Post # 1
Maybe it’s nerves or watching too many of the wedding shows, or a combination of both. Our wedding ceremony is at 12pm on August 28 and the church is 45 minutes away. Why I thought I could get ready in 2 hrs when on a normal day it takes me an hour to get ready, is beyond me. Isn’t hair and make up alone a full two hours or more? Assuming the hair salon opens at 9am? Plus cramming all this does not allot for any pictures before the ceremony with my father and bridesmaids.
My fiance thinks that I’m too worried on hair and makeup and getting ready and should be focused on having from 1:30 to 5:30 to take pictures after the ceremony before our reception at 6pm. The reception hall being less than an hour away.
Can someone tell me how long an updo takes and how long make up application takes? So i can sleep easier and/or move on to next topic of anxiety??
Post # 3
Have you done your hair and makeup trials yet? That will give you the best idea of how long they’ll take as they’re different for each person. I’m allocating about 2.5 hours beforehand but I’m doing minimal makeup and a very easy hairstyle.
Post # 4
I agree with Moo – if you have a trial you’ll have a good idea on how long it’ll take for your hair and make up but you’ll also have to factor in the time it actually takes to get dressed. If you have special under garments, a hoop or big dress it can take a while – especially if you’ve got a veil too. Perhaps you could ask your salon if they’d consider opening a bit earlier for you? That way you could get everything done and not have to stress about the time frame.
Post # 5
Definitely get a trial done! In addition I’d let them know you’re concerned about the time frame and chances are they may be willing to open up early just for you and your maids. Good luck!!
Post # 6
it doesnt matter if it only takes you 30 mintues to get ready on a normal day, give yourself waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more time the day of your wedding. an hour for hair, and hour and a half for makeup (if you’re getting it done). you’ll be socializing with your girls, super excited and such.
GIVE YOURSELF WAY MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK!!
Post # 7
I arrived at the salon @ noon to get my hair done, and I had to leave for the church @2:15. My beautician took longer than I thought, so I *started my makeup while she did the back of my hair. (Have them do the front first if possible.) Then, I finished my makeup while the men did their photos. Of course, this was just me doing my makeup, not a MU artist. Also, my family no showed on the salon, so there wasn’t a ton of talking. 🙁
Post # 8
Not counting my personal time to get ready (shower, shave, lotion, etc), my hair and makeup took about 1.5 hours. We had our stylists some to my parents’ house and I had two people dedicated to working on me with hair and makeup, but we did it in that short of time. I was in my dress with accessories on in about 2 hours.
But it totally depends on your stylists! i would also recommend checking with the salon and timing your trials!
Post # 9
I LOVE THIS SITE!!! Thank you all for your input. I’m hoping to change the ceremony time from 12pm to 2pm @ the church and reception at 6pm. BMs brought up a several good points: on a hot August day none of us would smell or look fresh there is a possibility the groomsmen will have their undercover flasks and be blitzed by the reception if given too many hours between ceremony and reception, and with early start time no room to socialize and take pics with dad and them before the ceremony.
Grooms have it so easy which is why mine said 12pm before i could argue against it when booking the church. He puts on tux at his mom’s which is close to church. I’m getting ready at our house which is farther. And yes I have the princess dress that is heavy and a cumbersome cathedral veil and blusher. did i mention the dress laces up in the back?
Post # 10
… is there any way your stylist could come earlier? And your makeup person? Seems to me like it makes more sense to get up earlier than to move everything back! Also, definintely do a trial run!
Post # 11
If you can push it back to 2, can you push it back til 4 so there’s no gap between the ceremony and reception? I think most guests would appreciate that if its possible.
Post # 12
Hair: About 45 minutes
Makeup: About 45 minutes
Dress: 10 minutes to put on and lace up properly.
Stressing out: um…yeah.It happens. Also checking things over a million times to make sure you don’t forget stuff!
You probably need more than 2 hours unless your morning is a fine oiled machine. I started with my BM’s getting ready at 8am and EVERYONE wasn’t done until 2pm. We only had 2 stylists and 2 makeup artists though so we didn’ thave a full team.
Post # 13
I was able to get the ceremony moved to 2pm. Whew! With ceremony (full mass – my fiance’s choice) and receiving line approximately 30 minutes, cocktail hour at 6pm and 30min drive from church guests wont have too too much time betw events