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Better Wedding Photos Wedding Planning Series

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my Wedding Planning series on HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS WITHOUT HIRING A DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHER but since I got to be a bridesmaid instead of the official photographer this weekend I figured this was a perfect opportunity to jump back in!

Getting ready or “Bridal Prep” can set the stage for the rest of the photographs on the wedding day. This part of the wedding can be easily overlooked during the planning process because it seems simple. Hair, makeup… what else is there to plan? But the truth is, the actual location or “space” that you choose to dress for your day can make a big difference in the outcome of the images.

Here are my tips for getting the most out of your wedding photographs during the bridal prep portion of the wedding day.

  • Get ready in one place – bring the hair and makeup on site with your bridal party so everyone can get ready in the same place and eliminate the stress of travel to and from a salon.
  • Get started on time – trust the stylists when they recommend a start time; they know how many hours they’ll need to get everyone prepped in time to start the wedding, even if it means getting up early. You don’t want to be late for the first look because you overruled their advice.
  • Choose a clean space for getting ready – if your parents home is full of decor that doesn’t mesh with your wedding style or is too cluttered to allow clean areas for photographs, book a hotel room. I always recommend that bridal parties get ready in a large hotel suite or adjoining room setup in the wedding hotel. Usually if there is a guest block at the hotel the bride will receive a heavily discounted rate for one of the premium rooms on the property. If the groom is getting ready there at the same time, that’s even better!
  • Get ready in a space with natural window light, preferably a large south facing window, I would ask the hotel if they can accommodate this. One great window can make all the difference for the getting dressed shots and the bridal portraits.
  • Coordinate getting ready attire with your bridal party or ask them all to wear a similar color – white collared shirts are classy and timeless and these fun robes that Haley gifted her maids were adorable! This is something I totally botched at my own wedding, I didn’t even plan what I wore myself and I have a random dress in colors I would never wear on in all my pre-wedding images – that wasn’t smart!

Last but not least, this doesn’t necessarily make the images better but will improve the day over all – don’t forget to eat! Order room service for breakfast with protein and have sandwiches or lunch brought in for the girls before departing for the wedding day. It’s a long day and you don’t want anyone fainting on the altar for lack of calories. A “hangry” bridal party is no fun!

I hope this helps you make the most of your wedding morning!!



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