Talking to photographers can be so enlightening; photographers, especially at weddings, are paid observers, they capture moments, they watch everything going on and freeze that one moment and those emotions in time.
So when a photographer shares their observations on the best way to really enjoy your wedding day, based on what they have seen, we stop and listen.
Check out what wedding photographers Kellie Warren and Lindsay Widdall from Live Happy Studios in our Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide market shared with us along with some cute images from Morgan and Ray’s wedding at Club Lake Plantation.
We’ve been in the wedding industry for over 10 years now and have done thousands of weddings in that time. We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t and what you should focus on when the day finally arrives.
- It’s you and your partner’s big day, no one else. You’ve spent probably the last year trying to make everyone happy and get every last detail right. If things come up, tell people what you want to be done and let them take care of it. You’re past the point of having to manage every detail.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff, focus on being present. Weddings go fast, I mean, really fast. You don’t want to miss the big day. I hear it all the time from so many brides and grooms. Sometimes people forget to even eat because they are too busy talking to all their friends and family members. You painstakingly picked out all the food, don’t miss out! Just sit back and try to take it all in. Even better, if you are missing cocktail hour, have the catering staff bring the Hors d’oeuvre’s and specialty cocktails to you and your wedding party at portrait time after the ceremony so you don’t miss out on those.
- Sleep, eat, and water. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Sleep is important for sure. You’ll be celebrating through the night – probably several nights in a row leading up to the wedding but make sure to sleep in and be fully rested. If it helps to wind down from the stress of wedding planning, try some yoga or going out for a run – it might help clear your head. Also, you need to eat, and drink plenty of water. I’ve seen so many brides and grooms be extremely dehydrated on their wedding day due to the excessive heat here in Orlando in addition to enjoying several adult beverages.
- Pass Your Phone Off to Someone Else. This kind of goes along with number 2. You’ve already planned every detail, you don’t need to continue to manage every vendor and every question on the big day. You want to enjoy what you’ve planned, so pass your phone off to someone else you trust to take calls on your behalf and organize any last details.
- Comfy Shoes. This is a big one! You’re probably getting married in some killer heels or fancy wingtips, but that doesn’t always work out the rest of the night if you’re going to bust a move on the dance floor. There are so many popular options for a second pair of shoes. We’ve seen custom converse, brightly colored Tom’s and even flip flops. Chances are we can’t see your feet under the dress anyway. And guys, a snazzy pair of sneakers go great with suits or tuxes, plus adds a little personality.
Thanks for sharing ladies. And, congratulations to Morgan and Ray!