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How to Have the Best Getting Ready Experience on Your Wedding Day Part 2

Jan 18, 2019

Bridal Basics - Helpful Tips for Brides, Christa Norman Photography, Orange County Wedding Photographer, San Clemente Wedding Photographer, Southern California Wedding Photographer Japan Wedding Photographer, Film Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day only happens once. But since this is your first time how are you suppose to know how to avoid all the potential pitfalls that will make you stress and anxious?! You can’t. Not on your own. But you can find someone to guide you through your wedding day and help eliminate stress as much a possible, and help you be in the moment. I love doing this for each and every one of my couples but I decided it was high time I share these helpful insights! All the way from getting ready to the grand exit.

Today we continuing chatting about the getting ready portion of the day but specifically tips for the timeline!

1. Getting Ready Part 1

2. Getting Ready Part 2

01. Make sure your beauty team has enough time⠀

Ask your beauty team how much time it will take them to do all the hair and make up for you and your ladies. And then make sure to schedule enough time for them to do this. Once you get the morning photography timeline from your photographer, make sure that your beauty team knows this as well. Sometimes coordinators won’t put all the details of the photography timeline (like when the bride is getting in the dress) on the timeline that they send out to all the vendors. This can lead to miscommunication of when the bride needs to be ready. A common occurrence they might think the bride only needs to be ready before the first look and forget that she has to get into her dress before that!

To avoid this I always check in with the beauty team a couple weeks before the wedding to make sure they have all the details of the getting ready timeline. I also check in with them when I arrive on the day of the wedding to again confirm when everyone needs to be ready!

02. Decide beforehand if you want a Robe Shot

It has become more and more popular for bridesmaids wear matching robes or pjs while getting ready. And its no wonder why! They are seriously so fun and make the morning more fun! It is only natural that you’ll want a photo with all you and your ladies in them too.

However, a lot of the time, you or your ladies can still be having your hair and makeup done right up until you need to be getting in the dress. You don’t want to have your makeup halfway done for this photo now do you? The solution is simple. Just let your photographer know before the wedding that you and your ladies are in matching outfits, and will want a photo of it.

This way your photographer can coordinate with the beauty team and let them know that all hair and makeup will need to be done 30 minutes before you get in your dress.

03. The 20 minutes before you put on your dress

Often brides underestimate the amount of time it takes for bridesmaids to get in their dresses. It should be just a quick change of clothing right? But what they forget is that bridesmaids don’t just need to change their clothes but be photo ready. They need to find their shoes, put on their jewelry, use the restroom, lotion their legs, put on deodorant, and do any last minute beauty touchups.

So about 20 minutes before the bride has to be in her dress, I always let the bridesmaids know it is a good time for them to start getting in their dresses. But while they are getting changed, I steal the bride, take close up photos of her hair and makeup as well as some sweet quiet shots of her and her dress.

Bridal Basics - Helpful Tips for Brides, Christa Norman Photography, Orange County Wedding Photographer, San Clemente Wedding Photographer, Southern California Wedding Photographer Japan Wedding Photographer, Film Wedding Photographer

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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan