Post # 1
I’ve been talking to a hair/makeup artist about scheduling an appointment, and I’m concerned it won’t be enough time.
She is available to come to my house at 2:00 pm to do hair and makeup, and swears it will take her 1.5 hours max, and since I opted not to have a bridal party, I’m the only one on her list. She’s got loads upon loads of glowing reviews on Wedding Wire so I’m inclined to believe what she tells me, since I know absolutely nothing about this stuff!
I would like to be in my dress and ready to go by 4:00 for a 6:00 pm ceremony, with some time for first look/portraits beforehand. Fortunately, you could hit the venue with a rock from the place where I’ll be getting ready, so travel time is not a concern.
I still need to confirm with my photographer about the length of time we should allow for pre-ceremony pictures. But just as a rough estimate, is this schedule too crammed? Or will I be okay?
Post # 3
I think it would depend on your hair and what you want done. If you have tons of hair and want a super fancy up-do, I might budget in another 30 minutes. But otherwise, you should be ready by 4.
Post # 4
@RunsWithBears: No, not a ton of hair. It’s relatively thick but only a little longer than shoulder length, and I’d be shooting for a loose, low bun, so it ought to be a simple ‘do. Ditto for makeup, I’d like to have a more natural look.
Post # 5
@brlabrat: Then you should be just fine! I have stupid thick hair that’s fairly long so I always budget in a larger margin, but I know I’m a bit unique in that sense.
Post # 6
My hair and makeup people have each budgeted 5 hours to get me and 4 bridesmaids ready. So this would be an hour for each person, except you would need more time if she’s doing both hair and makeup I suppose. It would be tight, but I could see this working.
Post # 7
Have you met with your hair/makeup stylist and discussed how you would like to look? I would be a bit concerned about having enough time, but a lot depends on how picky you are about your hair and makeup. If you’re easy going about it, then your timeline will probably be fine.
Is there anyway you could have a trial ahead of time so you have the details sorted out and don’t have to spend a lot of time fussing and tweaking on your wedding day? I have fairly long hair and went with a low messy bun and my hair took about a hour and a half, and I had a hair trial and did lots of tweaking during the trial so my wedding day hair didn’t take as long as it could have. I had a makeup trial with a makeup artist beforehand and even after lots of corrections I still looked like a plastic pumpkin prostitute. Although I brought in lots of photos, we still had totally different ideas about what “natural” wedding makeup should look like, so I ended up switching MUAs a week before my wedding. The MUA I ended up going with had done my makeup before and still wanted to budget an hour for makeup, and mine took about 45 minutes on my wedding day. I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re on a tight timeline it would probably make it a lot less stressful to have as many details ironed out ahead of time. 😉
Are you having any professional getting ready photos done? I’m only asking because it definitely takes more than a few minutes to get into your dress if your photographer is taking pics, so it’s definitely another factor to consider!
Post # 8
@LittleMissHelpful: Great questions. Unfortunately there’s no way for me to do a trial — I live in a different city than my wedding will be in, and I won’t be able to get back there again between now and the wedding for a meeting or a trial. So it will hinge on good remote communication. Thankfully I am not super picky, as long as the natural/low-key look comes through one way or another.
I’m also doing an abbreviated package with my photographer, so we’re not doing “getting ready” photos. So when the hair and makeup are done, I hope I can slip into my dress quickly and hit the road. Dress is very simple and should not be a big production to get into.
For what it’s worth, the alternative that I’m considering is going off-site to a salon that can probably fit me in at an earlier hour (currently waiting to hear back on what that hour actually is). But then we have to factor in travel time to and from the salon (30 min each way on a good day), and the fact that my mother, who is also my ride, has a hair appointment at a different salon early that morning. So it’s a question of whether it’s less fraught to have someone come to my house at a relatively late hour, or drive all over town in order to get it out of the way earlier.
Ack, logistics! lol.