Jay
Devoted September 2021

Will i regret not having getting ready photos?

Jay, on June 22, 2021 at 10:25 AM Posted in Planning 0 23
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Has anyone not had getting ready photos--and did you regret not getting them? Or did you get them but would have been okay with skipping?


Getting ready photos are my lowest priority. I don't want photos of hair & makeup being done, & I don't love our getting ready location (one small room in a not-super-nice hotel). But now it's time to make the final call on the photographer's start time, & I worry I will regret not at least having detail shots & photos of putting on my dress.


Our photography package is 8 hours, which will cover first look & portraits, our hour-long ceremony, the start of the reception, & the travel between these locations. Getting ready is a third location, and will bump us up to 9 hours. This isn't an affordability issue, but a "will I be grumpy I paid (quite a bit) more for photos I'm not even sure I want" issue.


To further complicate things, we have two videographers who are "all day" (up to 12 hours) so they *will* be at the getting ready since we're already paying for it. But I care less about video, so it feels weird to have them but not the photographer...help!

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Latest activity by Ellen, on June 24, 2021 at 4:17 PM
  • Givemeallthepups
    Expert February 2020
    Givemeallthepups ·
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    Your photographer can likely still get photos of you putting on your dress without full getting ready photos. I got getting ready photos and only love 2-3 of them (putting on the dress and a few with my bridesmaids). I mostly got them because we were getting ready at my house. Our photographer also used that time to do the detail shots.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I skipped getting ready photos and i don't regret not having them

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  • Jay
    Devoted September 2021
    Jay ·
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    That’s a good point. They’re probably thinking the whole set of photos but if I ask about a few specific things she may be okay with a half hour instead of an hour! I really can’t imagine I’ll want more than a few anyway.
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  • Jay
    Devoted September 2021
    Jay ·
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    This is what I need to hear, thank you! It seems like everyone gets them now!
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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
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    I'm skipping getting ready photos and def. won't regret it! Your photographer should be able to come up with a list of 'must haves' like someone zipping your dress up, maybe someone putting a necklace on you if you're wearing one, same for the veil, and photos of you and your bridal party with getting ready outfits on. I personally want a photo of me popping a champagne bottle and us drinking mimosas together on the couch!

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  • Jay
    Devoted September 2021
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    Those sound like fun photos! For us, getting ready photos would include anything like that--if we skip them, we'll be starting with the first look. But if we do go for them, I like the idea of specifying which things I do care about (aka no need to have photos of me having my face powdered, haha).

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  • Allison
    Devoted April 2021
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    I didn't get "getting ready" pictures and do not regret that one bit but I did get detail shots and am very glad that I did. By detail shots, I mean my dress hanging, the rings/shoes/invites/bouquet picture, my mom and sister buttoning me into the dress, me fake putting my earrings on, etc. I personally really wanted the detail shots so I made sure my schedule worked to include those. When you think about the photos that you want from your wedding, do you picture those detail shots? If so, then I think you should try to find a way to make it happen. Is it possible for you to get dressed at your ceremony location? So maybe a trusted friend/family member can bring all of your stuff for the detail shot so your photographer can just get those photos there while you're having hair and makeup done, instead of traveling to a 3rd location.

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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
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    Yeah I've told our photographer I don't need photos of my actual hair and makeup getting done lol, it's just not important to me and I won't frame those or put it in a book! The only things I care about are the ones I mentioned previously, and maybe a few shots of details!

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  • Jay
    Devoted September 2021
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    We can get into the reception venue a bit early, although not early enough to actually get dressed…but that might be a good chance for faux photos (although I’ll probably need something fixed for real, honestly, haha) & details Smiley smile I think you’re right that the details shots are the piece that’s making me hesitate on cutting this entirely!
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    If you personally don't care all that much about getting ready photos, you can probably skip them. Who are you getting ready with? If you are getting ready with people you are close to, such as having friends do makeup or hair, then getting ready photos might be a nice way to better capture your relationship with those individuals, but I personally don't think photos of a stylist applying lipstick or adding hairspray to your hair add all that much to your picture story of the day. If you were getting ready in a really beautiful location with people you were really close to and you got everyone matching "getting ready" outfits then I feel like capturing that would make sense. If you aren't all that into the getting ready shots, then I don't think you'll miss them that much.

