(Closed) Anyone else not doing "wedding prep" photos?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
11177 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@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
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
2566 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
6550 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
4716 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
526 posts
Busy bee

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
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
12102 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
4699 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
3288 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We’re not! Our photography coverage starts about 30 minutes before our ceremony is scheduled to begin.

Post # 15
3574 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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.

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