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How to get the best out of your bridal preps

How to get the best out of your bridal preps. This is a post for all you Scottish brides out there or those eloping to Scotland.

Bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride on the wedding morning. Wearing wedding robes excited for the big day. Hair and makeup done for the wedding. Scotland Wedding Photographers

Using some of our favourite photos from 2017, this post shall be full of our handy hints and tips.

How can I get the best out of my photographs on the morning of my wedding? Points we shall cover in more detail below:

  • How long before the ceremony do you arrive?
  • How can we fit in time to get a photo of all of us girls in our robes?
  • Where should I get ready to get the most out of our photos?
  • How many people should I have around on the wedding morning?
  • Should I let you know of any surprises taking place?
  • When should the bridesmaids & mother of the bride get into their dresses?
  • How many people should I have to help me into my dress?
  • When should I aim to be in my dress for in order to get some bridal portraits done?
  • How can we best organise the first look between my father and I and my bridesmaids?

So, sit back relax with a cuppa and have a read through hints and tips we have picked up over the years!

How long before the ceremony do you arrive?

We tend to arrive 2 1/2 to 3 hours before the ceremony. This enables us to capture all the details as mentioned in our previous post on morning details. Plus, it gives us plenty of time to capture moments between everyone, makeup, hair shots and anything that goes on without rushing things too much. I am also a great person to have on hand to make sure everything does go to plan time wise to ensure you are not running too late.

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How can we fit in time to get a photo of all of us girls in our robes?

So, this is a shot a lot of our brides ask for. However, sometimes time does not allow for it. To make sure you have enough time for this shot you can either ask your makeup and hair team to arrive a little bit earlier OR what most brides opt for is stopping the preps for a few moments no matter if all the girls are ready or not just to get the shot. Please chat with your bridesmaids about this as sometimes the bridesmaid who is not ready does not feel comfortable about having her photo taken and this can eat into your time until she is. If this is the case I usually decide to not take this photo as to not delay things.

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Where should I get ready to get the most out of our photos?

To make the most of your bridal prep photos we would suggest a few options.

  • A great alternative to getting a hotel room is renting an air B&B. Sometimes they are around the same price, plus, they have a lot more natural light, space and there is no yellow downlighting to be seen.
  • Wherever you are getting ready if it’s at home choose the spot with the most natural light for your makeup and hair. This will make for some great natural photos in the best light possible.

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How many people should I have around on the wedding morning?

It all depends on how you think you will feel on the day. You know yourself best. If you have a feeling that having too many people there will cause a lot of stress and anxiety then consider cutting down on who will be getting ready with you in the morning or get a bigger place to get ready in. If having loads of people there helps keeps those feelings at bay then heck go for it… but I would still suggest a bigger place. Having too many people in one space can make it feel very cramped and it does limit what we can capture.

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Should I let you know of any surprises taking place?

If you are going to give your bridesmaids and parents presents then do let us know so we can capture this. The hugs and happy faces make for such great emotional shots. Why not package them up prettily and have us photograph them beforehand as well.

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When should the bridesmaids & mother of the bride get into their dresses?

I always suggest they are in their dresses 45 minutes before you are about to leave. This way there is no last-minute scrambling at the end and the girls can be in their dresses to help you get into your wedding dress.

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How many people should I have to help me into my dress?

I would always suggest a maximum of 3. It gets very crowded beyond this and it is a bit harder to get those lovely moments since there are too many people around you. So I would decide beforehand who is helping you get into your dress, let them know and they should be first up for getting their hair and makeup done.

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When should I aim to be in my dress for in order to get some bridal portraits done?

I would suggest being in your wedding dress at least 20-25 minutes before you are to leave for the ceremony. This will give us enough time to get some bridal portraits, photos of you and the girls and your parents. This will also give you enough time to have a last minute prosecco to hit the road if you wish to, and also make sure you have everything you need. You won’t regret leaving relaxed as opposed to in a frenzy.

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How can we best organise the first look between my father and I and my bridesmaids?

I would always chat with your dad or your bridesmaids to say that this is a shot you would really love. Let them know that I will chat with them about where it will take place and not come into the room until they are ready to be called in. This will prevent any of them seeing you by accident which can leave you feeling a bit down if you were keen on capturing their reaction. Preparation is key here.

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On top of all these handy tips here are a few more that we have picked up over the years.

  • Assign a bridesmaid to keep things as tidy as possible over the course of the morning. It is really easy to build up and build up clutter as the morning progresses. Sometimes it can get pretty messy if there are a lot of people in one space with a lot of stuff.
  • Have a chat with your bridesmaids about being on it for the day. A few in your group will be renown for being late and needing to do a few more touch-ups than actually needed making you all late. More often than not it is a bridesmaid who makes the bride late and this has a knock on effect for the rest of the day.  Please bear in mind that it is the photo time that always takes a hit. Being super late means less time for photos and spending time with your guests.

Taking all this into consideration these are only tips that we have picked up on to make the day start off smoothly in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Most of all have fun and have those special moments between your nearest and dearest. Hug, laugh and even have a wee cry together. It’s all part and parcel of a wedding day and makes for beautiful and emotional imagery.

To read more of our hints in and tips follow the links below.

Bridal details 

Groom Preps

Engagement Shoot

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