Your engagement photos should be a fun, less formal precursor to your wedding day photos. You may use these photos for your save-the-dates, your wedding day programs or even your invitations, so you’ll want to look your best. Any important photo op comes with a lot of pressure—choosing what to wear shouldn’t be one of them.
At the very least, your engagement photos are a perfect opportunity to capture some sweet moments between you and your fiancé (while looking really good). Check out some of our favorite engagement photo outfits below.
The outfits you choose help set the mood of your engagement photos, so wear pieces that feel like “you.” If you aren’t into dresses, don’t wear one! Instead, try a pretty printed romper or jumpsuit. If your fiancé is into accessories, let him or her rock a trendy straw hat or colorful shades—simply put, you can’t go wrong with pieces that channel your personal style.
While you may be tempted to wear all white for your engagement photos (you’re going to be the bride after all!), bright colors really pop on camera. Plus, bolder colors will give your photos an instant celebratory feel, and are perfectly appropriate in a casual summer setting. To make bright colors work, pick ones that play off each other without being too matchy-matchy, like yellow and blue. If you’re sporting prints ( say, polka dots and argyle), make sure they’re big enough to show up on camera, but not too big—you don’t want to get lost in an oversize print.
It’s hard to beat the rich colors of fall. Throw in crisp air that won’t mess up your hair or makeup and it’s no wonder this temperate season is so popular for engagement photo shoots (not to mention weddings). Since temperatures begin to dip in fall, longer sleeves, layers and knits are a must. If you’re taking photos outdoors, try to pick a color palette that works with your surroundings. Rich oranges, reds and browns all work for this season, especially if you’re in a region where the leaves change color. Check out our favorite fall engagement photo outfits below.
If you and your fiancé are wearing understated autumnal colors, a fun accessory (think: a colorful scarf or bright hat) can add just enough visual interest to your fall engagement photo outfits. For instance, a pop of plaid is the perfect way to give off an autumnal vibe for more rustic or country engagement shoots. Just keep in mind that statement accessories shouldn’t compete with your outfits, so if you’re going with a bold pattern, keep the rest of your duds neutral.
Don’t let seasonality stop you when it comes to wearing white in your fall engagement photos. It’s totally acceptable—and even super on trend—to wear white after Labor Day! While your engagement shoot doesn’t have to feel overly bridal, a white blouse or dress is a sweet nod to your wedding dress. Consider playing with texture: Cotton-based fabrics like eyelet lace, crochet and Swiss dot all have dimension that shows up well on camera and gives your outfit an instant vintage twist. Have your
You don’t have to rely on just jewelry or accessories to show some personality. Warm fabrics like knits and flannel are totally acceptable options for cozier fall engagement photos. The best part? You and your partner definitely won’t get cold while snuggling up outdoors. Go kitschy with printed knits or polished with a sweater dress and complementary button-down.
If you’re planning on taking your engagement photos in winter, don’t let chilly air or unpredictable weather keep you from looking stylish. Whether you’re rocking a sharp cocktail dress and suit or New Years Eve–inspired glitter, this is the perfect season for you and your fiancé to get a little bit festive. (And, if bad weather does come your way, we’ve got you covered there too.) Check out some of our favorite winter engagement photos outfits below.
Add Sparkly Pieces for a Festive Feel
Winter engagement photos are the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit—after all, you have a lot to celebrate! To pull off a festive photo shoot, consider metallic embellishments when choosing what to wear. Monochromatic embellished pieces (like the gold sequin top above) will give your engagement photos just enough sparkle without becoming distracting. Have your fiancé wear a dress shirt in a crisp solid color to complement your glittery outfit.
Embrace the Elements
If bad weather strikes during your winter engagement photos, don’t fret! Be prepared with wintry accessories like a faux-fur coat, knitted hat or fun rain boots to throw on in case you’re caught in a downpour. Plus, if you’re feeling tense about posing for the camera, using props—like a statement umbrella—can help you loosen up.
