How to choose a photogenic wedding dress

While there are loads of things to consider when shopping for a wedding dress, it's well worth taking wedding pictures into account. Choosing a bridal gown that works well on camera makes it that much easier to ensure that you get some great photos on the day.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're looking for a photogenic wedding dress.


Choosing a gown with distinct details – such as embroidery, beading, or lace – is a great way to ensure that it looks great on camera. Small and subtle details give the photographer a focus point, perfect for close-up pictures highlighting the intricacy of the gown. 

Don’t forget to think about the back of your dress. Any details in this area, whether they be ribbons, buttons or simply an interesting shape such as a low back, make for great pictures. Similarly, necklines, hems and sleeves are other areas where a bit of detail can add to the wow factor.

On the day, make sure to point out your favourite details of the dress to your photographer. That way they can make sure these details are focused on and captured.


Certain materials photograph better than others. For example, light, floaty fabrics provide instant glamour and can be used to create dynamic pictures. Lightweight veils, long trains or airy sleeves are another way to achieve this effect. 

An added bonus is that having something to hold onto and play with is a great way to break the ice when it comes to posing for pictures.



It almost goes without saying that a properly fitted dress that flatters your body type will photograph best. The good news is this is something that gets sorted out ahead of time, leaving you less to stress about on the day. 

Be conscientious with attending fittings as the wedding gets closer and make sure you’re happy with how the dress sits. You shouldn’t have to worry about pulling on the material and fidgeting with the dress on the day, constantly making adjustments. This goes double for strapless dresses – getting the right fit is essential to avoid having to pull the dress up constantly on the day.

Ultimately, a well-fitting dress that flatters will boost a major part of being photogenic: confidence. So make sure you spend time picking a dress that you love and that shows off your best features.