Here are a few pointers I wanted to share from my experience
to make your bridal preparation photos beautiful.
So here you are on your wedding day, you’ve woken up and ready to start the preparations for getting ready for your big day. The list of what needs to be done before walking down the aisle to your beloved is extremely long. Suddenly you find yourself juggling the hair stylist, makeup artist, bridesmaids, floral deliveries, family requests and the big zit that just happened to appear on your face. (Put some windex on it… My big fat Greek wedding movie pun. You need to watch it if you haven’t yet. Opa!) Anyways, one of the last parts of getting ready may not necessarily be what the final images will look like when the pictures arrive a few weeks later, but you will later I promise you! So here are a few ideas/pointers to help you make your bridal preparation photos beautiful.
Location of your bridal preparations: This may not always be given, but where you get ready can have a dramatic impact on the quality of morning you have. For example if you are getting married at a hotel, then wouldn’t it not be beneficial to stay the night there? This way you are already at the venue without any pressures of transitioning to the hotel in the morning. Most hotels offer a bridal suite which would become a beautiful backdrop for your bridal preparation photographs. Most hotels have really beautiful window light and rooms that are light and airy which make wedding photographs look incredible. You would really want to avoid dark and small rooms that have dark walls and ugly carpets. Natural woods always photograph well and white or pastel coloured walls look great to. If the hotel doesn’t offer a room like this then do your best to find the largest room in the hotel and try to have the room cleaned before the chaos of the morning happens.
Light and space: You really want to have a room with lots of light and space. Trust me you will want it when all your bridesmaids, hair dresser, makeup artist, family coming in and out, videographer, photographer, hotel staff, wedding coordinator and your mom. The room where the bride gets ready is like rush hour on Friday at 5pm on the M25. If you are getting ready at your house then it maybe worth the night before organising a special “getting ready” room. In this room you can clear out and make as much space as you can and try and stylise it to look as beautiful as possible. Don’t let your hair stylist choose where you get ready as they will not be thinking about your photographs for you to enjoy later. If in doubt ask your photographer and they will help you find the perfect location for you. But remember you need space and lots of it! You will also want to choose a room with a big bay window that faces either north or south. This will give you better chance of even lighting for your photographs. If the room is dark then your photographer will need to use flash which can really turn out tragic depending on their skills with using a un-natural light source like flash.
Ambience, ambience, ambience: Once you have your room selected with the above guidelines then you will want to stylise your room. Everything that is in your room will be in the background of your photos! I once had a bride get ready in a boot room with metal sink and cleaning fluids around her (The hair stylist chose the room.) Remember your wedding photographs are only a representation of the actual day. If you want your wedding photos to have various cleaning fluids in the background then that is great. But my advice is to think carefully what you want your bridal preparation photos to look like. This is often where your bridesmaids can come in to help you out! They are your friends and would love to do nothing more then make your getting ready room beautiful. Some things that you may want to do is. Have your favourite wedding music playlist going, scented candles, bunting, hanging twinkle lights, special chocolates, a bottle of bubbly. Most of all its about being relaxed and having fun on getting ready for your wedding. By experience its often the anticipation of the wedding day that is the most stressful, so why not eliminate that as much as possible with some forward thought to what will help you on your special day.
The time it takes: You may or may not be a time structured person. But I can assure you that if you don’t at least consider looking at how long most things will take then it will put unnecessary pressure on you. Hair stylists and makeup artist have alot of experience in what they do and can give you a clear picture in how long it will roughly take them. I have seen brides get their makeup on at 7am, but the wedding ceremony wasn’t until 2pm. By the time the wedding ceremony begins then their hair and makeup has lost its hold and lustre. Also keep in mind your wedding photographer will need time to photograph your wedding dress, shoes, jewellery and details. It’s really helpful for them to know what time everything that happens so that they can make sure they don’t miss a thing. I normally like to arrive 2 hours before the ceremony to make sure I can capture all the details and the buzz of the morning.
Different for all: Most of all this is just advice for you to try and get the most beautiful photographs for your wedding day. Don’t expect the photographer to clean your room for you as that is not in their job description. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids for help! They will want to do nothing more then ensure that your special day is as beautiful and stress free as possible. You wedding day is special and savouring every moment of it will help create not only good photographs but happy memories for a lifetime.