Post # 1
So, our photo package comes with an “adventure date” which is like an egnagement session but doing all the things you love.
Planning on visiting bars, restaurants, parks and galleries we like and having our photog there to just capture random moments. My problem? I am very unhappy with the way I look currently and am working towards changing that… BUT … should I attempt to do this (even if not in the best shape) before I put up our wedding website and send out save the dates? or do I wait until closer to the wedding when I am in better shape?
Basically..either January 2015 or May 2015?
Wedding is September 2015.
Thank you for the opinions =)
Post # 2
Well IMO, engagement photos should be done closer to when you get engaged and not the actual wedding. This way, you can use it in your announcement, invitations, wedding website etc. don’t see much of a point in doing engagement photos so close to the wedding, may as well skip it and just do wedding photos. I’m having mine done next month (year before wedding) so that I can include them in invitations and my wedding website
Post # 4
If you’re planning on using them for engagement announcements, or Save the Dates – I’d get them done as early as you want to.
I just did my photos yesterday, and we’re getting married in October (got engaged in February). I mainly wanted them for our guest book and some on our wedding website. We didn’t send out Save the Dates, so I was fine with waiting to do them – especially now that the weather is better in my region.
Post # 5
It might be nice to do them in January…that way you get pro pics of the two of you in the “winter” season since you will have your wedding pics in the “fall” season. I purposefully had my engagement pics done in the fall b/c I love fall colors. My wedding pics were in the summer with all of the bloomig flowers! Makes for nice variety 🙂
Post # 6
since they are included in your package, do them whenever you want. if you do want to use them for STDs, you may want to do them earlier.
i had a 7 month engagement, so we did our engagement photos 3-4 months before the wedding. we weren’t planning on doing them at all, but our photog included them in the package and said it was a way for him to get to know us before our big day. we had a lot of fun that day.
Post # 7
I am getting married October 2015, but we are planning Dec 2014 or Jan 2015 for the engagement shoot to go along with our save the dates that I’m sending out around February. I have a vision of what I want the pictures to look like and really want a “vintage Valentine’s Day theme” sort of…as silly as that sounds, it makes sense in my head, haha. I am buying a massive heart balloon and my fiance and I are looking for our outfits right now. I definitely have a vision for what I want everything to look like. Also, I am currently in the process of dropping weight, but more importantly, we wanted them when it was cooler–we live in Florida, so attempting to do ANYTHING in the summer is taxing, let along stand and smile pretty in the 90 degree heat.
I honestly always thought the whole point of engagement shoots were to get photos for save the dates? That had always been my understanding, but you could do them whenever you wanted. Take it from someone who is desperately trying to lose weight: If you aren’t 100% comfortable with yourself during the photo shoot, you aren’t going to love the photos and it will show.
Post # 8
PunkRockPrincess: It really just depends on what you plan to use them for. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having engagement photos taken just for the sake of having them taken. I usually suggest it to all my couples even if they don’t plan to “use” them for wedding stuff because a) you really get to know your photographer better, and b) most people never really have nice professional photos of them as a couple NOT in their wedding attire. If you are wanting them for STD’s you need to have it done in enough time to get them back from your photographer as well as order, address, and mail out.
Post # 9
We’re getting married in November and just did our engagement shoot. We didn’t use pics for our save-the-dates, we just liked the idea of having some nice photos of us being ourselves. We’ve uploaded them to our wedding website and facebook and sent them to family, but that’s about it. I’m really glad we did them! It was also a great opportunity for us to get comfortable being in front of the camera and start to build a rapport with our photographer.