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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: Take a picture of yourselves to commemorate the moment you get engaged—you'll already be wearing a naturally happy smile! 

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. (Check your paper's guidelines for specific pose or print quality requirements, which are often listed on the newspaper's website.) 

Six to eight months before: You can also take engagement pictures once you've booked your wedding photographer or when you're narrowing down your final choices (which should occur about eight months before the wedding). 

What should your wear?

Your engagement photos should be a fun, less formal precursor to your wedding day photos. You may use these photos for your save-the-dates, your wedding day programs or even your invitations, so you'll want to look your best. Any important photo op comes with a lot of pressure—choosing what to wear shouldn't be one of them.

Engagement photo outfit tips:

  • Choose your outfits ahead of time, so you aren't scrambling to find pieces that go together on the day of.
  • Make sure your ensembles work for the season and location of your photos (read: no stilettos on the beach or bare arms in the snow).
  • Express your personal style—the more confident you feel, the better your photos will turn out.