Rise and Shine! It’s time to talk about your Wedding Morning and everything you need to know about those precious hours before the “I Dos.” Think about going to sleep the night before your wedding and how your next day timeline will play out:
- What is a wake-up routine?
- When do you start getting ready?
- Where should you get ready?
- What should you bring to get ready?
- What do you wear to get ready?
- Which comes first, Hair or Makeup?
These are all the questions we’re covering in this post and more. Let’s start from the moment your alarm clock goes off…
How to make a Wedding Morning Wake-up Routine
We all know how to wake up and start our day, obviously, but your Wedding Morning is all about timing. You want to make sure you’re as efficient as possible. Start by laying out everything you need to do, in order, from the moment you wake up. Plan and set everything out the night before including what you’re going to eat for breakfast. Get as detailed as you possibly can:
- Wake Up
- Drink Water
- Take a Shower
- Eat light breakfast
- Load the car
The set a DRIVE AWAY time that you need to be in your car leaving your home. Plan to leave 5-Minutes before this time. When you leave you should be heading for your Getting Ready Room.
Where to get ready on the Wedding Morning?
The easiest place would be your wedding venue if they have a room for you. When doing your site visits, it’s always a good idea to ask if they have a bridal suite available. Project Block 0 of The Project Block System is all about planning for this Getting Ready location and answering the big question of *WHERE* to go, and not only for you but for your fiance too.
What time does the bride start getting ready?
The getting ready part of your wedding morning is full of moments you do not want to rush through. Between makeup and memories alone, you want to build it with enough time for everything and everyone to get ready. I recommend starting backward from your photography timeline. Or, from when your first look will be, so you know you’re finished in time.
When you put your day-of timeline together, try to keep these guidelines in mind:
- Makeup= 30–45 minutes per person, 45-60 minutes for the bride.
- Hair= 30–45 minutes per person, 45-60 minutes for the bride.
Hiring one hairstylist and one makeup artist to work on yourself and the bridal party may seem more cost-effective, but also more timely. If you have 4 Bridesmaids and yourself, that’s asking ONE artist to stand and do hair or makeup for more than 4 hours straight… that’s a LOT for any vendor. Plus, if you cram, you run the risk of throwing yourself off schedule which will affect your entire day.
To prevent this, I’ve made an entire Wedding Morning Timeline in an Excel Spreadsheet that you can access through my Teachable Workshop on Wedding Morning Timelines. In the workshop, I walk you through building in enough time for all bridesmaids and even moms. There are Excel Spreadsheets for up to 10 Bridesmaids. Then of course, if you’re already enrolled in The Project Block System you have access to this and more. You can simply log in. Check it out below:
THE PROJECT BLOCK SYSTEM: Wedding Morning Timelines Lecture
Which comes first, hair or makeup?
In a perfect world, hair happens first because the hot styling tools might cause perspiration. The makeup artist can then remove any overspray from the skin before starting. The pictures also tend to be less cute for the photographer because, well, you’re not wearing makeup. Because the Photographer comes in about halfway through, I always suggest having hair done first followed by makeup, but I wouldn’t let this stress you out too much. Truthfully, it really doesn’t matter which order you go in, especially if you have multiple artists working through your entire bridal party. Just hop in a chair when it’s open!
How early should you get your makeup done?
Book the photographer to arrive one hour before the bride is ready to go. That way, he or she will be able to shoot getting-ready shots, like the bride applying her last bit of lipstick or having a flower pinned to her hair. This also gives your photographer plenty of time to capture those Project Block 28 Box detail shots: your gown on a hanger, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc.
What do brides wear while getting ready?
Options for what to wear while getting ready include Bridal Robes in silk or chiffon fabric. Or, a fun romper or pajama sets that can be monogrammed or personalized. A button-down is a perfect shirt to wear because you can take it off without ruining your fresh makeup when it’s time to get into that dress.
How do you get flawless Wedding Morning makeup?
Wedding Morning Beauty begins long before the wedding day. To make sure your skin is ready on your Big Day, consider a regime or routine change during your engagement to promote that big day glow. I asked Aesthetician Presley McGlashing for all the details on Flawless Wedding Day Skin Prep.
Final thoughts on Wedding Mornings
Remember to soak it all in and try to relax. Surround yourself with your favorite people, a photographer and your day is off to a great start. For a few more tips on your Wedding Morning I’m sending you over to a fellow Wedding Blogger:
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