Planning the perfect wedding takes time, dedication and 24 hour access to Pinterest 🙂
I’m not gonna lie to you, my wife did most of our wedding planning so I may not be the best person to give out advice about the ins and outs of the process. Sarah on the other hand, planned an amazing wedding I had the pleasure of photographing last year.
Sarah & Andy’s wedding was an absolute joy to photograph. This couple seemed so relaxed and up for anything when it came to their couples portraits. That makes my job super easy and allows me to get creative. Most of the day was spent capturing natural unplanned moments but we upped our game for the portraits and did some romantic shots in the day and then some cool evening portraits too. The day seemed to go exactly to Sarah’s plan, here is her Wedding Planning Advice – 5 Questions Answered by A Bride.
What did you find the most fun about planning your wedding day?
Our favourite part and most fun of all our wedding planning was choosing the venue. This is the bit you both really get involved in and enjoy. We discussed at length what type of wedding we wanted and settled on a country house hotel setting in the countryside for our vintage inspired theme. We especially loved trying out the food options.
What was the hardest/most stressful part of planning your wedding day?
The hardest and most stressful thing was table decorations. They are much more expensive then you think and you never know if you have too much or too little to decorate each table. In the end, this is the most time consuming of planning I found.
Were there any hidden things or expenses you just didn’t consider before planning your day?
Stationary ! I allowed for our invites in the budget but didn’t consider till late in the day the order of service and menu’s to the printed. These were ordered last minute and arrived in time.
Can you share one bit of Advice about planning or how to approach planning your day?
I would say leave plenty of time to plan. Don’t try to book everything in one go. I went about planning setting myself something to book every month leading up to the wedding. We got married on a Thursday which allowed us to plan with a very relaxed approach and I managed to booked my first choice of makeup artist, hair dresser, photographer etc.
Can you share one bit of advice for the actually wedding day?
We have all heard the advice to take it all in on your wedding day as it goes so quick – this is very true. But my advice, get lots of photos of the two of you. You spend so much on the day with flowers, dresses suits hair and make up. After the day is over, the best memories are the photos. We had so many over the day and we loved having the photos taken as it meant we had time together too.
BONUS QUESTION – As i’m a wedding photographer and have a professional interest in this part of the day, what advice can you give about choosing the right wedding photographer?
Im my research, there were a few things I was considering to narrow down my selection.
1. Professional website
2. Good reviews
It was important to us we could have access to all photos on a USB and we would be able to print these off ourselves. But in the end, we loved all the photos and ended up buying loads through Jonathon and arranging an album. The other thing we liked about Jonathon was the pricing structure. The fixed price menu was perfect as we understood what we were paying for. To me, it was really transparent and clear the services we would be getting. Jonathon arranged to meet us so that we were comfortable. But we had already made up our mind at this point.
If you are planning your big day and still considering which photographer is right for you, take a look around this website and drop me a message. I would love to hear from you.