Great Fosters: Getting ready here vs somewhere else

If you’re planning your Great Fosters wedding and you’re wondering if you should also be getting ready here or have your bridal prep somewhere else and then come here for your wedding, take a look at my tips on what you can expect from Great Fosters as your bridal prep location.

Great Fosters is truly one of the most romantic wedding venues in the South East of the UK. Set amongst 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland in Egham, it offers a stunning setting for a wedding, civil ceremony or civil partnership.

Great Fosters and its grounds are incredibly beautiful driving up in a vintage wedding car or a horse-drawn carriage. That is something to look forward to if you have your ceremony at a church nearby. But there are definitely huge upsides to getting ready at Great Fosters beforehand.

Great Fosters’ bridal suite is elegant and very spacious with a walk in wardrobe. It’s the perfect space to store all the ‘stuff’ that you’ll be bringing with you in preparation for your wedding so that it doesn’t clutter up the suite itself. Your home or a hotel room somewhere nearby might be easier or less costly, but can it provide the same luxurious feel and space?

And let’s not forget that you can hang up your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses so they won’t wrinkle before your day. And considering how many weddings I’ve photographed where bridesmaids end up steaming dresses to get the wrinkles out, this has to be a big pro in any bride’s book.

A bright space with lots of natural light

It’s also really bright with large, gorgeous windows that are both great for your photography while you’re getting ready as well as for some beautiful full body portraits when you’re all dressed in your dress and look absolutely stunning.

The huge windows also mean that you’ll have plenty of light for your getting ready shots when the weather isn’t at its best, say for an autumn or winter wedding. And unless you are the daughter of a Lord, your home probably doesn’t have windows quite so large, so your photos will most likely be a little darker and less flattering.

Great Fosters bridal suite windows also double up as the ‘ledge’ from which your photographer can take a photo of all of your guests for an ‘everybody’ group shot. Bonus.

The other pros include that while you’re getting ready, your photographer can use the amazing features of Great Fosters to capture your beautiful details, such as your dress, your flowers and shoes and of course your wedding rings.

How gorgeous will those look in your wedding album.

Finally when you and your bridesmaids are all ready and you’re at your most nervous and excited, you’ll walk along the gallery and down the majestic steps towards your wedding ceremony and your incredibly good looking future husband.

Are you getting married at Great Fosters? Get in touch to chat about your wedding photography.


Bride getting ready at Great Fosters bridal prep suiteBride and bridesmaids getting ready at Great FostersGorgeous bride in her wedding dress getting ready in the Great Fosters bridal suiteWedding dress hanging in a window at Great Fosters gallery and staircaseBride's tiara at Great Fosters weddingBridal bouquet lying on the steps at Great FostersBride's shoes at Great Fosters as she's getting ready in the Bridal prep


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