Wedding Engagement: What Are Engagement Photos For?

Q: I just got engaged and everyone keeps telling me that we need an "engagement picture." What exactly is an engagement photo for? We already have great pictures of us.

A: An engagement picture is typically a professional photograph taken to use with your engagement announcement, to post on your wedding web page, or to decorate your wedding reception. While it is certainly not required, it is a nice chance to get some great pictures of you and your fiance (and show off your ring). For lots of couples, the engagement photo shoot is a time to get to know their wedding photographer, and some even center their shoot around a theme. Get some ideas from our engagement photos blog . If this isn't your thing or money is tight, skip it. You're right that you can always use your favorite picture for announcements in your local papers.

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Wedding Engagement Party: When Does the Engagement Party Take Place?

We are being pressured by the mother of the groom to have an engagement party for our newly engaged daughter and future son-in-law. The wedding is a ways away, after college graduation and jobs are secured. I say throwing a wedding engagement party now is precipitous, and I would like to wait. Also, which side of the family is responsible for such a party, or can either side initiate it?

by The Knot