For months you spend countless hours planning for a single day. When the day finally arrives, you can get so lost in worry and stress that you miss it. You miss out on enjoying your wedding day to the fullest because you couldn’t slow down enough to experience it in real time. I deeply believe in going the extra mile to help my couples avoid this! No matter how close you are to your wedding day there’s still time to remove some of those stressors. Here are some of my best wedding day tips for having a super relaxed wedding!
It is always worth it to invest a little extra time into your photography coverage. This is especially important when transportation and/or larger groups like family or the wedding party are concerned. Portraits are going to take longer than you expect so it helps to factor that into both your timeline and the photography package that you select.
Like family portraits, there can be a lot of people to keep track of and coordinate in your wedding party:
When you are choosing your photography coverage and mapping out your wedding day timeline, make sure you leave flexibility for transitions. It’s especially important to leave additional space for the getting ready portion of the day: steps like hair and makeup or getting into the dress often take a little extra time.
Your photographer will give you a deadline that hair and makeup needs to be completed so that everything else runs on schedule. Tell your HMU artists to finish 15-30 minutes before that! A fun bonus to following these wedding day tips is using the downtime between hair and makeup and getting dressed to create fun photos with your wedding party. Remember to have an emergency kit ready to go too!
I share more details on what to include in your emergency kit and how to best set up the bridal suite for the photographer’s arrival right here.
If your wedding, reception, and first look are at different locations then transportation time needs to be considered. When you hire a shuttle or bus you must confirm the details! I’ve seen shuttles never arrive to pick up guests which delays the ceremony and everything following.
If you are having photography and videography done you’ll want extra time specifically during your couples’ portraits. Each artist will need a few minutes to themselves or we will be switching back and forth between our shooting positions and angles. Videographers, when working alongside photographers, usually prefer 10-15 minutes just for them to shoot.
First looks enable you to spend your entire wedding day together and not feel like you’re rushing through everything. You can authentically react to seeing one another instead of jumping right into a ceremony followed by tons of photos and a party where you are surrounded by others. Surprisingly, most couples have a more emotional reaction during the ceremony after doing a first look because it really sinks in. We can then take 95% of your photos before the ceremony so that you can be fully present with all your favorite people the rest of the day!
This may sound funny out of these wedding day tips, but asking your planner or catering staff to station someone near you during dinner will allow you to actually eat! Everyone is going to want to come visit and talk to you–which is wonderful. But, you two definitely need to eat.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of adding in buffers to your day to account for unpredictable events. If nothing goes wrong, this allows for so much more freedom in every step of the day to truly take it in unhurried. The most dangerous result of one thing going wrong very early on in the day is the domino effect that can then impact the remainder of the day. But, with breathing room in place, it’s possible to handle issues and still remain on schedule. You’ve worked too hard on preparing for this day to skip anything you may have planned!
Got a wedding plan you’re working on? I would love to hear all about it!
Planner | Jes Frank Events
Catering | Chef’s Table Caterers
DJ | Will Gralley
Florist | LeRoy French Flowers
HMU | Hair & Makeup by Megan Monahan
Rentals | Sammy’s Rental
Dress | Lovely Bride
Cake | Simply Desserts