It has almost been 2 years since our wedding (gasp!) and I absolutely loved sharing all the details of our special day with you guys. I went through a slew of “wedding Wednesday” posts and today I wanted to share a related post since wedding season is upon us. I’m talking all about bridal portraits and why I decided to skip them.
Bridal portraits are a wedding tradition where the bride gets all dressed up in her wedding attire and has portraits made on a day before the wedding. It is somewhat of a “trial run” before the actual wedding. I believe it is more common in the south than some other parts of the country and at some weddings, a large framed portrait of the bride is displayed at the reception.
I thought about getting bridals but as much as I love photos (hello, I’m a blogger!) I couldn’t justify shelling out the cash for these and then found myself wondering what I would do with 100 photos of myself in a wedding gown. By the time you factor the photographer fees, sitting fees at venues, hair, makeup, spray tan, manicure, bouquet, dry cleaning, and the actual canvas/print that you will display and have framed- we’re talking over $1,000, people. Phew!
You still want to have a hair & makeup trial run, of course, so instead of using mine for bridal portraits I used it for my engagement photos instead. All in all, I can barely think of anyone who has a giant bridal portrait hanging in their home (maybe the parents if anyone). My advice- take a few minutes during the wedding day to get some solo shots. At the end of the day, I would rather have photos of Ryan & I or our friends & family hanging up on our walls than a photo of just me.
If budget is no issue for you I think portraits are a great idea- it’s also a time where photographers can get creative, which I love. But if you are on the fence or really want a certain vendor and trying to make aq compromise, think about cutting the bridals. I honestly don’t regret it one bit and am happy with my few “portraits” from the day.
I’m curious to hear, do any of y’all regret not getting portraits or are you happy you didn’t spend the time and money on them? Leave me a comment down below!