Having been a part of over 150 weddings as a wedding photographer, I know that the struggle to nail a wedding day timeline is real. There are a heck of a lot of moving parts when it comes to a wedding day and the secret to having the best, most relaxed day ever – is getting your wedding timeline right. The last thing you want is to feel rushed on the morning of your wedding – I mean heck, I hate to feel rushed on any normal day, let alone on such a special & significant day. I have witnessed couples make a lot of different mistakes when creating their wedding timeline (and luckily I’m often there to help them fix them) but the biggest mistake of all is:
NOT SCHEDULING THE START TIME OF YOUR WEDDING HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTS EARLY ENOUGH.
Think about it, your hair & makeup team are the first wedding vendors to “start work” on your wedding day – and the time that they start can influence the time that they finish (I know right, duh!) But it also impacts how much time you have to get dressed into your wedding gown, to have pretty portraits taken and even just to have a glass of bubbly before you leave for the ceremony. I’ve been a part of SO many weddings where the beauty team finished and there was only 30 minutes left before I had to leave for the ceremony. That breaks my heart.
Not starting hair & makeup early enough means:
- You can run out of time
- You don’t get as many photos
- It is damn stressful
- You might be late for your ceremony (which means, your ceremony starts late and there is less time for your family photos and bridal portraits before the sun sets!)
SO… to avoid all of this:
Schedule your glam team for about an hour a person (even if they say they don’t need that long!) If you have 3 bridesmaids and yourself with makeup appointments, plan for at least four hours. This leaves plenty of time to relax, drink a glass of bubbly, and snag those getting ready pictures of you and your bridesmaids that you’ve been dreaming about (as have I!)