Tips to have that stress-free wedding you have always dreamed about!

 
tips to have a stress free wedding
 

You have pictured your wedding day in your head time and time again. You have imagined all your bridesmaids, friends and family coming together. I bet you have pictured every detail to make your wedding special for all your guests and you. After all, your wedding represents not only two people's’ lives coming together, but it represents countless lost hours of free time.

Thousands of beloved calories left behind on the table. Along with all the hard earned cash you spent to represent one of the most memorable days of your life.  Now, do you want to be that bridezilla who is SO stressed out they can’t even begin to enjoy their day? NO, right?

 

So, it is important that when the big day finally arrives, it is smooth as butter, and as stress-free, as you can possibly make it.

Why is this important?

You know the answer….it is just hard to sometimes execute it. Stress will show on your face, in your voice and in the relationships you are building on that big day. You don’t want to be the bride that bursts into tears on her wedding day because her well-intentioned plans didn’t manifest into the perfect day. {Click to tweet button}

It is hard enough to make it all come together perfectly, and you don’t want to waste all of your precious time and energy stressing about the details!
 

Who wants to walk around stressed out snapping at people? Who wants to lose that needed beauty sleep worrying?

Who wants to lose track of if they fed the dog or not?  Who wants to fight with the love of their life when they don’t need to?

It’s as if you are paying to be stressed out and just throwing your $$ out the window!  

Your wedding day needs to be, and SHOULD be a fantastic memory and celebration of your love, shared with your family and friends.

It SHOULD be fun, celebratory, joyous and an amazing start to your fantastic new life.

 

If you could have your dream wedding, I bet that you would want it to be a hugely awesome experience!  And, I bet you would like it to go off without a hitch knowing all that cash spent, was soooo worth it!  

Just think about all the glorious sleep you could have knowing that you have it all under control!!

Now, are you and your significant other ready to plan your dream wedding?  You and your spouse will have so much more fun on your big day when you are in control of your plan. Your guests will have fun and … what a fantastic way to start your marriage!

 

  • You have a more memorable of an experience

  • Your cash is $$ well spent

  • You are in control of your life and it is less likely something will go wrong

  • You will have better sleep

  • You will have more fun

  • Your guests will have more fun

  • It is a better start to your marriage

The answer to having that stress free dream wedding is easier than you think.  It is pretty simple too, you just have to follow some basic guidelines to get you through!

  • Having vendors you trust:

This sounds pretty basic, but you would not believe the number of brides that choose their vendors on price alone!  You will be handing over so many important details to your vendors, it is up to you to get in there and really make a connection with your vendors. You should know that your vendors have your back and that your business to THEM is very important. Hire vendors you can trust, not just vendors you can afford.

 

  • Take the time to make informed decisions:  

I know, time is hard to come by when you have so much on your plate. But, if you don’t make the time to make good choices and finalize the important decisions, the stress bug will creep up on you when you least expect it. Cake or cupcake? Pro photographer or Uncle Jim? While Uncle Jim might be a wiz with his camera and come with a tiny price tag, will you ultimately get all the shots you want?  Take the time to research and decide, and then you will know you are being taken care of, and you are getting just what you want.

 

  • Have a smart timeline:

Yes, you need this. Are you unsure about how this should look? Do a bit of research, ultimately the timeline is yours to build in any way you want. Short and sweet, or a long, detailed affair...either way, make sure you map out your day.

 

  • Make a list of family formals:

What the??  Family formals = all those pictures that every single aunt, uncle, cousin, and nana want to take with you and your spouse. You don’t want to inadvertently leave anyone out of the pictures, so make sure and make a list of all the pictures you want taken. Nana will thank you for that one later!

 

  • Don’t over complicate things:

Easier said than done, right??  Wrong. You can do it! Like most things in life, the easier and simpler, the better.  If you have a grand idea, write it down. Now, go back and find a simpler solution to that idea, and make it easier on you, your spouse and your family.

 

  • You don’t need to do everything that everyone says:

Oh boy, yeah repeat that out loud again! This is YOUR wedding. Do it your way, your style and in a way that you are comfortable. Just because Nana had 12 bridesmaids and 4 flower girls and a double procession doesn’t mean you have to.

