There is a decent chance that if you're reading this, you'll be walking down the aisle soon. You're probably beginning to realize that planning a wedding requires more preparation than any beast you've ever faced. Have you checked off booking a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day yet? No? Buckle up and read on - you're definitely going to need to know the following when solidifying a stylist (trust us on this one).
1. Book your appointments ASAP.
We’re not saying that you should be calling your stylist the second your beau gets up off one knee, but it should definitely be on your to do list as soon as you set a date. Even waiting until two weeks before your wedding is cutting it seriously close, as any half-decent stylist is likely going to be fully booked during bridal season.
2. Always do a trial run. Period.
Every bride has a specific idea of a desired look. What not everyone realizes is that what you have in mind might look completely different upon application. A trial run is vitally important, as it ensures you and your stylist are on the same page to get you EXACTLY what you want. A trial run also gives your stylist the opportunity to address any time concerns that may interfere with your wedding day schedule. It's worth it, trust us.
3. If you have any hair or skin concerns, tell your stylist ahead of time.
This is important, especially if you decide not to take our advice about the trial run. For instance, styling thick hair is going to take much longer than styling thin hair - if your stylist doesn't know that and doesn't book out enough time to account for that fact, you may be in trouble.
4. Bring photos of what you want to your appointments.
We'll say this again: whether you're aware of it or not, you have a specific preference of how you want to look on your wedding day. You will be much MUCH happier if you've narrowed down your ideas after a few hours on Pinterest.
5. Bring your veil and accessories to your trial run.
If you haven't had an opportunity to try on your veil, this is a great time to see how it's actually going to look on the day of. There have been many occasions when a bride-to-be takes one look in the mirror and decides against a previously chosen accessory - isn't that something you'd rather happen in advance? Yeah, we thought so.
6. Natural makeup is STILL a full face of makeup.
Maybe you're not someone who wears a ton of makeup, and hey, that's 100% okay. However, there's a serious difference between looking natural and not wearing makeup, and that difference WILL show up in your photos. If you prefer a more natural look, you will likely still have quite a bit of makeup on so that you look stunning both in your photos AND walking down the aisle.
7. Your stylist can likely travel on location to do your services.
For an additional fee, most stylists can travel on site to knock a bit of time off your already hectic schedule. It's your job to relax and enjoy your day, not fret about getting from one place to the next.
8. Plan on your appointments taking about two hours.
Assuming you've done a trial run, plan on your services taking up to one hour each. Most of the time, it will not take this long - however it's much better to have an extra few minutes than to be scrambling to finish at the last minute.
9. Ask your stylist how you can prep for your appointment.
Generally, your stylist will tell you to come to your appointment with freshly washed, dry hair and a clean, moisturized face. Sometimes if you're going for a particular look or have a head of thick curly hair, there will be specific instructions to make sure your appointment begins and ends on schedule. Don't be afraid to ask!
10. Pay for your services ahead of time (if you can).
Again, it's an incredibly special day - we recommend having the logistics sorted out ahead of time so you have less to worry about. Ask your stylist if this is an option for you.
11. Make sure your stylist has all the necessary information if they’re traveling on location.
If your stylist is meeting you on location early in the morning, you're going to want to make sure he or she has all the info they need to be where they need to be on time. If you're getting ready in a hotel room, make sure they have the address and the room number. If they will need to pay for parking, either make sure it's taken care of or let them know ahead of time. If there aren't any tables or chairs and they'll need to bring one...you get the idea.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.