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london wedding photographer top tips

Are you looking for a London wedding photographer or just hoping to find tips about how to plan your wedding? Either way, you came to the right place. I’ve got lots of wedding planning tips to share and a few local insider secrets about London too!

As a destination wedding photographer, I’ve captured weddings in London and around the world. I’ve listened to my clients talk about their wedding planning struggles and helped them find solutions. Oh, and I’ve also experienced planning my own wedding during a worldwide pandemic. Crazy, I know!

If you’re reading this, then I’m guessing you recently just got engaged. Congratulations! I hope you’re making the most of this special time. My advice? Enjoy the moment, take it all in, and don’t go straight to wedding planning.

All white modern but timeless wedding. white millia london tulle gown - photo by Cristina Ilao

essential wedding planning tips from a london wedding photographer

ENJOY YOUR ENGAGEMENT. The period between your engagement and the start of your wedding planning is probably the best time. You’re still on a high. You can’t stop looking at your new sparkly ring. And you don’t have anything on your wedding planning to-do list yet. So, drink it all in! And while you’re at it, let me tell you a secret (or three because I’m feeling generous). Here are three things you need to do right after you get engaged.

Engaged? Here are 3 Things You Need to Do

DECIDE IF YOU NEED HELP. You might not realise immediately that wedding planning can be overwhelming and at times, stressful. After all the engagement excitement is over, there’s quite a lot to do before your big day. Planning a wedding takes a lot out of you. And it can also be very time-consuming if you have a full-time job to think about. Of course, my advice is to get a good wedding planner. They’re lifesavers and will save you a lot of stress. But if you’re still undecided, then keep reading. In this blog post, I talk about figuring out if you need a wedding planner, the job of a wedding planner, the different types of wedding planners, and how to find a good one.

The Job of a Wedding Planner

Flower filled London Spring wedding fine art bridal portrait wedding photography faqs - Photo by Cristina Ilao

DON’T HEAD STRAIGHT TO PINTEREST. Wedding planning isn’t for the faint-hearted. So, if you’re keen on planning your own wedding, you’re going to need some guidance. Without a wedding planner to guide and assist you, things can quickly get overwhelming. And if you’ve not had any chance to plan a wedding before, you might not even know where to start. Don’t head straight to Pinterest without reading my ultimate wedding planning guide. It’s full of tips and tricks from your favourite London wedding photographer (Ahem!) to help you get started on your wedding planning.

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Beautiful Wedding

GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME. Give yourself lots of time especially if you’re planning a destination wedding. That’s if you want a stress-free and smooth planning process. “Lots of time” can mean different things to different people. It could be as short as a month or as long as a couple of years. But I think it’s mostly dependent on the size and complexity of your wedding. Destination wedding planning will be more challenging to manage so best planned with lots of buffer time. Is a destination wedding right for you and do you understand what you’re in for? Let me break it down for you in this tell-all post.

Your Destination Wedding Guide

Festive Christmas holiday winter themed fine art wedding - photo by Cristina Ilao

CONSIDER AN INTIMATE WEDDING. Many couples chose to have an intimate wedding in 2020. Some due to personal preference and some due to government and legal restrictions. Who could forget the year that was? Even before 2020 happened, I was already a big fan of intimate weddings. To me, they’re so much better, more heartfelt and more enjoyable. Are you thinking of having one too? Read this blog post to find out why having an intimate wedding might just be the best wedding planning decision you’ll ever have.

All About Your Intimate Wedding

RELAX. Wedding planning can be a real relationship test. It can get stressful mentally, financially, and physically. And it can also cause a lot of disagreements between you and your other half. My advice? Step away from your wedding planning bubble occasionally. Then come back later feeling refreshed and energised to start again. Give yourself a break and practice mindfulness during wedding planning to prevent overwhelm. Not sure how? Let me share with you my top tips on how to practice well-being while planning your wedding. And while you’re here, I have detailed guides of some of my favourite venues to help narrow down your list. You’re welcome!

Wedding Planning Well-being Tips

All The Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Hedsor House Wedding Venue Guide

Euridge Manor Wedding Venue Guide

CHOOSE YOUR SUPPLIERS WISELY. Don’t base your decisions entirely on price when choosing wedding suppliers. Set criteria based on what’s most important to you. Is it the level of quality of the service or the product being offered? Is it the overall customer experience? Or is it both? Pricing is based on a few factors and could include the supplier’s experience, operating costs, location, and proximity to your wedding venue, etc. Note that going for a cheaper supplier may not necessarily save you on costs if you account for what you’re giving up.

How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

fun wedding planning tips from a london wedding photographer

BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION. It’s not only a chance to flaunt your style and have photos that mark a relationship milestone. More importantly, it’s a chance to get to know your wedding photographer before the big day. If you think you might feel nervous or conscious being photographed by a professional, then think of it as your practice and time to bond with your photographer.

Looking for a London pre-wedding inspiration captured by a professional photographer? Look no further. Here’s one of favourite engagement sessions in Central London. And while you’re here, how about a little shameless plug? Get in touch if you fancy an engagement session in London or if you’re looking for a London wedding photographer 😉

Somerset House Engagement Photo Session

FOLLOW THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED. Spring and summer are the most popular seasons when it comes to weddings. But because they’re so popular, they also are the most difficult seasons to find available good wedding suppliers. Don’t forget how much easier it is to choose a wedding supplier during the slow season (autumn and winter). And also, don’t underestimate how beautiful autumn weddings can be. Rich autumnal colours and that crisp autumn air give the perfect ambiance for a beautiful wedding. Not convinced yet? Look at this autumn wedding editorial in the middle of the English countryside and I’m sure you’ll agree.

English Countryside Autumn Wedding

Autumn Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Try

EAT CAKE! Every celebration needs a cake (well for me, at least!). Choosing your wedding cake is probably the most fun wedding planning decision you’ll both make. No matter what you prefer, make sure you book a cake tasting session to choose your favourite flavours. Another option is to ask your cake designer to send you some samples.

When it comes to design, there are also many options so let me help you by sharing my favourite wedding cake ideas. You’ll surely find one you like no matter what season you’re getting married.

Wedding Cake Ideas for Every Season

DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE. Did you know that your hairstyle can make or break your bridal look? Your crowning glory can give you a polished look to complement your natural bridal glow. So don’t leave your hair and make-up plans to the last minute. I’ve listed down some of the best wedding hairstyles to choose from.

Wedding Hairstyles for Every Bride

Bridal shower parties don’t need to be drinking parties all the time. Of course, they can be if you want. But what if not everyone in your bridal party likes alcohol? Don’t get stuck. Here are many other classy ways you can celebrate

Bridal Shower Ideas for the Classy Bride-to-be

non-wedding planning tips

I won’t be a good London wedding photographer if I don’t end this list with my top places to go in London. So, if you’re planning a destination wedding in the UK, and visiting London as part of your trip, here’s my tip. Experience London like a local. Skip the tourist line and see what London is really all about. Here’s my list of the best things to do in my favourite city.  

Best things to do in London