Wedding day myths every couple needs to know when planning their wedding
Ohio Wedding Photographer | Ashleigh Grzybowski Photography
Planning a wedding is exciting and fun! As an Ohio Wedding Photographer and more than 50 weddings as lead photographer, I’m spilling the tea on the three biggest wedding day myths I frequently hear. Sharing this insider knowledge to make decisions easier for your wedding day!
Wedding Day Myth 1: “The venue has a day of coordinator so I don’t need a planner”
Wedding Planners and Venue Coordinators are both wonderful but have different responsibilities for weddings. Before I began photographing weddings, I believed the myth that a venue coordinator and wedding planner were the same. I could not have been more wrong! As an Ohio Wedding Photographer, I have seen first hand the tremendous value in hiring a wedding planner in addition to the venue coordinator. Below are the key differences between a Wedding Planner and Venue Coordinator.
If you are planning a wedding in Ohio, below are a few of my favorite wedding planners to connect with –
Wedding Day Myth 2: The Bride and Groom spend all day together
It makes sense to believe the bride and groom get to spend so much time together on their wedding day. It is their wedding family and friends are coming to celebrate! Unless intentionally planned though, there is way less time spent together than initially believed…especially one-on-one! The good news is it is so easy to create intentional time together if prioritized!
To intentionally plan time together on your wedding day I recommend any of the following –
Pre or Post Rehearsal Dinner Check In: Plan time to connect before or after your rehearsal dinner. Grab coffee in the morning, a mid-day lunch date or exchanging gifts or letters after your rehearsal dinner. Exchanging letters the night before will keep your wedding make up fresh the next morning too!
Bride & Groom First Look: This provides time to see each other for the first time in a more private setting without all eyes on you. It also allows you talk to each other when you see each other for the first time. If waiting for the grand unveiling at the ceremony, there isn’t a moment to talk since you go right into the ceremony.
Cocktail Hour Break: Plan 15-20 minutes to sit and relax with each other before heading into cocktail hour or the reception. You’ll have a moment to soak up your day, grab a snack and something to keep yourself hydrated.
Sweetheart Table: A table for two gives you a little extra time during dinner to connect. It also allows the wedding party to sit with their significant others which is always appreciated!
Last Dance: As the celebration draws to an end, plan the very last dance for just you two. The DJ (& photographer if desired) will stay behind to play one last song as guests head to their transportation. These last few minutes will be spent closing out the dance floor with your spouse as you embark on building your legacy together.
Wedding Day Myth 3: The weather will be perfect on my wedding day
No one wants to think it will rain, snow or be super windy on their wedding day. Wedding days are pictured with perfect weather. But, this isn’t always a reality. It is so important to have a backup plan for any outdoor locations. This includes outdoor ceremonies, outdoor receptions and portrait locations. Your photographer can help plan back up portrait locations.
For back up outdoor ceremony and reception locations, it is best to partner with your planner, the venue and possibly a rental company (if applicable). This will provide a stress free month leading up to your wedding. Checking the weather every single day the days leading up to your wedding is beyond stressful. It creates unnecessary stress and shifts the focus from what is most important – your marriage.
Ashleigh Grzybowski is a Wedding Photographer based in Columbus, Ohio and serving couples across Ohio. Ashleigh specializes in producing timeless, high quality imagery for kind-hearted couples who desire a warm, boutique experience honoring their life-long commitment and legacy.