23 Wedding Dress Pictures You'll Regret Not Taking

Jul 31 2014 - 5:00pm

If you're like most of the brides we know, searching for the perfect dress was (or is) time-consuming, wonderful, and just a tad stressful. Since you're only going to be wearing it once, make the most of your big day [1] by taking all kinds of photos. While you're working on a shot list to hand over to your photographer, be sure to spend time drafting up scenarios and events that'll show your dress from the best angles possible. To help, we've rounded up some gorgeous pics to inspire you, including detail shots and pretty lighting you might not have thought of yet (and don't miss our shot list for stunning hair- and makeup-focused pictures [2]!).

1. Showing Ruffles to Maximum Effect

Get inventive! We love the eager bride peering out the window, which, handily, shows off the ruffles of her skirt to full effect.

Photo by Esther Sun Photography [3] via Style Me Pretty [4]

2. Being Zipped Up

Emotions come straight through a photo if you can get one of your mother or a close friend helping you into your dress.

Photo by Kelsey Combe [5] via Style Me Pretty [6]

3. From the Waist Down

If you're besotted with your dress, let it have its own big moment. A classic shot from the bust down doesn't allow viewers to focus only on your glowing face; rather, they're forced to take in the gown in all its glory.

Photo by Jose Villa Photography [7] via Style Me Pretty [8]

4. On the Hanger

There's a reason on-hanger shots are so popular! The styled pictures evoke the calm before the storm and don't let anything compete with the dress.

Photo by Aneta Mak [9] via Style Me Pretty [10]

5. The Back (With Him!)

Plenty of dresses are just as stunning from the back. While options abound to get a picture of you walking away, consider including the lucky man.

Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography [11] via Style Me Pretty [12]

6. Being Fussed Over by Your Bridesmaids

Ask your photographer to capture all the primping action, especially if folds and pleats of your skirt will require some hands-on bridesmaid action.

Photo by Milton Gan Photography [13] via Style Me Pretty [14]

7. The Buttons

A row of classic buttons is a gorgeous dress detail we love to see. Capture an image of it, too, and toss the veil to one side to avoid covering the pearly pieces.

Photo by Milton Gan Photography [15] via Style Me Pretty [16]

8. Delicate Veil Trimming

Lacy edges are often the final finishing touch that offer just the right bit of romance. Zoom in on yours to get the full picture.

Photo by Jen Huang Photography [17] via Style Me Pretty [18]

9. Lifting the Veil

Not only is the moment the veil is lifted over your head magical, but it also makes for a stunning photo.

Photo by Jen Huang Photography [19] via Style Me Pretty [20]

10. Walking Away

A shot of you and your groom walking away has a nostalgic feel, as if you're officially stepping into your new life, but it's also perfect for showing off the back of a dress.

Photo by Lavender & Twine [21] via Style Me Pretty [22]

11. Being Picked Up

This adorable picture is equal parts sweet and smart: by lifting you off your feet, your groom's allowing your dress (and veil) to be shown off even more.

Photo by Michelle Lange [23] via Style Me Pretty [24]

12. The Train Fanned Out

Dramatic trains are at their prettiest when fanned out. Contrasted against nature, it's even more shocking.

Photo by Ella Photography [25] via Style Me Pretty [26]

13. The Glorious Train

If you really went for it with a long train, make sure you take images from all angles, including directly from behind, to let it shine.

Photo by Thomas Steibl [27] via Style Me Pretty [28]

14. Sitting With Your Skirt Piled Up

There's so much fun to be had by showcasing the volume of a full gown when sitting with it piled around you. Bonus: it shows off your shoes!

Photo by Jen Lauren Grant from Birds of a Feather Photography [29] via Style Me Pretty [30]

15. An Aerial View

So you've instructed your photographer to take shots from the front, back, and side, but what about from up above? This bird's-eye view puts your dress in a totally new perspective.

Photo by Yvette Roman Photography [31] via Style Me Pretty [32]

16. Alone in the Church

Quiet, solo shots have a serene vibe to them that we love. Find a pretty corner of the church, and ask for a thoughtful picture.

Photo by Yvette Roman Photography [33] via Style Me Pretty [34]

17. A Classic Veil Shot From Behind

A shot this classic could've come from any generation. Make sure your veil is arranged perfectly, and have your photographer stand directly behind you.

Photo by Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography [35] via Style Me Pretty [36]

18. On the Dance Floor

While flashbulbs are sure to go off during your first dance, enlist someone with making sure that they're focusing on the dress, rather than just the dancers.

Photo by Steve Steinhardt [37] via Style Me Pretty [38]

19. Details on the Hanger

The hanger shot is a sure thing, but why not try some zoomed-in details, too? Belts, lace, and embellishments are worth their own close-up moments.

Photo by Lane Dittoe Fine Wedding Photographs [39] via Style Me Pretty [40]

20. Movement While Walking

Professional models know just how to move to bring life to a picture. Give your wedding [41] day some of that same energy by swishing or moving your gown as you walk.

Photo by Rylee Hitchner [42] via Style Me Pretty [43]

21. Catching the Sunlight

If your ceremony is happening around sunset, use the light to your best advantage. Ask the photographer to scout out an area that'll allow the evening light to illuminate your dress and veil.

Photo by Susan Stripling Photographer [44] via Style Me Pretty [45]

22. The Swell of a Trumpet Skirt

A trumpet or mermaid dress is undeniably glamorous — make sure you're capturing it as such. A tight shot from the waist down will get the dramatic swell in perfectly.

Photo by Lindsay Madden Photography [46] via Style Me Pretty [47]

23. Just the Skirt

Whether your skirt is elaborate or simple tulle, it should get its own moment. Bonus points if you're getting married on the beach like this bride and can achieve a stunning monochromatic palette.

Photo by KT Merry Photography [48] via Style Me Pretty [49]

Add Them All to Your Shot List and Be a Very Happy Bride!

Photo by Ella Photography [50] via Style Me Pretty [51]

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