I had an amazing Boston harbor wedding day on the Liberty Clipper schooner. What could be more romantic: the sun light shining off the ocean, the sea breeze blowing through your hair, and just a few guests celebrating your love. Thank you Meredith and Aric! Wishing all the happiness for you two!
Have you recently become engaged or decided to set a date and "tie the knot"?
If so, you are probably feeling a lot of different emotions, and one of them might be panic.
After all, choosing the date is easy; it is bringing together the millions of little pieces that make up the wedding day that can be such a challenge. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who showed you their perfect wedding timeline, or you've already gone online looking for a template for the perfect wedding timeline instead?
Planning a wedding and starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the "helpful tips and tricks for a flawless and unforgettable wedding day that no one will ever forget"?
Sigh…Burnout is a real thing for those planning a wedding, and it can occur at any time - even if as you just get started. While the Internet is ripe with all kinds of advice for the would-be wedding planners, not all of it is realistic or useful.
As an example, spend an hour on Pinterest and you'll initially feel inspired, then a bit overwhelmed, and then you might find yourself thinking about eloping.
There is information overload at every point of planning a wedding and whether it is the location, the favors, the food, the décor, the music, the clothes…well, let's just say that you should have at least ten actually useful and effective tips as you get started.
If you have been planning your wedding, it is likely that it has taken up a lot of your time.
It is probably also taking up a lot of space in your thoughts. It can be such an all-consuming process that it even intrudes on sleep and dreams; with lots of couples saying they've experienced a few nightmares about wedding day disasters.
While our dreams toss out bizarre variations on "disasters" such as forgetting to wear pants, everyone showing up in diving suits and limousines being replaced by roller skates, there are some actual wedding day disaster scenarios.
Many couples can share tales of unexpected issues that sabotaged their long-planned event, and to help you be a bit more forewarned and with some backup plans, we offer you these wedding day disasters to actually plan for (and work around if they strike).
Some of my favorites from Sarah and David's engagement session we shot recently in Boston. Congratulations to you guys!
One of the worst experiences for those doing a DIY wedding is that they end up juggling a lot more vendors than they thought they would. This is often because they are not using any "package" deals.
For example, you rent your space, but that may be all that you get, a clean and appealing space.
Then comes food, drinks, music, décor (with tables, chairs as well as actual decorating), photographer/videographer, transportation, and more.
So, there is an obvious "con" in having to handle so many different vendors, and yet there is a very obvious "pro" to this.
Golden hour with two gorgeous people. Congratulations on your engagement guys!
You've gotten engaged and even set a wedding date - that's a huge achievement, but now the real work of "getting married" begins.
"Oh," you say with a wry smile, "We're hiring a wedding planner to tackle it all."
Okay, that's a great idea, but there are a lot of things most of us don't know about the entire wedding planning process, and one of the biggest is that (even with a pro wedding planner) it is never "hands off" or "effortless".
So, whether you are going the professional wedding planner route, planning your wedding with some professional support, or making it an entirely DIY affair, there is one thing you must know before it all begins. And that is the point we just made above:
Wedding planning is a time consuming and challenging task regardless of how it is done.
Of course, as with so many other things in life, if you accept and expect challenges, it makes them much easier to tackle when they appear. That is why I'd like to offer you the following list of "things no one tells you about wedding planning".
Some of them are going to be a surprise and some might seem not all that shocking, but still extremely valuable. Let's start with a sort of reiteration or expansion of our main point:
Huge thank you, Meredith and Aric, for inviting me to document your beautiful wedding on the Liberty Clipper schooner! It was a great sailing adventure!