The Importance of Being Spontaneous on Your Wedding DayWhether you plan a wedding over two months or two years, it’s so easy to get so caught up in every detail. With every second of the day accounted for, it can feel like you have already lived through your wedding day numerous times before you even get to the event itself! From a sudden change of plans to surprises from your loved ones, there is definitely advantage in not being afraid to be spontaneous on your wedding day. Well, so long as no one is left waiting around indefinitely because things have got really spur-of-the-moment! 😉
Choosing a relaxed wedding dayWith all those spreadsheets, timetables and everyone knowing their position at any given moment, it’s not a cliché to say it will feel like a military operation. There are so many benefits to that, obviously, as it lessens the likelihood of something going astray. But the other side of that is – regardless of how laid-back either of you are – a slippery slope into sweating ALL the small stuff… not just on your wedding day but in the days leading up to it, too. When you set the bar to ‘perfect’ (or at the very least ‘running perfectly’) you’re all the more likely to not cope when something unexpected happens (rain in the middle of the hottest summer on record anyone?) and, perhaps most importantly, you might miss the moments that take you by surprise.
Going with the flowBecause it’s those unexpected moments that you will truly remember: your dad deciding that he really can dance, your bridal party discovering hula hoops and disrupting the photography schedule or the flower girl that decides to give an impromptu speech. By letting go a little, and knowing that you’ve chosen to say ‘heck yes’ to a sudden turn of events, you will actually keep the day flowing exactly as you want. Let’s face it here – there’s two options in those scenarios: a stressful scene where you try to get things back on track and waste precious the time on a day you’ll only get once, or an unexpectedly happy memory before you get back to the schedule.
Beautiful SpontaneityIt’s these moments of beautiful spontaneity that are what create life’s wistful ‘remember when…’ moments. If you prepare yourself for anything is possible (and adding in buffer time is a great way to remain in control if this sort of thing makes you feel anxious), you are giving yourselves the freedom to enjoy the reality of your married life right from the starting gun, rather than being disappointed that the expectation has faltered… Whether it’s the sudden urge to make a song the DJ has put on into your first dance, to needing to just take five minutes to be together with a cup of tea whilst everyone else is enjoying Pimm’s or doing shots, nothing will go wrong. Spontaneity really is the best thing from a photography point of view; it always leads to the best facial expressions for candids.. so if for no other reason, embrace it for that alone! Wedding days are extraordinary. Great weddings leave everyone, from parents to work colleagues, feeling like they know the bride and groom a little bit better. And surely, just a splash of the unexpected is going to be the perfect way to do that.
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