I just got engaged and everyone keeps telling me that we need an "engagement picture." What exactly is an engagement photo for? We already have great pictures of us.
An engagement picture is typically a professional photograph taken to use with your engagement announcement, to post on your wedding web page, or to decorate your wedding reception. While it is certainly not required, it is a nice chance to get some great pictures of you and your fiance (and show off your ring). For lots of couples, the engagement photo shoot is a time to get to know their wedding photographer, and some even center their shoot around a theme. Get some ideas from our engagement photos blog. If this isn't your thing or money is tight, skip it. You're right that you can always use your favorite picture for announcements in your local papers.