Happy Tuesday everyone! We’re starting today with an excellent post from the fabulous Kaysha Weiner, written from her perspective as a very recent bride AND a photographer. It’s full of some awesome tips and advice for planning your wedding, so be sure to check it out…
How to Plan a Picture Perfect Wedding
Having photographed nearly a hundred weddings, I’ve seen it all: from luxurious extravaganzas, to intimate backyard receptions. In my experience (and also recently having planned my own wedding), it’s the little things that can really make all the difference- not only in your photos, but throughout your whole day. With these tips in mind you’ll be able to take your celebration to the next level and truly plan a picture perfect day.
Build your dream team
When it comes to choosing your vendors, be sure your picking companies whose work you not only love, but also people you trust. Not matter how organized you are; you cannot do everything yourself, and you’ll need to rely on the talented people you’ve chosen. Just remember your vendors are professionals, who have probably worked on more wedding then you’ll ever attend. Listen to their advice, and have faith that they are working hard to make your day perfect!
TIP: Hire a coordinator; having at least day of coordination can have a huge impact on your day. These savy people are responsible for all the details, and will insure everything is taken care of, so you can sit back and enjoy!
Find your wedding style
Thanks to the blog world and Pinterest, there is no lack of pretty photos to pull inspiration from. At first all these choices may be a bit overwhelming. What can help is to first pick your overall wedding theme, or style. This can be a color palette, a location, or even a time of year. The key is to stick to your choices throughout the entire planning process. So if you want a rustic barnyard wedding, a giant ball gown might not be the best choice for a cohesive style. Just remember to embrace your choices and don’t be afraid to try something different!
TIP: Using the same colors, fonts, and textures throughout all your details can make a world of difference, regardless of your design.
Timing is everything
The best thing you can do for your wedding is give yourself time, and lot’s of it! Meaning add extra time for getting ready, photos, and even your ceremony. This is especially important when it comes to photography, video, and any design elements. These creative’s need time to do their jobs, and the more time you give them the better your final product will be.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to reach out with your timeline months before the wedding day for their input. Sometimes a few small changes can make a world of difference.
Accept what you cannot change
When you spend close to a year planning one day it’s easy to lose perspective when things don’t go as planned. Here is the truth, something will inevitably go wrong. It could be the smallest detail, or a guest could spill red wine down the front of your gown. Regardless, don’t let it ruin your big day! No one will notice if the flowers aren’t the right color, or your cake is the wrong flavor.
TIP: Understand that your wedding dress will get dirty, and that’s okay! You’ll only wear it once, and dry cleaners can work magic.
Getting married is supposed to be fun!
The most important thing you can do is let go, relax and have some fun. This will always translate into beautiful photos, and lasting memories of your wedding day.
TIP: Wear comfortable shoes, or at least bring a pair to change into! Trust me, you and your feet will thank me later.
Wow, I absolutely love Kaysha’s advice! Simple, and to the point!
Brides, how are you planning on ensuring that you have a “picture perfect” wedding? Anything in particular that you’re planning on doing?
Vendors seen in the above photos…