To ensure the ‘getting ready’ stage can run as smoothly as possible, create a schedule so that everyone knows what is expected and when. It’s often easiest to start with the time you need to be ready for and not the ceremony time (so as to allocate time for your register meeting, makeup touch ups and photographs), and work backwards. You will have likely had a hair and makeup trial, so you’ll know how long to allow for this, but don’t forget to take in account timings for your bridesmaids and mother of the bride too.
As soon as possible, hang your dress and veil (if you have one) in an open space so that it can breathe and avoid creasing. Hang the dress to avoid marks from makeup and/or hair spray as well as from certain friends or family members from seeing it, such as the father of the bride. Keep them in suspense!
When getting ready on your wedding day, wear something comfortable, as typically you’ll be sitting down for quite some time when getting your hair and makeup done. Consider the style of dress you have chosen. Bra straps often leave imprints on your skin which you do not want to show if you have chosen a strapless wedding dress or an illusion back, for example. Wearing something buttoned avoids affecting your hair and makeup when changing. A current trend and nice touch is to source matching bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids pyjamas (or gowns). These can look lovely as group photographs. Remember to get everyone’s sizes to avoid any awkwardness… and jot this expense into your wedding budget as costs will vary depending on personalisation, style and the number of bridesmaids.