(Closed) Bridal Portraits, Must or Meh?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I do bridal portraits?
    Yes, you'll regret it if you don't! : (14 votes)
    25 %
    No, you won't miss it. : (42 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are dong engagement and getting ready pictures. I am not going to do bridal portraits. I think we will have enough pictures with all the other ones. Personally, I don’t see the point of them, unless you have a huge home and are going to put a portrait of yourself on display somewhere.

    Post # 4
    1303 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012


    Post # 5
    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think this is a regional thing. When I lived in the South, everyone did them. My mom still has hers, and my cousins all had theirs on display at the reception. After I moved up north though, it seemed a foreign concept. If it’s not important to you or your family, I’d take a pass, though it might be a good opportunity for you to get comfortable in front of the camera pre-wedding.

    Post # 6
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I agree – Meh.

    Post # 7
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I passed on having bridals done and at this point (a month after the wedding) I could care less. My family isn’t big on putting oversized portraits up in the house so we didn’t have a lot of use for any of them. Our photographer got enough of just me on the wedding day so that a few could be framed and set out if we really wanted to. It’s completely okay not to have them or want them but if it’s something that you might like then go for it.

    Post # 8
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I passed. I will have enough pictures of myself from the wedding day and I can’t picture myself hanging up a phot of just me in our home.

    Post # 9
    2634 posts
    Sugar bee

    They really aren’t done here – I’m in So Cal.  I know in the South they’re much more common.

    Post # 10
    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m passing on this as well.  Our engagement pictures plus all the pictures from the day of the wedding will be more than enough for us.  I also wouldn’t want to spend  the money to get my hair and makeup done for that… and I’d be too afraid I’d ruin my dress before the wedding.  I always ruin my white clothes… I’m afraid the dress wouldn’t be any different!

    Post # 11
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Others can correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s my understanding that bridals are predominately Southern thing. Being from the east coast, it never even phased me to have them done, nor had I heard of them until a few months before our wedding.

    And you’re right about the extra expense. In addition to hair/make-up, brides will often have a bouquet made, too, which can add up!

    I think it’s great when brides do a bridal shoot, but if you’re not feelin’ it, I would skip it.

    Post # 12
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i have no idea what they even are…  i did boudoir, we are doing engagement, and then we have our photographers for the day of…  Are bridal portraits a separate thing??

    Post # 13
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m getting mine done and we are substituting the e-pics since we already have them done for my bridal portraits. I’m really excited, even though I’m not big on pictures of myself. I figure I’m a bride once and I might regret it later and plus, I’ve always loved the portraits of my mother and my Future Mother-In-Law and to me, it’s just something important that I do for myself and Fiance but also for family and future children and grandchildren. And yes, I am a Southern girl and it is something that is just done down here but not everyone does.

     As far as hair and makeup, we are using my trial h/m so it really wont cost extra, we just have to make sure that I love what the stylist/makeup artist does or I’m not leavin the salon lol.

    I personally think you need a few pics of just you in your gown. If you dont want to do a separate portrait session, could you just make sure that when you’re having your wedding pics done, the photographer gets a couple of just you?

    Post # 15
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    So I totally misunderstood what you were talking about.  I thought by Bridal Portraits you were refering to the photographer getting a series of pictures of just you (in addition to you and groom, you and BMs, getting ready, etc) on the wedding day.  I’d never even consider skipping that but I don’t think you need to do a separate photo shoot on a different day like for engagement photos.

    Post # 16
    3125 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    We didn’t get to any individual portraits, and while I would have liked one photo of just me, I don’t really mind too much.

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