Were "getting ready" photos worthwhile?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I got photos of putting on the dress but that’s it. I definitely didn’t want photos wit my makeup half done or pictures of my hair. I much prefered our photographers to stay later in the day then take pictures of getting ready. I don’t miss not having those photos at all but love the dance party photos we got instead! 

Post # 3
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

CorgiCorps:  I did the same as MrsN14… mainly just me getting my dress zipped up in the back by my mom, and then my BM “fluffy” out the body and train. That was mainly what I wanted, to get moments like that.

I didn’t get any putting on my jewelry like some have done with the same photographer. I know I wasn’t given the direction, but at the same time… don’t really feel I needed that. Yes, it would be a nice photo… but who would get that printed anyway?

I had my now-SIL take a couple photos while hair was getting done, but that was it. I did my own make-up before my hair so none of that was going on either. I was thinking I could have taken a few pics of the item used, but it’s my every day routine so I could always do it another time and “pretend” it was on that morning.

Post # 4
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

CorgiCorps:  I got pictures of me getting in to the dress, that’s it.  I talked to my photographer about it, and she said that while she loves doing getting ready photos, hardly anyone prints them and there are better ways to spend the money. 

Post # 5
105 posts
Blushing bee

I agree, that most of getting ready photos are not worth printing, especially those with half-done make-up. But I got several very cute photos of my FI and father snacking in the kitchen; our cat; rings; also pictures of my FI getting ready and several others, all this during about 2 hours, so I think bride is not the only photo worthy object in this process, if you happen to have bridal party and family members getting ready in the same location. If you are only with MOH and find the whole idea annoying, skip it; if anything, MOH or your hairdresser can have some quick snapshots in the process.

Post # 6
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

CorgiCorps:  I didn’t have any getting ready pictures taken and I don’t regret it. Our photographer was already at the top of our budget and we didn’t want to pay extra for photos we knew we were unlikely to want to print out. 

On the day, I was so nervous before the ceremony I don’t think I could have coped with a strange person there while I was getting ready. One of my six bridesmaids asked if they could ALL come in to watch me put my dress on, and I was like “Um… No.” I really needed those few minutes with just me and my mum just to calm down. 

It sounds like it would make you feel uncomfortable to have the photographer there at that point and you don’t really want the photos anyway, so I think you should skip them. You’ll have plenty of other lovely photos. 

ETA: we did have the photographer come round just a few minutes before the ceremony to take pics with my parents, etc, and that was nice. 

Post # 7
6963 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have some pictures of my MoH doing up the back of my dress that are cute, but that’s about it. It’s not something I would want a lot of and I would never print/frame them. My photographer also went around and took pics of the decor and such during this time before the guests arrived.

Post # 8
2406 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My get ready pics were just of the MUA putting the “final  touches” on my makeup (even though she was already done lol), me putting on the dress and my jewelry and my SIL putting on my veil.

I like looking back at those pictures because I can remember how excited I was getting ready to get married! 

But really, it’s what you feel is worth it. If you are uncomfortable then you might regret having those shots done. But if you’re open to it, you might just have fun and make great memories you can look back to!

Post # 9
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i just had pics of me with dress on and BMS and mum etc in my room when we were semi done and having fizz etc! When my Dad came in too! There are some nice pics of the girls and show some nice emotion but we are mostly ready and just getting excited! No actual doing makeup shots etc! ! wouldnt frame any tho! just adds to the story of our day! Some examples below! xx

Post # 10
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had them done and it was worth it – I have some great candid shots  – lots of meaningful moments with the women in my life – I didn’t print them and frame them but I did use many of the in my album – and also I liked the hair and makeup shots 🙂  here is a sample (my sister’s foot is in an ice bucket because she stepped on a curling iron while we were all getting ready poor thing – she was a champ about it)

Post # 11
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

we started getting ready at noon for 4:00 first look pictures.  my hair and makeup were towards the end of everyone.  our photog showed up around 2ish, he took pictures of me getting my hair and makeup and some pics of the girls helping me get the final touches on my dress.  he also took some around the venue and found DH with friends doing some cute stuff.  mine were worth it. but you could also have a friend with a camera take some shots of that time too.

Post # 12
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I decided to do my hair and makeup without my photographer there and have her take pictures of me getting into my dress with my bridal party already ready. We wanted out photographer to stay a bit longer to capture more of our reception and I’m really glad we did it that way. I have pictures of me getting into my dress, hanging out with my girls, my mom putting my veil and bracelet on me, and me putting my garter on. The pictures still really capture the pre-ceremony mood and I don’t miss the makeup and hair shots since they weren’t a priority for me (:

Post # 13
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


CorgiCorps:  I didnt find them worth it….. some of my bridal party was missing from that part of the day so group shots are kinda out.  I also didn’t purchase matchy-matchy items for this part of the day for my girls (robes, shirts, etc) so I really didn’t need a photographer to capture this moment.

Me getting into my dress is not really something I would want to hang on a wall or put in an album.

I have a few good shots of me putting on make up in the mirror put that is about it…..

I think its more worth while to spend the time on first looks and other couples photos.

FIRST LOOK was the most important part of the day for me as it truly captured my DH and I,  The photos are so romantic, pure, surreal………..


Post # 14
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love my getting ready photos. It didn’t cost us any extra, but I think, looking at my photos, I would have paid for it. My dress was photographed (even details of the lace and beading which is beautiful in photos), which was important to me since my grandpa paid for the dress (and he passed before the wedding). My veil was photographed, which was important to me since it was my mom’s and she re-made it and hand-beaded it. Other details like my shoes gifted by my bridesmaids, my watch from my FI/DH, and our gifts to each other were photographed as well, and I believe my flowers were also photographed during this time. My mom and sister lacing me into my dress and the expressions on our faces are some of my favorite photos of the day. MY MIL was there as well and we have a beautiful photo me and my two moms together.

I did have a large bridal party and so we had a lot of getting ready photos together (some great individual shots of them and then some group photos outside as well). This might be different for you as you have a smaller party.

If you think you’ll be uncomfortable, I’d say don’t do the photos. But I just wanted to put my two cents in as there are other things you might want photographed during that time, and you have options–like having the photographer arrive after most of your makeup and hair is done so you don’t feel like pictures will be unflattering. FWIW, I barely noticed the photographer taking shots of all the details of my attire. I only noticed her when we took those bridal party shots together, and that was planned. You’ll be busy doing other things and they will only be documenting what’s going on (if they are professional about it). If your dress, other wedding details, and family/MOH is special to you, then I still say, don’t miss out on having it photographed!<br /><br />

Post # 15
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Mine were worth it but ours were less “getting ready” and more “hanging out before going to the church”.

When the photog arrived, our hair and makeup was already done. He took some pictures of us milling around drinking mimosas and then there are pics of

1. My mom helping me put my dress on

2. My “first look” with my dad (these are amazing)

I agree with the above poster, our BEST pics are our first look pictures, they are so emotional. Time well spent, and it was only about 10 minutes!

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