Wedding Day Beauty Timeline

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
  • poll: What should I do?
    Hire another stylist to help : (4 votes)
    67 %
    Have girls arrive earlier than stylist suggests : (1 votes)
    17 %
    Trust the stylists : (1 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I had the same thought, I have 5 bridesmaids and I am also paying for my mother and in law to get theirs done too! 8! My hair stylist is bringing an assistant but I didn’t even question my MUA. After much though, she knows the figures, she does weddings weekly so surely she must know timing.

    Do they do wedings often? Do they know timings? Question them, just ask. I’ve heardh orror stories of brides being 2 hours late due to booking MUA who werent bridal specific.

    Post # 3
    2528 posts
    Sugar bee

    Including myself, I had 7 people…4 BM’s, my mom and Mother-In-Law.

    Our team consisted of 1 hairstylist and 2 MUAs.  Hair started at 6am and makeup started at 7am and we were done at 12pm.

    But if they are reputable and have been doing this for awhile, I see no reason to doubt them..

    Post # 5
    250 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    It took almost 3 hours for the bride, myself and another bridesmaid to have hair and makeup (all of us with individual lashes) done this weekend and the hair stylist and MUA were working simultaneously. And we had no fancy full updos. While one of us was getting makeup, another was getting her hair done. The brides hair which was long, took almost an hour and a half alone and it was half up, half down. The other two of us were done makeup right about the time her hair was done. Same with hair. Our hair was done by the time the brides makeup was done. 

    For my my wedding I had the same MUA and all had lashes but we had two hair stylists as I had a morning wedding. It was me, mom, moh, and flower girl. Took us about 3 hours, again with no fancy updos. 

    If if you’ve got all day to get ready for an evening wedding, that’s one thing but I’d worry having that many girls done by one person. 

    Post # 6
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    kszydelko :  I just emailed my MUA to check, she’s coming at 7.30am to do 8 of us for a 2pm ceremony. It’s a long morning but I didn’t want to hire anyone else.

    Just check in with them on timings, asking them and not suggesting timings won’t offend then. Like you said, if they are experienced in weddings they will know exactly when to be  there.



    Post # 7
    9224 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    both my hair and makeup people told me to allot 45 minutes for each person.  we started at noon.  we had 6 people getting each done. i just needed to be finished by 4 for first look pictures.  it was ok if the rest of the wedding party was running a little behind as their pictures were  right after.  it worked well for us.

    Post # 8
    6917 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    So we had planned to do a first look and then bridal party pictures right afterwards. I used the timeline given by the MUA (and her recommended hair stylist) and we ran late. My hair took so long that the MUA started to help curl my hair and by the time it was finished we were already like 20m past the first look time. So then I had to rush my makeup. My Maid/Matron of Honor didn’t even make the bridal party pictures and barely finished in time for the ceremony. We just did pictures after, but had wanted the cocktail hour time to be for family portraits. 

    I would leave a bit of extra time. If all else fails you sit around and drink champagne, but if anything goes wrong you’ll have a bit of buffer time.

    Post # 9
    238 posts
    Helper bee

    I had myself, 4 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaid, 2 Moms (one with very short hair so just a style) amd 1 Grandma (also very short hair just a style). We started at 7:30am and were done around 1:30pm. I left for my first look around 1 and they were still finishing up my Grandma and Mother-In-Law. I had 2 hair stylists and 1 make up artist. My hair and make up took around 2 hours.

    Post # 10
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    It all depends on the timing of your ceremony.  Estimate 1 hour for hair and 1 hour for makeup for the bride, then 30 min for hair and 30 min for makeup for the bridesmaids/MOB/SIL/non-brides..  

    So if you have 7 bridesmaids, that’s 7 hours.  Plus 2 hours for bride.  9 hours with 2 hair/makeup stylists, gives you 4.5 hours, so round up to 5 hours.

    Add in the getting into the dress, adding accessories, transportation to the venue, another 1 hour.  The professionals should know when to start when you give them the ‘ready by’ time.  For you, I’d estimate a start time of 6 hours before you need to be at the ceremony site.

    Post # 11
    633 posts
    Busy bee

    I was quoted 5 hours for 5 people and she did say she was being generous with time to account for any day-of mishaps

    Post # 12
    3874 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    There’s nothing wrong with wanting to start earlier to budget more time. That would be very normal. You can just say you want to pad the timeline in case anything pops up or the traffic is bad etc. I’m sure they’re used to anxious brides! They would be unreasonable to be offended. 

    What are you having done? If it’s simple curls and makeup I can see them getting each girl done in 30 minutes and a bit longer for you. If you’re having intricate updos or something then 4 hours does seem rather short. 


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