Select the right wedding day ready room

Nothing adds to stress like not having what you need the moment you need it in an important situation.  Consider this list when selecting a place to get ready before the ceremony.

1. Access to the room with enough lead time before the wedding.  You may want to ensure you can have access to the bride ready room at least 4-5 hours before the wedding.  Think about it, getting you hair and makeup done can be 2-3 hours on its own.

2. Distance from ceremony venue. Getting ready at home may be cost effective and convenient, but will your photographer have to travel 20 minutes or more to capture your getting ready shots?  If so, this can cut down on the number of pictures he or she is able to shoot due to travel from one venue to the next.

3. Does it have space for the groom and groomsmen to get ready?  This also cuts down on photographer travel time between multiple venues.

4. Natural light. No, not the beer.  A nice big window is great for makeup application and the right lighting for photos.

5. Bathroom. Trying to avoid being seen in your wedding dress as you walk down the hall to go to the restroom is less than ideal. Going to the bathroom in a wedding dress can be interesting enough on its own.

6. Enough room. Is there enough space for your bridesmaids and everyone helping you get ready?

7. Sturdy hooks/racks. It is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about wrinkling your dress and finding a place to hang all of the heavy garment bags of the wedding party.

8. Plenty of mirrors. Plenty of full length and vanity mirrors will give everyone enough space to primp and get gorgeous.

9. A backless stool or ottoman.  You have your dress on,  but don’t want to stand until it is time to walk down the aisle? A handy stool with no back will keep you from wrinkling your dress.

10. Tiny fridge or space for a cooler. At some point you are going to need to eat or drink something.  Having something close at hand keeps your wedding party from scrambling if you feel a little faint because you have forgotten to eat in all the excitement.