I love my hometown of Shreveport, and there’s really no place I’d rather live. Well, except during July and August. In July and August, I’d rather live in Maine. Or Antarctica. Whichever. But probably Maine, I think. Anyway, except during July and August, I think the little city of Shreveport is just about the most terrific place on Earth.
But simply because I love it doesn’t mean I’m blind to its flaws, one of which is that we generally run about two years behind the rest of the country when it comes to some trends. HOWEVER, we’re usually pretty much on the cutting edge when it comes to weddings, a.k.a., the Southern Woman’s Super Bowl. And one wedding trend that’s sweeping the nation – including Shreveport, LA! – is the concept of brides taking their bridal portraits a day or so after the wedding rather than before. These “day-after sessions,” as they’re called, can offer a bride a little more flexibility in her wedding timeline, especially if she wants a relatively short engagement period, she’s planning a destination wedding or if she’s just a low-maintenance kind of gal.
Obviously there are advantages to both traditional bridal portraits, which are usually taken a couple of months before the wedding, and day-after sessions, which are, as the name implies, most commonly taken the day after the wedding.
1. You can have a “dress rehearsal” for your wedding and make sure your hair and makeup are exactly right, your dress fits perfectly, your shoes are comfortable and all your accessories coordinate.
2. Your prints, canvases or albums can be ready and available for display at your wedding or reception.
3. You and your photographer will have plenty of time to focus on YOU, not to mention that gorgeous dress. Think about how much time you spent searching and shopping for it. Now consider that it is, more than likely, the single most expensive item of clothing you will ever own. Don’t you think you deserve to show it off a little?!
1. Unless your hairstylist and makeup artist include a “trial run” in your wedding package, you have to pay to have your hair and makeup done twice.
2. While it’s unlikely that anything major would happen to it, you run the risk of getting your dress dirty, and therefore having to pay to have it dry-cleaned twice.
3. If your gown is custom-made, on order or undergoing major alterations, there’s a possibility it may not be ready in time for bridal portraits, which most photographers recommend taking at least 4-6 weeks before the wedding.
1. If you have a short engagement, a day-after session may fit better into your wedding timeline than bridal portraits.
2. Day-after sessions are, to a greater or lesser degree, less formal than traditional bridal portraits, so you may choose to do your own hair and makeup, which saves money.
3. You don’t have to worry as much about damage to your dress.
4. Day-after sessions usually include the groom, and you can also include your children.
5. It’s really exciting to photograph a couple’s first day as husband and wife!
Which do you think you would prefer? Traditional bridal portraits or a day-after session?