Not only are engagement photos a great way to personalize save-the-dates, personal wedding websites, and more of your wedding details, there are a ton of other reasons to consider booking a professional engagement photo session. First, taking engagement pictures is a great way to get to know your wedding photographer. Unless you are one of those lucky people who is naturally at ease in front of the camera, odds are that the first time your photographer points a lens in your direction you will be a bit uncomfortable. Instead of waiting until your wedding day to get these jitters out of the way, book an engagement photo session to help banish any camera shyness - before you have to pose in front of an audience. Your wedding photographer will also appreciate having a chance to figure out your best angles (and the best way to get you to relax) before the big day. And in case you don't think engagement photos are necessary, keep in mind that there will be plenty of opportunities to incorporate a few professionally taken photos.

First, consider incorporating your engagement pictures into your wedding save-the-dates or invitations. Next, deck out your wedding website with a few cute shots. Don't forget to use your favorite engagement photo for local newspaper announcements. Finally, get creative: Use your engagement photos on your table numbers, or create a mobile to adorn your escort card table. These sorts of details are great ways to get your guests up and mingling as they look at each photo. Looking for engagement photo inspiration? Check out these real engaged couples to get ideas for photo shoot locations and engagement photo themes.