When should I schedule my Toledo engagement session?
We get asked quite often when a couple should book their engagement session with us and there is LOADS of stuff on Pinterest! We wanted to give our honest, unbiased opinion and let you know all the options out there, but simplified! Toledo engagements are fun during ANY season, but here are some things to think about:
First: Think about the ideal time of year you envision your session. We’re lucky that Toledo has four very distinct seasons! You have a pick of any of the four and lots of variety. We recommend anywhere from 3-8 months before your wedding and no more than 18 months before (you’ll look different or won’t remember the experience as much!). When the session is fresh in your mind, you may still need a small refresher, but you also had the time to process and critique the images. We always want time to hear your feedback before the wedding. Maybe you weren’t sure if you were going to like the serious poses and you fell in love with them, maybe you didn’t like a certain way we did some of the photos (too many far away or too many close up, for example), or maybe you just got some awesome ideas running through your head for the wedding after the session and you wanted to share! Any time under 2 months is just typically too soon to process them and feels rushed.
Second: Would you like save the dates? If you would, they typically get sent out 9-12 months before the wedding and you would want time to take and order those!
Third: Think about when and where your wedding is taking place. If you’re having an outdoor fall wedding at Nazareth Hall, for example, we probably do not want to have a fall engagement session at Nazareth Hall. But you might go for a spring engagement session in a different setting, such as the brick and cityscape of Downtown Toledo. Just keep in mind, some places have admission fees or set hours and we need to respect those.
Fourth: After you choose the time of year, think about the best days and times to schedule your session. Double check that a football game isn’t on (if your guy watched football) when the session is going on. He’ll be distracted and unhappy the entire session – and it will show! We limit our engagement sessions to mornings or evenings for the best light and our weekends are limited, especially if we have a wedding the day before!
We hope these four tips make it easier for you to schedule your Toledo engagement session! We are so lucky to have the four distinct seasons and fabulous locations!
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