Your wedding day is a truly special day and one that you want to reflect all the many hours of planning that went into it. If you want a wedding that rivals even the biggest celebrity, Wani from Wani Olatunde Photography has 6 tips to help you out.
Throughout your wedding planning, you’ve probably flipped through a magazine or two (or 15) and seen the stunning photos and gorgeous centrepieces of your dreams. But
not everyone can afford a celebrity-style wedding day.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to have your dream wedding without breaking the bank. We’ve put together some tips for creating a stunning ceremony and reception to reflect you and your fiancé’s love.
Choose a gorgeous venue
If you want to plan a wedding that will make your guests’ jaws drop, book a venue that will shine in photos and in person. A great looking venue will require less décor and will make for a beautiful backdrop in your wedding photos.
When touring venues, if picking a hotel, stately home or another indoor venue, pay attention to the architectural details, lighting, ceiling, and even floors—these seemingly unimportant details will show up in every image of your big day. And if you’re planning an outside wedding, look for a venue with great natural views, like a flowering garden, blossoming trees or a lake.
Create a signature drink
Everyone loves an open bar, but it depends on your budget. As an alternative, consider making a signature cocktail that fits you and your fiancé’s personalities. You can serve your drink in a fun glass and give your guests something to talk about. Be sure to create both an alcoholic and a non-alcohol version to be considerate of guests who don’t drink.
Think about how you could repurpose items into unique centrepieces or signage. This is a great way to infuse your personality and interests into your wedding day. Brainstorm with your planner who will have a list of suppliers who can bring your vision to life.
The more open you are to change some aspects of your day, the more you can find ways to cut back on costs. Ask your venue about rates for a weeknight or even Sunday weddings and be open to changing your date to get a better price. You can also try this with vendors as some will be willing to give a discount if you are booking in their slow season.
Make sure your colours pop
Even if you prefer a monochrome palette – play around with different shades to make it more interesting. Adding pops of colour on simple items will help brighten up your décor. Consider colourful placemats, ribbons tied around vases or napkins, or even bright dessert plates to add some fun and lots of visual interest.
Invest in an awesome photographer
Ok, I’m probably biased but the truth is a great photographer can make even the simplest wedding look amazing. #facts Choose a professional who is a master of lighting and setting up shots and talk to them about what you want from your wedding photos. After all, your photos are the one thing that will remain to remind you of your wedding for years to come.
This is one area of your big day where you definitely don’t want to look for the cheapest option. You definitely get what you pay for and you don’t want to regret not spending a little more on your wedding photographer. There are no do-overs on this one.
Photo Credits: Wani Olatunde Photography
With a little thought and planning, you can create the wedding day of your dreams, and with the right photographer, you’ll have gorgeous photos to remind you of that day for the rest of your life. #winning
Wani is a wedding photographer based in Buckinghamshire that specialises in heartfelt wedding stories for modern romantics. She is known for her signature blend of editorial details, gorgeous portraits and intimate moments that make wedding days so memorable.
www.waniolatunde.com | Instagram: @waniolatundephotog