Your Ultimate San Luis Obispo Wedding Planning Guide

Hey there, bride-to-be and future grooms! I’m STOKED you’re here! Being engaged is an extremely special time in your lives and I’m so excited for what’s to come. This guide will be your go-to when you are prepping for your special day! I’m so excited to ease the stress of wedding planning for you and once you book me as your wedding photographer, you will get full access to this wedding planning guide! For now, let me give you a sneak peak!

Vendors I Love Working With in the San Luis Obispo Area

I’ve work with SO many amazing vendors through out my years as a San Luis Obispo wedding photographer. In my wedding planning guide you get when you book with me, I give a full list of my favorite vendors! For now, here are some of my favorites in each category!

Planner & Coordinators: Events by Emily Kay

DJ’s: Kramer Events

Bridal Gowns: Epiphany Boutique

Cake: Slo Cakery

Live Music: Jason Sulkin

Videography: Agape Films

Florists: Mauna Florist

Wedding Stationary/Signage: Look Good on Paper Co.

Hair & Makeup: The Queens Bee

Officiants: AVOW Ceremonies & Services

Benefits of Hiring A Wedding Planner

I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many amazing wedding planners and coordinators (my favorites are listed in my wedding planning guide when you book with me!). They not only help you with planning your day, but me as well! I can focus on taking your amazing wedding photos while the wedding planner will keep us on schedule. Wedding planners normally offer many different types of services, but here are a few to consider!


Certain event planners provide a “vendor match-making” service where they assist in connecting you with suitable vendors. During the consultation, they will inquire about your preferences and budget constraints, and present you with the most suitable recommendations.


In addition to event planning, numerous planners provide day-of styling services where they take charge of the decoration and setup of your event spaces.


Without a doubt, this is the most advantageous step you can take for your wedding in this region!! It is of utmost importance to have a designated individual on the day of the event who can handle the operational aspects and address inquiries, thereby alleviating the stress and pressure on you.


Opting for this approach is the key to ensuring that wedding planning is as stress-free as possible! From the time of your engagement until the culmination of your wedding day, they will be with you every step of the way. Their primary objective is to manage all aspects of the planning process, freeing you up to unwind and cherish your engagement period.

Family Formals on Your Special Day

About 2-3 months out from your wedding, I will send you your online wedding questionnaire! This is where you can give me the exact shot list for your family formals.I kindly request that the list comprises no more than 20 groups, as anything beyond that can be obtained during the reception! Heres an example list from my wedding planning guide:


  • Large group photo of brides side
  • Bride & Groom with parents, step parents, grandparents, siblings Bride & Groom with parents, grandparents, siblings
  • Bride & Groom with each set of brides grandparents
  • Bride & Groom with brides parents and siblings
  • Bride & Groom with brides parents
  • Bride & Groom with brides siblings
  • Bride with brides mom
  • Bride with brides dad


  • Bride & Groom with all parents
  • Bride & Groom with all parents & siblings


  • Large group photo of grooms side
  • Bride & Groom with parents, step parents, grandparents, siblings Bride & Groom with parents, grandparents, siblings
  • Bride & Groom with each set of grooms grandparents
  • Bride & Groom with grooms parents and siblings
  • Bride & Groom with grooms parents
  • Bride & Groom with grooms siblings
  • Groom with grooms mom
  • Groom with grooms dad

Alyssa Flores Photography | San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

Once you book me as your wedding photographer, I will send over my wedding planning guide that will help you tremendously throughout the planning process. Above, I gave you some examples of what is included but there is so much more! From first looks, ceremony tips, and even what to do if it’s a rainy day on your wedding. I can’t wait to start planning your magical day in San Luis Obispo! Contact me HERE to learn more!