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Stay organized with a Wedding Planning Timeline

wedding planning checklist

A lot goes into planning a wedding: deciding on the venue, selecting the right flavor and design of the cake, designing the invitations and sorting through your guest list for the reception. While it may all see overwhelming, fear not it can be done with a little organization!

Your wedding day is all about you and your loved one, so be sure to incorporate things that you both like. The best way to plan a wedding is to create a plan to help you stay on top of your deadlines. Create an agenda with the amount of months you have before your wedding day. Once everything is written down, it will less likely be forgotten. Also, be sure to ask for help from your friends and family, more than likely they will be happy to help participate in planning your special day.

To help keep you organized, we’ve created a wedding planning checklist of important tasks you will need to accomplish each month leading up to the wedding day. We hope it helps keep you on top of your to do’s before you say I do!

• Plan your budget: Knowing this in advance will help you with selecting venues and vendors.
• Begin a draft of your guest list: Knowing an estimated number of guests is helpful when researching venues and setting your budget.
• Reserve a date and book the venue: They tend to book up quickly!
• Book an officiant: They also tend to book fast
• Have an engagement party: Traditionally the parents of the bride will host an engagement party. Everyone loves a party; there is no limit to how many celebrations you are given!
• Register for gifts: It’s better to do it sooner than later, this way friends and family know what to get if they want to send an engagement or shower gift.

• Research & contact vendors: It may be a good idea to book vendors that have worked together as well as having worked at the venue you have chosen.
• Choose your bridal party: Family, childhood/college friends as well as your fiancés siblings would be traditional choices
• Start shopping for the Wedding dress: It’s best to shop early possible to find the right dress. Keep in mind that it can take up to 8 months to receive your dress once you order.
• Shop for bridesmaids/flower girl dresses: Dresses can also take up to 5 months to receive and you’ll want enough time for any alterations that may be necessary.
• Create a wedding website: offers free personalized wedding website designed Love vs Designs popular wedding invitations.

• Order wedding stationery: Shop our wedding stationery for invitations, menus, accommodation cards and more!
• Engagement photos: It’s a fun way to spend some time together and capture some memories, you can even use them for save the dates for a fun announcement!
• Find a hair and make up artist: Hiring one for your Engagement photos shoot is a great way opportunity for a trial run otherwise make appointments for hair and makeup trials to find someone you can book for you and your wedding party
• Block hotel rooms: If you plan on having a large amount of out of town guest a room block at a local hotel can provide your guests with a discounted group rate.
• Reserve Day of Transportation: Plan how the bridesmaids, groomsmen and families will arrive to the wedding locations.
• Set up cake tasting & order the cake: You get to spend a day sampling yummy desserts...enough said.

• Finalize guest list and gather mailing addresses: Check out our blog, Collecting Mailing Addresses made easy, for some helpful tips. Prep early so you don’t have to worry about this later.
• Send save the date cards: While 6 months notice is ample time for those having a local wedding, for destination weddings it’s best to give 8-12 months advance notice.
• Book all of your vendors: Florist, caterers, photographer/videographer, DJ/band even a day of coordinator. Book any additional ones if needed.
• Book your honeymoon: This can be a fun wedding break for you and your partner to enjoy. Make sure any documents are in order (i.e. passports)
• Buy wedding bands: This is best to do in advance if having your bands inscripted in case there are any sizing issues.

• Shop/reserve groomsmen attire: Advance planning will help the groomsmen who need to be fitted and/or reserve suits if renting.
• Address your Invitations: Starting this early and working in batches will help to not overwhelm you later. At the same time, prepare an organized list of the RSVPs and meal choices for when response trickle in.
• Select location for rehearsal dinner: This will take place after your wedding rehearsal, usually the night before the wedding day.

