It’s sort of not fair that it takes the bride ten times longer to get ready than the groom! Hours are involved in the getting ready process! Hours. The bride has put a lot of details into this day and how she will look on the most important day of her life. It’s one of the most exciting portions of the day to photograph too! With a large bridal party there is a lot of hustle and bustle, multiple stations of hair and makeup and the room is a mess! It’s a chaotic excitement! There are random times where even with a large bridal party, it’s quiet. No matter the energy of the room, have people around you that know you; who can give you a call sign to distract you in case of tears, if you’re getting too anxious, etc.
When it comes time to putting on the dress, have 2 people designated for that duty. Too many cooks in the kitchen can cause chaos. You could set it up so the others are in a different room and they have their own sort of first look of the whole ensemble; or, being on the opposite side of the room for an ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ chorus.
The biggest part of the bridal prep and the most important part have to do with the dress itself. There are so many options for the wedding dress; the silhouette, material, color, etc.Also, how you’re put into the dress. There can be just a simple zipper, or corset, buttons or combination of all three. Have someone, whether it’s a bridesmaid, or your mother know exactly how to put you into the dress. If you have to, do a run through; especially if there’s a corset. Develop a pattern for the lacing. A simple trick for buttons: a bobby pin or a crochet needle is really helpful!