Update: This post is originally from 2012, but there is a new free print deal available, so I'm reworking and reposting it.
When we were living in New York, Pete and I went to a park. I can't remember the name of it at all, but that's not really important. I could ask him if it really mattered ... but it doesn't.
Oh, Wave Hill. It just came to me.
Anyway, we went to Wave Hill and it was gorgeous. We walked around the gardens, through the woods, looked at the bridge and the river, and at the end, we both said this is where we'd take our engagement photos.
Engagement photos, they're very nice and are appropriate for Save the Date cards ... but realistically, you use one photo for the Save the Date card and that's it. So to spend hundreds of dollars on one photo, that's silly to me (although, come to think of it, that's what people do every year with school pictures).
(We actually ended up taking them with a photographer who was looking for photos for her portfolio. She didn't charge us, but we did tip her because I didn't feel right getting them completely for free. We did end up using just one photo of the set for our save the dates and a canvas print to hang in our bedroom.)
We took one picture the day of our engagement and that's what I used for our engagement party invites. Good enough for me.
If you have that one photo, you can print it for free until November 29, 2014 at Walgreens. Just use that link to head over to the drugstore's site, create an account for free (or log into yours), upload your photo, select to have it printed as an 8x10, and enter the code BIGPICFREE at checkout. Choose in store pickup and it will be completely free.
If you already got married but didn't print any photos yet, now is the time to make that nice big 8x10 for grandma. She'll be happy to get it and won't know that you didn't pay any money for it.
Now, for posterity's sake, I'm going to leave this post up forever, but the free print is only good until Saturaday. If you're planning your wedding, definitely take advantage of this. Freebies are the key to keeping your wedding budget under control.
And, if you're really at a loss about what to print, check out the free wedding printable we created for taxi cab numbers.
BRIDAL BABBLE: Did you get engagement photos professionally taken?