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Hair and Make Up Schedules

Lately, I have been working on a many timelines for upcoming weddings. There is something so great about outlining the day – it helps me to make sure that I properly account for each vendor, that the logistics are in order and make sense, and that I have captured any and every little “to do” detail.

The hair and make up schedule within a timeline can be quite tricky and many brides are surprised at how long I like to allow for beauty on the big day.

Photos: Chris Bickford (top left); Elisa Cicinelli (bottom left); Abigail Seymour (right)

Yes, I do like to pad in extra time but generally when you are thinking about the schedule, allow for each mother, ‘maid or other to have 30 minutes for hair and 30 minutes for make up. The bride should have an hour for each and never go last! If you are looking to save time, it might be helpful to bring in a second stylist or artist to assist.

Have any other brides out there started to work on the timing of the day? How fun is it to get spoiled with professional hair and make up? What a treat!

  1. Melissa said on March 1st, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I’m trying to figure this out now for our November wedding. How early in the day, with respect to leaving for the ceremony (or in our case, “first look” photos), should we have hair and makeup done. So for instance, if I want to leave the house by 1:30pm, when should I book my hair and makeup appointment for? I want everything to be fresh, but not have to stress about waiting until the last minute

  2. Danielle Freedman said on March 1st, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I like to do the first look 1 hour before the ceremony. Backing up from there, I like to have a bride in her dress about 30 minutes prior to the first look.

    I am also a huge fan of having hair and make up done at home or on site – so that you are not running around on the big day!

  3. Stacey Vaeth said on March 2nd, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    As a wedding photographer, I always advise my clients to have makeup and hair done before I arrive. So for the “getting ready” photos, the makeup artist should be applying the finishing touches when I begin shooting. That is, unless you’re getting 10 hours of photography coverage, in which case we have more time to play with. I love when my clients hire my makeup artists to come back throughout the day and refresh their makeup. It’s a great break from the action and keeps you looking fabulous!

  4. MaryAnne said on March 4th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    On a side note, I absolutely love all three of the updos you pictured!! The low, curly one is very close to what I’m hoping my stylist will be able to do!

  5. Lauren D said on March 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This post is perfect timing for me as I have been thinking a lot about hair and make up for my October wedding….and wondering about how much time to schedule.
    On another somewhat related note, can anyone make recommendations for make up artists that can travel to Annapolis?


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