Engagement photos.. What to Wear!!!

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 17
2513 posts
Sugar bee

I brought a few outfits and showed them to my photographer and he steered us in the right direction. He also had some suggestions for us ahead of time – like avoiding printed fabrics like small checks or stripes (which can photograph weird). Textured fabrics (knits, lace, etc) photograph really nicely in closeups. In the end, we had several different looks. My favorite, though, was a simple black wrap dress – casual but still a little dressier than usual. I did photos in jeans too though! 

Post # 18
1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

ashyadorable :  We had our dog at our photoshoot! He was on leash and our photographer stepped on his leash while he wasnt in the pictures. I know that this wasnt directed at me but we loved having our dog there!


Post # 19
7002 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

ashyadorable :  I usually suggest to my couples if they’re wanting to do a dressy outfit, also bring a casual outfit. Most importantly dress for your style/body/taste. Don’t try to be in something that doesn’t fit your personality because you won’t be comfortable in it. My sessions tend to be really relaxed and casual, but with a lot of movement – which is why I always suggest a casual outfit if you want a dressy outfit too. When a girl shows up in a dress and heels it really does limit you some on how much variety in posing you can do depending on the location. It can be hard to walk with heels in grass or other “off terrain” areas, and sitting or certain things can be harder to get the right angle if it’s windy and the dress is blowing around. It’s always just a good idea to have a mixture in my opinion! 

Post # 21
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Our photographer only allowed 2 outfits for our engagement photos (which is actually good because I couldn’t even make up my mind on 2! lol).  We did a dressed up look and a casual look.  Fiance is an attorney so we already knew we wanted to do one a little more formal.  We also chose our 2 locations to reflect our outfits.  The dressed up look was outside a museum with a lot of structural/historical looks and the casual look was in a set of gardens.  I think you really need to wear what is comfortable and what reflects your personalities!

Post # 22
4535 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

hunting_bride :  haha…. You were brave! My old dog so would have eaten the ring on his nose!!! He was a gutz! 😜

Post # 23
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

I did an outfit change, so we could have casual and a little more than casual looks.


Post # 24
683 posts
Busy bee

ashyadorable :  the answer is there is no right answer!! Some people decide to go very formal (I know I did) whole some like a more casual shoot. What I did was really more like a pre wedding photo shoot instead of an engagement shoot. I did a more formal session and a less formal session. Where I’m from, that’s our equivalent of an engagement shoot but we wear wedding dresses and huge gowns so the pictures can be displayed for the guests to enjoy at the wedding. It’s very different than the definition of engagement photo shoots here in the US. So that really proves that there’s no right or wrong answer! Just follow your heart! 


Post # 25
209 posts
Helper bee

ashyadorable :  Another Florida bee!! I just had my engagement photo shoot last month! We chose to walk around the city of Tampa at sunset/nighttime where we met. Since outdoor Florida has so much natural beauty I thought we might get lost in the background if we both wore jeans. Plus I wanted to feel kinda fancy for the occasion without being overly formal. I chose this bold print two piece and he wore nice jeans and a really nice baseball tee.  I think it looked great!

Post # 26
552 posts
Busy bee

We did a combination, the burgundy was at the request of the photographer, I would never normally wear something like that, but I am so happy I did, because they made for some really cools shots. Have you asked your photog? I would personally do at least one outfit that is casual and just “you” and then do something a little dressier, maybe, and out of your normal realm. As PP said, don’t get matchy matchy!

Post # 27
1284 posts
Bumble bee

cjm18 :  Your first look reminds me so much of ours 🙂 

OP, although I do love our pics, I think if I had it to do over I’d wear anything but white … assuming you have a white wedding dress, you will end up with a ton of pics of you in a white dress after the wedding.  And it’s rare to have a professional session with your partner at any other time.  So in retrospect, I wish I had worn something that didn’t have a bridal vibe at all so we’d have more variety in our pics to display.  Just something to consider!

These were ours:


EDIT:  And just for comparison, here are a couple wedding pics.  Obviously not the same, but similar enough that something different for our engagement outfits might have been better…I don’t know …

Karen and Patrick-196Karen and Patrick-223


Post # 29
7 posts

ashyadorable :  Exactly what PP said with the photographer/assistant hanging on the leash – but I think they also may have kept him in the back of the truck for a bit too. 

Also, I’m seconding what some of the other bees have said, check in with your photographer! They know what works best with their style of photos, and can definitely give you some guidance.



Post # 30
2218 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise


We went with a more dressy look, and a more casual option. We picked bold solid colors so we would stand out from the landscape. Though I wasn’t super happy with how the photos came out, I think we made the right choice in terms of our attire. 


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