How do I pick a great getting-ready location?

By Lauren, Eichar Photography

 

You may have heard people say this before: other than the memories, the one thing from your wedding day that will truly last for the rest of your lives will be the photographs. Here's what you probably haven't heard before: your planning influences a huge aspect of the photos you'll end up with. There's a lot you can do to help make your photos turn out better. So let’s make your wedding photos beautiful! 

Whether you don’t know where to start when picking a getting-ready location or you're wanting a few tips to ensure special moments captured with your loved ones, this is for you. 

Let's dive straight into the photography perspective of planning the getting-ready portion of your day! 

 

1. Look for a space with big windows that let in lots of natural light. 

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Eichar Photography

2. Envision the people you'd like to have around while you get ready. Does the space fit all of them? Does it allow a natural flow in the room?

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Eichar Photography

3. Look for a quirky or unique space that represents you. Think about asking to borrow a friend's house for a few hours on the morning of your wedding day or renting an awesome airbnb!

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Eichar Photography

Eichar Photography

Eichar Photography

 

Do I need my photographer for all of the getting-ready portion of my day?

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Eichar Photography

For some people, the most emotional and sweet moments happen while they're getting-ready. If you're lucky and are able to afford an all-day package with your photographer, you'll be happy they were able to photograph this portion of your day. You'll be giving them plenty of opportunity to capture some incredible shots even through out some of the regular moments. I think you'll be surprised by how many nuggets come out of this portion of your day!

If you're working with a tight budget this is one place where you can cut out hours with your photographer(s). You can plan to have them arrive during your last 30 minutes of getting ready. Hold off on putting on your dress and veil and let your photographer capture those special moments when your wedding day really starts to feel real. For the guys, if you're wanting a few snazzy photos of getting ready, hold off on putting on your jacket and tie. It often makes for some fun photos when the guys are hanging out before the ceremony, too.

 

What should I be aware of during the getting-ready moments on my wedding day? 

1. Face the window.

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Eichar Photography

2. Have fun! Don't forget to smile.

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Eichar Photography

3. Grab the people you care about while you're getting ready. Your mom might be in the corner helping someone, but make sure to get her in some photos with you while you're doing last minute touches.

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Eichar Photography

4. Be yourself and try to forget about the camera(s) on you.

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Eichar Photography

How many people should I have around while I get ready?

This completely depends on you. I can only tell you what personally worked well for me on my wedding day. Here's what I did:

Phil Chester

Phil Chester

I had my hair and make-up done at the Airbnb that I rented for all of my bridesmaids. It was a perfect place to have friends spread out and slowly get ready for the day. When my hair and makeup was done I hopped in a car, headed to my family's cabin where I met just my immediate family. They helped me put on my dress, shoes, and earrings. I made a decision early on that I wanted a moment with just my family around and it ended up being one of the most special parts of my day.

You may want to make your day into a giant get-together and invite your wedding party and even grandparents to be around. Or you may, like me, want some special, intimate moments planned out in advance. 

 

What else should I know/think about before the day comes?

1. Your photographs will turn out so much better with a clean space. Think about assigning a friend or family member to be in charge of keeping the getting-ready room clean and clear of clutter. 

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Eichar Photography

2. Lay out the items you want photographed before your photographer arrives. This way your photographer doesn't have to bother you or your friends as you're getting ready.

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Eichar Photography

3. Think about having a 'first look' for all of your bridesmaids after you've put on your dress. Most of the time this means picking out one person (mom/maid of honor) to help get you in the dress and then having a grand reveal right after.

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Eichar Photography

4. Start getting ready a tad earlier than you have planned. From our experience, weddings tend to get off schedule because the getting-ready portion of the day takes longer than you think it will. 

Eichar Photography

Eichar Photography

5. If you have enough window light, turn off the lights while you get ready. This will help keep the coloring in your photos natural and flattering. 

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Eichar Photography

5. Reading love letters from your partner while you get ready is such an amazing way to start your day.

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Eichar Photography

 

For amazing images from the getting-ready portion of your day remember to face the window, grab your loved ones, and try to forget about the cameras. Just be you and have fun.

Thanks for reading my tips! Hopefully you've already started to think like a photographer as you plan getting-ready! Please leave any comments or questions below!