Four Ways to Make the "Getting Ready" one of the Best Parts of Your Wedding Day

PC: Patrick Nied Photography, Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms

For us women, one of the best parts about any event is getting ready. It’s something we’ve always loved. From grade school to adulthood, there’s nothing like getting ready with your best friends. Picking out our outfits, doing our hair and sharing makeup, carpooling together…those are some of the greatest memories.

So when it comes to getting ready for your wedding day, there’s a few things you should do to make it a smooth, stress-free, and, most importantly, fun and relaxing morning with your best girls!

Photo: B. Jones Photography , Venue: Green Gates at Flowing Lake

1. Have a Photo-worthy Setting

Your photographer is going to want to get lots of candid shots of you and your girls getting ready for the big day. Floral robes or coordinating button-downs will help those pictures pop!

PC: Patrick Nied Photography, Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms

Make sure you pick a place with lots of natural light like Adams Manor in Snohomish. Not only is natural light best for photos, but your makeup artist will love you! You don’t want to walk down the aisle looking unblended or with the wrong shade on because of bad lighting. And don’t forget to make sure you have lots of room for everyone to spread out and lots of outlets (bring a power strip if not). Curling irons, straighteners, steamers, oh my! As you can see in the picture, the Garden Cottage at Woodland Meadow Farms has plenty of room for getting ready as well as space to eat & have fun.

Photo: Tony Asgari Photography. Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms

2. Give Yourself Lots of Time

If there’s one emotion you definitely don’t want to feel on your wedding day, it’s the feeling of being rushed. For hair and makeup, allow at least 60 minutes per bridesmaid and mother of bride/mother in law and 90 minutes for the bride. Having extra time never hurts!

Photo: B. Jones Photography

3. Stay Nourished: Don't Forget Drinks + Snacks

Champagne bar, anyone? It’s always fun to have ingredients for mimosas on hand to celebrate! But make sure you’re also hydrating with lots of water! And don’t forget those snacks. The last thing we need is a hangry bride or even a stomach growl from a bridesmaid in the middle of your ceremony.

Photo: B. Jones Photography

4. Bring the Tunes

Have a friend or even your DJ put together a playlist for the morning to help shake those nerves away. Hey, you’re getting married today, you should be excited! Some of our favorites are: “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra, “Going to the Chapel” by The Crystals, “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease, and “Get Me to the Church On Time” from My Fair Lady.

Photo: Tony Asgari Photography. Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms


Liz Adams owns and operates Adams Manor in Snohomish, a 13,000 sq ft mansion turned vacation rental property. She has more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and sales industry. Liz enjoys her family and grandchildren and is very much involved in their daily activities. She loves hosting parties at Adams Manor (where she also resides with her standard poodle Lucy).