One of the things we love about the wedding industry in Vancouver is the wonderfully creative people we meet. Ashley Burnstad and Dawn Barrett of Candeo Weddings are two of the loveliest, most organized gals - which really helps to make them great planners! We love the organization they bring to a wedding day, and we especially love their approach with couples. So we asked them to share a few words of wisdom with you...this is their guest post! Have a stress-free wedding day!
How a planner can help
A planner can assist you with all wedding planning tasks – whether it’s coordinating every detail from start to finish, or being there on your day to ensure everything goes smoothly. Planning a wedding can be a fun and creative experience if you have the time – but what about the day of your wedding? Do you really want your family members to be put to work on your wedding day? Or your groom to be in charge of ensuring your tables are set and decorated properly?
Invest in a great photographer
Your wedding photos will be some of the most important photos in your albums and on your mantle – don’t take any chances. Wedding photography is an art all on its own. An experienced wedding photographer knows exactly how and when to capture those once in a lifetime moments – there’s no room for error when it comes time to perfectly capture the bride and groom sharing their first kiss. We also strongly recommend having an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. This will give you an opportunity to become comfortable with them and feel at ease for your wedding day images.
A few additional tips to ensure a stress free day
- Have more than one hair and makeup consultation – and take pictures. You don’t need any “what was I thinking?” moments when looking back on your wedding day.
- Bring makeup for touch-ups. The stress and the emotion of the day can lead to a shiny forehead and running mascara – be prepared.
- Have a pair of flip-flops or flat shoes nearby - you don’t want to be dancing your first dance in high heel-induced pain.
- Ensure that everyone making a speech is aware of a time limit – we recommend 3-5 minutes maximum.
- If you will be including children on your guest list, we recommend factoring a children’s caregiver into your budget for your ceremony. Children can keep occupied with toys and games at your reception, but during a ceremony they can find it hard to keep still. A screaming baby while you are exchanging vows isn’t exactly romantic!
- And remember, this day belongs to you and your fiancé. Make decisions based on what makes you happy.
Guest post by Candeo Weddings for Randal Kurt Photography, Vancouver Wedding Photographers.