1. HIRE AN ON THE DAY COORDINATOR
I've watched countless brides host their weddings on private properties or DIY the styling thinking it will be easier, and instead of relaxing on their wedding morning they are asked where each mason jar should be put, what to do with the cake etc. etc.
If your venue is well established, they will often guide you through much of your styling and provide assistance setting up on the day, but having a wedding coordinator offers a professional opinion, a fresh perspective and a point of contact for anyone's questions so you are left to relax.
Many wedding planners will also offer full styling services which are sure to yield amazing results and relieve that planning stress, but if you're on a tight budget I would still suggest a coordinator who can work quietly behind the scenes on your wedding day while you and your guests enjoy. You will thank yourself later.
2. CREATE A SCHEDULE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Perhaps the most difficult part of wedding planning is setting a timeline so everything flows smoothly, and since you've likely never been married before it's certainly a daunting task - so take advantage of an expert.
It is so important to set out your day with the help of your photographer as an experienced professional can guide you with how long each portion of the day will take, what you can achieve in that time and ultimately how to get the most out of your wedding.
All of my wedding clients receive a hand-crafted welcome pack with a sample schedule, templates to return with their wedding information and countless tips from my years of experience as a wedding photographer to ensure you are prepared (and my inbox is always open, of course).
3. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
I know how many hours go into wedding planning, which makes it easy to get caught up in minor discrepancies to your vision - but at the end of the day, if you get married to your love then your wedding was a success and you have a lifetime to look forward to together.
Don't worry about the candles that blew out in the wind or the fact that your shoes got dirty straight away, and instead focus on all the beautiful people who came to celebrate your marriage with you! How often do you get to have all your nearest and dearest in one place?!