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Essential or Extra: Getting Ready Pictures?

Lynnie, on September 17, 2018 at 10:23 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 26
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What's your take on "getting ready pictures"? Are they one of your essential must-haves, or an extra upgrade you could skip? Essential or Extra??


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Latest activity by Erin, on May 14, 2019 at 20:46
  • Erin
    Super May 2022 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    I think both, extra as a cost for your photographer to do that as it may add extra time but essential enough that you and your girls could take random shots of getting ready

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  • Veronica
    Super October 2021 Alberta
    Veronica ·
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    I feel like they are an extra, but they worked into our timeline for photography so we are doing them! But I could live without it if needed.

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  • Kaisha
    Super March 2019 Nova Scotia
    Kaisha ·
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    Extra, however my photographer does not charge by the hour so we will do these.

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  • BunnyBride
    Super August 2334 Nova Scotia
    BunnyBride ·
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    This is one my FH and I are a split on as Essential/Extra. He sees it as an extra and I as an essential. Where we are skipping videography and putting some of that in the photography budget and where a lot of the photographer wedding packages we looked to cover the whole day include it anyway, it's kind of a moot point and probably going to wind up happening anyway.

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  • Sara
    Frequent user January 2021 Alberta
    Sara ·
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    Extra. Photography is one aspect I am not willing to cheap out on, but if I'm paying for a certain amount of time to have the photographer there, I'm not going to waste it on getting ready. I can see why some people enjoy them though and totally get why some people would consider them essential. For me, I'm not particularly girly and was never the type that loved getting ready as a group and all that stuff so these pictures wouldn't really be any fun for me and would proably just feel annoying to deal with when I'm trying to get ready. I have some friends though who love that kind of stuff and I totally get why it would be important to them.

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    Extra. We did do them because we opted for the 10 hour package but I was more interested in pictures of us all dressed up!

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    Extra. I like the idea of getting ready privately with just a few select people.

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  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·
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    Extra for me, I'd rather get details of our ceremony venue before the guests arrive. However, might get a few shots of each group getting ready. (putting on the final touches)

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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    Extra for me, however, it's a nice touch. I'm still doing it.

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  • Kaye
    Frequent user September 2018 Ontario
    Kaye ·
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    It was a nice addition but my photographer gave the time to me for free

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Essential as moments may pass over time and the perfect time for family portraits as the time after never seems to roll around for one and others want to be in the shot too.
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  • Alexandra
    VIP November 2019 British Columbia
    Alexandra ·
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    Extra, I’ll be skipping them. I want to just relax not worry about getting loads of pictures
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  • Casey
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Casey ·
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    I am still undecided on this. We will only have our photographer for 8 hours ( possibility of extending for an additional fee each hour) so it will depend how early we are doing our first look photos.

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  • K
    Expert June 2019 Ontario
    Kim ·
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    I guess I'm the odd one out here... I don't think they're essential at all lol. I'm not doing them but to each their own Smiley smile
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  • Jenn
    Frequent user March 2019 Ontario
    Jenn ·
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    Essential!! Nice memories to capture.

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  • Michelle
    Expert April 2019 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    Essential. But instead of paying extra to have them professionally done and extend the photographers time, my girls and I will take silly pictures on our phones.

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  • Sydney
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Sydney ·
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    Essential... HOWEVER I couldn’t justify paying the photographer to come early so she came at 2:00pm. Not toooo many getting ready photos as we were mainly ready by there, BUT my sister-in-law is a photgrapher (and in the wedding party) so she was snapping photos the whole time!
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    I wouldn't call them essential, but I definitely want them! We have our photographer for a full day with no time limit so we might as well! So these would be an extra, and I'm loving them!
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  • Peggy
    Super May 2019 Alberta
    Peggy ·
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    Essential. I love looking at them - I want to see my groom with his gent's!

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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Essential. I love the getting ready photos
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  • Lydia
    Devoted June 2019 British Columbia
    Lydia ·
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    I'm not doing them, our ceremony will be around 10.30 / 11 and so we have to get up quite early to get ready as is, but my main reason is that I know I'll feel really uncomfortable and I know at least one of the girls in my bridal party (only have 3) feels the same about it. So yea, I do think they're cute and all but it's just not for me
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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    For me its Essential! Theres so many emotions happening when getting ready I want them all on film!
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  • Gabbie
    Frequent user June 2019 Nova Scotia
    Gabbie ·
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    (I'm having a brunch wedding, and want to take some sunset photos after the party is done at Peggy's Cove, so I'm not having a photographer at that time, we'll be getting ready extremely early, I'm sure no one in my party will be anything but grumpy until after the 5th cup of coffee.

    I don't want any photos of me getting ready, maybe candid by us (the wedding party). I dislike those hanging dress photos a lot, as the abstract "ring in shoe" and weird artsy photos of the accessories, it just feels like a waste to me.

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  • Rekramer
    Expert November 2018 Ontario
    Rekramer ·
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    Essential. close friends and family laughing together is the whole point of this special day.

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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·
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    Essential - The whole day is going to be a blur, I'm sure of it. So it'll be nice to have pictures of important moments of the day.

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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    Essential! I just love the look of these pictures and on top of that it's the last couple pictures that you will have before being married!! And you don't want to waste a good makeup and hair day transformation!

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