Today, I’m so excited to share my save the date invitation with all of you. Choosing a save the date was one of the best processes so far in planning, but it was also VERY overwhelming. If you’re anything like me, I spent hours searching on pinterest for the perfect photo – I wanted the photo to reflect our personalities, as well as the theme of our wedding.
There are SO many options out there so it’s best to decide on a few things before scrolling through pinterest for inspiration:
1. Do you want your save the date to have a a photo? Or no photo?
Since there are so many options out there, this is something to decide right away. I knew I wanted a photo card for my save the date, but found myself looking through all the options.. I found so many non-photo options, with a beautiful, simple monogram, a watercolor, or a sketch of the wedding destination (See here, here, and here). Even though they were pretty, it was a waste of my time to look through those – because I knew all along I wanted a photo card.
2. Consider the event location and time of year.
It’s important to send out save the dates for your wedding as a courtesy to your guests to give them a date to set aside, and a possible destination to plan for. When deciding what style you want for the card, consider the location of the event and the time of year. I absolutely LOVE fall engagement shoots, but it didn’t make sense for our card to be fall-themed, when we’re having a March wedding in sunny Scottsdale!! Also, living in Chicago, I really love engagement photos taken along the river with the city buildings in the background, but again.. those pictures wouldn’t give our guests an indication of what our wedding would be like. That’s why we chose a desert-themed engagement shoot at the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.
3. Wear something you feel comfortable in.
Deciding on what to wear in the photos was definitely the hardest part for us. The colors you wear in the photos really impact the “feel” of the photos.We wanted our looks to be cohesive and simple without taking away from the beautiful, desert backdrop. Ideally, we wanted our photos to be romantic and dreamy – that’s why we choose softer colors and textures in our outfit choices.
When deciding what to wear, choose something you feel comfortable in, or play up your assets. Kurt has pretty blue eyes so we knew, that in photos, his blue eyes would POP in a blue shirt.
Here are a few of our favorite photos from our spring engagement shoot at the Botanical Gardens in Arizona.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Photos by Leslie D Photography, Arizona Wedding Photographer