The Difference Between Engagement and Pre Wedding Photos Explained

Here at Wedding Story, we help a lot of couples find their ideal photographer for their dream photo shoot but a question we get more than any other is

“What is the difference between pre wedding and engagement photos?”


Many couples like having their photos taken at parks and other outdoor spots!

To put simply, the difference between engagement and pre wedding photos are the outfits. Engagement photos have couples in clothes that aren't their wedding attire, usually casual wear. While pre wedding photos focus on the wedding attire - dress, tux and everything in between.


Engagement Session "Whytecliff Park"-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Session "Whytecliff Park"-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story


After hearing this couples often ask a follow up question, "So which should I get?

Engagement or pre wedding photos?" And our answer is always "Well, it is up to you." Many couples like the idea of having just casual clothes for a more relaxed feel and often use the pictures for invitations so they can surprise guests with their wedding attire.


Engagement Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Studio Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Studio Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Studio Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Studio Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Engagement Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story


On the other hand, there are many couples who prefer pre wedding photos so they can take more photos in their wedding attire and create more everlasting memories in the outfits. Then there is a handful that is more than to do both - because who doesn't like options? The only downside to doing both is that it can be a little pricey.


Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

In terms of price, generally speaking, engagement photography is somewhat less expensive than pre-wedding photography. This is because pre-wedding photography sessions tend to be longer, often require hair and make-up (possibly with an attendant), wedding dress & tuxedo, traditional dress and colour dresses, and, depending on the photographer, a photographer's assistant to help carry and arrange the bride's dress and veil (can't miss that classic flowing fabric shot!).


Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

Pre-Wedding Session-Photographed by John Paik at Wedding Story

You can read about the reasons couples choose to have a

pre wedding photo shoot in this article here.




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