I’m a big advocator of the stress-free wedding. Weddings should be fun and literally the happiest day of your life, you shouldn’t be worrying about the things out of your control, or even the things within your control – but I know it’s easier said than done.
If you get to know me, you’ll come to realise I have a very ‘Hakuna Matata’ attitude – it means no worries for the rest of your days 😉 **starts breaking out into song**. But in all seriousness, it takes a lot for me to actually get stressed. I’m a down to earth Aussie with a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. Because if something’s not working, there’s always a solution to fix it, you just have to find it.
Anyway! I’ve picked up a few tips over the years and wanted to share them with you so you are more prepared for your stress-free wedding day, as these are things that you may not have thought of. Here are my top 10:
1. Don’t constantly check the weather
This is something completely out of your control, there’s no point in freaking out about it. Just ensure you have a plan B. Usually your venue will have a wet weather option, and I always have 10+ clear umbrellas in my car so we don’t have to miss out on any bridal party photos.
2. Please eat something
Eat breakfast. It’s such a long day, and by the time you get to the reception, you’re just going to crash if you haven’t had anything to eat. Even pack some muesli bars or a small snack in the limo/car so you have something to munch on if you get famished throughout the day. Also, keep bottles of water on hand when off location taking photos… we don’t want your or any bridesmaids getting dehydrated and fainting.
3. Don’t wait.
Make sure you pee before you get into your dress. It will make life much easier.
4. Tell me what you want in advance
I will ask you what style of photography you’re after and what and who is most important to you. I have my main go-to-shots but I’m not a mind reader, so if there’s anything you’ve seen that you’d like to replicate let me know.
5. Go unplugged
Unplugged weddings are really popular for two reasons: they allow your guests to be truly present in the moment, and also allows me to capture photos of guests instead of the back of phone screens. A great way to inspire this is to create a sign and place it at the entrance to the ceremony and ask your celebrant to make an announcement. Something along the lines of “the couple would like you to experience the day through your eyes and not your screens.”
6. Think about the big picture
Try not to freak-out about the tiniest of details. It’s not what matters in the end. I’m sure you want your friends and family to enjoy your day as much as you do. No one will remember that the colour of the ribbon on the boutonnières was salmon instead of peach.
7. Take a moment
Pause, breathe and have a moment with your partner to take it all in and appreciate what you’ve achieved. A great time to do this is at the reception when your guests are mingling. It’s a special moment, enjoy it, relax and let everything fall into place.
8. Family photos
As you know, family is really important to me. So I try to make sure family photos run smoothly. Before the wedding, select someone who can help round up family members to make sure everyone is where they need to be and no family members will be missed.
9. Pack the essentials
Make a ‘day-of-emergency kit’ including band-aids, mini sewing kit, nail scissors, stain remover, double-sided tape, safety pins, Panadol etc. All of the above can save the day! 😉
10. Don’t forget the rings… no seriously, don’t!
Nominate a person to hold onto the rings so you don’t have to worry about them. Just make sure you choose a reliable person!
Let me know when you’re ready to have a chat and I’ll give you a call to take you through the next steps.