10 Ways to Have a Great Time Getting Ready

Set the tone for your big day by starting it off right.

After months, or even years, of planning your wedding, it’s understandable that you might want to rush through the day until you finally get to marry your beloved. But newlyweds often speak of the day going by too quickly and wish they had taken the time to soak it all in. That sentiment shouldn’t just apply to the ceremony and reception, but to the day as a whole.

The morning will set the tone, so you should make sure to be relaxed and lighthearted while getting ready for your nuptials. Given the excitement, stress, and different schedules to balance, we know this is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve compiled our best tips on how to have your getting-ready timeline go smoothly while still creating a fun environment for you and your bridesmaids. After all, you don’t want to arrive to your ceremony or “first look” in a bad mood! Read on for our advice.

bride with bridesmaids in getting ready robes laughing together the morning of the wedding
Photo by The Hickenloopers

- Keep a detailed schedule, with plenty of buffer time, for the hair-and-makeup team to avoid wasted time that will stress you out and bore your bridesmaids.
- Be considerate with your scheduling to avoid grumpy attendants. For example, your sisters sleeping in the same hotel should have an earlier call time than your local friend who is driving to your location.
- Have a great playlist to dance out your jitters and bond with your girls.
- Provide plenty of food. Your bridal party probably had to get up early and likely won't get to have lunch between taking photos and the ceremony.
- Have a special treat with your snacks such as popsicle cocktails instead of mimosas or a waffle bar instead of simple bagels. Just one special touch to make it different!
- Hang your dress up in a safe space so it will look great and you won't worry about it.
- Take some fun pictures to supplement your photographer's shots, but don't post them on social media until after the wedding! They'll be perfect for a #tbt post.
- Do some stretching, or even a mini-yoga session before getting dressed. You'll feel better when it comes time to dance.
- Have an emergency kit with medicine and bandages so any potential ailments are quickly fixed.
- Don’t put on your heels until the moment you have to walk out the door. If you need them for photos, take them off when you're done.

For more ideas, read the essential guide to bridesmaid etiquette here and discover 15 movies to watch at a bridesmaid slumber party. 

Authored by: Emily Lasnier