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Wedding Beauty Timeline: A Bride's Guide to Creating One

When it comes to hair and makeup, most brides (and wedding professionals) underestimate the time it takes to get ready. During the wedding morning, the atmosphere can be pretty hectic but whatever atmosphere you fancy it sure is a time to bond with your bridal party, family, and friends as you prepare for your walk down the aisle. Besides, bridal hair and makeup is a very detailed process and it takes time to ensure your vision is being brought to life immaculately. Continue ready for several tips on how to create the ultimate beauty timeline.

Ask your bridal beauty team if they will create a timeline. Most professional teams will create this for you, whereas novice makeup artists may not. Your wedding planner may or may not create one as well. If this is not the case, ask how long each hair and makeup service will take.

For bridal party members, it usually takes 30-45 minutes for hair and 30-45 minutes for makeup. In my 7 years of experience as a bridal beauty professional, I recommend allotting 45 minutes for each service to incorporate some buffer in case anything goes astray.

For the bride, it usually takes 1-1.5 hours for makeup and 45 min-1 hour for hair. The bride always gets more time as her look requires the most care and attention. The bride sometimes will receive both hair and makeup services at the same time, but if not you may adhere to the timeframe aforementioned.

Determine your ceremony time and subtract 2 hours. This is the time that everyone should be done with hair and makeup so that everyone has time to put on their dresses, shoes, and accessories, and line up. If your 'get-ready' location is separate from the ceremony location, you need to incorporate more time for travel.

Work backwards from your completion time. After your beauty completion time is determined, work backwards and create an end time and start time for each member receiving services. After that, you will have determined the start time for each bridal party member.

Give the hair and makeup artists 15 minutes to set up. We professionals have extensive kits to cater to a wide variety of skin tones and hair textures and we're not always sure what we're walking into. We often times overpack to ensure that we have everything we need to bring your vision to life.

Here are a few other tips that will be sure to 'woo' your bridal glam team:

Book a larger 'get ready' location especially if you have a large bridal party. Between your bridal party, the wedding planner, your photographer, videographer, and family running in to wish you congratulations, the room can get very hot and very small really quickly. Save yourself the stress and get a space large enough to accommodate everyone. Most brides will book an AirBnB or hotel suite just for this.

  • Be sure there's enough natural light. There's no light like natural lighting and having a large window is a makeup artist's dream to work from. At Tamar Israel Artistry, our artists bring their own lighting, but having extra natural light is always helpful.

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