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Newly Engaged? How Long to Wait Before You Start Wedding Planning

๐Ÿ“ธ Alright, Lovebirds! Buckle Up for the Ultimate Wedding Planning Adventure!

So, you’ve said “Yes!” and suddenly you’re thrust into the wild world of wedding planning. But hold onto your bouquetโ€”before you start diving into the details, let’s talk timing because, trust me, a little patience now will save you from potential bridezilla moments later.

๐Ÿ•ฐ The Art of Timing: When to Say “I Do” to Wedding Planning

First things first, before you start crafting your DIY centerpieces or arguing over napkin colors, there’s a crucial conversation you need to have with your partnerโ€”how long or short do you want this engagement to be? Let’s delve into the wild world of engagement lengths and wedding planning timelines, shall we?

๐Ÿ—ฃ The Talk: Long Engagement vs. Short Engagement

Got your partner’s attention? Good. Now, let’s break it down:

๐Ÿ“† If Your Big Day is More Than 18 Months Away…

Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a nice, long engagement! Think of it as an extended vacation from wedding stress. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy the honeymoon phase of your engagement. Take at least a month to soak in all the lovey-dovey vibes before even considering setting a date or picking out flower arrangements. Trust me, your sanity will thank you later.

๐Ÿ“† If Your Wedding is Over a Year Away…

Ah, the sweet spotโ€”a year-long engagement! You’ve got time, but not too much time. Use this period wisely. Take a few weeks to let the reality sink in, then slowly ease into the planning process. Start by creating a Pinterest board or two (or twenty) and maybe attend a bridal show or two. Just don’t let the wedding industrial complex overwhelm you. You’re in control here.

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๐Ÿ“† If Your Wedding is Less Than a Year Away…

Feeling the pressure to tie the knot sooner rather than later? Maybe you’ve got a meddling mother-in-law or you just can’t wait to start your forever together. Either way, take a couple of weeks to bask in the glow of your engagement before diving headfirst into planning mode. You’ve got time, but not an eternity, so make those decisions wisely. And remember, it’s your day, so don’t let anyone else’s opinions rain on your parade!

๐Ÿ“† If Your Big Day is Just Around the Corner…

Alright, time to kick it into high gear! Whether you’ve been engaged for five minutes or five months, if your wedding is less than a year away, it’s time to get serious. Take a deep breath, channel your inner superhero, and let’s get this party started!

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๐Ÿ“ท Say Cheese: Capturing the Magic with MKEshoots

Alright, enough talk about timelines, let’s get down to the good stuffโ€”wedding planning! Whether you’ve got ample time or you’re working with a tight deadline, the first steps are crucial. Here’s how to kick off your wedding planning adventure like a pro:

๐ŸŒ Destination or Local? Pick Your Place!

Are you dreaming of a beachfront bash in Bali or a rustic barn wedding in your hometown? Deciding on your wedding location sets the stage for everything else, so choose wisely!

๐Ÿ’ฐ Budgeting 101: Money Talks, Especially in Weddings

Ah, the dreaded B-wordโ€”budget. Sit down with your partner (and maybe a bottle of wine) and crunch those numbers. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend and where you can cut corners. Trust me, your bank account will thank you later.

๐Ÿ‘ฐ Find Your Style: Rustic Chic or Urban Glam?

Are you a boho bride or a classic romantic? Your wedding style sets the tone for the entire event, so choose wisely. Spend some time perusing wedding blogs and magazines to find inspiration, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

๐Ÿ“ List It Out: Guest List Edition

Grab a pen and paper (or open up that handy spreadsheet) and start brainstorming your guest list. Remember, this is your day, so only invite the people who truly matter to you. And don’t forget to account for Uncle Bob’s infamous plus-one!

๐Ÿ“‹ Get a Wingman (or Woman): Hiring a Wedding Planner

Alright, now’s the time to decideโ€”DIY or hire a pro? While planning a wedding on your own can be a fun challenge, a wedding planner can be worth their weight in gold. They’ll handle all the nitty-gritty details so you can focus on what really mattersโ€”saying “I do” to the love of your life.

๐Ÿ‘ซ Assemble Your Squad: Picking Your Wedding Party

Time to pop the question to your nearest and dearest! Gather your VIPs and ask them to stand by your side on the big day. Whether you’re keeping it small and intimate or going all out with a massive bridal party, make sure to choose people who will support you through thick and thin.

