The Ultimate Guide To Being On Time With Hair + Makeup On A Wedding Day

 In Tips & Tricks, Weddings

If you’re not early, you’re late. My dad would say this to me and my siblings my whole life growing up. And you know what? It stuck. Think about it, if you’re on time arriving somewhere to do a job, you won’t start right at that time, since you have to set up (not to mention parking). It’s a simple concept, but is truly so important, especially when it comes to beauty and a wedding day.

The Ultimate Guide To Being On Time With Hair + Makeup On A Wedding Day

Photography: Tony Wodarck // Beauty Concierge: Elwynn + Cass

If You’re Not Early, You’re Late: Wedding Day Timing

Let’s break down a wedding day timeline really quickly, so you can get a visual of what I mean.

Beauty (hair and/or makeup)

Getting Ready Shots / Details Shots

First Look

Ceremony

Post Ceremony Photos

Reception

Mind you, this is rough timeline, but it gives you a sense of when things take place and how one can affect the other. Beauty is the first aspect that starts the day and sets the tone with the timeline and how everything else will flow. When there is a short window of time for getting ready shots and first look, it’s paramount that your wedding hair and makeup finish on time, as when it doesn’t, the other aspects suffer (i.e. less time devoted to them).

The Ultimate Guide To Being On Time With Hair + Makeup On A Wedding Day

Photography: Tony Wodarck // Beauty Concierge: Elwynn + Cass

Schedule Buffer Time At The End 

It’s unfortunate, but a good portion of the time at weddings, hair and makeup runs late. It doesn’t have to though, and a simple solution to that, is to plan to finish early. How I typically go about this with my brides, is by working in buffer at the end. I plan on having everyone done with their hair and/or makeup services 30 – 45 minutes prior to the hard stop finish time. This might sound like a lot of time, but trust me, that extra time is worth it, as it allows for touchups, time to eat, and time to relax. The day will be long and stressful enough, so it’s a good idea breathe in the moments you can.

Benefits of Finishing Early with Hair and Makeup:

  • Time for touchups, and adjustments
  • Allows for add-on services
  • Time to eat a snack (it’s going to be a long day)
  • Relaxation time / mimosa time

One of the biggest complaints from wedding planners and photographers is that beauty always runs late, which cuts into the photo time for the couple. When things run late, quality suffers and then the couple doesn’t necessarily get the experience they asked for (or deserve). Being on time is courteous, but being early is thoughtful. Choose to be thoughtful.

xo,

Katelyn

Elwynn + Cass, LLC 

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