Our Top 5 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Day Getting Ready Room

Have you thought about where you’re getting ready on your Wedding Day?

This is a question we hear frequently and I want you to find the best place that fits your style, needs, and allows you to get the most stunning photos of you and your squad drinking mimosa’s & popping open champagne in your cute silk robes.

 
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  • Loads of natural light flowing softly into the room - When we step in to capture your getting ready photos, details, and you and your bridesmaids laughing, we will likely be turning the lights off. Light bulbs give off yellow, green, purple, & sometimes orange casts, which show up in unflattering ways on the skin. Our goal is to get the best looking coloring and light for your skin tone. No orange face over here, this isn’t Jersey Shore.

    • What to look for: Look for large windows where light is cascading in across the room. If you can find floor to ceiling windows, even better. If they have white shades or sheer curtains, that constitutes as the best darn windows we can ask for.

    • Beware of harsh lighting and dark shadows.

      Ask the staff which side of the hotel has the best lighting and what time of the day has the softest light. Many times we’ve found hotel staff to be very knowledgeable.

Ample soft light shown here to display how light is filling this room from a natural floor to ceiling window.

Ample soft light shown here to display how light is filling this room from a natural floor to ceiling window.

  • White walls - having white walls can help in many ways starting with it being a pleasing & clean background in your images. They reflect clean neutral light into the room and onto your skin which is an important element, so we love as much of that as we can get. Let’s be honest not a single person wants puke green walls in their wedding gallery.

White walls and large windows to the side allow light to cascade through the room and fill shadows while providing a clean non-disturbing background.

White walls and large windows to the side allow light to cascade through the room and fill shadows while providing a clean non-disturbing background.

  • Allows you to have your Photography, Makeup, Hair, & Video team on site - Yup, surprisingly enough we have run into B&B’s and Inns not allowing on site vendors. Due to liability I imagine, or if the establishment is small and not fully reserved for your event having a large amount of people hanging around could potentially be disruptive to other guests. Just something to ask, confirm, and check off your list! We’d hate to have that surprise come morning of.

Beautiful soft light shown filling Christys’ hotel room with consistent lighting for portraits & details.

Beautiful soft light shown filling Christys’ hotel room with consistent lighting for portraits & details.

  • Close proximity to your ceremony venue - knowing your close to your ceremony venue eases nerves and if something were to get left behind, you can send someone and they will return quickly. Plus your in the car for only a short time, less time sitting and scrunching your dress.

  • Space - there are going to be bridesmaids, Mom’s, Grandma’s, Aunts, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, videographers potentially sharing this space. I’m sure everyone loves cuddling however, it’s nice to have more room than needed. We don’t want you feeling smothered on your Wedding day.

    • We suggest reserving a suite or adjoining rooms. This way belongings can be in one room and keep the other space open and clean. Andddddd this room can double as your Wedding Night suite. For our Wedding, my bridesmaids & I stayed in the room the night before after the rehearsal, got ready, & then used it as our Wedding night suite. It worked out perfectly. Every single person in the party was where they needed to be, at the right time. Control freak, maybe! Or I know my family all too well. lol.

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Other things to think about:

- Have the Groom get ready at the same location. If your having us capture his getting ready photos this is much more feasible when we don’t have to travel to multiple locations. Do you have a family member also staying in the same hotel, that you can borrow their room for the morning.

- Have you thought about getting ready at your parents or a relatives luxurious home? Do they have any of the qualities suggested above.

Becky and her Bridesmaids got ready at her Mothers home, where we had ample light and white walls .

Becky and her Bridesmaids got ready at her Mothers home, where we had ample light and white walls .

- Does your ceremony site have a bridal suite? Do they include our top 5? Because it’s available, doesn’t always mean it’s the right spot.

- Are there any large events, banquets, or conferences happening at that hotel.

Our last note:

Most hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts will let you tour their rooms. We would be glad to join you or you can send us photos.

Good luck with your search and Congratulations on your Engagement!

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Elle Helgeson

Our Fine Art Wedding Photography focuses natural movement & deep connection so you can have romantic images to relive your best memories throughout your lives together.