The morning of your wedding, you should be relaxed, excited, and ready to get glam—not worrying about whether the hair and makeup appointments will be on time!
The key to avoiding beauty-induced stress is to make sure you’ve got everything scheduled to a T (as well as fab stylists to make it all possible! Thank you Alistbeauty!). Does the thought of all this scheduling make you, well, stressed? Don’t worry! We are pros at tips to a seamless, easy wedding morning that might even have you ahead of schedule!
Be Smart About the Order
When you’re deciding who goes first, make sure you’re being smart about it. We always tell our brides to schedule the most responsible bridesmaid or your Mom earlier in the morning. That way your schedule isn’t held up because of the one bridesmaid who is always late to everything!
Often the mother of the bride will want her services done earlier so she’s available to help out before the ceremony. Or if a bridesmaid has young children, find out when the babysitter is arriving so she can have her hair and makeup done while someone else is watching the little ones.”
…But Don’t Give Your Bridal Party Too Much Say
No one wants to be the first appointment! and would rather go last. Everyone is worried about their hair and makeup lasting throughout the day. Alistbeauty lets our clients know that, even if you’re the very first appointment, we will touch up at the end so you look fresh as you walk out the door.”
Everyone’s hair and skin types are different, so the services will take a different amount of time for each person. If you tell people they have an appointment time, they’re more likely to be inflexible and start earlier or get nervous if their time has passed. Instead, remind everyone that the timing is fluid, and ask them to be available in a particular order without a strict time attached. Request that anyone having their hair and makeup done be around all morning so they can easily swap appointments if someone needs to step out for a few minutes. You don’t want the timeline to be disrupted because you’re waiting for a bridesmaid to show up!
Keep Styles in Mind
Make up first or hair? Again be flexible. When someone’s hair is finished, it’s best to touch it as little as possible, so sometimes to keep the services moving along, we’ll do most of a woman’s hair, and then finish the top or front pieces after her makeup is done,” she suggests. Having your hair set in curls? Hop in the hair stylist’s chair before moving on to makeup. This way you can have your makeup done while your hair is setting, and then have your hair finished when you’re done. It’s more efficient, and you won’t be stuck sitting in a chair for too long!
Schedule Services With Your Timeline in Mind
When deciding what time to do the bride’s appointments, it’s important to know what else is going on before the ceremony. Is she doing a boudoir shoot, bridal portraits, or a first look? Then she’ll need her hair and makeup done earlier in the day. If she’s not doing any photos until after the ceremony, I usually do the bride’s services second to last or last. If she’s a little more nervous, it’s better to do her appointments second to last so she has some time to relax before putting on her dress.
Alistbeauty likes to plan for the bride’s services somewhere in the middle of the pack. We want to make sure there’s more than enough time for the bride, since she’s the most important person of the day. Doing her hair and makeup in the middle leaves time for adjustments, fixes, and a more leisurely process. It also means the bride will be in great shape when the photographer arrives or the florist drops off her bouquet. If she’s out of the hair and makeup chair, she’ll be able to answer questions or take care of things, and still have lots of time to relax before she gets dressed.
And don’t forget the timeline when it comes to people like your mom or maid of honor! If they are going to help you get dressed (and that moment will be photographed), their hair and makeup should be done beforehand.