Tips from Buffalo Wedding Photographer, Heather Bellini
You’ve said yes to the dress, planned out the decor and colors, finalized the programs, even picked the cake flavor—you probably have a pretty good idea of how your wedding day will go, right? But there are some details and things that you just can’t anticipate!
Here are 5 things no one tells you about your wedding day!
1. You might not remember every moment perfectly.
Former brides and grooms have already told you that your wedding day will “fly by,” but it’s hard to prepare for just how swept up by the momentum you will actually be. Looking back on the day, you might be surprised by how blurry your recollection is. That’s why it’s so important to hire a great photographer (and even videographer) to capture it all—you won’t regret it! Trust the pros!
Pro tip: Stop to take it all in. It is the best advice I can give. Just take 60 seconds with your new spouse and take in your surroundings. You will be glad you did!
2. Your favorite moments will be unplanned.
Those special wedding day moments you’ll play over and over in your head for years to come are almost always spontaneous. When all is said and done, it might be a loving look your spouse gave you, a hilarious line the flower girl blurted out during the ceremony, or a sweet sentiment from a loved one’s toast that stands out to you the most. And that’s the way it should be! The truly memorable details are seldom worked out in advance…. on my wedding day it was the downpour of rain that was my favorite memory…read this blog post and it will all make sense!
3. You might not have time to eat.
You know that amazing menu you so meticulously planned? The food tasting might be the only occasion you get to thoroughly enjoy it. As the guests of honor, you and your new spouse are going to be quite busy during the reception, mingling with friends and family members and being pulled in all different directions. Want to avoid dealing with a growling stomach?…Eat up!
Pro tip: STOP EVERYTHING & EAT! Even if you need to duck into the bridal suite to do it.
4. You might not actually see (or get to talk to) every guest.
Try as you might, it’s possible that you won’t get around to chatting with every single guest at your wedding reception. This is more likely if you’re working with a large guest list, of course, but even with more intimate weddings it can be difficult to give everyone as much quality time as you’d like. To avoid this, consider having a receiving line or map out a solid plan for greeting every guest throughout the evening.
Pro tip: Receiving lines can take up to 30 minutes! Consider attending your cocktail hour or visiting tables at the reception instead. If you really want to be on the dance floor all night then encourage ‘Aunt Sally’ to do the cha-cha slide so you can spend more time with her that way! Dragging family out on the dance floor creates amazing memories!
5. It will be better than you even imagined.
Having all of your favorite people together in one place, seeing all the details you’ve spent months planning come to life, and celebrating the beginning of an exciting new chapter with the love of your life…..That’s a pretty powerful combination! The overwhelming joy you will feel on your wedding day will exceed your expectations. Enjoy every moment!
Pro tip: Trust the dream team of professionals that you hired to help your magical vision come to life!
We would love to be a part of your wedding day!
Buffalo Wedding Photographers – Heather Bellini & Brian White
Lovely Couple – Christina & Nick
Ceremony Location – Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College
Reception Location – Salvatore’s Italian Garden