Once you’ve spent all that time planning the look, the feel and the style of your wedding, it makes sense that you want to enjoy the day, right? Talk to pretty much any bride after her wedding and she’ll tell you, “It all went by so fast!” Here are a few wedding insider tips that you can add to your wedding planning checklist that will help you relax and enjoy every moment.

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SECRET # 1 – Allow lots of extra time in your wedding day.
Wherever you can, allow for extra time. Think it will take you an hour to get ready? Give yourself two. Most brides forget to allow enough travel time. It takes longer than 5 minutes for your girls to pile into the limo; remember to allow time to arrange dresses, gather bouquets left in the church and take a quick bathroom break.
You can never have too much time on your wedding day. Those breaks and gaps will be a welcome chance for you to relax, breathe and take it all in.

SECRET #2 – Leave your mobile phone at home.
Be unreachable on your wedding day. Give your phone to your mother or Bridesmaid and let them be your secretary for you. Make sure they have a complete list of contacts, but don’t carry it on you. They don’t make wedding dresses with pockets for a reason.
You’re hired the best wedding vendors and planned for everything. Now let everyone else take care of it so you can relax and enjoy. Nobody’s going anywhere without you! You can let go and let everyone else take care of the details.

SECRET #3 – Plan sufficient time to have your photos but also to mingle with your guests before the wedding breakfast. It take longer than many realize to take group photos. On average it can take between 3-5 min per group to photograph! So, do you really need 20 group photos, of every different combination of family and guests, which will take over an hour, while your other guests are hanging around waiting to be photographed? Plan your favorite few groups during a 20 min slot, then let your photographer take plenty of informals while you and your guest chat and mingle together. If you can do that, it will have a HUGE impact on  making your day more relaxing and stress-free.

SECRET #4 – Visit the “important” tables first.
A lot of couples want to do the “right thing” and visit each table at their wedding reception.  The problem is that visiting 10 – 20 tables can take a very long time! Before you know it you only have 45 minutes until the end of the party and your wedding day is over. Rather than visit every table starting with #1, jot down the tables where your relatives and older guests will be seated. These are the people who will throw a fit if you don’t say hello. Visit those tables first and then skip the rest, if you run out of time. Your friends will meet you at the bar or on the dance floor.
It’s your wedding day; use your time for having fun!

SECRET # 5 – Stop and “take a moment” throughout the day.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the rush of your wedding day.  Before you know it, it’s last call. Grab your new husband sometime throughout the day and night and steal a quiet moment. Look out at the party, look over at your guests and enjoy the moment.  Remind yourselves that this is really happening.
One couple made a pact before the wedding. Whenever one of their special songs was played, they would stop what they were doing and meet on the dance floor. These quiet moments will help you remember how amazing your wedding day was. Take them throughout the night to enjoy it even more.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these wedding planning checklist tips gathered from my own experience, the advice of past brides and other wedding professionals!

Happy planning!

Clive Blair Photography

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