50 Creative Wedding Hacks to Make Your Wedding Day Stress Free
May 18, 2018 | By: Fusion Photography
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Planning a wedding can be a lot of work, especially, if you are going it alone (ixnay on the wedding planner). At times, it may feel like you are juggling 50 balls simultaneously, in addition to still running your regular life. Frankly, we would prefer if you just eloped to some exotic destination and took us with you along with a few of your closest friends and family, but just in case you are stubborn and want to go au traditionale, here are 50 Tips to make your wedding planning a little bit easier.
#1 Get Married in an almost free space
All across this great world of ours, there are hundreds of parks, green spaces and mountain tops that will allow you to wed for a small "donation".
Kyla and Ryan chose to get married on the top of a mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains with just their family, the priest, and yours truly in attendance. The entire family hiked up the mountaintop (two hours) then celebrated their intimate elopement wedding on top of the serenity of the mountains overlooking Asheville NC. It was epic, intimate and absolutely AMAZING.
Are you willing to be flexible and a little bit adventurous on your wedding date? According to some wedding planners (Kelly Martin Head Over Heels), there is a major advantage and increased bargaining power for venues and some wedding vendors (not me) when brides and grooms have shorter wedding timelines. In some cases, half the cost, because the venue budgeted for a year out and still has empty dates.
#3 Consider choosing an "all-inclusive" location
Consider choosing an "all-inclusive" location where you can hold BOTH the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. Doing so will help you save money, time, headache and you will have a contained environment for the guests. Think about all the time you will have for partying and just hanging out instead of traveling back and forth. As a photographer, this will also help with the wedding photography side of everything.
#4 Always ask to see how the ceremony and the reception will be set up in case the weather turns sour.
Each site should have images on file showcasing their Plan B in case the weather turns sour. Ask to review this plan and see any images they have in order to assess if this will work for you. Most venues will make adjustments to the plan if you are willing to be flexible on your vision.
Reviews can fall under several non-descript categories. 1. Conditional reviews where a vendor will reward their client with something IF they post a review. 2. The "obligatory review" where the client will post a non-descript testimonial without really saying a whole lot about the experience. 3. The "Glowing Exceeded Expectations" review. Read all of the reviews or at least a large sample population, get a sense for the tone of each testimonial. Do they sound obligated to respond and posting just vanilla content - like, "they showed up on time and were nice people" or do the reviews resonate with exceptional service, experience, and glowing compliments? You want to lean towards the third category whenever possible. The third category is the REAL and AUTHENTIC experience from the perspective of the client.
Book All-Inclusive With One Vendor
#6. Book multiple items with one vendor
Keeping everything under one roof with as few as vendors as possible, works the same way as keeping your ceremony and reception under one roof when and where possible.
For example, if your photographer also offers, videography, try and book them together. Or if your wedding planner or florist offers lighting, rentals and invitations, you can potentially score some cost savings discounts by booking the bundle. You just have to ask questions.