5 Reasons To Have A Bridal Portrait Session
Bridal portraits are a very popular wedding tradition, but sometimes Brides don't always know that they can have a Bridal Session either on their wedding day or after their wedding day! You can also have a Bridal Boudoir session if you really want to spice it up a bit. Some Brides even have their bridal portraits taken a few weeks before their wedding day if they want to try out their wedding day look. Bridal Portrait Session are such a nice keepsake for both you and your family (perhaps your future little girl that will love to see her Mom's Bridal session one day).
On your wedding day, your photographer can also take a few portraits of you, but more and more brides are opting to have a full bridal portrait shoot to avoid rushing the moment on their wedding day.
Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Have Bridal Portraits Taken Before Your Wedding:
1. Use It As A Test Run
On a wedding day, most Brides are full of nerves (and expected to an extent), so giving your wedding day look a test run in advance (for some Brides), helps them to not feel so worried about their look on their actual wedding day. It also helps you to change a lip or eye color in advance without doing it on your wedding date.
2. You Can Take More Time With Them
Bridal Sessions are a great time to pamper yourself as well with your wedding photographer. Not only will the both of you get even more comfortable together, but it will help you to really trust your wedding photographer's direction when helping you to look your best and be most comfortable during your portrait session.
3. You Can Go to More Locations
Having a Bridal Session done separately also allows you to try different locations that you may not be able to get to on your wedding day! What a great way to look back at your photos and know that you have multiple looks and options from this session to choose from.
4. You Will Be More Comfortable on Your Wedding Day
This is probably one of the best reasons to do a Bridal Session in advance. Being comfortable on your wedding day helps immensely, but there's no better feeling then knowing that you've been in front of the camera already and trusting your photographer's direction gets even easier.
5. It Is a Great Focal Point for Your Reception
You can print your Bridal Portrait Session images to display at your Reception. This may be a great way to also add a special touch in your Bridal Suite as well.
For those that have more questions about Bridal Portrait Sessions, I've compiled some additional questions and answers that you may be thinking about:
1. When should I have my bridal portraits taken?
You should have your bridal portraits taken 3-4 weeks before your wedding if possible. By that point all of your final alterations on your dress should be finished. That also leaves plenty of time to have your favorite portrait printed and framed to display at your reception.
2. Where should I have my bridal portraits taken?
Your wedding venue is a really great spot to have your bridal portraits taken because there will be sentimental value. You can also travel to other locations around the city that you like, but won't be able to get to on your wedding day because of time constraints.
3. Should I have my wedding bouquet in the photos?
This is a personal choice! If you can budget to have a smaller bouquet made for the portraits that would work best; then save for the larger bouquet on your wedding day!
4. Canvas Prints for Reception, What Size?
16 x 20 is a really great size to have your bridal portrait printed on. It is large enough that it will catch the attention of your guests without being too over the top. It just depends what you prefer!