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When your wedding day finally arrives, you will no doubt be feeling a huge range of emotions. Excitement, anticipation, probably a little emotional… but hopefully not stressed. Having your wedding morning organized, especially when it comes to hair and makeup, is a huge component to a stress-free day. That’s why we have put together a few tips and tricks when it comes to hair and makeup schedules on your wedding day, so you can be as relaxed as possible.
When it comes to the hair and makeup order, think about who is always early, always late and the most responsible. This will help you decide on who will be getting their hair and makeup done earlier in the day, and who will be towards the middle of the order (or even the end). You don’t want to place a bridesmaid who is always late first up, as this may make everyone else late too. Other things to consider when it comes to the order include:
- The mother of the bride may wish to organize other parts of the wedding, so she may require hair and makeup earlier in the day.
- If any of the bridal party have children, find out when their babysitter is arriving and organize the order around this.
- Do not allow any of your bridal party to have too much say about the order – no one wants to go first (despite touchups being available), but someone has to!
When looking at who should have the last appointments (before the final touch-ups), these spots should be taken by those with the shortest appointments… which are the flower girls. In general, young girls struggle to keep still, which means both their hair and make-up can become undone if completed earlier in the day.
Flexibility Is Key
Although it is important to be organized, it is also crucial to be flexible – some people will require longer makeup times than others, and the same with hair styling. Having an order for the day but asking for everyone to be ready at any time to commence their services, allows for a smooth day and less stress!
Hair vs Make-Up First
The age-old question of hair or makeup first? This will depend on the professionals completing your services, as some prefer makeup before hair, whereas others look at it on a case-by-case basis. It is worthwhile noting though that as soon as your hair is done you want to touch it as little as possible, so it may even be that you start getting your hair done and, before you have the front curls or pieces set, you have your makeup done. This allows for a smooth transition, without having to go between services all the time.
What Is Your Timeline?
The number of activities that are occurring before your wedding will directly affect the timeline for hair and makeup. Are you having photos for a first look, a boudoir shoot or even some bridal portraits? If so, your hair and makeup will need to be done much earlier in the day. If all photos aren’t occurring until the ceremony, then the timeline can be pushed back to closer to the wedding.
Different stylists also prefer to place the bride’s services at different times of day – some place her in the middle of the order, whereas other prefer just before the end – so have a chat to the professionals as to what their preference is.
How Much Time Do You Have?
The time of your ceremony will directly affect how much time you have to get ready – does your whole bridal party need to be ready by 11 am or is it closer to 4 pm that everyone must have their hair or makeup completed? – as well as how many people require services and how much time per service has been designated. Make sure you speak to your makeup artist and hairstylist as to how many stylists will be coming and how much time do they allow per person, so a rough timeline can be made and followed.
We always recommend speaking to your make-up artist and hairstylist well before your big day, as they will advise on their suggested process. This makes it a lot easier for you too!