(Closed) Getting ready time and photos? Whats practical?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I was ready much more than three hours before the ceremony. Believe me, you will need all that time, if not longer, for photos. If you want a chill morning getting ready, just plan to wake up a little earlier in order to give yourself some breathing room.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

sweatergal007 :  I started getting 5 bridesmaids, 2 moms and myself ready at 8:30 and we left for the church about 12:30 so about 4 hours for hair, makeup and getting dressed. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

It sounds crazy but you will want 3 hours, the time goes so fast! I was ready by 11.30 and our ceremony was at 2 and we were rushing trying to fit in photos before the ceremony. I thought we would have so much time but I wish we had given it an extra hour so I could relax a bit. Getting ready takes longer than you think as well and give extra time incase of any delays or hair accidents. First looks are brilliant though because they get photos out of the way for later and it was great to see my husband before the ceremony, it really calmed us down! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

sweatergal007 :  Pics started at 12, the first people started getting ready at 8. Ceremony was at 4.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My time line is different because we’re eloping so only I will be getting ready but my photographer said always allow extra time because it goes super fast and everything will take much longer than expected.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

sweatergal007 :  I agree with PP, i was ready very early on. I think I woke up at like 5 in the morning for my 1:00 ceremony 🙂 I couldn’t sleep because of stress and I wanted to get ready early as opposed to later and then have to rush.

Are you having hair and make-up come to you or are you going to the salon? Try to get early appointments especially if more than one person will be doing hair/make-up so everyone is ready on time.

As for your friends and family, I feel as adults they can make their own decision of what they can and cannot handle, so if they don’t want to spend hours before the ceremony watching you get ready/take photos with you they are allowed to not do so. They can always see you at the ceremony/reception and take a photo then.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

Yeah- follow what the photographer says as they are the professional- NOT YOU! 

We did first look photos, bridal photos and groomsmen photos all before the ceremony (plus the getting ready, site/details shots). We ended up not doing the parents/grandparents photos before the ceremony which was fine. There was an unplanned delay in gift giving that was photographed which ate up that time. 

Photograhers got there around 2ish and most vendors were a bit early (since they were used to the venue). But this was for 1 person doing hair/make-up for 4 people… 2 others managed their own hair and makeup and we were pretty tight on time which how much she alloted per person- an additional hour goes by pretty quickly if each girl needs to tweak her final look. 

I promise I was chill from 9am-2pmish…mimosa always in hand but there’s constantly something going on. Your wedding day is a good time for “hurry up and wait” rather than everything running late and nothing getting done as it should. 

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