Updated: Sep 8
An engagement session is a great opportunity to get to know the photographer who will be documenting your wedding, and it can serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the big day. But how can you put all those beautiful pictures to use?
Here are nine creative ways to use your gorgeous engagement photos.
Putting Your Engagement Pictures to Good Use
1. Save the Dates
Having engagement photos taken is often done so that they can be used for "save the date" cards. You can use a variety of decorations and props to let people know when the big day is coming.
You can also use the engagement photos on the invitations if you decide to forego the save the date card. There are many moving parts to a wedding invitation, including the invitation itself, the response card, the menu card, the directions card, the list of hotels, etc. Professional engagement photos can be used to add a special touch to your wedding invitations.
3. Photos for Your Home
Putting up pictures of the two of you is a great way to celebrate the beginning of your new life together. Framed prints of your engagement photos displayed around the house will serve as a constant visual reminder of the love you share.
4. Guest Book
The engagement photos can be displayed in a personalized guestbook. It is up to you whether you want a simple guest book with an image on the cover and blank pages inside for guests to sign, or something more elaborate. Some newlyweds have chosen to share the story of how they first met, fell in love, and ultimately said "I Do" on a few pages of their guestbook.
5. Displaying at Your Wedding
Your wedding reception is a great opportunity to showcase your engagement photos in creative ways. Large prints can be used to decorate the walls of your venue, or you can have a selection of smaller prints matted and signed by your guests.
6 Rehearsal Dinner/Reception Photo Montage
You can get your guests talking and add some sentimental value by playing a sideshow as they enter the reception area or even showing it at the rehearsal dinner. Why not add a few engagement photos?
7. Party favor or gift for guests
Your picture can be printed on key chains, postcards, and even t-shirts. You'll want your guests to remember your wedding by taking something special home with them. Even if you don't think your guests would like a coffee mug, you can still have little escort cards made with your engagement photo.
8. Social Media Images
Of course, you want to share your good news with the world. Use your engagement photos for your profile pictures. What better way to show off your gorgeous photos and let everyone know you're getting married?
9. Holiday Cards While it may be a long way off, it might be a good idea to start thinking about December. You can send wonderful cards to family and friends and use your engagement photos. That's what I call feeding two birds with one berry!
What ideas do you have for using your engagement photos? Let us know in the comments!