The Getting Ready Room: 6 Do’s & 1 Don’t

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The getting ready room hosts the first moments of your wedding day, and in order to make those moments filled with joy and laughter instead of problems and stress, we’re sharing 6 Do’s and 1 Don’t for the getting ready room!

The getting ready room is one of my favorite parts of any wedding day. I remember how much fun it was to have my girls surrounding me on my own wedding day as we all got ready… laughing, dancing, talking, and “oooing and ahhing” as each girl had her hair and makeup finished!

The getting ready room hosts the first moments of your wedding day, and in order to make those moments filled with joy and laughter instead of problems and stress, we’re sharing 6 Do’s and 1 Don’t for the getting ready room!

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The Getting Ready Room: 6 Do’s & 1 Don’t!

Do’s:  

1. Keep it Clean

Designate a corner or safe space for bridesmaids/groomsmen to leave their bags, purses, and anything else they aren’t actively using. Your pictures will look much more elegant without the clutter!  

Bride seeing herself in the mirror for the first time

2. Provide food/drinks

Everyone knows a party is better with food! Those who are gathering to get ready for your wedding day need to be fueled and ready to go, so make sure to provide some snacks!  We always recommend including healthy options as well—it’ll be a long, fun filled day and your body will need lots energy and hydration.  

3. Music

Loosen up!  It’s normal to be a little jittery on your wedding day. Set the mood and have a little fun by playing your favorite music as you prep for one of the sweetest days of your life!

4. Hang your dress or suit & let it breathe!

Make sure your getting ready room has a spot to hang dresses & suits!  It’s important to keep them looking fresh and to let them breathe a little instead of keeping them in a bag or cover all morning.

Dress on display at The Allure on the Lake in Indiana

5. Temperature control availability

Getting ready rooms often get SUPER warm, especially if bridesmaids are getting their hair done in the getting ready room OR if groomsmen are doing some last minute ironing!  Having the ability to control the room temperature can make your getting ready time way more comfortable & enjoyable!

Mother of the bride helping her daughter into her dress

6. Have emergency kit items available

We all have those friends who forget something. Help the day run a little smoother by having emergency kit items available to those getting ready with you!  We recommend delegating this task to your maid of honor or personal attendant.  

 

Don’t forget to wear something comfortable & cute until you slip into your wedding attire! Instead of having people show up in their pajamas or lazy-day sweats, talk to your wedding party about what to wear!  It doesn’t have to get too complicated, but it’ll make a huge difference in your getting ready photos!

Ben and Alyssa Wedding photography in Chicago by Pen and Lens Photography

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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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