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6 Tips for Planning Getting Ready Time on Your Wedding Day

HEY friends! Been a while, huh? I took a little hiatus from blogging to gear up for the approaching wedding season, and I am SO ready for it to begin. My season officially kicks off in less than two weeks for Caitlin and Grant’s big day- and I am VERY excited. Praying for awesome weather, and for spring to stay a while!

Lots of my hiatus-ing involved wedding day timeline preparing, so I decided: it’s time to blog about it. There’s a heck of a lot that goes into planning your ideal wedding day timeline- and it can tend to be a bit tedious, but it absolutely doesn’t have to be. I think a lot of brides and grooms don’t even know where to start when it comes to timelining (yeah, I’m making it a verb)- and that’s OKAY! Timeline making can be made MUCH easier if you know what you want ahead of time. As a photographer, I work very closesly with my couples to create their perfect timeline by starting the conversation at our initial meeting. Of course, there is nothing set in stone at that point- but by starting early- it makes it THAT much simpler later on during the planning process.

SO I thought I would break up the timelining process into tips to consider for planning each portion of your day. Starting with:

6 Tips for Planning for Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day:

1. Plan EXTRA Time:

Trust me on this one- extra getting ready time is a must. You may think 90 minutes is enough to get you and 5 other bridesmaids ready with hair and make-up- but it absolutely IS NOT. Hair and make-up almost always (in my experience) takes a little bit longer than expected: so start earlier than anticipated. This doesn’t mean you need extra photography coverage- just extra time to start prepping. And if you end up having MORE time because of this, then AWESOME! More time for hanging out with your bridesmaids– and more time for portraits! (Which we will get to later).


2. Hair & Make-Up on Location:

I totally understand that this is often a bit more expensive, but it is SO helpful in making your day less stressful. Instead of having to add another location on your list of to-dos on your wedding day, consider hiring professional hair and make-up to come to YOU! This will cut out so much travel time and hassle. And if you need some awesome recommendations for on-location hair and make-up teams in the DMV– ask me!!!!:)

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3. Details Grab-bag:

Those gorgeous detail shots you want of your mother’s necklace, and new perfume you bought JUST for your wedding day? TELL your photographer- and make it that much easier for them to get those shots by putting all your details (shoes, jewelry, keepsake items) in one place! Designate a bridesmaid to be responsible for this:)Just an easy way to save some time and hassle on the big day (and your photographer will thank you!)


4. Uncluttered Spaces:

OH this is a big one. Designate at least one spot (with good light- near a window if possible- see next point) that will stay CLUTTER FREE through the getting ready portion of the day. This will be used for all detail shots and bridal getting ready portraits- and will save time scrambling later when the photographer asks you to clear some space:)AND your pictures will be trash and clutter-free!

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5. Window Light:

When finding and designating your uncluttered space– make sure there’s plenty of available natural light or window light. Your photographer will love you. And you’ll love the pictures that result!


6: The Groom Matters, Too:

Don’t forget about the GROOM! His getting ready time and pictures matter, too! Biggest piece of guidance for this- if at all possible, plan for the groom and groomsmen to be getting ready at the same location as the bride and bridesmaids so that your photography coverage is expanded a bit more.


Hope this helps a bit with getting you started towards thinking about your “timelining”! More in the series to come. In the meantime…Happy Tuesday!

March 17, 2015 - 8:38 pm

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