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5 tips on what to do now you’re engaged


Congratulations… you’re engaged!

Essex wedding photographer, wedding rings

With fizz, mistletoe, being with those you love and the general magic of the festive season, it really is no surprise that Christmas and New Year are some of the most popular times of the year to get engaged.  I’m sure you have already told your nearest and dearest of the exciting news, as well as update social media.  But what comes next?

Planning a wedding can seem like a huge undertaking, with so much to think about and consider which is why I wanted to share my top 5 tips with you to try and keep your wedding planning hassle free and enjoyable.  These tips have been born from seeing many weddings, as well as our own wedding planning a couple of years ago!

Tip 1

Remember who it’s about – it’s about you and your fiancé. Yes, your friends and family are going to be there, but as long as you two are happy they will be too.  So plan the wedding you want, not what others expect of you.

Tip 2

Work out what’s important to you both and prioritise. Whilst I understand budget is a factor in many weddings plans, often the reason a wedding becomes so expensive is because of poor budget management and trying to get everything available.  It’s better to prioritise things and proportion your budget accordingly.  There are heaps of blogs out there who can advise on how to save money on your wedding by my key piece of advice is to invest in the areas that matter to you, be that your venue, photographer, food or flowers.  We’re lucky that we work with couples that value photography and therefore invest a proportion of their budget into preserving those memories (and boy is there horror stories out there where people haven’t, it breaks my heart).  So make sure you are investing in the areas that are important to you both.

Essex wedding photographer, carved wooden wedding ring box

Tip 3

Work with vendors whose work you love and trust. As you start your planning you will come across lots and lots of wedding vendors, so it’s really important to find those suppliers who can create the vision and style you in have in mind for your day and whose portfolio of previous weddings you love.  Equally important is ensuring that you are working with suppliers who you trust to do their creative thing and make your wedding shine.

You’ll see a few of our favourite vendors dotted through our blog (and we have been lucky to work with some amazingly talented people).  These are all people who share the same passion and attention to detail as we do as well as (and very importantly) providing exceptional care and service to their couples, after all, it’s your big day and you deserve the best.

Tip 4

Have fun! Being engaged is an exciting time, so enjoy it.  Why not turn those venue visits into a date and have a spot of lunch there or take a relaxed walk through their grounds.  Explore wedding fairs together to get ideas and inspiration (but remember to stick to your vision and don’t get side tracked by deals), maybe even going with their VIP package to enjoy a glass of bubbly and somewhere to rest your feet.  And let’s not forget the menu and cake tasting that you may do once you’ve found your caterer and cake designer!

Yes a lot of work goes into planning a wedding, but it should be enjoyable.  I remember one of the fun things when planning our wedding was putting our table plan together (a task everyone said would be super hard) with a bottle of wine and lots of coloured post-it notes!

Essex wedding photographer, travel wedding theme

Tip 5

Remember to take a break from it. As many people have about a year between getting engaged and getting married, that’s a lot of time for planning.  Whilst some of the bigger aspects booked up reasonably quickly such as venues and photographers, you don’t have to spend all day every day of your engaged life planning the wedding.

Remember to take time as a couple, enjoy being engaged and not talking about the wedding but in just being you two, after all you are the most important thing in all of this.

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A New Year competition just for you!

I love a wedding (which is handy being in this line of work!) but just as much, I love a proposal story!  I would love to hear the story of how you became engaged so we’ve decided to have a little New Year competition.

The prize: One of five pairs of tickets to the National Wedding Show in London.

How to enter: Simply enter your details below

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This competition will close on the 31st January 2016 and winners will be emailed on the 1st February 2016.

In addition to this, anyone who books their wedding photography with us before 10th February (for a wedding in 2016) will receive a free 16”x 16” or guest folio from their engagement shoot, how cool is that!  An image of you two loving engaged life, surrounded by messages from your guests.

PLUS!!!! If you are having a last minute wedding, we are offering an amazing 20% off any weddings booked in for March, April and May 2016 if booked by the 10th February.

Flowers and Folio wedding album

Until next time,

Amanda x