I’m engaged! Now What Do I Do?
If you are reading this, you have most likely recently become engaged! First off, congratulations! Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful events that you will ever be involved in, but it does not have to be that way! It is so important to take a step back and know that everything will fall together and your wedding day will be the most beautiful day full of memories that you will be able to look back on for many years to come! Don’t stress about the small things!
With that being said, after you are engaged, there are two things that you should jump on booking FAST!! The first thing is your venue and the second thing is your photographer!
Finding the perfect venue that fits your budget is obviously the most important. You can’t really book any other vendors until you have a location. But one thing that most brides overlook is, a great photographer can make a so-so venue look amazing! So don’t stress if the venue doesn’t have exactly everything that you wanted!
The next step is booking your photographer after you are engaged. This ( December – February) is the prime time of year where many couples get engaged and start their wedding planning process. With that being said this is also the prime time of year where as photographers, much of our calendar fills up. Here at KolorPHX, on average our brides book us anywhere from 12 months to 24 months before their wedding day. That might seem like a long time but in reality it’s not! I always recommend getting as much done as you can and do it early. Then you will have time to take a breather and relax for a few months before your wedding day! Doing everything last minute or thinking “I have time” will just lead to more stress and not being able to enjoy the process. We don’t want that for you!
Let’s face it, most have never shopped for a photographer before and most might not know how to navigate through that process. Let me help you!
50 years from now the only thing that you are going to have to remember your wedding day are your photographs. It is so important that you find the best photographer that your budget will allow but at the same time understand what level of quality is realistic within that budget. Photography is expensive for various reasons and that is for another blog post, but finding someone that you truly fall in love with is the top priority! I look at weddings a little differently than most. While yes the final product being your photographs is what truly matters and that is the tangible product that you will receive. I put the experience that the client has with us as our top priority. Wedding photographers are a dime a dozen and there are many photographers who do great work but let’s be honest, they are just not that enjoyable to be around. The experience that you have will depict your emotion that comes across in your photographs. Are you all stressed and just ready for it to be over? Do you feel awkward in the poses that the photographer is directing you in? That all matters so much! The experience that we provide is tailored to be inclusive of your personalities and likes/dislikes from the time that you book with us until the time that we deliver your photograph collection and beyond!
The last thing that I want as a Arizona wedding photographer is to just be a check off of the vendor list. After you are engaged and you have decided that you love my work I want you to have a blast with us from the very beginning until the very end! It drives me nuts when some photographers book with a client and then that client does not here from them for the next few months until their engagement session and then it’s crickets until their wedding day. That’s not what we are about! We want to cultivate a relationship with you so we get to know you and your personalities and we thrive off of that as helping us create an experience that you will enjoy from beginning to end and will remember for years to come!
So all that to say, ENJOY IT! Marriage is the most important commitment that you will make in your entire life. Falling in love with someone and deciding to take that next step as an engaged couple is priceless!! I absolutely love what I do and I never take it lightly that I have been trusted to capture moments and memories that can never be re-done. I love our brides and their families looking to the photographs when it’s all over and seeing the tears and the smiles and the laughs and every other emotion that comes within reliving those memories. That’s why I do what I do! Take a look at the rest of the website and if you like what you say I would absolutely love to chat with you about your wedding day! Reach out to me over at the CONTACT page and let’s make this experience an adventure!