Booking the same photographer for your engagement pictures as your wedding photos is a great way to get to know your photographer ahead of time and allow him/her to have practice capturing your personalities and the unique dynamics between you and your love bird. Don’t let your special engagement shoot sit in an album, forgotten– send them out as Save the Date cards to your prospective guests! Save the Dates are not actual invitations, but more like postcards sent out 6 months to a year in advance, literally asking guests to “save the date” and mark that day of the year as taken on their calendars! These cards are a perfect way to give guests plenty of time to make plans if you expect to have a lot of out-of-town guests or a holiday wedding date. You’ll also want to make sure that any guest who receives a Save the Date also receives a formal invitation closer in time to the wedding date. Save the Date cards don’t need to include much information– your names, as well as the date and location of the wedding is all that’s necessary. You may also want to include your wedding website address, and the dates of other events you may be hosting, such as bridal showers, brunches, etc. If you expect many guests to be traveling, your Save the Date card may also include nearby airport and hotel information. Postcards, magnets, or even e-mail PDF files– any format of your Save the Date is perfect to feature your engagement photography!