One of the most important aspects of a Bride's Day is to look like the PRINCESS.
And Why Not. It is the day that she will be on show to the World.
There is so many different aspects to this topic that I will only touch on a few that as Videographers we deem of upmost importance.
I will use 3pm as a example time for Ceremony to commence
1/ When seeking out your Hair & Make up artists, it is extremely important to be sure you are choosing a EXPERIENCED WEDDING Hair & Make up artists. YES, there is a huge difference between a shop front Hair Stylist and a Wedding Hair stylist.
The same is said of Make-Up Artists. Experience in the Wedding Field simply means they are fully aware of Time Sensitivity.
There are many parts to the Wedding Preparations other than Hair & Make Up.
2/ Suggested completion times & reasons.
ALL Bridal Party really need to be completed at least 90 minutes prior to ceremony time. So in this example we recommend total completion of both Hair & Make-up no later than 1.30pm. Reasoning listed below.
These lovely ladies or guys are there on your day because they are your closest friends. You place your trust in them to assist with the smooth running of your day. Therefore having the bridesmaids fully dressed by 1.15pm is a wise choice.
You have probably spent months & months selecting your Wedding Gown. Not to mention the Price. Multiple fitting, alterations to get your Gown to exactly how you want it to be. So for that matter having the Bride ready to GOWN ON at no later than 1.30pm allows you to
ENJOY YOUR GOWN.
It is not just a simple dress to throw on and jump into a car to head out for dinner. This Gown reflects all your childhood dreams of how you visioned your Wedding Day would be. Everything surrounds this Gown. So having the time to enjoy the Gown is so important. Plan on taking about 20-30 minutes to get into your gown and have it feeling a part of you & not just a addition.
3/ PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS.
These Professionals you have hired probably take up a huge portion of your Wedding Budget.
You have hired them for a specific reason. To capture your day & all create all the memories associated with your Wedding Dream.
Having the Bridal Party fully dressed by no later than 2pm allows these Professionals to give you their all when creating those memories without the need to Rush.
4/ RUSHED & LATE
Photographers & Videographers can get quite frustrated when they are left very little or no time to do what you hired them to do. We tend to feel we have let down the Bride if we do not get time to capture what we term the MAGICAL HOUR. This is the importance of selecting your Hair Stylists & Make-Up Artists that can plan their time to have everyone ready at least 90 minutes prior to ceremony time.
Unfortunately there are too many times when Hair Stylists & Make-Up artists are just not up to speed of a Wedding. You may have chosen someone a lot less expensive but without Wedding Experience. That I am afraid to say this can be quite a dangerous option.
Too many times we and other Photographers & Videographers see Hair Stylists & Make-up artists thinking they have until Ceremony Time to complete as they use the Traditional Term of . BRIDE IS ALWAYS LATE as a excuse. I am sorry. But these types are just not experienced and will always restrict so much of your valuable time on your Wedding Day. Thankfully over the past few years this matter hasn't raised it's head too much. But it still occurs. And when it does. We as Photographers & Videographers feel let down. It also means you have lost very important memories on the day. One incident comes to mind late last year when this exact same scenario played out and had the Bride simply throwing her gown over her head and rushing out to walk the aisle. Oh Yes. With buttons at back not fully done up. .
Hair Stylists & Make-Up Artists should be selected on WEDDING EXPERIENCE and not because of styling or other reasons. A WEDDING Hair Stylist & Make-up Artists should be considered as one of the many PROFESSIONALS that you hire on the day. If you cut corners in this area. It can cause a dramatic time sensitive flow on effect to your entire day.
So Please choose carefully. And as with all other Wedding Vendors. Please also do your homework when selecting
WEDDING HAIR STYLISTS & MAKE-UP ARTISTS.
Your Day depends on it.