From creative proposals to engagement portraits and parties, Abby Larson of StyleMePretty, offers ways to make these plans unforgettable. Whether looking for ways to step up an engagement shoot or decorate a venue, Abby offers ideas for creating the perfect pre-wedding party. Here’s what she shared with us (and some you’ll want to share with your future groom!):
—Tailor every detail of your proposal for the bride-to-be. Whether she loves being surrounded by big groups of friends, or prefers a low-key occasion made for two, make sure you take into account that kind of setting she’ll love best.
—Bring a photographer. It’ll be one of the biggest days of your lives, so trust us, you’ll want it documented. Whether it’s a friend with an iPhone or a full-fledged pro, make sure the moment doesn’t slip by without a few photos to treasure.
—Take little effort to style your session. Whether it’s a bouquet of fresh flowers or a sign with your upcoming wedding date or a larger prop (such as the car above), a few added details will make your portraits come to life.
—Let your portraits tell a story. Have your photographer “follow” you on a well-planned date. Linger at your favorite café, stroll down your city’s scenic streets, head to the farmer’s market for fresh produce. Letting your photographer capture you in more natural moments will result in photos that feel authentic.
—This is a celebration of your love so it’s the perfect time to really let your personalities shine. Consider a theme centered around your favorite vacation spot as a couple or the place of your proposal.
— Another fun way to incorporate your personalities is with food and drink. Serve up your favorite eats and signature his-and-hers cocktails for guests to sip on.