When you think about your wedding day, having a stress free morning is part of the plan. But unless you take some time to think the morning out, chances are your focus is in other places.

You may be thinking about your first look, walking down the aisle or getting through your vows while all of your family and friends are there to witness it.

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Your morning is going to set up your day for success and it’s important to put some thought in to it.

The following are my 7 tips on how to have a stress free morning on your wedding day. Some may feel obvious, but you’d be surprised how often these simple things are overlooked.

When working with a professional, you’ll get a schedule and have amazing artists that are fun to be with, do amazing work AND stay on time.

However there is a lot to still get done that is all on YOU to have planned ahead of time.

As a seasoned makeup artist, these are my 7 tips on how to have a stress free morning on your wedding day.

  1. Food.
    • Breakfast, snacks and lunch should be planned and assigned to someone to be in charge of. Your excitement/nerves might trick you to think you’re not hungry BUT don’t make the mistake of not eating. Your adrenaline is going to be in high gear and needs as much fuel to burn as possible. Staying ahead of your hunger is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
    • **Bonus points if you order food for your artists, they will most likely be hungry the entire morning**
  2. Hydrate & Caffeinate.
    • Drink plenty of water. If you are a coffee/tea drinker, this is a great opportunity to have your favorite drink. In my opinion, waiting until early afternoon for your first mimosa is a smart plan. (No judgment if you decide otherwise.)
  3. Steam your dresses the day before.
    • Most people wait to steam until the day of. HOWEVER, the main problem with this is no one should be steaming after they have their makeup or hair done. Get this chore out of the way the day before with a steaming party.
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4. Don’t stress on an early start

Most brides don’t realize how early you need to start, especially if you’ve never been in a wedding before. If you have a large party, your morning will most likely be early. 6am,/7am isn’t uncommon. In fact, I’ve even had a 3:30am arrival before (not ideal). You can either embrace the early morning, or see if having additional artists added works within your budget. You’ll probably wake up early from excitement. You might as well hang with your favorite people getting ready and having breakfast together. 😉

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5. Have everything for your vendors organized and easily able to find.

Once your vendors start arriving (1-1.5 hours before your first look) things start to get… busy.

Time starts to go fast and searching for everything your photographer/videographer needs takes time if it’s not prepped. This can cause in the moment stress pulling you away from something you want to be enjoying. Have these items prepped and organized.

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    6. Don’t sweat the things that go “wrong”.

    These are the type of details that make the best stories. It’s best to just move on quickly and keep enjoying your day. No one will ever know if something did or didn’t happen. They are there to celebrate YOU and your significant other.

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      7. When getting your makeup and hair done, go second to last as the bride.

      I’ve done 100’s of weddings and this is THE trick to stay stress free on your wedding day. Once your vendors start to arrive things get busy. Being in the makeup chair trying to coordinate everyone with everything is next to impossible. I started implementing my brides going second to last years ago and it has been a GAME CHANGER!

      Trust me, having some time before you get into your dress is THE BEST TIP to a stress free morning!

        Ultimately just remember your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life. All of your favorite people are in one place to celebrate YOU.

        These are just 7 tips I’ve collected over time that will help keep your wedding day morning stress free.

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        Happy Wedding planning!

        Makeup & Hair: Meagan Brown

        Event Planner: Laurel Street Events

        Venue: San Diego Botanical Garden

        Florists: Ophelia Floral Co

        Photography by Brogen Jessup Wedding Photography



        makeup artist #1 question

        To my surprise, the moment people know I do makeup for brides, the #1 question I get asked about weddings is…

        “Do you get “BRIDEZILLAS”?

        The short answer is no.

        But let me tell you why, because I literally have THE BEST brides!

        Talent and artistry is of course, important. However, I believe it all goes into connection, communication and the ability to be flexible. “The biggest way to be flexible is being prepared.”
        With all weddings, preparation is key. Here are a few reasons why “bridezillas” don’t exist in my world.


        A trial is always a MUST! It allows time to connect, vibe and most importantly create a rad & personalized look. I like to start with scheduling a call. That way we can determine if we are a good fit working with each other. After that, I suggest taking a look at your calendar to see if you have any special events coming up to have your makeup and/or hair done. Once we schedule a trial, it’s important to find inspiration images of MU&H that you like. I’ve been creating Pinterest boards full of beauty inspirations for years, take a look if you need more direction in your search.


        There are so many moving parts to a wedding. Knowing who needs to be where at a certain time makes everything come together seamlessly. If you are interested in scheduling a call to learn more about my bridal process, I would love to chat with you! scheduling

        Payment deadlines

        Who wants to handle money on their wedding day? <– no-one. Collecting final payment prior to the wedding is a MUST.

        I require final payment completed one week prior to the wedding in one final sum from the bride. I currently accept payments via PayPal, VENMO and for special circumstances SQUARE.

        To see more of my bridal work, please check out my site at

        I honestly LOVE doing weddings, and am SO grateful I get to expierence being apart one these woman lives.

        First Look with gorgeous bridal party at Rancho Valencia.
        Coordinated by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and Photographed by The Youngrens. 
        Makeup by Meagan Brown
        Bridal Party toast at L'Aberge Del Mar
        Photographed by Taylor Abeel 
        Makeup by Meagan Brown
        Hair by Audra Rene

        What is YOUR #1 question about weddings?