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Getting ready

Like every bride, we’re sure you’re dreaming of a perfect relaxed morning before the main celebration starts. The getting ready process needs to be smooth and easy because no one wants to be rushed while preparing to say their “I DOs.” Namely, brides strive to enjoy these shared moments as much as they can and soak in every memory they create. 

Therefore, to avoid hurrying through the door to your ceremony, make sure you take steps to devise your own getting-ready timeline. We have included some things you have to take into consideration. 

Creating a Perfect Getting Ready Timeline for a Smooth Wedding

Getting ready

Determine your hair and makeup stylist 

Before you start the wedding planning and allotting time for every activity that is part of the getting ready process, decide on the stylist. Traditionally, the bride gets ready with the whole bridal party on her side. This includes the bridesmaids, mothers on both sides, as well as flower girls.

Even though it’s a charming gesture, you shouldn’t feel an obligation to provide professional stylists for the rest of your bridal party. But if you decide to do it, you will need a well-prepared team of stylists that will be able to get all of you ready on time.

Wedding preparations
Wedding planning

How much time to set aside for hair and makeup

The trickiest thing in the getting ready process is determining how much time you should allot for hair and makeup. This can get especially difficult if all the bridesmaids are getting professional styling. If this is the case, make sure to assign more time for yourself since you are the star of the celebration.

  • Recommended time for makeup:  
  • 60-90 minutes for the bride
  • 30-45 minutes per person 
  • Recommended time for hair:
  • 60-90 minutes for the bride
  • 30-45 minutes per person 

Establish a time for getting dressed 

Another crucial detail is calculating how much time will it take for you to get into your bridal dress. Generally speaking, you need to be ready 30 or 45 minutes before heading to the next phase of your celebration. Although it may look like a lot, remember that a few details come alongside.

For instance, after putting on your dress, there will be accessorizing, and finally, some posing in front of the camera. You will need some photos of your bridal party and your family members.

Sample wedding timeline, including one stylist 

  • 12:00 pm Bridesmaid No.1 sits for hair 
  • 12:30 pm Bridesmaid No.2 sits for hair
  • 13:00 pm Bridesmaid No.1 sits for makeup
  • 13:30 pm Bridesmaid No.2 sits for makeup
  • 14:00 pm Bride sits for hair and makeup 
  • 15:00 pm Bride dresses up 
  • 15:45 pm Portraits with the bridal party 
  • 16:30 pm Bridal party heads over to the ceremony 
Getting ready
Wedding timeline

This is just a basic sample, and you still need to remember that your schedule must be flexible. To be on the safe side, leave some room for unexpected occurrences in order not to get all panicky before the ceremony. 

Wedding preparations should not be a stressful and rushed experience. By providing enough time for each person in the getting ready process, you can avoid anxious situations. And developing a feasible wedding day schedule is the best way to ensure your special day will be enjoyed to the fullest! 

In need of a photographer for the big day? Feel free to get in touch with us. And for more useful tips, reach out to our blog page.

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