• Mail invitations: These should be mailed to guests 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date.
• Send rehearsal dinner invitations.
• Apply for marriage license: You may want to review US Marriage Laws, which offers your local requirements and details.
• Touch base with your vendors: Confirm dates, details and deposits.
• Meet with your wedding officiant: Discuss ceremony details, vows and readings
• Purchase wedding favors and wedding party gifts: Wrap gifts so you can check them off your list early!
• Purchase reception/ceremony items: Guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candle.
• Purchase accessories for your dress fitting: Shoes, undergarments, accessories

• Contact guest who have not RSVP’d
• Create seating chart: It’s a good idea to sit friends and acquaintances together.
• Print out stationery accessories: Programs, Menus, Place cards, and signage should be ready to go!
• Final dress fitting/Pick up dress
• Pick up Wedding rings
• Have a bachelorette/bachelor party: A fun wedding break, typically planned by the MOH or Best Man.
• Have a bridal/couples shower: Hosted by your bridesmaids, family, or even the grooms mom.

• Provide caterer with final head count
• Confirm arrival times for wedding party and vendors
• Meet with your day of coordinator to discuss timeline for the day and any reception/ceremony details.
• Provide shot list to photographer: List the shots that you feel would be most important to capture.
• Review music with DJ/band: Confirm special song requests and wedding party names for introduction.

• Wedding day emergency kit
• Enjoy a manicure and pedicure
• Pack for the wedding day and honeymoon
• Arrange for reliable relative to transport wedding gifts after the reception
• Organize tips and final payments for vendors: Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give to someone you trust to hand out at the reception.

• Have a rehearsal dinner: Enjoy the moment!
• Give your bridesmaid & groomsmen gifts: Express your gratitude for their help through the wedding process.
• Get plenty of rest for the big day tomorrow...or at least try to!

• Eat a light breakfast and drink plenty of water
• Get hair and make up done (wear a button down shirt)
• Get married!

• Write and send out thank you cards, be sure to check out our blog on when to send out your thank you cards.
• Dry clean/preserve wedding dress
• Legally change name on all documents and accounts
• Enjoy married life

Download this handy wedding planning checklist PDF for free and follow our tips above to help you stay on track when it comes to planning your wedding and remember not to get too caught up in the all the minor details and stress, at the end of the day its all about marrying your best friend. 

A Wedding day with sunhine and fluffy clouds

Sam and Lexi met through mutual friends at a concert and the rest was history. Due to their appreciation of art, aside from the act of being married, they felt the aesthetics of the day were the most important to them. With a weather scare of pouring rain the day before their wedding, fortunately, their day was sunny and filled with white fluffy clouds. Which created the perfect setting for their vineyard first glance shoot.

first look groom
first look bride
the ceremony

Sam and Lexi fell in love with the first venue they toured, Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Maryland. The location was a divine old stone bed and breakfast, whose grounds held a vineyard, a pond, a willow tree, old barns and small stone buildings, fitting for their vision and offering many photograph opportunities.

subtle glances
bride and her bridesmaids
groom and groomsmen

Something unique they choose to do with their reception tables was that each table centerpiece was a unique object belonging to the Groom, Bride or one of their families. Lexi tells us “the object at the table held significance to at least one person that was there. For example, the bridal party table held tin can props that Sam & I used in our engagement photo session, my grandparents table held my great grandfather's bird watching binoculars. The centerpiece was then incorporated onto each persons place card which I hand drew & made.”


The happy couple wanted to look at their wedding day and see that it was a reflection of themselves. They filled the day with things they enjoy as a couple from record shopping and playing music to bike rides and reading and writing. Lexi says "We wanted to showcase all the things we love, even if that meant combining bicycles with boat shoes!"

cake fight
City Life Invitation

Lexi & Sam chose the City Life Invitation design for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue - Stone Manor Country Club, Middletown, MD | Photography by - C&I Photographers

Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Melissa, who grew up in the wedding business, wanted to steer clear of the typical old school wedding catering halls and instead find something intimate, romantic and most importantly fun. So when she and Nicky found Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, they knew the moment they stepped inside that is was the perfect venue for them.

