What are “Getting Ready” Photos?

As a photographer, my wedding day coverage usually starts with “getting ready” photos. However, when I am chatting with couples and ask if “getting ready” photos are something that is an important part of their day to capture, most of the time they aren’t sure what those photos even entail! So, let’s break it down!

The examples I am providing are assuming you would want every aspect of “getting ready” photos in your wedding gallery. Do you have to have all of these things photographed on your wedding day, no. I simply want to provide an overview of what can be included in these photos so you have all the info you need!

Getting Ready Details, Bridal Shoes

Part 1 – The Basics

“Getting ready” photos cover the following non-human wedding day details and memories:

  • Shoes
  • Jewelry/Rings
  • Dress/Suit
  • Invitations
  • Letters/Gifts
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Any special family momentos

Photos of these details are grouped in with the “getting ready” photos for most photographers, including me! 🙂

Part 2 – Casual Wedding Party Fun

Next in the “getting ready” photo segment would be more casual photos of you and your wedding parties. This could be in matching PJs, casual jeans and a tee, etc. Toasting, laughing, being excited for the day!

Getting Ready Photos on Your Wedding Day
Groomsmen toasting during getting ready photos

Part 3 – Time to Get Dressed!

At this point during “getting ready” photos it’s time for you to get dressed because it’s almost wedding time! (And don’t worry not in front of me haha)!

Typically I step into another room while you get mostly dressed, because this allows for more privacy. What I will photograph if possible is the fluffing of the dress, the buttoning of the back, the tying of a tie, putting on your shoes.

Bridal Getting Ready Photos
Groom Getting Ready

Once you are dressed, we are ready to go! “Getting ready photos” are now complete! Whoop whoop! And it’s on to the next part of your wedding day!

Do you have to have “getting ready photos” done for both sides of your wedding party? No, you do not. Do you have to have “getting ready photos” at all? No, you do not. That is 100% your choice! Should you chose to have getting ready photos included, as a result, your wedding gallery will tell a better story of the day.

Check out this awesome blog article from BRIDES for more getting ready photo inspo and tips here!

You can also see some getting ready photos of partners from some of my wedding on my portfolio page here!

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