Thank you to all guests and vendors for making LUXE: Champagne Wedding Planning Brunch a huge success.
Our team had a wonderful time meeting each and every one of you! We hope you took home valuable tips, ideas, and inspiration.
If you didn’t make it to our event, don’t fret. We have included the Top Wedding Planning Tips from our hand-picked Vancouver wedding vendors here!
LUXE Panel ~ Wedding Planning Tips
Tip #1: Hire a good wedding planner:
Wedding planning can be a lot of fun! But wedding coordination on the day of is a whole different story.
Even if you want to plan your entire wedding – that’s no problem with us. But on the wedding day, my one request is that you and your family do not work.
As much as this is a celebration for your guests, this should be an equally joyous & relaxed time for you and your family so you can truly enjoy every moment that you’ve planned. You should not be constantly on your phone, dealing with vendors, completing last minute touches, or running around lighting candles or sewing a broken zipper. For the sake of your photos, I ask that you hire at least a professional day-of coordinator (not a friend or guest) who will be able to assist you on your special day from start to finish. This coordinator or planner will take care of your timeline, be there for any emergencies, and handle all of the behind the scenes situations that happen at every wedding.
While I will do my best to execute the most beautiful and capturing photos, I can’t Photoshop out a stressed face or a busy mind — all of these things will show in photos if you are not calm, cool, and collected. You deserve to be well pampered on your wedding day – and hiring at least a coordinator should be part of your planning checklist.
Tip #2: Do not assume! (Create a photo list)
A wedding day is not the first time we meet your family. As part of our services, we come to your rehearsal to get acquainted with your immediate family and help answer any questions they have for us as your photographer. However, even though we have done so many weddings and we come experienced as to what to shoot at what time and where to be, do not assume that we know it all. If there is something specific you’d like to be photographed let us know. Create a photo list and let us know who exactly is going to be in your family photos and assign one person from each side of the family to assist with gathering the families around. Introduce these two people to us at your wedding rehearsal so we can tell them how they can help to have a smooth yet fast family and friends photo sessions.
Remember, clear communication is very important, tell us anything and everything. If there is a family sensitivity or any divorce, death, breakups, people of different religion who prefer not to be photographed, or kids who are in the process of adoption or even happy events such as a surprise proposal at the end of the night or your best friend’s birthday; Please let us know. We keep all this info confidential but knowing these would help us make sure the guest are respected and well photographed accordingly and let’s say you absolutely wanted a photo with both of your divorced parents who aren’t on good terms, we make sure to make that happen in a professional way.
Tip #3: Choose as if you are choosing your best friend.
As photographers, we spend the most amount of time with you on your wedding day. Seriously! We follow you around or better, direct you to where to go and how to pose but also where to be according to your timeline. We also keep you on time on your wedding day. If you are anything like me, you’d like to spend time with someone who you find interesting and genuine, someone who has the same values as you and if you weren’t getting married, you would still enjoy going out with and becoming friends. There are more than many capable photographers in every region but what should also matter is the relationship you can have with your photographer in such way that you feel comfortable to talk about your insecurities and know that they will try to come up with creative ideas to work around them because they care about the biggest day of your life.
Tip #1: Make sure to set up a consultation with us so we can truly get to know you and your fiancé and your story so that we can capture it in your wedding videos.
We want to create something amazing that truly reflects your DNA – and if that means going to Iceland, getting on a boat, bungee jumping or going mountain climbing – we are there with you. We want to capture your most important life stories!
Tip #2: To meet ahead of time to plan and discuss locations and details. We’ll take note of your specific requests and must have shot list. We consider even the most basic but important factors, like knowing which guests to focus on. What matters to you, and what will allow us to best showcase your story.
Tip: I more often than not see couples who plan their wedding for their guests instead of themselves, they pick the menus, the flow, and incorporate certain elements tailored to what is “Expected” from their guests. This wedding is for you, and I always recommend doing everything YOU want to do with your day, don’t sacrifice something edgy or unique for your menu. Your guests will be just fine!
Tip #1: Prioritize your “must-haves” versus your “nice to haves”. We all want everything but sometimes can’t so what are the things you absolutely can’t do without at your wedding.
Tip #2: Men have great taste as well when it comes to weddings, include your fiance as much as possible in the process. As much as he might say he doesn’t want to be a part of it, just get his opinion on even the small stuff. I think teamwork begins with your wedding day planning.
Tip #3: Get yourself a wedding planner! They’ve done it a million times and will make sure nothing is missed. They will help you stay focused on your must-haves and take so much stress that you really shouldn’t be taking on.
Tip #1: Be prepared with information regarding style and tones for your wedding. Be open to some seasonal substitutions. Use of Pinterest,Instagramm and other visual tools to relay information on style and tone.
Tip #2: Interview your florist. Look at their past work and make sure they are a fit for your style.
Tip: Hiring a wedding planner is essential to having a day that is well organized and stress-free. It also has the added benefit of allowing you to relax and enjoy the day. This is super important for photos as well, as I believe the mood of the wedding is set by the mood of the brides. If you are relaxed and truly enjoying yourself along with your groom, your guests will see that and relax and enjoy themselves as well.
Tip #1: Come prepared. Do your dress & salon homework and arrive with a mindset ready to purchase your wedding gown.
Tip #2: Bring no more than two trusted advisors. The more people the more difficult to find your gown. Its about you and what you love. Too many personal opinions are stressful.
Tip: We always suggest making sure your wedding cake is one of the last things you decide on in the wedding planning process. You want to make sure you have a venue, guest count, idea of your decor and overall style, as well colour palettes and floral designs. These elements can all serve as great jumping off points for planning and designing your cake size and style. A wedding cake is often a focal point of a reception room, so it is important to make sure it reflects your overall themes and ties everything together perfectly. I love when clients bring me all of these details and trust me as a cake artist to design the cake of their dreams.
Tip: As a wedding florist who has been in the business for a many years, our number one tip is to pick a floral designer that you are comfortable communicating with. You will be emailing, meeting, and talking to your florist every step of the way and it is important to pick someone who completely understands both you and your vision. Ask for samples of their work, view their portfolio, read reviews, inform yourself about their style and the services they offer.