Engagement Shoot and Save the Dates

Somehow my engagement photo shoot caused so much anxiety going into it, but the results were so rewarding! I would definitely suggest an engagement photo shoot with your wedding photographer. I think it’s so important that the you, your significant other, and your photographer have a chance to build a rapport. Also you’ll find out for sure if you have the same vision or can communicate your vision to your photographer. ¬†Even more important you’ll know for sure that you like their photography style!

I was so lucky to just kind of fall in to selecting my wedding photographer. She’s actually a family friend/went to the same church/small grade school as me and couldn’t be more perfect for my vision and just everything. And I legitimately love her photography style. I toyed around with having a low key second engagement shoot on campus at the university where I met my fianc√©, so I was shopping through different photographers in the area. I just didn’t like what I saw, so I know I really did luck out.

I wanted to quickly talk about my save-the-dates. I went with a postcard size card using Vistaprint, and it couldn’t have gone any smoother. I was toying around with doing something photo-shopped to make Dann and I look like we were in a old movie scene or make it movie poster, but I just didn’t have the time! Wedding planning is really time consuming to begin with! I ended up looking up Vistaprint, finding a simple black and gold design that I actually liked, and then just doing it!

I already had the great photos to choose from from our engagement shoot, so all the other design elements were just icing on the cake. When you’re designing your save-the-date cards I think the essential elements to remember are:

  • The date
  • Your names, first and last.
  • the venue location, city, state

To me that’s really all you need! I also included a link to our wedding website. Our wedding website has links to all of our registries, since that’s often people’s next question. Pointing out the website was a simple way to include registry information tactfully because those that are really interested can pursue it. And those that don’t want to hear about it, don’t.

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