I was sitting here editing some getting ready photos from a recent wedding and some thoughts occurred to me about the room you’re getting ready in on your wedding day. Oft times, the bride is given one of the most lavish and airy rooms in the venue but this is not always the case. When touring your venue, be sure to ask about the room you’ll be spending several hours getting ready in. I have seen what really is a glorified closet with no windows and five bridesmaids, myself and a bride and her mother, all crammed in while the bride is getting into her dress, all the while I’m trying to get a good shot as mom and maid of honor lace up the beautiful gown. There was no way could I get a full length shot of that dress while standing in that room. And get this, the groom had this large, airy wall of windows room across the way! As a bride, you should be happy with your surroundings and what is available to you on your big day. Those little, windowless rooms can get really stuffy and hot, let me tell you. Not to mention, they become chaotic, loud and messy very quickly. Another thing to consider is; will it photograph well? Do you like the decor? (You can always bring in your own furnishings and stuff). Are there windows to allow natural light? Is it really dark? Is the wallpaper super busy and loud? Or, in the case of a recent wedding, are there weird painted portraits of people who remind you of Colonel Sanders? I’m sure that most places might have second option available to you. Country clubs often have a bridal room but they also have really nice locker rooms with lovely wood and comfy furniture and huge mirrors. They’re also large. So if you have a large bridal party and need lots of room, this would probably serve you better. I’m not saying you can’t get ready in a smaller, darker room, sure you can. And I can still take photos in that room. It just might be more comfortable for everyone involved if you have more space and light.
The other thing to consider about your bridal suite is containing the chaos! Ha. I mean this in the best possible way but you get a large group of girls getting ready in the same room and BAM! Bras, shoes, purses, makeup, hair spray, underwear, plastic bags, the list goes on and on, get thrown all over the room. Try to contain the clutter and keep it possibly in one area so it’s not being photographed at every turn or I’m having to move your stuff around, which means something might get misplaced by mistake. And yes, I can Photoshop some things out but not an entire counter-top of clutter!
Considering windows and such….I know a lot of mothers of brides especially, are concerned about the bride being seen before the wedding if there are windows and such. You can always draw curtains or blinds and still allow light in. If you feel you have to block the view, please don’t use black opaque fabric to cover the windows and doors! They don’t let any light in and look weird in the background of the photos. If at all possible, use actual drapes or curtains. Most of the time, you don’t need to do this anyway. Windows to bridal suites don’t always face a main traffic area or are higher than street level and often times, french doors have frosted windows.
Alright! There is my two cents on the topic. Ha ha. I’m sorry if I rambled on. I just want you to have the best possible images and the best wedding day experience you can have.