Engagement photography is probably one of the most important aspects in your wedding planning for various reasons. Not only does it capture your pre-wedding romance with the drop dead gorgeous sceneries, it also helps you establish a very important and healthy relationship with your photographer as they will gradually understand your personality and tastes and this will lead to very unique and amazing pictures.
The pictures can help spruce up your wedding invites, your guest sign-in books as well as all your pre-wedding function cards. It just makes everything a lot more appealing to the eyes of the receiver of the cards.
To get the perfect photos, the place for your engagement shoot should hold a very special meaning to the both of you. It could be where you first met, or where you may have gone for your first date or maybe even where he went down on one knee and popped the big question!!
Despite having everything mentioned above perfected to the last detail, it may go awry if you don’t schedule the shoot at the right time. Timing is honestly the key in having everything done right and the way you want it. It’s advised that you conduct the shoot roughly around 60-80 days prior to the wedding day because this way you’ll have ample time to get the prints delivered and leisurely go through them and decide which ones you wish to incorporate into your wedding invites. Your schedule will be much more relaxed and you’ll have time to work on the other aspects as well.
Hair and make-up artists have a bad tendency of being late and delaying the clients. All this can be avoided with prior planning.
Give the make-up artist a time frame of at least an hour before the shoot, this way if your hair and makeup is done earlier than time you’ll have plenty of time to sit back, put your feet up and relax and maybe even have a drink or so.
Maybe you’re getting yourself dressed up away from the location of the shoot, in that case just travel with one of the hair and makeup artist in case of an emergency or a quick touch up (biting off the lipstick in nervousness or playing with the ends of the hair is something we’re all guilty of.)
Brides do yourself an enormously massive favor and travel an hour earlier to the location than your bridesmaids to avoid any unnecessary delays and waste time because that is the last thing you’ll need.
Okay so this is where you’re allowed to let out a bit of the inner frustration out and be very adamant and strict about the timing with your chauffeur for that day so there’s no delays and there’s plenty of time for the photographer to be done before their next appointment. Also make sure to give them the exact directions so there are no missed turns that will cause time wasting.
We would really love it if the bride would have her dress, jewelry, shoes, rings and other important details organized and kept in one place so it would alleviate us from wasting precious time looking for each individual item.
Take a look at our Wedding Preparation Tips to see how you can be the most prepared the morning of your wedding to help get the day started on a great note.
We all have those family members that we cherish oh so deeply but they have absolutely no sense of time keeping! Am I right or am I right? For such family members, give them a time frame of around 30-45 minutes before the shoot so they’re all there on time. Another very special and intimate thing that you can do is send each person a personal note or an e-mail or even give them a phone call informing them that you care for them and you want them to be a part of your special day and also give them the directions to the location the shoot is being held.