Pasha Belman Photography | Ashton + Brandon’s Wedding at Phillips Chapel and Empire Room, Greensboro, North Carolina
Let’s face it, running behind schedule can send even the most put-together gal into crazy-lady status like no other. Now multiply that by 100 when it happens on your wedding day. Running late is frustrating and annoying for not only you, but your bridal party and guests too. So, I’ve put together a few tips to keep your wedding day running on schedule. Follow my advice and you just may be able to check your inner crazy-lady at the door.
1. Have a time line in place. Make sure your vendors have all received a copy of your wedding day time line so that they know when and where they are supposed to be. Schedule specific times for your pre-getting ready lunch, hair and makeup, stepping into your dress, when bridal party photos will start, etc. to ease your mind. If this sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry, your planner will be happy to take of your time line for you!
2. Don’t underestimate the time it will take to have your hair and makeup done. It may take only 10 minutes for you to get all gussied up on a normal day, but trust me ladies, hair and makeup on your wedding day will take longer. It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your hair/makeup artist a few weeks before the wedding to select a hairstyle and decide on your makeup. This meeting will let you get an estimate on how long your hair and makeup will take on the big day. Also, don’t forget to factor in time for any of your bridesmaids or other important ladies who will also be getting pampered. Their hair and makeup needs to look great too after all!
3. If you have friends and family who habitually show up late, tell them they need to arrive an hour earlier than your punctual friends.
4. Don’t get carried away with family photos. Corralling Aunt Sue, Uncle Kevin, and their 4 rambunctious kids may sound easy when you write it down, but trying to get all of those people together for a photo can be like herding cats. When you make your photography shot list, keep it simple. Take photos with the people who mean the most to you but save the most time for photos of you and your hubby – he’ll already be by your side and those are the photos you’re going to cherish the most in 10 years.
5. As tempting as it may be to have six glasses of champagne to take the edge off your nerves while you and your girls are getting ready, don’t do it! One or two glasses are okay, but the more the alcohol flows, the more you are going to run behind. The giggles will set in, make-up becomes harder to do, and soon you’ve lost an hour of precious time reminiscing about your high school prom that happened eight years ago. Also, to quote one of my mother of the brides, “There’s nothing tackier than a drunk bride.”
Of course, the best chance you’ll have to running on time on your wedding day is to hire a wedding planner or even manager.