CONSIDER AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Are you or your lover absolutely crapping yourself at the thought of having to be in front of the camera? Bloody beautiful! Truth is most couples do. It’s not easy to act normal and lovey in front of a complete stranger. But guess what? It’s totally not like that at all! I honestly highly recommend an engagement session before your wedding day to get used to being photographed and for us to get to know each other. It makes the wedding day so much more relaxed and fun when you have all these jitters out of your system! I promise I am a lot of fun HAHA!
* IT IS YOUR WEDDING – DO YOU!
Sick of these random and strange traditions? Who says you have to cut a cake or throw a bouquet. If it doesn’t make sense or interest you, simply leave them out. The day is all about you as a couple tying the knot. Celebrate all things you and come up with your own sentiments. It’s so much more personal and really creates a more meaningful day. Choose to be outside the box, because different is cool. I challenge you!
* WEAR A GOWN/SUIT & FOOTWEAR THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE IN
Trust me when I say it is a long day! You will soon come to regret it if you wear a heavy dress, pants that are too tight or shoes that just simply make your feet cringe at the sight of them. The day is supposed to be a celebration and a lot of fun, don’t spend the whole time hoiking your dress up, complaining about sore feet or sweaty pits. Consider your clothing choice very carefully.
* CREATE YOUR SCHEDULE AROUND PHOTO TIMING
Remember those amazing sunset shots you have adored ever since you started planning your wedding? Well these come with careful consideration on time.
That beautiful golden light you see, it happens in the late afternoon right before sunset and the moments are really fleeting. (Around 5pm in AEST or 7pm AEDST) But have no fear if this will run into reception time during daylight savings. We will make a kick ass schedule so you can duck out for 10 minutes to soak in that last bit of daylight and have a moment with your lover.
* DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Flowers not sitting the way you wanted? Table decorations didn’t arrive on time?
Don’t sweat it! We all know how much you want this day to be perfect but in the scheme of things is anyone going to make a special mention or remember about something so minor? The day is so much more than being perfect! Remember why you’re there in the first place.
* THINK ABOUT YOUR CEREMONY SPACE
Is it in full sun, speckled light? Think of your photos and your guests. No one wants to sit in the boiling hot sun squinting to get a glimpse of their loved ones tying the knot. Especially in the warmer months, consider a ceremony in the shade – all of your guests and your photographer will thank you for it!
* EAT & STAY HYDRATED!
Such an important thing that often gets forgotten in the wedding day craziness. It is a busy day and no one wants a hangry couple or someone fainting at the alter. I stress to you, please eat and drink before the days events are in full swing because its super easy to forget to do these things in between congratulations and trying to talk to every one of your guests.
* TAKE IT ALL IN
Really take a good look around at every one of your guests and think about how much they mean to you. It will probably be one of the only times they are all together. Take in all those loved up feels you have for your lover and remember how you feel at that very moment saying your vows and tying the knot. Married life has its obstacles; look back on these moments from time to time.
* HAIR AND MAKEUP ON POINT
If you are having professional hair and makeup done for your wedding day, the engagement session is a perfect opportunity to do a trial run. You can see how it looks in photos, and will know if you want to make any changes before your big day.
*Note: Be sure to stay out of the sun the week before the big day in order to avoid sunburns, tan lines and the potential for peeling.
* ENLIST AN ASSISTANT
Your family and friends are there to help you enjoy your day. One thing that can take the pressure off is enlisting one of them to round up family members and key guests for group photos. Typically group photos are done straight after the ceremony before Uncle Bob wanders off to the bar or Aunty Betty gets in too deep in conversation with her long lost cousin. Your assistant usually knows majority of the guests, so this should be super efficient. Be sure to have a game plan with your assistant for the day so when it comes times to round everyone up it is quick and stress free, because lets be real…. who wants to be stressed on their wedding day?!
REMEMBER TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER
It is pretty often that I notice that couples tend to be trying to get around to everyone and keep the party alive, that they forget to spend any time with their new husband/wife on their wedding day. The day is ofcourse a celebration of you both, allow a little bit of ‘us time’ amongst the party, you won’t regret it.
LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR THE DAYS EVENTS
Want to steer clear of bringing out your inner Bride or Groom-zilla? Trust me I am sure all of your guests do too! Make sure you have a schedule that you stick to and give to your photographer, videographer, event co-ordinator and any other vendor you will be working with on the day. Making sure your reception venue and ceremony space is organised in advance and ensuring everyone knows when things will be happening is key to a stress-free day. Set expectations and timings for all of the events of the day at least two weeks in advance so everyone can be prepared and so you can sit back and enjoy your day for what it is.
HAVING AN OUTDOOR WEDDING? BE SURE TO BRING THE AEROGUARD!
Avoid those annoying summer flies buzzing around your face and mosquito bites. Pack the insect repellent – thank me later!
Even sunscreen to prevent you roasting in the sun.
It is a long and quite overwhelming day for some. Spray/roll on before you leave the house. Sweaty, smelly armpits are exactly a good look through your button up shirts/dresses. Remember you will most likely be hugging all of your guests too!
PACK A WEDDING DAY SURVIVAL KIT!
I can’t count how many times that these things could have come in handy in the past.
– Makeup Wipes
– Bobby Pins
– Safety Pins
– Bottles of Water
– Touch up makeup
– Comfy shoes (flats)
– Eyelash Glue
– Emergency Sewing Kit
Don’t get caught out with a wardrobe malfunction or mishap, be prepared and pack your survival kit!
HAVE A MOMENT WITH EACH OF YOUR PARENTS
As everyone knows, its tradition that the dads in the couple’s life tend to play a massive role on the wedding day – Dad usually gets to walk you down the isle, gets the second dance at the reception and both father’s (of the couple) usually get to make a speech as well. But we often forget about mum, someone who usually spends our whole lives absolutely adoring us, yet they are merely another guest amongst the 100 odd others. Think of some cool ideas to include both parents on your wedding day, whether it be walking you down the isle as well, bearing the rings or speaking at your ceremony/reception. Include them both!
FEED YOUR VENDORS!
It can easily get forgotten but it is a super important thing to remember. Organise a meal for each of your vendors who will be at your reception – in particular the photographer and videographer who spend the whole day with you. It doesn’t have to be a 3 course meal, just organise a main. Venues usually discount vendor meals, so be sure to ask your venue to arrange this before the day. Trust me it is truly appreciated and keeps us going on these long days. No one likes a hangry photographer/videographer!