Brides have so many decisions to make– venues, invitations, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, wedding day hair styles, boutonnieres, cakes, centerpieces, djs, videographers, planners, programs, groomsmen attire…and the list continues!
In the midst of these decisions, its easy to get overwhelmed. I get it. I get asked often what I’ve learned from being a part of so many weddings, and truth be told, professional wedding planners are INVALUABLE and BRILLIANT when it comes to helping you make smart planning decisions; I’m no substitute for their expertise! There are a few things, however, that we’ve learned when it comes to guaranteeing a memorable experience for guests and setting a foundation for dynamic photos.
Here are our 5 smart ideas when planning a wedding:
1. Allow your wedding style to match your wedding venue:
One of the smartest decisions a couple makes is choosing a wedding style that is consistent with their wedding venue. Lauren, with Every Last Detail blog, wrote a post a few years ago on determining your style and it has excellent advice that still holds true today. Your can read it here.
It comes down to this: If you’re having a church wedding, don’t plan an eclectic, quirky styled wedding. If you’re having a country club reception, don’t plan a bohemian styled wedding.
Are you drawn to casual, traditional, modern, romantic, rustic, vintage…?
Once you choose your style, make sure all your decisions are filtered through this lens. This includes your stationery, your dress, your hairstyle, your shoes, your flowers, the groom’s attire– everything!
Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule with blending two styles together, but as a general rule, use your venue as your guide!
2. When choosing a wedding dress, be conscious about wedding trends and fads.
If I were to get married and choose a wedding dress, I would walk into a bridal boutique and have a conversation that goes something like this,”I would like to feel special and unique on my wedding day. What are the current trends in wedding dresses? I would prefer to stay away from those trends so that my dress won’t look like so many other brides this year. Can you show me some unique dresses that are still classy?”
3. Arrange for professional hair and makeup.
This is a big deal for me. I didn’t do this for my own wedding, and it’s always been my biggest regret. There really is a difference. Professional bridal makeup is invaluable to your wedding day pictures!
4. Plan to get ready in a large room with windows.
What does the getting ready room at your venue look like? Does it have windows to allow for natural light? If getting ready photos are important to you, you may want to think through your options. We photograph a lot of church weddings. Avoiding brightly colored walls, stacks of chairs, and Sunday School chalkboards is all too familiar. Is there another location that makes more sense to get ready? I recently read a photographer’s blog that advised looking into AirBNBs for getting ready rooms. Think outside the box! Then think about the people you want surrounding you during this time. Does everyone fit in the space?
5. Focus on your bridal bouquet.
Every budget is different, and every bride will have a different idea about how much money they want to spend on florals, but don’t skimp on YOUR bridal bouquet. A bride’s bouquet is a focal point for your wedding images so we recommend investing in your dream bouquet! If you need to cut your floral budget, look for other ways!
As always, let me know if you have questions! Happy planning!