(Closed) Are Engagement photos a must?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Same boat here! We are not doing engagement photos — we will be having wedding photos at our city hall wedding and engagement photos seemed like overkill for us. Neither of us wanted them, so don’t feel bad — you are definitely not the only one 🙂

Post # 3
1821 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Nope. Engagement photos are not a must. My fiance and I didn’t do one because my fiance didn’t want to so we didn’t. If I were you though I would recommend you do a photo shoot for your wedding day even if you do a courthouse wedding. Wedding photos are really important and the only thing that you really have to look back on once your married. 

Post # 4
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Beach

With weddings, nothing is a must except the expression of intent (the I do section) of the ceremony. You definitely don’t need to buy into the wedding industry’s to do list. If you do want them and don’t want to fork over cash to a professional, why don’t you ask a friend with a nice camera (heck, even an iPhone 6) to take some pictures of you?

Post # 5
1059 posts
Bumble bee

No it’s not a requirement.  There were so many wedding “must do!” that was developed in the last couple of years.  It’s starting to become ridiculous to me to be honest. 


Post # 6
8368 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Are engagement photos a must? — No. No, they are not.

Post # 7
1747 posts
Bumble bee

We didn’t. I don’t think you have to either.

I think a lot of photographers offer engagement sessions as a part of their packages, and some couples use them for save the dates and invitations. I think that’s why it seems like something EVERYONE is doing, even though not everyone is.

Post # 8
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

The only part of an engagement/wedding that is a must is the “I do”.

Post # 10
141 posts
Blushing bee

Don’t feel pressured, they aren’t a must… My fiancé and I had a family vacation and while on the beach a family member snapped some shots of us, and they worked just fine, and we saved hundreds of dollars.

If you do want photos, you can make them whatever you want. I think the idea of paying hundreds of dollars to stand infront of props in matching plaid shirts is just what people think they have to do. Its your special time, and you make itmyour own 🙂

no offense to anyone who spent hundreds of dollars in plaid shirts, I was just being general, lol

Post # 13
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I was so confused as to why all these newly engaged couples paid money for causal pictures of them kissing in fields, or on railroad tracks, or in a forest. (The ones I’ve seen, anyways!) The pictures are beautiful but seemed unnecessary to me.

Now that I’ve booked my wedding photographer, I see why everyone is doing it. It’s included in the wedding package and the photographer wanted to meet with us to take pictures and get to know us prior to the wedding. He also doesn’t offer a reduction of costs if we choose not to get the engagement photos, so we’re going to do them. 

Post # 14
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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olna:  We have been engaged since November and have no plans to. They can be nice if you don’t have many “couples” photos but personally I’m putting the money towards a top photographer for our wedding. I find a lot of engagement photos on the corny side (not all..no offense to anyone). We might have a friend do a few as she does not charge a lot but I’m undecided.

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