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As a Wedding Photographer in Las Vegas, I’ve shot countless weddings.

The truth is that your photographer spends most of the day with you, so…

We see things that go on throughout the day and we hear the complaints and frustrations that accompany them.

Even a well planned wedding often throws a few curve balls.

So, here’s a few quick tips that will help you plan your wedding day and get hitched without a hitch!

7. Book Your Vendors Quickly

IMG_96623-e1453432906177It’s always wise to plan ahead, but in this case, the early bird definitely gets the worm.

Many of the best vendors in the business can be booked out not just months in advance but even years in advance.

The early bird gets the vendors they want at their wedding.

6. Everything Revolves Around The Ceremony

IMG_7917Your ceremony will dictate how the rest of the day is planned.

It is often recommended that you plan your ceremony 1.5-2 hours before sunset (it might depend on how long the ceremony is).

This allows you to get the best possible lighting for pictures on your wedding day.

Typically, most of the romantics and family photos are taken directly after the ceremony and you want to make sure you have enough good lighting to get these important photos done.

5. Makeup Artist

IMG_5929It’s important to choose a makeup artist who specializes in wedding makeup.

They know which makeup will last throughout the day and will not run if you cry.

Also, certain makeup simply photographs better.

A good makeup artist is going to make you look perfect on your wedding day.

4. Eat Something

443If your wedding is going to be very long there’s a good chance you will be hungry throughout the day. Make time to eat or at least have some sort of snack throughout the day. At the very least, eat a good breakfast.

If you are “hangry” during your wedding, you won’t enjoy the day nearly as much.

Lastly, being in Las Vegas, you might want to bring along some water as well. We do live in the desert after all and the Summer can get quite warm.

3. Shoes

wedding day shoesSomething often overlooked by brides in a wedding is comfortable footwear.

Most brides want to wear really pretty shoes, and that is fine.

However, in that case, I recommend bringing a second set of shoes because after 20 minutes, many brides begin to complain about discomfort.

You’re going to be on your feet all day. Trust me on this one.

2. Overestimate The Amount of Time You Will Need on Your Timeline

_014Allow me to explain why this is important.

A few examples of mishaps that I have seen on a wedding day are: transportation arriving late for a bride and groom, waiting on certain guests to arrive for the ceremony, food taking longer to be served, etc.

The list goes on… and these are fairly common.

When this happens, it creates a domino effect that spills into the rest of your day. There are countless ways that something can hold up the entire wedding. So, plan for that to some degree.

Lastly, if you get a free moment for yourself, that time can be used to cherish the fleeting moments of the day.

Your wedding day will come and go in a flash…

So scheduling some time to enjoy the day without feeling rushed is something most brides are grateful for on their special day.

1. Hire the Right Photographer

188Make sure you hire someone with a good amount of experience in shooting weddings.

Weddings are unique because they cannot be repeated.

It takes a certain kind of photographer with the right gear to capture the magic of a wedding and keep up with the pace.

You spend a lot of time planning your wedding. The day comes and goes in a flash. When it is all said and done, all you have left is your memories and your photos.

Your photographer is the best investment you make on your wedding.

I hope this post can be of help to you. It was written because I’ve seen so many brides make many of these mistakes. I’ve also seen many brides get it right.

If you have any questions about any of the information provided, please feel free to contact me. Not only can I answer any questions you have about this post, but I can give you a reference for many great vendors if you are looking for that as well.

The best method to contact me is email, but feel free to call me as well. My contact information is

Saundra Wirig

SW Studios


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