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A 10-step guide to the perfect wedding morning routine

As 2023 comes to a close, I’m pleased to announce that I have been lucky enough to work with over 80 brides this year. I’ve been a hair and makeup artist for over 12 years and have picked up some great tips. Here are my tips for having the perfect wedding morning routine.

  1. Wake up with plenty of time to spare for when your stylists arrive. You don’t want to be rushing around trying to get dressed when your artists are also setting up. Leave plenty of time to relax and have some coffee/tea/water before they get there.
  2. Ensure that you and anyone else who is having their hair and makeup done have showered and brushed their teeth. Unless otherwise discussed with your stylist, your hair will more than likely need to be clean, dry and free from products.
  3. Use a gentle cleanser on your face. Moisturise if you would like and do any other parts of your skincare routine that you enjoy doing.
  4. Stay hydrated (but don’t overdo it). It’s important to keep hydrated in the weeks leading up to your wedding and in the morning. This will help to give you an all-over glow. But, time this carefully. You don’t want to be rushing to the bathroom as soon as you’ve put on your wedding dress.
  5. Schedule breakfast and a light lunch. Most weddings are around 1 or 2pm, which, for me, is smack in the middle of when I would have lunch, so make sure that you have a decent brunch and some snacks. Remember that you may not be eating until around 4pm. You don’t want a rumbling stomach halfway through your vows.
  6. Ask your suppliers to confirm their start times. It helps to have everything written down with start and end times. This way you aren’t left wondering on the day what time you will be meeting people.
  7. Don’t try any new products or foods. No one wants a surprise allergic reaction on their wedding day.
  8. Spray any perfumes before you put on your dress. Whilst I’ve never seen this happen, I have heard stories of perfumes staining wedding dresses. It’s not worth it.
  9. Take some moments away to have some peace if you need to. Most artists will want to see you either last or second to last. That will give you plenty of time to step away and take some zen time if you need it.
  10. Get a bridesmaid or family member to take some candid photos of the getting ready experience. You won’t regret it.