Bridal preparation is one of the most important moments of your wedding and it can set the tone for the rest of your day. From a story-telling perspective, there is no better way to start the day, and as a photographer, it’s an honour to be there to capture all the moments as they unfold. If you want to make the most of your bridal preparation photos, here are some tips to help you:

Choose the location of your bridal preparation photos carefully

Whether you’re getting ready at home, a hotel or even an Air BnB, it’s important to choose a main room where most of the getting ready will take place. This room should have plenty of natural light to ensure your photographer can capture beautiful, high-quality images. Usually, the hair and makeup artist will set up by the biggest window, but it’s always worth bearing in mind when planning ahead.

Bridal preparation at Clevedon Hall, Bristol

Keep the room tidy!

This one is easier said than done, as preparing for a wedding can be a messy affair: clothes, bags and food scattered everywhere! Although it’s important to embrace the chaos, it’s also essential to assign a reliable friend in charge of keeping the mess under control. A tidy room results in visually pleasing photographs, so try to ensure everything stays organised.

Book a second photographer

While these tips focus on the bridal preparation photos, they can be applied to the groom too. If the groom is getting ready in a different location from the bride, it could be useful to book a second photographer. This way, both parties are captured beautifully, and both set of photos complete the story.

Embrace the emotions

Your wedding day is one of the most emotional days of your life, and it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed. Embrace your emotions; allow them to flow freely! You could write letters to each other, which you might choose to read surrounded by your family and friends. It’s a beautiful way to start your journey together, and it adds a personal touch to both your getting ready experience and your bridal preparation photos.

Bride looking in mirror whilst getting ready

Timing is essential

The common question we often get asked by brides is when they should put their dress on. There is no ‘right time’, but it’s best to put it on sooner rather than later. This way, you can account for any delays such as hair and make-up touch-ups. Being ready at least 45 minutes before your scheduled departure ensures you have plenty of time for relaxed photos with your bridesmaids, family, and friends, and it avoids a last-minute rush.

Have Fun

Finally the most important aspect of your wedding day is having fun! Enjoy every moment and make sure you relax with your loved ones. Music and bubbles can help create a fun and lively atmosphere, and the more laughter, the better!

Capturing stunning bridal preparation photos preserves the excitement and beauty of the start of your day. Follow these tips and you’ll have an album to cherish for a lifetime! We’d LOVE to hear about your wedding plans so why not drop us a message here.