(Closed) Wedding day timeline? I am SO lost!!!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

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vep276:  Sounds like similar days so here’s ours! We did our hair and make-up at the hotel which was only 15 minutes from the venue so maybe make some travel time adjustments! Our ceremony started at 4:30 and we started the day at 11 a.m. We did end up with extra time before the ceremony but it really depends how many pictures you’re taking. When we made our shot list our photographers told me to plan for 5 minutes for each grouping of family pictures but it went much faster than that which is where the extra time came from. Also, if you’re doing those pictures after the ceremony you could cut out a lot of time and start later as well. We weren’t really having a cocktail hour, our ceremony and reception were in the same building just different rooms so there was no guest travel time for us to take pictures in. 

11 a.m.: Hair and make-up at hotel

12 p.m.: photographers arrived at hotel

12:30 p.m.: travel to venue and bride dressed, exchanged gifts

1:30 p.m.: Bridesmaid or Best Man pictures in one area and Groomsmen pictures in another area

2:00 p.m.: first look

2:30 p.m.: complete bridal party pictures

3:00 p.m.: family pictures

4 p.m.: make up touch up, lineup for processional

4:30 p.m.: ceremony begins

5:15 p.m.: receiving line

5:45 p.m.: additional pictures (missed family and additional couples pictures)

6:15 p.m.: reception entrance

Post # 3
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)

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smg5281:  How many girls are getting thier hair and makeup done?  My ceremony doesn’t start till 5:30, but I am having a hard time figuring out when to start hair and makeup.

Post # 4
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Are the hair stylist and makeup stylist 2 different people? 

If yes, plan for each person to take 45min – 1 hour to do their hair. The makeup can be done at the same time and will probably take like 30min per person so I wouldn’t even worry about extra time for makeup. 

We did our first look 2 hours before the ceremony and that was a good amount of time to get all bridal party photos done. We did family photos after the ceremony.

My stylist arrived at 9 but we probably didn’t start actually doing hair until closer to 10. (She had to set up, plus she is my normal stylist so I wanted to show her around the venue too.) There were 5 of us getting our hair done. We all did our own makeup.  We were ready for pictures at 2… without much spare time. The ceremony was at 4:30pm. 

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Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


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vep276:  The way thats worked for me planning my schedule is working backwards from the dinner.

6:00 dinner

5:00 cocktail hour starts

4-4:15 ceremony end/receiving line

3:30 ceremony

3:00 meet at church(no later than)

1:00 First look/bridal party pictures

8:30-12:30 Hair and make up

Pictures don’t usually take as long as most people think, so i’m only allowing 2 hours before the ceremony for the bridal party pics and transportation.

Post # 6
2263 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How many hair stylists/makeup artistis will you have?  Does anyone in your party have hair that is hard to do (thick, long or naturally curly?)

Myself and two of my bridesmaids have long hair, one of which also had thick hair. One had naturally curly and the other had ridiculously thick hair.  Typically, a bridal style takes 45 minutes, but thicker or longer hair will take longer.  Mine took an hour.  Each of my girls took 45 minutes to an hour with the shortest being 35 mintues. 

Makeup took about 15 to 20 minutes each.

Post # 7
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

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avchicago3:  Our hair and makeup stylist was the same girl (a friend of mine), I had both my hair and makeup done, 2 bridesmaids had their hair done, my grandmother had her hair done, and my mother had her makeup done. So 3 updos, 2 makeups, and one hair style (more like a blowout since my grandma has short hair and I think was just having hers done to be a part of the getting ready). None of our updos were very complicated so we were totally fine with the hour and a half but I’d maybe give your stylist(s) a call and see how much time they want per person! 


Post # 8
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I just told my hair and MUA what time we needed to be done by and how many people there were and asked what time they wanted to start, which worked out well and meant I didn’t have to figure out how long it would take for each person!

Post # 9
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I have been looking for a thread like this, I have been trying to figure out how long this would all take! Ok and hair and makeup may have to be done at separate place, so would hair go first?

Post # 10
744 posts
Busy bee

I told my hair and make-up people when Inwanted to be done by and they told me when to start.

Post # 11
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Valley Regency

I’m having a day wedding, venue is 10 min away and also getting married there…thinking of getting up at 5am for hair and makeup, at venue…pics and video. At venue by 9am…pics…getting ready at 11:30 for ceremony… 12:15 cocktail hour etc. Ends by 5pm.  Do you think I’m on the right track?

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