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Some Tips For Your Wedding Day


This picture was taken at Pond View Farms in White Hall, MD by Kerry Paradis Photography

We all know how stressful weddings can be. There is so much that goes into it for that one special day. When the day arrives you want to make sure you are prepared for what to expect. I have been married for a while now and have photographed LOTS of weddings, so I think I have a pretty good grasp on how couples can better enjoy this precious moment. Here are some tips that I suggest:

EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST

I can’t stress this enough. You are not sure when you will have time to eat throughout the day so this is critical. If you are anything like me, I tend to get a little crazy when I’m hungry. Make sure the breakfast is high in protein and complex carbs.

GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO GET READY

It feels like no matter how much time a bride or groom has to get ready that they always end up rushing. Make sure you are able to relax and have a good time with your bridesmaids and not stress about the time.

WEAR A ROBE WHEN GETTING READY

With how much time it takes to get your hair and makeup done, the last thing you want to do is have to pull a shirt over your fresh hair and makeup. It is not worth messing anything up.

MAKE A LIST

This applies to the brides and the grooms. When the day arrives you want to make sure nothing is overlooked. I make a list every day to help remind me of what I need to do. The last thing you want is to be walking down the aisle and think, “What was that thing I was supposed to take care of again?” A list will keep you sane and don’t be afraid to delegate the tasks out to the bridal party. They all want you to enjoy your day and will be more than happy to help with anything you want. For you control freaks J you may have trust someone else today. You will feel much more relaxed. I promise!

GROOMSMAN BEHAVIOR

This can be a touchy subject or an implied one. There should be some sort of understanding of how your friends should act on your day. The groom normally sets the example and most of the time the party follows suit. Typically I see the grooms and groomsman have a few beers before the wedding to loosen up. There have been times when too much was consumed and it can pose problems all around. You don’t want anyone falling over during the ceremony. Regardless, there should be some sort of formal or informal discussion about it. The same can apply to the bride’s maids as well.

HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR IF POSSIBLE

I love when there is a good wedding coordinator. It can make all the difference in the day if they are good. Notice how I say if they are good. A good coordinator should make sure you stick to the timeline that is created ahead of time. There are times when I have to not only photograph the wedding, but also be the coordinator because the venue is failing to do their part. Couples often decide to cut this expense, but coordinators let you enjoy your day by keeping drama at bay. Time is something you don’t want to waste on your wedding day so it is worth the cost to have the coordinator. I have some recommendations for some that I work well with if you are