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Wedding Tips and Advice Series

When it comes to the big day, there are a lot of things that we wish we knew about before the whole planning process. The small little advice we wish we were told in the beginning to make the whole process more smooth and the words of encouragement to remind us of what we’re doing. Working a lot of wedding shoots I always like to ask my clients about their whole process when it came to planning the big day and what advice they wished they got. So to make it easier for all the future wedding do-ers reading this, I asked a few of my past clients three questions and compiled them to give you some advice and tips on how to approach the big day! I asked my clients Jimmy and Karen, Stephanie and Kenneth, Kimberly and Matt, and Josephine and Keith.

 

When would you recommend one to start planning their wedding? 

Venues have the longest lead time and will need to be booked as early as 8-12 months in advance (especially around the LA area).” 

Jimmy and Karen

 

It will depend on your venue and what day you are aiming for. If you want to have your wedding on a Saturday, be prepared that some venues are booked a year in advance. If you’re on a time crunch, most venues will have Fridays or Sundays still available.” 

– Stephanie and Kenneth

 

At 1 to 1.5 year in advance. Planning early can provide enough leeway for alternate dates.“ 

– Josephine and Keith

 

“At least 9-12 months before, but the more time the better! You don’t want to rush anything or get stuck with a vendor or venue you aren’t happy with because they were the only one available.”

Kimberly and Matt

 

In your opinion, what do you think was the most difficult part to plan? 

“The most difficult part for us was staying disciplined. We tried to take on more of the work but that meant we had to spend more time on the weekends checking off our to-do list. That meant having to say “no” to a lot of fun/distracting activities.” 

– Jimmy and Karen

 

The most difficult part was probably narrowing the guest list. You never realize how many people are in your lives until you start making a list!. It’s also so hard to determine the “cutoff” for friends versus acquaintances and extended relatives. Weddings are expensive, and you have to consider that when trying to accommodate for plus-ones, kids, large families, and long-lost relatives who suddenly all need to be invited. You want to include as many people as possible, but it’s just not feasible to please everyone.” 

– Stephanie and Kenneth

 

“We made our own customized invites from scratch (and got a lot of nice comments too!), however, it did take a lot of time to decide on a design and get the cards just right.” 

– Josephine and Keith

 

“All the little details! There are so many, and you are bound to forget some, or not even think of some.  We had an on-the-day coordinator, and it was so worth it, but I recommend a wedding planner for the entire process if there’s room in the budget for one.” 

– Kimberly and Matt 

 

What is one piece of advice you would give future couples when it comes to the big day?

Everything you’ve done has led up to that point. When the day finally comes, it’s time to let go and have fun. Trust in your planning and the people you hired.”

– Jimmy and Karen

 

“Take an hour at some point during the celebration to just be alone with each other. Hide away in the bridal suite or a private room, and enjoy the moment for yourselves. It gives you time to relax, recharge, and reconnect before diving back out into the fray.” 

– Stephanie and Kenneth

 

“Make sure to not sweat the small stuff, by the end of the day you are married after all!”

– Josephine and Keith

 

“Just remember this day is about you guys, no one else, so make sure it is what you want. If friends or family are pressuring you about something that you don’t want, don’t lose sight of the real reason for the day – to celebrate YOUR love.” 

– Kimberly and Matt

 

Thank you for taking the time to read about our couple’s experiences and we hope their word of wisdom helps you going forward with your wedding planning. It seems that the general theme is to never forget the reason why you’re having the big day. Don’t forget about the love that you and your partner share. This post was compiled from a series featured on our Instagram page (georgiayehphotography). Check out the highlights sections and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page. Thank you for the support and we hope you have a wonderful day!

 

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