(Closed) how far is too far for makeup?

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Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I personally would not want to be doing all that driving on my wedding day! I live in a big city, though, so I’m always worried about unexpected traffic delays. I guess it all depends on how comfortable you feel making that trek on your wedding day.

I would definitely make sure that I allowed myself more (much more!) than enough time to be back and ready for the first look pictures.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

30 minutes is really the farthest I would go. You would have to structure your day very carefully, and would have to allow some breathing room for traffic or just the very fact that most times weddings end up running a little bit over or off the scheduled times. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@sugarcube:  I’ll give you a taste of what I did on the morning of my wedding. Keep in mind the venue was 5 minutes from my house. ETA: I just saw that you posted that you have a 5PM ceremony with a first look before – this is exactly what I had since I had people arriving for the pre-ceremony festivities that go on in my culture at 5:00. That’s really when the wedding started for me too so our scenarios are pretty similar.

I got up early and made sure I had everything packed and ready to go. I had packed a bag for the hotel the night before, but I needed to make sure I had everything for my wedding ensemble in the car, plus the bag for the hotel, plus everything for my mom and sister, etc. You end up needing to bring a lot. Then I picked up one of my bridesmaids who was coming to the venue with us so she could accompany my husband and I to take pictures at a park after our first look.

We got to the venue just in time to see my hair/makeup artist arriving to set up. This was at about 10:00 AM. She got set up and I walked around oohing and aahing over what my florist was already setting up. Then I put my bride robe on (lol – I have to laugh at that) and she started on my hair. I also realized that I forgot my engagement ring at home – thankfully we only live 5 minutes from the venue, but venues we were looking at that were 20-25 minutes away from my house, and my mom and sister had to go running to pick it up.. it could’ve been inconvenient.

After she did my hair she started on my makeup. Your hair and makeup people will be able to tell you estimates for how long this should take, but their times won’t be exact! It may end up running earlier or later. After that I needed to get dressed. But the photographer showed up at that exact moment (which was good that he did because he was supposed to but it still made things hectic when he went to take my shoes and dress for those shots and all that stuff), and there was commotion in other areas too – I got my bouquet and I hated it and my florist had to re-do it before pictures. There are little things that may need adjustment or may “go wrong” that need to be fixed and it does take some time.

I had a first look with my husband at 1:00 (so we budgeted three hours for my getting ready time since we started at 10:00), and that probably took place a little after 1. We saw each other, my florist took my bouquet to re-do, we exchanged gifts, and waited around in the venue for my bouquet so we could go to our picture spot. We took pictures in a park for about an hour and then went back over to the venue. During that time in the park my mom and sister were getting their hair and makeup done. Then we took more pictures of just the two of us at the venue and then we started with family pictures. My bridesmaids got there at around 4:00. The actual festivities started at 5:00 – in my culture there is something that goes on for an hour before the ceremony, so the ceremony was at 6:00. As you can see it was a pretty eventful morning even though I just needed to get my hair and makeup done before our first look!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That is a long way to drive for makeup, especially since you’ll be at the mercy of possible traffic delays. With everything else you have to do that day, I wouldn’t suggest spending an hour of it driving. Do you have a brideamaid or a guest who’s really good with makeup?

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Are there any artists who do make-up and hair? They may come to your location if you’re getting both done. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@sugarcube:  Yes and no. Are there things you would potentially have to set up on that day? I didn’t need to decorate anything because my florist did it all, but if you are decorating yourself there are a lot of things you’d need to do on the day. Even if you start the day before, you’d still have last minute things. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@sugarcube:  My ceremony was at 3 but I had to be there at 2 for bride and then first look pictures. The site was about 15 minutes from the hotel I was staying at with my best friend and her sister. I had to wait until 10am to go get a mani pedi (I could not get it done the day before), and then we grabbed some lunch since we skipped breakfast and I didn’t want to be shaky and faint lol. We went and bought some flowers (I only needed enough for a bouquet since I did not have a bridal party so I did not use a florist). That was right across the street from the hotel. We got back to the hotel and my best friend started doing my hair which took about 40 minutes then I did my makeup real quick (at that point we were running a little bit behind schedule) and then threw on my dress (it was a very easy to get into lace over a slip type dress). I had already set everything aside that I needed to remember to bring (money for the photocgrapher, marriage license, his ring). I did forget to grab my jacket but luckily it was cool enough that I didn’t need it. I got to the site around 2:20 (oops!). If my ceremony had been at 5 I probably would have been sitting around for quite a while with not a lot to do.

So, my point is, whether it is enough time is up to you. If you are leaving straight away for your honeymoon, make sure everything is packed up the night before. Don’t leave anything for last minute, even if it seems small. Know how long it takes you to get into your dress and undergarments and take that into account. Considering your wedding is (I assume) on a weekend, you will not have rush hour traffic to worry about.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It depends on the weather. If it’s hot, then forget it. I had to do a short drive from the hotel to the venue (like 5 minutes away, if that) with my hair and makeup done and I already felt gross and sticky in our summer heat.

I think 30 minutes is kind of far, especially if you hit traffic. That being said, I had my makeup done for our engagement shoot and then drove 2.5 hours in the spring (midafternoon/sundown) weather and it held up okay. I did let the MUA know what my plans were so she really prepped for sweat and heat.

One of the main issues will be if you are frazzled. I was in a frenzied state before the wedding and I wouldn’t have felt comfortable driving because I was beyond distracted.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also, I should add that my ceremony site was a historical park that did not allow decorations, so I did not have to worry about that (it was one reason I was happy about the venue choice – one less thing to worry about). For my first wedding my Future Mother-In-Law and a few others took care of the decorations and all I had to worry about that morning was getting my hair done.

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