๐ŸŽ‰ Set the Scene: Venue Hunting

The hunt for the perfect wedding venue begins! Whether you’re envisioning a grand ballroom affair or a quaint garden ceremony, take your time touring different venues until you find the one that speaks to your soul. And remember, availability is key, so don’t wait too long to book!

๐Ÿ“ธ Snap Snap: Hire Your Dream Team of Vendors

From photographers to florists, it’s time to assemble your dream team of vendors. Do your research, read reviews, and ask for recommendations from friends and family. And don’t forget to snag those in-demand vendors before they get booked up!

๐Ÿ’ป Get Online: Creating Your Wedding Website

Last but not least, it’s time to get digital! Create a wedding website to keep your guests informed and organized. Include important details like your wedding date, venue information, and RSVP instructions. Bonus points if you add a cute love story or engagement photos!

๐ŸŽ‰ And That’s Just the Beginning…

Phew! That was a lot of information, wasn’t it? But fear not, my dear engaged couple, you’ve got this! Take a deep breath, grab a glass of bubbly, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re planning a grand affair or an intimate gathering, remember to enjoy the journey and savor every moment. And hey, if you ever need a helping hand (or a shoulder to cry on), you know where to find us!

MKEshoots is here to help. With our expertise in wedding photography and our passion for storytelling, we’ll work closely with you to create the perfect wedding photography package for your needs. Contact us today to learn more and let’s start planning the wedding of your dreams!

๐Ÿ“ธ MKEshoots: Your Partner in Wedding Photography Excellence

As you embark on this exciting journey of wedding planning, remember that MKEshoots is here to help make your dreams a reality. From capturing breathtaking moments to telling your unique love story, we’re committed to providing you with the highest quality wedding photography services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and let’s create something truly magical together! Visit our website at www.mkeshoots.com to learn more and start planning your dream wedding today.

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I highly recommend MKEshoots Photography for any special events. My husband and I hired him for our wedding and all of our pictures were captured beautifully! You wonโ€™t be disappointed!

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Murtaza's approach to wedding photography was right up my alley! He unobtrusively documented our day as it happened, capturing the real moments: big and small, genuine and heartfelt, in an artful way.

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MKE AY 87 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


We hired MKEshoots to photograph our wedding. We could not be happier with our decision. Murtaza is an amazing photographer and very easy to work with. He started collaborating with us well before our big day, working on a vision together. With the pandemic, he was flexible to changes to our wedding day and schedule the day of.

Ali Baliwala
Kayla Ivan2019.642 248 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


My sisters wedding was so beautiful but I really believe Murtaza played a huge part in making the day run smoothly and capturing their beautiful love story. I would recommend MKEshoots to anyone! Murtaza really goes above and beyond for his clients and we couldnโ€™t appreciate it more. Thank you MKEshoots for the amazing work you did for us!

Whitney Annsley
MKE SG 448 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


There are not enough words to describe how amazingly talented, creative he is as a photographer. From making you feel comfortable and breaking you out of your shell, to cracking jokes, with taking photos, angles lighting, being sympathetic and understanding, poses and so much more.

Shaina Canales
MKE FA 347 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


I have never enjoyed a photo session as much as this one. I am so in love with the photos and canโ€™t believe we got so lucky to find him and for him to take care of us the way he did.

Ashley Farmer
MKE LM 66 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


This man is one of the best photographers I have worked with. I have worked in the wedding industry for 4 years and haven't seen this much passion for his craft. When looking for a photographer for my own wedding I had high expectations and Murtaza exceeded all of them. His guidance and instructions throughout our shoot made for some of the best photos we have taken. 10 out of 10 would recommend to family and friend!!!

Matthew Bocanegra
MKE WK 133 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


Murtaza is a super talented photographer and a very kind person. He did an amazing job with our engagement photoshoot; the photos will look beautiful in our wedding invitations. We especially loved how comfortable he made us feel, because we don't get photos taken very often. He made it feel more like a date for us instead of a photoshoot. It was very nice.

Wren Exley
MKE KT 177 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


My fiancรฉ and I loved our engagement shoot with Murtaza. He was professional and was quick to respond to all of our questions. He made us feel relaxed and was able to capture natural and genuine moments. I highly recommend MKEshoots Photography to capture your special day.

Kristen Frias
MKE BR 97 | Top wedding photographer in LA | Engagement shoot in Los Angeles


Murtaza was a pleasure to work with, he was very professional and created amazing pictures as well as memories! We absolutely love our photos and it was very easy and fun to work with him!!! He had a lot of great ideas and our photos came out great!

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