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Top 10 Tips For a Stress Free Wedding

There’s nothing sadder than seeing a person on their wedding day who is stressed to the max. With so many moving parts, it’s easy for a detail to go awry but that’s no reason to fret! After a decade of working with happy couples, I’ve picked up a tip (or 10!) that can help your day run smooth like silk!

Hire a Planner

There are so many moving parts during wedding planning that having a pro to guide you through the process is worth its weight in gold. Not only do they help you plan but they’re on site the day of to make sure your day is perfect. Not having to worry about anything other than getting married is priceless!

Trust in Your Pros

You’ve done your research, hired your dream team, and still have a lot of decisions to make. What time is best for photos? What music will pack the dance floor? For these and any other question you can think of, there’s a vendor to help you. We are honored to give insight and help you plan your day. Ask your pros for advice along the way and the day of you can sit back and know your people have set you up for success!

Identify Your Top 3

Fallen into a Pinterest black hole and feeling overwhelm at all the cute ideas out there? Save your sanity (and your credit cards) by chatting with your partner about what matters most to you. Stay on track and in budget by splurging on your top 3 priorities and making quicker decisions on the others.

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Limit the DIY

When planning your wedding, you should get very comfortable asking for and accepting help from your people. It’s tempting to tack on to dos but that year to plan goes quicker than you think. Sure a night with your ladies drinking wine and dying fabrics sounds like a blast, just keep it simple. Only take to task the projects that you know won’t stress you out and let someone else do the others.


You may be sensing a trend here but this wedding tip still deserves its own point! When in doubt, cut it out. Keep the guest list exclusive, opt for an easy dress to bustle, and have the entire event at one venue. By streamlining the logistics of your day, your entire experience will be easy, breezy, beautiful.

Cultivate Positivity

Surround yourself with all the best people. Invite your kindest and funniest friends to be in the wedding party. When something goes awry, they’ll be there before you even know it happened. Everyone takes their cues from you so keep it light, don’t sweat the small stuff, and love on your support system. As long as you end the day married, that’s all that truly matters.

Prep for Family Photos

There’s nothing more annoying than having everyone together and ready to take a photo when someone yells out, “WAIT! Where’s Uncle Tommy?!”. Then the manhunt ensues and valuable time ticks away while you stand there helpless. Coordinate ahead of time with everyone who will be in formal photos and assign someone from each family to help make sure everyone is where they should be. Less time chasing people down means more time for you to sip celebratory cocktails.


Prioritize Self Care

Stress tends to pop up unexpectedly and you’re better able to shut it down when you’re at 100%. Nourish yourself, move your body, and take time to just be. Go on a date and agree to not talk about the wedding. Don’t let it take over your life at the expense of your health. Oh yeah, and make sure you stay well hydrated and get good sleep the night before. You’ll feel (and look) your best!

Consider a First Look

On the fence about seeing each other before the ceremony? In my experience, this modern tradition is practical and, oh, so romantic. On a day when you’re pulled a million different directions, a little extra time alone together is exactly what the Dr. ordered.

Maintain Perspective

Yes it’s a huge deal and one of the happiest days in your life, but it’s not the last. This new chapter is part of a bigger story that is your love and it could never be summed up into one day. Try to remember this if things don’t turn out quite like you had expected. When you keep your perspective, you’ll have the best day possible and will start your marriage off on the right foot.

xx Shannon

Have a great tip to add to these here? Jump into the comments below and share!

SGP Housewarming!

Welcome to the new wedding website for Shannon Grant Photography!

After using the same diy branding for the past decade, it was high time to retire it and call in the experts. With much soul searching and help from some talented women, this new home was created and is a perfect representation of the heart of this business.

To celebrate this exciting milestone and because everything is better with gifts, we’ve partnered with some of our favorite brands for 4 days of giveaways!

To enter, follow the directions under the prize you’d like to win and check back here the following day to see if you’ve won. Easy peasy!


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Our friend at Romanticist Studios is gifting this set of 3 pinch dishes from Notary ($50 value) that are almost too darling to give away! Use them to hold your rings, as props for photos, or to hold spices for cooking. These small dishes are made by hand using locally sourced clay from Portland, Oregon and will make a lovely addition to your collection!


  1. Follow both @theshannongrant and @shopromanticist on Instagram

  2. Post or story about this giveaway today (12/29) and use the hashtag #SGPhousewarming

  3. Come back here tomorrow to view the winner!!!




Craft beer, comfort food, and regional cheeses…need I say more? This is my husband and I’s favorite restaurant and we even went there for a snack on our wedding day after the First Look! That’s love, people.


  1. Leave your all time favorite cheese in the comments below

  2. Check back tomorrow, 12/31, at 9pm to see if you won!

  3. Bring me with you. ;)




This planner is the best. Define your big dreams, create the road maps, and schedule them into the year. It sounds so simple but it never clicked for me until I used this. Give your goals a major leg up in 2019 with the Passion Planner!


  1. Leave one goal you’d like to accomplish for 2019 in the comments below!

  2. Check back tomorrow, 1/1, at 9pm to see if you won.

  3. Happy New Year!!!



Upgrade your photo styling and/or gift wrapping with these heavenly hand dyed silk ribbons from Frou Frou Chic!


  1. Leave the best gift you’ve ever received in the comments.

  2. Check back tomorrow, 1/4 @ 9pm, to see if you won!

UPDATE: ALEXANDRA YOU WON! Email me at to claim.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!!

xx Shannon