Reducing stress while planning your wedding is always a bonus. Finding and securing great vendors can be a time-consuming, daunting task so trust your instincts. People tend to show you their true colors early -- pay attention.
And in the end, all of those fairy tales we've read as brides have caused us to build castles that only crumble. But if you go into any situation with a more realistic perspective, you can say forget the fairytale -- I'll write my own story.
Over the past six months, I have shared wedding news with quite a few friends and clients. As I listened to each bride rattle off the list of details to be attended to in order to have a fabulous event, I felt strangely unsettled.
Brides tend to forget how emotionally invested mothers can be as her little princess gets married. Momzillas come in different shapes and forms, but all need to be regarded carefully as to not risk the relationship between mother and daughter.
The way Diana's star status changed the press' rather reverential relationship with royalty into just more tabloid fodder bled over into how they perceived wedding ceremonies, brides and women in general.
My observations have allowed me to identify three mistakes most brides make when planning their weddings. Our job as planners is to stop them when they start heading in the wrong direction and give them the tools they need to avoid the following pitfalls.
More and more brides are opting to take an additional plunge into the unknown after the big day. Trash the dress or "surf the dress" photos are increasingly in demand as a way to keep the celebration going well beyond your wedding day.
Yes, you can see the photos in which you're tagged or that are in your hashtag, but you can't actually download them (without some serious hacking). Lastly, what are you going to be able to do with those low-resolution square photos?
The summer is a wonderful time to be a bride! The earth is alive with that same exuberant energy that fuels your special day. You've spent months making all the arrangements: the flowers, the cake, the dress, the photographer, the music, the food.
Imagine this: You're invited to the wedding of someone you consider a casual acquaintance. Someone you like but isn't an "I-would-do-anything-for-you" kind of friend. What do you get as a wedding gift?
Weddings and families. Depending on your family, the very thought may send you into a swoon of happiness or a mad dash for the Xanax. As a wedding photographer, I've seen both responses (and everything in between) played out on notoriously emotion-filled wedding days.