This has to be a the question I see asked online the most by my fellow brides to be. Since being engaged in January I know I personally have typed this phrase into Google at least 64 times myself and god only knows how many searches I’ve done in Facebook groups.
Since the holidays are just around the corner, which is also a trigger for engagement season – I thought I would lend my two cents on what to wear for your engagement photos.
So let’s dive right on in on all the things I think you should consider when planning your engagement photo outfits along with some links/photos to inspire your look!
Think about your aesthetic as a couple.
For this you really want to ask yourself – are you generally more formal or more casual? Tyson and I appreciate a well-dressed moment, but I think we’re definitely more casual so we wanted our outfits in our photos to reflect this. For example, if you’re a really outdoorsy, casual couple it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to wear super formal outfits for your photos and vice versa. Dress for who you guys are in real life – whatever that is! For us, that meant pretty casual.
We did one denim look, which I love these jeans for because they’re simple and go with anything.
Coordinate without being too matchy-matchy.
I never think about Tyson and I’s outfits coordinating when we go out on dates and to events, but for our engagement photos, we for sure wanted to look like we belonged in the photo together, know what I mean? We kept things pretty neutral, but my biggest tip for coordinating outfits for photos (whether it’s engagement or family photos, etc.) is do not wear the same colour. Just don’t do that.
If you’re wearing a white shirt, have him wear a soft blue shirt or a button-down with a minimal pattern and a little bit of colour. You can see in this photo on Insta I wore a white, grey and camel coloured sweater and he wore a navy and white. We look tied together by both wearing black jeans but we weren’t matchy-matchy.
Think about what colours will photograph well.
I did some research on what colours photograph well (because duh, I research everything) and red was a colour that kept coming up over and over again but I don’t really consider red my colour. Plus a lot of photographers recommend against red for an engagement shoot because it can draw too much attention to only one of you instead of the two of you together. Also, I just associate red with the holidays and that’s a different photo shoot all together.
With that being said, when in doubt, I think your safest bet is to just go casual and neutral.
Don’t go over the top with your number of outfits.
I know it can be hard to narrow down your favourite outfits, but I think less is more in this situation. Mainly because if your fiancé is anything like Tyson, he won’t have the patience for more than two outfits. Men. We had two outfits picked and ready to go – one casual and one more dressy but at the last minute skipped on the dressy one and just did a variety of photos and backdrops with the one outfit that describes us best as a couple.
Was that helpful for you at all? I really didn’t want to overthink this post OR me and Tyson’s outfits so I really tried to keep things casual and simple on this one, but definitely let me know if you have more questions!
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