Post # 1
Wedding is quickly coming, June 30th. I need to schedule my bridal portraits ASAP! I want to have them done before the wedding so I can have a print to show at the wedding reception.
Can someone help me on all the logistics? I’m going to have my hair and makeup trial the same day, and I want to do an outdoor shoot, but how does this all work?
Should I have someone come help me? Will my dress get super dirty? What are good places to shoot? Should I stick to one location? Do I need my veil or flowers? Do people look at you strangely? etc. etc.
Basically, tell me about your bridal shoot experience, please! THANKS!
Post # 3
I actually did something a bit different — I arranged for a bridal portrait after my wedding, but only because I never ended up having a single picture taken without my veil on the day of the wedding, and I really wanted one. My bridal portrait was a close-up pic only and was done in a studio rather than outdoors. Since my wedding had already occurred, Darling Husband helped me get into the gown, and I didn’t need to worry about my gown getting dirty, ect.
I do think having a bridal photo shoot in advance of your wedding is a great idea, and I know there are bees who’ve had pre-wedding bridal portraits taken, and most of those included outdoor shots. I’m sure some will comment here for you to provide advice regarding logistics.
What I do not understand, however, is this apprently new trend of brides wanting to feature their bridal portraits AT their weddings, since they are there “live,” looking beautiful for all to see.
Post # 4
Your photographer should bring a sheet or something else to keep your dress from getting dirty. I did a studio portrait, so this wasn’t an issue for me. Typically, if you do it outside, it’s at the location of the reception. I would imagine if you did it outside, it would be somewhere of some meaning.
For me, I had my portraits at 12:00. I went and got make-up and hair done at 9:30. My mom came with me to help me in my dress. My florist made a small “practice” bouquet, because I wanted it to match. The photographer had extra fake bouquets for brides who didn’t want to have one made. We had my veil as well.
@Brielle: I wouldn’t call this a new trend? Typically, it is the parent’s portrait. People don’t have pictures taken just so they can show it off at the reception. They would have it regardless, but choose to display it. I think this is more of a Southern tradition…definitely not a trend, though.
Post # 5
@Brielle: haha yes, I totally get this! I don’t know where it started either, but my friend had a large portrait on display at her wedding and it was just really striking to me and I loved it! I can’t tell you why, maybe someone else knows haha.
Anyone with outdoor shoots prior to their wedding?
Post # 6
@Mars62312: Oh, yes, I agree that bridal portraits themselves definitely are not a new trend. (I can remember seeing them printed in our local newspaper where I grew up as far back as I could remember. 🙂 Sorry for the misunderstanding. I was referring only to what I am assuming is a relatively new trend of brides displaying a very large bridal portrait of themselves at their wedding receptions. I’ve seen two or three other posts on WB about this, but I have never seen this done at a wedding in real life. In all honestly, I personally would not have been comfortable doing something like this, because I think that many guests — particulary older ones who have never seen this done before — may find this to be a bit over the top and perhaps even narcissistic. That’s just my personal opinion, however.
Post # 7
@Brielle: So funny! It’s definitely regional then! It’s my parents pushing it so hard for me. I’m fine with it as it’s going to be their portrait.