As a bridal makeup artist who goes on site to the bridal party on the wedding day, I see brides make several errors in judgment over and over. All of these revolve around the schedule for the wedding day and accurately estimating how long it will take for the bridal party to get ready.
Mistake #1: Expecting themselves or the bridal party to do too much on the wedding day. This includes decorating the reception hall, picking up shoes or dresses and giving rides from the airport to family and guests. When adding these things to a full day of beauty preparations and dressing, your bridal party can end up rushed and stressed, and just ready for it to be all over!
Mistake #2: Not setting specific appointment times with the hair stylist and makeup artist. Many stylists and artists offer a time block of several hours for a set rate: they arrive and just begin working on any person they don’t see rushing off to decorate a table. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, the last person to get any service is the bride herself! This leaves too much room for disaster, not to mention chaos and stress for everyone involved.
Mistake #3: Even the most organized, schedule-minded brides forget about one constant in the universe (or at least any big city) – traffic delays. If the bridal party is getting their hair done at a salon and the makeup artist is meeting the group at the dressing suite of the wedding venue, how long will it take for the group to travel from the salon to the venue? What about transportation? Will each of your attendants have her own car, or will you all fit into a borrowed SUV?
As you approach your wedding day, work with your beauty service providers to work out an exact schedule of appointments for each attendant, mother and yourself, allowing for late arrival due to traffic, or one of the artists getting behind schedule by 10 minutes. For instance, if your wedding ceremony is at 6:00pm, you’re having both hair and makeup services on-site (two people working simultaneously), and your photographer is planning to do many of the family shots before the ceremony, here’s what the day might look like for you, your Maid of Honor, 4 bridesmaids and both moms:
10:15 – 11:00am - Bridesmaid #4 makeup & Bridesmaid #2 hair
11:00 – 11:45 - Bridesmaid # 3 makeup & Bridesmaid #1 hair
11:45 – 12:30pm - Bridesmaid #2 makeup & Bridesmaid #4 hair
12:30 – 1:15 - Bridesmaid #1 makeup & Bridesmaid #3 hair
1:15 – 2:00 - Mother of the groom’s makeup & Bridesmaid #2 hair
2:00 – 2:45 - Mother of the Bride’s makeup & Bride’s hair
2:45 – 3:30 - Maid of Honor’s makeup & Mother of the groom’s hair
3:30 – 4:15 - Bride’s makeup & Mother of the Bride’s hair
4:15 – 4:45 - Bride and bridal party finishes dressing
4:45 – 5:45 - Pre-ceremony pictures
6:00 - Ceremony
As you can see, even a well orchestrated arrangement of beauty services can take most of the day for a large bridal party. Do you really want to ask the group to also handle other responsibilities in the same day? Instead, why not delegate day-of tasks to other family members and friends (they will be thrilled to help!) and plan to spend a relaxed day with your attendants, sipping mimosas and enjoying each others' company. Doesn’t that sound more like the perfect wedding day you’re envisioning?
Have a beautiful wedding!