(Closed) Bridal Portraits…are they really a Southern thing?!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Have you heard of bridal portraits before??
    Yes, I'm doing them! : (30 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, but I'm not doing them.. : (35 votes)
    28 %
    No, what is it? : (34 votes)
    27 %
    No, I think it's pointless... : (25 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    I’ve never heard of them. You just take pictures all dolled up in your dress and whatnot?

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Hummm, well from Canada this is a new one to me. Although, I did have a friend who had (what I learned today are bridal portraits) with her dog…yes.

    Its pretty nromal here for brides to have a solo session with the photographer the day of, but my understanding of bridal sessions is that they are ahead of time.

    Really, it seems like an awesome excuse to try your look before the wedding.

    Post # 5
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    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    thats pretty funny…ive never heard of bridal portraits before i moved here to NC either…and yes i will be doing them

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I am Southern so I guess I’m not much help but from what I have heard, it is. We plan on doing a “day after” shoot so I can get my bridal pictures of just me and any pictures of the two of us we weren’t able to get ON the wedding day. Kills two birds with one stone!

    Post # 7
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    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Nope, from the midwest and never heard of anyone doing them. I know what you are talking about though.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have heard of bridal portraits and have had a couple of friends do them but it’s not my thing. I don’t really want to see a gigantic picture of myself all dolled up in my wedding attire when I walk into my reception. Plus…what would I do with the picture after the reception? 

    Post # 10
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    To be honest, I don’t really see the point in them. I’ve known a few people who had them done (Upstate, NY here) but I’m not really a fan. I’m not sure if everyone does the same thing but these girls either had the pictures done a few days before or after their wedding. They paid for their hair and make-up to be redone and got all dolled up to take some pictures. Why can’t the wedding photographer just take some bridal pictures on the wedding day? That’s what we’re planning on doing. I’m paying too much for hair and makeup as it is. There’s no way in hell I’d pay for it again just to get some extra pics done. 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee

    Huh. I guess I don’t get it.

    Post # 12
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    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i selected that i’ve heard of them, but only beacuse i’ve heard of them on wedding bee. i’m from the northeast and no one ive known that has gotten married has ever done them.

    Post # 13
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    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @nursein10 is exactly right. You take your bridal portraits ahead of time, and your portrait (picture in frame) is displayed at the reception. Most parents in the south will put their daughters portrait in their home following the wedding.

    The actual “point” is so you already have your pictures so your wedding annoucement can be in the paper the next day aka the Sunday paper, following your Saturday wedding. However, you also get an opportunity to see how you will look on your wedding day before the actual day, and get some really special and sometimes unique pictures (me…on my parents farm/land not just at the church or reception area) and have plenty of time. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @SBourgeous: It’s a tradition that dates back to before photography equipment was easy to carry around and use. Basically the only wedding photos couples had “back in the day” were posed in a studio and not taken on the actual day of the wedding. Having a wedding photographer actually on hand the day of the wedding didn’t happen. The south just hung on to the tradition a little…well a lot…longer than other parts of the country. Now that photography equipment is so portable, I don’t see the need for bridals anymore but some families still follow the tradition and have them done. 

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