There are so many after twenty one years of learning,I know I will leave out some.Here is a list that will be very helpful to you in planning your wedding!
Get the groom to be involved, it’s his wedding too
Seat older guests away from loud music
Remember to involve step parents in some way
If it is the joining of two families, incorporate the kids into the ceremony,give them each a gift,have them participate
Have someone else do your makeup, you will be too nervous and critical,I dont suggest a relative I do suggest you hire a pro hair and makeup that will come to you!
DO get airbrush and false lashes!
DONT be the last to get ready, as a wedding photographer, I need one on one time with my brides for the very important bridal portraits.
DO have everything
in one place, have everyone come to you.
DO rent a house
on the beach perhaps as apposed to a resort , do you really want to see five other brides getting married,this is YOUR special day!
Look for your ceremony and reception sites first-one year out is average
Less is more,less guests = less stress Don’t invite guests you really don’t want to see at your wedding
Don’t seat divorced parents at the same table
Try to have an engagement session, great way to get comfortable with your wedding photographer,also nice to display an engagement photo next to your guest book
I love this idea, donate flowers the following day to a nursing home or hospital
DO feed your vendors!
If you hire an award winning photojournalist who has a gift for capturing “the moment” DONT give him/her a list of a thousand group shots or constantly tell them what to do, trust them,and enjoy yourself,forget about the camera!
DONT hire any vendors you wouldn’t want as guests DO hire your photographer early,DO read my post on the art of finding the perfect wedding photographer,the best ones fill up fast!
DO ask your photographer for recommendations of vendors better to have people that work well together especially a photographer and video,everyone needs to work as a team!
DO work on the timeline with your photographer,keep in mind photography is light +composition. save the last half hr for just the two of you in the best light! Your guests will be fine,perhaps plan a cocktail hr for this time.I sometimes give a day after intimate session especially when it is a destination wedding, using the destination as a background, You get to wear your wedding clothes once again and will have the most awesome and unique photos of just the two of you!
If you have an outdoor ceremony be sure to have a backup in case of bad
Be sure your Maid of honor knows how to bustle your dress
Be sure to eat on your wedding day, it’s easy to forget or be too excited
but you don’t want to get run down or have low blood sugar!
MOST OF ALL Don’t stress out over little things! REMIND YOURSELF, ITS ABOUT THE MARRIAGE!!