What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos: 5 Tips + A Styling Guide

Over the next few months, I plan on making Wednesday’s Wedding Wednesdays! With three weddings to attend this fall and many of my friends getting married soon, I have received a lot of questions around wedding style. So, each Wednesday you can expect to find styling advice and inspiration whether you’re a wedding guest or the bride-to-be.

For this first installment, I’m sharing some tips on what to wear for your engagement photos. Your engagement photos are such a beautiful way to commemorate this exciting time in your life. Plus, they give you the opportunity to get some test shots in with your one-and-only before the big day! Unlike the big day, however, you have endless options for what to wear and that can be overwhelming.

To help you get started, here are five tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be true to yourself:Choose something that’s true to your style and personality. You want to feel confident and comfortable because if you’re not, it will come through in the pictures.
  2. Coordinate but don’t match:This is a fine line to walk. You don’t want to clash with what your fiance is wearing but you also don’t want to be the matchy-matchy couple. Instead try to coordinate by wearing similar color palettes (neutral, earth tones, etc.) and levels of dressiness.
  3. Think stylish, not trendy: You will be looking back at these pictures for years to come so make sure to wear something timeless and don’t fall into the trap of choosing trendy items.
  4. Get the most from your outfit: If you’re looking to invest in a new outfit for your engagement photos, choose something that you know you would wear again (remember #1 – be true to yourself) or even something that you can wear for another wedding related event down the road whether that’s a shower, your bachelorette party, or the rehearsal dinner.
  5. Consider your location: Think about where you’ll be taking your photos and how what you wear will play into that. If you’ll be out in a field walking through grass with the wind blowing, you may want to consider a casual, flowy dress where as if you’ll be in the city or an urban area, it’s easier to dress up with heels and a nice dress.
Now that you’re armed with these five tips, I’ve compiled three themed engagement styling boards to inspire your look: Wedding White, Casual, and Black Tie. Find a style you love? I’ve linked items to shop at the end of each board so that you can easily steal the look!

Eternal Ivory: Dresses for the bride-to-be

*Update: Since originally sharing this post, I launched an online dress boutique for the bride-to-be called Eternal Ivory. Eternal Ivory offers dresses specifically for engagement photos, showers, and your rehearsal dinner! Check out all our dresses here and also our e-book packed full of engagement photo styling tips here!

Wedding white

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Steal the Look – Wedding White


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Steal the Look – Casual

Black Tie

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Steal the Look – Black Tie


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