From the Married Women of Reddit
As a Photographer, I'm going to start with the one that matters to me, PHOTOGRAPHY!! Don't hire a friend of the family who has a "nice camera" This isn't the time to pinch pennies. You want a professional with professional gear (both cameras, lenses and lighting) that will use the best of both natural light and artificial light. Be picky, hire a professional! And don't let price be the defining factor for who you choose. Find a photographer who's images and personality you LOVE. You'll spend all day with the photographer, you'll spend your life with the images.
Another big regret on Reddit is not focusing on getting the little details in place, having a DIY wedding and reception where family and friends set up and created everything, from setting up tables and chairs, to making the bouquets and decorating, and not asking for help in the planning process. Hire a wedding planner. They have services that range from complete planning, to "day of coordination". They will help make your day run smoother, help you to relax, and you won't have to worry about who's setting up decor or when your bridal party should line up and and enter for the Grand March.
Hire a professional DJ. I know a lot of people want to save money, and put a nice play list on their smart phones, or turn on a play list on Spotify, but you really do want someone who knows how to get everyone from the little toddler, to the 95-year old grandparent on the dance floor and having fun. Your DJ will act as the MC for the night, helping to insure that the night stays on schedule as much as possible. Professional DJ's work side by side with the photographer, and the site coordinator to make sure that everything runs smoothly and on time.
There are more, but this is a GREAT start. It gives you some things to think about, things to budget for. I have numerous Wedding Planners and DJ's that I work with that are more than willing to offer a package deal with my wedding photography. I LOVE and respect the vendors I refer!
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"I don't know where to start. My husband and I are beyond words at the beauty and soul of us that Cara captured in our wedding photos" ~Kim, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina