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Wedding Tip Wednesday | Choosing the Perfect Getting Ready Location

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Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Wedding planning requires you to consider a million tiny details. The months leading up to your wedding should be spent making memories with your best friend and enjoying the process, not Googling for hours on end. And so, *drum roll please*, Wedding Tip Wednesday was born! Throughout this series, we will be sharing our best tips to make your wedding day everything you’ve dreamed of and keep it as STRESS FREE as possible. If you’re late to the party, you can catch up on the whole series below!

  1. To First Look or Not To First Look?
  2. The Great Debate: Indoor Vs. Outdoor Ceremony?
  3. Choosing The Perfect Getting Ready Location
  4. Getting Ready – Essential Details to Bring
  5. 3 Reasons You Should Write Each Other Letters on Your Wedding Day
  6. Do You Really Need a Second Shooter on Your Wedding Day?
  7. Who Should Help You Get Into Your Wedding Dress?
  8. Make Time To Take In The Moment Together
  9. How To Dress For Your Engagement Session

There are SO MANY details to consider when planning your wedding.  One that many people don’t think too much about but that makes a HUGE difference is where you choose to get ready.  These moments are so important to the story of your wedding day… some of those last quiet moments getting ready with your mom, having a dance party with your girls, transforming from your everyday look into a BRIDE.  This is the place your dad will see you for the very first time on your wedding day (if you stage a reveal).  The place where you’ll take that glamorous bridal shot staring into the mirror and putting your earrings on as one of the final preparations for your big day.  The place we will photograph your wedding gown and so many of those details you spent the last several months hand-picking that will add up to make your wedding day perfectly YOU.

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So how can you ensure that the pictures of these moments truly capture the magic of your big day?

1. LIGHT
One of the things that defines our images is our strategic use of light to make our couples look their absolute best.  So it should come as no surprise that the first (and most important) thing we recommend looking for in a getting ready space is natural light!  Look for the most and biggest windows you can find.  There’s no substitute for soft, flattering, natural light… don’t underestimate the impact this small tip will make on your photographs!

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2. CLUTTER FREE
This seems like it should go without saying, but try to find the cleanest, least cluttered space possible.  If there are pictures on the walls, extra furniture, any kind of papers or little knick knacks… you can bet money on us moving all of that!  Avoiding distractions from strange hotel wallpaper to large art that is bolted to the wall will ensure that the focus of the pictures is on the people and the moments and the emotions of the day and not on the background.  We will help ensure luggage, food wrappers, and any other clutter that is a natural product of your bridal party sharing one space all day doesn’t make its way into your pictures… you just find a space with good bones (bonus points if it has white walls… #reflectors)!

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3. GO BIG
Remember, a hotel room that looks big with nothing in it is going to get CRAZY cramped once you put your bridal party, parents, hair and makeup artists, videographers, and photographers in there with you.  If you’re planning to get ready at a hotel, do yourself a favor and upgrade to the suite.  It will make world of difference!  If you want to get a bit more creative, consider renting an airbnb – you have tons of gorgeous, elegant options to ensure your pre-ceremony photos are stunning.

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4. DON’T FORGET THE MEN
One of the BEST things you can do when planning where you’ll be getting ready is to find a location where you and your fiancé can get ready on the same property.  This will save you time and result in MORE PICTURES since we won’t have to take precious photography time driving from one place to another.  Plus, it builds in a bit of extra time in your timeline to keep your day stress free and fun!

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That’s a wrap on this week’s Wedding Tip Wednesday!  Tune in next Wednesday to get some tips on the most important details to bring with you to your getting ready room.

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