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How to Choose a Getting Ready Location

Feb 12, 2019

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Most brides put a ton of thought into picking their venues, especially for when it comes to what their photos will look like. What most brides miss to think about is the getting ready space. It’s very much overlooked, but where you choose to get ready can make a big impact on your photos as much as your ceremony and reception venue. The getting ready space is something brides should consider as well if they want their photos to look a certain way! Lighting, location, and even the color of the walls can make a big difference in your photos.

Here are some of my suggestions and tips for choosing your getting ready space. These will help you achieve a relaxing environment for you and your girls and create those fresh, light and clean images you adore!

1. Spacious Room(s)

My first tip for choosing a getting ready room is to find a space that has plenty of room. There will be a ton of things going on the morning of your wedding. The bigger the bridal party and family, the more commotion will be going on in the room. Make sure the room(s) is big enough for everyone. There will need to be room for everyone to hang out comfortably, the makeup and hair artist to set up and for the photographer to photograph your details without being in the way. If you feel like everyone has room to do what they need/want to do, it will help create a more peaceful environment for you and everyone involved.

2. Big (& Plenty of) Windows

Window light! Window light is KEY! Not only will your photographer thank you for having lots of natural light, but so will your make up artist! Natural light is the most flattering light to every person. There’s this gorgeous softness it has that will give you photos you absolutely adore. Makeup artists also appreciate this because they are trying to make sure your makeup looks good in all types of light, especially outdoor light where you will be for most of your photos and day.

3. Light & Neutral Colored Walls

Odd thing, but it really does make a difference. Choosing a space that has neutral colored walls (white being the best!) will make all the difference. Super bold or odd colored walls can cast those colors off onto your skin tone. What looked like a harmless mint green room is now making your skin look green tinted. And ain’t nobody wanna look like Shrek the Ogre. This effect can be worsened if there’s less natural light. So it’s best to pick a spacious room or hotel that has lots of window light, and natural colored wall!

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4. Minimal Clutter

Having a room that has clean space will not only make you feel less stress but will help give your photos a high-end clean magazine worthy look to them! Try choosing a space that has a few clean walls and doesn’t have a room crammed with furniture. It also helps to have a designated bridesmaid or two be in charge of occasionally tidying up the room. This will help keep the room feel stress-free, create clean space for the photographer, and help make things easy to find when it’s not hidden under a Jimmy John’s wrapper.

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5. Close Proximity to Ceremony / First Look

The morning of the wedding day can FLY! One minute it’s 7 am and then the next it’s 1 pm minutes. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to your first look or your ceremony. Wedding days are unpredictable. I always buffer in extra time to do things in case something runs behind. Sometimes, hair and make up will run behind or a bridesmaid can’t leave until she finds her bag. It’s smart to make sure your venue is close to where you’re getting ready. I recommend no more than 20 minutes away. This way, if things do run behind, you’re a quick drive away!

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At the end of the day, a professional photographer will be able to work with whatever space they are given that day. However, if you want fresh, clean, light images, these are my recommendations to help you achieve the style of photos you are looking for on your wedding day.

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