mr and mrs
something blue

Melissa wanted the wedding to reflect them as a couple. Since they love hosting parties, creating an environment where friends and family could let loose and get down was their goal. Also unique to the day was the couple taking part in helping to make wine at the Winery for their special day. The couple spent a few weeks before the wedding with the staff creating a connection to the place and the employees. Melissa tells us: “The staff was SO excited for our wedding because we spent a lot of time there in the year leading up to our wedding - it felt like we were surrounded by friends all day, even with the wait staff and especially with our day-of coordinator.”

here comes the bride
wedding vows
wedding cake

The most special part of their day was the vows they each wrote and spoke to one another during the ceremony, “They were funny, sarcastic, romantic and really captured our relationship beautifully.” Melissa also recalls a few more memorable moments, such as her Maid of Honor speech, which sent Melissa into tears, as her best friend pointed out the fact that the couple was getting married the same day they also met 16 years earlier. Then of course the Father/Daughter dance which was full of happy tears because “it was something my father and I looked forward to my whole life.”

wedding party

Our Real Wedding Bride offers the following advise to those currently planning a wedding, “RELAX and enjoy the planning process! I know it sounds cliché, but enjoy every moment of the day - no matter how cheesy it may feel at times, the memories are all you have left when it's over! And the day FLIES by. Take time to really take a deep breath and take it all in.”

Place to Be wedding Invitation

Bride & Groom chose the Place to Be Wedding Invitation design Suite for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue - Brooklyn Winery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY | Photography by - Bella Pictures

When to send out your thank you cards

You’ve exchanged your vows, said your I Do’s and finally tied the knot. Now all that’s left on your wedding checklist is to thank your guests for making your day so special. Sending out thank you cards may seem like a tedious task but this act will mean a great deal to your friends and family. Mailing out your thank you cards in a quick and timely matter will impress your guests by making them feel acknowledged and appreciated for their time.

Blue Skies Photo Thank You Card

Design | Blue Skies (folded card)

We recommend sending out thank you cards within a 3-month time span, from the day of your wedding. However, if you have been given a gift before the wedding day, a thank you card should be sent within 2 - 3 weeks of receiving it. Think about including the task of sending out thank you cards as a part of your wedding planning process; this will help you stay organized and on top of it!

Chalkboard Lettering Folded Thank You Card

Design | Chalkboard Lettering (folded card)

When ordering your wedding invitations a good idea would be to also include thank you cards as well so that you will be prepared. Once you have the cards, help organize yourselves, by addressing the thank you cards with the name of the guests who will be attending the wedding as soon as you begin receiving their response cards. If you have a large amount of ‘thank you’ cards to send, try to break up the list of writing them by doing one batch at a time each day. Also, be sure to include your partner in on the fun by dividing up the task and having the bride write to her friends and family and the groom to his.

Le Jardinière Photo Thank You Postcard

Design | Le Jardiniere (Postcard)

By planning ahead and staying organized, mailing out thank you cards to your guests will be no trouble at all. Opt to match your cards to your invitations or go with something fun and festive using a photo from the wedding or perhaps even a photo postcard of the two of you on your honeymoon! Your Thank you cards can compliment your individual style as a couple. When looking at the list of 100 plus thank you cards, keeping these small steps in mind we hope will help rather than overwhelm you after your special day. If you're not quite sure what to say in a Thank You note, our guide on writing thank you cards will provide you with wonderful ideas.

Collecting Mailing Addresses made easy!

With today’s technology of emails and social media, address books are a thing of the past. Whether you’re having a wedding, birthday party or sending out baby announcements we can all agree that finding the most current mailing address of your friends and family can difficult.

Something my mom taught me to do, especially during the Holiday Season, was to save any cards sent to you in the mail. As you are likely to receive Holiday Cards from friends and family this season, be sure to take note of the address or even save the envelope with the return address on it. This way your friends and families current residence is always up to date in your contacts. For those who are more Tech Savvy, a quick and easy organizational tool we discovered here in the office is an online tool Inkinvite. We tested out the site to show you just what a lifesaver it is. Follow the steps below and make collecting addresses for that guest list of 200 a piece of cake!

collecting guest address

To get started, visit inkinvite to create your own FREE account by clicking the “sign up” button. Once you’re account is set up, see how easy it is in just 4 steps. You’ll have a quick and easy way to collecting guest address for your big day to help keep you organized in no time.

