Tips for Newly Engaged Couples!

If I am sending you this it means you are officially on my calendar! Ahh! I can't wait to work with you and start creating your timeline for the big day! Here are some basic tips when starting to book vendors & venues.

#1 Book Hair & Makeup Early!

I know you may want to spend your big day sleeping in. But, if you want the rest of the day to avoid being rushed and to run as smoothly as possible, I recommend starting hair & makeup as early as you can. Depending on your bridal party size and what time your ceremony begins, it can be flexible. I also recommend making sure you, your mom & your MOH get hair & makeup done 2nd to last in the lineup(not last). This way you are all finished before the bridesmaids, leaving you more time to put your dress on and start getting ready photos.

#2 First Look

This may go against everything you imagine for your big day, but I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend doing a first look before your ceremony. Excitement, anxiety, nerves will be high when walking down the aisle. A first look gives you the chance to take it all in, just the 2 of you. This is not my number one reason for doing a first look though. I suggest doing it because you now have time to be photographed together before the ceremony even begins. This gives a lot more time to be photographed together, with family & with your bridal party before the ceremony, leaving the cocktail and reception open for you to party with your guests! If not participating in a first look, I recommend having more time in between your ceremony & reception to capture couple photos, bridal party shots, & family group shots.

#3 Fake An Exit

We love sparklers, bubbles, streamers, fireworks, confetti, balloons, the list goes on. It's hard to wrangle everyone at the end of the night. We recommend doing a "fake exit" just after the dance floor opens with your bridal party and immediate family members.

#4 Get the Groom Involved

He may not show that he has any interest! As most guys do! I always ask one question for the guys...what is one picture you wish to have on your wedding day. This usually get's them thinking and let's me know what is important to them. Whether it's the 2 of you running off into the sunset, a photo with his mom, or a group shot of the guys, find out what moments he doesn't want missed.

#5 Start Making a List

Start creating a list of family photo combinations that you want before and/or after the ceremony. I will have a copy the day of and will put your MOH or coordinator in charge of shouting out peoples names so that family photos can go quick and smooth.

#6 Details in a Box

This applies to later in the planning process. But, I always recommend having a box of all the details for the morning of. Obviously...dress, veil, shoes, jewelry & rings. I also love incorporating other things as well. Including, perfume, hair pieces, your invitations, save the dates, material scraps from alterations, written notes, vows etc.