The all-important day has arrived and chances are, you’ve probably pictured your wedding morning and the moment of getting your dress on just as much as the rest of the day! Please take the time to have a think about where you’re getting ready in the morning and take a few tips on how to make it all run smoothly!
Lighting: Whether you’re getting ready at home, the venue or a hotel; it’s essential to have a room that’s light and bright for your Hair and Makeup Artist and your Wedding Photographer! If at home, set up a table near a window and clear a little space around it so your Hair and Makeup Artist can work around you in perfect lighting and so the your Photographer can capture this moment. If staying in a hotel, the dressing tables are usually placed in good lighting and don’t be afraid to ask to see the room before the day.
Space: Do you have enough space for everyone to be getting ready in? If at home chances are the answer is yes but make sure your you have some quite space to get your dress on later in the morning and a separate place for your bridesmaids to get dressed. 1 hotel room can be very small for a Bride, 3 Bridesmaids, Mum etc so don’t be afraid to set hair and makeup in someone else’s bedroom or ask the hotel if they have a meeting room you can use as extra space. If you and your Husband-to-be will be sleeping in the room that night, make sure it’s not in too much of a state for when you return at the end of a very long day!
It’s also worth thinking about whether there is enough space to hang the dress!
Clothing: Make sure you’re all wearing something you don’t mind being photographed in! I bought my bridesmaids and myself lovely floral robes for the morning and this is also meant it was nice and easy to take off after hair and makeup had been done. You want to be comfortable but if your photographer is taking pictures in the morning, you probably don’t want to be wearing you old Winnie the Pooh Pyjamas!
Emergency Kit: I always try and keep an emergency kit on me but it’s not always possible to have everything! Here’s a few recommendations:
*Pain Killers * Upset Tummy Tables * Plasters * Sewing Kit * Tit Tape * Nail Polish and File * Spare Tights or Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs * Mints or Chewing Gum * Suncream
Breakfast, Snacks, Water: It’s so important to have a good breakfast on your wedding morning. You all have such a long day ahead and adrenaline will be burning extra calories so make sure to look after yourself and fuel your body for the day. It’s unlikely you’ll have lunch before leaving so make sure to have some snacks for yourself, bridesmaids and suppliers to keep everyone going. Pick up some bottles of water so you don’t have to worry about offering drinks around!
Photo’s: By now your Wedding Photographer should have asked you for a list of pictures you would like from the day. If they are coming in the morning, get your dress, shoes, accessories or anything special ready for them to take a few pictures. Think about where you would like this done; does the hotel have a beautiful four-post bed, or staircase? Is your bedroom decorated beautifully or perhaps outside hanging from an old apple tree? Your photographer will give you some guidance but if you can think about this before the morning; you won’t feel so flustered when they ask!
Flowers: Check and confirm what time the florist will be arriving! They may have a busy morning setting up your venue and you need to check what time they plan on delivering your bouquets. Is there somewhere cool to pop your flowers when they arrive, a bathroom or can the hotel or venue put them somewhere safe? Don’t put them in direct sunlight like a windowsill. Make sure your florist knows where the buttonholes are going and how many are staying with you for Mum/Dad and how many are being taken to the boys.
Dress: Who will be helping you into your dress and where do you want to do this? You Photographer will step out of the room until you’re decent and then ask to come in to get that precious moment of your dress being fastened by a loved one.
Timings: Follow the schedule and don’t let anyone be late! I can’t stress this enough! At 7am it feels like there is so much time to get ready but I can guarantee it doesn’t take 10 minutes for your bridesmaids hair to be done, 2 minutes to move all your luggage to a different room or 5 minutes to get your wedding dress on…If you’ve been given a schedule by your hair and makeup artist and your photographer please stick to it as they can’t be held accountable for not being able to do their job properly of a bridesmaid turns up half hour late or you go for an unscheduled breakfast! As a rule, aim to all be dressed and ready on 1 hour before your ceremony or your cars depart as this gives your photographer plenty of time to get the photos you’ve asked for, your makeup artist to do touchups and to get all your belongings together.
Travel time to venue: Your wedding cars will want to leave plenty of extra time to get you to your venue and make sure to tell all your suppliers what time you are leaving home or the hotel so they can have you ready on time.
Registrars: If you are having a Civil Ceremony rather than a Church Wedding; your registrars will need to see you 15 minutes before your ceremony and your fiancé 30 minutes before to go through final paperwork for the day. Make sure to factor this into your morning.
This is a very rough schedule for a wedding morning and demonstrates how quickly time disappears especially if you have travel time to your wedding venue. If you have a long way to travel, consider getting ready at the venue or a hotel or b&b round the corner perhaps. When booking hair and makeup; be cautious about offering it to everyone as there’s not always time or you may have to book 2 stylist or send a few people to a local salon; think about an appointment time if you were to book into a salon…it’s the same if you’re still getting ready at home! It’s unlikely you’ll all have time to have a proper sit down breakfast on the morning as you’ll probably need to eat between hair and makeup slots:
07:00-09:00 3x Bridesmaids Hair
09:00-10:00 Mum of Bride Makeup and Blowdry
09:00 Room Service Breakfast
09:30 Photographer Arrive
11:00 Flowers Arrive
10:00-12:00 Bride Hair and Makeup
12:00 Dresses on, Makeup Touchups and Photos
Take flowers out of water, lock house up, handbags and over night bags need to be ready and in cars.
13:00 Cars Depart
13:45 See Registrars
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