Dear Brides ,
Let me start by saying congrats on your engagement! Now let the planning begin! Sounds fun doesn't it?
Unfortunately , it's not for a lot of Brides. shopping , budgeting, bookings all can be a bit overwhelming ...so don't be surprised if it isn't all what it's cracked up to be. However, today it's a lot easier for Brides to browse reviews and connect on bridal sites such as Weddingwire, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, etc..
Photo by Tyler Boye
One thing all Brides should think about is their Hair & Make -Up budget. Think about it, many Brides put their entire budget into the Venue , Dress & Photography ...Hair & Make Up is one of the last things on the list! The truth is without a good hair & make-up team the pictures won't turn out the way you want , the dress isn't even a focal point, the awful hair & make-up is.
You could have a dress that is incredibly simple and really have your hair & make-up perfected and look AMAZING!!! So please, don't underestimate the importance of a good hair & make-up artist before you plan your budget.
I have been doing weddings on-location for 7 years, I have learned a lot from every Bride who I ever worked with. What they need to achieve the look , how to prep the hair and what to consider for different weather conditions to ensure you look flawless all day.
As a hair & make-up artist , we pack our kits in advance, shop for the right products especially you, the Bride. There has been many times a Bride has a gluten or latex allergy, we spend time and money building a kit so we can offer professional make-up and hair applications despite all of this. This is something we do before the wedding, which requires time, money and preparation.
In addition, we are the first to arrive on your wedding day. Despite rain, hurricanes, snow storms we are there...sometimes even paying for a hotel out of pocket to ensure that there will be no issues commuting to you on your wedding day.
We are kind of a huge part of your wedding day. Brides even document this in their photo's getting ready pictures, robes, etc.. The way you start your morning sets the tone for the entire day. So your Hair & make-up Artist have a huge way of influencing your day...
So think about cost per hour of your hair & make-up being the main accessory to your dress. Brides will spend $500.00 + on a veil they wear for 20 mins or a head piece that is an accent to the hairstyle. So why not think about the hair & make-up the same way ?
Last and final thing to consider, we have to create a style that lasts from morning til night, make up that doesn't budge , a look that you will be 100 % pleased with ...
Not to mention in photos that will last a life time.