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Maid of Honor Duties

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If you're reading this, you're either curious about the title, or have just been asked to be the Maid of Honor for your best friend. You're likely on google, printing off all the checklists you can find. Your brain is buzzing and you don't know where to start!

I am here to offer some guidance. First thing is first. Breathe! Remember, you are not the planner. The bride has hired a planner so that you may be present on her wedding day. You might have a pile of chores following up to the wedding, but remember, you are human. You can only do so much. My tip? Prioritize! Create a checklist (like this one) of all the important tasks you need to do. Rate them based on importance and take each task on one at a time. In addition to the usual projects, such as sending out emails, and organizing the registry, here are some duties to add to your checklist:

  • Research the Vendors: Unless the bride knows who she is going to hire, or has received a recommendation from another couple, it’s your duty to help a girl out! A simple way to search for vendors is through local wedding hashtags on Instagram! It’s more fun and easier than spending hours on google or outdated vendor resource websites. You are able to see part of the vendor’s portfolio right away, and if you like them enough, check out their website! Remember to make a list of your favorites and send them to the bride. It’s still her job to reach out to the vendors!

  • Coordinate the Bridesmaids: Communication is key! You will have the responsibility of coordinating the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal, and the getting ready timelines. It’s easy for all of these events to go off schedule, but you get to play the boss and make sure it doesn’t! Tell the bridesmaids where to be, when to be there, and what the dress codes are. Make sure you are giving them buffer time in case they run late, so they can still be on time. This is especially important for the day of the wedding! The bridesmaids can easily lose track of time, so it’s your job to keep the order.|

  • Complete the “Boring Tasks”: From licking envelopes and sticking stamps, to creating the seating chart. Not everything about wedding planning is entertaining! Help the bride out with these boring tasks to make it go by faster. You will be better friends because of it! Other boring tasks include: sending emails, and handling the gift registry.

  • Give Her Love: Wedding planning is stressful, no matter how much help is involved. Steer her mind off the negative and encourage girl nights! Day drinking, pedicures, and Netflix are essential! Make sure she knows you have her back, and you’re there to lend an ear. Trust me, when it’s your turn to plan your wedding, you be she’s going to return the favor!

  • Help with the Surprises: Whether it’s the bride surprising the groom, the groom surprising the bride, or someone else surprising them both, you’re the first to know! Secrets are hard to keep, but think of their faces. You will be in charge of making sure the right people know, and the surprise follows through. Some examples include: Surprise Band/Musician, Surprise Decoration, Surprise Reception Announcement, Surprise Guest Appearance, Surprise Dessert, and Surprise Farewell Event. No matter how big or small, it’s always great to be a part of a special something nobody else knew about.

You're off to a great start! You've got this!

 

 

 

Creating a Family Shot List

Creating a Family Shot List

One of the most important, yet most often overlooked, part of your wedding day is constructing the family timeline. This is a separate document from your Day Of timeline, but equally as important!

A few months before your wedding day, sit down with your fiancé and think over all the formal photos you will want. Think aunts, cousins, best friends. You will want a written list of these names, and the exact order and combinations. Depending on whether or not you decided to do a first look, this could all happen during cocktail hour. The last thing you would want is for your guests to miss out! With this list, your guests will have enough time to enjoy your beautiful wedding without the stress, and be ahead of your day of timeline. If you are opting to do these photos after the first look, keep in mind how much time you have to keep the bride tucked away before guests arrive. 

What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

Getting engaged is such a blissful and exciting time! Do not let the stress of planning your “perfect” wedding get you down! Whether you are the couple that is looking for a planner to come in right after your engagement and help you plan the entire event, or you want to take on the task of planning on your own, there are somethings you should know!

Should you change your last name after your wedding?

Should you change your last name after your wedding?

More and more these days it's more common to hear of a bride who isn't taking her partner's last name. Whether she decides to keep her own last name, or choose to hyphenate, there is a lengthy decision process before she lands on her answer. And maybe you're at the point where you aren't sure what YOU want to do, but skipping the name change is on your mind. If this IS you, I have written a few things for you to consider below. There are some benefits women find in skipping the change, and some minor downsides as well. No matter what, without the influence of anyone around you, it is YOUR DECISION. Let your heart tell you what is right for you.

What to Ask at a Consultation

What to Ask at a Consultation

As you gear up for your upcoming photography consultation, you might be a little nervous as what to ask. Pinterest and large wedding blogs often offer outdated or confusing resources that make it hard to navigate what you are looking for in your services. Maybe the questions you bring to ask end up being information that doesn't pertain to you or your wedding. Instead, create your own list of questions that bring clarity and excitement to your photography booking process. Here are some of my favorite questions to ask and answer at a consultation. 

The Importance of Printing your Photos

The Importance of Printing your Photos

These days, any corner shop has a photo printer and a promise of a very short wait. Convenience always sounds like our best friend, but we all know food taste different from a microwave! 

As a photographer, I feel obligated to tell you about printing your photos, and why it's important to invest your time rather than your convenience. Professional Photographers have access to a dozen photo labs across the world, all with the same promise: unparalleled quality. And they all live up to it! When you feel the quality of archival paper, versus the quality of one hour shops, you will notice right away that they are completely different. Not only the texture of the paper, but the texture of the ink as well!