Hello. I have not made any official announcements, but I’d like for you to know that I recently made the decision to take a sabbatical from weddings in 2019, so I won’t be taking any wedding bookings at this time. I’m in the process of restructuring my business, focusing on some new projects, and my husband and I also hope to successfully start children within the year. Please feel free to email me later on as we get a little closer to your date if you would like to check in, but I understand that you may want to book someone right away. In either case, you may find some of the following information helpful when looking for a hair and makeup artist for your big day.
1. What should I include in an email when first inquiring with a hair and makeup artist?
At minimum, you should include:
Below is a sample inquiry template, which can be easily copy and pasted into the body of your email:
My name is __________ and I would like to know if you're available on (insert date here). I will be getting married that day in (insert LOCATION here) and I would love it if you would do my hair and makeup. Below is the list of services I will be needing:
Bride Hair and Makeup
Additional Hair (please indicate the number)
Additional Makeup (please indicate the number)
If you're available for my wedding, can you please send me pricing information at your earliest convenience? I look forward to hearing from you soon!
(Your first and last name, and phone number)
Short and sweet. Feel free to add your personality when you're emailing, and include any additional information you think is important!
2. What is a trial run?
Simply put, a trial run (or bridal preview) is an appointment prior to your wedding day to try out the hair and makeup looks you've been pinning on Pinterest since before you ever even got engaged! It's also an opportunity for you to meet your styilst/artist, for you to get to know one another, for you to see how your hair and makeup will look on your wedding day, and give the stylist/artist a chance to explore your hair and face. The trial run is separate from your wedding day in that it is treated as a regular hair and makeup appointment, so typically the trial run fee is paid at the conclusion of the appointment (although this is not always the case). These appointments usually last anywhere from 2-3 hours, but that depends on you! If you know exactly what you want or the style you're going for is simple, then your appointment will be 2 hours or less. However, if you're not sure what you want for hair and makeup, or your requests are a bit more complex, you can expect to be with your stylist/artist for a tad longer.
3. Should I wear a veil?
This is a personal preference and is completely up to you. If you do choose to wear a veil, I suggest you buy one with a metal comb instead of a plastic comb. Metal combs are typically more flexible and easier to slide into your hairstyle, especially if you're wearing an updo! The teeth of plastic combs are made to be extremely close together and stiff, which makes sliding the comb into a teased area, or even passing through a bobby pin or two, very difficult. But! If you already have chosen a veil and it happens to have a plastic comb, do not fret.
4. Do you recommend having the stylist/artist stay for the entire day?
From my experience, when the bride hires their stylist/artist to stay for touchups until the start of the reception there is an extra sense of peace throughout the day. The wonderful thing about having your stylist/artist stay for touch-ups or hair/makeup changes, is that your photographer and your bridal party gets to just do their job. During photos your stylist/artist will be there to fix stray hairs, make sure your makeup is in place, and essentially act as a personal assistant for you so your photographer isn't wasting time in-between snapping photos to adjust anything. Your stylist/artist should also make sure you are aisle ready for your ceremony, and lookin' great right before you enter your reception. This option is especially great during hot summer months!
5. What kind of inspirational photos should I be looking for?
Thanks to social media, you have so many wonderful resources to find the perfect wedding day look. But! It is easy to feel overwhelmed. The best advice I can give you is to make sure you are looking at photos of women who's hair resembles your hair color, texture, density, and length. For example, if you have dark colored hair, DO NOT (I repeat... do not!) look at photos of blondes. Blonde hair shows so much more detail and it is easy to be attracted to a certain hairstyle because of that, which gives you an unrealistic expectation of the final result no matter how talented your hairstylist is. Also, if your hair is on the thinner side of the spectrum and you do not plan to purchase hair extensions, please do not show your stylist photos of gigantic braids. The same can be said for makeup. If you have brown eyes, make sure you are looking at photos of women who also have brown eyes (not blue or green), who also are in the same age range as you, and who have the same coloring as you. Although as artists we are able to work some magic, at the end of the day we want to make sure you have a realistic expectation and leave happy with your results.