My Wedding Tips for the Bride and Groom.
On this site I have put together many Bride Wedding tips, these are from specialists and include things such as makeup, hair, nails, wedding dresses and many more from Brides that have put together their Wedding ideas for the new to be wed Bride however as my wife told me the other evening, “I should add my wedding tips” yep, this is true, I've been photographing weddings for 20yrs and Id say I do have a few ideas that I feel would help, sorry nothing about makeup, this is about my experiences and things that I have experienced.
So here we go, below are my top wedding tips for the new Bride.
1) The new Bride has been spending many long hrs organising that one of special celebration, I can recall one particular Bride that had been planning her wedding for 3 years, prior to the wedding this lovely Bride put together an itinerary, the detail was incredible, every minute of the day was included in the details, I remember she had put timings to the minute: Mum arrives 11:15am, Flowers arriving at 11:24am Groom arrives at 12:05pm etc etc.
My Tip is this; Your wedding is a live event, fantastic to plan however on the day, let go and enjoy your wedding, things do happen, changes to timings could and do change! I can remember this particular Bride was checking her watch throughout the day and started to get upset, until the Brides Mum very kindly explained that “this day is so special, let go and enjoy your wedding”
Be organised up to a point, if you like to be in control, delegate the day over to your chief Bridesmaid or a close friend!
2) I can honestly say that the best time to set your ceremony to begin is 14:00PM, all your Guests will have had plenty of time to arrive at the location, (All breakfasted) and the day runs beautifully, your ceremony (if a church wedding) would be ended by 14:45PM, Photo's, canapés and time to enjoy the day before sitting down to your Wedding Breakfast at around 16:30PM, Speeches and then perfectly running into the evening, where your evening guests begin to arrive for 19:30PM.
With a 2PM wedding, the day runs beautifully from one magical event to the next, a 12:00PM wedding is wonderful however be prepared for areas in the day where things slow down, arrange for some extra entertainment and nibbles for your guests to help keep things fun for everyone.
3) I mention this one on my Group Photography tips however I do feel it should be mentioned here, Keep your formal group photos to a minimum, I recommend no more than 5, firstly, in your wedding album, you will possibly only choose the main group photo (weather and room allowing) also, the biggest reason, is you want to enjoy your wedding day and lots of group photos can be quite challenging time wise! Hire a reportage wedding photographer and let him/her capture your day for you.
4) As previously mentioned, we have documented wedding's all over the UK and abroad, we have had the privilege of working in some of the most prestigious locations, venues, castles, monasteries, villas and hotels, one needs to remember that the venue wants your wedding experience to be first class, they fully understand that recording memories whether this be through the art of photography, video or both services are one of the most important aspects of your wedding day however on occasions the venue will overlook the requirement to have a dedicated area for photographs should there be weather conditions that make photographing your day outside impossible.
As a professional photographer, I am extremely experienced at capturing memories in all conditions however if the venue is small and doesn't have a contingency plan for poor weather it could make it impossible for your group photo's, Im superb with my work but as Professional Photographers we can't work miracles! On occasions guest have been more than happy to step out into the wind and rain but its not always the best option taking your guests outside!
I recently photographed a Wedding at Charlton House, unfortunately the day was atrocious with regards to the weather, the Hotel and staff were fantastic and they had arranged for one of the rooms to be utilised especially for group photos; fantastic!
Its possible to capture your romantic photos almost anywhere using photographic skills and having the right equipment however group photos are a little more challenging.
So check with your venue, ask them, do they have a contingency plan should the day's weather make it impossible for outside photo's.
5) This brings me to the Receiving Line, I have attended wedding's where the receiving line has taken 80 minutes, you may ask yourself why, well just remember every guest will want to say a few words to the newly married couple, as an example, lets say there are 50 guests and each guest spends 1 minute congratulating the Bride and Groom, thats 50 minutes! My advice here, leave out the receiving line however if this is a must for you, then ensure the venue know about this to ensure the timing's for the wedding breakfast are included.
6) Speeches; I think the best advice here is, If you find giving public speaking difficult, keep your speech to the minimum, words with love and emotion are better than just words!
7) The most important tip is "Enjoy your wedding day" its a once in a lifetime experience, don't stress about the weather or about little details that know one will ever notice, "Enjoy your wedding" laugh, smile and have fun and make sure its captured so you can look back and re-live the day forever.
www.thefxworks.co.uk -lots more wedding tips and photography advice