Booking an engagement session with your wedding photographer has several benefits. Let’s talk about benefits and 8 ways you can use your engagement portraits to help with your wedding day.
Benefit 1: It lets you get to know your photographer so you can know what to expect and be more relaxed on your wedding day.
Benefit 2: It lets you and your fiancé have a chance to be in front of a camera and be more relaxed on your wedding day.
Benefit 3: It lets you dress up and have a “test run” so you can be more relaxed on your wedding day.
Benefit 4: Do you see a pattern developing…?
1. Save the Date Cards / Christmas Cards / Thank You Cards
It is very popular to send custom designed cards to your wedding guests. I offer custom design service for all of your card needs.
There are many options to consider when designing your invitation packet. In addition to your invitations, you have RSVP cards, menu cards, directions and hotel accommodation lists. You’ll also need stamps, envelopes, and address labels. You can use your professional engagement portraits in various places to give your wedding invitations a personal touch.
3. Guest Sign-in Book
Custom designed guest registries are a very popular way to use engagement portraits. A lay-flat, press book makes a beautiful display for your images in addition to giving your family and friends space to write their congratulations and well-wishes without being limited to just signing their names on a line. You can also include your love story to let your guests know how you met and fell in love.
4. Custom Wall-Art for Your Home
What better way to start sharing your new life together than with custom designed wall art for your home. You pick the materials that best suit the living space you are creating. This can be fine art canvas, metal, or acrylic wall or table art. Each of these can also be framed to better match your home.
5. Displays at Your Wedding
Guests enjoy seeing large portraits of you. These eye-catching pieces get lots of oohs and ahaha as guests see them for the first time at the reception venue. Some couples also choose to include one large, matted print for guests to sign as they enter the reception venue. I personally like the Sign-in Registry Book the best but it depends on your personal preference.
6. Photo Montage for Your Reception and/or Rehearsal Dinner
This is sure to be a bittersweet moment as your family, friends, and guests watch a slideshow of the two of you as babies, kids, teenagers, and young adults culminating with your professional engagement photos showing the two of you together now, in the present, in love.
7. Gifts for Your Guests
The sky is the limit here. There are many choices! I can design and order keychains, magnets, small gift prints—whatever your imagination can create.
8. And here is the “biggie”…Social Media!
Here is where you can show your family, friends, and the world that you are in love and officially getting married. Use your images to update your profile photos, share to Facebook, Instagram, or other apps you enjoy. You can also email them to Aunt Sally and Uncle Joe who live 457 miles away!