(Closed) Bridal Portraits…are they really a Southern thing?!

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Have you heard of bridal portraits before??

    Yes, I'm doing them!

    Yes, but I'm not doing them..

    No, what is it?

    No, I think it's pointless...

  • Post # 47
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Never heard of anyone doing those.

    Post # 48
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d never heard of them until the Bee. 

    Post # 49
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    Bee Keeper

    I never heard of them before WB.

    Post # 50
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Haha I got engaged after I moved to North Carolina and everyone was asking about my bridal portrait. I was like um excuse me? I discovered that the portriat of a friend of mine in her dress was a bridal portrait and not from her wedding day and I was just blown away! My sister in law up north did put her dress on when she had a hair and makeup trial and had just a couple headshots taken for her newspaper announcement but I’m not even doing that. It’s bizarre to me that the pictures hanging up at the reception are of you wearing the same thing you’re wearing that day.

    Post # 51
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    North Carolina born and bred.  My bridal portrait date is April 20! 🙂  Mine will be held a “southern mansion” in Belmont.  I’m pretty excited.

    Post # 52
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @ENarcy: so, there’s actually a reason to NOT do them! LOL!  that’s horrible, though, to be so close to the wedding then have your gown ruined. 🙁

    Post # 53
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    it’s a Southern thing. Just like grooms cakes. We aren’t having either. A whole shoot dedicated to me sounds like “me me me me me me me me me me!!!!mwhahahaha!”

    Post # 54
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @JamaicaBride: Thanks for the example. I think it is a Southern thing (even how the announcement included everyone’s middle names, hehe). The only true Southern gal I know was Ms. Lillie Pearl, NOT just Lillie. 🙂 

    I’d heard of them before the WB, but nobody up here that I know has done them or even really heard about them. I never really saw the point, but after hearing about tradition, I get it a little more but I still don’t think I’d ever do it. 

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    It’s normal where I’m from.  I think my mom would freak if I told her I didn’t want them.

    Post # 56
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I live in Nebraska, and no one I know around here does them.  If anything “day after” shoots are more common, but that is both the groom and bride to get extra shots they might have missed.  I woudl prefer couple shots then just pictures of me in my bridal gear. I  feel like they are a waste, I’m not going to hang them up around our house, I prefer pics of the two of us. 

    Post # 57
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @MrsMaine: It is VERY uncommon for the groom to be pictured in the wedding announcement in the South.

    It is normally the bride’s portrait picture, and if she did not get a portrait–then it is a portrait-esque picture of her on her wedding day.

    It used to be the same way with the engagement announcement (only the bride pictured) However with “engagement pictures” being more common now, it is also more common to have the fiance pictured in the engagement announcement. 

    Post # 58
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @indibee: haha, I’m assuming if she’s southern that’s actually just her double-name.  In the announcement you put your full name because it is formal, not because you necessarily have a double-name. 

    Here is some really great information on the southern tradition of bridal portraits, and the history. 

    http://chezwedd.com/the-southern-bridal-portrait-tradition-featuring-daniel-c-photography/

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    @JamaicaBride: My announcement will also be in this paper, haha!

     

    Post # 59
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I never really thought about it before, but I guess it is a Southern thing.  I’ve been a Southern girl most of my life, but I won’t be doing one. It’s not like I’d put pictures of just me up in our home. I want pictures of both us to put up.

    Post # 60
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I am from Texas and am having Bridal portraits done a few months before the wedding. We also had engagement photos done shortly after we got engaged. To my knowledge this was the norm for nearly everyone I know who has gottan married. My mom had them done when she re-married in 2002, as did my step-mom when she married my dad in 2007. All my friends have had the e-pictures and bridal portraits done as well. I never knew that not everyone did this until a friend from the north commmented on how strange she thought the e-picture concept was and asked why we did it….I just thought it was what you did!! But we love our e-pics and I can’t wait to do my bridals!!

    Post # 61
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve never ever heard of it. Very funny.

    Though it does sort of make some pictures I’ve seen in people’s homes make more sense.  I always thought it was weird that some people had framed pictures of just the bride in their house when it’s a wedding and not just about her. *shrug*

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