Engagement photos are, in all honesty, not a must. But I still highly suggest getting them. These will be your first real photos together, something you can treasure in your family for the rest of your lives. And they can serve many purposes for you. If you are getting save the dates (which is another thing you do not have to do…see more on this in the Invitations & Save the Dates post), you can use these pictures.
If you’re worried about cost, stop right now. Engagement photos do not need to be expensive, nor highly professional. When we had ours done, they were taken by a friend and former coworker of mine who had taken high school photography classes and been on the yearbook committee. She did a great job, and I paid her $30 (and that was more than she was charging…) So don’t be afraid to go cheap on these. What you should not go cheap with is the actual wedding photos. So save here, splurge there.
Another couple uses for them are emailing to family who may not know your fiance (this goes for his family that doesn’t know you too), posting them on your Facebook as a general announcement, and if you get a signing mat for your reception (more on this later, too. See Reception related posts) you can put an engagement photo in the frame until you get your wedding photos. AND, heaven forbid I forget this one, if you are a scrapbooker like me, you’ll want them. Trust me.
Depending on how far apart your engagement and your wedding are, the pictures you get from both occasions may serve as a nice contrast in frames and photo albums. Our engagement photos were taken in the winter, when there was snow on the ground and it was cold out; while our wedding photos were in the summer, with green grass and wildflowers all over. See how nice that sounds?
Again, engagement photos are not a must. But I think you’d regret not having them taken. So like I said – save here, splurge for the wedding photos.
These are some of ours:
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 NIV84)