I have been photographing weddings for over 7 years and have picked up lots of tips along the way…
Only invite people you love
Only invite people you want to spend time with. Don’t spend an hour with a receiving line either, just mingle when you want to. You don’t want to be worrying about your neighbour’s son on your wedding day.
Don’t do anything you don’t want to do
Cutting the cake? Speeches? Sit down dinner? If you are already worrying about this at this stage of the planning process, don’t bother! It will cause you unnecessary stress on your day.
Have an unplugged wedding
Ask your guests not to take photos during the ceremony. You’re paying for a professional photographer, so you’ll have all the photos you need. It also restricts natural candids – you don’t want photos of guests mid ceremony with phones in front of their faces. Also, it has been known for guests to ruin the first kiss by standing in the middle of the aisle blocking (!) the photographers view.
Don’t worry about the finest details
Details and decorations look great, if you’re looking for a relaxing wedding process then I would avoid looking into these too much and focus on the bigger details. You won’t be worrying about the postbox on your wedding day, you’ll be focusing on creating memories with your loved ones.
Find out if I can shoot during the ceremony
Please discuss this with the vicar/registrars before the wedding day.
Consider a First Look
Meet each other for the first time minutes before the ceremony outdoors (in glorious natural day light). You won’t regret it and you’ll have some lovely moments documented to perfection without ceremony room restrictions and also in privacy.
Think of the light
It gets dark early from September onwards, so consider this when booking your ceremony time (or change it if you can). If you are having a wedding October-March consider having an earlier ceremony time to have more time to capture formal shots and natural candids. A first look would be perfect in the winter months!
Swap canapés for your cake!
Cut the cake and serve it straight after the ceremony. This saves money on canapés and means the cake gets eaten and enjoyed,
Enjoy every second
The day will fly by in no time. Take moments to soak in everything along with your partner.