Choosing where to get ready on your wedding day might be the last thing on your to-do list, but here’s why you might want to decide sooner rather than later. Your getting-ready location will make all the difference for these treasured photos with your VIP family members and bridal party. And trust us, those photos you’ve been saving to your Pinterest board all these years didn’t happen by accident! So let’s dive right in with the 7 things to consider when choosing this spot:
1. Your Venue
The easiest place to start will be your wedding venue. When doing your site visits, it’s always a good idea to ask if they have a bridal suite available. Here at Greenwood Springs we just so happen to have the perfect place for you and your bridal party to get ready! Check it out here!
Be sure to ask what time restrictions or limitations might apply to the use of this space. This is the easiest place to start your search because it means you can eliminate transportation + location considerations, but be sure the space doesn’t skimp on the other bullets on this list!
Is the place you are thinking of large enough to fit your entire bridal party + family members who will be there comfortably? The cottage at Greenwood Springs is the size of a small home and can comfortably fit a bigger bridal party and your most special family members! Is there more than one mirror? At the cottage, we have multiple mirrors to stand up and a large one in our bathroom!
Is there enough space to fit everyone’s bags, dresses, accessories without clutter, and still give you enough room to hang your dress for those full-frame photos you’ve always dreamed of? At the cottage there is plenty of storage room, place an ample amount of places to hang dresses! Plus… in this tech age, does it have outlets? The cottage does! Not just for charging phones or playing music, but also for a few makeup artists to be working on multiple gals’ hair at the same.
3. Character and Cleanliness
More and more brides are opting to rent an Airbnb or VRBO property for the weekend, or even just for getting ready specifically, as opposed to hotels because of a little thing called character. Our cottage has been completely renovated to provide all the comforts of modern life while maintaining a look into the rich history of Greenwood Springs!
With an abundance of options in every style, you have more freedom to choose a unique space that not only fits the mood of your wedding (hello, cohesive gallery!) as opposed to those infamous hotel carpets and draping, but you also have more options for large, open-concept spaces that eliminates the clutter we just talked about.
4. Natural Light
But even a space with character to the max needs a little help from the sun. Natural light is a game-changer for photos, especially if your photographer shoots film, so be on the lookout for spaces with lots of windows that allow for natural light to pour in without trouble. Our cottage has windows and beautiful natural light fills the whole space!
5. Outdoor Options
Not a total deal-breaker, but oftentimes photographers will take portraits outdoors so if you choose a space that has some outdoor access, it just widens the backdrop options available that day. Depending on your timeline, portraits can be taken after arriving at the ceremony site, during cocktail hour, etc. if you have no outdoor option at your getting ready location, which is why it’s not a deal-breaker. Although the cottage leads out to the beautiful scenery of the natural spring and gorgeous landscaping!
Similarly, your location will affect your wedding day timeline. You may want to factor in some buffer time if you have a long drive because you just never know with traffic. So if things are already pretty tight, it may be in your best interest to choose a getting-ready spot close to your venue. That’s why the cottage is so perfect, right on location and so accessible all day long! Plus it’s a great place to stay the night of your wedding before leaving for your honeymoon! Which saves time as well!
7. Visualize yourself + your group
Last but not least, be sure you can visualize yourself in the places you’re looking at! If you think it’ll all just feel off on the wedding day, you might have some regrets about this year down the road. Trust your gut and choose a space that feels right for you.
Are you feeling good? We know the perfect place is out there for you, and between all the resources you’ve got at your disposal these days, there are a lot of things to be excited about. So get ready to start your search with confidence and clarity now that you’ve got these tips under your belt!