Post # 1
So I know that it’s very popular nowadays to have the photographer snap pre-ceremony “candid” photos of you and the wedding party as they’re getting ready, but the groom and I decided against it. I’m a very private person and don’t like the idea of someone I don’t really know hovering near me as I’m getting my hair and makeup done. I think I’ll be nervous enough as it is.
I live in the SF Bay Area and doing these Journalism-style shots are pretty much the norm with all the people that I know. A few friends have told me that I might later regret not doing these wedding prep shots, and I’m starting to second-guess myself.
Any thoughts from the bees out there?
Post # 3
@seachange: I told my photographer no prep photos until I am ready and putting on the dress. He took a few anyway to “test” things and boy are they awful!
I just don’t understand the need to document a bride mid make-up application with hair in curlers. And the groom, yes he is capable of putting on pants and a shirt…do we need to get photograpic evidence?
Post # 4
We’re trying to keep costs down, but use a high end photographer. We’ve negotiated the hours to a shorter window, so we’re skipping stuff like the getting ready shots. They’re beautiful when ‘Bees share them, but not necessary for us. Plus, our families have some serious amateur photographers who would be thrilled to do some getting ready shots if we really wanted them.
Post # 5
We’re only getting photography for a short time span, and honestly I think those shots are better with a bridal party, which I won’t have. I think I won’t miss it, and if I do there’s always the bridal wedding day selfie! (Haha… probably for my own posterity and not for sharing!)
Post # 6
We didn’t get them and I don’t regret it. My photographer arrived a little bit early and snapped a few anyway, but I don’t really like them and didn’t include any in the album.
Post # 7
@seachange: I won’t be having those pix because we are going to a salon to get our hair and make up done. We didn’t know anyone that would come to the house to do all the BM’s/my mom, FMIL and my hair and make up. We also live in Brooklyn, NY-so the cost would be astronomical!
Post # 8
@seachange: We’re not doing them. Personally I find them a little lame, like documenting a little slumber party. Plus, what will we do with them afterwards? We don’t hang pictures in our home, only art, so they’d sit in a book and seldom be looked at. Yet I’d have a borderline stranger getting ready with me on my wedding day.. no thanks!
Post # 9
I’m not planning on budgeting time for them. I’m not going to hang a picture of me half-zipped into my dress on my wall. If I had unlimited money I’d probably want them, but I’d rather have a better photographer for less time.
Post # 10
We didn’t do them, but it was more an accident bc the photog didn’t get there on time. We faked some with my mom adjusting my corset back and I put in an earring, but I don’t miss them at all. besides, I paid alot for makeup so I don’t want pre-makeup shots!
Post # 11
@seachange: just for an alternative opinion because it seems like most people posting are saying don’t do them…
we are doing a “first look” and that means that I won’t see my FI while we are each getting ready and the idea that there will be pictures documenting exactly how excited we were to see each other and be married will absolutely make up for not being with each other until the wedding. i can’t wait to see mine but more importantly i can’t wait to see his 🙂
just a different perspective!
Post # 12
@seachange: I’m not doing it. I spoke to the photographers about it as i was ‘interviewing’ them (i haven’t hired yet) the 2 I like best both agreed that I probably don’t need these and it’s a waste of time. Most of while you’re getting your hair done, you look ridiculous. If you want pictures of the funny little things someone else can take them. I will get a picture of my dress and me putting it on most likely but the rest of it – nope. I have 6 hours of photography and I’m content with that.
Post # 13
I told the photographer I did not want them and had to insist he stop. I do not need photos of myself making mascara face. wtf.
Post # 14
We’re not! Our photography coverage starts about 30 minutes before our ceremony is scheduled to begin.
Post # 15
I didn’t get many “Getting ready shots,” but during that time, the photographer did the images of my dress, shoes, jewelry, ring, invitation, etc., so if they are not around at the beginning, I’m not sure you would get those shots.
Post # 16
I simply couldn’t afford more time with my photographer, although of course I would have loved to have it. The getting ready pics were not a must-have for me, so they were easily the first thing to get the boot.