Choosing a Getting Ready Location

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Our top 5 things you need to consider to choose the best getting ready space for you and your groom.

I heard the oooos and screams as they walked in, my eyes covered to keep my face from getting hair-sprayed. I peeked out from behind my hands as my cousins and best friends came in the door, one after another to join the funtivities. Music played in the background, but could hardly be heard as we laughed together and talked about the excitement of the day I got to marry my best friend.

I have so many sweet memories of my wedding day…and the anticipation and joy I remember feeling while I got ready in the morning were some of the sweetest.

While the focus of planning for the getting ready portion of your wedding day is often on hair, make-up, meals, dresses, and accessories, choosing a getting ready location is an important decision that requires some thought and preparation!

But how do you choose the best spot? Here are the top 5 things you need to consider to choose the best getting ready space for you AND your groom…

Mother of the bride helping bride with her dress

Choosing the perfect getting ready locations


1 | Physical location

Traveling in a wedding dress that takes up way too much of the back seat can get old fast. Choose a getting ready location in close proximity to your photo locations and to your wedding venue. It will save you loads of time and takes the pressure off if you forget anything!

2 | Size

Choose a getting ready location that is big enough to fit everyone you may want coming in and out—your bridal party, family, friends, make-up artist, wedding planner, photographer…the list goes on. Remember that most people who come in bring something with them. Getting ready locations can easily get crowded with people and things. Wide open spaces with high ceilings are best!

Groom in classic black suit and bowtie getting ready
Bride and Mother first look with her mom

3 | Natural light

Having large windows and lots of natural light in your getting ready space makes the room feel bright, airy, and open. Not only is it helpful for your make-up artist, it’s also perfect for stunning natural-light portraits!

Gorgeous bride in her wedding dress

4 | Non-distracting décor

Choose a getting ready space that has neutral colored walls with non-distracting decor. Light and neutral colored walls and decor provide the best backdrop for the morning of your wedding day, keeping the available light clean and clear of color casts.

Bride and her bridesmaids

5 | A place to hang

Keep in mind that you’ll need a place to hang your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses while everyone is getting ready! Choose a getting ready room that has a spot to hang all those dresses without blocking the natural light from the large windows!

The time you spend getting ready on your wedding day will be filled with unforgettable moments no matter where it is, but we hope these tips help you choose the perfect location for you and for your groom!

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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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