So….. I don’t get this question as often as I maybe should. It is probably because I provide the answer before the question is even posed. After every booking I provide my brides with a complete write up of how to prepare for their trial as well as their wedding day. Preparation for both days is pretty much the same with some slight variations. I recently started using this software that creates a workflow using templates and automated responses and I was originally going to create a template to automatically send after every booking and decided that I am just going to write a blog about it so that any bride (mine or not) can read it. Of course some of the things suggested here you might want to check with your specific artist about, but at least it will give you a general idea of what to expect and how to prepare for both your trial and your wedding day.
Before your trial day even arrives, preparation begins. I always encourage my brides to begin a good skin care routine to make sure their face has the perfect canvas for makeup application.Eyebrows should be groomed as well. Your hair should also be free from split ends. I recommend making an appointment with your regular stylist to freshen up your ends and your color, if your hair is colored. Hair curls much better and looks less frizzy if your ends are neat. On the day of your trial you want to make sure you are aware of the cost of the trial as well as the forms of payment your artist accepts. It is also a good idea to know how much time your trial should take. For me, trials usually last two hours but I allow 3 hours, to make time for any necessary adjustments and to go over the online consultation questionnaire I send my brides prior to their trial. I actually like to begin every trial with going over the consultation questionnaire, and pictures my bride has uploaded to the questionnaire. I always encourage my brides when choosing hair and makeup inspiration photos, to choose photos that most resemble their hair texture, hair color (believe it or not that makes a difference in the final look of the hair), the length of the hair, the face shape, skin color and etcetera. as I am conducting this in person consultation, I am also feeling the hair and analyzing it to determine what it is capable of. Based off of my analysis I will determine if the style chosen will work best with their hair and if it doesn’t I will offer suggestions that are similar in style to what they want, but compliment their hair better. The same goes for makeup.
Your trial is designed to be a test run of how the day of will go. With that being said, at the end of your trial, your hair and makeup should look pretty much like what it is going to look like on the day of. In order to achieve that, you will need to bring in any and all hair accessories you plan to wear. If you are going to wear extensions they should also be present and used in your trial style the same way they would be on the day of. If at the end of the trial you are unhappy with something, you should definitely speak up. Most problems can be fixed but if we don’t know what the problem is , we can’t fix it. One pet peeve of a lot of makeup artists is when the bride doesn’t like something and doesn’t say anything and then comes back later with a list of things that was wrong, and usually they don’t end up booking. It is very imperative that you make us aware ahead of time. Now of course we welcome feedback ( I do at least). I want to know how the makeup wore throughout the day, and if your curls lasted and so forth and so on. It lets me know what adjustments I need to make. It is my first time working with them and so I am not familiar with their hair and their skin. I am choosing products based off of an educated guess that I made during my analysis. Most of the time I am spot on, but sometimes I may underestimate someone’s oily-ness or how their hair will react under certain weather conditions. If I get feedback I can correct for the day of. The last thing that you should do to prepare for your trial is plan a place to go after getting all dolled up. No need in letting that beautiful hair and makeup go to waist.
Wedding day preparation is pretty much the same as trial preparation. By this point you should have developed a good skin care routine, maybe even seen an esthetician (no later than 4 weeks prior). Your hair should be freshly colored, clean and COMPLETELY dry. If a bride has hair that is prone to frizz or hair that is thick and/or coarse, I would prefer hair to be a day or two old and flat ironed smooth the night before. Curls will look a lot smoother and shinier that way. When I, or anyone from my team arrive to weddings, we like to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for set up time. Brides, if you are reading this, please have a few things ready for us to make setting up a lot easier, faster and more efficient. For makeup we prefer to use high chair. For hair, the chairs can be lower but the backs can not be too high. We work best in areas with ample natural light and we need a decent amount of space to set up our equipment. We also need an area that has ample outlets to plug our tools. Of course we can make any space work, however, the easier things are for us, the better the experience you will have. In addition to having those things ready for us, please make sure everyone is on time for their allotted appointment, ideally 15 minutes early, in case we get finish with the previous appointment a little early.
Sometimes getting ready on the day of can be a long ordeal. It is very important that you stay hydrated and make sure you eat, especially if you are drinking. As a courtesy, you should also offer your artists something to eat as well. Often we work, work, work and don’t stop and eat. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten hunger headaches while working a wedding. For my brides who offer me food, I am always so appreciative and I always try and do a little something extra to show my appreciation. At the end of everyone’s makeup, I do a run through of touch-ups. On the timeline that I send out, there is a time set aside for touch-ups. Please make sure everyone is there at that time . It gets a little hectic trying to track down those who need touch-ups. The same goes for payment. My final payments are paid in advance, however, if you or someone from your bridal party received a service that was different than what was on the contract, you will be responsible for making sure the difference is paid. The same goes if a person was added on the last minute. Another courteous thing that you can do to show appreciation for your artist(s) is to tip. Although any tip amount is greatly appreciated, the standard tip rate is between 15-20% of the total services. Lastly, and possibly one of the most important things you should remember on your wedding day, is that no matter what you are marrying the love of your life so don’t sweat the small stuff. Relax, enjoy getting pampered and focus on the bigger picture.