As a beauty team, we are often in a room full of girls getting everyone ready for someone’s very special day! We love hair and makeup, so we are probably biased, but the girl time before a wedding is one of the most special moments of the day. The bride has picked out her closest friends and family to be by her side during these exciting moments.

We have a few must-haves and ideas to help make those hours memorable and blissful. Thanks to our bride Krystal, who knew this time would be special and hired a photographer (the amazing, we get a sneak peak into her fun girl time.


So, here are a few of the “must-haves” during your prep time.

  • Champagne & OJ

Of course, you know that if you combine those 2, it is the perfect marriage that equals a Mimosa. We love putting a tropical spin and mixing the champagne with POG, only found in Hawaii.

  • Coffee/Tea

With the sleepless nights from the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and all the planning, a coffee run before getting ready is just a must. Picking up some individual cold brew and creamers to stock the fridge is the perfect way to prepare for when sleepy sets in.

  • Photographer or Designated Photo-Taking Friend

We often see our bridal parties enjoying time together with their phones in hand, yet they miss incredible photo ops! Designate a friend who has a good camera or phone to take behind-the-scenes shots. If you are in a setting has dim or tricky lighting or have a few extra dollars in your budget, hire a photographer to come for this hour. You would be surprised how many good shots a pro can get in an hour. So worth it!!

  • A hanger for your wedding dress

The hotel hanger or the dry cleaner’s hanger just doesn’t cut it. We often see brides searching and asking everyone to pass over their “cuter” (barely) hanger. Etsy has a few hangers that will make your dress look Pinterest worthy!

  • Food!

No one wants a hungry (hangry) bridesmaid or mom on their big day. You will most likely skip a meal on wedding day since you are busy getting ready. We suggest having fruit, protein bars, trail mix, and pastries that are easy to eat on hand to hold you over. We have had the occasional bacon-eating bride and we say you should totally go for that too! Whatever fills you up for a few hours!

Don’t forget these little extras that we have heard countless people need in the last moments before the wedding.

  • Mints
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Safety pins, needle/ thread
  • Water bottles (we suggest have a few of the mini water bottles in the car on your way to the wedding)
  • Steamer/Iron

Cherish this girl time! The rest of the day goes by so fast. We love how calm and fun the girls are when all of their men aren’t around. It’s like a spa day or girls night out. I think the best gift from a maid of honor would be to make this time extra special for the bride; take some time to make this beauty time extra special by bringing the bride and bridesmaids some of their favorite drinks and treats, creating special memories for the bride and her closest family and friends.

Cheers to to the babes! 




Photography by Keani Bakula Photography


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