Post # 1
Just looking for some advice. I have decided against having our photographer take “getting ready” photos. Partially due to money but also because I do not have a bridal party (just my sister as MOH) and I will likely be getting ready with her and my Mom.
Will I regret not having professional pics while we’re getting ready? I’ve seen many photos of brides while they’re getting ready and they look so great and fun. I could have someone I know take some but I don’t know.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@CarterLove: Do you like other people’s getting ready pictures when you see them? Or do you think cut this out and get to the ceremony? There’s your answer!
I’m personally not a big fan of my getting ready shots but it’s been almost a year since our wedding so I’m kinda over it LOL.
Post # 4
You need SOMEONE to take photo’s of you getting ready, enjoying the time with your mom and MOH, and getting dressed, as well as a nice photo OF your dresss. You will never get to do that again
Is it a lot more money to have the photographer come for an hour?
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@CarterLove: I just got ready with my sister and my mom too, and I really treasure a few of the photos of we three. I agree with PP, is it really that much more for an extra hour of the photographer’s time? Or can you ask an aunt or someone to take a few pictures with a point-and-shoot, at least?
Post # 6
@CarterLove: I’m having my photographer take photos of me getting in to my dress and that’s it. Nothing of hair and makeup. She and I talked about it. She said they’re fun, but really a bit of a waste. For the hour and a half you’re getting hair done 90% of that time you’re going to look ridiculous/terrible and not want the pictures, so you’re paying her to stand around, chat and drink coffee. There will be people with me who can snap a couple of pictures if I want but I don’t need those, same goes for makeup.
I do want pictures of my dress without me in it, and getting in to it, so I’m having her come early enough to do that (but my dress takes about 30 seconds to put on)
Post # 7
@CarterLove: IMO you wont regret not taking the photos. I had them taken at my first wedding and they were nothing usable in any way. Pics of myself al done up with a veil wearing a men’s button/-down shirt because it’s the easiest thing to take off without messing up my hair…no thanks, don’t need pics of that. I’m having our photog meet us at the venue this time. She can take a pic of my dress hanging there before I slip it on.
Post # 8
@mchitt329: Yes, I do like them lol I think they’re nice and pretty special.
@MsJ2theZ: I think you’re right. I can’t see us not having some pics taken during this time.
@lolot: Aw, yeah I think it would be nice to have those pictures of us, too.
No, it really isn’t that much more but we are on a very tight budget. FI thinks it is silly lol
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: That makes alot of sense. Thanks.
@blushpinkbride: Another good idea. Thanks.
Post # 10
I was all stressed out about the getting ready photos….
I was freaking out about getting matching robes for all the girls, making sure no one was photographed half dressed, having everyone in the bridal party present, etc.
In the end I ran out of time and really did not spend time planning this part of the wedding day ……
The photos did not turn out that great and to be honest I really could care less….. (girls have naked, groomsmen with no shirts, mother of the bride crying hysterically, girls helping me put shoes on, girls looking perplexed on how to lace up the back of my dress, photos of shoes, dresses on hangers)
Looking back I really wish I spent this time stressing about this……
To me the most important photos are the first look shots…. so pure, so emotional, so real…….
Post # 11
@CarterLove: The only getting ready photos I really like are the mom/MOH helping to zip up the dress. But you can always pretend in the bridal suite!
Post # 12
If you honestly can’t afford it, then don’t do it. A friend who’s a good photogropher could be a good substitute.
I didn’t want to pay for a whole bunch of extra time with my photog (only had her for 4 hours total) so I just had her there for the very end of the getting ready process. I alreayd had my hair and makeup done and waited for her to arrive to change into my dress. I also had a small party with only my sister, and this was a good time to get some photos with my mom and sis, as well as those great “transforming into a bride” pics. It worked out well.
Post # 13
Some of my favorite pictures (of myself anyways) are from the “getting ready” part of the day so I can’t imagine not having done them. But if you really can’t afford to book the photog for a full day, then just have someone take the pictures instead.
Post # 14
@CarterLove: I didn’t have them because I was not comfortable with the photographers seeing me in my underwear. i have pictures of my BMs, sister and aunt fluffing my dress and fixing my veil, thats about it. I don’t regret it
Plus my hair and make up was done at the salon so there wasnt much except for me to hop into my dress and put my shoes on
Post # 15
I have getting ready pics and honestly if I didn’t have unlimited photography that day I would have regretted them. I don’t really appreciate them the way others do.
Post # 16
@CarterLove: Personally I don’t care for them so of course I did not do them. I have never understood wanting to save photos of yourself with curlers, partial make up, girls half naked, guys in just their shirts, wearing your lingerie covered in a thin robe etc. It is definitely to each their own and it just wasn’t for me.
I have a few shots of my accessories, dress and veil and I did have shots taken of me putting my dress on. Anything before that I just didn’t want to save, I much prefered the time to be used by my photographer to take pictures of me in the dress and getting married/celebrating.