My 6 best tips for a stress-free wedding day

It was a humid Saturday in August, and I was walking up the driveway of Kelsey's childhood home. Cars were packed into the driveway and lining the street - I remembered Kelsey saying that in addition to her immediate family and wedding party who would be with her on her wedding day, their family had some out-of-towners staying with them. I knocked on the front door, expecting to find Kelsey in the middle of hair and makeup, surrounded by boisterous crowds of excited family and frantic bridesmaids. Instead, I was shocked when her Dad opened the door. Inside, there was quite a crowd - 15 or 20 people... but it was completely quiet. Nearly silent. And not in a creepy way - it was lovely, and calm, and peaceful. Her parents and future mother-in-law were chatting in the kitchen, her bridesmaids and siblings and baby niece and cousins were sprawled on couches and cushions in their living room. Everyone was drinking coffee, having breakfast, and excited, but in the chillest way possible. In the center of the room, Kelsey was having her makeup done, surrounded by a house of loved ones. It was a perfect, stress-free morning.

I've yet to meet a couple who hopes for a wedding-day full of stress and frenzy. There are lots of things that you can do throughout your wedding planning process to set yourself up for a stress-free wedding day. From my perspective as a Minneapolis wedding photographer, here are my six best tips for easy things that help foster a stress-free wedding day!

Stress-Free Wedding Day MN Bride getting hair and makeup done
Stress-Free Wedding Day MN Bride getting hair and makeup done
  1. Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look (Don’t forget to bring all jewelry and hair accessories to the trial to see how they all fit together!)
  2. Make arrangements to have your bouquets and corsages delivered to where you are getting ready, and plan to have both of your wedding bands in the same place as well so that those details can get captured right away (plus, you’ll have everything together for the ceremony!)
Minneapolis Wedding First Look for a Stress-Free Wedding Day
Minneapolis Wedding First Look for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

3. Have food delivered to your getting-ready location and be sure that you and your wedding party all the take the time to hydrate and eat a bit before the ceremony.

4. Consider planning a “First Look” to see your partner before your ceremony - not only does it give you time for some excited and romantic portraits together, but it lets you have a few quiet minutes together to be emotional, excited, or reflect.

Bride and Bridesmaids in a sunny park
Bride and Bridesmaids in a sunny park

5. Especially if you’re doing a First Look, arrange to have your portraits with your family and wedding party taken before the ceremony. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your post-ceremony time to celebrate with your guests.

6. Consider sneaking out of your reception with your photographer to capture a few outdoor portraits together around sunset. You two will be relaxed and joyous and this makes for a romantic adventure.

Natural Minneapolis Wedding Photography by Alyssa Lund Photography
Natural Minneapolis Wedding Photography by Alyssa Lund Photography

Are you planning a wedding and looking for a wedding photographer? One of my favorite things about working with couples is helping them to fit creative wedding photography into their wedding day in a way that avoids stress and fosters calmness and joy. I'd love to talk with you about your wedding plans and your hopes for your wedding photography. Feel free to reach out to me directly - just click here to see my contact info and get in touch.