I often get the questions "What is Bridal Portraits?" or "Why should I take Bridals?" This blog is to answer all of your bridal portrait questions, prepare you for what to bring, and to inform you of ways that you can prepare for the portraits before the day of.
Bridal Portraits are a southern wedding tradition that allow the bride to get dressed up in their beautiful gown and take portraits a couple of months before the wedding date. This portrait session includes only the bride, and often is displayed at the reception of the wedding for guest to see. I absolutely love the idea of Bridals, and I think that EVERY bide should take them.
Here's Why you should take them
So Now your hooked and HAVE to take bridals, but how should you prepare?
If you have chosen to take bridals- get excited! You get to feel like a princess and real life model while seeing your entire wedding day look. It truly is a special experience, and you end up with pictures that are all about YOU.
Since this is most likely your first time taking bridals, you might need help in preparing for the session!
1.Schedule your bridals EARLY. Sessions book up, and also you will want to know when you need your dress by.
2. Make sure that the bridal shop/ alteration people know that you are taking bridals and the date/month that you will need your dress ready by.
3.Location: Choose a bridal location that fits the theme of your wedding, the style of your dress, your personality, and remember to consider the overall limitations of your dress.
4.Location: It is important to remember that some locations will charge fees to take bridal portraits. Check these before you book, and understand that these fees are the bride's responsibilities to pay.
5. Schedule your hair and make up trial. Once you see your final images, you can discuss any changes that need to be made (if any!) with your hair/makeup team
6.Bring any accessories that you will be wearing on the wedding day. This includes: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, shoes, veil, heirlooms, etc. This will help you check and make sure everything is up to your standards, doesn't cause any problems, etc. Bring them in one bag for easy transportations.
7. Get a Bouquet! The flowers MAKE the the pictures. They just tie everything together. Again, this is an awesome time to see what your bouquet is going to look like and see what you maybe want to change.
8.Get a spray tan if you want (DAYS EARLY) Make sure if you do this that you have a few days for it to wash off and look like a natural tan and not orange! We don't want it all over your dress.
9. Bring help. You will need someone to help you carry things, get in and out of the dress, and even to cry and get excited with you. I always suggest a few bridesmaids and a mom or grandma! Make sure the people you bring are positive, encouraging, and uplifting so that you can enjoy the session!
Most importantly Relax and have fun. It is so much fun taking the time to get pampered all day ,and pretend your a model. You don't need to know how to pose (I'll walk you through that), but you are more than welcome to bring ideas. All you need to do is be yourself, smile, and have fun! YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED!