If you want your wedding day to be a fun, relaxed kind of affair, follow these simple top tips!

 

  •  Wear make-up you’re comfortable with.

If you’re using a make-up artist, have a trial.  You’ll want to feel like “you” on the day, and I work with many super-talented MUA’s who can do just that, and make you look amazing using products that will stay put no matter how many happy tears you wipe away during the day!  The same goes for hair, it’s such a good idea to know exactly how your hair will look (and how your veil will fit in) before the day.

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  • Only invite the people you really want there

Making small-talk with your second-cousins plus one? I know I’d rather be having fun with my close friends!

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  • Think about your ceremony time

Think about what time you’re having your ceremony and allow enough time to mingle with guests, travel between venues and get some brilliant pictures as well!  You don’t want to feel rushed on the day.  If you think that there may be too long a time gap between the ceremony and the meal, you could organise lawn games, quizzes and live music to keep everyone entertained.  For winter weddings, remember it will get dark at 3.30-4pm!  Which means that any photos you want outside in natural light must be taken before that.

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  • Yoga? pool party or a dip in the North Sea?

Calm those nerves on the morning of your wedding by doing something fun and relaxing with your bridal party.  Things like yoga, pool party, going for a jog or even a dip in the north sea!!?  If you are planning on doing something fun like this, be sure to let me know and I’ll be there to capture some funny photos for you!

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  • Buttons and buttonholes!

Make sure you know how to button up your dress, and have a couple of hair pins at the ready to hook on those awkward tiny buttons.  Guys, if I’m there, I can fasten your buttonholes on, but if I’m not, make sure you’ve googled it and you know how to do it!  Likewise with ties, you can ask at the shop, to have them tied already so you can just put them over your heads and be ready to go!!!

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  • Have an unplugged wedding

Ask your guests not to take photographs during the ceremony.  You want your guests to be present and not “second screening”.  There’s nothing better than looking back at your family and friends and seeing them beaming back at you, and not a sea of mobile phones and cameras!

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  • Don’t hide your emotions

Don’t feel shy about letting go of your emotions!  The laughter and the tears I capture will be your most favourite photographs, and the moments you’ll remember forever.

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  • Soak it all up

Saviour each and every moment!  Make sure you stop to take little breathers to soak it all up – the day really will fly by.  Walk slowly down the aisle, let your wedding party go well ahead of you and don’t follow too hot on their heals to make your killer entrance!

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Photo by: Silverbird Photography Emily Carey (www.silverbirdphotography.com)