If you’re like most brides, you’ve probably thought through what your dress will look like, what type of venue you want, maybe even the fonts on your invites…but have you considered where you will be getting ready on the big day? This is one of the most overlooked details in wedding planning if you ask me! You may think this is just a behind-the-scenes afterthought, but in reality, not only will you have a lot of photos in this space, but it also sets the tone for your whole day! Think about it: you’ve spent soooo long counting down to this day. Your adrenaline is high, you couldn’t be more excited- don’t you want to gather with your best friends in a bright, joyful space instead of a dark, crowded church suite? If your wedding is still a few months out, I recommend taking a look at your timeline and brainstorming some new “getting ready” spaces! But it’s not just about the location, check out my five top tips for this part of the day:
1) Ask your maid of honor to make a playlist!
Don’t underestimate the power of some good music! I totally understand that you’ll have a lot on your plate, so this is a great task to delegate to a sister, maid of honor, etc! Nothing is a mood killer like long drawn out silence…avoid this by bringing a speaker and your best Spotify jams. You could go for low-key, calming music or start the party early with some pump-up sing-alongs! Or maybe a mix 🙂 This is a great way to make everyone feel involved and at ease!
2) Let your ladies get dressed first!
It’s the moment you’ve always dreamed of: stepping into that pristine white gown on your wedding day. Don’t you want your bridesmaids to be in their carefully selected dresses instead of sweats or whatever they chose to get ready in? I’m sure your bridesmaids will appreciate this tip as well- build in time for them to change before your big moment! As a bonus, this will help to create more consistency in your wedding photographs. Imagine the “getting in the dress” photos in your wedding album, don’t you want it to have the same aesthetic as the rest of the day you’ve spent so much time planning? Don’t forget to let Mom get dressed as well!
3) Make sure there is ample natural light!
This goes back to location, location, location. I cannot stress what a difference-maker natural light is! Large windows ensure flattering lighting and fight against the possibility of “color casting,” aka unfortunate green or yellow tint from colored walls. If the provided bridal suite is dark and dingy, consider other options! Don’t rule out the idea of renting an Airbnb for the weekend- a lot of people book hotel rooms, so why not book a whole house for practically the same cost!?
4) Have all of your details together (including all THREE rings)!
If you’re an avid follower of my blog you’ve probably heard me say this before. Having all of your accessories together will save your photographer time and also ensure that you don’t have to interrupt your own hair and makeup to track down these details! I personally just used a little shoe box and filled it with my earrings, shoes, invitation suite, the rings, etc. Did I mention to have all three rings with you? You will want photos of the groom’s ring too so make sure it hasn’t already been passed off to the best man!
5) Designate one corner of the room for all of your stuff.
Sweatpants and empty coffee cups strewn about can easily detract from an otherwise stunning image. Luckily, this is an easy fix! Simply choose one corner of the getting ready room to house all of the stuff: overnight bags, jackets, shoes, etc. This is an instant fix for a tidier room and clutter-free images! Plus it just makes for a more relaxing space which will help to avoid stress on the morning of your wedding.
And there you have it! Just a few tips to help your morning go smoothly so you can start the day stress-free! Oh, and have prettier wedding photos too 🙂 Former brides, have any other tips? I’d love to hear them!