Perla Photography | Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

First let me just say that there isn't a one-size-fits-all in weddings. YOU DO YOU. That is the most important thing about wedding planning. Do NOT follow any rules, only your instinct! But here are some tips for bridal prep. Again, if this is not you, just let us know what you are planning and we will photograph whatever you have in mind.

Every bride loves having those beautiful shots of her bridal details. It’s an important part of the story and we love having some time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewellery, invitations, etc. These shots allow us to get warmed up for the rest of the wedding. We normally like to allow at least 15 minutes for this part of the day. While we are shooting details, we are also capturing some candid shots of the bride and her girls in their dressing gown cheering for the Day just about to unfold.

After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to get into her dress! This is a big moment! We usually ask the mother of the bride and all of the bridesmaids to be dressed by the time the bride is ready to get into her dress. This ensures that everyone will look nice in those images. After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewellery, veil, shoes, etc. and we will shoot some additional bridal portraits!

A Few things to consider about the “getting ready” portion of the day.

  • Do you want to share a “first look” with your dad or any other person who plays an important role in your life?
  • Will you and your groom be exchanging gifts during this time? If so, who would you like to deliver them?
  • Some brides want very few people around for this moment. Other brides love having aunts and grandmas present! It’s totally up to you!

Let us know if any of the above moments will take place during the bridal preparation!

Rings, Shoes, jewels, rings: The whole day begins with the DETAILS!

Here you’ll find a list of the most common details that we capture. We ask brides to gather any details they have before we arrive so that we can walk in, say hello, give them a big hug and then begin shooting.


veil / hair pieces

rings (all three)





invitation suite

A few other things to consider…. as you get ready to put your dress on, refrain from putting any jewellery on. I love shooting all of those final steps once you’re in your gown! Speaking of the gown, if your gown is on a plastic hanger, try to make a note to bring a wooden hanger along for picture sake. If you forget, no big deal! It just looks a bit better

When you’re planning a wedding day timeline, the best advice I could give is to ADD CUSHION TIME! Sometimes the most simple things can take an extra 20 minutes and then all of a sudden, the whole morning is thrown off.

It’s a smart idea to add in an extra ten minutes here and there so that we have some wiggle room to work with! This way, if one part of the day gets thrown off by 20 minutes, I can help you compensate that time in other areas. Also for this reason we always plan travel time between each location to be 1/3 longer and we ask make up and hair to be finished for all the people you wish to be included in the photos before we arrive.