1. Personalized Save the Date cards. You can use a few of your favorite images to design a custom Save the Date to mail out prior to the invitation.
2. Get to know your photographer and vise versa. Spend an hour or two with the guy/girl you're going to spend one of the most important days of your life with. I can't emphasize this one enough. It's why we include engagement sessions with all of our wedding packages. On the wedding day, you're thinking, "cool, it's Ryan to do our photos, I know the drill", instead of, "I don't know what to expect and I'm really nervous about photos".
3. Locations are limitless. On the Wedding day, photography locations are dictated by proximity to the church, reception, etc... Engagement session locations are limited only by the couple's imagination. I've included four different locations in this post to give some good examples of what you can do to make your session unique. Cleveland's West Side, University Circle and Little Italy, as well as Congress Lake near Akron.
4. You can make it into a funday! Schedule your day around the session. Finishing at your favorite watering hole/restaurant for a meal and a cocktail is a great way to make the whole process a fun experience. We've had a lot of fun doing this in Little Italy, Ohio City, and in Downtown Akron.
5. Engagement sessions offer your Wedding Photographer an opportunity to "play". Wedding days are not the best time to experiment with new photographic techniques or posing ideas. The stakes are too high to take too large a risk. That's not to say we don't try new things, just not that advanced technical jobby we just read about on twitter. The laid back atmosphere of the engagement session allows for experimentation.
You've got nothing to lose. Go out and have a good time with your photographer creating some awesome images!
PS Want more info on engagement sessions? Here's some cool tips from the Knot.
PPS Got a fun idea to kick around? Holla at me here, I'd love to hear it!