When Should You Schedule Your Engagement Session With Your Wedding Photographer?

January 1st, 2024

Planning a wedding is like weaving a beautiful tapestry of love, laughter, and a lot of logistics. One such thread in this intricate arrangement is the engagement session, a cherished opportunity to capture the joy and romance of your pre-wedding journey. But when exactly should you schedule this delightful photography session? Allow me, an experienced wedding photographer, to share some tips.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to schedule your engagement session approximately 6 to 8 months before your wedding day. This timeframe provides ample opportunity to utilize your engagement photos in various ways - from gracing your wedding invitations to adorning your 'save the date' cards and featuring on your wedding website.

Now, if you're planning on using these photos only for your 'save the date' cards, you need to think a step further. Envision when you'd like to send out these advance notices and schedule your engagement session at least a month before that date. I deliver the engagement photos to my couples within two weeks from the session. This ensures you have enough time to incorporate them into your 'save the dates' and send them out to your guest list.

However, if you're not intending to use your engagement session photos for your 'save the dates', then the timing becomes less critical. I've worked with couples who have chosen to have their engagement photos taken just a month before their wedding day - a rather exciting and emotive time to capture their anticipation and happiness.

An important piece of advice - never underestimate the value of early planning. It's never too soon to reach out to your photographer to book an engagement session. If your chosen photographer is in high demand (as I often find myself), I highly recommend booking your engagement session as far as a year in advance, if possible. This proactive approach ensures you get first choice on available dates, avoiding any scheduling disappointments.

Finally, consider the season in which you would like your engagement session to take place. Each season offers its own unique backdrop and atmosphere, so plan accordingly. Whether you dream of blossoming spring flowers, sun-drenched summer landscapes, the vibrant colors of fall, or a cozy winter setting, timing your engagement session with your preferred season will add an extra touch of magic to your photos.

In essence, planning an engagement session is all about balancing practicality with your personal vision. With careful scheduling, you can ensure that these cherished moments are beautifully captured, providing you with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

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