You will notice I said LESS stressful and not stress free. On your wedding day you will get stressed, no bones about it. As a Delaware wedding photographer and former bride, I’ve seen it all. Taking these tips into account will lessen the stress so you can enjoy your day more!
1. Hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator – You have a vision for your wedding and they will help it become a reality! I know that weddings have budgets so you think you can do it yourself and save some moola. Planners have good working relationships with vendors and venues and can help you come up with a realistic budget that suits your needs. A good planner can save you money, time, and from big headaches! Also, if there are any troubles on the day of the wedding, they will take care of it. No need to send your MOH, mom, or yourself to put out a fire when you should be enjoying yourself.
2. Don’t forget to eat – If you’re anything like me, you get hangry and it’s not pretty. Also, your blood sugar can get low and you might pass out. Be sure to at least have a bag of snacks like energy bars or even bring a cooler to keep your energy up and hangryness out.
3. Have a day in between the wedding and honeymoon – Leaving the day after your wedding to go on an international honeymoon is stressful. I did it that way and would have left a day in between if someone had suggested it. I had to bring all of my luggage to the hotel, then to my getting ready location since I was staying in a different room that night, then into the car after the ceremony, and back to the new hotel room. Phew! Having a day to wind down and just enjoy each other’s company would have been so much better!
4. Make a timeline – I wish I had known on my wedding the day the importance of a good timeline. I did not have one at all and it felt chaotic. Because I didn’t have one, the photos of my bridesmaids and I were taken on the dance floor at the reception hall and that was not ideal. You don’t want that! The cake was also cut way late into the reception so there was SO MUCH left over. It made me sad because that was some dang good cake!
5. Pad that sucker – When you’re making your timeline, you need to pad that sucker! Especially if there’s travel involved. If you think it takes 10 minutes to get somewhere, say it takes 20. If you think the ceremony takes 15 minutes, say it takes 30. Having these buffers means you could possibly have more time for cocktails and dancing later.
6. Don’t tell anyone your room number – Let’s be honest, my husband and I had one thing on our minds after the reception. We didn’t want ANY distractions so we didn’t tell anyone our room number. I think there would have been a true “head-turning-around” Exorcist-style moment if someone had bothered us.
Exposed Branches Photography specializes in weddings, families, and maternity in Delaware and surrounding areas.