Wedding planning tips

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful. I’ve been there, but it can be just a little easier! I’m not only your wedding photographer, I’m also your friend, your person to bounce ideas off of, your inspiration finder, your timeline maker, and that day I even help keep everything moving smoothly! I want to help make your day go exactly the way you dreamed it.

These are my 5 tips to help keep your day stress free.

1. Keep it Simple

I absolutely drove myself crazy because I was so precise and wanted too much detail for my wedding. Keep the decorations simple with some florals and greenery. Spending a little extra money on some gorgeous florals – it will make all the difference. And you don’t have to worry about a million different types of decorations. Live by the motto less is more! It will be classy and save your sanity.

wedding centerpiece

2. Ask for Help

It is okay to ask for help! I promise. Whether it is with planning, making decorations, picking up things the day of, anything! And especially asking your fiancé, they are usually more than happy to help you. I mean happy wife happy life right? And you can ask me for help! I LOVE wedding planning and will be more than happy to help you find the easiest way to make your day a dream come true. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to wedding inspiration.

3. Have a Timeline

I have good news for you, I will help you make your timeline! I love making timelines! This will help everyone know what to expect for the day which will help your day go smooth. It will help those in your bridal party plan things such as child care or letting their significant other know where they will be and when. It will also help all your vendors know what is going on. I bring extra copies of the timeline to every wedding, and usually keep things ahead of schedule!

4. Do a First Look

I have an entire section about this in my bridal experience magazine because it can make a HUGE difference during your day. Unless you are having an early church wedding, (most Catholic weddings take place around 1 in the afternoon and leave a 4+ hour gap before the reception) this will give you and your fiancé time alone, and help you really enjoy your day before the craziness begins. My 65 page bridal experience magazine that I give to all of my brides covers this more in detail why this new tradition is so important.

bridal first look

5. Remember That at the End of the Day…

You will be married! I always tell my couples to remember that there might be a few things that don’t go as planned, but at the end of the day, you will be married to the one person you love more than you knew was possible. Years from now, it won’t matter that the hundreds of balloons your step-dad and brother filled up with helium for the exit completely deflated, all that matters is that you got married. At the end of the day you will be husband and wife, what you have been planning for, waiting for, it will finally happen.

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