Creating a Stress-Free Wedding Day: Your Wedding Makeup Schedule

Having a well-organized wedding makeup schedule is a crucial factor in creating a stress-free wedding day. But let's face it, organizing a wedding morning can be a nightmare, especially if you've never done it before....

Having a well-organized wedding makeup schedule is a crucial factor in creating a stress-free wedding day. But let's face it, organizing a wedding morning can be a nightmare, especially if you've never done it before. Don't worry, though! I'm here to help. In this article, I'll provide you with a sample timeline and some valuable tips to ensure your wedding morning runs smoothly.

Scheduling Ample Time: The Number One Trick!

My number one trick for a stress-free wedding day is to schedule ample time. Trust me, it's better to have extra time on your hands than to be running around in a frenzy. Just imagine sipping on a glass of champagne with your girlfriends instead of stressing out about the time.

wedding makeup schedule Photo by Merge Photography

How Much Time to Allow?

The amount of time you should allow for your wedding makeup depends on your hair and makeup artists. It's best to consult with them directly. Personally, I like to allow:

  • 1 hour per person
  • A little extra time for the bride
  • Time for final touch-ups at the end
  • Time for unpacking and repacking my kit

So, for a bridal party of four makeups, I would allow approximately 5 hours.

What Order to Schedule the Bride?

The order in which you schedule the bride is entirely up to you. However, for larger bridal parties, I recommend scheduling the bride second to last, rather than last. This way, she will have the final hour to take care of any last-minute tasks while still having time for touch-ups. This ensures she looks fresh and fabulous throughout the day.

Sample Wedding Makeup Schedule

To give you an idea, here's a sample makeup schedule for a bridal party of four makeups, with a 2:00 PM finish:

  • Final touch-ups: Leave lips (lipstick/liner/gloss) until the end, allowing bigger bridal parties to eat and drink during the morning.
  • Need help deciding on the perfect touch-up products? Check out my blog here for some tips.

Scheduling Hair & Makeup

It's essential for your hairdresser and makeup artist to work together to keep the timeline organized. I highly recommend sharing your hairdresser's suggested timeline with your makeup artist and vice versa. However, please NEVER schedule hair and makeup for the same person at the same time. Imagine trying to apply delicate eyeliner or a bold red lip while getting your hair blow-dried!

Tips for Your Wedding Makeup Schedule

The most important question is deciding what time you want all makeup (and hair) to be finished by. Once you have this time, your artists can work backward to determine the estimated start time. Avoid the common mistake of requesting makeup to be finished just as your car arrives for the ceremony. This leaves you and your bridal party rushing around at the last minute. Here are some points to consider:

  • Allow enough time for everyone to get into their dresses.
  • Check with your photographer to see how much time they need for the "getting ready" photos.
  • Factor in the time it will take to get to the ceremony from your location.
  • Schedule in some time to relax and chill out.

Remember, your wedding day should be a joyous and stress-free experience. By following a well-organized wedding makeup schedule, you'll be able to enjoy every moment and look stunning throughout the day.

If you're planning a wedding in Perth, WA and need a makeup artist, feel free to reach out to me here.

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