One of the most common problems that can occur on the day of your wedding is the feeling that there just was not enough time. It's true, your day will go by faster than you'll realize, but by planning ahead and breaking some old-fashioned traditions, you'll be able to make the most of it.
Have a serious talk with your Photographer. Wedding Photography is traditionally one of the most important parts of your wedding. But it is also the one thing that can occupy and engulf all of your free time if you are not careful. Ever stood up in a wedding where it seems the photos never stop? Most photographers know that the more photos they capture could mean more money in their pocket. But a professional photographer will know how to balance getting what he/she needs and giving you freedom to enjoy your wedding. Sit down and have a nice pre-meeting with your photographer and make sure you plan out what and when photos are going to be taken. Your photographer is there to do a great job, but it is your wedding, and if you want a "picture free" part of your day, then make sure to say so.
See each other (Bride & Groom) before the Ceremony. Depending on your superstitions, this may not be possible, as it is an old belief that if the groom sees his bride prior to the Ceremony they will fall on bad luck. But if you don't believe in evil spirits or bad luck, seeing each other before your Ceremony is a great way to save time. Since a majority of your photos include both the bride and the groom, the photographer usually has to wait until after the Ceremony to get all his/her shots. But allowing for some time before the Ceremony for these shots can really save you time later. You can still make "the moment" you first see each other very special...Pick a romantic location and have the groom wait there for you. As you approach, your photographer and videographer capture all the emotion of laying eyes on each other for the first time.
Hire a DJ who will act as "Master of Ceremonies", even if you are having a band. Commonly, a big part of what makes a Reception fun is the entertainment. But sub-consciously, the night needs to roll along smoothly or your guests will get antsy or tired. Hiring a DJ who knows how to keep things moving is essential. And even if you hire a band, some bands do not have the experience of "hosting" an event, they are there to simply play and entertain. Having your DJ keep things on track will take this pressure off of your band, and your DJ can even play sets in between the band's musical numbers.
Taking advantage of these tips will maximize the amount of time you have on your wedding. The more time you have, the more you will end up enjoying, and remembering, all of the details.
Have other good time-saving tips, or any comments? Post them now, or contact Tom Santilli, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cvideosolutions.com
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached