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Engaged, NOW WHAT? Tips from Wedding Photographers in Boise

Engaged and ready to start wedding planning? As wedding photographers in Boise, we're sharing our top tips for how to start!

As wedding photographers, we are privileged to hear the proposal stories of our couples and sometimes even celebrate with them by photographing the engagement parties they have with family and friends! We love meeting couples who are planning weddings in Boise, Sun Valley, McCall, and Chicago, and learning more about their love stories!

If you're recently engaged, this blog post is for you! We're sharing our top tips for how to jump into the wedding planning process. With years of experience as wedding photographers in Boise, Chicago, and beyond, we know these tips will help you savor this season of preparation and create a meaningful wedding celebration!

engagement photos in the Boise foothills

As wedding photographers, we're often one of the first wedding vendors a couple chooses after getting engaged, so we're sharing our top tips for how to start!

Tip #1: Just engaged? Celebrate!

First things first, take time to celebrate after getting engaged! Don't give in to the scarcity mindset that you have to start wedding planning immediately in order to get everything you want. Tell your love story and proposal story to your close family and friends, and write it down so you remember every detail. Cheers to you, because you're about to embark on a beautiful lifetime with your best friend!

bride and groom in front of floral arch
bride and groom cheers on wedding day

Tip #2:  Find a Wedding Designer and Planner

As wedding photographers, we've seen our fair share of wedding days! Hiring a wedding designer and planner who align with the vision you have for your wedding is the best way to enjoy the process and provide an unforgettable experience with the people you love. Your wedding designer and planner will get to know you and your style so they can take care of all the details and logistics to create a purposeful celebration for you and your family and friends.

ceremony flowers at Chateau des Fleurs
wedding table setting at Chateau des Fleurs

Tip #3: Consider your Style and the Type of Celebration You Hope to Share with Your Loved Ones

A good wedding designer and planner will get to know you, your personality, and your design values in order to create a personal wedding experience for you and your guests. To get that process rolling, envision how you want to feel during your wedding and reflect on your personal style. Consider how you want your guests to feel and experience the celebration as well.

bride and groom walking into their Idaho reception

Tip #4: Book your wedding venue & wedding photographer

Typically, the next step will be to select and secure a wedding venue, wedding photographer, and cinematographer. As wedding photographers in Boise and Chicago, some of our couples find us on their own, and some find us through their wedding planning and design team.

wedding table decor

Tip #5: Prepare for Marriage

Once you have your key wedding vendors secured, leave the details and logistics to them and focus on preparing for marriage. While wedding planning is important, your marriage will last a lifetime. A few ways we recommend intentionally planning for marriage leading up to your wedding day are: 

Finding a marriage counselor and attending pre-marital counseling

Planning date nights once a week

Having deeper conversations with your closest family and friends about their own marriage reflections and advice

bride and groom just married

If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Boise, Sun Valley, McCall, or beyond! We'd love to connect!

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Becky Dean
I'm a Co-founder and Lead Photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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