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Planning for a Great Wedding

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It’s a new year!  If 2016 is the year you plan on getting married, why not start with a resolution to have a “stress-free” wedding?

Planning for a wedding can seem like an unsurmountable challenge. However, it does not need to be that way. Your wedding is suppose to be a time of fun, passion, and celebration; not a time of chaos or high stress.

Here are a few tips that can make your wedding a great memory for you and those you invite.

  1. Consider hiring a Wedding Planner.  While a good planner can be a bit expensive, they can take care of all the details and help facilitate your wedding. Planners help you put everything together and ensure nothing is missed. They can be very helpful during the wedding itself by keeping everyone on cue. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy your wedding.
  2. Use your friends. Enlist and confide in a friend to help you with ideas and the planning. Choose one who has creativity and an eye for detail. The two of you working together can ease the stress and save you some hassles.
  3. Plan well in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute. If your wedding is in the summer, book as many of your vendors as soon as possible. Photographers, caterers, deejays, and other vendors are often booked months in advance especially for spring and summer weddings. Remember that your engagements and bridal will have to be taken a couple of months prior to your wedding day. The sooner you book, the less stressful your planning will be.
  4. Let your personality show. Your wedding day should be the day that reveals everything about you and the person you are marrying. Think about choosing a theme that tells your guests who you both are.
  5. Don’t forget the guys! Let’s face it: Most guys don’t like to get involved with the details of planning a wedding. However, it doesn’t mean they want to be kept in the dark about what will happen. Keep them in the loop. You’d be surprised how many husbands-to-be like to be involved in at least what the groomsmen will do just prior to the wedding. And don’t forget to ask your photographer to get photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ready. A good photographer will make sure to capture images of them having fun right up to when they walk into the chapel.
  6. Remember: It always works out. In one wedding I photographed, the bride was 10 minutes late.  The groom and wedding party was up front waiting for her to arrive. When she did arrive, she realized she had forgotten her shoes. Instead of stressing out, she simply hiked up her dress and ran down the aisle barefooted!  Everyone started clapping, and bride and attendees had a good laugh. It set the mood for a fun day. I have shot many weddings and have yet to see a wedding fall apart because somebody forgot something. If something doesn’t quite go right, have a laugh about it and move on. Chances are your guest won’t even notice. And if they do, they will appreciate the fact you are easy-going about it, and will most likely jump in and help take care of any problem.

Your wedding is a time of celebration for you and your guest. Planning for it early takes away a lot of the stress…and keeps you relaxed for the day you have always dreamed about.

Have fun!

–Marc S

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