Tip #1: Timelines are key — especially if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Some brides cut costs by hiring one hair stylist and one makeup artist. If you do this, you need to plan accordingly time-wise. If you try to cram it all in using only one person, you can really throw off your schedule.  

Makeup: 30 – 45 minutes per bridesmaid and mother of bride
60 – 90 minutes for the bride
Hair: 30 – 45 minutes a bridesmaid, mother of bride
60 – 90 minutes for the bride

Tip #2: The bridal gown needs time to breathe (and a large space to hang).

Tip #3: Your getting-ready space needs lots of room and natural light. Your photographer and makeup artist will thank you.

Tip #4: Pack an emergency kit!  This bride’s day-of bag included scissors, tweezers, mints, Listerine, tape, a pair of sandals (the same height as her bridal Jimmy Choo’s), and Advil.

Tip #5: Don’t worry about what your groom is doing (he’s doing absolutely nothing).

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