Post # 1
My future hubby and I are not planning on getting engagement pictures done. We have been friends since we were little, so there are plenty of pictures of us together as kids to display at the wedding, use on Save the Dates, etc. Is there any other clear advantage to getting engagement pics or is that something we could definitely skip to save money?
Post # 3
It does give you an opportunity to work with the photographer and be comfortable with him/her in advance, which should improve your wedding pictures.
We will likely book a session for them (most packages include them around here) though we won’t use them for anything wedding related.
Post # 4
We didn’t get them done and it didn’t make a difference to us. It would have cost us extra with our photography package, so no big deal since we didn’t want them anyway! If it had been included, maybe we’d have done it. But meh, no one missed them.
Post # 5
FI and I are doing our because it is included for us…I think it is a good point where its nice to work with the photographer ahead of time to see how you guys work together, but to be honest, if it wasn’t included we wouldn’t pay extra for it
Post # 6
We didn’t do it and didn’t miss it. We ended up changing photographers shortly before the wedding, so it wouldn’t have made a shred of difference on that end, and it was money we were happy not to spend.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
We aren’t doing engagement photos for a couple of reasons. He is currently deployed, our wedding is at Disney, hence so is the photographer, and we won’t have many opportunities to get down there well before the wedding to get them done anyway (we live in VA). Also, the wedding package is pricey enough as it is, lol.
Post # 8
We didn’t do it and didn’t miss it at all.
Honestly, the whole “engagement picture” thing doesn’t really make that much sense to me….
I mean, how many pictures does one couple need of themselves. We had a photographer at the wedding who took over 1,000 pictures, mostly involving us. I don’t even know what we would have done with an entire additional set of pictures for just us. There’s only so many pictures and albums you can have of yourself around the house before it becomes a little much.
We met with our photographer before the wedding, looked through some of her books and discussed pictures and styles that we liked. I sent her a list of “must have” shots…etc. I didn’t feel like we needed any type of practice session. We just had fun and went with the flow, and we got great pictures!
Post # 9
@CanAmBride: That makes me feel much better! Thanks!
Post # 10
Skip to save money! Totally a personal choice!
I got them, and I paid for a photo session just for my dog. But I love good photography.
By the way I saw the cutest STD or invitation using kiddie photos. It was a school photo the couple, with thought bubbles above htheir heads. The girl was thinking, flowers, dresses, cake and the boy was thinking hockey, baseball, football. Then some cute saying referencing them knowing each other as kids. I forgot the saying!
Post # 11
* Great for getting to know your photographer. It will make you even more comfortable with them on the wedding day which usually translates to better wedding photos.
* Good practice for people who are apprehensive of having their photo taken.
* If your photographer’s normal way of photographing people completely doesn’t jive with you it gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate using them on your wedding day.
* Nice photos of the two of you that you can use for a variety of different things (save the dates, invitations, place settings on tables at the wedding, decoration at the wedding, etc).
* If one of you isn’t in to the idea it can be awkward.