As a wedding photographer based out of Phoenix, Arizona, I meet with a lot of Brides who are overwhelmed and unsure what to do in the wedding planning process. Thus, I decided to do a series of blog posts to help guide you through the process. As a recap…..
16 to 9 months before Wedding
8 Months Before the Wedding
Now you have made it to 6 months out. What’s next? If you haven’t done so, now would be the time to select and purchase invitations. There are thousands of designs and ideas on the web. You can go with something as simple as finding a design you like online or you can find a vendor who custom makes invitations and even does hand written calligraphy to address them! This is also the time to send out save-the-date cards. Since you should have already hired a wedding photographer, this might be the time you want to do your engagements pictures to use on your save-the-date cards! Engagement pictures are also a great way to get to know your wedding photographer and get a feel for what it is like to be in front of the camera and posing with your soon to be groom. Many people feel a little awkward at first, so this gets that out of the way so you will be relaxed and ready to go, knowing what to expect on your wedding day! It also helps you learn what you like and don’t like. After you view your engagement pictures, Jennifer Hayward Photography loves getting feedback. If you love a certain pose, let me know. If you hate your serious face, let me know! This way I can tweak the way I will shoot on your wedding day to fit your style!
About this time, you should also begin picking out your bridesmaids dresses. Some people choose to go to a shop like David’s Bridal, pick out a dress and then have each Bridesmaid go to the store closest to them to get fitted and get the same dress. Other’s like to mix match styles and even colors and may let each Bridesmaid look for their own dress within certain given parameters.
Next, you should book your florist and reserve any rental décor. Many companies do both florals and rentals, so you can probably get these done at the same place.
Lastly, you will want to start composing a day-of-timeline. You may consult with some of your vendors during this process, especially your wedding photographer! It is so important to plan adequate time for photos during your day, since these will be the only thing that for years to come! I will soon be posting sample timelines to help give an idea of what I, as a Arizona Wedding Photographer, think is the perfect timeline for a relaxed and stress-free day!