1. Hire an event planner
A event planner is one of the most crucial yet overlooked investments and should be at the top of your list!. It typically gets laid off on the mother, aunts, friends etc. While it’s awesome and necessary to have the extra help, you miss out on spending time and making memories with some of the most important people in your wedding. Hiring an event planner for more than just “day of coverage” will save you time and MONEY. The unexpected stress in planning a wedding will not hit until you are in the thick of it laying in DIY on the floor drowning in tears of regret. Just kidding, it might not be that bad but seriously an event planner is like a real-life fairy godmother, an angel unicorn boss-lady sent from above. Event planners not only provide you with options that fit your budget, but they can match you with trusted vendors who fit your personality.
2. Schedule in more time than necessary
I haven’t been to a wedding yet that didn’t fall behind schedule. It’s nothing to be afraid of but you can be proactive in creating a better flow to your day. I have all of my brides schedule events throughout the day at least an hour ahead of time. From Grandma being stuck in traffic, the flowers getting delivered to the wrong location or the sound system suddenly not working right before you are supposed to walk down the aisle, I have seen it all. I always tell my brides to get ready first in case there are any last minute changes and so they can enjoy drinking mimosas, sharing gifts with loved ones and RELAXING. The more time you have to soak up these moments the less stress you will feel.
3. Incorporate a first look
A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony in a private setting. I often get told, “But I don’t want him to see me before the wedding, it won’t be as special!” The best way to describe it is like giving a speech. You could practice a hundred times in front of the mirror but the reality of standing up (waking down the aisle) in front of a crowd can’t be compared. There are a few huge advantages! The first look is the perfect time to share special gifts, love letters and just soak up time with your loved one. After all, the wedding is about YOU TWO so why would you wait until 4 or 5 p.m. to celebrate with your significant other. The biggest reason of course is photographs. Packing a ton of formal pictures into an hour and half is NOT FUN. By the time you get to the photos you were most excited about you are feeling rushed and anxious to get to cocktail hour. This totally takes away from the candidness that could have been captured or even the amount/creativity I can produce as a professional.