ALL brides have to deal with budgets. Heck, grooms do too. So a wedding production comes down to where those dollars budgeted for the wedding are spent, and they should be maximized. No one wants to have spray cheese served on Ritz Crackers and served to their guests because they overspent and had the bride delivered to the church on a carriage pulled by Lippizaner Stallions and no one saw her arrive. You also don’t want your reception held in an unlit warehouse because the groom blew the budget on a bachelor party in Thailand. But there are some reasonable additional expenses worth the additional few hundred dollars they cost for the peace of mind and additional flair they give your wedding. A bridal shoot is one of those things.
Your makeup stylist and hair stylists should require a run through. You need to make sure your dress fits the way it’s supposed to, and it’s awfully nice to be able to do them at the same time. It gives you an idea of the time required to get adorned, and gives you an opportunity to get truly excited. I prefer to schedule bridal shoots about a month in advance of the wedding. That allows time in case the bride needs to have additional alterations made, and gives me time to get the images edited, selected, and large print(s) ordered for display at the wedding reception. It’s also a last opportunity with the bride in front of the camera to reinforce the most flattering angles for pictures and candids on her (guests) big day.
But how is a bridal shoot a better option than upgrading the wine served at a wedding? I’ll just say that a large image of the bride, in her gown, looking the same way she does when she walked down the isle is a POWERFUL and PERSONAL piece of reception decor. Guests gather around the easel(s) displaying the image(s), and becomes a centerpiece of her reception. And unlike the peacock feather, flowers, and sticks that make up the centerpieces of each table, it’s a great wedding gift for the parents that could have paid off their mortgage instead of throwing the biggest party of their lives. Images are more powerful than people sometimes think, and the minor time and budgetary expense of a bridal shoot is more than offset by the decor enhancement, peace of mind, and lasting quality of the large prints.
If you’re interested in bridal portraiture, interested in wedding photography, or would like some opinions, please get in touch with me. Savannah Wedding Photographer
Thanks to Beaver Creek Plantation for allowing us to spend a day at their place for some great images! It’s a great wedding venue offering a lot of variety.