A common mistake brides make

Welcome my lovelies.

What a busy month it’s been.  I’ve done a bit of wedding work lately and in some cases, the brides have been pretty stressed for one reason or another.  There’s lots of reasons why – sometimes they are just nervous and others they want to make sure it all runs exactly to plan.

It surprises me how many brides like to cut the timing quite fine on the day.   One of the most common mistakes brides make is not allowing enough time for hair and makeup both for the bride and the entire wedding party and other special guests.  By including enough prep time for hair and makeup in your wedding-day schedule, you’ll arrive at the ceremony venue relaxed, stress free and ready to go, with plenty of time to spare.  Otherwise, if hair and makeup run late, other aspects of the wedding also run late.

In most cases the entire bridal party must be ready for the photographer one to two hours prior to the ceremony time (depending on photographer). That is not including driving time to the location for pre-wedding photos (if relevant).  Every bride should make sure they understand the exact timing needs of their photographer as part of the wedding day planning.

So how much time should you allow?

Some brides try to cut costs by having their friend/sister/bridesmaids do the hair and makeup.  If this is the case, please consider the time it normally takes for them to get ready for a special occasion. Don’t forget to add plenty of extra time for getting ready in an unfamiliar location (eg hotel room), several women sharing the same bathroom, for misplacing or forgetting necessary items, running behind schedule, etc. A room full of women ready on time? Consider the consequences of running late.

If you’re hiring a hair and makeup artist, they should put together a detailed wedding day schedule for you which indicates who should be in what chair (hair or makeup) and what time.  Finally, the bride should have a copy of the schedule and have discussed it in detail with the rest of the wedding party.  All it takes is for one person to run late to throw the schedule off.

The time allowed depends on a lot of factors including the desired look (highly ornate hair and makeup looks will take longer) and the condition of the hair and skin.  In theory all of these factors should have been thoroughly explored beforehand – another reason that the trial is so important.  A wedding timeline should also include details of when pre-wedding treatments should be scheduled (facials, brows, waxing, nails) and details on the pre-wedding skin and hair routine to ensure that everything is optimal on the big day.  However, even when the trial has taken place and good skin routines followed, skin blemishes can and do appear on the day of the wedding and time needs to be factored in for proper coverage.  Some good rules of thumb include

Bride:  1 hour for makeup (and up to an hour for hair depending on the look)

Bridesmaids and Mother of bride:  45 mins per bridesmaids for makeup (and ~45mins for hair)

These are generally guides only.

Here are some more timing tips

  • The order for hair and makeup is the Mother of Bride first, followed by the bridesmaids and finally the bride who needs to look ‘freshest’ for the camera. Hair should be done first then followed by makeup so the hair stylist should start first (while the hairstylist is working on one, makeup should be done on the other)
  • Book the photographer to arrive one hour before the bride is ready to go. That way, he or she will be able to shoot getting-ready shots, like the bride applying her last bit of lipstick or having a flower pinned to her hair. This also gives your photographer plenty of time to capture those oh-so-important detail shots: your gown on a hanger, shoes, jewellery, etc.
  • If you have yourself plus four bridesmaids all getting your hair and makeup done, allot at least four hours of getting-ready time. That may seem like a lot, but it’s just enough. If you’re bridal party is a bit bigger, your bridal makeup artist should bring on an assistant
  • If you’re traveling to a salon, double the travel time you anticipate.

Don’t forget to factor time to eat something healthy.  No one wants a hungry bride (who then becomes rather ‘hangry’) – the wedding day is a long day and you need your energy so having some sustenance through a nutritious meal beforehand will keep hunger pangs at bay for you and your bridesmaids.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to make it to the church or ceremony on time, happy and ready to go for a fabulous day!

I hope you’ve found this information helpful and it’s given you some insights.

Till next time