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Brides: getting ready photos before your wedding are undoubtedly some of the most genuine and memorable moments of your day. Today we’re sharing eighteen of our favorite must-have getting ready photos to inspire your wedding. We’ve rounded up the best-of-the-best like candid moments with your girls, footage of the groomsmen, a teary moment with dad, mom helping you get ready, and much more. So, grab a pen and paper and get ready to jot these down (or, pin this page) because you won’t want to miss these amazing photos! (And, if you’re a bridesmaid or Maid of Honor, be sure to check out #18 for a fun idea you can do to surprise the groom!) Which one is your favorite?
Getting Ready Photos
1. The Bride Getting Ready.
First and foremost, you’ll want those classic shots of the bride getting ready. Hair, makeup – the works. Bridesmaids, too.
I don’t know about you, but something happens when a bunch of girls get together the morning before a wedding. We make it a priority to have the most fun possible. It definitely unleashes our funny side… there’s just so much excitement and anticipation in the room!
And our sentimental, BFFs-forever side.
Want to do a garter shot like this? You can find the garters (like these shown) here.
An essential must-have wedding day photo: The Dress.
I love this shot! Remember the bridesmaid dresses from the day along with personalized hangers of your girls. Pssst. You can get some hangers here!
Aw. So sweet.
I admire so many things about this shot. The lighting, the room, the bride looking in the mirror, the moment to herself. Incredible.
The Reaction by the Bridal Party = always an amazing moment.
… and the guys hanging out…
… and toasting to the groom (and, you know, playing foosball).
Be sure to capture the moment with your mom on film. It’s priceless.
There are plenty of great photos of a dad’s reaction to the bride, but this is one of my favorites. The scene is so real. The house, the kitchen, the red purse. This is not a staged shot, just a real moment in time capturing the dad’s face perfectly. A must-have for your wedding.
I love this shot, too, from the perspective of the dad seeing the bride… very unique.
Everyone does it; might as well get it on film!
And, this is one we love just for fun. Bridesmaids have someone snap a photo of this and send it via text to the groom. (Also read: 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom).
Which of these getting ready photo ideas is your favorite?