Anyone getting married knows that engagement photos are practically required. Okay, not really, but they are highly encouraged. Most couples use the photos for Save the Dates, wedding website photos, and as a way to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.
My fiancé and I just took our engagement photos. We looked at all kinds of engagement photos for inspiration and we saw that some people had props. Since our photographer said we could do whatever we wanted, I combed the internet for ideas. What I really wanted was a list of prop ideas. So here we are.
*Remember, props are a great way to represent both you and your fiancé together and individually. These props can be something you’re both interested in or something each one of you is interested in. The experience is for you both!
15 Engagement Photo Props:
- Your Pets
My fiancé was not into this idea. But if I’m being honest, our two beagles are not very photogenic. They’re cute as heck but they cannot hold a pose. If your pets are easy to work with, try it!
You can write anything on a sign – a cute quote, your wedding date, or “she said yes!” They’re perfect for Save the Dates. You can also find letter blocks with cute sayings on them. Look for chalkboards and letters at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
Balloons are always a great prop for any occasion. Red balloons, heart balloons, and letter balloons that spell out LOVE, there’s so much to choose from.
- An item to represent the feel or style of your wedding
We’re brought a lantern and a picnic blanket because we’re having an outdoor barn wedding with lanterns on the tables.
- A Picnic
Set the scene with a picnic – the whole basket, blanket, and even candles if you want.
Guitars seem pretty common but if either of you plays an instrument, even if it’s not a guitar, try to bring it! If it’s the drums, maybe just bring sticks instead of a whole kit.
- Picture Frames
Open picture frames without the backs are perfect for framing your faces for the camera.
Bring a single rose or bring a bouquet of flowers. Bring the types of flowers you plan to have at your wedding!
A piece of rope is perfect to “tie the knot.”
Confetti makes for adorable pictures. Just be sure that if you’re having an outdoor shoot to use biodegradable confetti.
If you’re a bookworm like me, books are the perfect prop. Bring your favorite book or bring a few of them. Bring books you both love.
Just like books and instruments, records are a cute way to show what you love.
A Polaroid camera or a Fuji Film camera would be such a cute prop. Or even a vintage camera.
- A Car/Truck
Down here in the south we see a lot of big trucks, so this might be a good idea if you have a big truck you love! Vintage cars or trucks work too.
- Something to put your engagement ring(s) on top of
For our photos, we brought a book, but you can bring a flower, a shell, or any of the above items.
Bonus: Something that represents your personalities:
Nate and I are both big nerds. Since we both love Harry Potter, we wanted to incorporate something nerdy into our photos (as well as the wedding). We decided on bringing a Harry Potter book for the engagement ring close up. Maybe you’re not nerdy, maybe you love football. You could bring a football or wear your favorite team’s jerseys. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!
**It’s a good idea to remember your wedding colors and the theme of your wedding when planning out your engagement photos.
I hope this list was helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you used any of these props or have any to add to the list!
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