Four tips to getting ready on your wedding day.
Photographing tons of weddings, I have learned what makes or breaks getting ready. I've witnessed wedding days where the bride is completely overwhelmed and annoyed with all of her bridesmaids. I have also witnessed days when getting ready flows smooth and my bride is as happy as can be.
I want you to be the bride that is happy as can be and is over the moon to see her soon-to-be husband. Don't you?
Tip #1 - Once you arrive at your getting ready space, don't leave.
This includes your bridesmaids. Once you arrive wherever you are getting ready, do not leave that space. As the bride if you know where everyone is, you will feel SO much better. As the bridesmaid or the mother of the bride, they will feel so much better knowing where you are. The worst thing, is when you are supposed to be getting into your dress in 15 minutes and you, the bride, is no where to be found! Or we need a pajama photo of the girls and two bridesmaids are missing. Say one bridesmaid is the keeper of all of the important accessories and she is no where to be found!
You and your ladies should all be getting ready together. Talking, listening to music, eating, and soaking in every last minute together before you become a Mrs! Don't celebrate those last moments alone... unless you want to.
Tip #2 - Give yourself more time than you think you need.
Ask yourself if you have enough time to get ready and relax or only enough time to get your hair and makeup done and get into your dress. If you are questioning whether or not you you have enough time to get ready, add another hour. Give yourself more time than you think you may need. Allowing a good chunk of time to get ready will make the world of a different when it comes to getting ready on your day.
When I draft out timelines for my brides, we build in about three to four hours of getting ready time. This can be longer or shorter depending on how many bridesmaids you have, if all of them are getting their hair and makeup done in time slots, and how long getting ready will take for you. Add time if you want slower, special moments with certain people. Add time if you want to spend time in prayer before or after you get in your dress. Once again, allow yourself more time than you need!
Tip #3 - Make sure you have no other responsibilities but to be getting ready.
I am about to get married this upcoming May. The control freak in me wants to do every single thing and make sure every thing is just the way I want it. Though, come the day of my wedding, my only responsibility is going to be to get pretty, show up where I am told, answer some questions, and soak in every single moment. Those should be your responsibilities as well.
Hire a planner or choose a family member or friend to run the day! Assign people tasks and plan ahead to have no prep work the day of your wedding. It is easier said than done, but at some point you are going to have to let things flow the way they want to. You don't want to be running around like a chicken with her head cut off come your wedding day!
Tip #4 - Keep the room clean!
This tip may be the most underrated. It is so simple and will make the world of a difference. It will not only make a difference in all of your wedding photos, but a difference as well in the way you will feel. So, keep the room clean!
Go! Make getting ready on your wedding day enjoyable and one of the best parts about it. Soak up those last moments being a Mrs with these tips!