Getting ready and the time being photographed (and therefore more of a “public” event) is a relatively NEW custom / tradition
Certainly something that wasn’t done back in the 1980s when I got married the first time.
There were only “reflective” pics of me and my Mom when she put my Grandmother’s Pearls around my neck.
In fact, ALL the Bridal Party got ready at their Hotel (I was at my Parent’s House) and we only met up when we were all ready to go for some formal pics before getting in the Limos / Sedan Cars and heading off to the Ceremony Site.
Honestly you can do IMO whatever you are comfortable with. Get ready alone, with a close family member (Mom ?) or your Maid/Matron of Honor… in that you will probably appreciate having one person there to help you get into your dress (over your head), do up the back, step into shoes, fix your veil / headpiece, etc.
And as others said, you can always wear a gown (they have some cute “Bride” Gowns you can buy for the occasion)
No reason you have to share this with everyone if you don’t want to… I certainly for example wouldn’t want any pics of me in my undies, or chance someone catching a boob shot as I’m getting “into place” inside my dress (and I mean really, I know the Photographer a lot less than I do Friends & Family)
This time round…
I am Eloping to a Destination Wedding… so when I am getting ready there will be no one there to assist me
🙁 *frowny face*
In that I have decided to KEEP the tradition of The Groom only seeing The Bride once she is all dressed and ready to go (we are probably going to do a First Look Photo Shot… and so have asked the Photographer to meet me at our Hotel Room, while Hubby-2-B waits elsewhere)
I had to take this all into consideration when planning out my day (Hair, Make-Up, Getting Ready)… and also when buying my dress etc… with the idea that worst case scenario, it will be the Photographer I’ll be calling on to give me a bit of a zip up if need be… in that I can’t reach all the way… awkward for sure, but at least I’ll be wearing a bra. Lol