One of the HUGE bonuses of being a wedding photographer is that I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much about planning a wedding. Whether it’s been advice from fellow suppliers, hacks from my amazing couples (you lot really are the best) or things I picked up back in the days when I worked in marketing (yep, I used to organise the odd event), here are some of my favourite tips and tricks I’ve picked up.
No.1 How To Break In Wedding Shoes
No.2 Think About Parking
No.4 Rain On Your Wedding Day
No.5 Four-Legged Guests
No.7 Personalise Your Wedding Ceremony
No.8 When To Send Out Wedding Invitations
No.9 Remembering Those Who Can’t Be There
No.10 Keeping Guests Warm At An Outdoor Wedding
No.11 Wedding Accidents
No.12 Toilet Goodie Baskets
No.13 The Cake
No.14 First Dance Music
No.15 Shopping for THE dress
No.16 Eat Before Your Wedding Ceremony
No.18 Your Wedding Portraits
If you’ve tried my cooking, you’d understand why I turned to the experts for this tip. Here’s some advice from the amazing
No.20 Ideas For A Green Wedding
No.21 Wedding Flowers
No.22 Seating Plans
No.23 How To Do Up Wedding Dress Buttons
No.24 Group Photos
No.25 Drinks At Your Wedding
Long gone are the days of just bucks fizz being served at weddings.
Why not serve you actually LIKE?! I’ve seen signature cocktails, favourite types of tea, a COFFEE VAN (yes, I may have almost fainted from happiness at that one), craft ales and so many more.
So think outside the box and serve drinks that you enjoy and you want to share with your loved one.
No.26 Go On A Date
Wedding planning can be stressful and with everything else going on, it can be hard to have some down time. So plan a regular date with your partner Doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just a walk along the beach or an evening of computer games. Create time for the two of you to forget about planning, forget about bills, chores and work, and focus on just having fun together.
Whether they make you laugh or cry, here are my top tips for wedding speeches:
Make notes! Yes it’s tempting to wing it, but trust me, you’ll appreciate a few notes in case you go blank.
Think about your audience, do you really, really, want to tell THAT story? (of course if the story is that good, just tell me later).
Chat to the kitchen first. With more and more couples having their speeches in between courses, if you are planning a 20 minute speech (not the longest I’ve heard) let the kitchen know so your food doesn’t get cold.
#ShowYourUniqueStyle yes this includes in your speeches. I’ve seen powerpoint presentations, life size cut outs, baby photos and not forgetting Jonny who wrote a song for his bride rather than giving a traditional speech.
The final piece of advice this month had to be this one: BE YOURSELF.
Celebrate your love and rock being yourselves! If you want colourful outfits, rock bands, fake tattoos, ice cream vans, fireworks, you DO IT! If you want a quiet, intimate, day with just a handful of your family and friends enjoying an afternoon tea, DO IT!
Don’t believe the “shoulds” or “it’s a not proper wedding if you don’t have…” when you plan your big day, be yourselves and love every moment.