Consider Cocktail Attire
Winter is the season for cocktail parties, so why should your engagement photos be any different? A white cocktail dress and statement heels give off seriously glam vibes, while a charcoal suit for him is totally dapper. Pro tip: If the air is too chilly for bare legs, wear tights with colorful or metallic heels.
Creating your album is, yes, a tedious process, but it’s also one of the most rewarding parts of wedding planning. You’ll have a beautiful album for a lifetime. Your instinct may be to jump right in, tear through your proofs and immediately figure out what should go into your album. But slow down and follow our plan to skip some stressed-out feelings, and we promise you’ll have a picture-perfect book that tells a wonderful story.
Step 1: Don’t Go It Alone
Your first look at the wedding photos can be overwhelming (to say the least), so you’d be wise to wait until your new spouse (or friend, sister or mother) is present to take your first glance. But be careful whom you choose. If your mother’s comments tend to stress you out—however well meaning—ask your maid of honor instead, and involve your mom later in the process, if you want.
Step 2: Sort Wisely
Go with your gut on your first look and write down the shots that jump out at you. Don’t overthink it. Just pick 20 to 30 of your favorites. The next step is to weed out the bad pictures (of blinking guests, for example).
Now you’re ready to group the proofs into categories: getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, special moments (like cake cutting, speeches, candids, portraits, dancing and the getaway). How many pictures you have in each category (and how many categories you’ll have) depends on a lot of things, but keep in mind that eventually you’ll put only 50 to 100 photos in your finished album.
Step 3: Decide on an Album Type
There are many options for albums. You can go traditional with a classic matted style album, which is generally bound like a book in which frames hide the edges of the photos. Depending on the quality (traditional albums come in leather, canvas and even faux leather or suede) these albums can be very sturdy and tend to endure age and use better than other styles.
Want something more creative? These exquisite (and expensive) albums are delicate—be sure yours comes with a protective sleeve.
A modern option: coffee-table books. Like a magazine created just for you, these albums come in a range of colors and materials, and the layout possibilities are endless. And like books, they’re printed on a press, so rather than actual photos, you have pages with your photos printed on them. The set-up fees are expensive, but once you have a layout, you can often order multiple albums for a fraction of the initial cost.
Step 4: Take Your Time
Choosing photos for a wedding album takes six hours on average, so don’t expect it to be a quick task. You worked hard to plan your wedding—taking time to reflect with your fabulous photos is part of the payoff. But try not to lose momentum after the wedding. Make your initial selections (the 20 to 30 faves) even if you’re all wedding-ed out.
Step 5: Tell Your Story
Imagine you’re illustrating a book that has no text—keep the “story” of your day in mind. You’ll also want to make sure all of the important characters are represented. You may have picked all the best shots of your gorgeous self, and the wedding party and your parents are usually included in formal shots, but what about your grandparents, siblings, close friends or favorite cousins?
In addition to representing a range of events and individuals, vary images by look and type. Modern couples tend to favor a photojournalistic style, emphasizing lots of candid shots, but make sure you have some formal posed shots too. Mixing black-and-white with color shots will also give your album a dynamic edge.
And don’t forget the details that give the album depth and flair, such as close-ups of flower arrangements, favors and food, and an overhead shot of the venue.
Pro tip: Group the detail shots so as not to overpower the people shots.
Step 6: Lay It Out
Now the fun part: putting it in order. Remember: You’re telling a story. And while it might be easiest to arrange your album chronologically, it’s okay to deviate if you wish.
Another important concept to consider is flow. Pay attention to how one segment leads into another. One way to make your album smooth yet dynamic is to choose meaningful transition shots. For example: A shot of the couple walking away from the ceremony venue holding hands might be a great transition into the reception portion of the album.
You can also experiment with page layouts at this point. Some pages will feature one 8″x10″ portrait, while others will have a 5″x7″ staggered with smaller shots. Even a program as basic as Microsoft Word can be used to design layouts.
Still not feeling it? We offer albums of all price ranges, covers, and paper type with proofing and design included. Just contact us for more information.