Post # 1
Our photographer does amazing work, came very highly recommended, but doesn’t offer a free engagement session in the package. To be honest, I don’t have a whole heck of a lot of spare time, so I wasn’t terribly concerned, but do we really need them? I’ve seen people justbput out one or 2 of the photos, but then what about all the others? I was thinking about maybe asking my sister one day to take some nice photos, she’s taken a bunch of photography classes and takes great photos, so we would have some nice ones for a slideshow, but do we really need formal engagement photos?
Post # 3
We didn’t have them, we had a friend do them for $30 and they turned out okay, we haven’t really used them for anything. I think most people just use them for their STD’s
Post # 4
No I do not think they are necessary. I’ve seen some bees post their DIY engagement photos in the gallery or DIY section. You could get some inspiration from Pinterest for poses you like.
Post # 5
Nope. We have engagement photos and really like them, but if they weren’t offered in our package, I don’t know that we would have sought them out. I think if you have a sibling that wants to try her hand, by all means, it’s not like a wedding where it’s a moment you can never recreate if they’re not that good!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Definitely not necessary; some people do use them for Save the Dates yeah, but I think they are more for the couple. If you don’t have time for them and they aren’t that important to you, don’t feel bad if you don’t do them.
Post # 7
you don’t need them. we didn’t do them either since they werent included in our package (and would be $500 extra). ouch! i say pass on them.
Post # 8
I don’t think formal engagement photos are necessary. We had them done, but that’s only because FI’s friend who is a professional photographer did them for free. If your sister can take some photos I’m sure they would work great for initations or Save-The-Date Cards.
To be honest, I wish my Fiance and I had non-formal engagement pics. We look so darn serious in our engagement pics. I think if we just went out with a friend or family member to take some pics they would be a lot more “fun” looking.
Post # 9
Necessary? Nah, but I’m really happy we did them. They were included in our package, though. Its just nice to have some professional photos of us in casual clothes in a place we spend a lot of time at. My Fiance and I don’t take a whole lot of pictures ourselves, so they are nice to have.
Post # 10
We are paying $200 to get ours done – but – we have only three photos of the two of us, all taken before we became a couple. If your sister can take a nice photo and/or you have others of you two that you like, then I’d say skip it if you want to save the money.
Post # 11
I never even heard off them before wedding bee, what are they for? I certainly never had any or seen any friends have them.
Post # 12
I honestly think is a waste of money. I just used some from one of our trips and used those for STD cards.
Post # 13
You definitely don’t need them. Mine were only $300 though.
– let us work with our photographer before the wedding
– get comfy posing in front of a camera together (DH looked goofy in a lot of pics and he learned how to pose better for the wedding)
– the pics really show off our personality and our interests, we even brought our dog!
– we used the pics in our Save-The-Date Cards and we enjoy looking at the photo album
Post # 14
There’s a big problem with Engagement Photos:
They do NOT capture your Engagement!
Wedding Photos are a MUST and as far as I am concerned, you need a professional photographer to get the job done right and grab all of those special moments. Engagement photos however are nothing but a glorified photo session and a money grab as far as I am concerned!
I would skip the Engagement Photos, you’ll be glad you did!
Post # 15
@ViaMinorViator: Well, they aren’t a glorified photo session. They are exactly a photo session.
I am so, so glad we found a photog who had them included and did not skip them. We’re not married yet, but I anticipate loving these almost as much as our wedding pics. I can’t stop looking at ours.
Post # 15
You don’t NEED them, but it was a nice excuse to have a photoshoot. I’ve used them on my STD, all over the wedding website and have a bunch framed. We’ll probably eventually phase some of them out for wedding pictures but I’m really glad I got them done.