We want you to have the best day ever! Which is why we are sharing our top 5 tips for a stress free wedding day!
Focus on what is important
We completely understand how important family is on a wedding day. Moments between an excited bride and a joy-filled mother are some of my favorites. And the father-daughter dance—puts me on the brink of tears every time!
With how important family is, we know how important documenting moments with them on your wedding day is as well. However, this is also one of the things that we have seen our brides stress out the most about on wedding days. When couples create a list of 20+ must have family shots, typically by the 10th or 11th grouping they are over it and just want to get to the reception. So our recommendation is to keep the family list simple and limit it to immediate family to reduce stress. It also means that you get photos of those who mean the most to you, as well as time to enjoy those people as well.
Pro Tip: Worried about missing out on memories? The reception is a great time to still get great photos with everyone in a more relaxed environment.
Have a designated helper that is not your coordinator
Having a person who will go-for things can really help your day out. This can be a close friend not in the wedding party, a cousin, or maybe even an usher. Having a person that can make that last minute dash to CVS, the bakery or where ever, will be a huge weight of your shoulders as a bride. This person can also be a HUGE help when it comes to family photos.
Hire a day of coordinator
If I want to be instantly stressed, I just need to walk into a situation where someone is asking me a bunch of questions while I am trying to focus on doing something else. I mean, you feel me right? Well, imagine that on your wedding day! People will need to know where to put the flowers, how to lay the programs, where to put gift, and
If you do not have a planner, a day of coordinator will be pivotal!
Pro Tip: A venue coordinator and day of coordinator are not the same. One is making sure the venue is fulfilling their obligations the other keeps everything running smooth, the other is there as support to you!
Keep the calendar clear
On your wedding day, the only thing that should be on your checklist is to get ready and show up. Try not to plan any events like a breakfast, manicure, or tan right before you need to get ready. The last thing you want to do is be in a rush.
Leave a little wiggle room
One of the easiest ways to get stressed out on a wedding day is to feel rushed. So, when planning out your schedule be sure to give yourself some extra time here and there. If you need it, the extra time will be there for you to use. If you don’t need it, then you get an extra 15 minutes to sip on a mimosa and make some memories with your bridal party. When I think back to my wedding day, I don’t think about the posed photos, I remember the time spent getting ready, the first look, saying “I-do”, looking at Greg and realizing we were finally married. The little moments are what memories are made of, so give yourself plenty of time for them and the photos that will help document them.
Hopefully, these tips will help put you on your way to a stress-free wedding day.
Theresa Bridget is a wedding and anniversary photographer serving Colorado, Southern California, and beyond. We provide a luxurious full service experience while creating joyful and timeless images that celebrate the joy of marriage.