Not getting "getting ready photos" done. Regrets or nah?

posted 1 year ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1011 posts
Bumble bee

For me there would not have been a wedding without the getting ready photos.  My bridesmaids and mother couldn’t figure out how to tie my dress and I had a panic attack. My photographer wound up having to tell them how to do it.


Post # 3
2254 posts
Buzzing bee

You could have someone, or anyone who wants to, snap a picture here and there while you’re getting ready.

You’d get pictures without the cost and the stress.

Post # 4
9689 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I didn’t do any getting ready photos. We snapped some with our phones but I don’t regret not having any professional photos of us getting ready.

Post # 5
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

My getting ready photos are some of my absolute favorites. None of them were posed for, the photographer was just in the room and got a few candid shots while I was getting my hair and makeup done. I had actually asked that he do the same for my husband, maybe get a few of him tying his tie or putting on his watch, but sadly it didn’t happen and I do regret it. I don’t think you need a lot, but I had a million things rushing through my head during that time, so I’m glad I had a few snapshots to capture it. 

Honestly, it wasn’t stressful at all, and I don’t even really remember the photographer being there at all since he kept out of the way. I don’t think it needs to be this big “thing” if you don’t want it to, but a handful might be nice. 

Post # 7
6620 posts
Bee Keeper

Are you doing a special exit at the very end of the reception? If youa re having a typical party type reception, most people are pretty toasted by the end and not great pics are had lol. Unless you are doing an exit that you want the photographer there for you really dont need them to stay until the end.

That said, I have a few getting ready pics (our package included a full day photography) but they are kind of eh. I would have been happy to skip them but they were included so whatever lol. 

Post # 8
1260 posts
Bumble bee

What time will you be leaving your get ready place to go to the ceremony venue? I think the photographer might get your make up final touch ups and getting dressed if you’re leaving your place at say half an hour before the wedding? You could have him/her show up at 3:30 as well which will guarantee getting more of the get ready photos when you’re already semi made up, then it goes till 9:30 which will get you a decent chunk of the reception as well, I don’t know how late the reception will go and when the dancing happens but I think missing the last hour or two of the reception isn’t so bad if it’s just more of the same (people dancing) which realistically you may only end up selecting a handful to keep. 


Post # 9
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think they’re worth it if you can afford the 6 hours. I liked my getting ready photos. Darling Husband built our wedding arbor and she took my dress down to hand it on the arbor before the ceremony. She also got sweet pics of me helping my step daughter get ready, and pics of me hanging out with my sIblings. On the other hand, I didn’t have my photog take pictures for the entire reception. She stopped sometime after toasts and before everyone was drunk. 

Post # 10
2420 posts
Buzzing bee

Most “getting ready” photos tend to look pretty staged to me.  Our photographer is going to pop in for a few minutes once we’ve gotten ready to snap a few quick ones (ie, slipping on the shoes, adjusting an earring) though, then we’re immediately moving to doing portraits and what would usually be ‘first look’.  

Post # 11
866 posts
Busy bee

If I had it to do over, I would prioritize reception photos over getting ready photos. Our photographer got some great getting ready photos, but in hindsight, I would have preferred more photos of our guests. 

Post # 12
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

I’d have foregone the getting ready photos for our photographer staying an hour longer at our reception and not pushing me around to get the optional photos on our list. Yes I have the cheesy Maid/Matron of Honor helping me into the dress pic when I actually put it on in under a minute. He took about 100 of me with no make up talking to my bridesmaids. I’d have taken pics of my guests dancing over that a million times over. B

Between you and your bridesmaid do you have a decent camera? A few pics of you together before the ceremony could be nice to look back on. I had 12 pics of my shoes taken from various angles whilst i was gettimg ready. Think they cost me £60 from a department store and have no idea where they are now. Sorry, I’m venting a little. 

Post # 13
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My photographer came at the very end of the “getting ready” period to take photos while I put my dress on. This was really all of the getting ready photos I was interested in, and I have no regrets about not having professional shots of me getting my hair pinned up. 

Post # 14
6607 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

msmeow85 :  most of my getting ready photos suck, if I’m honest.  The only one I truly like is where my sister, bestie and I are popping those champagne confetti things (illegal in their state so a treat for my bestie who loves them).  The rest are meh at best, mostly horrific though – it’s unflattering to get photographs taken in various states of dress.  So personally I wish we hadn’t bothered.  I guess if you’re getting your hair done or want some group photos you could, but someone else could wield a camera too, if it’s just for some quick snaps.  And your photographer can still take pics of your rings, shoes, dress or whatever if you want them to.

Post # 15
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I skipped them, I don’t like them. I just wanted to get ready as quickly and un-dramatically as possible so I could get on to the important stuff. I didn’t hide my dress from my husband, we got ready together, I just didn’t (still don’t) feel like getting dressed was an emotional moment worth capturing. I’m plenty sentimental and I also enjoy primping sometimes, but for me that was a totally unimportant part of our wedding day, and I don’t regret it. 

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