Tips for Gorgeous "Getting Ready" Photos

Those special moments before a bride-to-be becomes a mrs can be the most cherished moments of her wedding day. From the sweet anticipation to the glamorous transformation - and all the fun moments with your bridesmaids in between - its important not to overlook your wedding morning photo list with your photographer.

Here is a list of must-shoot photos for your getting ready session, as well as a few tips to help set the stage for gorgeous shots:

Bride Getting Ready

1. Bride + Bubbles

Bridezilla? More like BrideChilla! With bubbly in hand and an easy laugh, this shot captures a fun, relaxed vibe in such a beautiful, glamorous way. TIP: One of the best ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is with music. Set the vibe in your getting-ready suite with a bluetooth speaker and one of your favorite playlists. 

Photo: Tom Cisneros

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Bride Getting Ready


bride makeup hair robe

2. The Glam Close-Up

Your make-up is fresh and flawless, and now is the perfect chance to go for an ultra-glam goddess shot! TIP: Good lighting, and a simple background is key for this shot. Your make-up artist will likely position you in the spot with the best natural light anyway, but mention to your photographer that you'd like a photo with a very minimal background.

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Photo: Tom Cisneros / Alisha Crossley 

Bride and Bridesmaids


bride and bridesmaids laughing getting ready3. The Informal Group Shot

All your ladies in one shot and none of them, including you, looking at the camera! It is a fun way to capture the atmosphere, and while it may not end up framed in your living room, you will treasure candid images like this.

Photos: Nicole Goddard / Ira Lippke Studios

Bride and Bridesmaids


bridesmaids in robes outdoors

 4. The Group Shot

This is a must-have shot, and not just once, but twice - first in your robes, and then again later all dressed up! TIP: This is a great shot to take outdoors, which can definitely add to your timeline. Set aside a few extra minutes to take a few images outside the getting ready room while your bridesmaids are still in their robes, and then retake the images in the same spot when the ladies are in their dresses. 

Photos: Nicole Goddard / Alisha Crossley 

bridesmaids first look
5. First Look with Bridesmaids

Everyone loves the first look photos with the bride and groom, but don't forget the first look with your bridesmaids - those reactions are priceless!  

Photo: Alisha Crossley

Bride and Flower Girl
6. With The Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids

Be sure to take a few shots with the youngest ones in your bridal party! TIP: Don't forget matching robes for your little ladies!

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Photo: Robyn Rachel Photography

bride reading note from groom

7. The Love Note

Passing notes was never more romantic and sentimental! Be sure your photographer captures this precious moment as you read your groom's words to you. TIP: water-proof mascara! Also, before sending your note to your groom, dab it with your signature perfume. Read more about writing the perfect love note

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Photo: Lin and Jirsa


bride mehndi hands with jewelry

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 bride mehndi hands bangles8. The Jewelry and Mehndi Close-Up Shot 

Though your gorgeous, intricate bridal mehndi deserves a close-up all on its own - add in your bridal jewelry for an exquisite capture. Our Lara, Eva and Tara Bridal Robes provide the perfect backdrop in these images!



Photos: Sachi Anand / Randery Imagery / KSD Weddings

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