step 1: date for ten years
step 2: get engaged
step 3: throw an engagement party, but have all of your friends wear the best outfits they can find at Goodwill for $20 or less
step 4: take your engagement photos during the party, cause nobody really wants to see you kissing/gazing into each other's eyes lovingly, bride and groom included.
here's a sneak peek. photo cred: Julius Little, aka america's hero.