Timeline question–how much time did you schedule for hair/makeup? For photos?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

MrsRevolutionize: 

Could you not ask them if they could move your appointment up? Or at least a few of you? I guess it all depends on how many people are going to be getting their hair done and makeup done at once.

We are thinking up to 1.5 hours for my hair and 1 hour for the other girls’ hair (6 of us will be getting our hair done at once). We are starting at 9 a.m. Then makeup with one artist (not at the salon) is 45 minutes for me and 30-45 minutes for the other girls (there will be four of us) so we are budgeting 3 hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) We are leaving for the Church at 2:30 to get there for 3. This allows us a little extra time.

Post # 4
Member
6000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

MrsRevolutionize:  2 hours for hair and 45 minutes for makeup is not enough time for 3-4 girls. That’s barely enough time for 2 people in my experience. Example, for my friend’s wedding that starts at 5pm we are starting makeup at 8:45 and hair at 10:15 for 6 girls. The bride is scheduled for 1:15-2:45. I think you need to find another salon that can get you in earlier.

ETA: The only way that amount of time would work is if every girl is having their own stylist. If it’s only 1 or 2 stylists for the whole group, it won’t work.

Post # 5
Member
1193 posts
Bumble bee

MrsRevolutionize:  My wedding went like this:

8am-12pm: breakfast, hair and makeup (3 stylists for 1 bride, 6 bridesmaids, and 2 MOBs). It took just about the whole time. I never felt rushed though.

12pm-145pm: Girls pics (35 min), get to church (25 min), and some immediate family pics (20 min). Then I went into the church rec room to hide from the arriving guests.

2pm: Ceremony

3pm-4pm: Family pics at church

4-530: Bridal party pics

6pm: Reception started

Overall, I think it depends on how many pictures with family members you want. That is what took us the longest. Full family photos, moving people in and out, cousins, godparents, grandparents, etc. It was the only part of the day where I was like “Please kill me now”. And I hate all those pictures too. They are mostly for the parents though.

The bridal party pics were a snap and only took us 1.5 hours. We went to 3 separate locations too.

ETA: Many of your family photos might have to occur after your ceremony during cocktail hour, as you can’t expect all your grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc to show up 2 hours early? That would potentially save you some time beforehand as well. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  LindyLu.
Post # 6
Member
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

for us it was about 45 minutes each person for hair and makeup.  i had 5 people getting hair and makeup.  we started at noon and i needed to be ready at 4 for first look and everyone else ready at 4:30 for pictures.  our ceremony started at 6:30.  we had plenty of time.

Post # 8
Member
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We went to a salon, each girl had their own stylist but my hair alone took 2 hours. All together we were at the salon from 11AM-1:45PM – almost three hours. But only I had my makeup done. The bridesmaids did their own. We stayed pretty well on schedule for most of the day.

We got back to get dressed and meet our photographer at 2PM, then went for before ceremony photos (just the girls) at 4PM. Ceremony was at 5pm. I was able to get in a lot of photos with just the bridesmaids in about 30 minutes.

After the ceremony we spent an hour and half taking photos. We were very happy with how it all worked out.

Post # 9
Member
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

MrsRevolutionize:  I’d ask the salon how long they would expect it to take but my makeup & hair person said I should plan for 45 mins per service per girl so an hour & a half each

Post # 10
Member
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Also, even though each girl had their own stylist and our appointments were for 11AM, they were actually kind of staggered. Not everyone went in right at 11AM. I was at more like 11:30AM, but I didn’t know it would go that way before we got there. Had some of the girls wanted more complicated updos it could have taken even longer. Four out of five of them just had their hair curled and half pulled back to wear it down. Only one BM had an updo, because her hair wouldn’t hold a curl.

Post # 11
Member
6000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

In that case, I think it could be done. You won’t have any wiggle room though. I’d just ask if they can try and bump up the appointments a little. If not, tell your girls to pick out simple hair styles lol

Post # 12
Member
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

3-4 hours of just photos sounds like SO LONG to me- are you doing multiple locations or something? We did ours in 2 hours tops I think.

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors