Let's be real, there are only so many engagement photos you can frame and display around your home without starting to look a tiny bit creepy or narcissistic. So what do you do with all those professional pics you had such a blast taking with your hubby-to-be? We have a few fun ideas up our sleeve that are anything but ordinary.
1. Turn them into a guest book.
Instead of buying a book and having your guests write their well wishes in it, why not make an album of your engagement photos and use it as a guest book at your wedding, suggest Natasha Burton and Jennifer Arreguin, co-founders of Santa Barbara-based event-planning company Swoon California. "This way, you'll have all the photos in hard copy form, plus it's a great keepsake!"
2. Use one for professional purposes or your LinkedIn profile.
Yes, seriously! Burton uses an image of herself from her engagement shoot as her professional photo across all social media and work platforms. "I just cropped out my husband, zoomed in on my face, and boom, headshot," she explains.
3. Create a photo calendar
What better way to kick off the New Near and your marriage than with your own personal photo calendar? International wedding photographer Nicholas Purcell says one couple he shot wound up creating one. "They put it up in their kitchen and each month got to see a new image."
4. Make a magnetic puzzle.
Planning on having kids one day? One of the most touching memories that mom and dad can share with their children is the story of how they fell in love, points out Phoenix, Arizona-based wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events. To do so, she recommends using your engagement photos to make a magnetic puzzle that you can display on your fridge. "I don't know a single toddler who doesn't love playing with the ABC pieces that we see on almost every family's refrigerator door — and all toddlers will stare for hours at pictures of mommy and daddy."
5. Craft a work of art inspired by your favorite photo.
Or, you know, enlist the help of a local artist to do it on your behalf, offers Keel. "This could be a true depiction of the photo itself or you could give the artist creative license to translate your picture (or pictures) into an abstract representation that can be handed down and cherished for years to come."