Step 1:

collecting guest address

Copy the provided link and paste it in an email adding a personal message to ensure a response:

“Hello Family & Friends,

As John and I prepare for our special day this June, please help us by update your contact information via our online address book: We look forward to celebrating with you!

xoxo, Amanda"

Step 2:

collecting guest address

When your contact receives your email and clicks on the personalized link, it will bring them to Inkinvite where they will fill out their contact information. They can include their name, mailing address, phone number, email and even their Partners name so you can address to both.

Step 3:

collecting guest address

Once a contact submits their information, all of your contacts information will be stored neatly in the address book of your account.

Step 4:

collecting guest address

After you have received all of your guests’ addresses, you can either export the information to Excel for you to organize with or as a Text file for you to print labels or send off to a calligrapher. As always, we recommend that you TRIPLE check the addresses and spellings of each guest prior to sending to your calligrapher.

collecting guest address

Calligraphy by Molly Jacques

Save yourself some time (and stress) and get started today, using inkinvite is fabulous and if you need more inspiration, visit our blog for creative ways to address wedding invitations as well. Happy Addressing!

Rustic Barn Wedding

bended knee bride and groom

Danielle and Tyler always knew that they wanted a rustic venue, such as a barn or industrial winery, for their wedding day. Luckily, they found the perfect setting within their own neighborhood that was fitting for their vision. Today’s Real Wedding takes us to a beautiful Rustic Theme wedding in Ontario, Canada. We really enjoyed how all of the details came together, from the Invitations to the wedding signage and reception décor. This was a perfect fit for this couples Barn Venue and every photo captures the beauty of each carefully planned detail.

wedding ceremony details
the groomsmen
bridesmaids dresses
wedding signage

After looking at a number of venues and most of them being unavailable, Danielle and Tyler began asking around their small community. They came across a young couple that owned a gorgeous property and as luck would have it had just re-done their old bank barn. Danielle remembers finding the location, “One look, and we were absolutely in love! Everything about this property fit my vision perfectly.”

redone bank barn wedding
Barn wedding Details

“We really wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and have fun, so we decided to have a Caesar bar”. The guests could create their Caesar (or Bloody Mary) exactly to their liking, an idea that came from the couple’s florist and was a huge hit at the wedding.

the newlyweds
wedding Reception details

Something unique to their wedding day the couple opted for was to sponsor a charity called PowerEd rather than have wedding favors for each guest. This gesture came from the huge mark that was made in the Brides heart, as she had previously taught in Africa while in Teachers College. Both Tyler and Danielle decided that they wanted to give back to Kenya in some way. Through this charity, which sends young girls in Kenya to high school, the couple helped sponsor a young girl named Sharon and made sure to share her amazing story with all of their guests.

just hitched

For Danielle, although nearly impossible to pick a highlight, one that stands out was having the best man surprise the couple with a ride in an old ford convertible, “Tyler and I, along with our best man and maid of honor drove into town, popped a bottle of champagne and had our own little celebration!”. Overall the couple says that having all of their favorite people together to celebrate their marriage was exactly what they had wanted. “It was the most easy going, laid back day with tons of laughs” says Danielle.

The advice Danielle offers to those currently planning a wedding is to make sure you ask friends and family to help, as they are always eager. “I did a lot of the planning myself, which can be super overwhelming right near the wedding. Doing it all by yourself becomes super stressful and takes your attention away from being able to enjoy the moments leading up. In that last couple days, if you haven't done it or bought it, just forget about it! Instead spend time with your soon to be husband and family and friends enjoying the moments, rather than worrying about the details! It all goes by so fast!”

