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This is the first post in a series of many. Weddings are as stressful as they are special. My objective is to help the bride to be remain calm, healthy and beautiful. As a wedding photographer I see things that many don't. I see what went wrong and how it could have been prevented.
Once you say yes the games will begin! Your mind will not stop. You will eat , sleep and breathe "wedding". Some of the best advice I can give you is do not make hasty decisions! First figure out a budget. Once the budget has been determined the fun really starts. You have to decide how to spend it! You have the weight of the world on your shoulders, or at least you'll feel that way at times. Again don't make hasty decisions. Do not let a vendor push you to make a hasty decision. You will almost always hear a vendor say " please let me know ASAP because I have had several inquiries about your date". Not always, but many times that's a sales tactic.
Some more of my "best advice" . Don't diet, but start eating healthy, start taking a good daily multi-vitamin, drink water all day and get plenty of sleep. If you like wine have a glass a day before bed.
By now you have looked at just about every wedding and bridal site, you have bought magazines, and begun researching venues. Go for it! Once you have spent some time looking at dress styles, decor, colors and venues take a few days and don't look at anything. Just relax and visualize. What really sticks in your mind? What is it that you think you just have to have? Don't try to copy other brides, and please beware of trends. Be you, you are who you are, and you are unique and beautiful.
You can hire a wedding planner, and your life will be simple. If you have the budget for a planner go for it! However, I would not recommend skimping on another vendor to hire a planner. You are an intelligent person, you got this. Vendors can offer excellent advice. More than likely your vendors have attended hundreds of weddings. They know what works, and what doesn't. Don't be shy, ask questions.
Now for my biased photographer's opinion. Do not have a friend or relative photograph your wedding! In fact in a perfect world every couple would have an unplugged wedding, but we will go over that in a future post. Think about this for a minute. When the wedding is over, the flowers have died, the dress is stored or sold, what will you have left of one of the most important days of your life? Photographs!!!!!