5 Tried and True Wedding Planning Tips | Matt Mead Photography

5 Tried and True Wedding Planning Tips

As wedding photographers in Erie, PA, we’ve figured out a few key ways to ensure you get the most out of your experience on the big day. Read on for some wedding planning tips to keep in mind as we proceed.

1. Don’t forget to eat.

This is a general piece of important advice easily overlooked in wedding planning. In all the chaos of the day, eight hours can whiz by without any sustenance except beer and mimosas. We all know that’s a recipe for 1) becoming hangry, and 2) a pounding headache, neither of which are ideal for your wedding. Keep a few granola bars in your bag, or be ready to send a bridesmaid around the corner for chicken nuggets to munch when your photographer isn’t looking.

Part of wedding planning tips, bride eats chicken nuggets while getting ready

Bride and groom munch on candy bars during bridal portraits

2. Make time for a first look photos with the parents.

You may have considered a first look with the groom, but in our experience, you may want to set aside 20 minutes for some shots with your parents as well. You’ll love a sweet, quiet moment with your parents before heading down the aisle. From a photographer’s perspective, the photo-ops are incredible to boot. When you look back on all your wedding photos with your family, we’re confident these will be some of your favorites.

Bride has first look with her father at Sheraton Bayfront Hotel in Erie, PA

Father hugs his daughter, the bride, before her wedding ceremony at the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel in Erie, PA

Father reacts to seeing his daughter, the bride, in her wedding dress

3. Don’t forget to get some first look shots with the groom, too!

If you’re on the fence about first look photos as a couple, we recommend that you go for it. A first look session provides you with an intimate moment to look into each other’s eyes, take a deep breath, and simply be alone together. Amidst all the hubbub of the day, this is your opportunity to recognize that it’s really finally happening. It’s your wedding day: you deserve to enjoy and be present for it. The photos will reflect all the emotions you felt in that moment, too.

Bride grabs groom's arm to get his attention during first look photos in Erie, Pa's Warner Theatre

Groom reacys to seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day during intimate first look portraits

4. Pick your portrait locations ahead of time.

We want to sit down with you and help you choose one, two, or maybe three spots in addition to your ceremony venue for bridal portraits. Location is key; consider photo ideas that are important to you both as a couple. If your dream settings are a little far away from the ceremony venue, we should be able to get those photos en route to the reception no problem.

Bride and groom kiss in front of Perry Monument on Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA

Bride and groom in front of Erie, PA's Bicentennial Tower on Dobbin's Landing

Bride and groom embrace at the Standing Stone display on the campus of Edinboro University

5. Make room in your budget for a wedding album.

Our main goal as wedding photographers is to preserve the memories of your wedding day for years to come. When you look back at your photos, we want your photos to evoke your favorite memories; we believe a physical wedding album is a particularly special way to do this. On your first anniversary, you can pop some champagne, get that cake out of the freezer, and relive your wedding day together by looking through your wedding album.

Stack of wedding albums

Wedding album laid opennext to canvas cover and care instructions

Swatches of album covers laid out next to open wedding album

Have questions about our wedding planning tips? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re happy to help you!

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