The day has arrived, all the planning is done, everything’s in place, it’s time to have fun!
In my weekly blogs and wedding tips, I mostly focus on topics that help brides and grooms prepare and plan for their big day.
I’m a true believer that if there’s anything that I have learnt over the years as a wedding photographer that can help others, paying it forward is worth every second.
Today however, we are taking a break from preparation and planning tips. Instead, we are looking at the actual wedding day and providing a number of tips that brides and grooms may want to consider when the day is in motion.
Here are 5 tips for your wedding day
The right people in the right position
While this strategy is recommended for every business, industry, and event, it is also extremely important for a wedding day.
The goal is simple, the bride and groom should be focusing on having fun and enjoying the day. So, if you have allocated responsibilities to people, let them complete the task. Doing this properly will simply mean less things for the happy couple to worry about.
For example, have a person be responsible for the rings, someone responsible for greeting the guests, someone responsible for coordinating the vendors when they arrive, and anything else you have planned for the day. The less items you need to worry about, the more fun you will have.
Don’t lose each other
With so many loved ones present and so many people who you want to talk to and thank for helping you celebrate; brides and grooms tend to lose each other during weddings.
While I’m not saying you must be next to each other every second of the day, make sure you don’t lose each other for long periods of time.
One of the key moments at a wedding where this tends to happen is during the meal when the guests are sitting down. The bride and groom tend to get involved in different conversations and at some point, separated.
The advantage of staying together is not only enjoying each other’s company, but it also ensures the wedding photographer is able to capture both the bride and groom together with the guests.
Don’t miss the golden hour
Your photographer will likely tell you this in the lead up to the day and it is also something worth mentioning when interviewing wedding photographers.
Whether your wedding is during the day or evening, there are a number of ideal opportunities for the family photos, bridal party photos and the couple photos.
With so much going on during the wedding, it is easy to lose track of time. If you have someone who is responsible for coordinating the day, make sure there’s a slot for the photos. And, make sure you chat to your photographer prior to the day and have them make sure you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities. The golden hour earned its name for a reason. You don't want to miss it.
Focus on partying, not on hosting
To be surrounded by so many loved ones is an incredible feeling. Your guests may have travelled from overseas or interstate especially for the day. With that may come some pressure to entertain them and make sure everybody is having a great time.
While that is great, it is crucial brides and grooms focus on having fun rather than hosting. A large part of your guests know what it’s like to be in the bride and groom position, so while showing your appreciation for them and their efforts to help you celebrate is important, don’t place too much pressure on yourself to be the personal host for every guest.
Turns out that at times, beauty comes at a cost. I’m not talking about dollars, but comfort. If the bride or groom have found the perfect shoes for the ceremony but not sure if they are the right ones for the dance floor, bring that extra pair to change into.
A comfortable pair of shoes for the reception and party may sound like a small detail but I can guarantee, it is worth every minute of thought.
While there’s plenty more to chat about, I hope those tips help you during your wedding.
For any further advice or if you are looking to chat about my wedding photographer services, reach out to me at Sev’s Weddings.
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.