5 Ways to Have A Stress Free Wedding and the Best Photographs Ever!

See this image above, that’s how I want you to feel on your wedding day!

1. Location

Keep everything close together. Get ready within walking distance of the wedding. same concept if the guys, getting ready 40 minutes off in another direction it can add unnecessary stress and can eat up into some of your time. Have them get ready at the same location too. Here are some top venues in Chattanooga with great options for getting ready, ceremony and receptions at the same location.

If you’re getting married at your family church, of course there may be some driving, but keep it close by.

2 Natural Lighting

Choose a venue with natural light. This is huge. And yes, as a photographer I say this because it makes my photographs look not only better, but amazing! If you’re having an indoor ceremony look for a venue with lots of tall windows.

And if you’re starting to think, buuuuut what about if it rains? Don’t worry the best photographers bring lighting for moments like that and create beautiful artwork from whatever weather the day gives us.

3 phones everywhere

When you picture your wedding day, you picture a perfect day. But years from now you’ll be able to look back at your photos, you’ll be able to reminisce about how you felt in that moment.

… unless you come across a photo of the ceremony with phones leaning out in the aisle trying to get the shot more focused on that than your wedding.
If that doesn’t seem like the way you want to remember your wedding.

You can make it really clear, you hired the best photographers for a reason and you’d like the guests to put their phone away for the ceremony.

How can this be implemented?
Some couples have their DJ step in to make the announcement. DJs have a commanding presence. Others have their officiant announce before the ceremony starts.

3 Choose your people

Pick people who are important to you. Not what you think someone else thinks you should do. Surround yourselves by those who are there to celebrate with you!

Picking your bridal party is tough. Say you loved everyone in your sorority. Before you invite someone ask yourself if they can dedicate the time to be a bridesmaid. If not. If it would be a stretch, don’t ask them to be there all day for you, instead suggest they get a dress in the color palette and come like a guest. They can be part of the day, jump into some candid photos with you, but not have to be there for 10+ hours.

4a Get cute comfortable shoes for dancing

You wanted to dance and have the best time at your reception, but you’re sitting at the bar because your feet can’t take any more…

If you want to also have the most fun photos from your reception, change into the comfy shoes after the formalities are done. If the reception is your dancing era, this is the recipe!

4 Your own memories

Think what you really do want, what’s important to you and why. If it’s a ceremony at a sentimental location full of wonderful memories to both of you, do it! I’m here for it. This is the time to do it your way and not worry about what social media trends are and aren’t doing. Its your marriage and your memories not a trend!

5 Delegate and let go knowing you have a team that will execute your vision on the wedding day

This is the best part, when you arrive on the wedding day you’ll be present enjoying each and every moment. You will not be worried in your photographs because there’s already plan in place. For one day you will not have to be the go-to person who makes it all happen.

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Wedding prep tips from a photographer

How to Prioritize the top most important parts of your wedding

Set a realistic budget. This helps you know how much the bulk of your budget you can use for the most important parts of your day. Is it guest experience, food, entertainment, the venue, something else? Once you know what’s most important you can spend less on the lower priorities.

Pick your must-haves

Re-order your own list placing your most important vendors at the top, and work your way down.

  • Wedding coordinator/planner
  • Caterer
  • Cake
  • Florist
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • DJ/Band/Musicians
  • Officiant
  • Hair Makeup
  • Dress/Tux
  • UpLighting
  • Rentals/Design
  • Stationery
  • Transportation
  • Hotel/Airbnb
  • Live painter

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