Post # 1
So we have been talking to a photographer and we are trying to determine what package we want. I know that I definitely want engagement pics and getting-ready pics but I’ve been on the fence about bridal portraits. I’m nervous enough as it is being the center of attention on the wedding day, plus I don’t really like getting my picture taken/how I look in pictures, so I’m wondering if I should bother with a bridal session. Not to mention I will have to get my hair and make-up done for that too, which I’m just not really willing to spend on.
What do you bees think?
Post # 3
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 # 5
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 # 7
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
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
They really aren’t done here – I’m in So Cal. I know in the South they’re much more common.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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 # 14
Thanks for all the comments! I didn’t even know it’s more of a southern thing. I live in Texas so I’ve seen a lot of brides do these but I’ve always been on the fence about it for myself. It’s actually a relief that this isn’t one of those things that everyone does and I would be the weird one for not wanting it.
Post # 15
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
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.