Fancy thinking outside the box? I know for a lot of excited brides and grooms to be out there, the idea of seeing each other BEFORE the ceremony is utterly unthinkable! I get it, I really do! For my own wedding we followed tradition, and like most couples in the UK, had all our pictures taken after the ceremony. However, have a look at the points below and wonder, just for a minute, if having most of your pictures taken before the ceremony could be a great decision!
1) Hanging about
Congratulations, you're married! Yeay! Let's paaart... no wait. First you need to disappear and have your pictures taken whilst leaving your guests to entertain themselves for a couple of hours until dinner. Sound good? Now, imagine you've already had the majority of your photos taken earlier in the day. Think about all that time for you both to relax, celebrate and hangout with all your guests. After all isn't that what you really want to do?
2) Strike a Pose
You've just had your hair coiffed to perfection, your makeup is flawless and your flowers are fresh from the florist. There has been no time for food or drink spillages. You haven't cried your way through the ceremony yet (never underestimate how emotional you will be on your wedding day!). You are looking positively glowing. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN.
3) My Best Friend's Wedding
You're about to commit to spending the rest of your lives to each other but you don't get to see your best friend until the ceremony begins (along with the rest of your guests). Seems a bit odd when you put it like that, doesn't it? Seeing each other before the ceremony will not only give you a chance to have some quiet time to soothe the nerves before the madness of the day begins, it also allows you to catch your breath and take stock of the journey you're about to go on together. Surely that's the best way to begin your wedding day - together.
I hear this question a lot from couples. It’s usually followed by ‘I won’t need one I have my mum/sister/best friend/dog (delete as appropriate) for that’, or simply, ‘Aren’t they really expensive?’. So for my first blog I thought I’d get straight to the point and give you my Top 3 Reasons why you should consider hiring a wedding planner. I think you might be surprised!
1) Busy, busy, busy...
They say on average, a wedding nowadays takes around 250 hours to plan. That’s 250 HOURS! Now this time doesn’t happen all at once, but still needs to be slotted in around your busy lives. Whether it’s a busy career, family commitments, a packed social calendar or all three, finding this extra time can prove challenging. Hiring a wedding planner will give you this time back, but without you relinquishing control over your big day. A good wedding planner will be able to reduce the time you spend on tiresome and admin heavy tasks, allowing you to get on with enjoying the fun parts of planning your wedding - after all who doesn't want to attend the odd cake tasting or two!
2) Watching the purse-strings...
This might seem an odd reason to give as you would be paying for a wedding planner's services, so how could this save you money? Well, a good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. They bring a wealth of experience in the wedding industry and can expertly match your requirements with the best and most reputable suppliers in the market. A good wedding planner will have cultivated these relationships and will be in a better position to negotiate the best possible price for their services. In addition, your wedding planner will work tirelessly to stick within your budget and help focus on ensuring you get value for money without sacrificing in the areas important to you.
3) Stress free planning...
Planning a wedding will take up a lot of your time and can be expensive but there is a third factor to consider – stress! With so many things to keep on top of, various suppliers, payment schedules, RSVPs, jugging family dynamics, trying to please everyone as well as staying focused on the big picture (you're marrying the person of your dreams, remember?). It can all get a bit, well, stressful. A professional wedding planner will be able to manage all these elements without you feeling any of the burden. Letting you concentrate on the important part of wedding planning – having fun, designing your perfect day and counting down the days until you say ‘I do’. Now who doesn't want that for their wedding?
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