Wedding day timelines can be quite stressful, and generally VERY TIGHT! The wedding planning process can also be very hectic, with booking vendors, shopping for the wedding dress and accessories, choosing your cake, renting cars, decor, linens, a photographer, the list goes on, am I right? The small details make all the difference when it's game time, so these are some helpful tips about creating a timeline for your hair & makeup, along with moms, bridal party!
THE WEDDING MORNING
You want to feel fabulous and relaxed on your big day, and I do too! With that in mind, I am here to tell you that timing is the key to an enjoyable and relaxing wedding morning, and I know that it takes TIME to get the bridal party's hair and make-up done, particularly the bride's (from personal experience, this can wreck your timeline big time). So the first tip is to plan ahead with your artist (both my photographer and artist told me that 1 hour would be plenty, it turned out to be two hours - at no fault of my own and my timeline got behind) My ceremony was late and the one thing I wanted was to be punctual on my ceremony, that didn't happen but I wish I had gone with my gut and allocated 2 hours instead! So, make sure your MUA knows how elaborate (or not) your plans are for hair and makeup.
The wedding mornings are exciting but can also be stressful if you haven't planned well. My first tip is to hand off responsibilities for the little things to someone else the night before. Your phone shouldn't be ringing or messages coming through with fires for you to put out. The flowers will arrive, friends ad family will want to come in and say hello, your bridesmaids will need to eat and drink, and soon your photographer will arrive too! Sounds like a lot huh?
ALLOCATING ENOUGH TIME
Makeup artists recommend allowing two hours for bridal hair and make-up, an hour and a half for mothers and bridesmaids, and then around one hour for flower girls. Specific timings will all depend on the styles of hair and make-up required, but this will be determined upon completion of a trial. The trial is also important so that the MUA can write down all of the products used and colors, so on your wedding day she/he doesn't have to look for the perfect shade that matches your skin tone.
The start time might come as a shock to some brides, but it is always best to be early than late (that could mean more portrait time too!), especially whith large bridal parties. Work out a timing plan together and ask about a makeup assistant, if necessary.
Take note if your hair and makeup artist will arrive earlier than the actual start time. This will give them time to set up and begin on time. The same goes for you and your bridesmaids: Have your them show up 5-10 mins prior to their assigned time to ensure everyone is THERE for their appointment. I cannot express how important it is to stay on schedule, any hold ups can throw the rest of the day off.
THE ORDER OF THE TIMELINE
I usually find that bride and groom's mothers prefer to be prepped first, as this gives them time to go and do the things they need to do. I then like to prep most of the bridesmaids. Some artists will do things differently. you want your makeup to be as fresh as possible, but also not be the reason why your whole day is running late, a good starting point is having the bride's hair & makeup second to last, just in case there are any unexpected delays.
As the bride is the most important lady of the day I like to have her ready in plenty of time. This gives her time to take a deep breath, spray her perfume, put on her jewelry, get into her dress and think a little about the wonderful relationship she is about to enter with the person she loves. Finally, after the bride I then complete any touch-ups that may be required.
Time at the end might not be something you have thought of, but some makeup artists like F Matin Makeup also like to allow 15 minutes at the end, so once everyone's service is completed there is a little more buffer time to get anyone touched up or catch a little fly away that needs some tending to.
A tip from the pros: Leave your phone behind! Texts and phone calls may stress you out, we want you to be relaxed and happy before your big day. Phone calls and texting also become a hindrance if you keep interrupting your artist and might lead to delays.
I hope this has been insightful to you and as always,