When Should You Take Engagement Photos and Send Out Save-The-Dates
As soon as you get engaged and set a wedding date, a silent clock starts counting down to the big day. Within this time period there are numerous tasks for you to complete, the first of which is often engagement photos. There is some debate as to whether you need engagement photos, but most couples would agree that they are well worth the time and money. Learn when you should book an engagement shoot, as well as the planning process, and when to mail out save the dates.
Why You Need Engagement Photos
Engagement photos are not just something to put on your wall. They are frequently used for save the date cards, wedding websites, newspaper announcements, and wedding invitations. Plus, engagement photos aren’t posed and boring. They are romantic and candid, meaning they tend to be used more than actual wedding photos.
Scheduling Engagement Photos
Ideally, you should schedule your engagement session within one to two months of getting engaged. Not only because you will still radiate post-proposal bliss, but because it will be nearing the time that you should send out save the dates. When choosing a photographer for your engagement shoot, book with the photographer who you are leaning towards for your wedding day. Use the engagement session as a test run, and scrutinize their work and the product. This will help you determine if you should consider another photographer for your big day.
Planning the Session
Once you have selected a photographer, be sure to book a time and date quickly. Depending on the season, their time slots can fill up quickly. From there, you will need to decide on a theme or concept, and narrow down the details. This will include the location, the use of any props, and so on. Be sure you discuss and clear all of these ideas with the photographer, so that they can adequately prepare. Finally, prepare your outfits, and book other professionals to help finish your look. For example, a hair stylist, makeup artist, and nail tech.
Mailing Save the Dates
Save the dates should be sent within six to eight months prior to your wedding date. For a destination wedding, it should be sent up to 12 months in advance. As a rule of thumb, they should never be sent later than 6 months out from your wedding date, as invitations should be delivered 8 weeks before the official date. Just remember, before sending the save the date, you should ensure that your wedding registry is complete.
At Pine Lake Ranch, our venue is the perfecting setting for your first photo session as a newly engaged couple. With a sweeping landscape, sparkling lake, and ancient live oak tree, there is no shortage of beautiful backdrops. View our gallery to see samples, or contact us with any questions. If you love everything our venue has to offer, book us for your wedding! On top of the gorgeous scenery, we have everything you need to relax and entertain.