16 Tips for Getting Ready

Getting ready for your wedding day is an exciting and special time, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. To help make the process smoother, here are 16 tips for getting ready on your wedding day.

Prepare Your Details in Advance
Gather all of your wedding day essentials such as your wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, veil, and any other accessories the night before your wedding day. This ensures that you are not scrambling to find anything on the big day. Having everything in one place will allow your photographer to photograph all the details first so you can access them when you need them later.


Stay Hydrated and Eat
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep you hydrated and feeling your best. Make sure you’ve eaten a good breakfast and keep eating throughout the morning.



Do a first look with your girls
I’m a huge fan of the bridesmaids first look. Feel free to included mom or anyone else in the room as well. Everyone is excited to see you in your dress and making a moment of it is really special.



Get ready with your people
Put on some music, make mimosas and invite your besties. The morning of your wedding should be fun and a time to get you excited for everything to come. Sitting quietly for hours getting your makeup done may heighten your nerves, so keep it relaxed and fun.


Bonus Tip: Pop a bottle!


Allow Enough Time for Hair and Makeup
Scheduling enough time for hair and makeup is crucial. Our friend Garineh from Glamour Cosmetics says,” Brides typically take approximately 60-75 mins for makeup and each attendant takes 45 mins.” Hair will take about another 45 minutes per person. Maricruz is our favorite hairstylist and she works hard to make sure everyone is on time. Be sure to communicate your first look or ceremony start time with your hair and makeup artists so they can plan accordingly.


Have a friend or parent help you get ready
This is a great way to get everyone involved and makes for a sweet photo op as well. Your friends or family will remember this moment and they are always more than happy to help.



Find a Place with Natural Light
I’ve photographed in a few windowless conference rooms and while I can make it look nice, it’s not ideal. You’re getting the idea, the more light and space in the room, the happier you’ll be, not to mention the photographer, hair and makeup artists as well. Make sure to put on your jewelry by the window as well.



Fun Details
Matching shirts or pajamas, fun socks or cufflinks. These can be given out as part of gifts for your wedding party and you can customize them to each person. Even their favorite power ranger 🙂



Parents First Look
Your parents are excited for the big day and often have put in just as much time and effort into the planning as you have. Consider giving them a special moment before heading out to see you all dressed up.



Consider Gifts or Cards
Getting ready is the only part of your wedding day that you’re not spending with your partner. Giving a gift or card to them is a great way to connect and build excitement for your wedding. Be sure to wait to open any gifts until your photographer arrives. It makes a great moment that your partner will love to see later.


Here’s a few more tips:

Get the Biggest Room You Can
The more space to move around and spread out the better. Getting ready rooms get messy quickly. Having plenty of space for hair and makeup, getting dressed, and hanging out is important.

Have a Timeline of Events
Having a timeline of events will help you stay organized and ensure everything runs smoothly. You can also delegate tasks to friends and family so that everyone is on the same page. Be sure to exchange phone numbers with your planner, venue coordinator, florist, and transportation with someone besides yourself.

Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you get enough rest the night before the wedding day. It can be fun to go out and stay late the night before your wedding, but hair and makeup calls are early and you want to be ready to go on time.

Wear a Button-Down Shirt
A button-down shirt is an excellent option to wear while getting ready because it won’t mess up your hair or makeup when you’re changing into your dress.

Let it Go
I’ve seen just about everything that can go wrong at a wedding, go wrong. Even if the flowers are late or someone forgot their tie or the flower girl is melting down, just roll with it. Remember why you planned this whole day in the first place. Focus on your partner, knowing that the small stuff won’t matter the next day.

Getting ready for your wedding day can be stressful, but with these 16 Tips for Getting Ready, you can help make the process smoother and more enjoyable.