There’s no timeline, do them whenever you want. Sometimes people want a certain season or location. Or if you want them on your save the dates you need enough time to have them edited and printed before you want to send them out.
Have you booked your wedding photographer yet? Many packages include an engagement session.
If you plan on using your engagement photos for your save the dates, then you would just want to make sure you take them in enough time to get them back for those. Otherwise, there is no set time when you have to take them. We got engaged in November but did not take our engagement photos until March because I wanted spring blooms!
I would do them in the fall and send them out with your Christmas cards kill 2 birds with one stone
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Yes I’ve booked my photographer but I honestly am scared of stepping on my future mother in laws toes since she gets married this year too. I want summer because that’s when I’m normally the healthiest.
Why would taking engagement photos step on your FMIL's toes? You can get your engagement photos made without taking away any of her spotlight. I would reach out to your photographer and ask about scheduling an engagement session. Let him/her know you want summer photos.
We did ours exactly one year before our wedding date (it was kind of just a coincidence but it was cute). Once we had the photos back we pretty much immediately ordered Save the Dates so they could go out 10 months before our wedding with our photo on them. If you want to use your photos on STDs or Invitations you should do them sooner rather than later. It takes a few weeks to get back edited photos, plus a few weeks to print and ship stationary. If you don't plan on using them for stationary, you can do them whenever you want. Getting them taken shouldn't offend your FMIL. Just don't post them all online the day of her wedding or anything.
I had the same dilemma, we got engaged in November 2018 and our wedding is November 2020. I decided to get my engagement photos done in March 2019. I'm happy I did it when I did since we used some of the photos for out Save the dates. But I agree with other commentators, there is no proper timeline. It 100% up to you!
We got engaged last September and our wedding is next October. We scheduled our engagement session in November so we can have them back in time to send out our Save the Dates in either February or March. It's really up to you and how you plan to use them. If you want them for your Save the Dates or invites, make sure you schedule your session with plenty of time for your photographer to edit them. Or if you just want to get them done, just cause, do it whenever you'd like!