5 Tips to Help With a Stress Free Wedding Day!

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It seems like there are always a million things running through your head and a to-do list that’s a mile long as soon as you say “yes” and the wedding planning beings! Use these 5 tips to help keep yourself on track and not let that stress kill the joy of this wonderful time!!

Tip #1. Timeline Planning:
Having a wedding schedule can't always guarantee a stress free day but when you are working with your vendors to create a timeline for your big day there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure that your friends and family know where and when they need to be places. Nothing throws a timeline off like spending 15mins looking for Aunt Susan who didn’t know she was supposed to arrive early for family photos. You don’t have to have things written out to the minute but giving everyone a basic outline of the day can be very helpful at making sure the day flows smoothly. If you need help with your timeline ask your planner or photographer for help- we do this ALL THE TIME- and are happy to help!!

Tip #2. Delegate:
You have surrounded yourself with your best friends to help you celebrate your marriage… now use them!!! They are there to help, they WANT to help, they are capable!!! Allow your bridesmaids and groomsmen to lend a hand. Be it helping with decorations, stuffing invitations or being a photo wrangler on the day of (really helpful to have someone who knows the family members so they can help us track down that Aunt Susan who went to cocktail hour even thought she had a copy of the timeline). These are your best friends and if you can hand off some to-do items to them they will be happy to help and you can focus on the most important things!

Tip #3. Comfortable Shoes:
I know the big sparkly pretty heals make you feel like a million bucks and trust me they photograph beautifully but by the time you want to hit the dance floor your toes might be ready for something a little more comfortable. You don’t have to go with flip flops or slippers but you can always have a pair of flats with some special sparkles to change into at the reception. You’ll spend a lot of time on your feet on your wedding day so make sure you take care of them!!

Tip #4. Have a Rain Plan:
Nothing throws a wrench into plans like a rain storm. Make sure you’ve got back up plans for what to do if it rains. They say rain is good luck on your wedding day but if you don’t have a plan for where things will be and how they will take place if its pouring cats and dogs outside your stress level is going to go through the roof. We can’t control the weather but we can have a plan in place so that no matter the weather things go smoothly!

Tip #5. Identify Your Priorities:
Unless you have an unlimited budget make sure you make a list or priorities and budget accordingly. Find the aspects of the day that are the most important to you and focus on those. Be it a big beautiful bouquet, a string quartet playing while you walk down the isle, a leather bound wedding album or food that makes your mouth water. Every couple has things that are the most important to them- so make sure you pick what really means something to you two and plan your wedding to focus on those things. The rest will all come together around it!

Bonus Tip #6: ENJOY BEING ENGAGED!!!
You get to be married for the rest of your life but these months of engagement are fleeting so ENJOY IT! Spend some time together doing NON wedding things. Don’t let the planning take over all your free time and remember that above all, this is ALL ABOUT LOVE!

Timber Hill Farm | Gilford, NH

A few months ago I reached out to Mindy of Private Weddings and Events to ask about this new venue, Timber Hill Farm, I kept seeing her post about on social media.  She told me this wonderful family had just opened their farm for weddings and events and that I should come check it out for myself.  Well, if you know me and you saw one photo of this place you'd know I was ready to go that afternoon.  Unfortunately with the crazy schedules that make up the summer months we decided to hold off and plan a trip when they had their new sail tent up and custom wood tables in place just before their big open house in early July.  When I was ready to make the trip I asked Anne Skidmore of Anne Skidmore Photography to come join me for an afternoon of take photos at this beautiful location in Guilford looking across the fields to the lake and then right up to Mt. Washington!!!  Let me tell you we were FAR from disappointed!  This venue is amazing!  In real estate they say "location, location, location" and as far as a wedding venue goes- this has one of the best locations.   I can't wait to shoot here *hint hint brides* and get back up there with a bride and groom to add to all these stunning landscape shots! Thank you Mindy for having Anne and I and thank you to the Howe family for letting us preview your open house and for the wonderful tour of the property!  Enjoy :)

xoxo, Spring

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