A getting-ready room is a detail that’s easy to overlook but should be thoughtfully considered when planning your wedding day. This is where you will prepare (both physically and mentally) to say “I do” in front of all your family and friends. It’s where you’ll be pampered with hair and makeup, put on your jewelry, and slip into your dress with the help of your mother or best friend. You’ll spend your last un-married moment’s bonding with your wedding party here before officially getting “hitched”. It’s the ultimate pre-game before your wedding ceremony or first look.
I always encourage my brides to add “getting ready photos” to their wedding day timeline so I can capture these special moments leading up to them walking down the aisle. It’s a great time to make a toast to the day’s events, share laughter, and (most likely) shed some happy tears.
Make sure there is lots of natural light and windows. This will help capture beautiful photos and will also ensure that your hair and makeup look their absolute best. Open all of the blinds and turn on all of the lights.
You’ll want to make sure there is an aesthetically pleasing backdrop to take photos in front of. Make sure the area is tidy and free of clutter so there are no distracting objects in the background of your photos.
Light + bright interiors
Dark walls don’t reflect natural light the same way white or pale walls do. The darker the walls, the more natural (or artificial) lighting you will need.
Make sure it matches your style
You’ve put a lot of effort into planning a wedding day that reflects your personality and personal taste, don’t skimp out on this for the getting ready room. Consider bringing things that make this space feel more ‘you’. I’m talking candles, flower arrangements, or maybe even that piece of art you bought with your partner on your first trip together.
Make sure the space you choose is adequate for the size of your wedding party. Ideally, you’ll want at least two bathrooms and enough mirrors and chairs for everyone to get ready at the same time.
Proximity to Ceremony location
Trust me, you don’t want anyone getting lost or stuck in traffic on the way to your ceremony. If possible, book a venue that has a space on-site for you to get ready. If not, consider renting an AirBnb that is close by.
Snacks and beverages- Trust me, you’ll want food- and you’ll want drinks. There’s nothing that calms wedding day nerves better than a glass (or 2) of champagne with your besties. Have someone bring a charcuterie board so your stomach isn’t growling while you take your vows, and please, remember to HYDRATE!
Dressing robes- You’ll want to want to wait until the very last moment to slip on your dress before walking down the aisle, so make sure you have something cozy to wear while you’re getting ready. I encourage wearing fun matching robes with your crew to help create fun, IG-worthy photos.
Portable hand fan-
Chances are, your adrenaline will be on a high, and your body temperature will be on overdrive. Carry a hand-fan with you to keep you cool and sweat-free as you prepare for your wedding day.
& last but not least…
Wedding day emergency kit- While you certainly don’t want to expect any emergencies on your wedding day, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pre-pack a “wedding day emergency kit” to ease your worries. This should include items like deodorant, hairpins, a sewing kit, double-sided tape, safety pins, first-aid essentials, a lint roller, breath mints, and a tide pen.