What are bridal portraits?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve never heard of them until the Bee too. I guess they are more popular down south. Nobody does them here.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think they are official portraits of the bride taken before the wedding, displayed at the wedding/reception. Not sure why.

They are not common in my area.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@GroovyHippieChick:  That is correct. I only know that because of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. They are taken in full wedding apparell, usually, is my understanding.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s a Southern thing apparently (I’d say about 90% of my female wedding guests came up to me during the reception and asked where my bridal portrait was). Yeah, it’s done before the day and one (or multiple) are displayed at the wedding. I’d never seen the point of it so I didn’t do it but I’m the weird one around here.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@TCbride1:  They are portraits of the bride in her wedding dress. It’s mostly a Southern tradition of a portrait being printed and displayed at the reception on the big day.

However, on your wedding day you will likely have some portraits made of just yourself if you  have no interest in displaying them at the reception. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Veeerrrryy popular down south. Considered to be something you absolutely have to do (I’m not, though). 

It’s portraits of the bride in her attire. They’re done in advance because it’s standard to have one on display at the entrance to the reception, usually on the table with the guest book. 

But it’s also just a nice, formal portrait of the girl herself, for her and, even more so, for her parents to have. There are often several poses, at least one full-length, at least one sitting, and at least one head and shoulders. 

Engagement photos are still really new to the south, and “bridals” are typically the chance for the bride and the photographer to get comfortable with each other. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

But what about the groom? Why isn’t he on display too? I’m confused as to why it’s all about the bride?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m glad somebody posted about this–I’d been wondering what they are for too! My photography package includes bridal or boudoir photos in addition to an engagement session but I don’t know if I really want either. I definitely don’t want to display a picture of just me at the reception, and I’m not sure what I’d do with a bunch of pics of me in my underwear. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes I believe it is a southern thing but I’m not doing it. I can get a few pics alone of me on my wedding day. I wouldn’t do it. You have to get hair and makeup done that would make it TWICE in a week. What if you stained or messed up your dress? And how can that be fixed A DAY before the wedding? I know some may do it a month before but I believe it’s just another way for the wedding industry to squeeze more money out of you.

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Bridal portraits are basically a large photo of the bride taken after she is all realdy for her wedding and before the actual wedding takes place. I have also created a photo to oil painting of a bride who wanted a handmade version of her portrait.

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