20 Engagement Outfit Ideas for the Guys

When it seems like most of your brain cells are being used to plan your wedding, choosing outfits for engagement photos can be a chore. Whether you’re looking in your closet or shopping your favorite store, knowing what looks great in photos isn’t always obvious, especially when it comes to putting together cohesive looks for couple portraits. We know the ladies get most of the inspiration when it comes to engagement outfits, so this post is just for the guys. Check out our best tips for putting together outfits that feel as good on as they look in photos!


Coordinating your outfits is one of the easiest ways to dress for your engagement photos. Keep the majority of your looks neutral and choose one element to coordinate. A few elements you can choose from are color, texture, pattern, or layering pieces.


A blazer can be your greatest weapon when it comes to dressing for your e-sesh. Having a top layer dresses up your outfit, and you’ve got a built-in second look just by removing it!


Pattern is a great way to add a dose of personality to your engagement photos


If your style leans more minimalist, choose pieces with visual interest. A textured sweater, unusual neckline or hem, or great looking pair of boots can take your look from basic to ballin’.


6 Ways to Craft an Intimate Wedding Even With a Large Guest List

We’ve been there: you’re working on your wedding’s guest list, and the 50-person guest list you had initially planned on quickly turns into a 250-person bonanza. You have a lot of friends and family, and that’s okay! The challenge now is being able to craft an intimate wedding when you’re dealing with hundreds of your loved ones in the same space at the same time. We put together 6 of our favorite ways for you to curate intimate wedding vibes, even with a large guest list!


You may have heard us say this before, but we’ll say it again: writing your own vows takes your ceremony to the next level! Not only will writing your vows give your ceremony a personalized touch, but it also allows your guests to see a more intimate side of the relationship they’ve seen blossom into a marriage. Whether you’ve invited 50 guests or 450 guests to your wedding, personal vows will give each guest the impression that they’ve been included in one of the most sacred and special parts of your wedding.


Part of what makes an intimate wedding special are informal, unexpected interactions with your fellow guests. Especially at large weddings, guests can sometimes feel like they’re being shuffled around as one big unit from event to event: sitting at the ceremony, moving to the cocktail hour, then being ushered into the reception hall where they’ll sit at a table or dance until the night is over. One great way you can create intimate moments at your wedding is with a lounge area! Lounge areas provide an extra space where guests can comfortably relax and mingle, which ends up supplying intimate vibes to even the biggest weddings. We also love wedding lounge areas for their versatility and ability to convey a wedding’s style.


While writing your own vows can create intimate vibes, another impactful way to have an intimate wedding is to directly involve your guests in your ceremony! Ceremony involvement can range from unifying activities like ring-warming (when guests pass around the couple’s rings to warm them with their love) and plant-watering (guests take turns walking up to water a potted plant chosen by the couple to represent their marriage), amazingly heartfelt group prayers, and ceremony speeches from loved ones. No matter your strategy, ceremony involvement will make your guests feel special, loved, and an important part of your wedding day.


A big wedding guest list can mean that you don’t get to connect with each of your guests on an intimate level during your wedding day, so plan ahead of time to provide your guests with personal favors! Some of our favorite wedding favors have been personalized, from handwritten letters placed on each guest’s dinner setting to vintage china plates selected based on each guest’s preferences and personality. This extra step might seem daunting when you’re faced with the craziness of planning a wedding, but it goes a long way!


An intimate reception style that’s been picking up a lot of steam lately is the cocktail-style reception, and for good reason! This alternative reception trend replaces traditional seating layout (chairs, tables, and a dance floor) with more varied seating options and encouragement to stand and mingle with fellow guests. Couples can achieve cocktail-style receptions by offering beautiful displays of buffet-style finger foods instead of a seated dinner, standing cocktail tables instead of rows of tables and chairs, and multiple lounge areas with mixed seating to increase movement and relaxed conversation.


When it comes down to it, you can tell a hired officiant your life’s story and they can expertly weave it into a tale fit for your ceremony, but no one knows you quite as intimately as a good friend or family member. After all, they’ve been around for the full extent of your relationship and have a unique take on the story of your marriage! Even if a majority of your guests aren’t familiar with the officiant you’ve chosen, the fact that the guests are hearing your story from the mouth of someone who really knows you is invaluable. Your guests will walk away from the ceremony feeling like they’ve learned about a unique perspective of your marriage, which is one of the keys to crafting an intimate wedding.
Now that you’ve learned all about how to craft intimate vibes at your wedding, it’s time for you to choose a rental company to help you pick out the perfect lounge area! 


This Egyptian Wedding Adventure is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

Of all the incredible destination weddings we’ve published here on Junebug, we’ve never seen anything quite like Susi and Omar’s Egyptian wedding. The festivities began days before the couple would say “I do” as photographer Eric Ronald accompanied Omar, who happens to be Egyptian, and Susi around ancient sites in Cairo that are rarely photographed. On Arabian horses with the jaw-dropping view of pyramids in the background, Susi and Omar enjoyed a romantic tour of the scenery without any interruption from tourists. In addition to wanting to honor their first encounter together at The Red Sea, Susi and Omar chose Egypt to wed as an opportunity to share the incredible country with their guests. While some may assume that Egypt is a precarious destination these days, the celebration was filled with kite-surfing, snorkeling, bar hopping, and good tidings from the locals to the newlyweds and their guests.

We chose Egypt because we met on the Red Sea. We wanted to do the wedding in Sinai first, but many of my friends thought that it’s not safe to go there because of what they heard in the news. We are glad that all our guests not from Egypt saw how much this country has to offer and what a great holiday destination it still is. For shooting here it has some advantages because you have all these great ancient sites and nature and no tourists, so you have it all for yourself.

One week prior to the wedding, Eric and his assistant Katie arrived and we were shooting for 2 days in Cairo. It was great fun and it was perfect because we were able to get to know each other, we understood Eric’s style of shooting. It was an awesome experience. Eric and Katie worked very professionally and had great ideas. Eric’s way of shooting is very natural and easy going. We felt comfortable before the camera all of the time (which normally isn’t the case). Shooting with Eric and Katie was very spontaneous, whenever we saw a nice place to shoot we stopped and got out of the car. Egypt can be surprising, you never know what is around the corner.

Gouna was an ideal place for our wedding. It is a beautiful place because it has a good mix of everything: beaches, restaurants, bars, clubs, water-sport activities like snorkeling, diving, and kite-surfing. So if you still have to plan some things for the big day, you don’t have to worry as your guests won’t run out of entertainment options. It was good to have a wedding planner because we are not living in Gouna and things are hard to arrange from far away. It helped us a lot to enjoy and concentrate on the nice things of getting married, rather than worrying about vendors or things won’t be here on time. And we would definitely recommend Eric as photographer, we are more than happy with the pictures!

The highlight of the day was when we realized we are actually getting married. When we saw each other in our wedding outfits, when we were exchanging vows, when we saw that all the people we care most about were there to celebrate with us. It was such a great atmosphere and everybody contributed to make this day special