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You're engaged! Now what?

Hello Bride-to-be! 

Congratulation's on your engagement! Many people have asked me "I'm engaged! Now what?" so I thought I would put together a simple list of things to get the ball rolling on planning the wedding of your dreams. 

Step 1: Venue Shopping

After you have told all your friends and family the great news, the next step is to go shopping! Venue shopping that is. Have a general idea of dates you want. For example a spring wedding (March- June). We all want to be June brides at the Plaza, but dates are limited at many venues and are booked sometimes years in advance. You may have to be flexible!

 cozy and rustic wedding venue in downtown durham

 

Step 2: Book the photographer of your dreams (preferably me!)

After you know the date and location of you cosmic union, the next step is to book me! My calendar can book up fast especially during peak wedding seasons. Nail down your photographer early so you can get your engagement photos done and ensure we are available on your date!

 Intimate downtown Raleigh wedding at Cafe Luna

 

Step 3: Say "yes to the dress"

This is probably the best part! Find the dress of your dreams that makes you feel gorgeous! 

 Elegant wedding dress, Glassbox, Downtown Raleigh Wedding

 

Step 4: Engagement photos

I love engagement photos for many reasons. It gives us a time to connect on a personal level and for me to learn more about you as a couple. Planning an engagement shoot in advance also gives you great photos for your invitations, thank you cards, bridal shower invitations and wedding decorations. 

 fun Brooklyn engagement session

 

Step 5: The nitty gritty

I am condensing multiple steps in to step 5. This includes sending out invitations for wedding 3 months in advance, set up a wedding website, bridal shower, registry, book your honeymoon, find bridesmaids dresses and other bridal party attire, book flowers and cakes, hotels, and transportation. Yikes! I forgot how much goes in to planning a wedding. 

This is just a short list of things to get you started after you get engaged. I often hear that people feel wedding photographers are too expensive i.e. people think that we "over charge" for our services. But here are things to keep in mind: 1) For many of us this is our sole source of income to support ourselves. 2)We work really hard on your wedding day. I always feel like I got hit by a bus the next day. 3) Good photography equipment is expensive, so if you want the "June bug wedding" look, you have to hire someone with good lenses and camera bodies. 4) It is the ONE thing that you will pay for on your wedding day that will last forever. 

Best of luck with your wedding planning, and remember, fall in love with as many things as possible. 

xoxo

Amina 

 bridal details from intimate New Years eve wedding in downtown durham