Avoid disaster and have the perfect wedding day
Your wedding will be one of the biggest days of your life, with months (sometimes years??) of planning gone into it! Most of the time everything goes off without a hitch and anything that does go wrong pales in comparison to the magnitude of the day itself. You’re marrying the love of your life! So what is the flowers aren’t quite the right colour? Who cares if your hair goes frizzy? So what if someone runs late? The answer is…not really anyone. Having said that, by taking a few simple steps you can ensure to avoid mishaps which can lead to bigger problems throughout the day. Believe or not some if not all of these I have seen happen in actual weddings!
Check in with suppliers
Honestly, any supplier worth their salt will be checking in with you a few months before your wedding day anyway! Chances are you booked them maybe a year or more ago, you may have forgotten what you even booked. So it’s a good idea to make a list of all your suppliers and make sure you’ve touched base with all of them so you know exactly what you’re getting and any other details regarding their service. For example with your wedding photographer, confirm how long the coverage is, when they’ll start, when they’ll leave and when you can expect your photos and make sure your both on the same page. This will mean you avoid any surprises on the big day and don’t have to worry about someone not turning up.
Summer Wedding Sunburn
Everyone loves a beautiful warm summer wedding! But be careful about sitting out in the sun before your wedding day. Theres nothing better then a golden tan but the sun can work fast and sunburn can be painful and hard (and sore) to hide with make up. It’s also a good idea to try and avoid tan lines around your chest/shoulders/arms as this can be difficult to hide with some dresses and even harder to fix with photoshop. Play it safe and splash on the suncream or take a break from the sun and enjoy the shade.
Leave loads of time
It’s a good idea to pad your day with lots of extra time. Getting dressed, getting to the ceremony and speeches can all take longer than expected. I always recommend leaving minimum 20 minutes wiggle room in the morning. This means you’re not rushing and getting stressed or worse, running late, which can also affect the timeline throughout the day from the ceremony to the dinner to the first dance.
You’d be surprised how often a button might pop off or a zipper breaks or a veil tears at the worst moment. More then once I’ve been called upon to sew an errand button back onto a dress or suit jacket! A good idea is to get a bridesmaid to carry a small sewing kit around with her as a just in case.
Theres nothing worse then feeling uncomfortable or having trouble with a dress/shirt/jacket throughout the day.
Know where you’re going!
Make sure guests know where they’re going! While the church or venue might be familiar to you and therefore easy to find you’d be surprised how many of your guests may not know how to get there. I highly recommend including an eircode, dropping a pin or a little map with directions.
The last thing you want is guests lost and running late, which can hold up the timeline of the day as well as result in stressed and anxious guests or family members.
Those are just a few of my tips for avoiding disaster and having the perfect wedding day! If I’ve left any questions unanswered or if you’d like to chat with me about photographing your upcoming Ireland wedding, email me at [email protected]. I can’t wait to hear from you!