Your wedding day is a big day, and you want it to be perfect. While the bride is busy focusing on her dress, hair and makeup, it’s up to you to make sure everything else goes smoothly! If you follow these simple tips for preparing yourself before walking down the aisle on your big day, then you’re sure to have a magical time with your wife-to-be:


First, be sure you and your bride-to-be have set a budget.

The first thing a groom needs to do is to be sure that he and his bride-to-be have set a budget. This can seem like an intimidating task, but it’s very important to do so before you start planning anything. Your budget should be realistic and flexible, as well as shared by both of you.

Once you’ve got your budget sorted out, it’s time to think about how much money each element will cost. You might find that some things are cheaper than others—this is where your budgeting comes into play again: don't spend more than what's available on the big day!


Let your future wife handle all the wedding planning and details.

What do you do when your bride is handling all the wedding planning? You let her handle it. That's right, forget about those extra stressors and just be supportive of her during this time. The more she's involved in the process, the better she'll feel about it on your big day—and that means a more relaxed bride = more fun for everyone!

If you want to help out with anything, offer opinions on things that are important to you (like what food is served or where you're getting married). But give her ultimate control over all other aspects of the day—after all, it's hers!


Remember to get a haircut.

Don't wait until the last minute to get a haircut. You'll want to look your best at the wedding, and it's not a good idea to have your groom be the only one who looks great on his wedding day. It's also important for you to not get a haircut that either you or your bride-to-be will hate. So if she likes your hair long, don't cut it short for her! Also make sure not to get a haircut that is too short; this could ruin an otherwise perfect day by making you look like an idiot when trying to dance with your new wife or talk in front of all those people.


Maybe shave, too.

While you don’t have to shave for your wedding, you should. If you’re going for the traditional groom look, shaving will add a level of cleanliness and respectability that can't be achieved with just a haircut.

If you're not sure where to start, consider these options:

  • Shave before the wedding. The most common approach is to get rid of all facial hair at least 24 hours before saying "I do." This gives enough time for any nicks or cuts from shaving wounds to heal before they appear in photos or videos.
  • Shave after the wedding. If your schedule doesn't allow for 24 hours between shaving and getting married, try this instead: shave right before walking down the aisle (but don't forget about those rings!). Of course, this isn't ideal if there are many pictures taken with family members—but if it's just two of you together behind closed doors after dark...
  • Don't shave at all! Many brides prefer their grooms' natural scruffy look because it makes them seem more like themselves (and not some pre-packaged idea). Some say this approach also helps keep things fresh between spouses by avoiding over-familiarity due too much familiarity...

On the day of the wedding, be sure to arrive at the venue on time.

On the day of your wedding, be sure to arrive at the venue on time. If you are late, it will upset everyone and make them think that you don't care about your wedding and them. Don't be early as well because that can make people feel like they're wasting their time waiting for you. Also, if you are fashionably late then it is important not to feel bad about being late as this is what makes a great first impression and shows how professional you are as a person who has no time constraints or commitments other than those which pertain directly to their own self-interests


Once you arrive, have a designated groomsman help you get dressed and ready.

It's important to have someone help you get dressed, as there are many things that can go wrong. First, if you don't have someone there who knows how to put on your suit and tie, it may take them longer than expected. Second, if they're not experienced with this task or in a rush themselves, they could accidentally tie your bow tie crookedly or even break one of the ties while trying to fix it. Third and most importantly: even if everything goes perfectly smoothly and you arrive at the church on time looking fresh and handsome in all of your photos (which is what we want), having another person there will save time so that both groomsmen can go enjoy their day instead of fussing over everyone else's appearance.


If you’re feeling nervous before the ceremony, take a few deep breaths to calm down.

If you are feeling nervous before the ceremony, take a few deep breaths to calm down. This will help you stay focused and relaxed. Don't worry about anything except enjoying your wedding day!


Remember to stand up straight during the ceremony so that you look good in all the photos!

The wedding ceremony is the most important part of your entire wedding day. You've probably spent months or even years planning this event and making sure everything goes perfectly. Make sure you look good in every single photo that's taken of you on this special day!

Don't slouch! If you're standing up, make sure your shoulders are back and keep them there! If a photographer wants to take a picture of you and asks if they could stand behind their camera while they shoot it so they can see what it looks like through the lens, say no! Don't let your hands hang at your sides; try holding something like a bouquet or even just pretend that you're holding something by putting one hand behind your back (this is called doing "the pose"). And finally, don't let our heads droop! We want everyone who sees these photos years from now to think "Wow!" when looking at them again and again for decades--that means standing tall with confidence! Just imagine how awesome each shot will look when printed out on canvas later as part of an art gallery collection; this tip really works!!


Be sure to smile wide and pose for all of your wedding photos – they’ll likely be displayed in your home for years to come.

You’ve been waiting for this day your entire life. So make sure you smile wide and pose for all of your wedding photos – they’ll likely be displayed in your home for years to come. Don't forget to look happy! And if you're having a hard time seeing the bright side, remember that what goes on behind-the-scenes may make for some great photos later on. Your photographer will be there snapping shots at every angle, so don't miss out on an opportunity for a good laugh or two as well!


Keep in mind that you already married your favorite person – just relax and enjoy yourself at your reception!

The best advice I can give you is to relax and enjoy the day. You’ve already married your favorite person! You don’t need to worry about anything, because you already know that they are a good person and someone who loves you very much.

You can be yourself at this reception – no need for fancy clothes or makeup (if that is your thing). Enjoy having some drinks with family and friends from all over the world who came together to celebrate with you on this important day in your life. Dance with your new spouse as much as possible! Take lots of photos with everyone, but especially do a couple shots where it looks like two strangers just happened across each other at a wedding celebration (you may have seen these types of images online).


Wedding days can be stressful for grooms and brides alike, but as long as you focus on what matters most (being married!) it will turn out great.

As groom, you may feel like all eyes are on you. It's a big day for both the bride and groom, and it can be stressful to be in the spotlight as everyone watches your every move. But this is your day too! Don't forget that this part of your life is about celebrating something bigger than yourself—your marriage!

Take some time to enjoy yourself by eating good food with people who love you. Make sure to take care of yourself physically as well, because if you're feeling under the weather during the ceremony or reception then everyone will know about it!


Wedding days can be stressful for grooms and brides alike, but as long as you focus on what matters most (being married!) it will turn out great. A little bit of planning and preparation can go a long way toward ensuring that your wedding day is everything you wanted it to be – and remember, the most important thing is that you’re marrying the love of your life!

If you're interested in learning more about budget-friendly options for your wedding photography, please contact us today! We'd be happy to chat with you about our packages and discounts.


Thank you for reading!


Affordable Wedding photography by Fungirlwithacamera Photography.


Hope from Fungirlwithacamera Photography specializes in affordable wedding photography as well as backyard wedding photography and small intimate weddings. Currently accepting weddings in East Brunswick, Highland Park and surrounding areas in New Jersey.

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