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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Ready On Your Wedding Day


November 17, 2023


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The day you’ve been dreaming of is finally here—your wedding day! It’s a culmination of your love story, months of careful planning, and the beginning of a beautiful journey together. When you wake up on the big day, the anticipation will be palpable! The laughter, shared moments with loved ones, and your transformation into a bride or groom—these memories will stay with you forever. So, let’s review how you can make getting ready on your wedding day the best start possible to your best day ever.

Getting Ready Location

The first step to having a good experience getting ready for your wedding day is to choose the right getting-ready location. It’s important to find a space that is large enough for your side of the wedding party and any loved ones who will be joining you for the morning. Some venues offer beautiful bridal suites and groom rooms with plenty of space, light, and mirrors. Some couples choose to get ready at a hotel. And others choose to get ready at home or at a family member’s home. Make sure you choose a spot where you’ll be comfortable and where there is plenty of space and natural light. If you’re getting ready at home, make sure it will be cleared of any clutter before the morning of your wedding so you don’t have to worry about moving things around, and you can just relax.

Timing and Scheduling

Timing and scheduling are vital in making your getting-ready process run seamlessly. Create a well-structured plan for your morning before the big day. Include start and end times for hair, makeup, and any other pre-wedding festivities. Communicate the timeline to your wedding vendors and wedding party so everyone knows when they need to be ready. To account for unexpected delays or adjustments, give yourself buffer time. This will help to prevent stress if things don’t go exactly to plan. Having a well-planned timeline will allow everyone to be prepared and relaxed so you can focus on the important moments on the morning of your wedding.

Getting Ready Attire

You’ll also want to prepare outfits for getting ready for your wedding day. Your photographer will likely take photos of these moments with your loved ones getting ready. Many brides choose to wear a cute pajama set or a robe. You can even order a custom set with your name or “bride” written on it, and you could gift your bridesmaids matching outfits for getting ready as well! Grooms and groomsmen also want to plan ahead for what they will wear as they get ready. Make sure everyone in the bridal party knows what they should wear ahead of time so your photos will turn out great!

Matching pajamas for getting ready for your wedding day

Hair and Makeup

One of the most exciting parts of your wedding morning is having your hair and makeup done! Ahead of the big day, you’ll need to choose a hair and makeup artist that will help you not just look great but feel confident and radiant for this important occasion. Look for experienced stylists that are able to work efficiently to create your desired look. And don’t forget to schedule a hair and makeup trial with your stylists ahead of your wedding day to make sure you’re on the same page. Then, on the wedding day, schedule adequate stylists and confirm the order of who will be getting ready and when. While you should all enjoy the process in a relaxed environment, it’s crucial to stay on schedule. Delays in hair and makeup can affect the overall timeline of your day. Pro tip: The bride may need to get ready first to keep on track for photos. Ask your makeup artist to provide a touch-up kit with essentials like lipstick, blotting paper, and setting spray. This way, you can freshen up throughout the day and evening. Getting ready with your bridal party is a memorable and cherished part of your wedding day. With proper planning and professional stylists, you can enjoy a stress-free and delightful experience as you transform into the radiant bride or groom you’ve always dreamed of being.

Staying Nourished and Hydrated

Make sure everyone gets a balanced breakfast or brunch on the day of your wedding. There’s nothing worse than a hangry bride or bridal party member! Plan ahead to enjoy a morning meal together or have someone in charge of providing snacks. Some couples choose to have a charcuterie board or sandwiches available throughout the morning as you’re setting up and getting ready. Don’t forget hydration, either! Have plenty of water available for the bridal party and encourage everyone to drink enough. Snacking and staying hydrated will make sure everyone has enough energy and is able to enjoy the process in a great mood.

Capturing the Moments

Getting ready for your wedding day isn’t only about the physical transformation into a bride and groom—it’s a tapestry of joy, laughter, and shared moments with loved ones you will want to remember for years to come. You won’t regret scheduling your photographer and videographer to capture the moments as you prepare for the big day. Discuss which moments are most important to you and your fiance with your photo and video team. Have items for detail photos ready for your photographer when they arrive. And then sit back and enjoy your morning, knowing that your photographer and videographer are capturing candid moments in a creative way.

How to Calm Your Nerves

With all of the anticipation on the day of your wedding, it’s natural for you to feel some pre-wedding jitters. What can you do to stay grounded and embrace the excitement? Schedule some quiet moments by yourself to relax. Practice breathing techniques, journal how you feel, or confide in your fiance about all of the emotions you’re feeling. If you’re not planning on seeing your fiance until your first look or when you walk down the aisle, choose another supportive loved one to help you relax. Play soothing music, sip on your favorite herbal tea, or use other methods to help you feel centered and calm. Trust that your vendors and support team are able to execute your vision. You’ve selected your team for a reason, so remember that you’re in capable hands. Finally, embrace the joy and excitement instead of letting nerves overwhelm you. Focus on the wonderful celebration that awaits as you start a new chapter.

Getting ready for your wedding day with a support system

The Final Touches

During the final stages of getting ready for your big day, it’s time to add the finishing touches that will make you feel like a beautiful bride or handsome groom. Your excitement will peak as you step into your wedding attire. Placing any final accessories like jewelry, cufflinks, and your boutonniere will complete your wedding look. Allow yourself to feel the full significance of your wedding day, take a deep breath, and walk into the next chapter of your love story.

Your wedding day is a journey filled with unforgettable moments. From the joyous laughter shared with loved ones to the transformation into a radiant bride or dashing groom, these are the memories that will remain etched in your heart forever. Getting ready for your wedding day is a journey filled with anticipation, love, and cherished moments. Embrace it fully, and let the excitement of the day wash over you. And finally, remember that this is just the beginning of a beautiful forever!

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