How to Show Off Your Wedding Dress in Photos

Don't forget to take pictures of the details!

How to Show Off Your Wedding Dress in Photos

Photo: Caroline Tran

For many brides, the dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding day. It also tends to be something guests will remember clearly when thinking back on the event. Since it’s presumably a garment you will only wear once, the best way to guarantee that your gown will be properly remembered once you are part of an old married couple is by making sure your photos show it off in all its glory. Unfortunately, some brides only have standard portraits on their shot list and forget to capture the details. An especially common mistake is to always hold your bouquet at the waist, which ends up covering the beautiful bodice!

In addition to taking a few photos without your bouquet (or with it off to the side), we have a few other poses we recommend adding to your shot list. Any unique features of your dress should be showcased, so a close up of a detailed back or unconventional straps is a must. Twirl your skirt, lay out your train, and if your gown has pockets, we want to see you use them! 

Below are some of our favorite examples of real brides showing off their bridal gowns. Click each photo to see more from their weddings, and browse through our wedding dress gallery for further inspiration.

monique lhuillier wedding dress with detailed beading lace back close up
Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier

legends by romona keveza satin ball gown with pockets
Photo by Judith Rae; Bridal Gown by Legends by Romona Keveža

bride holds bouquet off to the side, holds skirt in rivini wedding dress
Photo by Kristin Vanzant

bride in vera wang ball gown with high neck lace bodice large tulle bow
Photo by Caroline Tran

bride in vera wang strapless tulle ball gown holding bouquet off to the side, shows off dress
Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography; Consulting by Levine Fox Events

allure bridal gown with keyhole back, bride looks over shoulder
Photo by Andi Diamond Photography 

bride twirls in champagne liancarlo wedding gown
Photo by Arden Photography; Bridal Gown by Liancarlo

See what wedding action shots you should be sure to include and find out how to achieve a memorable and artistic wedding video.