How to schedule hair and makeup on the morning of your wedding

There are lots of ways to do this, but as its something that I am asked about so often, I thought I’d write about how I schedule hair and makeup on the morning of your wedding! Even if you’re not using me as your hair and makeup artist, I hope that you find it helpful. 

I find it most helpful to start with the time of the ceremony and work backwards from there, including any travel time. For example, 

  • 2.30pm Leave hotel 
  • 2.50pm Arrive at Church
  • 3pm Ceremony

Personally, I like to finish with hair and makeup around an hour before my brides would like to leave. This leaves plenty of time for bride’s and their parties to get into their dresses, have lovely photographs taken and it gives us a great buffer if we have run a few minutes behind schedule. It also gives time for the all important hair and makeup touch ups; pinning in any wisps of hair, final spritz of hairspray, lipstick applied and a final dab of powder! For example;

  • 1.30pm Finish with hair and makeup 
  • 2.15pm Hair and makeup touch ups
  • 2.30pm Leave hotel 
  • 2.50pm Arrive at Church
  • 3pm Ceremony

I like to leave 45 minutes per person for hair or makeup, or 90 minutes for both, but in an ideal world, we will have an hour for the brides hair or makeup or 2 hours for both. I like to schedule the bride last so that she is as fresh as possible! Im often asked whether hair or makeup should be done first. I think that ideally hair should be done first – or at least set/blow dried. This is because the heat from styling hair can make clients very hot and bothered, which is less than ideal if they have already had their makeup done. Sometimes this is unavoidable with large groups though. For example;

  • 8.25am Maxine arrives
  • 8.30am Bridesmaid hair 
  • 9.15am Maid of honour makeup
  • 10.00am Mother of the bride hair and makeup 
  • 11.30am Bride’s hair and makeup
  • 1.30pm Finish with hair and makeup 
  • 2.15pm Hair and makeup touch ups
  • 2.30pm Leave hotel 
  • 2.50pm Arrive at Church
  • 3pm Ceremony

I hope that this is helpful if you were wondering how to schedule hair and makeup on the morning of your wedding. I usually go through the schedule with my brides at their trials so that we can ensure that we are on the same page with start times and final numbers. You can read my top tips for preparing for your trial here. Hair and makeup on the morning of your wedding is such a fun and joyful time with all the girls getting ready together. Its always brilliant to be a part of it!