9 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day only a Professional can give you

9 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day only a Professional can give you By Terence Joseph Photography

As a wedding photographer I spend hours with a bride and I know how nervous they can get. Think you were stressed arranging the seating plan? That will be a walk in the park compared to the tumult of emotion you’ll experience when your big day arrives! Here are nine tips from wedding professionals to help you have a stress-free wedding day.

  • Always allow extra time for hair and make-up, especially if your make-up artist is doing both you and your bridesmaids. Interruptions, tears, and humid weather are just some events that can throw you off schedule.
  • Eat! Not just on the day, but on the days leading up to your wedding. Even if you don’t have much of an appetite, have regular high-energy snacks (banana, almonds, chocolate milk, flapjack) and drink water. It will stop you feeling faint (and hungry!).
  • Think about where you’ll get ready in terms of a backdrop for your photos. If you want to have photos taken in a room with peach floral curtains and your bridesmaids are in red you may have to settle for photos in black and white! Clear away any items you don’t want in pics like the toaster or that photo your mum has of you with the bad haircut. Consider getting ready in a hotel room where there is more space, and where the lighting is far more flattering than the harsh fluorescent bulbs in your kitchen.
  • Delegate last minute responsibilities to someone you trust. Give your suppliers the mobile number of the person they should contact on the day in case of an emergency.
  • Have a realistic schedule. If you don’t have a wedding planner I am happy to give you advice. Do a trial run of the driving distances on the same day and at the same time as you will need to. You might be able to get from your place to the church at 2pm on a Wednesday, but it will take longer to get you (and your dress, and your bridesmaids) loaded up and through Saturday afternoon traffic.
  • Schedule family photos. I always get a list of people the couple want to have photos with but sometimes they are nowhere to be found when we’re ready to shoot. Let everyone involved know the time and place they are needed to be for photos.
  • Do it your way. Couples who are most relaxed on the wedding day are those who feel like themselves. They’re being true to their style so their wedding is an extension of them rather than feeling like they’re in the pages of someone else’s story.
  • Surround yourself with calm people. If your mum is a worrier and likely to stress you out, get ready without her, or ask your family or bridesmaids to deflect her anxiety. Don’t invite guests over in the morning for the same reason.
  • I’ve been to enough weddings that you can trust me when I say “it will be ok.” With your wedding party behind you, and the support and expertise of your suppliers, we can work together to cope with anything from a downpour to a blister without it affecting your special day.
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