When is the Right Time to Take Engagement Photos?

The best time to snap your engagement photos depends on how and when you plan to use them. Here's a rundown of photo scheduling options—choose whatever works for you:

Day one/two This means have a photographer with you when you PTQ (Pop The Question). Have your photographer take pictures of you both to commemorate the moment you get engaged—you'll already be wearing a naturally happy smile! 

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First month Schedule a photo shoot early in your engagement if you plan to submit a formal engagement announcement with a photo to your local paper. (Speak with you photographer and check your paper's guidelines for specific pose or print quality requirements, which are usually listed on the newspaper's website.) 

When you set the wedding date Have photos 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, post, and send save-the-dates no later than six months before the wedding. 

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Three 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. 

Two months 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" (you could do the salon in the morning and the photo studio in the afternoon). Factor in some in-between time for damage control, on the off-chance that the salon results aren't as great as you hoped. 

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Up to one month before Planning to feature your smiling faces on the wedding program or favors? Schedule pictures in plenty of time to see proofs, select your favorites and get everything you need printed .