Cheri Wedding Invitation

Danielle & Tyler chose the design, Cheri, for their wedding stationery. They included the Cheri Invitation, Cheri Response card and Cheri Enclosure card.

Wedding Venue Shennendoah Farms, Mount Forest, ON | Photography by Glass Jar Photography

Top 5 tips for celebrating an engagement

He popped the question and you said yes! Now it’s time to celebrate with your closest friends and family!
An Engagement Party will usually be hosted for the happy couple by the couple’s parents or close friends. If you’re wondering what else you should know about hosting an engagement party or what's expected of you as the guests of honor, we’ve narrowed down the top 5 tips you should know when it comes to celebrating an engagement.


ONE: Celebrate soon after to show off that ring!
An engagement party should be given within a few months of the engagement, when it’s still fresh and before the wedding planning begins. If you are the newly engaged couple, we would suggest gathering your parents together for dinner to make the announcement. This would be a fun and memorable way to let them know first! As a rule of thumb, it’s tradition to let the Parents of the Brides be the first to celebrate the announcement with family and friends. For the newly engaged, may choose to keep the engagement a secret from your guests so that you can reveal the news at the party or simply send out your invitations with the news. Once the core members of your family and friends know, there is no limit to how many engagement parties you may have as everyone will want to celebrate with the happy couple.

TWO: The Guest List
As times change, the traditional rule suggesting inviting only those who will also be asked to the wedding has been thrown out the window. Since many couples these days choose to have a very small and/or destination wedding, the engagement party is becoming an accepted way to include those who will not be able to attend the wedding. For the most part, both families should be invited, regardless if not all members will be able to attend the event. Then there will be the list of close friends of both your families as well as your own group of friends.

New engagement party invitations

THREE: What type of party is most appropriate?
An engagement party is meant to be a casual celebration instead of a formal event, let's save this for the wedding day. When brainstorming locations for the party, think about the type of ambiance you are looking to create as well as the number of people you will be hosting. The event should be comfortable for the guests of honor to be able to mix and mingle with all in attendance and easy for the host to entertain the guests too. The Location can be anywhere from a private room at a restaurant to an intimate cocktail party hosted by the couple’s parents even a Sunday BBQ at the home of the couples close friends will do. There really is no right or wrong answer!

FOUR: It’s all about presence, not presents.
An engagement gift is not expected but some guests will still choose to bring something such as a bottle of wine or flowers for the happy couple. Make sure to let the hosts know that you request no gifts or your registry info for those who may want to give a little more. If you are the guests of honor, and have been lucky enough to be thrown such a wonderful celebration, it is a good idea to give a thank you gift to the host. From a pair of tickets to a show they’ve wanted to see or a nice dinner out, a gift that is meaningful to them and reflects your friendship and appreciation for their time and kindness is perfect.

FIVE: Mix, Mingle, Toasts!
At the party, be sure the Newly engaged couple has a space (sort of an informal receiving line) preferably near the entrance. As everyone enters the party, they will want to have a few minutes to offer their congratulations to the couple, so we don’t want to overwhelm the guests or the couple. Also, keep in mind that the engagement party will usually bring together the couples families for the first time. To make sure everyone is comfortable and having a great time, mingle around and introduce yourself and guests to one another at the party. Something like “Hi, I’m Katie, I’ve been friends with the bride since Kindergarten, how do you know the couple?” letting each person know how the other is affiliated with the bride or groom is a great icebreaker. Lastly, don’t forget to raise a glass and toast to the couple. If following proper etiquette, the order of toasts should begin with the, the father of the bride, next the future groom and lastly other guests who would like to toast the couple and the host.

If you are in need of some creative juices for an Engagement Party you are hosting, we have it covered with some our Engagement party wording examples. From traditional and simple to unique and festive, check out our Engagement Party sample wording for to use for your engagement party invitations. Let the planning begin!

