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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bridal Hair and Makeup Explained

Bridal Hair and Makeup Explained

Welcome to The Bride Link, your home for expert wedding planning advice! The wedding hair and makeup challenges every couple faces can be a tricky road to navigate. Wedding beauty services aren't cheap, so having all you T's crossed and I's dotted before you book anyone and pay a deposit should be your priority. Bridal hair and makeup should be done by a professional or at minimum someone who's had experience with wedding parties. If makeup and hair for your wedding are high on your must-have list, then be sure to allocate enough for pro services in your budget. Trust us when we say, beauty services for weddings need to be done quickly and expertly, especially if you want that complete wedding experience. Use our easy to follow tips below and check out our FREE Clean-Up Fact Sheet! As the bride, the last thing you should worry about is where you left your phone, who packed your purse, and where all your other things are going.


1. Talk with your bridesmaids and wedding party about who is specifically going to pay for what services. 

The typical rule is if you make it mandatory for hair makeup to be professionally done, you're going to have to pay for it yourself. However, if you decide to make it optional where your bridesmaids could opt into having hair or makeup done, they would be expected to pay for it. Making sure that your bridesmaids understand this, not only before your wedding day but also before you even hire your beauty pros, can save a lot of money, especially if somebody backs out.

Usually, there's a contract and there's not necessarily going to be any refunds or an expectation of paying less on the day of the wedding. If one of your bridesmaids decides that they're not going to get their hair and makeup done, you're still gonna have to fit the bill. Be sure to have an honest conversation with your bridesmaids beforehand about how much it's going to cost. More importantly, who's going to pay for it. And if you can, go ahead and collect all of the money upfront, that way payment is smooth and easy on your wedding day. 


2. Let your bridesmaids know there's going to be an early start. 

Even if you have a ceremony at five or six in the evening, you're going to have photography beforehand. If there's a large wedding party or maybe only one or two stylists on your duty team, it can be an early morning start even for a 6:00 PM ceremony. Make sure that they understand that there's a pecking order, the importance of on-time arrival for their hair and makeup. Your wedding timeline is paramount, you have a limited to get everyone prepped and ready to go.


3. Does the bridal suite have plenty of outlets?

Wherever you're getting ready, your hair and makeup artist is going to need to plug in things, a lot of things. Your wedding party is also going to need access to outlets for common things like charging their phones or playing music through a speaker. Countertop space can also be key! Hotel rooms are not always a great place to get ready because it doesn't allow for a lot of mirror space, good lighting, and seating.

One of the worst things that can happen is hair and makeup runs behind, then photography runs behind and then the ceremony starts late. It's happened before because there wasn't enough time allocated at the beginning of the day. Always pad your time in case anything runs over!


4. Being ready when it's their turn for hair and makeup to start. 

So this would include things like having dry hair. It's really hard to curl hair if it's still slightly damp. Having a clean face with no makeup on it already and not eating while you're getting ready will help you save precious time. If you're in the middle of eating a bagel, it's really hard to apply your makeup. Also, you need to make sure that your beauty pros have time to prep their work! Things, like laying on all of their tools and heating their curling irons, will take time.


5. Get dressed after you've been pampered.

Keep your beautiful sparkly dress, especially your white wedding gown, out of the way of all the hair and makeup! You don't want to get any makeup on it, or hair spray, or creases from sitting throughout the day. So go ahead and get cute little robes or button-down shirts so that way everybody can get their hair and makeup done and get dressed in their fancy attire right before photography.

Decide beforehand when the bride is getting her hair and makeup done. It's common for everyone to try and put the bride lasts. They want their makeup to be “fresh”, so going last makes total sense right? If you're hiring a true beauty professional, you would expect your makeup to look great all day long! That should be your expectation and that's what you're paying for. 

Plus, if you're going to go last and you've run behind, now you're just plain old late. There's nothing you can do about it! Making sure that you have plenty of time to be ready before photography is key, so stick to your timeline sister! If you have to bump a bridesmaid to the end so you can get your hair and makeup done, do it. Create your pecking order of when people are doing hair and makeup and make sure there's enough time, especially for the bride to be ready regardless of who's up next.


6. Trial runs are key if beauty and hair are a top priority.

A hair and makeup artist is going to want to make sure that the day of your wedding, you're 110% happy with the way your hair and makeup looks. There's not always going to be time during the wedding day for a complete redo! I'm sure they'll tweak things as needed, but to start over can be a really big time crunch throughout the day and a big reason why timelines get thrown out the window. Please don't do that!

Having a trial run can make sure that you talk through everything about your beauty the day of. Your hair and makeup artists can become familiar with things beforehand and know what you want. Things like how your hair feels, how long it is, is it coarse? Does it curl easily? How does it hold hairspray? They can have a lot more of a laid back conversation with you instead of a stressful wedding day when you might already be under a time crunch. If you have time for a trial run, go ahead and do it. You'll be happy that you did. Just remember, it can be an added expense in both labor and materials. Your wedding images will last a lifetime, the cost of a trial run is trivial compared to everything else you've invested.


7. Finally, remember to tip your beauty pros. 

There are a few different categories where tips are expected because it's an industry norm. Hair and makeup would be one of those. So when you're quoted for certain services, ask upfront if gratuities included. You should expect no matter what, to go ahead and pay gratuity.

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