18 Must-Have ‘Getting Ready’ Photos

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 such as 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, bookmark this page: just hit CTRL + B on your keyboard) 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?

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bridesmaids jumping on bed (photo by il mare photography)

photo by il mare photography

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.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bride getting makeup done (photo by Feuza Reis)

photo by feuza reis (see the full real wedding!)

2. Candid Shots of Your Girls.

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!

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bridesmaids jumping on bed (photo by nadi bay photography)

photo by nadi bay photography

And our sentimental, BFFs-forever side.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bridesmaids on bed (photo by whitebox)

photo by whitebox

Want to do a garter shot like this? You can find the garters (like these shown) here.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: photo of bridesmaids with garters

photo by sarah mattix photography, garters via nana rose designs

3. The Dress.

An essential must-have wedding day photo: The Dress.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: wedding dress hanging (photo by bellagala)
photo by bellagala via source

4. Bridesmaids Dresses on Personalized Hangers.

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!

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bridesmaid dresses on personalized hangers (photo by jemma keech)
photo by jemma keech

5. The Groom Helping the Ring Bearer Getting Ready.

Aw. So sweet.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: ring bearer getting ready with groom (photo by kate mcelwee)
photo by kate mcelwee

6. Before the Dress.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: before the bride puts on her dress (photo by becker photographer)
photo by becker photographer

7. Putting on The Dress.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: getting the dress on the bride (photo by kristina hill photography)
photo by kristina hill photography (see the real wedding)

8. The Bride.

I admire so many things about this shot. The lighting, the room, the bride looking in the mirror, the moment to herself. Incredible.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bride in gown looking in mirror (photo by sansom photography)
photo by sansom photography

9. The Reaction.

The Reaction by the Bridal Party = always an amazing moment.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bridal party reaction to bride (photo by kathryn krueger)
photo by kathryn krueger via fearless photographers

11. The Groom and Groomsmen Getting Ready.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: groom and groomsmen getting ready (photo by david wittig)
photo by david wittig via wpja

… and the guys hanging out…

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: groomsmen hanging out (photo by i luv photo)
photo by i luv photo (see the real wedding!)

… and toasting to the groom (and, you know, playing foosball).

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: groomsmen getting ready foosball (photo via erdbeerwald)
photo via erdbeerwald via pinterest

12. The Flower Girl + Ring Bearer.

So cute.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: ring bearer and flower girl (photo by earthy photography)
photo by earthy photography

13. Bride and Her Mom.

Be sure to capture the moment with your mom on film. It’s priceless.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: bride with her mom (photo by juli feller photography)
photo by juli feller via pinterest

14. Dad’s Reaction.

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.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: dad seeing bride for first time (photo by courtney jade photography)
photo by courtney jade photography

I love this shot, too, from the perspective of the dad seeing the bride… very unique.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: dad seeing bride for first time brides face (photo by julia wade)
photo by julia wade via moment junkie

15. Groom and His Dad.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: groom and his dad (photo by derek olson of fete photography)
photo by fete photography

16. Groom and His Mom.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: groom with mom (photo by chi photography)
photo by chi photography

17. Bridesmaids Spying on Guests as They Arrive.

Everyone does it; might as well get it on film!

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: spying on guests (photo by liz linder)
photo by liz linder via wpja

18. Just Wait Til You See Her!

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.

18 Best Getting Ready Photos: just wait til you see her (photo by perry vaile)
photo by perry vaile via the lovely find

Which of these getting ready photo ideas is your favorite?

Happy Planning!


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All are great photos

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I want to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you post…


I love the flower girl and ring bearer. It brought tears to my eyes picturing my son and daughter in this picture!

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These have got to be the best getting ready photos ever. really professional photography.

Southern California Bride

A great list of must have photos!