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    No, you won't regret it. I'm sure you and everyone getting ready with you will take a few photos throughout the process. IT's not like you're going to be framing photos of your hair half done or girls in PJ's with mimosas. Just seems unnecessary imo - go with your gut!

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  • Ava
    VIP May 2022
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    I would speak to your videographer. Often times, still photos can be taken from video. If they have that capability, there is no need to waste your time and money with having the photographer there as well- especially since it sounds like it is a very small area to begin with- why crowd another person and their equipment in there too if not necessary? And, of course, you can have whoever is getting ready with you take photos with their cameras/cell phones also.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    We did not take full getting ready photos. Our photographers and videographers started when we began to get dressed. Personally, I couldn't have cared less about getting ready photos, and I don't regret not having them! We took some cute photos with our phones and that was enough for me. I figured I could take photos with my friends getting ready at anytime.

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    VIP January 2019
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    My "getting ready" photos are all just candids taken by someone who was in the room to get ready, and I am completely content with this. Detail photos are not to my taste, nor are staged photos, so this was an easy decision for me to make.

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  • Piper
    Dedicated April 2022
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    We are both skipping this: Like SHY, I don't want photo of my hair and make up being done, me putting on my dress or chatting with my mom or grandma (no wedding party for us so no bridesmaids/bridesmen).
    My fiancé told me he doesn't want photos of him putting his tie (or bow tie,he's still undecided), his watch or suit jacket either ...
    I'm 100% sure I won't miss them, neither will my groom.We are also skipping photos of guests dancing or mingling because we both think they are unnecessary, our photographers (we're having 2) will come later and will leave sooner, right after our first dance (we're doing it right after being done with dinner and cake), so we are killing 2 birds with one stone: we're saving money and we're not having pictures we don't want to get.
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  • Natalie
    Expert November 2020
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    My bridesmaids and I got hair/makeup done in a hotel room, and I did not have the photographers there. They met us at the venue and just did a few getting ready and details pics of putting on my dress and jewelry there. This was plenty for me personally, as my friends and I were not into the matching jammies, etc. My sister-in-law’s getting ready location was a beautiful bridal suite with city views. She did have photographers taking pictures of the process, as we all had matching robes and more luxurious setting, and this was something important to her at the time. It comes down to you, your personality, and how you envision your day!
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  • Nicole
    Master September 2020
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    With all of the changes that we had to make last year, I didn't get any getting ready pictures (our photographers came just for our ceremony and portraits day of, and then an adventure shoot a month later). I do not regret it one bit. We got so many incredible portraits that the rest of the pictures aren't missed at all (honestly, I don't even look at the family portraits after the initial printing of them for family members!). If getting ready photos are low on your priority list, I don't think you'll miss them.

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  • S
    Just Said Yes July 2022
    Stevie ·
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    If you do not want it, do not get it. Especially if the space getting ready isn't ideal for nice pictures. If there's multiple moments while getting ready that you would want to capture, I would book the photographer for that hour. If not, then having them might be a waste. Plus I'm sure you'll get gorgeous photos during the wedding that you'll look at/show off more than photos if y'all getting ready Smiley smile
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Every group is different. Some brides who have gotten married have skipped them with zero regrets and others see them as a priority. There is no right or wrong.
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  • Ashlee
    Devoted September 2022
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    You can definitely "stage" some of those after the fact, like someone pretending to zip/button your dress, someone touching up your makeup/hair. Your photographer can do other detail shots like pics of the rings/invitations and stuff like that in between first look/portraits, and the ceremony start time, They don't take too much time at all. The only thing would be if you wanted a pic of your dress on a hanger or something like that. If you don't think you want the getting ready pics, don't spend the extra money! Like I said, The photographer can still get some of the shots "staged" after the fact anyway

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