Unique Bohemiam Wedding

first look

The wedding of Sarita and Jesse truly embodied the style and spirit of the couple. From the Wedding Stationery to the venue and wedding décor, this Real Wedding couple made this day their very own. Sarita describes their vision for their wedding day: “We always have had an aesthetic affinity toward the Southwest in terms of jewelry and artisanal products. Jesse grew up with his family digging at numerous archeological native american sites, and his father found out he was part Chicasaw recently, so we thought the theme tied in nicely with a heritage connection. The teepee was one of many projects we did together, painting it and creating an enjoyable environment for the younger kids to play in. Jesse airbrushed every single napkin with our signature Southwest pattern and we started including that through out the wedding, on the papel picados and wedding favors (wooden usb’s and chevron rose gold studs for the females.)”

the begining
the groom
brides bouquet
wedding ceremony

What was your highlight of the day?
Sarita: There were too many: when we forgot our Game of Thrones vows that we were supposed to memorize and we broke out in laughter as we said the wrong words in union; when we were announced to our guests at reception, we gazed into each other's eyes as we danced to our song like no one was watching; when my Dad took over the dance floor and tried to do the splits to wow my lady friends.
Jesse: During the ceremony I dropped my wedding ring in golden colored grass, and was saved by the maid-of-honor mother's keen sight. I remember the look of joy in everyone's eyes, Sarita's outshining all others.

Place Settings
antler centerpiece
reception table setting
table centerpieces

What advice would you give to those currently planning their own wedding?
Presume that something always goes wrong and that everything will work itself out. Do delegate the work to your friends and family as you cannot do everything the day of by yourselves. With our handy and very talented friends, the wedding would not have turned out looking so amazing and running so smoothly.
Try to take in and enjoy every moment possible. The day goes by too fast. We only wished we had a time machine where we can freeze or even slow down the clock to relive what an amazing celebration it was for us to share with all our loved ones.

Thank You giveaway
reception decor
married couple
Moonlit Wedding Invitation

Bride & Groom chose our Moonlit Invitation, Moonlit Response cards, Moonlit Belly Bands and Moonlit Menus for their wedding stationery.

Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Los Olivos, California| Photography by: Clayton Austin

A Backyard BBQ Wedding

bride and groom

Scott Atwood and Regine Torres envisioned their wedding day to be a casual and fun, beachside BBQ celebration among family and friends. In todays Real Wedding, see what will inspire you from this couples special day. From DIY touches created by the bride and her family to our very own Love vs. Design printables their wedding day was everything they could hope for and more.

wedding signage
The Newland House

When Regine attended her cousin's barn-style wedding in Chesapeake Bay she knew she wanted a similar style. With her idea to have a backyard BBQ mixed with Scott’s preference for a beach wedding, they found the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach.

wooden wedding signage
Wedding Mad Libs
Lovebird Table

Aside from the perfect location for their casual style, Regine added more of a personal touch to their special day with lots of DIY project by herself and family. She explains, “Our wedding exuded a homemade backyard BBQ bash. I personally sewed all the table runners, my mom planted and arranged all the succulent centerpieces and my cousin baked all the funfetti cupcakes just to name a few DIY elements.”

DIY elements
first dance
guest activities” style=

The couple also wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do at the reception. They built their own corn hole game which was inspired after their wedding invitation, Just My Type, had a caricature artist available, provided the Rustic Wedding Mad-Lib for guest to fill out and share with the couple as a keepsake and also opted for a Polaroid photo booth in lieu of a guestbook.

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bride and her bridesmaids” style=

Regine, tells us about the highlight of the wedding for her: “The whole day was the highlight of our lives! Buuuut, as everyone knows Scott's (the Groom) is the master of the dance floor, him ripping his pants while doing a body roll while pulling the garter off my leg was a funny and special moment…When I took his pants to the cleaners to be repaired the following week the owner said, "Wow, your husband is a violent dancer!"

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What advice could you give to couples planning their upcoming wedding?
“If close friends and family offer to help, by all means take it! Whether it's to tend bar, make all 10 boutonnieres or hold your shoes.”

