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When it comes to getting ready on your wedding day, there are a few things you should know! Getting ready at a venue-provided suite or room has many perks such as (the obvious) proximity to your venue, however, there are some often-overlooked details that you should consider before choosing to get ready onsite. Asking the right questions and planning ahead will ensure you have no added stress on the morning of your wedding!
Tip no. 1 Ask what time you have access to the room
Check with your venue what time you have access to the getting ready room(s). If you have access at 12:00 PM and 7 bridesmaids that need to be ready by 3:00 PM for photos, you will likely need to get ready elsewhere or hire more beauty team members. Sometimes the secondary suite that is often used for the groomsmen is not available until much closer to the ceremony start time and can pretty much be useless if the guys need to be ready early on for photos.
Tip no. 2 Ask what time you need to have everything removed from the room
No one likes surprises on the wedding day (unless it’s like a flash mob or something cute haha). Some getting ready rooms are required to be vacated prior to the end of the event. Check with your venue to see how long you have each room to avoid any last-minute pack-outs and/or transitions.
Tip No. 3 Have your Bridal Party gather all of their personal items before the ceremony begins
Even if your venue allows you to leave your personal items in the getting ready room, packing out at the end of the night can be a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be! If your bridal party has a few minutes to pack up all or most of their personal items into their bags before the ceremony begins, all they have to do at the end of the night is grab their bags (instead of shuffling around looking for all of their things when they have been drinking all night…).
Tip No. 4 Set aside you and your partner’s personal items for the end of the night
For the newlyweds specifically, packing and setting aside all of the things that you need to take with you at the end of the night will make for a smooth transition. When packed ahead of time, your personal items can easily be put into your getaway vehicle by someone other than yourselves so you can enjoy every last minute with your guests!
Tip No. 5 Designate someone to pick up lunch
“I love being hangry!” said no one EVER. This next tip comes from Michelle, owner and lead stylist at Sandra Michelle Artistry. She says, “The worst is when the bride is hungry and no one is available to grab food”. Avoid the hangry train and designate someone (outside of the bridal party) to pick up lunch! Alternatively, check with your venue to see if lunch can be preordered if there is a kitchen or restaurant onsite.
“The worst is when the bride is hungry and no one is available to grab food”.– Michelle, Sandra Michelle Artistry
Tip No. 6 Have all of your details ready before your photographer arrives
If you are getting your details photographed (invitations, save the dates, rings, dress, shoes, perfume, jewelry, watch, tie, socks, cufflinks, etc.) have them set aside before your photographer arrives. What you don’t want is to be in the middle of hair and makeup and have to look around for all of the details; or worse, not know where they are. Your stylist will also thank you for not interrupting the flow of the beauty timeline!
Tip No. 7 Designate someone to tidy up the room before the photographer arrives
Carrie of Carrie Mcguire Photography shares “Have a dedicated person to clean the space before the photographer arrives. That way, the photographer is not touching everyone’s personal items and can go right to work without wasting precious time that you have paid for.”
A little pre-planning can go a long way the morning of your wedding! Asking the right questions and designating a few tasks will undoubtedly set you up for a great start to one of the most important days of your life!
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