In this guide we will navigate the essential steps to ensure your wedding morning runs smoothly.
Contrary to what you may believe by the time the wedding morning comes around my brides are usually very relaxed, some describe it as being a ‘surreal feeling’ or ‘I feel I am getting ready for someone else’s wedding’.
My big advice for the wedding morning is to have a general outline of the day prepared. Timetables are impossible to adhere to precisely as little things crop up all the time so be flexible when drawing up you plan.
This timetable is an example of a typical morning for hair and makeup for 4 people with a ceremony or first look time of 1pm and a travel time to the ceremony (first look location) location of 30 minutes (don’t forget to tell your suppliers if you have a distance to travel to your ceremony as this does effect the timeline)
8am Hair and makeup arrive and set up
8:20 Bride prep- rollers/blow-dry – primers etc
8:40 Two bridesmaids one on hair and one on makeup – Bride eats a good nutritious breakfast!
9:20 The ladies swap chairs
10:00 Bride for makeup/ Mum or bridesmaid for hair – Bridesmaids eat brekkie!
10:40 Bride for hair / Mum or Bridesmaid for makeup
11:20 All hair and makeup is complete for now, everyone starts to get dressed
12pm Finishing touches for hair and makeup
12:30 Leave for your ceremony
Personalise this timeline to suit your vision for your day, You will need to slot in your photographers arrival, flowers etc
Also note that all suppliers work in different ways, please trust your suppliers suggested start time.
If you have booked a wedding specialist he/she will know how much time is needed.
Ensure everyone knows where they should be and when, this is especially important if your bridal party are not staying in the same house/hotel.
Stay hydrated with water and herbal teas.
An aromatherapy candle can help create a relaxing enviornment
The day before can be a very stressful day so do as many jobs as possible early that week.
Put together a playlist of relaxing, romantic or upbeat (depending on the tone you would like to set!) background morning music – On Spotify check out ‘wedding morning getting ready playlist.
If you plan on having a cooked breakfast on the morning I suggest you get this brought in as the smell of a fry gets everywhere!
You will need a little ‘survival kit’ on the day, this kit should contain: a small deodorant, hairspray, breath freshener, hair grips, safety pins, needle and thread, lipstick, rescue remedy
Have nice lounge wear for the wedding morning, don’t buy a dressing gown with a big collar it will play havoc with your hair!
Umbrellas, if you don’t have them you will need them!!!
Make contact with your vendors the week before, where possible organise payments, otherwise get envelopes ready for the morning. If you do opt to pay suppliers on the morning get these envelopes handed to the relevant people when they arrive. the last thing you want to have to do is deal with payments when you are ready to leave for your ceremony.
Drink lots of water over the week beforehand, avoid caffeine the day before if at all possible, your skin will thank you!
The eve of the wedding
Remove labels from your dress, shoes and lingerie.
Lay out your dress, shoes, lingerie and jewellery the evening before, your perfume, sentimental items and anything else you would like your photographer to snap.
Organise an area for hair and makeup, makeup will need light and your hairdresser will need to be close to sockets, it would be ideal to have a mirror at the hair station.
Get to bed before 12pm the night before the wedding, think Cinderella!
If you had time, wind down with a long soak in the bath with some essential oils. Have fresh sheets on the bed and a herbal tea, my favourite tea is Twinings Sleep blend.
Wash and blowdry your hair if advised by your stylist.
Avoid alcohol you will dehydrate your skin and your makeup artist won’t be happy!! (Im sure one glass will be fine 😉
The wedding morning is great fun, surround yourself with positive energy and love. A relaxed morning will set the stage for a relaxed day filled with love, joy and everlasting memories.
Cheers to new beginnings