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Schedule hair and makeup on the morning of your wedding

The order in which makeup should be applied on the big day can have a significant impact – especially if something should go wrong or take longer than expected.

Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different, but as a general rule of thumb, the bride should not be the last one to get her make-up done-

most important, people should go first…

Unfortunately, all too often, I see the bride and mother of the bride hiding from photos because their makeup has not been done yet – which I think is very unfair!

Simply put, those who get their make-up done earlier can get more photos/videos taken.


Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different, but as a general rule of thumb, the bride should not be the last one to get her make-up done, even though some online guides recommend it so that her make-up is as fresh as possible. This should not be a problem because her makeup is usually touched before leaving her home or hotel.


Videographers/Photographers usually make their way to the church or wedding venue 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.

If the bride had her makeup done last, the videographer/photographer may need to rush to get photos of her and her bridal party.

It’s never a good idea to rush because it may sacrifice the quality of the photos/videos.

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Based on my experience, I always recommend that makeup should be applied in the following order, from first to last:

Based on my experience, I always recommend that makeup should be applied in the following order, from first to last:

Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different, but as a general rule of thumb, the bride should not be the last one to get her make-up done- most important, people should go first…

Unfortunately, all too often, I see the bride and mother of the bride hiding from photos because their makeup has not been done yet – which I think is very unfair! Simply put, those who get their make-up done earlier can get more photos/videos taken.

TRUST ME – You don’t want all Your morning photos without any makeup….

Simply put, those who get their make-up done earlier can get more photos/videos taken.

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I chose this order because the mother of the bride and maid of honour often want many photos/videos taken with the bride before she leaves for the wedding venue – and before the photographer/videographer leaves to the venue too.


Simply put, those who get their make-up done earlier can get more photos/videos taken.

For more tips, check Bride Guide with guidance from more than 22 different suppliers:

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I asked a few suppliers that I have worked alongside for some tips as well:

 Ann Marie Doherty, Makeup Artist

If I have five for makeup, for example, I like to take the bride in the middle. Perhaps third

I never leave the bride until last unless I’m way ahead of schedule. If I have five for makeup, for example, I like to take the bride in the middle. Perhaps third. Nobody really feels comfortable answering a door to the florist/videographer/photographer without makeup on, especially the bride!!

If you wait until last it stresses the bride out too much as people are pulling her away out of the makeup chair to check flowers that are arriving or other bits and pieces, and she actually needs her time to not feel rushed, stressed or distracted!

So, when the hair is set, she’s free for me, then for makeup, then usually Hair is perfected or styled. I find this is by far the best for my brides, and I usually chat to them at the trial stage as to how the morning works.”

Denise Bray, Hairstylist

I don’t recommend that the Bride goes last for hair or make-up as you will need that time at the end for photos, flowers arriving, neighbours arriving etc

Try at least 2 styles at your trial. I don’t recommend that the Bride goes last for hair or make-up as you will need that time at the end for photos, flowers arriving, neighbours arriving etc

When you’re planning your morning time-wise, always factor in bridesmaids’ dresses i.e. wrap

take a good while to get right.

Your hairstylist will check everyone over before they leave and do any necessary touch-ups.

Your hairstylist should clip the veil in securely after your are dressed and show the bridesmaids how to take it out.
And lastly- enjoy your morning; it’s so much fun getting pampered.”

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