Planning a wedding is high’s & lows isn’t it? Finding the perfect vendors can be so hard! But once you have them & you click, it’s an amazing feeling! Working out guests lists with both sides of family….. very hard. Going dress shopping and finding “the one” dress?…. amazing.
Here at Eternal Reflections Photography Studios, we try to help you navigate as much as possible, through the sea of fun and tears that is….wedding planning. Without further ado, here is our most recent post of “tips” for your wedding day. These tips are going to be all over the place (no real theme or direction), but just chew on them & then click on the link down low to read more tips!
1) Have a nice, pretty clean space to get ready in. Find a house, room in a house, hotel that will not only fit everyone you would like there, but that has a LOT of natural light. This is how you get fabulous getting ready photos. Deem one room or a corner the “messy space” for bridesmaids to dump things, change clothes. This way, there isn’t pop cans or clutter in the background of photos while you are getting your gown on.
2) Bring comfy shoes for photos. Whether that is toms, wedge flip flops or runners…. have a change. Sometimes even just another less high heel can give your feet a fantastic break during the day. Tired feet= tired bride.
3) This tip is out of order, but keep your reception moving along at a nice pace. Your reception is an event and when there is tons of downtime, people do not know what to do. You need to remember that while you know everyone there, not everyone else does…so gaps of time open to mingle can be awkward. Think about your boss & his wife, or your minister and his wife for example, they may not know very many people, and while they want to attend your wedding, having numerous breaks leaves them feeling awkward. Also, most people love to stay to watch the first few dances (even older people who usually leave quite early), but if those dances get going much later then 9:00 you can lose your crowd. Wedding days are long days for older relatives and while they dont want to miss out on any of the formal festivities, they really do wear out quickly. If possible, it’s nice to keep things trotting along with dinner, speeches, cake cutting and dances. During the dance is the best time to mingle with everyone, and then those who cannot stay out late are free to go without missing anything special. I cannot tell you how many times ive overheard guests saying “man this is dragging on” or people whining about “when is the dance going to start”.
4) I’m jumping all over, but one of the best things you can do for yourself is hiring an AMAZING makeup artist. If you need direction, please email. Please do know that the best artists book at least a year in advance.
5) Eat breakfast & have someone arrange a snack/lunch for later. It is a long day, and you do need food!
6) Go in for a second kiss. Get your first “first” kiss at the alter, but steal a second one. It’s just cute and usually results in charming laughs and applause. cute cute cute.
7) Show off your love and be cuddly. This is the day for PDA. The cuter your interactions are, the cuter your photos will be. Always be touching, even just holding hands.
8) Don’t worry about your train getting dirty during photos. You will not wear this dress again & I promise no one at the reception will care or even notice in the dim lighting….but the photos you will get from having fun and moving around will be fantastic.
9) Try to structure your day so that photos are not taking place during the harsh hours of sunlight. Of course this isn’t always possible and I am able to get amazing shots in any light, but the preference would be doing formals from (3-5) in the summer months (versus 12-2) and in the winter months (12-2) as it gets dark at 4.
Highly recommend that you go grab & tea and read through all of these awesome & informative tips for brides (read, scroll down, hit older and read some more)
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