Every newly engaged couple knows about engagement sessions - I've never gotten an email from a future bride or prospective client asking what an engagement session is. But bridal sessions don't have the same clout... even though they totally should. Bridal photo sessions tend to be a little bit more of a southern tradition, but I firmly believe that they're one worth preserving, and I'm here to explain why.
But first, what exactly is a bridal session? A bridal sessions where the bride gets dressed up in her wedding attire any time other than on the wedding day (usually 1-2 months before the wedding day). This timeframe ensures that the bridal photos can be edited and printed in time to display at your wedding reception! Some brides choose to display one grand photo, while others display small photos around the reception area. There are no rules when it comes to these sessions or how you display your images.
So, without further ado, here are the top five reasons that I think every bride should do a bridal portrait session.
THE TOP FIVE REASONS TO DO A BRIDAL SESSION
01. It's The Perfect Trial Run
A bridal session is like a fun sneak peek of what your actual wedding photos will look like. I know every bride, once they get their dress, they're just dying to see how it looks and feels with their shoes, accessories, hair, and makeup. A bridal session is a trial run that gives you an opportunity to iron out any details ahead of the wedding.
I've had a couple brides make changes to their hairstyle or makeup for the big day because of things they noticed during their bridal sessions, so it really can be so helpful to see yourself fully dolled up in your wedding finery before the big day, to ensure you're not looking back at wedding pictures saying "why did I do that?"
02. It Calms Your Nerves
If you're having pre-wedding jitters, a bridal session will get you feeling more relaxed in your wedding attire - you'll get to twirl around in your dress, feel like a beautiful princess, and really get excited about your upcoming wedding ceremony!
And image the moment when your wedding photos get delivered - depending on when you book your bridal session, your wedding day could be less than a month away by the time you receive your photos. Looking through them will be an excellent way to get excited for your wedding day, and to help put aside any nervous feelings you may be having.
03. Make The Most of Your Wedding Dress
Let's be real - you paid a pretty penny for this gorgeous white dress that you are going to wear for one single day. Why on earth wouldn't you want to take every opportunity possible to show it off?
By picking a location that's a different style than your wedding venue, you get the opportunity to have a wide variety of photos of you in the most special outfit you'll ever wear. If you're having a traditional wedding in a church, this can also be a great opportunity to get some dreamy outdoor sunset photos. You can be as creative as you want to be during a bridal session! The days of brides sitting in front of a backdrop, posed with their hand under their chin are long gone. Consider using props like a vintage car or unique furniture - let's style it up and make this shoot reflect who you are!
04. It Can Be a Special Time to Bond
Something that most people don't typically think of, but this can be a super special time for you and your mother/sister/best friend (or all of the above!).
A bridal session doesn't necessarily require an army, but it's super nice to at least have one of your closest ladies there with you to help carry all of the accessories, fluff your dress, fix your hair, etc. And although your mom/sister/best friend is probably really involved in your wedding planning process already, this can be a special time for the two of you to share and celebrate together.
05. It Gives You More Photos!
It gives you more pictures! The tradition of displaying a bridal portrait at the wedding is still one that many couples follow. Giving a framed portrait of yourself to your parents or grandparents as a thank you gift the day of the wedding is also a really sweet idea.
It also frees up some of our time on wedding day, because the wedding day portraits are always a little bit of a race against the clock. No matter what, we'll definitely get beautiful photos of just you in your dress on your wedding day, but if we've done a bridal session it will take a lot of the pressure off of this, and allow more time for dreamy photos of you newly married lovebirds.