Monday, June 11, 2018

Should You Take Engagement Photos?

When we were living in New York, Pete and I went to Wave Hill , a gorgeous park close to his house. 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.

That was just wishful thinking at that point because we weren't engaged then. 

We did get engaged (obviously), but we ended up not taking our engagement photos in Wave Bill because we moved to North Carolina before he proposed. We did take them at a beach close to our home in North Carolina.

But they question remains: Should you take engagement photos?

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.

My friend Mallory, who got married in July 2012, got hers done too, and I borrowed some of hers for this post.

Engagement photos are very nice and are appropriate for Save the Date cards ... but realistically, you use one photo for the Save the Date and that's it. So to spend about a hundred bucks on one photo, that's silly to me, and makes you wonder: Are engagement photos worth it?

To save, we actually ended up taking them with a new 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 ended up using just one photo of the set for our save the dates and a canvas print to hang in our bedroom. Other than that, I'm not sure what engagement photos are for, to be honest. I made wedding confetti out of a few of them, just to get more use out of our photos. You could put together our DIY Photo Banner with them. But other than that, you're just pushing it.

Have you been thinking about taking engagement photos? Before you do, check out this post on www.abrideonabudget.com.

We took a selfie the day of our engagement and that's what I used for our engagement party invites. Good enough for me.

But taking engagement photos is a good excuse to test out your photographer. It also helps you get comfortable with them, which could do wonders for you being comfortable around them during your wedding.

And there are a lot of fun engagement photo ideas out there now: from a beach to a park to just showing your personalities. So it could actually just be a fun day to spend together.

And, if you did take your photos already, you're in luck. Right now, you can get a free 8x10 at CVS. You can upload a photo, add it to your cart, and enter the code DADPRINT at checkout. Choose in store pickup and your photo will be completely free.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Did you get engagement photos professionally taken?


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Check out our Engagement Picture Tips post.
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7 comments:

  1. Did you get engagement photos professionally taken? I did, it was a good way for my fiance and I to get to know our photographer before the wedding. Plus we received several amazing photos for our wedding website and my blog.

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  2. I love the staircase photo =) So creative! <3

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  3. No, did not get professional photos. Love those free walgreen 8x10's!

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  4. These are such beautiful photos-- and its always wonderful to have a few extras for maybe someone special that may have got forgotten-- I love it when they have this special-- Thanks for the reminder that they do this

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  5. No, we did not get engagement photos taken. We decided that while they are really nice (and yours are great!) that they just weren't a necessary expense for us.

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  6. This is nice like to have one

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  7. No, we did not get professional photos. We did a really low budget wedding!

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