Words by Michelle Guziński
You have dreamt of this day since you were a little girl - a beautiful day, a gorgeous venue for your reception, the perfect shoes and your dream dress.
One of the things brides are adding to their lists lately is a pretty venue to get ready at.
As a photographer I want to tell a beautiful story of how your day unfolds starting with you and your bridesmaids getting ready. The thing about stories is that each chapter flows into the other with a thread of congruency. So it makes sense that the venue you choose to get ready in compliments the rest of the day - giving your entire album an aesthetically pleasing sequence.
When looking at venues to get ready at, here are a few tips on choosing the right place.
Look for a venue that has great light. Big windows make for wonderful natural light that will allow for amazing photos from any angle.
Make sure that your space is big enough for what you need and the amount of people you want in there with you. Consider adjacent rooms for your bridesmaids to get ready in to minimise the amount of clutter that inevitably comes with a group of people getting ready.
If everyone is getting ready together consider the size of the room carefully. You want a room where you have space to move around. A space to hand your dress away from make-up, food or any other 'threats'. An uncluttered space to stand in good light while you are putting your dress on for those gorgeous photos.
Along with a room with a lot of space and fantastic window light, you must also look at colour scheme and décor.
So let us chat about that - look for décor that is not so busy that it takes away from you and what is going on. Steer clear from heavy floral prints and busy patterns.
In my experience if you have great window light any tones can be worked with. I've seen amazing photos where the walls are bold colours of teal, red and yellow. Again, these colours only work well if you have a lot of natural light flowing in.
Of course there are some colours that will just compliment any wedding theme you have, therefore, it is best to consider your own colour scheme when choosing a venue to get ready at. If you are unsure, try to lean towards neutral tones like greys and whites.
Look at little things that could add to or take away from your photos. Things like mirrors with beautiful frames will be a bonus. Make sure that there are no mounted televisions in a position that will hinder your pretty photos and that accessories like kettles and cups can be hidden away.
If you are unsure, discuss this with your photographer to accompany you to the venue to view. They want pretty photos as much as you do!
Photography: Michelle Guziński
Michelle Guziński is a well known East London based wedding and lifestyle photographer with over 12 years in the industry. She is also co-founder of A Fine Day │The Wedding Blog.