Plan ahead, and consider the logistics of your get ready location.Â Plan ahead for your get ready room and get ready photography.Â You may want to get ready at your parentsâ€™ home, a hotel room, or a wedding venueâ€™s bridal suite.Â The Wright House (photo to the left) has a gorgeous get ready room fully equipped with natural lighting, space, seating, and an adjoining bathroom.Â Weigh the pros and cons of each location.Â You will need to factor in time for transportation to get everyone to your ceremony site (unless it is at the same property).Â Â If you are having your ceremony and reception at a hotel, most hotels will provide a get ready room in your agreement, yet may not be able to get you an early check-in (depending on occupancy levels).Â You will be less stressed if you pay extra to check into your room the night before your wedding, so everything is easier for your wedding day.
Lighting, timing, space, and minimal clutter is important. Â Your â€śget readyâ€ť photos will be taken in your get ready room.Â Discuss with your photographer natural lighting and start times so you know to be ready to start photos.Â Work with your photographer on lighting since they will LOVE lots of natural lighting with large windows vs. being in a dim light room with no or minimal windows, or florescent lighting.Â If you are getting ready in a hotel room, ask your hotel representative if there is an upgrade price (less the room you get included in your plan) so you may pay for a more picturesque room for get ready photos with large windows.Â Think about the number of people you will be having in your room too.Â Space is important, and think about how many you donâ€™t want clutter of everyoneâ€™s bags in the photos.
Focus on a realistic plans for photography, hair and makeup schedules.Â Your wedding planner will need to back out additional time for hair and makeup schedules.Â Most people will need to be finished with hair and makeup when the photographer starts with the bride getting into her gown.Â Most will not want to have photos without their hair done, or without their makeup finished.Â Depending on how many faces you have for makeup (average 45 min. per face, and 1 hr. for the bride) and how many heads you have for your hairstylists (average 45 min. â€“ 1 hr. per head, then 1 -1.5 hours for bride), plan on starting early and having touch-ups as needed.
Here are items to consider for your get ready room:
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Breakfast ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB (mother of the bride), and MOG (mother of the groom).
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lunch ordered (dietary restrictions), and scheduled to be delivered to your room for you, your wedding party, MOB, and MOG.
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Straws for drinking to not mess up make-up
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Adequate bathrooms for everyone to shower and go to the restroom too
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mirrors (so not everyone crowds the bathroom)
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Music downloaded on your iPod to play your favorites
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fans to circulate air
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Steamer for wrinkle free dresses
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hanger for your dress which is photo worthy for your â€śgown photo on a hangerâ€ť
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bar stools for makeup artist (unless they bring their own)
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lighting for makeup
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Power strips for hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, rollers, etc.
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Charger for your phone
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Signs for fun wedding party photos â€śJust wait until you see her!â€ť
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you are at a hotel, find out how many other weddings and/or brides will be on site at the same time.Â Find out what locations are the hotels favorite photography locations, when they will be in shade, and when they will be available for photography for you.
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chairs and props to help with group photos
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wedding party gifts wrapped and packed for opening for great photos
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (If at a hotel) Bell man scheduled to pickup the bridesmaids bags so housekeeping may clean room
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Housekeeping requested to clean the room after you leave for your ceremony
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Arrange for amenities for late night after your wedding â€“ drinks, munchies, turn down of your bed.
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Arrange for breakfast in bed for the day after your wedding with you and your fianceâ€™s favorites!
Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBCâ„˘
Hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.
Kim M. Horn, MBCâ„˘
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World
Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner | Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings
Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com
AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 â€“ May 2012
2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants