How to enjoy your best day ever, from the lens of a wedding photographer

No matter how prepared you’ve been throughout the entire process, the emotions you feel on the day itself can catch you by surprise. For years I’ve witnessed many beautiful celebrations of love, be it an intimate wedding or one with thousands of guests. The bride and groom go through the same rush of emotions that are bound to overwhelm. And as someone who gets to capture every kind of moment on your special day, I only hope that amidst it all, you get to have the most fun out of anyone in that room. After all, it’s your big day. So here are some tips on how to have the best day ever, from the lens of your wedding photographer!

Head to bed early

The excitement and nerves may give you a harder time sleeping as it is, so an early night will allow you just enough time to really pack in the beauty rest. If it helps, treat yourself to something that relaxes you and even keep away from your phone. Enough sleep the night before can leave you waking up feeling refreshed from the get-go.

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Enjoy the process, don’t sweat the small stuff

Easier said than done, I know. But now that you’ve gotten some rest, it will help set the tone for your morning. Try not to rush. The rest of your day may feel like that, so revel in a calm slow-paced at the start to your day. Like many other days, starting your day right makes a tremendous difference. So make this one count. You owe it to yourself.

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Keep the hangry bugs at bay

Look, it’s gonna be a combination of butterflies in your tummy and all the twisting and turning emotions that will fool you into thinking your appetite is non-existent. But an empty stomach is surefire way to invite the hangry bugs to your big day! Have a big breakfast that will last you -- all the hustle and bustle throughout the day will end up distracting you from eating too. Remember, as the bride or groom, you drive the mood of this celebration. So make sure the mood is as happy as your tummy!

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Find a few moments with your partner, every chance you get.

Bask in this moment together. You may be pulled into different directions by jovial, congratulating guests but festivities aside, this day is happening because of you two. So spend it together. Look around and see how this union with the love of your life has brought everyone you love together into this same room. These moments will be rare, and they’re better when they’re shared.

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Have a wedding hashtag

This might be a very millennial trend, but admittedly, it’s a nice touch to keep track of wedding memories captured by your friends and family throughout the day. In years to come, you’ll be able to still see everything under this category. A walk down memory lane won’t be that far as your memories will now be accessible through this unique handle! (Bonus if you can combine you and your partner’s name to make something catchy or funny!)

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Prepare for all conditions. Just in case.

I had a bride with bright red boots just in case it rained and it was awesome. It added a fun element to the memories as we had a shoot in the golf course. Most brides though would have some flats for when they need a break from their heels. When you’re dancing the night away with friends, they might just come in handy as well!

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Let go. Everything will be as they should be.

It’s true. You’ve prepared enough in the months leading up to your big day. Trust yourself with that. And believe it or not, there will be things that will still fall out of your control and that’s okay. Sometimes these things end up adding to the charm of your day. Revel in the things that go well, and roll with the ones that don’t. Every moment is meant to make your day even more special than you could ever imagine.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

This day may be all about you, but that doesn’t mean you need to take responsibility for everything. Don’t forget that you are surrounded by people who are willing to help and support you. Asking for help can clear some space in your mind so you can be present in every moment. If that means having someone take charge for any valuables or gifts, or someone to hold your phone so you don’t always have to be thinking about it -- you’ll find they’ll be happy to help, because they want you to be at your happiest.  

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