Post # 1
My wedding starts at 3.30pm, the limo will be picking us up by 3pm or just before.
We’re having our hair and makeup done in a hotel we’ll be staying in the night before. There’s 2 bridesmaids, my mum and me having hair and makeup, done by the same lady.
She just told me she’ll be ‘there at 8am so we can be finished and ready for the photographer by the time he comes’… but I thought the whole point was for the photographer to be there AS you get ready? Or am I wrong? I have never done this before 🙂 If we’re ready a couple of hours earlier, what are we meant to do between then and when the limo comes? I estimate she’ll take 1 hour per girl, so let’s allow 4 hours plus setting up time. But I assume she knows what she’s talking about, she has done weddings before…
Another question, what does the bride do when the bridesmaids and mother of the bride are getting their hair and make up done… do you just sit there and meditate or drink champagne or what?
Post # 3
@amyinbrisbane: I would ask her to come at 10am, as well as your photographer 🙂
Your hair stylist may be under the impression you are having formals taken before your wedding ceremony, so many people do this nowadays.
Post # 4
Our photographer arrives as the hair and makeup r finishing up to get a few of those without spending too much of our time with those pics cause realistically how many of those do u want?
Post # 5
I’d say have her come later if you can, and possibly have your hair and makeup done last. It’s most important to have pictures of YOU getting ready and that also leaves your hair and makeup the freshest.
Post # 6
I was in a wedding with 5 girls plus bride who got hair done by 2 hairstylists and makeup done by 2 MUAs. even with 4 stylists, it took 4 hours and we really cut it way too close. I don’t suggest pushing your stylist’s start time back too much. Remember that your own makeup and hair can take an hour each and you probably want time to eat.
when is your photgrapher getting there? If you aren’t doing first look or any solo or bridal party pics beforehand, let your stylist know, but 8am doesn’t sound too early.
Post # 7
We had the same pick up time of 3pm. The makeulaywoman came at 10am and the photographer came about 12:30pm. That way, he could get the shots of getting ready but wasn’t bored (and we weren’t wasting the hours we paid him for) as well as get the shots of the dresses, us getting ready, etc.
Post # 8
We had a pick up time of 2:30PM and the hair & make up arrived at 8 AM for us to be ready for the photographer. It was for myself and 3 bridesmaids. My mom hired someone else for herself, my sister & 2 other bridesmaids. We had our photograher come for 12:30PM, we took getting ready shots, and some bridal portraits and a few family shots and photos with me and my bridesmaids.
The getting ready shots really arent of you beginning to get ready, the getting ready shots we took were with most of our make up on, maybe some touchups (lipstick, mascara etc) and putting on the veil, getting in the dresses etc.
Post # 9
My photographer wanted us to be done with hair and makeup when she arrived. The ‘getting ready’ shots she took were pretty much all staged (And they came out great). then she took pictures of me putting on my dress. Then pictures of our family, the bridal party, and our first look before the limo came. So my timeline looked like this:
9am: girls & mom get hair and makeup done. while waiting, girls have mimosas and eat breakfast (6 people total)
12pm: go to venue for lunch. Bridesmaids and moms get dressed
1pm: photographer arrives. ‘Getting ready’ shots and put on dress. Bride & bridesmaid pics
2:00pm: First look
2:45pm: Bridal party pics
3:30pm: Family Pics
4:00pm: Limo comes
Post # 10
I don’t know that people giving you their timelines will help because the person to best advise on how long the hair and makeup will take will be the hair stylist and makeup artist. If she says 8 am maybe she needs an hour per person. My wedding is at 3 and 7 of us are getting makeup done and we are starting at 7. I’ll be doing mine from 12 noon so my photogs will be there by the time I start. remember after makeup you still have to get dressed.
I would advise that you tell your vendors what time you would like to leave your hotel for the ceremony and work out a time line from there.
Post # 11
The photographer should come at the end to get some of the getting ready shots. Unless you have your photographer for the entire day for one cost and not a set number of hours, you don’t need to be wasting money having a photographer there for the whole 4 hours it takes to get hair and makeup done.
Post # 12
@amyinbrisbane: How many “getting ready” photos do you want? Is the photographer necessary from start to finish? As a former MUA who did a lot of weddings I can tell you having a camera there while you are trying to work for a long amount of time is super annoying. I once had to (politely) tell a photographer to cut it out until I had the bride’s face completely done because she kept getting in my way.
Post # 13
Realistically what are you going to do with pictures of someone with half a face of make up? Personally I would prefer to not have any shots where I at least didn’t have my makeup and hair done.
The getting ready pics should be getting into your dress, getting your jewelery on, make up touch up, putting the shoes on.
Post # 14
Thanks for all your replies ladies! It makes a bit more sense now.
I’m going to let her do her thing because I know she has more experience with weddings than I do!