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6 Unforgettable Ways to Use Engagement Photos to Add Personality to Your Wedding

As a wedding photographer, I've seen countless creative ways couples incorporate their engagement photos into their big day. Today, I want to share with you the top 6 most creative uses of engagement photos I've seen at weddings. These ideas are perfect for adding a personal touch to your wedding and showcasing your love story.

1. Wedding Guest Book with Engagement Photos

Black and white engagement photos in wedding guest book
Black and white engagement photos give this guest book a yearbook kind of vibe.

One of my favorite ways to use engagement photos at a wedding is by incorporating them into the guest book. Couples often choose their favorite shots and display them alongside the guest book, encouraging guests to write heartfelt messages and well-wishes. Some couples even create a photo book with their engagement photos and leave space for guests to sign around the pictures. This creative approach results in a unique keepsake that you'll cherish for years to come.

2. Framed Photos on Gifts and Cards Table

engagement photo on gifts and cards table
Simple framed engagement photo next to stenciled box for cards.

Displaying framed engagement photos on the gifts and cards table is a simple yet elegant way to personalize your wedding. The photos not only add a touch of warmth and intimacy, but they also provide an opportunity for guests to admire your favorite moments together.

3. Photos on the Welcome Table

Engagement photos used on the welcome table at the reception
A variety of engagement photos in collage frames on a beautifully decorated welcome table.

Creating a warm and inviting welcome table with your engagement photos is an excellent way to greet your guests. You can display a variety of photo sizes and arrangements, along with a personal message or quote that reflects your love story. This lovely setup gives your guests a glimpse into your journey as a couple before they even enter the reception.

4. Photos with the Seating Chart

Collage of San Francisco City Hall engagement photos on the seating chart table
Engagement photos from San Francisco City Hall, photographed by Red Eye Collection (that's us!) on this gorgeous rustic seating chart/table number area at this wedding reception.

Incorporating your engagement photos into the seating chart is a creative way to help guests find their seats while showcasing your love story. You can use a large frame or canvas with your engagement photos as a backdrop for the seating chart, or print your photos onto the chart itself. This fun idea adds a unique and personal touch to your wedding décor.

5. On the Table Numbers

Engagement photo used on table number
This black and white engagement photo works really well with the vibrant colors used in the table decor.

Why not use your engagement photos to personalize your table numbers? I've seen couples print their photos onto table numbers or place them in small frames alongside the numbers. This simple yet creative touch helps bring a sense of cohesion and harmony to your wedding décor.

6. Save the Date Cards and Invitations

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Great example of how we arrange detail photos: shoes, rings, greenery, and ring boxes accompany the Save the Date card that features Danica and Peter's engagement photos.

While save the date cards and wedding invitations aren't incorporated into the wedding itself, they are a popular way to use engagement photos. And they deserve to be professionally photographed. That's why I always encourage couples to bring their save-the-date cards, invitations, and other stationery items to their wedding.

I love capturing detail shots that include these paper goods, along with rings, shoes, and other meaningful details. Although these items aren't physically present at the wedding, they become a part of your wedding photos for you to appreciate later on.

So, there you have it – the top 6 most creative ways to use engagement photos at your wedding. With these ideas, your engagement photos can become an integral part of your big day, adding personality and charm to your celebration.

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