As a wedding photographer, I never know what kind of wedding day experiences I will encounter. Even being part of your entire planning process doesn’t guarantee that the wedding won’t include surprises. It’s my job to be prepared for anything and able to go with the flow if there are unexpected mishaps! These are my top wedding planning tips from my weird and unexpected experiences to help in your own wedding planning!
First, we’ll start with parts of the day that commonly cause issues but can be easily avoided. Having both checklists for the wedding day and a wedding planner to oversee it helps prevent any hindrances to your day!
Working with your caterer on providing a meal for your photographer at the right time is a very important step. Honestly, this one is the biggest problem I consistently encounter. Caterers can give photographers a hard time about this, so it’s best when this instruction comes directly from the couple.
Generally, your wedding photographer and videography work in tandem. The ideal time for both of them to eat is when you two do either before the reception or before guests have received their food. This is crucial because otherwise the entire wedding reception timeline can get disrupted. Instead, your photography and videography team will be done eating before speeches and special dances begin. We can use a short break to sit and regroup in order to capture the best images for the rest of the night!
A wedding day can become the perfect storm of family drama, little details gone wrong, and important parts of the day being ruined or missed. Even if you have prepared well for the day, there are unpredictable elements like the weather that ultimately are out of your control! The greatest of these that may work against you, is time. One of the most common time delays is due to transportation.
Whether the wedding day is rural and includes shuttles or urban and includes some walking, you need to plan and buffer in extra time for transportation. Transitions can take longer than you expect especially with larger wedding parties. Allot a minimum of 15 minutes more than you think you need in your wedding day timeline.
It’s OK if something goes wrong on your wedding day. Actually, it’s expected. Having a rain plan so that you don’t have to make big decisions on the day is one of those crucial wedding planning tips to follow!
Getting the best photos on your wedding day is all about the lighting. It is important to take note of what the sun and shade are doing at your ceremony location. Your photographer cannot move you around (unless you are eloping and they’ve picked the spot for you!) during the ceremony so it’s best to follow these wedding planning tips for lighting:
A quote from bride featured here on handling mishaps during their wedding day:
“I just wanted to say thank you for making yesterday such a special day for Chris and I. With the running behind and all that–I am so thankful for your flexibility. We also both tend to be very camera shy, but it just flowed so nicely during the entire event!”
If some of these wedding planning tips struck a chord, then let’s chat all about how to make your wedding day the best it can possibly be!
Venue/Caterer/Coordinator | Poplar Springs Manor
Photographer | Shelly Pate Photography
Dress | Lazaro
Florist | Bee Inspired Floral & Event Design
Hair & Makeup | MAB Artistry
Cake | Cakes By Happy Eatery
Catering & Cake | Corcoran Caterers
Video & DJ | DJ Topedo & Company
Part 1: Make the Most of Your Wedding Morning Getting Ready
Part 2: Best Wedding Day Tips: How to Plan a Relaxed Wedding
Part 3: Private Moment Inspiration: More Than Just Your Wedding First Look
Part 4: Wedding Photography Packages: Knowing How to Choose the Best Fit
Part 5: Getting the Best Wedding Day Photos – Tips & Ideas for Wedding Photo Poses Part 6: Unique Wedding Planning Tips for a Smooth Wedding Day