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Beginner December 2022

Thoughts on This Idea for a "no Makeup" Themed Wedding?

MaddieCaddy, on September 15, 2022 at 7:56 PM Posted in Planning 0 50

"We want to capture this day in its truest form, and we'd love to include a portion of the evening where we kick off the heels, undo our hair, and be our natural selves. There's going to be a portion of the evening with a less-dressed-up feel, and you are welcome to join in in a way that makes you comfortable and secure."

"We encourage everyone to join in and come as they are, but feel free to get ready however makes you feel comfortable! We will have makeup wipes, spray bottles, and hair brushes for you all to use if you'd like to freshen up and clean your face before pictures. We think you're all beautiful and we'd love your natural beauty to be visible in the photos of the day."

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Latest activity by Jennifer, on October 3, 2022 at 11:07 PM
  • Jm Sunshine
    Jm Sunshine ·
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    I would be very confused... while my make-up is very minimal as is, this would not appeal to me. I enjoy weddings for the fact that once in a blue moon I get to dress up and put on more make-up than usual.
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  • A
    Amy ·
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    I don't understand. Why?

    It would be a hard pass from me.

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  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael ·
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    This would depend on the style of the wedding you plan. If the wedding is formal, people would likely stay that way. If you just have a lot of family and friends that are fine dressing up and then going casual, you could try that option. You might get a bunch of friends that will join you in that and be happy with the pictures. Then go for that part.

    This would probably be fine for sort of an after-party to wind down after the event for people not liking the formality.

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  • Imani
    Master July 2022
    Imani ·
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    I don’t think people would enjoy dressing up & getting their makeup done to take it off. It’s almost like telling people how to look and I would be opposed to this idea. If anything like Michael said, maybe just have a casual wedding.
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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    Why not? Just curious!

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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    You would wear makeup and then remove it later!

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  • Jacks
    Rockstar November 2054
    Jacks ·
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    I'd feel then that I would have to pack my makeup remover, cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and towel like I'm going to the pool or something. Is it for a before and after photo or something? I don't get the point.

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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    It's so everyone's more comfy after the ceremony! We will probably do photoshoots before and after.

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    Dedicated July 2017
    ti ·
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    Whilst I am not opposed to going make-up-less myself I think this would only work if you're having a very small group who you know would be up for it. It seems like maybe this would be something better to do with your bridesmaids or at your bridal shower or whatever.

    As others have mentioned, a lot of effort will have gone into people's guest hair and make up looks and many would likely be disappointed to be instructed to remove them.

    There are also people who feel extremely uncomfortable without make up or who may have to take extra steps to protect their skin during make up removal (remember, some people also have product allergies) meaning they would need to pack their skin care regime ready for the take off.

    I understand that your intent is kind and pure, but I think this is an activity that would be best held with a few chosen people who you know are happy, secure and comfortable with it.

    You don't want to give your guests anxiety over attending your wedding after all!

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  • B
    VIP July 2017
    Becky ·
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    This would be a hard pass for me. I would have to bring my stuff to take off my makeup, and I do NOT like having my picture taken without makeup on. (It does occasionally happen, but I'm never happy with the photos.)

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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    Guests will be given supplies to remove their makeup! Smiley smile

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    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    Do you think this could possibly cause anxiety?

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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    This would be a no for me. Though I don't wear much makeup in my daily life, I love getting done up for weddings. If I was going to take makeup off during a wedding, I'd have to bring all my own supplies because I'm allergic to a lot of makeup removers.
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  • Janet
    Expert October 2018
    Janet ·
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    Genuine question. You've posted this on AITA and the wedding planning subreddit and nearly everyone has expressed why this would be a bad idea, why it would be off putting, a little sexist, alot of people feel the most confident selves in make-up, and for some this can be a humiliating experience or asking them to be super vulnerable when they are not comfortable and around strangers. Are you actually looking for advice of trying to convince everyone else it's a good idea?

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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    You could show up barefaced too, so no makeup removal Smiley smile

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  • M
    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    Super vulnerable? This isn't a strip naked wedding lol.

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  • Janet
    Expert October 2018
    Janet ·
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    People have skin conditions and are not comfortable going bare faced. Severe acne, and acne scaring, psoriasis, birth marks, etc. Make-up is personal and I'm happy you are super confident in no make-up, but others may not be

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    Beginner December 2022
    MaddieCaddy ·
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    Nobody is being forced at all! Guests can keep all their makeup on or only remove part of it if that makes them feel more secure.

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    When I go to a wedding, I take extra time to do my hair and makeup. It's an evening out, so I want to look my best. I would not want to take my makeup off for a photo for the couple. I have a few skin issues that bother me, so I take time to cover those. I don't want anyone to see those. I would not want to remove my makeup at wedding. This seems like it would be very uncomfortable for people.

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  • Mcskipper
    Rockstar July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    I would not participate in this, and would be kind of disgusted if everyone just started grooming themselves at their tables, or annoyed if everyone disappeared at once to crowd the bathroom. I don’t care at all about make up, so it’s not like I’m concerned with getting vulnerable. But If we’re talking comfort specifically, I’m definitely more comfortable leaving my face alone than feeling like I’m being asked to take off make up. Also even though I’m not a big make up wearer, on behalf of those who are, I feel resentment toward the idea that we can’t be our natural selves if we’re made up.
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