend their life together for forever and always. And this special day is just a beginning of your wonderful life with your best friend. Be patient, loving, passionate and trusting, and your marriage will thrive just like your wedding did.
your photographer Jenny Reese =)