The Wedding Dress Photos You Didn’t Know You Needed


You’re going to have hundreds of photos after your wedding day, some of which should be of your beautiful dress. You spend so much time searching for the perfect wedding dress that it deserves some extra-special attention on the day and you want the photos later on so you can remember just how gorgeous your dress was!

You will only wear your dress once, so it’s important to make sure your photographer is capturing it from all the right angles – you will want to remember this moment and savor the meaning forever. Here are some of the shots you should consider getting on the day…

On the hanger

This is a classic, but a must-have shot. Get a photo of your dress on a pretty hanger to showcase the silhouette. Hangers for wedding and bridesmaid dressed are often made by someone local so be sure to ask in your local weddings groups if there is someone you can order from…and if there isn’t someone, hop onto Etsy and search within your area to keep shipping costs down!

Getting ready

Naturally, you need a photo of you putting on your dress. Whether you do it yourself or you get your bridesmaids to help you, this is a shot that every bride needs.

The details

If finer details such as elegant buttons or intricate beadwork are some of the main reasons you chose your dress, ask your photographer to get a few close-up shots.

From the back

It only makes sense to get a shot of the front of your dress, but don’t forget about the back, especially if it’s a low back or you have a long elegant train.

Have fun

If your wedding dress has playful, floaty fabrics, have a little fun before you walk down the aisle. A twirl or swish can help your photographer capture some unique angles. Make sure your photographer knows your dress so they can bring props and other accessories (like a fan!) for your pre-ceremony photos!

The framed shot

If you love glamor, you may want to look at a few editorial poses that will leave you with print-worthy, elegant photos. Think dramatic, think moody, think big! You can have fun and serious photos in your collection!

Just the train

For some brides, the train is one of the highlights of their dress. If this is the case for you, arrange your train out behind you so that your photographer can capture it in all its glory. My train was 15 feet long and I had my husband’s initial in rhinestones on it so I absolutely wanted photos of it all spread out!

Don’t forget the shoes

Your dress is the showstopper, but if you’ve spent a lot of time searching for the perfect shoes, get a shot of them under your dress. If you google wedding shoes photos you will find lots of inspo to share with your photographer!

Take a seat

Feel like a fairy-tale princess? Take a seat on a pretty chair and spread your skirt out around you for a beautiful shot. Keep an eye out for chairs on the side of the road….I know it sounds weird but I see soooo many gorgeous couches and chairs at the curb because the people don’t want them anymore, but there is nothing wrong with them! I always text my local photogs to tell them so they can race over to grab the FREE furniture for their studios and photoshoots! I saw the most amazing chair the other day – the wood was painted gold and the fabric was a lush green velvet and it would be the perfect throne for many brides!

There are a lot of ways to perfectly capture your wedding dress, but you only need to choose the shots that speak to your personal style. All you need to do is tell your photographer what’s important to you and trust them to get the best images, while you focus on enjoying your big day.

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