I loved every aspect of our wedding but one of the most important things to me was that we all had a good time. Lets face it my guests wont really care whether the flowers co-ordinate with the bridesmaids dresses, how many hours I spent decorating jars or if my tiara had the right amount of sparkle. They care about watching two people they’re pretty fond of making that commitment to each other. Secondly they care about what the food’s like and how much alcohol is on the table and thirdly they want to have some fun! Don’t forget your guests are spending 8 hours of their time helping you celebrate. I often hear people saying ‘it’s your day, have it the way you want it’ and to a certain extent I agree but remember it’s not just about you! Your guests need to have a good time too.
The next most important thing to me is wedding photography. If you only spend your money on one thing please, please, please choose a good photographer. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard people say they’re not too fussed about a photographer, or ‘a family member’s offered to take them for free’. If that’s the case at the very least check out their work first. Just because someone has a dslr doesn’t mean they know how to use it! Can they take photos without chopping peoples heads off or giving them evil red eye? Do they know how to compose a photo, make sure it’s in focus and avoid random strangers or fire exit signs in the background? These are things you wont even notice on the day but you’ll spot them as soon as you look at your photos.
My husband wasn’t too keen on spending a lot of money on a decent photographer, he thought the money would be better spent elsewhere but it was the only thing I put my foot down about. In fact, I will openly admit he unleashed a bridezilla demon bride-to-be that I didn’t know existed. I may have even whispered the words “If we don’t have a decent wedding photographer then there will be no wedding”. Yep, like I said, a total bridezilla on the subject. Eight weeks after we got married and sat down to look at our photos James will openly admit it was the best thing we did. They don’t just capture you, they capture your friends and family and all the things you didn’t see because you were so busy talking to everyone. They capture a special day that will never happen again. Looking at your photos helps bring back the memories and re-live that experience in a small way.