What to Wear to Your Engagement Shoot

Your engagement photos are a big part of your invitation and a way to show your guests your unique personalities. While it may seem like a no-brainer, picking out what to wear to your engagement photo shoot can be tough. You pick outfits every day but this one is different. This one will be posted on refrigerators for months and you want to look your best. Follow these tips for a perfect engagement shoot ensemble.

1. Coordinate, not match.

When picking outfits for you and your fiancee, you want to make sure your outfits are similar and complement each other. However, do not match exactly. Wearing the exact same color shirts, pants, and shoes can be a little too matchy-matchy and outdated. Instead, opt for colors that go well together without being the same. This is a great time to work in some of your wedding colors to set the tone for your big day.

2. Remember the season.

The clothes you pick will differ depending on the time of year. The clothes you pick for a winter shoot are going to be very different from the clothes you pick for a summer shoot. Pick clothes that you will feel comfortable in with special consideration of the temperature; don’t wear a strapless dress if it’s below freezing outside! You’ll look your best when you’re comfortable, not when you’re shivering. Stick with warm clothes with sleeves for fall and winter. In spring and summer, feel free to go strapless and wear light fabrics.

3. Mix colors and neutrals.

Color is a great way to make your photos more exciting, but many shy away from it because they don’t want to be too bold. Wearing too many neutrals can wash you out so play with different colors until you get the right mix. Whether it’s a bright piece of statement jewelry or a colorful shirt, make sure you incorporate some fun.

4. Bring a few extra pieces. 

Most people bring two different outfits to their photo shoot: a casual one and a formal one. You can also bring additional pieces. You may get to your location and find your outfit doesn’t work in that setting. Having an extra shirt or piece of jewelry can solve that.

5. Be Yourself.

The most important thing to remember when taking your photos is to be yourself. The best pictures are those in which the subjects look happy and comfortable. You want to look like yourself in your photos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go buy a new outfit. Just stick with pieces you know and love so you look natural and beautiful.

Thank You Card Inspiration

You’ve spent lots of time thinking about the design but very little thinking about what you want your thank you cards to look like. So many generous people gave you gifts and you want to show them how much you appreciate them!

There are a couple key things to know about thank you cards. Formal etiquette says that you should send them out within two weeks of receiving the gift. However, this can be difficult when you get so many gifts at once. A good rule of thumb is to try and have your thank you cards out 2-3 months after the wedding. To help you finish them in time, try to develop a formula for what to say in the card that you can customize based on the individual and gift.

To save money on thank you cards, send out postcards instead of cards in envelopes. This can help you save money on postage and you will not have to buy envelopes. We offer 250 thank you postcards for $80 and 500 postcards for $100. This includes the custom design fee and shipping.

 

Wedding Invitation Wording

Wedding Invitation Wording Templates, Tips and Etiquette

Figuring out how to word your invitations can be tricky. With all the etiquette rules and customs, it can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry – we are here to help you! Read through this post to find all the information you will need to write your invitations.

What Information Do You Need? 

  • Bride and groom’s names
  • Bride and groom’s parents’ names
  • Date, time, and location of ceremony
  • Date, time, and location of reception/open house
  • Registry information

Once you have this information, it is simply a matter of plugging it in. You can change the wording based on how formal or casual you want your invitations to be.

Formal Invitation Wording

  • The invitation should be issued by the hosts i.e. “Dwayne and Mary Smith are pleased the announce…”
  • Include all formal titles, such as Dr., Mr., and Mrs.
  • Spell the date out, i.e. “Monday, the fourth of July two thousand thirteen”
  • Do not include registry information on the invitation.

Informal Invitation Wording

  • Feel free to play around with the placement of names. You can put both sets of parents together or omit them, it’s up to you.
  • Keep it casual. No need for fancy descriptive words, keep it short and too the point.
  • Include registry information to make it easy for guests to find the perfect gift.
  • Mix up the order of information

Take a look at the examples below to get inspired for writing your own information! For more examples, head on over to our invitation portfolio.

 

Winter Engagement Photo Ideas

The air is getting colder and that can only mean one thing – it’s almost winter! Winter weddings are so beautiful and you have so many unique opportunities you wouldn’t have during any other season. For those brides that are getting married this winter, you are probably getting ready to do your engagement photos. Take a look at some of our ideas for a perfect winter engagement shoot.

1. Play in the snow.

White is the traditional color of weddings so why not fill your engagements with beautiful white snow?! Snowy photos are a unique way to set yourself apart from other warmer season weddings. It’s also a great way to layer cute clothes for many different outfit options.

2. Head indoors.

Maybe it’s just a little too cold outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from having an adorable photo shoot. There are many different studios that offer great natural lighting in an indoor setting. This is a great way to have a cozy shoot without freezing.

3. Use blankets.

The chilly weather is a great excuse to incorporate a cute blanket into your photos. There are lots of great options, from patchwork quilts to more simple wool blankets. Not only will they keep you warm, but it will be a great excuse to snuggle up close to your fiance.

4. Get with the holiday spirit.

If you’re getting married close to Christmas, why not incorporate some holiday flair in your shoot? Whether it’s a simple pine tree or something a little more festive, like mistletoe or a string of lights, using these props is a great way to celebrate the holidays and your upcoming nuptials.

5. Layers, layers, layers.

An outdoor photo shoot in the middle of winter will be cold. But that doesn’t mean you need to be! Wear lots of layers and a warm coat to make sure you don’t freeze to death while posing for your pictures. The best pictures are the ones where both of you are comfortable so make that a priority. Also, what’s cuter than a beanie and winter jacket?

Make the most of the beautiful winter season coming up and take some photos! We can’t wait to see them printed on your invitation.