Have you heard of bridal sessions? A bridal session is a portrait session of the bride, or the couple, in their bridal attire before or after their wedding day. These are a great way for you to not miss out on anything during your wedding but still get loads of portrait style photographs from your photographer. Typically, based on my knowledge, bridal sessions usually happen before your wedding day. This gives you an opportunity to print some of those beautiful images and have them in frames for your wedding day. It also gives you an opportunity to not be stressed out on your big day with feeling uncomfortable in front of the camera, dealing with last minute changes, or maybe being stressed on time. But, there are some cons to bridal sessions too… Today, we’re diving a little deeper on what we think about them.

A First Look

We are big fans of the traditional ‘first look while walking down the aisle’. In fact, we did that for our own wedding. We loved the idea and tradition of no interaction on the day of our wedding. It made walking down the aisle so much more special for the both of us. We get it – photographers and most people will vote for a first look, but if you were to ask us, we got all the photographs we needed of ourselves from our wedding day, so having that extra time or making sure that the right photos were captured just didn’t seem more appealing in our minds. A bridal session takes this magical moment away. We count this as a CON to bridal sessions.

Day Of Comfort

When you’ve been planning for a wedding, you have so many different things going on. From picking out your caterer, flowers, venue, shoes, earrings and even perfume, the last thing you want to do is wait until the day of your wedding to see how everything works together. Being able to get ready in your gown, put your shoes on, have a hair & makeup trail, while getting some posing tips from your photographer gives you the opportunity to see exactly how you’re going to look. And more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to buy new shoes if the ones you were planning on wearing gave you major blisters! We count this as a PRO to bridal sessions.

Avoiding Awkward Photographs

When you schedule a bridal session, you’re able to work with your photographer. Luckily, these days, a lot of photographers offer engagement sessions which give you an opportunity to get to know them a little bit more, see how they work and most importantly, see how you feel in front of their camera with their direction. You’re able to relax a little bit more when your big day approaches. Your photographer is able to capture more of those details you worked so hard on planning. Instead of working together for the first time on your wedding day and getting some awkward/uncomfortable looking photographs, a bridal session breaks that barrier and you get to be in front of the camera on a different timeline compared to your wedding day.¬†We count this as a PRO to bridal sessions.

The Day Of Excitement

One of the best parts about your wedding day, is waking up and knowing TODAY IS THE DAY. I remember waking up the morning of my wedding and looking forward to spending quality time with my mom, cousins and closest girlfriend. We all drank mimosas and got ready together. I had done a hair & makeup trial, but the rush of getting all done up and putting my dress on was such a rush of excitement. My mom zipping my gown, my best friend tying my sash, and putting on my jewelry made it so much more magical. It was one of those moments that if I did a bridal session, I am not sure would have the same effect. Same goes for guys…. putting your suit on, spritzing your best cologne and fixing your cuffs is all part of the magic in getting ready for your big day. It’s not every day you get to dress in your best, right? We count this as a CON to bridal sessions.

Away From The Venue

The final thing we think is worth noting is the role that your location has. With a scheduled bridal shoot, you’re able to go somewhere other than the venue you’ve picked for your wedding day. This gives you an opportunity to get photographs in unique settings that you may no necessarily have been able to if you waited for your wedding day only to take photos. Imagine having an industrial styled wedding in downtown Phoenix. Realistically, you probably won’t be able to get those desert sunset shots that you’ve been eyeing. With a schedule bridal session before your wedding day, you’re able to get the best of both worlds. We count this as a PRO to bridal sessions.

These are our own thoughts and honestly, everyone is completely different with what works and makes the most sense to them. What do you guys think… Do you think bridal sessions are a good idea? Let us know in the comments below if you did bridal sessions and what you liked about it.

Huge thanks to Meg Brooke Photography for these beautiful photographs. Tremaine Events provided the fun crescent moon backdrop, floral by Moelleux Events, hair & makeup by Allison with The Beauty Bar, and all shot at The Gray Atelier.