around 4-6 months before the wedding, most brides start considering who they would like to do their hair and makeup for the day. this person is important not only in making sure you look your best, but very crucial in the timing of the wedding day. since hair & makeup is the first thing to kick your day off, an artist who moves at a slow pace or is not understanding of the flow for the wedding day can throw the rest of your timing off…making you late for photos, and sometimes late to your own wedding. definitely something you don’t want!!
while a couple of our brides have a regular hair stylist they want to do their hair for the wedding, i prefer hiring someone who actually does weddings on a regular basis. a wedding day is very fast paced and much different than going in the salon…so they are familiar with getting brides & bridesmaids done in a quick amount of time, and are sensitive to the timing for the rest of the day. i have seen regular stylists show up hours late, not bring additional stylists for the bridal party, and spend valuable time trying to make each strand of hair “perfect” not caring if bride should have been dressed and taking photos already. just as with anything, this is not always the case, as some are amazing…but i have seen enough to caution our brides on it. if your regular stylist is a must, which is understandable (with my crazy hair, i needed to for my wedding!), adding on a bit more time for them and hiring someone separate for your bridal party is recommended so they have time to focus solely on you.
a question that sometimes pops up, is the necessity of doing a hair/makeup trial with the stylist for your wedding. sometimes distance or time restraints prevent brides from doing this, but if at all possible i recommend trying to make it happen. it’s nice to be able to get together with the hair/makeup artist before the wedding to talk about and play around with different ideas for your look. not only is it a chance to get dolled up (i recommend doing a nice date night afterwards), but the trial allows you to get a chance to experience their work and figure out your wedding day look ahead of time.
i am very, very picky on the hair and makeup teams that i refer to my brides…as i have seen so many that were late, unprofessional, and/or my bride wasn’t happy with the services. some of my absolute favorites are (in no particular order)…
all made up team
(credits: dramatic makeup-pinterest; rosy natural bride-elizabeth messina; red lip brides-grey likes weddings; long waves-oncewed; short hair-style me pretty; natural bride-wedding chicks; curly bride-sandals weddings; blond waves-wedding chicks)