Avoid the Wedding Craziness: Tips to help create a stress free wedding day

So many people tell me weddings are so crazy.  I respond with "not the ones I photograph." One thing I have noticed over the years of shooting is organization/communication is key.  

One major craziness adding factor is when no one knows the schedule, portrait list or key details except for the bride.  You can be a bride with everything super organized but if your the only one that knows the information than things can and will get crazy.  No one really wants to be the person who messes up a wedding so many times your key people will constantly ask you for times, details or key information about the day.  Below are a few key things I have my clients do to make their day super stress free!

  • Have a well drawn out timeline for everyone.  Everyone usually knows the photographer and DJ needs a timeline because we are professionals and we ask for or create them. But how about the timeline for your bridal party.  The timeline I create and share with my clients includes everything so it is something they can copy/print and share with their key people of their special day.
  • Family portrait lists (formal portraits)- just the word family can start to stress people out. This is one place we strive to ROCK! We have our bride/grooms create their lists not with generic names like grandpa, mom and dad. Lets face it you may know those people but we don't.  We have clients create lists with actual names which sounds so simple and it is but many people don't understand why that is so important.  Having a real name allows us to use the list and just read from it. That means you don't have to think about it! Anytime we can get you to not think on your wedding day, that is one less thing for you not stress about.  Also creating this list early gives you time to pass it along to mom and dad.  They can "approve" it so you don't have to hear the phrase "You forgot the picture of you and Uncle Steve"  Having your parents look over it days before puts some onus on them as well.  CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A KILLER FAMILY PORTRAIT LIST!