By Emily Schmutz of www.keepingcomposurephoto.com
You do you, boo! Seriously, though – if you’ve been dreaming of a grand wedding with a ball gown and tiara, then for goodness sake, make it happen! If, on the other hand, you’re not keen on being the center of attention and would rather exchange vows in the middle of a snow-draped forest, then… you guessed it… follow your heart!
There are endless magazines, blogs and other companies out there that will tell you how to plan your wedding, who to invite, who not to invite, what photos must be on your list, what time your ceremony should be, what kind of dress to wear, what dress not to wear, how to choose your wedding party, what you must have on your registry… the list goes on & on!
Everybody has their own opinion about everything and they’re usually more than eager to share it. Make sure your vendors are who you prefer to work with. For example, when choosing your photographer (and videographer, for that matter), obviously work with somebody who creates images in a style that speaks to you. Also, make sure the two of you get along great with him/her. After all, your photographer is the vendor that probably spends the most amount of time with you, from getting ready to the last sip of champagne!
In the end, remember this: it’s your wedding. Not your mom’s wedding; not your best friend’s wedding; not (enter celebrity’s name)’s wedding; your wedding. Create a day that speaks to both of you, who you are both individually and as a couple. Think about where you enjoy spending time together (at home? Out on the town?), what your favorite activities are (skiing? Swimming? Exploring new breweries?), who you enjoy spending time with (extended family? Close friends?) and how you want to spend your day. Then, follow your heart (and budget!) and you’ll have a day for the books!