Your Wedding Morning should be relaxed, enjoyable and completely stress-free, which is why a Wedding morning schedule is so important. Many times I get asked from my brides, 'how many people can you makeup on the morning of my wedding?' Ive been asked if I can do 10 people on a wedding morning, and asked if I can fit 3 people in.. so I thought it would be a good idea to give brides an insight into your wedding morning schedule, and why I often ask brides how early there bridesmaids would be happy to wake up before I answer!
Have a Schedule
Firstly if you have a hair and makeup artist who hasn't given you a schedule for your morning then I would be asking why. It is so important to have one or else the morning could quickly become a stressful situation. I personally send wedding timings over to brides around 2-4 weeks before the wedding day, sometimes earlier if asked or needed.
Having done over 100 weddings now I can assure you that a schedule will be needed for your sanity! No one needs there mum ringing constantly in the morning asking when she's needed or being a few hours late and wondering why she couldn't have her makeup done- everyone will thank you for the schedule!
Allow Enough Time
Every Makeup artist has a different way in which they like to work and how long they feel they need, for me personally I like to have 60 minutes for the bride, and 45-60 minutes per bridesmaid, so with this in mind the ceremony time is super important in determining how many people can have there makeup done. I always ask my bigger bridal parties before sending the timings if there bridesmaids are happy to be up early!
I aim to have everyone ready 60 minutes before leaving for the ceremony, this way there is time to have another drink with your girls, have photos taken, open gifts etc, and just have some time to take everything in.
Here is an example of a wedding morning schedule -
6.45 - Arrive and set up
7-8 Bridesmaid 1
8-9 Bridesmaid 2
9-10 Mother of the bride
11-12 Bridesmaid 3
12- Bridal party touch ups and help bridal party prepare and leave for the ceremony
With a larger bridal party I would allow 45 minutes per bridal party member and an hour for the bride, it doesn't change anything other than how quickly I work. If you have flower girls who would like a little hair and makeup, I would always recommend that they are done last to ensure they don't have too much time on there hands before the ceremony- we wouldn't want hair falling out of place and lipgloss being smudged across faces!
Let your Bridal Party know
I recommend brides pass the schedule on to their bridesmaids, mums, aunties etc and let everyone know what time they will be needed in hair and makeup. I tend to email your bridal hairstylist (if i know them) with my schedule, or ask my bride to send it to them before the day, so that hair and makeup timings match up, and no one is needed in two places at once.
Sending a guided schedule like the one above means my brides can change and decide the order of the morning. No one ever wants to be the first to have makeup done, but always let them know that if they are first for makeup they will be touched up last ... and also if your first in for makeup the photographer won't catch you without glam on! I would suggest that you plan the schedule and let your bridal party know what time there needed, consider who is the earliest riser and who will be staying with you the night before the wedding, so that everyone feels comfortable with there times.
Relax and trust your suppliers
Your wedding morning is such a big part of the day, you will remember the giggles you had with the girls in the morning whilst sipping champagne, the way your dad cried upon seeing you dressed as a bride, how you felt seeing yourself dressed as a bride! There are so many amazing experiences all in the morning, before you've even seen your husband yet, so ENJOY it all! Don't worry about what everyone else is doing as your suppliers will have everything under control.. and even if we are a little behind schedule we tend to quietly and quickly pull things back!
All images by James Rouse Photography