(Closed) Afternoon start, what do you do in the AM?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
9673 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My ceremony started at 5:30 pm and we were doing hair and makeup starting at 9/10am…   I ate at about 8 am.

Darling Husband and them didn’t start getting ready until around noon so I am guessing they just slept in.

I did do photos though before the ceremony, we left at about 1:30/2 to do photos.  So it took us almost 5 hours to get ready (hair, makeup, dressed).  I had 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man.

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had a one o’clock start time and I definitely got up early and started the getting ready process.  I ate a nice breakfast, had my hair and make-up done, got to the venue, chilled with my girls, got dressed, and got married!

Post # 5
8817 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my ceremony started at 6:30.

i stayed at the hotel on friday night with my mom and brother.
when we woke up on saturday, we went to brunch with my aunt, uncle and cousins.

then, it was time to shower and get ready.

our getting ready time was at noon, with a be ready time of 4pm for pictures.  we did the first look.


we would have seen each other before hand anyway at the kettubah signing.



Darling Husband was at our house with the best man.  i think he got to the hotel around noonish to greet guests and start getting ready too.



Post # 6
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our ceremony is at 6 pm. The girls are getting to the venue at 4, the guys at 5, to take some pictures (anything that can be done without us or with us individually, we aren’t doing a first look) and just relax a bit. Before that the girls are having brunch and then getting ready (hair/makeup starts at 12). The guys are playing golf.

Post # 7
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Our ceremony started at 4. I woke up around 9, showered, and then went to my hair appointment at 11. We then grabbed some lunch and got home around 1:30. I then took an hour or so to attempt to relax (lol I was so nervous) and do my makeup. My best friend arrived at my house around 2:30. We then left to pick up flowers at 3:00. We got to the venue with plenty of time before the 4:00 ceremony. My house, the florist, and the venue were all only a quick drive from each other.

Post # 8
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got up early(ish) and went down to the wedding site to start getting things set up. Our DOC took over directing a small army of family and friends at around 11 so that I could go get ready. I got ready from 11-2. Then we did pictures from 2-4:30 (we did a first look which was fabulous for us, but I can understand if you don’t want to. But try to do everything that you can before the ceremony – pictures of you with your girls, him with his guys, you with family, him with family, basically all the pictures that don’t have the two of you together). Then ceremony at 5. I was a tiny bit late to pictures at 2, but that was why we built in extra time and it worked out well.

Post # 9
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We had an early afternoon ceremony… We had breakfast together, then we each began to get ready separate from each other (I got ready while he met with our photog, he got ready when I was having my hair done, etc) so we never saw each other until the ceremony. 

Post # 10
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are starting hair at 8am for a 2:30 ceremony. You’ll need the time!

Post # 11
349 posts
Helper bee

For my daughter’s wedding this Friday, the girls will stay at the hotel with her Thursday night and I’m having a light breakfast (muffins, fruit, etc) dropped off to them around 9:30.  Hair stylist arrives at 10 to prep 5 maids, 1 bride and 2 flower girls.  Makeup is for bride only at 2 pm.  Limo leaves the hotel with all the girls at 3:30 for a short trip to church.  We put the bride into her dress around 3:45 and her photos start at 4 pm.  The guys arrive at church at 4:30 but no first look, so photos will be separate.  (We have two photographers.) Ceremony at 6 pm.  From what other MOBs tell me, the day will zoom by and we will wonder what happened to all the time we thought we had.  

Post # 13
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My wedding wasn’t until 6 p.m. 

However, I had been up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finalize my packing for the honeymoon. My Out of Town Maid/Matron of Honor was staying with me. I had a rental car to deal with (LOOOOONG story!) and had to connect with some Out of Town family members to get our luggage to our downtown hotel in our departure city.

I had three salon appointments, beginning at 9:30 a.m. that day, including a French pedicure (which had to be rescheduled from the day before due to my car not starting, resuting in my day-before timeline being thrown off by HOURS!), an up-do; and make up. My hair and make-up artist was also doing my mother’s hair and make up.

My venue should have been “only” 1.5 hours away from the salon without traffic, but there was heavy holiday-weekend traffic and at least two accidents ahead of us on our route. I left the salon late. We were stuck in traffic.

I was my own DOC, so I had things to view and approve (flowers, cake) when I arrived at the venue. We were all scheduled to take pics before the ceremony, starting at 3:30 p.m., but I didn’t arrive until 4 but wasn’t ready until 5, and it was 96 degrees, and no one wanted the bride outside melting in the heat to take pics …

SO, even though I was up early in the morning, there was NO part of my wedding day that was in any way relaxing, with the possible exception of when I was soaking my feet before the pedi started. It was an absolutely exhausting and insane day.

No matter how organized you are, there likely will be at least some minor issues that arise on the day of your wedding that you will need to deal with, so you probably won’t find yourself with a whole lot of extra time on your hands that day. 🙂

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