With weddings, as with everything in life, preparation is key. Modern weddings take months of planning, and sometimes it can seem like too much; from making a guest list to finding the right venue to deciding on the style and theme, stress levels can end up through the roof. There are many articles and books out there that can give you valuable advice on how to go about planning your big day, but we decided to draw on our experience and put together a short list of simple and practical things that you can do to make your life a little bit easier.
Consider having your entire wedding in one place
It’s important to think about practicalities when choosing your getting ready, ceremony and reception venues for your wedding day. What if you could get ready, have your ceremony and reception without having to travel between different locations? It would save you the trouble of figuring how to get your wedding party from point A to point B, and indeed point C. We know that some couples have their heart set on getting married in a place of worship that is special to them, and unless your reception venue is within walking distance that will mean you’ll have to factor in travelling. However, if you are having a civil ceremony, getting it all done in one place is an opportunity to worry less and spend more time enjoying your big day and interacting with each other as well as your guests. From our perspective, that means more time to focus on photographing you as you do so! The less time spent driving between venues, the more time there is for you and your guests to interact and enjoy the experience.
Think about hiring a wedding planner
Even if you’re on a budget, a wedding planner can shoulder the bulk of the burden of responsibility in the lead up to your wedding day, helping you keep your sanity intact and allowing you to focus on the things that are most important to you. A wedding planner’s job is to make your life easier – after all, you’ve probably never been a bride or a groom before! A good wedding planner will be able to draw on years of professional experience, taking much of the stress and hassle out of your wedding preparations. Their local knowledge can be crucial if you’re getting married in an area you don’t know very well. For example, we get many couples who live in London but want a countryside wedding in Devon, and many of them have found that bringing in a wedding planner proved to be a life-saver. If you are interested in recommendations, please drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch with some that we have worked with in the past and trust to deliver the very best wedding planning.
This is England, so plan for the possibility of rain!
We often joke that we are lucky charms when it comes to the weather, because it very rarely rains at weddings we photograph! It is often miraculously sunny on wedding days we shoot, even when all the forecasts predicted it was going to pour. We’d love to be able to say that hiring us as your wedding photographers will guarantee great weather and abundant sunshine, but obviously we can’t do that; however, even if it does rain on your wedding day, that’s not something to fret about. With just a little forethought, you can feel more at ease about such a possibility. If it’s an outdoor wedding, where can the party be moved while the shower passes? Is there an alternative place to take group portraits? Often our brides embrace the idea wholeheartedly and go for beautiful umbrellas as an accessory! Choose a style that will compliment the aesthetics of your wedding decorations; we recommend white ones, as brightly coloured umbrellas will create a strong colour cast on anyone standing underneath them. The important thing is to remember that it’s just a little water and it cannot dampen your spirit because you will be glowing from happiness. Embrace the rain and it can become a fun part of the story of your big day!
Meet your wedding photographer(s) before making the final decision to hire them
We love meeting our potential clients for an informal chat over coffee. It gives us all an opportunity to ask questions, put names to faces and and get to know each other, so that when your wedding day comes, you’ll feel more at ease. We will be by your side for hours, photographing your friends and family, so if you’ve met us and liked us personally as well as professionally you’ll be more relaxed on your big day. Feeling camera shy and not sure what to expect from having a professional photographer directing you? Why not book an engagement session with us; it’s a glimpse into how we will interact with you on your wedding day, and you’ll soon see that you can be yourself in front of the camera and feel happy and at ease. You can even put your favourite photo from the engagement shoot on your invitations!
…place your trust in your vendors and let go of perfectionism
From flowers to the cake to the wedding photos, a whole team of competent professionals will be making it their priority to worry about their part of your wedding day, so you don’t have to. Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life, but it’s not the little stuff that makes it truly important and only you will know if some small detail didn’t quite go the way you wanted it to on the day. Everyone’s attention will be on you, and what they will see and remember is how radiant and happy you looked that day whilst you stood in front of your friends and family and made a beautiful promise to each other. Allow yourself to be present in the moment, place your trust in the professionals you’ve hired to be there with you every step of the way, and don’t let anything faze you on your special day!