In my last post, I shared an elopement with one of the most beautiful getting ready rooms. This week, I wanted to highlight a few things to keep in mind while planning where you will get ready on your wedding day.
After so much time and effort spent planning the rest of your day, it might be tempting to think of the space you’ll put on your gown as an afterthought. I want to offer a bit of encouragement to think of it with a bit more intention. Here are a few of my favorite things to consider when planning to ensure your getting ready room is as elevated as the rest of your day.
As a photographer, I’m sure it’s no surprise I would start with this, but it’s so important. You’ll want to ensure the space has plenty of good window light.
Having good natural lighting in your space is great for so many reasons. One is that it allows for portraits in the space while you’re slipping into your dress and for bridal portraits after. Having indoor bridal portraits can be a stunning way to add a more editorial feel to your bridal portraits and a bit more variety to your final gallery.
It’s likely you won’t be the only person in your getting ready room. Be sure to look for a location with plenty of room to spread out. Whether it’s just you and your loved one for an elopement or a larger wedding party, you’ll be grateful to have space to breathe on your wedding day. The getting ready room is also perfect for enjoying champagne with your bridesmaids!
If you plan to have a bridal party in your getting ready room, it’s a great idea to have another space for everyone to leave their belongings. A clean, clear background is best for photography and will ensure your final images have an elevated feel. Be sure to have everyone help maintain a clean space by keeping things put away and out of sight.
The getting ready room is a beautiful place to document the smaller details of your day. Be sure to have all of your important details (jewelry, shoes, etc.) together in one place on the day of your wedding so we can make the most of this space. Also, let me know if you have family jewelry or heirloom pieces.
One final detail that can make all the difference is having a special place for your wedding gown before you put it on. If you’d like images of your dress before you put it on, have a way to showcase the dress as it’s meant to be seen. A mannequin or dress form is the perfect way to ensure your dress isn’t hanging in a strange place. Plus, if you’re looking to have your wedding published, publications also prefer this extra detail.
Your getting ready room can set the tone for your entire day. It’s the space you will spend the most time in on the morning of your wedding and should be just as carefully considered when making plans.