Take it from every bride or groom you’ve ever spoken to, your wedding day is just going to FLY by. You want to make the most of your time on your wedding day because you’re only going to do this once and you owe it to yourself (and your new husband or wife!) to be present for every amazing second. Trust me, for planners and non-planners alike, when the day comes you are going to wish you could just live in those moments forever. Here are my top 3 tips for how to have the best wedding day ever.
1. BUILD IN DOWNTIME
That’s right, I want you to schedule those private moments throughout the day. This may seem a bit over the top but hear me out. You are going to be pulled in so many directions on your wedding day. It just happens and is unavoidable if you are having anything more than an intimate dinner. Everyone wants to congratulate you, give advice, take your picture, etc. And why wouldn’t they? You guys are so freaking cute and they are so happy to be a part of your life! Planning 10-15 minutes of downtime throughout the day reminds you to stop and take it all in. Plus, it gives you a chance to check in with each other and share all the funny/happy/crazy/emotional/sweet/exciting things that happened so far.
2. DO A FIRST LOOK
Ok, you might be worried that doing a first look would take away from that emotional reaction you’re hoping to get when you walk down the aisle and see each other for the first time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve photographed countless weddings that included both a first look, and an emotional ceremony entrance. The truth is, you are only going to experience this ceremony once, the image of you walking towards the love of your life, surrounded by all of your friends and family. I promise, you are both going to feel all the feels. The first look just gives you a chance to have a moment together. A “we’re really doing it!” moment before things get hectic. Bonus, the first look photos are often my couples’ fave photos from the whole day!
3. GET THE DJ INVOLVED
How many weddings have you been to where the bride and groom are constantly looking for each other? It’s easy to lose each other when the guest list is over 100. Pick a song and tell the DJ (or band!) to play it at some point during the reception. When you hear the song, that’s your queue to find each other and dance. Or better yet, just have them periodically call you both out to the dance floor. You are going to want to dance with each other more than once and it’ll seem scheduled to the guests so they won’t do that thing where you’re trying to end the conversation and they just keep talking. You know the thing.
So there you have it, my little love muffins. My top 3 tips for having the best wedding day ever. In short, you are going to be BUSY. Make those little moments between you two a priority. I guarantee those will be your favorite and most memorable parts of the day.
And of course, hire a photographer that understands your vision and will help create a timeline that ensures you get exactly what you want out of your wedding day.