Mar 4, 2016

How to Create the Perfect Getting Ready Timeline

Without fail I am always asked "do we really need that much time to get ready?" and the answer is YES! The #1 secret to having your wedding day run smoothly? Scheduling plenty of time for hair and makeup. If your morning of timeline gets thrown off that can mean losing precious time  for photos or your ceremony starting late and that can create a lot of unnecessary anxiety for a bride.

Not only is scheduling enough time for getting ready important but having hair and makeup come to you can ensure that things stay on track. Most weddings that I've been a part of that have involved the bridal party traveling to and from the salon have run late (unless you follow the tips below!). Having you and your girls coming to and from the salon can also take away from time together during what should be the most relaxed part of the day. When you hire a team of professionals to come to you, you can rest assure that you and your bridal party will be their #1 priority. This is not always the case in a busy salon where there are many variables are at play, including travel time.  Having your beauty team come to you and allowing plenty of time will allow you and your bridal party to have a relaxed morning and make it to the church on time.

I personally create a timeline for all Makeup by Tierney brides. It helps them understand the flow of the morning and gives them something to show their bridesmaids that explains what time they need to be there.

Here is an Example of How Much Time To Allot For...
Bride's makeup: 60 minutes
Bride's hair: 60 minutes
Bridesmaids' makeup: 45 minutes per person 

Bridesmaids' hair: 45 minutes per person 

Many brides request that I do their makeup last because they want it to be fresh and last all day.  I highly recommend that the bride has her makeup done third or fourth at the latest (based on a party of 5). Your professionally done makeup will stay fresh no matter the order.  

Have your photographer come an hour before your departure time so they can snap all of those cute pics of your dress, accessories, and you and your girls getting ready!  

Plan for "natural interruptions" in the getting ready schedule. Natural interruptions include things like pausing to open a gift from the groom or bridal party.  People asking last minute questions, taking a quick pic of all the girls in their robes etc.

If you are going to and from the salon double the amount of travel time you think it will take.  

If your are getting ready at the salon make sure to ask how many stylists they will have dedicated to you and your bridal party.

If you have a large bridal party make sure to ask if your stylist or artist is bringing an assistant.  They should be able to Gage when an assistant will be needed but it doesn't hurt to clarify!

Lastly, when it's time to sit for your makeup or hair make sure that your face has already been washed and teeth have been brushed, put away your phones for this time and have someone else be your point of contact if you need to be reached.  Small things can throw off a timeline. 

Here is a sample timeline that I create for my brides with a 4 p.m. ceremony start time; hair and makeup for the bride and four bridesmaids
(my timeline allows 45 minutes for ea. bridesmaid and an hour for the bride.) There is always "buffer time" built into my schedules. 

9:00 - 9:45 Bridesmaid #1 makeup
9:45 - 10:30 Bridesmaid #2 makeup
10:30 - 11:15 Bridesmaid #3 makeup
11:15 - 12:15 Brides Makeup
12:00  Photographer arrives to take "getting ready" photos, bride is getting the finishing touches on her makeup
12:15 - 1:00 Bridesmaid #4's makeup

1:00 - 1:15 Touch up's & buffer time
1:15 pm All hair and makeup complete bride and bridal party should be getting dressed. Time for wedding party photos

4:00 pm Ceremony begins

With your wedding day timeline complete you can sit back and celebrate! 


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