As a wedding photographer in London, Ontario, I’ve seen some amazing, and some not-so-ideal locations for getting ready.
When you’re choosing a location the first thing considered is typically the distance to your wedding venue. But what should you consider when it comes to using that space for your “getting ready” photos?!
I’m here to help!
Keep reading for my top tips!
When you’re choosing where to get ready on your wedding day, here are some important things you want to look for for the best photos!
This can be a living room, dining room, master bedroom, hotel room. Even a bathroom!
If you want privacy while you’re changing, here’s what I suggest:
Option #1 – Have everyone else wait in another room/outside if you’re getting ready in a common area, except for the designated people who will be helping you get into your dress for photos.
Option #2 – You to get into your dress in a separate room, and save the finishing touches, like doing up the back of your dress, for when you come out to the area we’re taking your photos. This works well, but takes away from the moment a bit, and I can’t count how many times a mom has decided to “just do up the whole thing since she was there anyway” and the bride has come out of the room fully dressed.
In terms of photography, no photos will be taken of you in your undergarments – of course, unless you’ve asked! We wait until you’re covered up before we begin snapping any photos – and so should your photographer unless you’ve consented to otherwise.
If you’re dreaming of having a photo of your wedding dress hanging from a tree outside, you’ll want to make sure there is suitable space for that to happen.
The last portion of the “getting ready” part of the day is typically any formal photos you’re wanting to include, whether with your parents, other family members, or your wedding party!
I can’t recommend strongly enough, to have an outdoor location lined up for these photos whenever possible. When you do these photos indoors before the ceremony, there are so many elements that can distract from the moment. Furniture, belongings, glare from windows and doorways, TV’s in the background, etc.
Photographers are also REALLY good at making sure your wedding dress stays clean, and everyone stays looking their absolute best for the ceremony!
Some of my favourite local spots for ‘getting ready’ photos are The Elm Hurst Inn and Delta London Armouries. The rooms and outdoor spaces are perfect, with an indoor option for back-up if the weather isn’t ideal!
Here are some of my favourite weddings on the blog to use for inspiration!