July 2, 2019
I take pride in the fact that 99% of my couples say their wedding day was fun and stress-free. The first wedding I ever photographed was over eight years ago (where did the time go?!?!). Since then, I have had the absolute honor to spend over 150 wedding days with couples. Through trial and error, I have come to understand which part of a wedding day can be the most stressful for a couple.
Here are some examples of stressful parts of a wedding day and how to resolve those
Stressful: Early morning setup of your reception space
Solution: Hire a wedding planner to set up for you
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Stressful: Hair and makeup run behind
Solution: Start EARLY!! And earlier than they recommend by at least a half hour
Stressful: Travel time between locations
Solution: Get married at a venue that has everything there for you. A getting ready place for hair and makeup. And a ceremony + reception combo
Stressful: Family Formals.
Solution: Download this free guide and use it on your wedding day
It’s not uncommon to sit down with a couple at our first consult and find out at least one set of parents are divorced. What is uncommon these days is, however, is being told that both sets of parents are still married.
Family dynamics can be so hard. Especially when you have divorced parents. Nine times out of ten, there are some unresolved emotions, and for a magnitude of reasons, wedding days bring out the worse of those emotions.
(I can speak from experience on this. We were one commercial break short of a full-on Jerry Springer at my wedding thanks to an immature parent that wouldn’t stand in for a handful of family photos because his ex-wife was also in the photo)
To keep things running smoothly and as stress-free as possible, I have mastered the family formal portion of a wedding day. At this point in my career, family formals run smoothly. Almost like it’s a well-oiled ship.
But I also recognize that not every wedding day is like that for brides everywhere. That is why I wanted to share with you today my family formals list.
This list is permanently etched in my brain. On a good day, when the family is ready for photos, I can roll through this list in under 20 minutes. When we have divorced parents that are remarried, under 30.
That is one of the keys to keeping family formals as relaxing as possible for my couples. This time goes by quickly.
Here are some tips for keeping this portion of your wedding day enjoyable:
I hope you have found this post helpful! Wedding days should be enjoyable and memorable. Not stressful. My hope is this guide helps accomplish that for you on your wedding day!