“Perspective: without a doubt, it is the most important thing that every bride should hold on to with both hands” –Author Unknown
One of the biggest and most momentous events in a woman’s life is her wedding day. In this regard, couples would want to immortalize that moment forever in the form of photographs and videos. With this in mind, brides should consider having bridal photography sessions or bridal sessions for short. Most engaged couples would already know about engagement sessions but have limited to absolutely no idea of what a bridal session is. While bridal photography sessions are mostly a Western tradition, they are worth incorporating to our local ones and would make excellent mementos of your soon-to-be big day.
What is a bridal photography session?
In sum, a bridal photography session is one wherein a bride would get dressed up in her bridal attire at any other time other than the wedding day. More often than not, bridal sessions are scheduled a month or two before the wedding. Unfortunately, even though this is a feature included in most wedding packages in the Philippines, not many brides would avail of it owing to the antiquated belief that a bride should never be seen in her wedding dress other than on her wedding day. However, to address this superstition, brides can opt to have a different wedding gown for the photo op session and a different one during the wedding itself. Having a bridal photography session allows brides to display their bridal photos at the wedding reception where they can choose to display a grand one or a series of small photos. Your options are limitless and it makes for a charming personalized décor in your wedding reception area. In any case, here are some of the reasons why you might want a bridal session:
The perfect trial run
In a sense, a bridal session is pretty much like a sneak peek of what your wedding photos will look like unless you opt to have a different dress for the wedding itself. Most brides would be excited to see how their dress would look on them with their bridal makeup, hair, accessories and shoes on. Your bridal session can be a trial run that gives you an insight to these things that you would have otherwise seen only on your wedding day. More importantly, it gives you a chance to iron out any details you might want to ahead of the wedding. As it gives you a preview of what to expect, you can make the necessary changes such as the hairstyle you choose or the makeup you go with which gives you a better leverage of your overall look during your big day. It saves you from decisions that you would soon regret the moment you see what your wedding photos will look like.
It calms your nerves
Having the pre-wedding jitters is inevitable. After all, you are making a significant and momentous life decision, so being a little anxious is normal. A bridal session would help you address these jitters and have you feeling more relaxed in your wedding attire. You can twirl around in your dress, feel like a beautiful bride and get you psyched up about your upcoming big day. More importantly, you can picture out the kind of photos you will make when your bridal session photos will get delivered. Looking through them will get you pumped up about your wedding day and allay any nervous feelings you may be having.
Take full advantage of your wedding dress
Unless you opted to go with another wedding dress for your wedding day, a bridal session allows you to make the most and take full advantage of your wedding dress. After all, you have pretty much paid quite the sum for that white gown, so why not utilize it to the extent by taking every opportunity to wear it and show it off? Select a location that is a different from where you are holding your wedding and the reception as it allows you to have a variety of photos that are diversely styled. Moreover, it gives you a preview of what your dress would look like in different milieus which would resultantly make your dress purchase more economic rather than expensive. Besides, you will realistically wear your wedding attire only once, why not psyche yourself up for the big day by modeling it out for your bridal photo shoot?
It is a special time for bonding
A bridal photo session allows you to bond with people closest to your heart such as your mother, sister or best friend—or even all of them! While you do not need an army for this photo shoot, it would certainly be nice to have most of the closest ladies in your life in attendance. Not only would they be able to assist you, but they would certainly make you feel special and excited about your upcoming day.
Simply said, a bridal session will give you more photos. More importantly, it allows you to choose which photos choose for your wedding day itself. As you have more photos to choose from, you can choose the best shots for a framed portrait and the appropriate ones as souvenirs to gift your parents and grandparents. Additionally, it frees some time on your wedding day wherein you do not have to spend a couple of hours just taking up wedding day portraits and allows you to bond with your wedding guests earlier.