How to Plan Your Bridal Makeup Timeline

One of the biggest questions I get from my brides is how long bridal makeup takes and when it should be done. The easiest way to pick a timeframe is to work backwards!

  1. Figure out your timeframe with other vendors. Knowing when your ceremony starts and when your photographers are arriving are great starting points. If you know you want everyone done by the time the photographer arrives, then you know when everyone needs to be finished!

  2. Get a final headcount of how many people will require makeup services. Your makeup artist can plan a timeframe based on how long they take to complete each person. Most professionals take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour per person.

  3. Always allot for set up time. Set up should take no more than 15 minutes. This includes setting lights, chairs, and their kit up. If you have a tight timeline, your artist may want to arrive a little early to your venue just to make sure everything is ready by the intended start time.

  4. Plan extra time for emergencies if possible. When I book weddings, I give myself some wiggle room in case anything happens! Sometimes unexpected things pop up: one of your bridesmaids isn’t feeling well, someone is running behind, Aunt Susan decided she wants last minute makeup, etc. When you have extra time, everything runs more smoothly even when things don’t go as planned.

  5. Know that a second artist might be needed. Depending on the amount of time you have to get ready or how many people are in your bridal party, your makeup artist might need some assistance. Your artist will let you know if doing your entire bridal party is feasible. If its not, don’t fret! They will hire a second artist, either from their team or someone they contract out. This is usually done with an additional fee.

Planning can be overwhelming, let your professional help you!


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