Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks To Help You Organise Your Wedding Day like a Pro!
With experience, comes wisdom. Along the years, we’ve learned some wedding planning tips and tricks from different vendors and brides. How I WISH I knew these when I planned my own wedding!
I thought I could share some of the most important wedding planning tips that might just save you time…and money.
1. Create a separate email for wedding admin
Th best way to stay organised and not be swamped with Spam on your personal or work email is to create a separate email just for your wedding admin. All in one place, you can both access and things are easy peasy (Duh, why didn’t I think of this few years back?!)
2. Have clear signs to reception/ceremony locations
Balloons, written signs, a unicorn, whatever you can imagine, but please use them! You don’t want to have a big surprise and get stressed on your wedding day when vendors or guests get lost on the way (I’ve seen it happen more than once)…
3. Too much DIY leftovers?
Have someone collect everything. Go enjoy your honeymoon, then come back and sell it, or even start a business if you loved the process of crafting and designing.
Also, if you splashed money on flowers, what about donating your wedding flowers to a nursing home? They could bring a smile or two instead of being chucked away.
4. Keep the wedding flowers in water with baking powder
This is a trick I’ve learned in Holland from a bride there, who had to keep her field flowers overnight. They looked absolutely perfect for her wedding the next day! I know, mind blown, right?!
5. Avoid tall (flower) arrangements on the bride and grooms table (at least)
Ok, ok, they look pretty nice in pictures, when everything is set up and nobody is in the room.
BUT! It is so freaking hard and almost impossible to have a nice photo of guests or the bride and groom when something 1m high is standing right in front of them! There are always faces covered and no matter how much of a ninja photographer you were, there’s no way you will be able to get good photos!
It may be my personal preference, but there was more than one occasion when I had to remove the decor from the main table so I could get a good shoot of the people’s faces during the speeches.
Sorry if this is a bummer, but you’ll thank me later.
If this seems easy and not a novelty at all, I can prove to you it’s harder than you may think. You are meant to enjoy this day, not be stressed with lists and responsibilities ON your wedding day. That’s why bridesmaids were invented, right?
7. Feed the vendors
Yes, please! Many of the vendors present – wedding coordinator, photographer, videographer, catering team and the band will be there for a pretty big party of your wedding day (if not all) and just like you, they need to eat. If the set menu is quite pricey, why not have the chef prepare something separate for your vendors, so you get smiles in return, not fainting bodies on the floor (a bit exaggerated but you get the idea).
A separate point needs to be made about the photographer/ videographer – We usually follow you throughout the day and we shouldn’t miss any great moments from your day. If we are somewhere in the back, eating after all of your guests have finished, chances are we will either miss your speeches or we probably have to skip food so we can keep on shooting. A car without gas doesn’t run for long, so if there is a chance you could have the photographer/ videographer seated at the table in the reception room, you are sure not to have any good shots missing! Win win!
8. Dress nicely in the AM
On the morning of the wedding preparations, you would still be photographed, so instead of those pink pyjamas, why not wearing something nicer that also won’t ruin your hair afterwards.
9. Crochet hook (number 4.5 / 5 for your wedding dress)
Why do lots of wedding dresses need to have SO many buttons on the back? If 20 minutes later your bridesmaids are still struggling to button your dress, worry not, we have the solution – a crochet hook! It does the job in under 5 minutes and no nails will be harmed in the process.
On your wedding day, it’s time to relax, rain or shine, you are getting married. There’s nothing else you can do last minute, so Put Your Phone Down. Better yet, have it packed in your overnight bag. If vendors have your bridesmaids’ numbers for URGENT matters, that’s more than enough. Your job is to enjoy the day, get pretty and smile to the camera.
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These are just 10 tips to help you better plan and organise your wedding day. We’ve seen all this happen, so please note this down and you’ll be rocking your wedding planning!
For more wedding planning suggestions, you can have a look at our blog, as we love sharing some wisdom we gather from shooting weddings all around.
All images used were taken by Green Antlers Photography.
Best of all, HAVE FUN during the process!