Expert Wedding Advice & Tips – from Planning to Photography

Learn inside tips and trends for your big day from some of the nation's top wedding professionals.

As you're planning the details of your wedding day, you've likely realized that there is a lot to consider. From the invitations, to the perfect setting for wedding photos, as well as adorning your reception with beautiful and personalized elements, your checklist is full of to-dos from the moment you start planning. If you're hiring a wedding planner, they will certainly be able to help you keep everything organized. However, whether or not you have a team of professionals by your side, we've compiled some advice from top planners, invitationers, photographers, and more to share their insider tips with you.

Take a look at expert tips and tricks from some of our Editors Circle members below: 

"When you do a walk through at your venue, be sure to invite your photographer. We always have great ideas to help make your photos sing, such as having the curtains pulled back, making sure the lighting will lead to gorgeous photos, or placing the cake in the perfect spot. For Jewish weddings, connect with your photographer about where he or she will be during the hora so you and the guests lifting your chairs can make sure to face the camera." - Bob & Dawn Davis of Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Wedding reception hora jewish wedding tradition bride groom on chairs
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

"If you love the idea of sharing traditional wedding vows during your ceremony but still want the opportunity to share words from the heart with your husband-to-be, take a few moments right after your 'first look' to share personal vows with each other. The private and emotional moment will give your photographer a chance to capture some very sweet photos as well." - Dora Manuel of Viva Bella Events

"The best part of the sunset only lasts about 30 minutes, so if you want to take advantage of the beautiful skies, make sure to scout the exact location beforehand so you don't miss the shot. Also, talk to your photographer in advance to ensure they are prepared with the lighting necessary to create a perfectly balanced, dreamy photo." - Amy Anaiz of Amy Anaiz Photography

Bride and groom portrait kiss at sunset pretty setting
Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography

"Mobile barbers are a fantastic and fun option that allow the groom to look his best. A hot shave and trim is the perfect way to pamper him on his special day!" - Stephanie Cole & Sarah Drake of Cole Drake Events

"Custom place mats are a fun and unique way to personalize the tablescape. Choose an image that reflects your personality and design aesthetic. It will tie in with all the other decorative elements and your guests can take them home at the end of the night as a token to remember your special day." - Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Inc.

Pretty wedding reception place setting black pink gold placemat
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

"Excellence is in the details! To truly enhance your stationery goods, utilize them to showcase who you are as a couple. We highly recommend that each piece be cohesive. Love Hawaiian cocoa and pineapples? Use them in your paper goods and favors, blended with your wedding colors and completed with a custom wax seal. This will help set the stage for lasting and purposeful memories." - Lorrie Betsill Nielson of Unveiled Hawaii

"When the dance floor at your venue could use some pizzazz, add a detailed custom vinyl to give the room an added sophistication that ties into the overall theme. Dressing up this unexpected area of the space can give a celebration that extra wow factor." - Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events

Bride with father of bride on custom vinyl dance floor pretty design tent reception
Photo by John Cain Photography

For more expert advice, discover what to do once you get engaged, read more planning tips from top wedding professionals, and learn helpful tips from your invitations to the menu.

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