What is the best time to do the engagement / pre weeding photos?
In one of my previous posts I wrote about reasons why pre wedding/engagement photo session is good thing to do, so here I would like to touch base about what is the best time to do it.
If your only reason for doing the pre wedding photos is to get to know your photographer or to try your hair and make up, the best time to do it is one month to – the latest one week before the wedding. That way you still have enough time to change some things and you are not too nervous and it is a great opportunity for you two, to spend time away from all the circus about wedding preparation and just enjoy yourself.
But if you are taking your pre wedding photo session because you would like to submit a photo to your local paper with your engagement announcement, use them in your save-the-dates and wedding day décor, or give framed prints as gifts to your families, here are few rundown of photo scheduling options.
- First month: Schedule a photo session early in your engagement if you plan to submit a formal engagement announcement with a photo to your local paper. (Check your paper’s guidelines for specific pose or print quality requirements, which are often listed on the newspaper’s website.)
- When you set the wedding date: Have a photo taken for your wedding website or save-the-date—many couples incorporate photos of themselves into the design. If this appeals to you and you’re planning to send guests an early heads-up, have photos taken 8 to 10 months before the wedding, in time to print and send save-the-dates no later than six months before the wedding.
- Six months before: You can also take engagement pictures once you’ve booked your wedding photographer.
- Two months before: If you plan to submit a shot with your newspaper wedding announcement, check their guidelines for specifics and schedule a picture-taking session at least three months before the wedding. Larger newspapers ask to receive wedding submissions up to six weeks before the event, and you’ll want to factor in four to six weeks before that deadline to see your proofs and make prints.
- One month –up to one month before: Trying out wedding day looks? Schedule hair and makeup trial appointments the same day as your engagement photo session to capture a preview of your wedding day fabulousness on film. Factor in some in-between time for damage control, on the off-chance that the salon results aren’t as great as you hoped.