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My Top 6 Wedding Planning Tips | Seattle Wedding Photographer

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Seattle Wedding Photographer Wedding Tips

Planning your wedding day is by far the most amazing experience a couple can have, but it does require an ample amount of planning. I don’t believe it is a task that the couple should tackle all along. I wanted to put together a list of my top 6 wedding planning tips to make the process a little easier for you and your love!

Hire a Planner/Coordinator

My number one wedding planning tip would definitely be to hire either a planner or a coordinator for your big day. The expertise and organization that a planner will bring to your wedding experience is invaluable! You truly don’t realize how much time and energy it takes to plan an entire wedding until you’re actually doing it. So save yourself the headache and invest in a full planner or a day-of coordinator.

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Set a Budget and don’t Budge 

Your wedding budget will determine almost every aspect of your day. I recommend having an open, honest conversation with your partner about how much you want to spend overall, and then break it down by vendor. And when you start reaching out to your vendors, don’t be afraid to tell them that you have a firm budget that you absolutely don’t want to go over. If it’s easier for you, you can also set a budget range so that you have a little more flexibility when searching for vendors. 

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Be sure to Practice Self Care

Like I said, wedding planning is STRESSFUL! Be sure to take time for yourself up until the day of your wedding. Schedule couples massages, take a day trip somewhere relaxing, or have nightly bubble baths in the weeks leading up to your big day. Remember, your only job on your wedding day should be to get married and have a good time! So you want to make sure you’re as calm and relaxed as possible when your big day approaches. 

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Make the Marriage your Top Priority

How do you want to celebrate your love? What emotions do you want to feel as you commit your life to your partner? How do you want your partner to feel as you commit your life to them? Those are the main questions you should be thinking about over anything else. The day will come and go, but your marriage will last forever. Your wedding is your opportunity to declare your love in front of your closest friends and family, so make sure that’s in the forefront of your mind. It will make the other stuff seem a lot less important! 

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Invest in Photography

Photos are the only tangible memories that you will have long after your wedding day is over. Investing in a photographer that you absolutely love should definitely be one of your priorities. If you have a specific photographer already in mind and are set on working with them, reach out as soon as you can as our calendars fill up quickly. Figure out if you’re willing to invest a little more in photography than other vendors for your wedding. 

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Follow your own Traditions 

Everyone’s mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, or great great grandmother have traditions that they want you to follow. However, if you don’t feel inclined to follow the more “traditional” traditions, that’s okay! Especially nowadays, so many couples are breaking the “rules” and creating their own traditions. Do whatever feels aligned with you and your love, instead of what everyone else might be trying to pressure you to do.

Wedding Planning Tips

Those are my top 6 wedding planning tips for newly engaged couples! I hope this has helped you in the wedding planning process. If you’re still on the hunt for a photographer, I would love to chat with you about what your vision is. To get in touch with me, you can fill out my contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. 

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