(Closed) "Getting Ready Photos" Yes or No?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I Arrange for Getting Ready Photos?

    Yes! You will regret it if you don't

    No... it is really not a big deal

    Yes but they do not need to be professional

  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I decided to nix the getting ready photos.  They always seem like the most boring part of wedding albums and I think any shot of my mother and I through out the night will be special.

    That being said – we’re having a little pre party before the wedding with our good friends in the bridal suite just an hour before the ceremony.  We’ll have champagne and snacks and the photographer will come and photograph that.  I think those candids will be much more special than me getting ready….alone.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    My pro “getting ready” photos are Mom zipping up my dress (my male photographer left the hotel room while I got into my dress), helping me with my shoes, and me putting on my lipstick in the mirror. We also have some nice ones of DH fixing his cufflinks, tieing his shoes, etc.

    One of my MOHs took photos at the salon which I still haven’t seen. Obviously, I’m not too worried about it, since I haven’t bugged her for me, a year and a half later (although maybe I should!) :)-  

    Post # 19
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    1072 posts
    Bumble bee

    I really like those kinds of photos, so I hope to have them!  If they’re within budget, I say go for it. 🙂

    Post # 20
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    2567 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Any reason why you’re hesitating doing “getting ready photos”?  Are you really out of hours with your photographer?  It was very easy for us to request this, and it was the only way I could see my DH open his gift.  It’s very common nowadays and it didn’t negatively affect our photography package or coverage in any way.

    Post # 21
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    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @MsJ2theZ:  +1. I’m not married yet but I do feel that’s part of the fun and definitely part of the photos you want to have.

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think you should do it.  That’s also when they did the photos of the ring, my bouquet, invite, etc.  Charge it now, pay it off later with a wedding gift LOL

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee

    There were a lot of special moments that morning between my parents and I, and between my bms and I. I am very very thankful that these were able to be captured.

    Post # 25
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    2469 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MrsTVLover:  You make a good point. While I wouldn’t miss my “applying lip gloss, putting shoes on,” pictures, I would miss the ring photos. Mine were actually taken before the reception, so not technically during the getting ready phase, but I think it’s worth OP asking when the photog would take those types of photos.

    Post # 26
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I did what some PPs mentioned and had the photog come about an hour and a half before the ceremony. We all had our hair and makeup done already, so she just did pics of my mom helping me into my dress, grandma putting on my necklace, etc. It was perfect! She also took this time to do some detail shots, invites, jewelry, etc. I had a friend take some casual shots at the salon that morning!

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Another thought- they don’t have to take too long-the photographer and his second shooter split up, and spent about 15 minutes each with me and DH, right before our first look. He also got the detail shots during this time as well.

    Post # 28
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    1368 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had getting ready photos taken.  I liked looking at them but didnt include any in our album and didnt get any printed.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @CarterLove:  If you truly can’t afford it, skip it. If it’s in your budget, I’d do it. For me, as a photographer, I usually suggest about an hour of getting ready photos – that’s typically the hour prior to the ceremony. I’m not shooting “getting ready” the whole time. Typically I come in, say my hellos, take a few shots of whatever is going no (hair, makeup, girls hanging out, etc) and then I use that time to do detail shots….the dress hanging, veil, shoes, rings, etc. By that time we’re getting into the actual dress, and then it’s off to the ceremony. I don’t think, even if you had them there, that you would need more than an hour at most.

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    @CarterLove: I’d never heard of getting ready photos til the Bee. I also won’t have a bridal party, so I’ll probably ask the stylist to take some non-professional shots for my own keepsake, but the photos won’t be going in the Wedding album. I don’t think they’re necessary at all.

    Post # 31
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    6263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I always love the getting ready photos. They are some of the best captured moments IMO. I say “yes.”

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