We’re getting married in mid-November. That’s two weeks before Thanksgiving. Three weeks before Hanukkah starts. Six weeks before Christmas.
Our wedding is kicking off the busy winter holiday season, so early on we started asking people to save the date. And I mean, early on.
Our save the dates went out at the beginning of February, more than nine months before the wedding. Why did we choose to send them so early? Because my future in-laws’ calendar was filling up at an alarming rate. Bar and bat mitzvahs. Weddings. Anniversaries. Mr. Puffer’s parents named several weekends they’d be out of town even before we selected our wedding date. We knew if their schedule was already so full, others’ would be too.
So right after we selected a date and signed the venue contract, I made finding a photographer the next priority. Mr. Puffer and I wanted a personalized save the date with a photograph of ourselves. Simple iPhone pictures just weren’t going to cut it. We both really liked the engagement session galleries our photographer, Kelly Phillips, had on his website. The fact that he offered a complimentary session as part of the wedding package was a bonus.