Nathan: Your wedding pictures tell a story. That story often starts while the bride is getting ready for her big day. You will think long and hard about your choices for portrait locations, your church and your venue because of their aesthetics. However, one place that often gets overlooked is the place where you get ready for your day. It is a special location that heavily influences the look and feel of your final collection or your wedding film.
As a photographer who is focused on telling the best story of your wedding day here are some things to think about when choosing a getting ready location.
NATURAL LIGHT. The number one thing a photographer is going to want when taking your wedding pictures is lots of natural light. Think big tall windows! You can always put your clothes on in a more remote room and do the final buttoning or tying in the room where natural light is abundant if you are worried about privacy.
CLEAN PALETTE. Brides often think their house or their parent’s house is the best place to get ready because it’s familiar to them and they’ll be more comfortable. What is overlooked is what the house will look like on camera. Is there lots of open space? Is the decor and furniture current or well thought out? Things that you never noticed (like table tops with all of grandma’s collectible clowns) will suddenly be the background to your wedding pictures. It’s a quick way to create a bunch of distractions that don’t exist in a hotel or venue bridal suite.
SPACE TO MOVE AROUND. Bigger is almost always better. Don’t ever take for granted the amount of space eight or so girls need to get ready. I have seen the largest hotel suites that look like a bomb went off from the getting ready process. The same goes for when you put your dress on. I love having a big open space to work around. It allows all your friends and family to join in that special moment with you and still allow your photographer/filmmaker to move around freely.
If a bride were to ask me to rank where she should get ready it would go like this: venue bridal suite (provided it’s pretty), hotel suite and then private home. Obviously there are exceptions to this but on the whole, these would be my choices.
No matter where you chose to get ready it is an incredibly special time between you, your bridesmaids and your family. It is the beginning of the story of your wedding day. It’s also a time to celebrate the unique relationship you have with each person in that room. So pour some mimosas, tell stories and try not to hurt your cheeks from all the smiling. Happy Wedding Day!