(Closed) How soon before your wedding did you take your engagement pics?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i wouldn’t necessarily recommend what we did but since we were planning the wedding from 2,000 miles away and didn’t have a chance to do it sooner, we had our engagement photo shoot 3 days before the wedding. yes. it was as crazy as it sounds. but the pictures are wonderful and our photographer is amazing.


he even had some preview pictures ready for us the next day and had a stack of photo cards for our guests at the wedding, with a link to his website where the wedding pictures were posted!

Post # 4
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Ours are scheduled to be 5 months before our wedding.  We would have liked to do it sooner, but with the holidays there were too many scheduling conflicts.

Post # 5
44 posts

We haven’t taken ours yet, but our photographer said people usually do it 6 months before the wedding.  But he also said anytime we would like up to a couple weeks before the wedding.

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we haven’t had ours done yet because we are planning so far out, but we plan to do ours about 7 months prior.  We want to use them for the Save-The-Date Cards and that will give us ample time to get them printed and such.  We are planning on using a different photog than for our wedding just due to how expensive photography is. We are planning on using a local photography student to save some money.

Post # 7
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We were engaged in November and we did the photos in december (his mom wanted them for Christmas cards). Our wedding is Nov, 2009.

Post # 9
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

6 months prior to the wedding… and yes, theoretically we are using them as Save the Dates… and no, we haven’t sent them out yet… and yes, I definitely have some anxiety over this fact!  Oh but the engagement photos were great (and free)!

Post # 10
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

we actually did ours about 18 months out, but obviously we’ve had a LONG engagement. we got engaged last december, did our engagement shoot in april or may 2008, and we’re getting married december 2009. the timing worked well for us though.

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re having a 1.5 year long engagement and took our pictures about 6 months before the wedding.  (It felt so weird to take our "engagement pictures" when we’d already been engaged a full year!)  Anyway, we are using the same photographer for our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures.  I’m glad because our first few engagement pictures looked kind of awkward while we were warming up to the photographer and she was finding the best angles for us.  I’m glad we got those out of the way!

Post # 12
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We took ours 2 months before our wedding.

We did use the same photographer for both the wedding and the e-pics.  It was part of the package.  I would have wanted to use her anyways to get a feel for her style. 

Post # 13
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Vineyard on the Delta

a whole year ahead!  they were just test shots which we kinda used as e-pics, which we used nowhere except on the wedding website though.  i think it’s a great way to ‘test drive’ a photog you’re interested in!

Post # 14
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re getting married in July but took our pics back in October (to have the fall colors in the background). I have a friend getting married a week before me and she isn’t having hers taken until April.

Post # 15
106 posts
Blushing bee

We took ours in October and we’re getting married next August. We too, used the same photographer that will be doing our wedding. We’ve had a really long engagement and I was really excited to get them done!

Post # 16
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

Five months!  And yes, we used the same photographer!  It is a great way to test someone out before you commit to having them photograph your big day!  I highly recommend doing this.  We weeded out one flaky photog who bailed on our engagement shoot (on the day of!), and then found our current photographer, Jennifer Nichols, who was a dream to work with.  Once we got our engagement photos back, we booked her for the wedding!

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