three bridesmaids looking at bride and smiling

Getting ready on the morning of your wedding, with your besties, is hands down one of my fave things to photograph on a wedding day  📸

Capturing all the moments of you and your BFF’s (bestest friends & family), jamming to your #weddingdayplaylist, having a cheeky glass of bubbly while getting your hair and make-up done is such a vibe🔥🔥🔥!!

But here are a few wee things you might not have thought about that will take your morning prep to the next level – and make you feel your best self ✌️!

1. Consider where you are getting ready on the morning of your wedding

You want as big a space as possible to avoid everyone stepping on each other’s toes, and a big cupboard or extra room to stash all the suitcases/bags for life so they’re not hogging the limelight in your photos! 

If your venue doesn’t have the space you desire, consider renting an AirBnB for the night before. Plus how nice will it be to spend that time with your bridal party in somewhere cute and comfortable. 

You’re looking for as much natural light as possible, the more windows the better! And think about setting up hair and make up close to windows for the most flattering light.

woman sitting in a stool having her make up done in a bay window

2. Don’t forget your OOTD doesn’t just include your wedding dress/suit!

You might want to start thinking about what you are wearing for prep. I am sure your kermit the frog pjs are super comfy, but do you want photos of them on your wall? 

Do you want everyone to match? Maybe you’re not that bothered about being all matchy matchy – but deffo think about what you will feel best in! Fluffy slippers are absolutely allowed!

bride and bridemaids sitting on sofa opening gifts

3. Avoid the drama on the morning of your wedding – leave your ride-or-die bestie in charge

Things can get chaotic during your morning prep – people arrive late, there’s some awkward family drama, you accidentally forgot to pack your toothbrush (WTF). 

But you shouldn’t have to deal with any of the drama – have a chat with your bestie and let them know what you want them to help you with on the day. Maybe you want them to deal with any flower issues, or send uncle bob the ceremony address for the 999th time.

Chances are they will be so glad you asked them, and they can deal with most of the drama so you can enjoy a calm and relaxing morning.

4. Treat Yo’ Self – build in some self-care the night before your big day.

Self care doesn’t have to mean bubble baths and jade rollers – it could be as simple as going for an evening walk, switching your phone off and jumping into bed early or snuggling up to watch an hour or two of Netflix. 

Plan a lovely ritual for you to enjoy and calm your nerves the night before your wedding – that could be with your partner, your besties or by yourself. 

Remember there are no rules when it comes to your wedding day – just do what feels right for you! 

5. For your eyes only – Send a sneaky love letter 

Are you writing your own vows? 

If you feel a bit shy about writing or reading your own vows, why not write each other a wee love note to hand over during morning prep. You will absolutely LOVE looking back and seeing one another’s reactions.

P.S. if you are saying your own vows – don’t write them on the back of a scrappy piece of paper you had lying in your draw. Consider having them printed on beautiful cards/paper and we can include these in your photographs.

The most important thing I want you to take away from this is that your morning prep is all about you – don’t be afraid to set some boundaries, and advocate for what you need on the morning of your wedding! 

And don’t worry because as soon as I rock up on your wedding day I will become part personal cheerleader and part mama bear – making sure in the words of Taylor Swift “It’s gonna be alright”!

the front of a wedding card held in a brides hands

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June 20, 2023

Getting ready on the morning of your wedding

Danielle Leslie


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