Are you planning on getting your hair and make-up done professionally on your wedding day? Where do you begin? How do you find the right person for the job? Get five tips to help you find the perfect beauty squad.
I spoke with Tracy Ahern from Ahern Beauty about her passion, dedication and love for hair to get an insider's perspective. She and her beauty partner Jaclyn from Adelyn's Canvas make a dynamic duo. They've been transforming women into brides for almost a decade. Get the do's and don'ts of hiring your beauty team in today's post.
#1: Finding the team
Tracy and Jacklyn get most of their business from referrals. So, that's a good place to start. Talk to friends and family about their experiences with their wedding vendors. Wedding websites like The Knot, Wedding Wire and LI Weddings have loads of vendors to browse through. But there are also several other online sources such as Carats and Cakes that are showcasing vendors with amazing reviews. Don't forget to check out Instagram for #weddinghair and #weddingmakeup. You are likely to find an artist that catches your attention. Your wedding planner or wedding day coordinator can also supply you with several recommendations from trusted vendors who cannot only make you beautiful but also add to a stress free experience.
#2: Like them...trust them
It seems like a no brain-er, but really stop and think.. do you like them as people? Should that matter? Yes! You are going to start the day off, on one of the most important days of your life, with this group of people, so you should at least like them a little bit. During your trial, get to know them and see if there is a connection. Okay, so you probably aren't going to make a long lasting friendship here, but it needs to be a good working relationship. The most important reason for this is that you really need to trust this crew. That starts with knowing that you can get along. Here are some things to think about... Do they bring a good vibe into the room? Do they listen to you and your ideas? Are they honest with your expectations? Does it seem like they are going to be easy to work with? Are they going to bring calmness to a busy morning or add to the stress?
This is a priority for Tracy and Jaclyn's team. They make it a goal to be kind and friendly and calm. Tracy loves what she does and this is obvious within the first few moments of speaking with her. She is able to bring a light and airy freshness to the room. That's what a bride needs at her trial and on her wedding morning.
#3: Your face should be recognizable
Tracy and her partner Jaclyn want to make sure that their brides look and feel like a more glamorous version of themselves. That's important! You should look at yourself in the mirror after your trial and love what stares back at you in the mirror. You want your groom to take his first look at you and know it's you. On the other hand, the make-up and hair options are endless. Allow yourself to be creative and have fun but still be true to you.
I love the current trend Tracy and I discussed for wedding hair. She said that many brides will have multiple looks on their wedding day. You may feel more like yourself with your hair down around your face and want to have that style for your ceremony. But, come evening, brides are glamming it up and having their hair go into creative up-dos. Check out this gorgeous bride who did just that!
#4: The more the merrier
Although most brides know they are investing in a beauty team, they sometimes have bridesmaids who are hesitant. This is understandable. The bridesmaids are already paying for a dress (they will likely never wear again) and a gift to the couple, plus any other expenses that go into traveling to the wedding. Some don't want to spend an extra $300 on hair and make-up. Tracy observes that the pictures will tell the story. Professional hair and make-up will last the entire day and appear polished and finished. The bridesmaid who doesn't get it done will likely stand out and these pictures last forever. The good thing is that most professional make-up artists and hair stylists will give a larger group a price break. So, speak to them about group discounts and try to get the numbers up so that everyone can look their best. Additionally, many beauty teams offer packages that include touch-ups throughout the day. This assures that everyone looks amazing during photo shoots and before you all walk down the aisle.
#5: Realistic scheduling and good communication are a must
This is my favorite part, the timeline! A bride will often tell me her original morning plan during one of our meetings and I just look at her and smile (like the Cheshire cat smile). She has usually completely overlooked vital parts of the morning. Here's the thing...the morning of your wedding goes sloooooow and EVERYTHING TAKES FOREVER! You should schedule time to shower, take a minute to reflect and breathe, enjoy breakfast, get beautiful, and relish the process of getting into your wedding gown. It all takes much longer than you think, especially if you are getting ready with family and friends in the room. Let's not forget cinematographers and photographers in the room capturing the moments for your memories.
Tracy recommends that a good beauty team will review your timeline with you to be sure that you've scheduled it all in correctly. But, obviously, that's where someone like me comes in too. Your Day of Coordinator will schedule your morning with you, and also schedule your bridesmaids. When I do this with my brides, I want to know who (family and bridal party) is contracted to have their hair and make-up done and how long each appointment will take. (This often changes from the time you originally booked your beauty team.) I am sure to communicate well with you and your vendors to be sure we are meeting contractual agreements and taking care of everyone. Usually, a bridesmaid and mom-of-the-bride appointment will be 30 minutes long and a bride will be 45-60 minutes. But it all depends on what specific service is being done. For example, most stylists want the ladies to have dry hair so that blow drying doesn't take up the time of styling. Good communication is vital and a timeline is essential.
One more thing...Have a good talk with your bridesmaids
This isn't a tip for finding the beauty team, but something that I think is really important. Have a sit down with your bridesmaids (maybe treat them to a nice brunch with lots of love and laughs) and let them know how you want the wedding morning to go and what your expectations are of them. Your bridal party is standing by your side because these women are the most important women in your life. They felt honored to be asked and now they get to live up their end of the bargin. (I know, so dramatic!) Here's why I'm bringing this up. It is not easy to ask a half a dozen women to be ready and on time for a pre-wedding photo shoot or a ceremony. They often have to wake up really, really early. Make-up and hair schedules often start at 7 am. The more ladies in the schedule, the earlier the day begins. So...talk to your girls. Acknowledge them and then ask them to cooperate. Tracy and I both have heard very whiny bridesmaids proclaim, "I don't want to go first!" (in the schedule.) Please, prepare your bridesmaids in advance, so that on your wedding day they are willing to make it all about you.
Are you getting married? How have your trials been going? Do you have more tips for hair and make-up? I would love to hear all about it.
If you need help looking for your beauty team, check out my "People we like" page. As always, I am ready and able to help you have your #HappyWedding.
Photo credit: All photos are taken from Adelyns Canvas and Ahern Beauty's Websites
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