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Order of Dress

Michael Falco

When you’re working on your wedding day timeline, who should be getting ready first? The bride or the bridesmaids? Even though the bride is the wedding day VIP—the bridesmaids should be ready first. Why you ask? For the photos of course!

Think about it this way. When you fly, you watch the safety video that includes the counter-intuitive instruction that you put the oxygen mask on first before putting one on a child. You know you have to do that, but it isn’t obvious, right? It’s the same for the wedding day getting-ready process. You do not want photos of yourself slipping into a couture bridal gown, surrounded by bridesmaids in streetwear without hair and makeup. The studio recommends that anyone in the getting-ready suite should be finished with hair and makeup and dressed before the bride. It creates better photo opportunities!

Here are a few other tips that you should remember for your wedding day:

- Schedule ample time for hair & makeup. It’s the one service that is always underestimated in time, so build a buffer in.

- Have matching robes for your bridesmaids and one for yourself too. If timing doesn’t work out, at least your bridesmaids will be in cute robes when you slip into your dress.

- Have a bottle of bubbly for a little toast just before everyone puts on their dresses. It makes for a great photo!

- Make sure all bridesmaids know what time they need to be at the suite and what time they need to be dressed and ready by. You wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity because one is missing.

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