What’s the deal with bridal portraits?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Will you be doing bridal portraits before your wedding?
    Yes!! can't wait to have my own photoshoot & get bridal before my big day : (44 votes)
    25 %
    No - just regular photos at the wedding : (122 votes)
    69 %
    ... other : (10 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think alot of brides do their bridal session when they do their hair/makeup trial to se the “whole package”.  Also I think it’s supposed to offer more of an opportunity to catch the bride’s beauty and really dedicate a chunk of time to her.  With that said… I’m with you, I can’t afford to add another session and I’m perfectly happy with the pictures I’ll get that day! 🙂

    Post # 4
    Member
    1816 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I think it is a regional thing.  I am not doing bridal portraits because they are not done out here and I do not need an extra photo session by myself.  Plus, I do not want to sweat it out in my dress for any longer than I have to…it is 105 here today.  Gross!

    Post # 5
    Member
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Bridal portraits seem to be a big deal here in TX, but I really don’t understand them.  It’s a day about two people becoming united… So why is there a big picture of just one of them at the reception?  I’d rather do a day (or month) after shoot with me and my FI together, but we’ll probably only do that if we don’t think we have many good shots from the wedding.  I’m not huge on posed pictures anyway, though, so I guess I’m kind of biased.

    Post # 6
    Member
    10369 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It’s a very southern tradition (i’m from TX originally). I’m not doing a separate session, but I am taking time the day of to get great shots of myself on my own (as is my FI), so that our families have some beautiful shots of us on our own, as well as the couple and group shots. I’m too paranoid about getting my dress dirty to do a whole other session, plus we have enough time day-of to do it without the added cost!

    Post # 7
    Member
    5155 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would have loved to do this but didn’t have time at ALL ontop of everything else. And it isn’t something that is done often here in Michigan so I didn’t feel like I missed out.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    My parents are all aflutter because there aren’t a lot of pictures of me in my veil “in all my glory.” They want me to get bridals now so they have photos of that. Totally don’t get it, but pretty sure it’s for moms..

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    13662 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    We may display an engagement photo at the reception, but I won’t be doing bridal portraits.

    Post # 11
    Member
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Totally a location thing. I had never heard of them, but then FMIL practically begged me to do them (She’s is from South Carolina). She offered to pay for them so I’m doing them. She kind of made it seem like it was just “part” of getting married. Kind of like having favors, or decorations or something.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3577 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Heard a lot about them but I’m not doing it either.  I just cannot afford to.

    Post # 13
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    2859 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I think they’re definitely a regional thing, mostly in the south.

    I have a friend who lives in Texas – I didn’t meet her until after she got married, but I saw her wedding photos on Facebook and saw a big portrait of her on an easel next to the gift table. At the time, I thought it was really extravagant and a waste of time and money. But that was before I realized that they’re actually a regular thing in some areas.

    I won’t be doing them. I feel like if I get all done up before my wedding, it won’t be as special to get all done up FOR my wedding. Also, I don’t want to spend the money!

    Post # 14
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    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’m having bridal portraits. I’m from Southwest Louisiana and EVERYONE has them done here. It automatically comes with the photographers package unless you tell them otherwise!

    Post # 15
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    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I would love to do them however, I am afraid that I am going to look vain. If I do take them, where am I going to display them? I am not going to display them in my reception because it is a time for my FI and I, not just me.

    My FI is not seeing me in my dress till I walk down the isle. I am going to have some formal pre wedding photos done of us in a different dress. I am going to ask the photographer to do some solo shots of me just so I can have a couple. That way I can have some glamour shots!

    Post # 16
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Honestly, I dont know why I am having them done…I am not going to be in full bridal hair or anything. Heck, Im not even getting my nails done. I might pluck my eyebrows though 😉

    However, the bridals were included in our package.

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