 

  • You don’t need to include all the normal traditional things:

Come on darling, it is 2017. We do things now that our parents never dreamed of. Want a traditional wedding? Then, get in there and do it. If you want something more untraditional and unique, then that is fine too.  Either way, you don’t have to go crazy and include everything. Go ahead and include a few things that are important to you, your spouse or family. But, wow…. You don’t HAVE to stress yourself out with every single wedding tradition.


Now, are you ready to have that amazing stress-free wedding?? Great! I want you to sit back and take a big deep breath.

Visualize what you want. See yourself at your wedding living it up!!

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How to save $$ and make your wedding stand out

 
How to have a stand out wedding
 

Of course, you want to throw one epic bash. A wedding and reception that your guests will talk about for years. The very last thing you will want is yawns and glances at watches. I know you don’t want to find Nana snoozing in the corner. The hardest to impress guests get bored easily and may try to duck out early.

 

By now you have seen gobs of wedding ideas. The wedding magazines and Pinterest have so many ideas, it makes a gal’s head spin. Of course having a wedding that stands out is important, but so is staying on budget! A unique and unforgettable wedding is a lot of hard work, and it becomes very hard to save money at the same time. By the time you impress the wedding party and the family with amazing ideas, your budget may feel smashed.

 

Your soiree should make time stand still. It should make all the single ladies pine for such a fantastic bash. Make memories that last forever. Impress your guests with standout details. Then smile and swim in the compliments you get on your big day!


 

So, let’s get you planning and throwing the best bash ever...without breaking the bank!

 

  • Make a list of what is most important to you at the end of the day. What do you want your guests to feel? What do you want them to experience? This can be as easy as setting a scene or theme. Romance? Rustic? Formal? Relaxed?

  • Go non-traditional on some things. It really is ok to think out of the box. Traditions today can be anything BUT traditional. Begin a new trend. Be unique and true to your personality. It’s your wedding, you can skip what you want too!

  • Have a signature cocktail.  You could forgo the pricey full bar, and do bride and groom signature cocktails. This will make your reception feel so personal.

  • Skip the traditional cake cutting. Remember, that thinking out of the box thing? How about releasing paper lanterns? Planting a tree? Unity candle? Or you can go old-school tradition of just kissing over a tower of cakes for prosperity? Hello….donut bar!

  • Food: Four-course meals are not needed. Depending on the time of day, locations, facilities, and theme...you can do all kinds of creative food things! Food bar, banquet, finger foods and culturally themed food items are all a go.

  • Have a DIY bar. Now, this is fun and unique! Whether it is an ice-cream bar, candy bar or cigar bar, it can be simple, fun and inexpensive.

  • Provide a Phone charging station.  A cute little table near an electrical outlet and a variety of phone chargers makes this a simple yet sometimes important detail. Provide a hashtag for all your guests to post those awesome wedding day photos!

  • Fancy invitations are not the most important part. Amazing does not have to mean expensive!  Your invitations should reflect the general theme of the wedding.  With today’s technology, you can design them yourself. Cha-ching! You just saved a bundle.

  • Friends make good officiants. Seriously, who else knows you so well? Get out there and ask around. Everyone knows an eloquent and likable friend that loves the spotlight.

  • Have an amazing send-off.  Some venues don’t allow rice to be thrown. Want amazing photos? Throw confetti instead. Better yet, for an evening wedding give guests sparklers and exit the party like a rock star.

 

In the end, your wedding should be a true expression of you and your honey. Make it a reflection of your love and personality. So many simple things can make a memorable and exciting wedding without breaking the bank.  Be creative and make it simply marvelous. Find all those great ideas, and think out of the box to save a ton of money.


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Social Media engagement is key, but it is getting harder and harder to get your audience engaged with your content because with each websites algorithm they have made a secret social media handshake to see if your content is interesting or not. 

 

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If you are just starting out with your photography business then this is will help you a lot but even if you are a seasoned photographer you can get some tips from this for when you have hit a slow spot or want to start bumping up your prices.

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So why is it so hard to stand out on social media? Do you find yourself saying or feeling?

"There are so many people doing the same thing as me, how am I  going to easily and quickly show that I can do it better?"

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