Just My Type Wedding Invitation” style=

“Everyone LOVED all our paper products we found on your website!” – Regine Atwood
Regine and Scott chose the Just My Type Wedding Invitation, Rustic Mad Libs Printable and Baked Goods Gift Tag Printable for their wedding stationery.

Venue/location: The Newland Barn, Huntington Beach | Photography by: Cory Kendra Photography

5 Engagement photo tips for the perfect Save the Date

An engagement photo shoot is an exciting way to capture moments of your personality while you and your Fiancé spend time with one another. Not only will the photos make a great Save the Date to send to your family and friends but this time can be great to get to know your potential wedding photographer. So take this opportunity to let the photographer get to know you and find that comfort zone with one another for the big day. So, if you have just said "YES!" or are looking to create some special moments, we have come up with our TOP 5 photo tips to help you create the perfect Save the Date photo. And know that while not everyone can be as camera-friendly, the key thing to remember is: Be confident and be yourself. Everything else will fall into place after that.

Engagement Photo Location

Destination Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Photo tip #1: LOCATION
When you choose a location that you are familiar with, the more comfortable you will be in front of the camera.
Think about a meaningful place for the both of you as there may be plenty of photo opportunities available. Perhaps a favorite restaurant you like to go together or maybe the city you both met in. Think of it as a taking a trip down memory lane from the location of where you first met or had your first date to a special place in the current city or town you will start your life together. Of course weather and the time of the year can also serve its purpose so be prepared for Mother Nature and use it to your advantage for the perfect setting. Timing of the day also plays an important part in the available natural light for the photographer to work. Often great lighting is available right after sunrise or before sunset.

Engagement Photo Makeup

Simple Seal Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Be Camera ready and look your best before the shoot. If you aren’t the best at doing your own hair and makeup, perhaps scheduling a wedding make up trial the same day as your engagement photos could be helpful. This way you have checked off another item from your wedding to do list.

When it comes to what to wear, be comfortable in the outfit you choose as it will show in the photos. We suggest planning your outfits together as well so that they compliment with one another. We don’t mean wear matching outfits, but rather, wearing colors that complement each other. The end result should be that you are both dressed on the same level of dressiness or casualness, like you’re headed to the same place. Try pieces that have common shades or even bright hues that will pop from the background. Can’t decide between two outfits? Why not bring both for a wardrobe change. You can even ask your photographer for their opinion as to what will look best with the location.

Engagement Photo Action

Floating Ribbon Save the Date. Photo by Max Wanger

Photo tip #3: ACTION
Stop over thinking and don’t worry about what pose to create next, leave that to the photographer to direct.
The best photos taken are of the couple in their natural, comfortable element; what you see is what you get.
So remember to relax, laugh with one another, smile, and have fun together as you take in the moment.

Engagement Photo Props

Gelato Save the Date. Photo by Max Wanger

Photo tip #4: USE PROPS
Now that you have your location in mind and scored the perfect outfit, think about bringing some props to liven up the shoot. If you chose a landscape scene, pack a picnic basket and a blanket to lie down on. Perhaps you and your Fiancé can take a bike ride down your favorite bike path. Even something as simple as eating your favorite ice cream can make a big impression in a photo. From Balloons to Flowers to vintage bottles, a prop can make a big difference when added to the photo.

Engagement Photo Personality

Road Trip Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Incorporating a favorite hobby or pastime into your shoot can be a great way of showing your personality as a couple. You can bring one of your favorite games to the park or your favorite coffee shop. Take a stroll one Saturday morning while shopping at a flea market. Even hopping in the car or on your Vespa for a drive down the street can be fun! Each everyday activity can say so much. Another idea, bring your Pet with you and let him or her be a part of the shoot; after all they are a part of this relationship too.

Finally, don’t be afraid to brainstorm your ideas with your photographer before the shoot. Browse through our variety of PHOTO SAVE THE DATES prior to meeting with your photographer. If there is a a favorite design you like, share this with them so they can make sure they know what you have in mind. Ready with your photo but not sure which design works best? Contact us, we’re happy to help!

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