Seven ways to make your Wedding Most Memorable

Planning the perfect wedding in Metro Vancouver can be a real challenge. It takes a lot of patience and can take over a year to pull off. Since you're investing so much time and effort into this once-in-a-lifetime event, making it unique and unforgettable is super important. As someone who has photographed many weddings, I can share some ways to make your wedding stand out and memorable at the same time.

1: Hire a Wedding Planner:

As a professional photographer, I can confidently say that hiring a wedding planner can make all the difference in your big day. When couples are free from the stress of managing schedules and details, they look happier, more relaxed, and more photogenic. The result? Beautiful, timeless photos that capture the magic of your wedding day. But the benefits of a wedding planner extend far beyond just great images. By leaving the logistics to a pro, you can enjoy your special day without any negative experiences. Trust me when I say that a wedding planner is the best investment you can make for a truly unforgettable wedding.

2. When making a guest list, remember "Quality over Quantity":  

A wedding day is a special occasion that the bride and groom will remember for the rest of their lives. It's important for guests to understand that weddings are not just another social gathering and to respect the day's significance. Unfortunately, some guests may not realize this and behave in a way that can ruin the day for everyone involved. As a photographer, I have witnessed this happen far too often, especially when guests who do not know the bridal couple personally are invited to the wedding event. These guests are often less engaged with the key moments throughout the day and even cause disruption, which can be disappointing for the couple who have worked hard to create a perfect day. It's important to remember that the type of guests you invite will affect the overall atmosphere of the wedding.

3. Scheduling a First look not only for the Groom but for the Bride's Father:

As a father of two daughters, I can confidently say that seeing your little girl in her bridal gown for the first time is an experience like no other. For those of us who have been with our daughters through every stage of their lives, this day marks the beginning of a new chapter for both of us - a moment that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. As a photographer, I know that this moment between father and daughter is one of pure, raw emotion, making it the perfect opportunity for capturing priceless photographs. 

4. Incorporate personal vows into the ceremony:  

Planning a wedding is a significant event, and the ceremony is the highlight of the day. However, couples often leave the vows to the wedding officiant or commissioner, resulting in a short and impersonal ceremony. Don't let this happen to you. If you're getting married, consider including personal vows in your ceremony. By sharing your heartfelt appreciation and love for each other, you'll create a unique and meaningful experience for yourselves and your guests. It only takes a few minutes to say your vows, but the impact will last a lifetime.

5. Incorporate Speeches and Toasts into the Reception:

Allocating sufficient time for speeches and toasts during the wedding reception is absolutely essential. As someone who has been married for over seven years, I can confidently say that one of the most memorable moments from my own wedding was a heartfelt speech from my late former restaurant manager, which still has provided a lasting impression on me to this day. Conversely, I need help recalling all the entertainment and food served on my wedding day. That's why investing in things that create long-lasting memories for you and your guests is far more important than stressing over trivialities. So, make sure to give speeches and toast the time they deserve, and you'll create memories that will last a lifetime.

6. A memorable wedding doesn't need to be extravagant:

Your wedding day should celebrate love and the union between you and your partner. Refrain from letting the pressure to make it extravagant and showy lead to expenses that exceed your budget. A memorable wedding that reflects your values doesn't have to break the bank. It's natural to want your wedding unforgettable, but going into debt for a one-day event could negatively impact your financial future and even your marital relationship. Plan a wedding that fits your budget and keeps the focus on what's truly important. Remember that the most important thing about your wedding day is the love you share with your partner. Keep it simple, authentic, and genuine to yourself, and make it a day you'll always cherish.

7: Hiring a Professional DJ:

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to ensure that every moment is unforgettable. That's why it's crucial to consider hiring a professional DJ to ensure your Reception ends on a high note. While it may be tempting to create your playlist and rent some speakers, it's important to remember that a DJ doesn't just play excellent music lists but also gets your guests involved and excited. From my experience working at many weddings, I've seen firsthand how a professional DJ can take your Reception to the next level by using verbal cues and providing a light show, getting everyone up and dancing the night away. So consider hiring a professional DJ to make your wedding reception unforgettable.