Post # 1
I’ve never been a bridesmaid so I have no idea how this part works. I’m getting married with five b’maids, and we have to have our makeup done at my hotel room (a small suite) as the venue has no space available for make-up application. So I’ve rented a suite at the hotel nearby, but my make-up artist says it’ll take five hours to do me + my five ladies.
My question is, what do they do during that long chunk of time? Do I just tell them all to show up spaced one hour apart? Does everyone hang out in my (not very large) hotel room and drink champagne while each one of us gets our make-up done? For FIVE HOURS?!
To complicate things, no one else will have a room at the hotel so its not like they can go back to their own room for downtime.
Post # 3
In my experience, everyone hangs out all day 🙂 For my best friend’s wedding, we had 5 BMs and we arrived around 10am for a 4pm ceremony. We hung out in the suite and ate light appetizers, listened to music and slowly prepped.
It was the same thing with my sister’s wedding. There were 4 BMs and we brought stuff for mimosas and played good music, took pictures and chatted. It seems like a long time but I think that 5/6 hours of prep is one of the most fun things about being in a bridal party. Like one giant slumber party 🙂 People can brings books and stuff in case they need to zone out for a bit, too 🙂
Post # 4
@nicoii: Getting ready together has always been one of my favorite parts! Have food and drinks, listen to music, etc. It will go by fast, I don’t think anyone will be bored.
I’m also planning on providing some trashy magazines for entertainment. A la National Enquirier. Sometimes they are good for giggles.
Post # 5
Glad I found this thread. So many questions I don’t think about sometimes.
Post # 6
For my friend’s wedding there were about 9 people who had to get their hair and make-up done. her wedding was at 1:30pm and we started getting our hair done at 5am. They divided us into 2 groups, 1st group got their hair done first, then halfway through the 2nd group got their hair done. The 1st group then went to the bride’s house and got their make-up done and the 2nd group followed.
We all had fun looking at each other’s hair and make-up when we were done. We ate some light snacks etc and just had fun zipping each other into our dresses LOL!
Post # 7
Although I’ve never been a Bridesmaid or Best Man myself, I was under the impression that it’s a girly hangout time. You chat, snack, have cocktails, take silly pictures, laugh, and all that good stuff. The time should go by pretty fast because I assume your BM’s are people you really enjoy hanging out with.
Post # 8
That was the same situation I was in. My wedding was local so no one else would need a hotel room. I ended up upgrading to a suite to get the needed space. We just all hung around drank mimiosa’s and had snacked for 6 hours. It was a nice bonding experience.
I wouldn’t advise spacing your bms arrival times since people run late, make up could end early and then your hair and make up artist are sitting around idle.
Post # 9
You just hang out and chill. We had a 4pm wedding, with makeup being done at my parents’ house and hair being done a couple miles away. All of this started at 9am. Everyone kind of split up and went back and forth and the time flew. We just listened to music, drank mimosas, snacked, etc.
Post # 10
This is very helpful– thanks ladies!!