(Closed) HELP! what do I wear for engagement pics?

posted 14 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m a bride-to-be that wore a black tank top, jeans and sneaker for my engagement shot.  In consultation with my photographer, I wore something that I was comfortable in and reflected me and us as a couple.  Since I’m a jeans and t-shirt (or in this case tank top) kind of gal on the weekend, that’s what I decided to go with.  My hubby to be also wore jeans and sneaker but chose to go with a button-up short sleeve shirt.

It’s really up to you to decide.  I would suggest that you and your groom-to-be coordinate outfits.  There’s nothing worse than having one half of a couple looking fab and fancy while the other half is in jeans and a t-shirt and vice versa!

Post # 4
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We did "formal" and "casual" photos, in the formal pics I wore a cute blue poplin dress and my fh wore a suit and tie, for the casual pics we both wore jeans and ucla shirts.  If you would like to see pics, pm me and I’ll send you the link. 

My photographer said to wear solid colors, avoid patterns, avoid plain white.

Post # 5
109 posts
Blushing bee

We did casual and formal outfits as well. I wore a red t-shirt and jeans for the casual pics and a black top and white pants for the formal. The red t-shirt pictures are my favorite. We definitely did not match.

Post # 7
29 posts
  • Wedding: January 2003

The only thing I ask my couples is to make sure that one matches the other. Simply meaning, sometimes the ladies can get a little over-dressed up in comparison to their man. So long as both are either REALLY dressed up or REALLY casual, it works. But if one out dresses the other it can look a little strange.

Personally, I’ve never cared about what my clients wear. I focus on the connection – not the clothing. I tell my clients to wear what they personally feel they look good in and feel comfortable in. If that’s patterns, solid colors, all white, I just don’t care 🙂

Bobby Earle

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree with previous posts that you want to wear something you feel comfortable in and that reflects your style. For instance, if you have a favorite outfit, wear that. Like, bnlearle said, make sure your both dressed the same as far as casual/dressed up levels go. You dont want you to look like your going to a dinner party, and your FH looking like he’s going to a hoedown.

Post # 9
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I agree w/the above, wear something you are comfortable in.  My DH and I wore solid tops – one formal and one casual.  I wore a black shirt/black jacket w/a white skirt for the formal and a solid fushia top for the casual.  I think the pop of color was better than just the standard black or white. 

Here is the sign-in book I made w/the engagement shoots that I like so you can get an idea. 

Sorry, don’t know how to get the link to work.  You’ll have to manually paste the two pieces of the address together. 


Post # 11
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I found a yellow dress from Banana Republic that I knew I wanted to wear. My biggest dilemma was what my Fiance should wear. {I blogged about it and got lots of advice here.} After a lot of suggestions and a last minute shopping trip, we finally decided he would wear dark jeans and a blue and white buttondown shirt he already had. A few of the final pictures are here.

I think a lot of the Bees had fab engagement photos. You should search through the archives for their examples!

I second what a lot of other people are saying: be you and wear something you are comfortable in! I stand up straighter and feel better wearing heels so I wore heels. If you are more of a jeans and Ts kind of gal, be true to that!

Hope that helps! Good luck! 

Post # 12
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

A lot of the bees have worn dresses and really cute outfits.  Definitely look for those.  I think photographers tend to tell you to wear solids because patterns can look funny in photos.  One thing you need to think about is where the photos will be taken.  You don’t want to be all dressed up in gowns and suits on the beach.  Go for something more natural.  We went to a farm/estate for ours, each wore sweaters and jeans.

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2022 - Outside a rustic b&b in Big Bear Lake

How funny- our engagement session is this Sunday and I was struggling with the same question. I’ve decided to wear something bright because I want our pictures to have some pop and be colorful. But like most people have said- where what you feel comfortable in, because if you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing- it’s probably going to come across in your photos.

I’m actually doing a post on a stellar photography team tomorrow and they’re going to open themselves up to any questions from the Weddingbee hive. So if you have any you still want answered- make sure you comment with them tomorrow 🙂

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