Wedding days can be a stressful time period for both the bride and groom. In order to ensure a smooth running day here are my top tips to help prepare for the big day.
1) Hair and Make Up Trials
Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all jewellery to the trial to see how makeup shades work with the pieces.
2) Flower Fancies
Have your florist deliver your flower bouquets to where you are getting ready, not the ceremony venue. Since you never know when the mood will strike for a great photo, you’ll want your flowers there and ready to go.
3) Snack Time
Have some food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before the wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to nourish yourself during the reception.
4) Always be prepared
Maid of Honour, prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini deodorant. You never know when this might all come in handy.
5) Make Up Margins
Allowing 50% more time for hair and makeup than you originally anticipated alleviates the number one reason wedding schedules end up running late. This will assure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.
6) Always have a Plan B.
Make sure you discuss a “rain plan” with your venue and photographer just in case Mother Nature doesn’t see sunshine in the cards. Always having a 'plan B' is a must to ensure you still get stunning wedding photographs even when the heavens open.
7) Rules of engagement
Find out what the rules for photographs are at the ceremony location. All venues are different, some restricting the location of photographs and even the times in which they are permitted. Although your photographer should find this out for themselves, you can always double check for peace of mind or be able to provide them with the information upfront for a smooth running photography session on the day.
8) Hassle free Formals
If possible, arrange to have your formal photographs taken just after the ceremony. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests. You will be able to go straight to cocktail hour and catch up with loved ones without stress or hassle of a photographer needing your time.