Your wedding day is the best day of your life, you can’t wait to walk down the aisle, gazing at your soulmate as you’re bursting with love and excitement.
Imagine finding out just moments before you walk down the aisle, that your marriage license is sitting on the counter at home… Yes, this really happened to one of my clients.
After 20 years of telling wedding stories with my camera, I’ve seen it all and have compiled a wedding day checklist of the most important things to remember, along with tips and tricks to be sure your wedding day flows just as smoothly as your walk down the aisle.
I want you to be sure that all of your memories are beautiful ones, so here are my top 10 tips for ensuring your wedding day goes off without a hitch!
This is the most important part of your wedding day, without it, you aren’t getting hitched! There are a couple of ways to accomplish this:
Shall we talk about the time I had to run from the ceremony site to the bridal prep area to get the bride’s vows? It was an Olympic sprint, let me tell you. To ensure that the vows you spent hours preparing are ready to go when you are, read on:
Imagine this – it’s time for the ring portion of your ceremony, but your ring bearer just dropped his pillow and the rings have landed with an audible ping onto the floor, rolled and disappeared under the feet of your guests…. Time to pause and hunt. To avoid this:
The vows are made, it’s time for the Unity Sand Pouring, except the sand and the container was left inside the venue. Yep this also happened, and yep, I showed off my sprinting skills yet again. Maybe you’re planting a tree together, and need the tree, shovel and watering can in place:
It’s a lovely and poignant moment that can be more special, knowing that the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom set up the sand ceremony (or tree or any symbol you may be using) for their child, it’s a beautiful connection. Also, if your Mom is setting it up, you know it’ll get done, and done right.
I’ve photographed a few weddings where there was a miscommunication on who was picking up the florals, or coordination of bouquets and boutonnieres. This can be easily avoided by:
It’s almost a rite of passage that a bride will wake up with a zit, or her monthlies….. No need to panic, because you’re prepared.
You’re blinged out, those fabulous and expensive heels are the envy of every woman in attendance, but you’ll also think they’re an instrument of torture once you’ve worn them for a few hours.
It’s essential to stay hydrated on the wedding day to avoid bridal party members passing out and falling off the ceremony platform. Yes, I’ve also witnessed this happening.
It’s always fun to hit the local coffeshop (or pub) for a quick celebration, be sure to pack some cash in hand, as well as your debit card. If you’re planning to tip vendors, have that already set up in envelopes, easy to hand out.
On the wedding day, there are a lot of logistics involved with getting everyone where they need to go on time. Some of these include:
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