1. Decide on the Style
2. Create a Shot List
3. Find a Photographer
Consider this too. Many photographers have an hourly rate, not including the cost of editing the photos. You don't even get to keep them all! When doing my research, I found that many in my area charge close to $200 for 10 edited shots. That's expensive for a college girl making minimum wage! Save the cash for the big day.
Now I'm not saying that choosing a professional photographer is bad. If you are willing to spend the money, it's worth it. Professionals do this for a living. They are used to making sure you are comfortable and will provide you with ideas that you might not have thought of. They might even include props in the price. Do your research and explore all options.
4. Grab Some Props
- Go to your local craft store.
- Grab some things from around home.
- Get creative! Trey and I purchased this ampersand (who knew it was called that?) as well as a chalkboard and some chalk, all for less than $15! Make sure that you have a way to tell people when you're wedding date is. You can write it on a suitcase, make numbers and hang them on string, write them on balloons... It's completely up to you. Check out the images below for some ideas, or take a look at my engagement photos.
5. Decide on What to Wear
- Wear something that will work with the style you're going for. If you're going for the vintage feel, don't wear casual clothing. Go all out with your hair and makeup for the pin up look. It's common sense.
- Have two outfits. That's right, two. One can be a more casual look while the other is a bit fancier. Again, it's up to you.
- Make sure that you and your fiance coordinate. If you're wearing brown, make sure he isn't wearing black. That would look terrible. If you're having trouble, here's an article to help you decide. Don't hesitate to ask your photographer for their opinion either!
6. Have Fun
Have some more tips or think your theme was a winner? Share them with me!