Booking an engagement session is a great way for you to work with the photographer who will be shooting your wedding. It’s like getting a “test-run” of what to expect on your big day. I highly recommend engagement sessions and ALL of our Signature Collections have one included — ABSOLUTELY FREE!
How to Use Your Engagement Photos
Save the Dates
One of the most popular reasons to have engagement photos done is to use them for “Save the Date” cards. You can really get creative with different props to let people know when your big day is approaching!
If you are skipping the save the date card and just sending out invitations, you can use your engagement photos for that as well. There are many different components to a wedding invitation from the actual invitation card, RSVPs, menu cards, directions and hotel accommodations lists to the stamps, envelopes, and address labels. There are many places you can use your professional engagement pictures to give your wedding invitations a more personal touch.
Creating a customized quest book is a great way to display your engagement photos. You can keep your guest book imple with just an image on the cover with black pages for guests to sign or you can make it a little more personal. Some couples have included a few pages in the sign-in book that lets their guests know how they met, fell in love and ended up saying “I Do!”
Photos for Your Home
There is no better way to start the new life you will be sharing than decorating your new home with your photos. Having your engagement images hanging on the walls in frames, around your home, is the perfect way to remember the special bond that you two share.
Displaying at Your Wedding
There are many ways you can use your engagement photos to decorate your reception venue. You can use some of your engagement photos on the Table No. cards or have large prints made to line the walls of your venue or have just a one framed and allow your guests to sign it. (HINT: Have someone assigned to ensure that nobody writes on the actual photo but keeps their thoughts and signatures to the surrounding mat.)
Photo Montage for Reception or Rehearsal Dinner
Having a slideshow playing as your guests enter the reception area or even to show at your rehearsal dinner is a great way to get your guests talking and adds a little sentimental value. Why wouldn’t you include a few of your engagement photos in it?
Party Favour/Gift for Guests
Key chains, postcards, and t-shirts even, can all be made with your image on them. You’ll want your guests to take home something special to remember your wedding day by. Even if getting a coffee mug isn’t something you think your guests would appreciate, you can still have little escort cards personalized with your engagment photos. (Hint: escort cards can have information about where to see your wedding photos along with the password for access.)
Social Media Images
The best way to use your engagement photos is to have them set as your profile pictures on your social media accounts. What better way not only to show off your stunning images but to also let everyone know you two will be tying the knot!