When it comes to planning your wedding there is SO many details to consider!!! Everyone is different when it comes to what's most important to you, and what is not because it is so overwhelming! AND there are so many options!!! Trust me I have been there!
I'd like to give you 10 tips that I hope will help you plan a lovely morning of prep time with your girls!!!
Here it goes...
Tip 1: Do not wait until last minute to book hair and makeup! You will not get the person you would like, and there is little time to book a trial before the day of. Most professional artists book out way in advance. There are dates that even the pros are free, and can make it happen, but then everything will be on crunch time. This is never fun a week or two before your wedding. I see this happen all too often!
My advice is to book hair and makeup when you book your photographer! Most photographers can even recommend you someone! Think about it...your photos may be out of this world amazing, but if you don't like your hair and makeup..then what?
Tip 2: Do your research! Make sure your artist has experience. You get what you pay for! This is a very important part of your day because if the artist is not experienced in weddings then you can run off time, feel rushed, etc. If they say they can do 10 girls by themselves in 3 hours then a red flag should go up! The artist should be accommodating to your needs and wants of the day, but also realistic in what they are capable of making happen for you. This way there are no misconceptions that day, and the quality of work you are expecting is delivered. If they are experienced and you trust them, then work out a timeline and plan for the day that you are both comfortable with.
Tip 3: ALWAYs do a trial! ALWAYS! I personally will not do a wedding without a trial. Not because I think that the bride won't be happy with my work, but because as a bride I know you don't always know what you want that day. I know I didn't! What you think you want, may not look like you expect! It just puts your mind at ease (and mine) that you will love your makeup that day. (this goes for your hair as well) Even if you have been going to that stylist or makeup artist forever..doesn't matter! No excuses! You do not need to stress or worry about anything that day! This gives you options...do you want lashes? Airbrush? bold lip? Natural? Smokey? Also everyone's perspective is different. What is natural to you, may not be to someone else, etc. It also gives your artist time to get to know you which this helps to get a true sense of what you like and don't like. If an artist says they will do it without a trial..red flag!
Also another tip within a tip...at your trial...BE HONEST! If you like something or don't like something because that is what a trial is for! There may be errors before getting that look you are going for. It doesn't necessarily mean your artist isn't capable of achieving it, but you have to give them that chance by letting them know what it is you'd like so they can make the adjustments.
If you are a al natural kinda gal or super laid back and easy going....I stress this point to you even more! Makeup is not something you are used to so even a little can feel like a lot. You should definitely do a trial and see what you are comfortable with prior to that day. Also remember that you should look like yourself, but will need a little more for photos. Something else to keep in mind is that your trial you don't have your hair done, dress, veil, and accessories on, so the makeup will always look a little bit more bold. Your artist is accounting for those things for you.
Tip 5: This is one that I really stress! Please leave yourself room to enjoy your morning!!! I CANNOT tell you how fast this goes! You start at 9am and you blink and you are walking down the aisle. I hear it time and time again from every bride. "WOW it's time to go already?!" I always recommend buffering in time where you can because I have never seen someone not use it! Things happen! People run late, get stuck in traffic, forget something, etc etc. It's not the end of the world and it always works out!! But if you don't give yourself that time it becomes more stressful than necessary! Wouldn't you rather be done a little earlier and be able to kick back with a mimosa in hand and take in the day??
Tip 6: Will my makeup stay on all day? Yes it will, with maybe the occasional lip touch up of course. I speak for myself on this..if I have 45 minutes to apply makeup then I am using primer, setting powders, and the best makeup I can to ensure the longevity of your makeup. Most of my brides send me photos of their makeup the next morning at their brunch and it's still on lashes and all ;)
Tip 7: Ask as many questions as you'd like before the day of! Over communicate! I am all for this with my brides because it ensures we are both on the same page, and she will not be worried about anything when it comes to hair and makeup! We both can rest easy and just enjoy the day! So if you have a question or 20, don't be afraid to ask.
Tip 8: This is a personal one for me...some artists may ask different of you. But I like my brides to come to the trial wearing the makeup that they wear everyday, so that I have a better gage of what it is when you say natural, or smokey, etc. If an artist wants you to have a clean face, that's cool too, but just have a photo of your everyday look, your going out look, and some photos of what you would like for the day of your wedding. Giving the stylist/arist a clear vision helps immensely.
Tip 9: A very important one! Start a skin care and facial regimen when you get engaged or at least one year out from your wedding. Don't wait till the week before and expect your esthetician or skin care products to wave a magic wand. I always say...flawless makeup starts with flawless skin! It's also important that the products you are using and facials you are receiving are consistent so that you know that you will not have any adverse reactions or breakouts prior to your big day. Don't change anything at least two weeks prior.
Tip 10: ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY!!!! Now that I have experienced it; I am glad I over planned and over communicated prior to that day because I didn't worry about a thing. I also loved and trusted all of my vendors which really set me at ease. I do believe that regardless of what happens or doesn't that day; you are on some different planet and not much will bother you anyway ;) I wish all the future brides out there a beautiful day, much love and happiness together! xo