Know the Stages of Your Wedding Day
Stages of your Wedding Day – Your wedding day is one those major events that will dominate your life in the lead up to it and for a long time after too. They say it is amongst the most stressful days of your life, but if you make yourself aware of each stage of your wedding day, it will go a long way to relaxing you and prepare you to actually enjoy the day that you’ve looked forward to for so long.
With that in mind, we shall take a look now at the distinct phases of a typical wedding. The following stages are from the viewpoint of the bride on her big day.
The Morning Stage
At this stages of your wedding day, you will be thinking about the bridal preparations. You will be the focus of attention for everyone on this particular morning. With people buzzing in and out, getting everything just right, you are likely to feel like the most important person on the planet. Savour this time though, as wedding days tend to zip by in the blink of an eye. This might be the only opportunity you get during the day to thank those close to you, so make sure you use it to make your feelings known.
As a Bristol wedding photographer, I will be taking images of the makeup being done, the hair and more importantly wedding dress, the jewellery, the garter (if you wear one)and the wedding rings
Off to The Church or your Civil Wedding
Time might feel like it has stopped moving when you’re in your chosen wedding car to the church. If you are being given away by your father, this time alone with him is the time to tell him that you love him. Cherish this time, as it will be over in a flash.
As your wedding photographer, I will make sure I arrive at the church or wedding venue for your service before you – I want to capture you walking down the aisle!
So, this is the moment. Everyone is gathered to witness your big moment and you won’t have long to compose yourself. It’s easy to be nervous, as you know everyone is there for you. Try to put this out of your mind and just remember to savour the moment, as the day is for you and your new husband.
This is the point you walk down the aisle to a fanfare and to your waiting fiance. You only get this moment once, so try and experience every moment and focus your attention on the person you are about to, marry. At this stage of your weddinging day, it’s all about you and your partner. Enjoy the experience of giving your vows to each other.
A quick note about wedding photography and the wedding ceremony. There is a small number of vicars (Church of England, Church in Wales and Roman Catholic) who will not allow wedding photography at all. This is obviously upsetting for the bride and groom and something that should be discussed on an individual basis with the vicar who will be officiating at your wedding. I have photographed at a number of Christian faith weddings and it is only the big three that seem to have no fixed idea/rule about wedding photographs. Mormon’s ban it – and as long as everyone knows that up front you are ok. Christadelphin’s allow it.
Registrars are a different kettle of fish. It was many years that they had the same ideas but seemed to have undergone a very rigorous training workshop on allowing the wedding photographer to capture the wedding as it happens.
Once vows have been exchanged and the most nerve-wracking bit is over, it’s time to capture the day in pictures. This is the first time of the day you might spend on your own with your new husband, so it’s another moment to soak in, as much as you can. An experienced wedding photographer will usually take control and ensure that the best moments of your wedding day are captured forever.
To be honest I sort of tend to take over for this bit. Not because I deliberately do so, but because it’s my job! I’m the photographer that LOVES group and family wedding photographs, and not many of us do. So once I get your wedding photography list I get to work and create memories that will last forever.
The Reception and Party
This is the part of the day that the happy couple gets to relax and spend time with friends and family. You are going to be in demand, so make sure that you make time for your partner. It can be easy for much of the evening to pass without really seeing each other. It’s your day, so spend time with whoever you want.
You may or may not have a sit-down meal, but at some point there will be speeches, toasts and that first dance that you’ve long practised, to enjoy.
All of the stages mentioned can pass so quickly, so make a conscious attempt to soak everything in and don’t worry about all the little details, as they will take care of themselves.
What are the Stages of Your Wedding Day
The final stage of your wedding day is your wedding album. A piece of artwork to treasure for ever.