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Ansel Adams once said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” This is as true today as it was back when photos were shot on sheets of film and developed in tents which later became darkrooms. There was a very detailed process that went into every photograph, the same is true of your WEDDING. When the first wedding took place it was in a garden and it was just a man and a woman. There was no florist, there was no cake, there was no reception. Today’s Weddings just aren’t as simple as that. They have evolved into elaborate celebrations of family, friends, food, and dancing. But none of this will happen by chance, and if not for the right professionals, the wedding day might just turn out to be the wedding disaster. Below is just one aspect of how to make your wedding day run more smoothly and less stressful.  

Wedding Day Tips

The Most Common Mistake a Bride Will Make on Her Wedding Day

Your wedding day will be one of the most beautiful, joyous, and well thought out days of your life, but there are times when things don’t always go as planned. One thing brides can do to keep things running smoothly is to choose the right people for hair and makeup. This isn’t as much about the MUA and Stylist ability to do beautiful work as it is about their ability to deliver under the pressure and time constraints of the wedding day schedule.

With this in mind, here are a few tips how to make the most of the MUA and Stylist’s time and energy so that you will not end up in a time crunch and miss out on pre-ceremony photos.

Timing is Everything

If you are having your hair and makeup as well as all of your bridesmaids hair and makeup done by the same person or team of people, the savvy bride would allow enough time to be done 30 minutes earlier than she anticipates needing to be done by. She can never be done too early, but being late can mean she will be stressed and miss out on some great photo opportunities, opportunities that once missed are gone for good.

The Bride should never be the last one to be done. Why is this? Well, here’s an example. Say your stylist/MUA is just five minutes late on each person, and say you have 6 bridesmaids, your mom, and your soon-to-be mother-in-law, all getting hair and makeup. This will put you 40 minutes behind schedule before they get to the bride and generally the bride takes longer than everyone else, so, you could be from 45 minutes to an hour behind schedule. This could potentially wipe out much of your pre-ceremony photos, photos you will never get if missed.

Choosing the right MUA/Stylist

Having the right people is key, so be sure to contract experienced professionals who specialize in wedding day service. Make sure they have good reviews and are timely. Ask them if they will be doing any other weddings that day or if yours will be the only one. If they do have another event that day, make sure of the start and finish times, allow for drive time, and tack on an extra 30 minutes to an hour to that. This will give a realistic idea of their arrival time.

It may be a good idea to ask your photographer who they recommend. Most professional wedding photographers have MUA’s and Stylists that they work with on a regular basis, and they also may have input about ones you are considering hiring. Referrals from friends are great, but referrals from people in the business are better.

Have a test run

Whoever you hire, you want to make sure they’re the right people who can deliver what you want on your big day. It is therefore recommended that you have them do your makeup to see how it looks and how you get along with them before you commit to hiring them for the wedding. Make a note of how long it takes them to make you look your best and keep that in mind when you plan your wedding day timeline.

Remember, no matter who you select, you should feel confident in their ability and professionalism.

Cheers!

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