Expert Advice: 7 Do's & Don'ts On Your Wedding Day

There are no rules when planning your wedding - this is YOUR DAY. But, this expert advice is worth taking note of …
Written by
Laura Cross

Planning for your big day can be as challenging as it is exciting. It is full of joyous events with your nearest and dearest, but can also include stress and an overwhelming amount of tasks. It’s important to remind yourself that as you and your fiancé venture on the wedding planning journey, as hard as you may try, nothing will ever be perfect. But that’s not to say that you can’t be properly prepared.

From finding your dream venue and the person who will help you execute this most important day, to making sure no detail gets forgotten, we’ve compiled a list of Wedding Day Do’s and Don’t to help ensure you and your guests have the best possible experience ... from none other than a few of our own Oregon Wedding Industry Experts!

DO create a wedding day schedule.
The best way to ensure a calm morning and wedding day is to have a schedule and stick to it! Plan out when hair/makeup applications will take place so the wedding party knows when to expect to be in a chair. Also, have all services come to you--from artists to food, so everyone can stay together and no one has to stress being in traffic.
~ Nora Sheils, Bridal Bliss & Rock Paper Coin

DO be present.
When building your day-of timeline, create opportunities to be present & enjoy the moment with each other.  There is so much planning leading up to your big day, and so much happening during – don’t let it pass too quickly.
~ Lindsay Borkowski, Sunriver Resort

DO hire a planner.
The easiest way to avoid stress on a wedding day is to hire a planner! He/she/they can set a reasonable and sensible timeline and encourage vendors to stick to it day-of. You and your wedding parties can enjoy your time together while someone else deals with logistics and hiccups in the background.
~ Nora Sheils, Bridal Bliss & Rock Paper Coin

DO take photos during the Golden Hour.
On your wedding day carve out some time around sunset to get away with your boo, soak in the moment of the beautiful journey you've just gone through, and the exciting journey ahead. Plus if you let your photographer come with you and snap a few shots, you’ll get some incredible photos!
~ Rebecca Foster, Indigo Event Design

DO also making sure you hire a photographer to get epic nighttime shots.
We believe this is the perfect opportunity for a few minutes of alone time while you're guests are hitting the dance floor. A good photographer will know the best place to take the both of you out and you can't beat a romantic, dreamy, photo session with your new partner!
~Natalia Barwegen, Urban Venues PDX

DON'T take on more DIY than you can chew.
In fact, take on none at all if you can. Wedding industry professionals didn't become experts by chance, they've worked hard to know the ins and outs of their services and offerings. Have an idea? Lean on them as needed to execute.
~ Ashley Lachney, Alston Mayger Events

DON'T let yourself rush through the beauty and significance of the day.
~ Rebecca Foster, Indigo Event Design