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 fiancé, 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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