We know just how stressful a wedding can be to plan, and there is nobody better to give you the advice you need to help you plan your day as stress-free as possible. Here are a few of our favourite tips from us and a select few friends to help you make the best of your wedding day and the run-up to your wedding day.

Make a list of things you are not prepared to compromise on.

In every wedding, there are going to be elements that you want to guarantee, for example do you want a church wedding or is there a specific date you want to get married on? It’s important to establish your boundaries early to avoid disappointment later on. If you want to get married in a church, then don’t compromise as it really is a once in a lifetime event and you don’t want to look back on the day with any sort of negativity.

Work with your photographer to produce a list of must-have shots for you.

Every wedding is different, none of them stick to the same timeline and they all have their own unique moments throughout the day. It’s important to establish trust with your photographer so you can rest easy knowing your day will be captured well. One of our top recommendations for working with your photographer is to establish a ‘shot list’ – this is a list provided by you to the photographer ensuring the photographer knows what photos you want. For example, if you want some close up photos of your dress, accessories and wedding rings – tell them early to ensure they don’t skip them.

Talk to your florist early about the types of flowers that will be available on the date of your wedding.

This is one of my wife’s top tips and one that led to some disappointment as she wasn’t aware of it at the time, but different flowers are available at different times of the year. For example, if you’re wanting to include tulips in your wedding decorations we were advised that they would likely be unavailable given our wedding was in May. If you’re adamant on the flower choice then you may have to compromise on using fresh flowers and instead opting for silk.

Create backups of everything

As a photographer, designer and website developer I can not stress this enough. If you’re going to spend time creating seating plans, invite designs, music playlists you must create at least two backups of each thing – the last thing you want is to come to get your playlist and find your music has been deleted or lost. One of the best recommendations I can give here is to join a cloud document service such as Google Drive or Dropbox as you can rest easy knowing your data will be safe in the cloud.

That’s all for now, but keep your eyes on our blog for more of our favourite tips. In the meantime, why not comment with yours over at our Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/glenntaylorphotography