Hello, I was just wondering if anyone can advise how long getting ready will take please? We will likely need to leave around 11am to head to the ceremony. I am having 2 bridesmaids but they are doing their own hair and makeup. I am having my makeup done and my Mum might be too. We have a photographer who will cover 12 hours. We were thinking of having him 10-10.
We need to leave at 11.30. We are starting at 7 with our hair and make up, but my MUA is doing me and my 2 BM's and photographer is coming at 10 to do a few getting ready shots. I would ask your MUA what time she thinks she needs to start and let her guide the timings. Then you can let photographer know and they will be able to recommend a time for them to come. My MUA said an hour for each BM and 2 for me, so I guess you would be ok to start about 7.30 if just you and Mum as I think that gives you a buffer and a bit of time to do some Car shots once you are dressed and ready.
I would say you are better off having the photographer 9 till 9 rather from 10. If you have to leave at 11 then they will be needing to leave at 10.30 to get to the ceremony before you do. So that will leave them 30 mins of prep. If you are running late you may not of even put your dress on by 10.30 when they leave so if you want shots at home when everyone is ready then you will all need to be ready NOT in time for you leaving but in time for the photographer leaving at 10.30 - then work back from that as to what time the hair and MUA will need to start.
If you are having a first dance at around 8 pm then 2 hours of party dance action is a lot. Especially as quite often its the same people on the dance floor all night.
I would ask your hairdresser and MUA how long they expect to take - it totally depends on your look and also, on how long it takes to get into your dress.
I had a simple updo, no makeup and a zip up dress and was ready to leave 40 minutes after I started to get ready. I have a friend who took 3 hours (heavy makeup, seriously fancy hairdo and one of those corset style dresses that take half a day to put on)