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Hi! I'm Hope Ann! I'm wedding photographer based in North Carolina & I love long romantic walks to the taco truck, & ohhh yeaaahhh...I'm obsessed with sweet tea. 


You’re Engaged!! Now What?

Congratulations!!! You’re engaged to the love of your life!!!! But now what?

Where do you even begin in the wedding planning process?!?!

First things, first, soak in this season. This season of engagement isn’t suppose to be a stressful one, but one of wonder, and joy, because you have found the one whom your soul loves. Once you’ve taken a moment to really let it all soak in, let’s start planning!

I’m gonna help you get started in the right direction:

1.Choose your theme/color scheme. Let’s start here. Choose a color scheme/theme that both you’ll love! An example of a color scheme/theme would be Blush Pink, or Blue Ocean. (See the link for Pinterest inspiration) This just gives you a starting point so you’ll know how to match colors with your florals, your invitations, bridesmaids dresses, boutonniere and other details of your wedding!

2. Big Wedding, Small Wedding, or Micro Wedding. This is very important to know how big or small you want your wedding so you can choose the perfect venue for the both of you! Also, this will help you to understand your wedding budget better.

3. Book your venue. This one is extremely important, because most venues tend to book out a year in advanced! The sooner you book the sooner you can set your wedding date around your dream venue!

4. Book your photographer. Wedding photographers tend to book out weddings 6 months-1 year. This gives us plenty of time to form relationships with our clients so we show up on your wedding as your biggest cheerleader, and we feel more like a friendor than a vendor.

5. Book your hairstylist & make-up artist. With booking your wedding photographer, this is the perfect time to book your hairstylist and make-up artist. Since most wedding photographers include engagement sessions with their collections, you can do a trial run of your make-up & have the hair stylist do a simple look for your session!

6. Book your florist. Florists also tend to book out pretty far in advanced. Once you choose a color scheme/theme it’s going to be so much easier to communicate what you would love with your floral designer.

7. Book your cake designer. Even if you plan on having cupcakes at your wedding, you still want to have this taken care of as quickly as possible so you’ll be on their calendar. You will have to do some tastings in order to figure out what flavors you would want. (That’s the really fun part!)

8. Hire A Planner. If this is in your budget I highly recommend it! A wedding planner’s job is to help you stay on budget, and help plan your wedding with you! This can make the process so much smoother & stress free.

9. Your Invitations. It’s always a good idea to get your invitations out early, esp. if you go through a designer or work with a calligrapher on them. There could be some mistakes or misprints, and you need time to correct those without feeling rushed.

10. Make Spending Time with Your Fiancé A Priority. This is probably the most important tip I have. Wedding planning tempts to take over your life during this season of engagement, but I urge you to stop, and focus on what’s important. You’re marrying the love of your life. The wedding day will come & go, but the relationship is what you should focus on. 🙂

I hope you found this blog post helpful! If so maybe check out the links below:

Social Media & Your Wedding

5 Ways to Have Less Stress While Wedding Planning

Top 5 Fears of Hiring A Wedding Photographer