The Building Blocks of the Perfect Getting Ready Space

April 13, 2021

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If you’ve been pinning gorgeous venues and bridal portraits for years, you’re probably the type of bride who’s put some thought into her getting ready space. You might already know a lot about what it takes to get those gorgeous getting ready portraits, but there are a few insider tips for how to choose a space that is perfectly prepped!

Large and open

There’s nothing more frustrating the morning of you wedding than tripping over everything (and everyone) around your because it’s too crammed. Your entire bridal party, dresses, family members, vendors & their supplies will all share this space, so it’s best to have a room that’s PLENTY big enough to move around. Not only that, it will give us options for where we can take your bridal portraits with an open, clean background.

Neutral colors / light walls

Colorful, bold spaces might look interesting at first, but the last thing you want if you’re going for classic, timeless bridal portraits are walls covered in overwhelming patterns or that are dark in color. Not to mention, super saturated walls can have an impact on the color of your portraits (altering your skin tones!) and we don’t want that. It’s best to pick a spot that has white, light gray, or neutral colored walls without any patterns or distracting elements.

Natural light

If I had to choose one tip not to overlook, it’s this one! Chances are, the getting ready photos you’ve seen and fallen in love with (because they’re just so beautiful) were in a space with an ABUNDANCE of natural light.

I think a lot of venues have paid attention to this and intentionally created getting ready spaces that have big windows. Without any windows, it’s nearly impossible to get those light & airy, perfectly lit bridal portraits. The bigger the windows, the more light we get, so bigger is better!


This can be a tough one, especially if you’re getting married in a downtown setting. But it really does make your morning SO much less stressful if you’re getting ready in a place that’s really close to your venue (or better yet, ON SITE!) This avoids any mishaps like people being late (or getting lost!) going from one place to another, and you also don’t need to account for travel in your timeline, meaning more time for the portraits you’ve invested so much in!

If your venue is downtown and they don’t have a getting ready space available, I recommend choosing an AirBnB, hotel or another space that’s no more than 10 minutes away.

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This is where I share not only my work and show off my sweet couples, but also (many) pieces of my life. I'm an open book when it comes to talking about things I love, current obsessions, my cute pup, and my amazing hubby, so I hope you love reading about it! Also, you'll find quite a few resources for planning the wedding you've always dreamed of, so grab yourself a latte and start exploring!

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