My best friend and I are planning our weddings at the same time which has honestly been the best. We’re not only able to bounce ideas off one another but find ourselves guiding each-other through this super daunting process together… a bit of the blind leading the blind.
This week she texted me because she’s about to start on her hair and makeup search and had no idea where to begin – should she do a trial before booking? Should she get quotes and then narrow down the final vendor before looping in her bridal party?
While I’m sure everyone approaches this differently, I found a process that seemed to work for me and I am SUPER happy with not only my stylist but also my trial experience. If you’re about to begin the search yourself, consider the following steps:
- Begin with online (or referral) research. To guide my search, I developed criteria that was important to me: onsite availability, airbrush makeup, ability to schedule more than one trial (if needed), etc. and narrowed down my options from there.
- Schedule a consultation. Use this time to chat through your needs for the day and request a quote. In addition to standard prices for hair and makeup, it was important for me to have a detailed breakout of all of the costs. Are false eyelashes additional or included? Are there travel fees? What are the costs associated with the trial appointment? Is touchup included?
- Before you book, stalk on social. This was a personal preference but I would highly recommend looking up the salon on Facebook and Instagram to see previous real wedding hair and makeup styles. Bonus points for if you know the name of the stylist for your day of, a lot of stylists have their own personal “portfolio” pages on social.
- Based on the cost proposal, share vendor information with your bridal party. Whether you’re requiring hair and makeup or leaving it up to personal preference, I would highly recommend sharing cost information before you book. If you’re not planning to cover the costs for your bridesmaids, you should give them the choice to opt-in to whatever they feel comfortable with and can afford.
- Book your stylist. And schedule your trial. Now comes the fun part – be sure to save photos of both hair and makeup to share your vision. Arrive fresh-faced (no makeup) and with clean, dry hair. Check out more tips for your trial from my previous post about my experience.
- Gather your feedback and confirm final details. Be sure to share any feedback from your trial like how the style held up throughout the day, any tweaks you want to make, etc. Don’t be shy – it’s your big day! Even feel free to schedule a follow-up appointment if you don’t feel like the first round nailed the look. Otherwise, lock on final details with your stylist for the day-of (time of arrival, final list of services, etc.) and exchange contact info if you haven’t already.
And there you have it, check an item off the ol’ to do list and have a glass of champagne to celebrate. Wedding planning can be super stressful but use your trial as an opportunity to spend the day getting your hair and makeup done and taking a break from the chaos.