This part of the day is often overlooked by photographers and brides to be, particularly if there are restrictions on time or budget. However I find this to be the time when you get fabulous often emotional shots before the real hustle and bustle of the day begins.
There are a few things that a bride can do to create the best environment for photography and make the most of the opportunity:
• If you can choose a room, choose one with plenty of non-direct light. North facing with big windows is ideal. If there is direct sunlight see if it is possible to screen the windows in some way to diffuse the light;
• Try to keep clutter to a minimum. Wedding clutter is fine, but put anything that is not wedding related out of sight. Put boxes and packaging out of sight, but keep shoes, jewellery, flowers etc on view;
• Take your dress out the bag as soon as you arrive in the room you are getting ready in. Not only does this allow for photographs to be taken before you put it on, but it allows any creases to drop out;
• This is the time when the photographer has a chance to get lots of lovely detail shots that look fantastic in albums, so if there is anything particularly special that you must have a picture of this is a good time to point it out and ask the photographer to get some pictures of it;
• Ignore the photographer. It is perfectly acceptable to ask them to leave the room or stop shooting at any time, but otherwise get on with what you are doing and let them work around you (the odd cup of coffee helps though!)
• Put your dress on with plenty of time – you don’t want to do it in a rush and your photographer will want to go and get some shots of the groom and best man looking nervous;
• Most important of all, relax and enjoy yourself. This is the only part of the day that is all about you, so make the most of it.