First off, if you’re here looking at how-to-engagement pictures, you must be engaged so let me say CONGRATULATIONS! If you’re not engaged (yet) but you’re brainstorming ideas for an upcoming engagement, then you’ve come to the right place! Especially if you’re a die hard travelholic and want to include travel into your engagement announcements and want to WOW your friends and family!
Taking engagement pictures has evolved way so much since the time my parents go remarried in the late 90s. It was more about taking a simple picture to celebrate your engagement. Back then, as far as I know, there was no such thing as a “Save the Date” card or engagement announcements. And there was certainly no Facebook to send out electronic announcements or change your status. You generally found out people were gettin’ hitched when you got the wedding invitation in the mail.
I personally have suffered from severe wanderlust my whole life as I was practically born traveling, so it comes as no wonder that when my engagement finally arrived, I knew right off the bat I wanted to include travel into our engagement/wedding somehow.
I chose to share our engagement pictures today because for the next 3 weeks we will be pretty busy entertaining friends and family as they come in to join us from around the world on our wedding day on October 28th!
So, what are some travel themed ideas you can use for your Engagement/”Save the Date” Announcements?
I had several locations in mind before settling on the location I chose, but here were my top 5 location ideas:
- Small Airport with Vintage Airplanes & Tarmac
- Train Station with Historic Train
- Old Abandoned Train Tracks Surrounded by Fall Foliage
- Any Historic Old Town (especially in Europe!)
- Retired Airplanes at the Airport Visitor Center
We personally chose to do #1 as to me personally, nothing implies “travel” more than an airplane. And not just any airplane, but small planes and vintage looking planes.
How were we able to take pictures at the airport?
Simple! We found a small local airport within a half hour of us and contacted them via e-mail asking if we would be able to take pictures at their airport, on the tarmac with some old planes. Within a few days, we got a positive response. Turns out, the man in charge was the head of an aviation club at the airport, so he let us use the planes in the backdrop. A small donation to the club as thanks was enough. No other charges.
Travel Accessories You Need to Make Your Pictures Great!
Anything and everything travel related! We went crazy! I seriously couldn’t stop coming up with ideas! I even added a few vintage umbrellas and hand made a wedding date ribbon banner as well as some other special props!
- Small Toy Airplane
- Small globe
- Large Men’s Vintage Suitcase
- Tiny Ladies Vintage Makeup bag
- Travel Guides
- Travel Posters
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How Should You Dress For Your Engagement Pictures?
To each their own! We went vintage as we felt that went best with vintage planes. Plus, I’m an old-fashioned kind of gal and would have loved to live in a time when women wore nice dresses and hats and the men wore suits & tie and top hats. Buut we didn’t go that vintage!
We did however want a bit more vintage style than we got. It was actually quite difficult here in Germany to find a brown vest for my fiance, especially in brown for a reasonable price. We searched everywhere and the most common colors were black and grey. Ugh. So we settled with suspenders and a newsie hat.
I settled with a dress in light pink, pearls and pumps. I added the shawl to the outfit as I thought it would add class to the pictures. I think I could have done without that bit.
Is Only One Location Necessary?
Heck no! We did 2 different days of taking photos in two different locations. I also wanted to have travel themed pictures walking through a town as if we were tourists. They turned out a bit cheesy, but we still love them as it includes another aspect of our travels: Germany & half-timbered houses which are our favorite!
Why Should You Do Themed Engagement Pictures?
While the traditional engagement pictures couples take with all those lovey-dovey, holding hands and kissing pictures are beautiful and amazing, I just figure we’re going to have a ton of those pictures on the actual wedding day.
I wanted to break away from traditional lovey-dovey pictures by adding some unique spice to the pictures and have fun with it! After all, how often do you get to play dress up for pictures!?
Your engagement pictures will stand out from the rest and people will be surprised or awed by your creativity instead of the standard announcements.
A HUGE thank you to our friend Andreas F. for taking our beautiful engagement pictures!
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