TREND REPORT: Fun Engagement Pictures

TREND REPORT: Fun Engagement Pictures



A new trend in photography is engagement pictures or an e-session. An engagement session is typically held by couples who want to get some professional pictures done before the wedding. Having an e-session is advantageous in many ways. You can meet and get a feel for each photographer before the engagement, wedding, or even bridal portraits. Talk to your friends and see who they might recommend for your engagement and bridal portraits, they might just know someone they’ve used in the past. After all, nothing is better than personal experience!

HAVE FUN: Recently, some popular engagement shots is of couples holding balloons. You could do the traditional “stand against a wall” picture, but who wants the same pictures as everyone else? One of the most original pictures Premier Bride has seen was of a couple that had cut out their date and acted like it was literally falling off of a bridge! This picture was used as the couples save the date, which meant that they literally “saved-the-date.”

YOU AS A COUPLE: If you have a certain game that you play like Monopoly or Scrabble, play those games and capture the fun of winning and the sting of defeat in your pictures. This will create a relatable and memorable picture that you can treasure for years to come. Do you as a couple like to go to the movies? Head to the theater and let your photographer tag along! Get pictures taken while waiting in line for tickets and popcorn, even sitting in the seats. These everyday shots will look great too!

HAVE A FAVORITE MOVIE?: Your favorite might be “The Notebook” or “The Dark Knight,” it doesn’t really matter- just dress up and have fun. A gorgeous engagement session inspired by your favorite movie might be just the ticket to getting some incredible shots. If you search on the internet, you might be able to find some engagement sessions to spark your interest.

SNAP SOME PORTRAITS TOO: You are already paying for pictures, why not take advantage of some pretty shots of you too! The lighting is good and you are already dressed up, might as well benefit from the opportunity!

CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES: Take some extra clothes along with you to your shoot and change it up! When you change your clothing you are add more interest to the shoot. It will be that much more fun to look back on your memorable engagement session years down the road.

Know Your Budget When Planning…

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Every bride and groom should discuss their plan and budget for the wedding with their families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don’t allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding.
Click here to print and keep track of expenses with our 4 page PB Budget Planner Pdf


Groom’s wedding ring
Wedding gift for groom
Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids
Gift for parents (optional)
Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Luncheon for bridal party
Informal stationery

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings
Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage
Boutonnieres for men in wedding party
Mothers’ corsages
Wedding gift for bride
Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers
Gift for parents (optional)
Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Marriage license
Fee for officiant

Bride’s Family
Engagement party
Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau
Bride’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage
Engagement & wedding photographs
Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations
Wedding ceremony programs
Wedding reception
Flowers for ceremony & reception
Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl
Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception
Security & insurance for gifts
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)


Groom’s Family
Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)
Groom’s wedding attire
Groom’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes
Rehearsal dinner
Shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s new home
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Wedding Party
Bridal shower for bride
Bachelor(ette) party
Accommodations for self
Wedding attire & shoes
Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding. This is one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.


1. What should I register for? 

Obviously your needs and wants as a couple will influence your decision. . Before you begin the registry process have a heart to heart with your fiancé. Discuss you tastes, style, priorities, and your vision of your future home. Also be sure to take into account what items you already have as a couple.  Your selections will be easier and more focused when you have a game plan and you are working towards common goals!

If you are an established couple that has most of the household basics, you may want to consider registering at specialty stores such as art galleries, hardware stores, sporting good stores, or even travel agencies. No matter where or what you choose, make sure you register for gifts in all different price points so that your guests can choose gifts within their budget.

2. Where should I register?

Choose your stores wisely! Make sure that your registry offers you and your guests what you need. Consider the stores selection, locations, online abilities, shipping abilities etc. Are they hassle-free?  Figure out what is important to you and your guests and make sure that the stores you choose meet these needs.

Couples today usually choose 2 to 4 different registries. This gives your guests more options and locations. Consider department stores, online stores and, or specialty stores.

3. How do I let guests know where I am registered?

Although it is usually considered impolite to ask guests to buy gifts at certain locations, putting your registry information on your wedding website is perfectly acceptable and in this day and age, probably one of the most effective and polite ways to aim people in the right direction. Word of mouth is also a great tool! No matter what, people are going to ask your closest friends and family what would be best to get you, so just make sure they are well informed.

