Quiet Time on Your Wedding Day

If you're currently planning your wedding, you've likely heard "It goes by so quickly" a hundred times. And nothing could be more true. When your friends and loved ones tell you to slow down and soak in your wedding day, they're not kidding. You're going to spend the better part of a year planning your dream wedding day and then, just like that, it's going to be over. The day will fly by and you'll be waking up a Mrs. before you know it! Yes you'll have a photographer, and maybe a videographer, there to capture the memories for you. But I'm here to share a few ways that you can make the most of your wedding day and just slow down to soak it in a bit.

Take some time alone before your ceremony. After you get into your dress and take your "getting ready" pictures with your girls, take a few minutes to be alone. Send everyone out of the room {except maybe your photographer} and just breathe it all in. Look at yourself in the mirror, say a little prayer, maybe read a note from your soon-to-be Mr.

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Share a First Look with your groom. There is a whole other blog post I could write about the benefits of a First Look, both emotionally & logistically. But I think my favorite benefit is the alone time it provides to you and your groom before ceremony. While I totally understand wanting to make your guy cry as he sees you for the first time walking down the aisle {admit it, that's what you're going for}, I've seen plenty guys cry even after doing a First Look. The emotion is totally still there. And doing a First Look gives you a minute to actually appreciate each other. It's really difficult to gush over your dress, have a few kisses, etc at the altar with your officiant standing there watching.

Shannon Moffit Photography

Shannon Moffit Photography

Share a glass of champagne after the ceremony. Right after you walk back down the aisle, before your bridal party joins you for portraits, sneak off for a quick sip of champagne together. You can smile all the goofy smiles, exclaim "WE'RE FINALLY MARRIED!" a few times, and take a minute to just catch your breathe before the party gets started and you're swept onto the dance floor with one hundred of your closest friends and family.

Pullen Weddings

Pullen Weddings

Take advantage of that beautiful sunset. Talk with your photographer about taking sunset pictures. These can be planned while the rest of your guests are sitting down and eating, so you won't miss your favorite must-dance song playing. This usually gives you about 15 minutes to snuggle your guy with a gorgeous sunset behind you. And the portraits you get from that session will BLOW YOUR MIND.

Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

Share a Last Dance before your exit. I saved my favorite for last. You've just spent the past few hours dancing the night away with some of your best friends and most cherished family. Now it's about time to make your grand exit and all your guests have headed outside to see you off. This is the perfect chance for you to hang back with your new Mister, have the DJ play one of your favorite songs, and savor the last few minutes of your wedding reception. If you decide to do a last dance, give your photographer a heads up. They'll want to take a couple snaps of the two of you snuggled up together, with the biggest smiles you've had all day.

Rebecca Keelings Studios

Rebecca Keelings Studios