You’re not alone: every bride wonders exactly what to do with your engagement photos not long after they are taken.
Engagement photos are not solely for sharing on social media; while that’s a huge bonus, there are far more creative uses for engagement pictures.
In this blog post, I’ll share exactly what to do with your engagement pictures… none of which involve a giant photo dump on Facebook. Haha!
Don’t misunderstand me: you should absolutely share your engagement pictures online and on social media if you want to. However, this is about sharing some other cool things to do with engagement photos — not just on social!
I’ll also cover whether it’s necessary to get pictures taken and how early you should schedule it.
Together we can put those engagement pictures to good use. Here’s how to do it.
Cool Things to Do with Engagement Photos
There are many ways to use pictures, but your engagement snapshots are entirely unique. It’s an exciting time in your life: you’re planning the next big adventure together. Don’t settle for social media feeds and hanging up a few on your fridge. Those are great ways to utilize snaps, but there are more meaningful methods of doing it.
Here are some cool, creative ways to actually use the engagement photos you’re taking and spending money on.
1. Print Your Engagement Photos on Wedding Stationery
Customize your cards to the fullest extent
If you want your save the dates and invitations to look good, use your engagement photos in them! You can upload photos to your save the date cards, your wedding invitations, programs, and thank you cards.
Here’s an example of how an invitation becomes more personal with your faces on them.
Get inspired with photo wedding invitations here.
2. Upload Favorite Snapshots to Your Wedding Website
Share your gallery with your loved ones
Family and friends will love to browse your photo gallery on your personal wedding website. Don’t leave your engagement pics on a digital drive somewhere; upload those pictures to your wedding website and show them off! Your website will look nicer and more custom with your faces on it! You’ll need to upload pictures for your landing page, so you’ll be putting your engagement pics to good use.
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3. Make Custom Wall Art with Your Photos
Display your precious snapshots on the wall
Commemorate the occasion of the proposal with custom wall art. This is probably one of my favorite uses for engagement photos because it’s you’ll enjoy it daily at home! Put your favorite engagement picture to good use as a piece of beautiful art, like this option available at Minted here.
Get creative: view this and other wall art options with photos here!
4. Create a Wall Calendar
Count down with stylish snapshots
You can count down to the big day with a custom wall calendar, created from your favorite pics! I like this idea because you’ll be utilizing all of your favorite snapshots from your engagement session AND you’ll be marking down those important wedding to-dos as you go! It is one of the best engagement gifts.
Start designing your photo calendar here.
You can start creating here.
5. Create a Photo Pillow
A custom pillow with your fave snap makes a fun home decor piece you can treasure. Here is one example that uses an engagement snapshot:
Start designing the coolest throw pillows — with your faces on them, obviously — here!
BONUS: Print Your Photos in an Album
Flip through the memories in a book
And last but not least, one of the cool ways that never gets discussed is a classic photo album. Print your pictures and put them together in an album to keep as a memento. It is a beautiful and exciting time in your life to remember; put those images to good use!
When to Get Engagement Pictures Taken
Now that you know how to use them, be sure to get yours taken soon! As a rule of thumb, you should get engagement snaps taken 2-3 months after getting engaged. This allows for enough time to edit, print, and use your engagement shots on save-the-dates or invitations in time.
Do You Need Engagement Photos?
Since you can get married without having professional engagement pictures taken, you may be wondering if it’s even worth the cost. I personally think it is, but that’s between you, your partner, and your budget.
If your budget allows and you want to get them taken, I think engagement photos are a great investment.
Here are three reasons why I recommend getting pictures taken for your engagement.
You’ll Get to Know Your Photographer
Engagement photos are singlehandedly the easiest way to get to know your photographer before the wedding day.
You Will Get More Comfortable in Front of the Camera
A practice session like this will get you more comfortable in front of the camera before the big event.
You’ll Have Better Quality Photos for Wedding Stationery
If you want to choose save the date cards with photos, invitations, or even thank you cards with a few snapshots, you’ll want a quality high-resolution photograph to do it. This is the reason alone to get pictures professionally taken; you want to look your best with the best printing quality possible.
I hope it helps!
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