The Perfect Getting Ready Space

It's not every day a gal gets dressed surrounded by her entourage. That is, unless you are Marie Antoinette. Our current wedding culture puts a lot of emphasis on capturing certain scenes throughout the big day. One of the prettiest, and one of my favorites, is the bride getting into her gown. Sadly, this was a detail I paid little attention to on my own wedding day. So, I try to make sure my brides have a good space for that special moment with their maids.

Creating your perfect getting ready space is something you should be intentional about. During the hectic morning/afternoon of wedding day, a lot of people will come in and out of the bridal suite. Makeup and hair artists, your mom, bridesmaids, photographer, wedding planner, venue coordinator, etc. Bouquets are dropped off, rings are picked up, your aunt drops off that special "something borrowed"...it can be overwhelming, understandably. Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect getting ready space that will be captured by your photographer, and will carry those memories for years to come!

Michael and Carina cleared this corner in Cassie's room at the Williamsburg Winery. Windows, windows, windows!!

Michael and Carina cleared this corner in Cassie's room at the Williamsburg Winery. Windows, windows, windows!!

Scout out the space ahead of time. When you visit the venue, pay attention to the bridal suite. Does it have windows? Mirrors? Is there furniture in the room? Strange things hanging on the walls? Make notes of any small changes you might want to make to the space (with permission from the venue, of course!), and send that memo to your photographer and planner.

Katelyn captured this shot of Lauren and I love it. She is such a classic beauty!

Katelyn captured this shot of Lauren and I love it. She is such a classic beauty!

Natural light is always best. Unless you have hired a flash-happy photographer, bets are you will want photos of you getting ready in natural light.

Get rid of the clutter. Before you and your bridesmaids let ALL THE THINGS fall out all over the place, try to sway everyone to put their stuff on the same side of the room. Think angles. Will your photographer shoot over your shoulder while your hair is being curled? Will a Walmart bag filled with Bridesmaid Sally's tennis shoes pop up in the background? A good photographer will know to look out for these things, but keep in mind, she can't avoid a room with piles in every corner.

West Manor Estate has a GORGEOUS bridal suite. Elyse and her entire bridal party had plenty of room for gathering before she walked down the aisle. Photo: Daytona Lamade.

West Manor Estate has a GORGEOUS bridal suite. Elyse and her entire bridal party had plenty of room for gathering before she walked down the aisle. Photo: Daytona Lamade.

Beautify the menu. I have seen the CUTEST brunches laid out for the bridal party. Themed straws, cups, and donuts or sprinkled cookies make adorable detail shots. Plus, who doesn't love eating pretty things?

James of 88 Love Stories Photography got this adorable shot of Katie! I love the pops of color from the comforters! Beautiful and candid.

James of 88 Love Stories Photography got this adorable shot of Katie! I love the pops of color from the comforters! Beautiful and candid.

Use an alternate space. If your getting ready room can't be helped, there's hope! Take the party out in the hall or staircase! Allow your photographer to find the perfect spot for you to get dressed. Trust!

The bridal suite at Ford's Colony is actually a locker room in the basement. Even without natural light, Crystal Belcher hit it out of the park!

The bridal suite at Ford's Colony is actually a locker room in the basement. Even without natural light, Crystal Belcher hit it out of the park!

Some of these may seem like common sense, but with everything you have to think about on your wedding day, the getting ready space might be the furthest thing from your mind. Take a mental note to put just a little effort into making it a beautiful space. You will enjoy those memories for years to come!