Post # 1
Does everyone take engagement photos? I really don’t want to and even if I did my fiancé wouldn’t want to. For us we would rather have the money in savings or add it to our vacation savings since we do travel overseas a lot. Plus, we both have small families and just a few friends, it’s not really worth it. I’m just feeling bad because you go on Facebook and everyone post pics of their engagement photos lol. Do you have to? also, we would probably have a courthouse wedding due to the fact we have a small family and they live overseas or in other states so why do we need the photos.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
Are engagement photos a must? — No. No, they are not.
Post # 7
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
The only part of an engagement/wedding that is a must is the “I do”.
Post # 9
oh thank you! I thought I was the only one!
Post # 10
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 # 11
I never thought of that. Thanks for the advice. That’s a good one!
Post # 12
I agree! Everyone wants your money lol even with Engagement rings prices are ridiculous.
Post # 13
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
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.