4. When should I register?

Make sure to register BEFORE the first bridal celebration but not early enough that many of your items may become discontinued. It is typically recommended that you register 4 to 6 months prior to the wedding. The majority of the gift purchases are made two weeks prior to the wedding and two weeks after the wedding. Due to this, make sure to do a thorough check two weeks before the wedding for any discontinued items.  This would also be the time to add items if necessary. You may also want to consider adding seasonal items at this time as well.

5. How many items should I register for?

Request more items then the number of people on your guest lists to account for showers and engagement parties. In this case more is better. Make sure you “over-register.” This will insure that your guest have many options. They will appreciate this!


Personalize the entertainment – give some script ideas to the band leader.  Note funny and meaningful facts about your courtship and members of family or close friends – and ask for the band to squeeze these comments in between songs.

Bar time
Stop serving alcohol one-half hour to an hour before the end of the reception, to limit guests from drinking too much before driving home. If you have big drinkers in your crowd, try to plan accordingly, by offering end-of-the-night transportation, or having your reception at a hotel where your guests can rent rooms.

Make sure you’re comfortable with the hair stylist you choose.  Be sure to take along any veil or head pieces as well as a picture of the dress to give them an idea of what they are working with.  Trial hair runs are a must!

Bridal Shows
Temporarily rent a PO Box for all of the wedding related material, including free drawings and giveaway information, to come to. After the wedding you simply cancel the PO Box. (GREAT idea to do with e-mail as well!)

Add even more meaning to the cake moment by personally serving a piece to one another’s parents after you’ve fed each other. Your parents will be honored!









It is not written in stone that your wedding ceremony has to take place between ten and two. Think about having an evening wedding by doing the photos first and therefore not making your guests wait around for the shin dig to re-start between the ceremony and dinner.

DJ’s can switch up the music for cocktail time and reception. What mood do you want to create?

Flower girls and ring bearers should be between four and eight years of age.  While a two-year old may be really cute, this tiny person is not predictable. Go for adorable, sentimental, and age appropriate.

For a calm and earthy mood, create centerpieces using green plants.  Match up fragrant, flowering herbs, such as basil and oregano, with variegated leaves and wild flowers.

Gifts & Registry
If you already have most of the everyday ware, think of registering at specialty stores – art galleries, hardware or luggage stores, or even travel agencies!

As emotional as you are, don’t let sales persons or well-meaning family and friends talk you into a dress you have doubts about.  Pay attention to the moment that you felt a tingle, a sparkle…the instant you saw the dress in the mirror

Are you doing most of the wedding planning? How about putting your groom in charge of the honeymoon details?  Lots of guys like to plan the honeymoon because this is where they get to be adventurous and romantic.  Brides, give him a few “dreamy locations” and a couple of “absolutely-not’s,” and let him surprise you!

Get creative with your invitations! Try box-style invitations with mini objects illustrating your theme inside or try wrapping your invitations in monogrammed paper. This will serve as the first impression, make it spectacular!

Whether you hire a DJ or a band or burn your own music, choreograph your first dance and make sure it’s part of the play list.

Personalized Ideas
Consider making photo books with old photos of you and your friends.  Spend some time thinking of all the things you’ve been through and give these cherished, personalized gifts to your maid of honor and best man.

Have supplies for a wedding scrap book on hand at your reception so your guests can take Polaroid’s AND create pages for your book on site. What fun for the guests to create and for you to enjoy afterwards!

Pre-Wedding / Engagement
A good test for a photographer is the engagement photo.  Pay attention to the way he/she communicates and whether or not you are handled in a relaxed but professional manner.  Is this person willing to work with you?  Do you love the results?  Is the customer service excellent?  Don’t sign up for the package deal untilyou’ve seen the end result.

Create a memorable, take-home token for your guests and set up digital photo booths during the cocktail hour.  Have the memory card processed at a nearby one-hour shop and present the guests with a framed photo.

After booking your luxury limo for your wedding date, strategically plan out times, stop-off’s and routes.  Consider transporting other guests if you have gaps in times or layovers.

Entertain your guests with a brief, after-dinner creative flick that’s more than just snapshots of you and your honey in diapers. Arrange to have your videographer do tongue-in-cheek interviews with close friends and family.