That's right: Your hair and makeup schedule will determine your wakeup time. Here's how to determine yours.
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Let's be honest: Setting your alarm for 6 a.m. on your wedding day isn't exactly the most enjoyable thought. Do you really need to wake up that early? To find out, we asked bridal beauty pro Amanda Schakleton of New York Bridal Beauty how much time a bride really needs to spend getting ready on the morning of her wedding. Here, she shares her outline for a stress-free glam session, which will determine how early you actually need to wake up on the wedding morning. As always, be sure to check in with your own pros before the big day, but Schakleton's suggestions will help you create a general framework.

Hair: One Hour

Assuming you've already had a wedding hair trial with your stylist, you both know the end result will look like, so it's just a matter of executing the style to perfection. A little extra time will ensure you can fix that pesky piece of hair that just won't fall into place and play with volume until you're perfectly satisfied. Planning on having your stylist add extensions? Set aside 90 minutes for hairstyling.

Makeup: One Hour

Even those with the most diligent skincare routine know your skin's condition can change from day to day. To combat whatever your wedding day brings, Schakleton suggests planning for an hour-long session free of distraction. "I always have my bride hand off her phone to another person in the room when I'm doing makeup" she says. "The stopping and starting to send messages and answer calls can prove a timing challenge."

Dressing: 30 Minutes

It likely won't take this long to change into your wedding dress, but with covered buttons, corsets, and veils to contend with, it's always better to allot for extra time to ensure everything is perfect. Plus, you'll likely want to pause during the dressing process for photos with your mom, bridesmaids, and any other important women in your life.

The Bridal Party: Varies

Now that your timing is figured out, it's time to think about a timeline for your bridesmaids. Obviously the larger your party, the more time you'll need to carve out. In general, 30 minutes for makeup and 45 minutes for hair per girl is a good rule of thumb, but you'll want to check in with your stylist to be sure this works for them—the last thing you want is to plan for each woman to spend 30 minutes on their makeup only to quickly fall behind schedule because your makeup artist usually carves out an hour per woman. To ensure everyone is as efficient as possible with their time in the chair, Schakleton urges attendants to bring photos of the styles they're hoping to achieve. "Make sure the model/celebrity has the same skin tone, is in the same age range, and has the same hair color as you do," she expands. "Not only does this give me a better picture of what you like instantly, it saves time and doesn't leave me trying to figure out what you want because of semantics."

Buffer Time: Varies

Don't forget to add in some buffer time to eat a little something and relax as well. It's a long day and you're going to want to be nourished and ready to tackle it all! No matter how big or small your bridal party, allot downtime to avoid any stressful rushes out the door and make getting ready as enjoyable an experience as the rest of the day is bound to be.


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