what to wear for your engagement photosWednesday, April 27, 2016
Today I am wrapping up the wedding posts for the month with a post all about engagement pictures! I was on the fence about taking engagement pictures when we got engaged as I just was not sure we really needed them. However I am SO glad we have them! It's nice to have some casual pictures of Tyler and I that were not taken on an iPhone and it gave us a chance to get to know our photographer, Tina Norman of In His Image Weddings, better. If you would like to see more of our engagement pictures, head here!
In today's post, I am going to be talking all about what to wear for your pictures. Tyler and I only did two outfits, but I have some friends who did three. Our photographer did not put restrictions on our number of outfit changes, but some may so make sure you look at that when you are planning what to wear! Additionally, you will want to make sure you include the time it will take for you to change when making your schedule for the day of pictures. The last thing you want is to run out of time for actual pictures because you spent too much time changing and touching up your makeup or hair!
Outfit Number One: Getting Fancy
Engagement pictures are a great excuse to dress up and take pictures. I think it's important for at least one of your outfits to be more on the fancier side. However, how fancy you go should depend on you as a couple. If you typically wear cocktail dresses and your guy sports a suit frequently, that would make sense for your pictures. Or maybe you aren't a dress fan, and dressed up to you means a pair of nice slacks and a blouse. Whatever your style may be, try to choose one fancier outfit. Tyler and I opted for khakis and a button down for him and a nice shift dress for me. It was fancier, but still felt like us.
When choosing your outfits, stay in the same color family. Tyler and I both have blue eyes, so whenever we wear blue it makes our eyes pop. It made choosing a color scheme for this outfit pretty easy haha! Pick a color you feel comfortable in, but also something that coordinates with what your fiance is wearing. You should look like your are paired together. Make sure you pick comfortable clothing as you will most likely be walking around, sitting down, standing up, etc. I would also recommend staying away from anything too trendy for your engagement pictures. This is just a personal preference, but I wanted our pictures to have a classic feel and I did not want to date them by wearing anything too trendy.
For You: Shift dress, fit and flare dress, midi skirt and a blouse, dress pants and a blouse, etc.
For Him: Khakis and a button down, a suit, dress pants and a sport coat, etc.
*Add your style to your outfit through accessories. Think jewelry for you and suspenders, a vest, a tie, cuff links, etc. for him!
Outfit Number Two: Keep it casual
If you dress up in your first look, I think your second outfit should be casual. Like I mentioned above, I love having nicer pictures of Tyler and I that weren't taken on an iPhone. What you wear here will depend on the time of year you take your pictures, as it wouldn't really make sense to be in jeans, a sweater, and boots in the middle of July! (If you can smile through the heat in that more power to ya haha.) Tyler and I took our engagement pictures in September so it was the start of fall, which made it perfect weather for jeans,flannels, and boots!
For these pictures, we stated with Tyler's outfit and chose the flannel he would wear first. This way, I could choose a top that matched one of the colors in his shirt. Fun fact, I was actually supposed to wear a different top for these pictures but got something on it while I was packing it to leave for pictures so I had to choose something random before we left haha! I personally really like how it looks for one person to be in a patterned top and the other person to choose a top that matches a color in it. I think they look really nicely together. The pattern adds visual interest, and as long as the other person is in something plain it won't make the pictures too busy.
For You: Jeans and a plain top, a casual dress, sun dress, etc.
For Him: Jeans and a flannel, shorts and a polo, jeans a plain shirt, etc.
*Play with color here and accessorize for the season!
Outfit Number Three: Make it personal
Tyler and I did not take any pictures in a third outfit as we just did not see the need. However, I do know quite a few people who have taken three outfits! You could easily do one more casual outfit or one more fancy outfit. Just switch up the colors and picture location so that the outfit change makes sense. I personally have seen many people do a third outfit in something more personal to them. For example, if you are taking pictures on your college campus where you met, both wear a college t-shirt. Or, if you are huge fan of a sports team and they are a big part of your life and relationship, wear a shirt for your team. One of my best friends is an Oklahoma fan and her husband is a Nebraska fan so they took pictures in their respective shirts and they turned out so cute! A girl I work with and her fiance bought a house right before their engagement pictures and ended up taking some in their new house which was such a fun idea! I think it's important for your engagement pictures to reflect your relationship, and this third outfit is a great way to show who are you are as a couple.
I hope this post helped you choose an outfit for your engagement pictures or just couple pictures. I really love our engagement pictures and keep telling Tyler that I want to book a session with our photographer again just to take some more pictures even though we don't have any special occasion haha!
I hope you all have a great day!
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