Guide to Creating a Hair and Makeup Timeline for the Wedding Morning

If there is one thing every bride wants on the wedding morning, it is a stress-less, relaxed, and seamless process of getting ready, which goes over smoothly and results in beautiful hair and makeup without any fuss. We can guarantee that no bride wants to feel rushed into her wedding dress or scooted out the door a second too early. 

The best way to avoid the chaos and the stressful feeling is to create a wedding-day timeline that is realistic, generous, and well planned. We have prepared the list of necessary steps to create a makeup and hair timeline for your wedding day.

The Overview of the Perfect Getting-Ready Timeline 

No matter when you start, hair and makeup will take a certain amount of time to get done, and you should not rush that. Keep in mind that you are getting professionally ready for your wedding, not brunch with your friends, so hair and makeup might take longer than they usually do. Here is what you can expect. 


  • Make sure to allocate 30–45 minutes per bridesmaid and mother of the bride
  • Make sure to allocate 60–90 minutes for the bride


  • Make sure to allocate 30–45 minutes per bridesmaid and mother of the bride
  • Make sure to allocate 60–90 minutes for the bride

Getting-Ready Timeline Tips

The process of getting ready will be fun, exciting, and pampering, but it might get a bit stressful as well because you have a deadline to meet. There is also the pressure of everything being and looking perfect for your wedding day. 

To cut down the stress and maximize the efficiency of everyone involved, follow the list of tips and tricks we have prepared for you. 

  • Have your stylist start on the bridesmaids first, and have your makeup artist begin with the bride’s makeup. Then make the switch as both of them are done. 
  • Book the arrival of the photographer for one hour before the bride is ready to go. This will provide enough time for the photographer to shoot getting-ready shots, like the bride having a flower pinned to her hair or applying her last bit of lipstick. This also gives your photographer plenty of time to capture those precious and important detail shots, such as the bride’s wedding gown on a hanger, shoes, jewelry, purse, etc. 
  • If you and four bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done, allocate at least four hours of getting-ready time. That may seem like a lot, but it is always better to have more time then have less time and then end up rushing it. 
  • If you know that your bridal party is a bit bigger than the average, it is a good idea to ask your stylist to bring an assistant to help them out and save time. Make sure to do the same for makeup, so that the manpower, duties, and time are evenly distributed. It is very important to bring this up when making reservations and it is also great to make sure any additional charges are discussed ahead of time.
  • If you are traveling to a salon in which you will get your hair and makeup done, make sure that you double the travel time, just to be safe. This will allow you to jam out to music on the way there, stress-free and excited, and it will eliminate the stress on the way back.

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