This you know: Wedding planning is a lot of work. But when you rely on help from experts that are total pros at what they do, it can feel like a breeze (not to mention, a lot of fun). We rounded up the best advice we’ve heard from top wedding vendors in the New England area to help make your big day one you’ll never forget.
ON ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: “Bring an outfit change.” It’s totally normal to switch clothes during your shoot, according to M. Studios. You can bring one that’s dressy and one that’s a bit more casual, cofounder Melissa Lacouture shared in this post.
ON WEDDING PHOTOS: “For the most natural pics, go for a walk.” At least, that’s what Rebecca Arthurs had to say when it comes to achieving wedding photos where you feel totally like yourselves. She shared her tips for looking natural in every pic here.
ON BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: “Don’t be afraid to add a bit of sparkle.” According to Bella Bridesmaids, it’s a top trend for 2016 when it comes to your bridal party. They filled us in on how to get the most from your shopping experience — and appease every single one of your bridesmaids.
ON CAKES: “You want to see actual images of the cakes the bake shop has made in the past, not stock photos.” Great advice from Artisan Bake Shop in Rochester, Massachusetts. They spilled more tips for picking out the perfect confection here.
ON HIRING A PLANNER: “Even if you think it’s not in your budget, it’s worth asking to find out the cost.” That’s what Scott Connery of Scott Connery Events suggests — in fact, he first offers a complimentary consultation to the bride and groom to find out if working together will work within their budget and meet their needs. Read about his services here.
ON LIGHTING: “Proper lighting is essential to any event.” That’s what we learned from Ryan Designs, a lighting and décor company based in Narragansett, Rhode Island. According to them, the options are endless for what you can do to reimagine any space.
ON TENTS: “Don’t forget to think through all the logistics.” That’s what Daniel Chase, cofounder of Chase Canopy, had to say about making arrangements to host your wedding beneath a tent. Logistics include power, running water, restroom trailers–planning ahead will save you tons of money in the long run, he said.
ON INVITATIONS: “Some couples opt to put a wedding hashtag on their save the dates.” Seems like a fun way to spread the social media love, according to advice from Emily Hostetler, founder of Paper Moss. She shared this tip (and lots more) about wedding invitations here.