Post # 1
My ceremony invite time is 2:30, and guests aren’t allowed in until 2. Our getting ready location is 10 minutes (according to google maps) from our ceremony location. We are NOT doing a first look, and will be using the same limo bus for both the guys and the girls (so limo bus will pick up girls, take them to ceremony venue, then go back and pick up boys to take to the ceremony venue). I want to get to the venue before most of our guests, but it doesn’t matter for the boys.
So – what is the latest time I need to start getting dressed by (zippered dress with buttons) and what is the latest we should leave by to beat the guests? I’m booking our transportation and makeup people today and both contracts ask for these times and I just keep second guessing myself.
Post # 3
My ceremony began at 3 pm, and we headed out the door at around 2 pm (we over-estimated how long it would take to get there)
I got myself prepped (shaved legs, painted nails) when I woke up at 6 (couldn’t sleep), I got my hair done starting 10 am, it was finished around 11:45, then we went home to put on makeup. My girls arrived when I got home (they were ready to go at that point). Everything seemed to go smoothly, and I wasn’t rushed. But I think I would have felt rushed if I had less time.
Post # 4
We’re having our hair and makeup people come to the hotel where my BMs and I will be getting ready.
Post # 5
I had a very similar day-of plan as you, with a ceremony at 2:30/no first look/getting ready location 10 mins from the ceremony venue. The only difference for us was that the limo picked up the boys first and took them to the ceremony (so the groomsmen could greet the guests as they arrived and usher them to their seats). Then, the limo came to my house at 2:05, but it took a few minutes for all of the girls to get their stuff together and for all of us to get into the limo. We arrived at the church around 2:25, and waited in the car until all of the guests were in the church (we were very lucky to have very few stragglers!) Then the priest came out to get me and the girls from the limo, and bring us into the back of the church to wait right before he was going to begin the ceremony (although my DOC was available to come get me to if he wasn’t able to). Anyways, I know that wasn’t your question at all, I’m just explaining why bringing the boys first and then the girls to the venue worked best in our situation. In terms of getting ready, I had a corset back dress (which takes a long time to do up!), so I probably took longer than you will take on your day. That being said, it took me AN HOUR! I couldn’t believe it, but my photographer suggested that the bridesmaid all start getting into their dresses/shoes on/jewellry on at 12:30, so they would all be ready by 1:00. Then at 1:00, it was my turn. It actually took from 1:00 – 2:00 from the time I started putting my dress on until I was completely ready to go (jewellry on, shoes on, veil on, bouquet in hand, clutch will all of my necessary to-bring items ready). Even though an hour may be more time than you need in the end, I would schedule that much time for getting dressed anyways. It’s nice to be able to get ready slowly too, since it will give your photographer lots of time to get nice photos of you with your girls. Plus, it would be so stressful to run out of time and feel like you need to rush then end up forgetting something important.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@StL.Ashley: I would plan to be ready 1 hour prior to the time you plan to drive over. Based on the info you provided, I would plan to be at the ceremony site by 1:30pm at the latest since guests will start arriving around 2pm. It also allows you some wiggle room in case you or the guys are running late.
Post # 7
@peonies2: Thanks so much! I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of just waiting in the bus. That makes a million times more sense than trying to sneak into the venue (which is in a park and does not have close parking). Seriously, thank you so much!