Okay. So I have the majority of my major vendors booked, so I'm starting to look and hair and makeup artists. I feel like I've seen a lot of people on other posts recommend to book relatively far out (about a year) due to them booking up quickly. But I kinda feel weird booking before doing a trial with someone. I also see people on ww taking advantage of their trial for the day of their bridal shower, or an alterations appointment, which seems like an great idea, but that is cutting it super close on if I'd be able to book them. How did you go about this? Multiple trials? Trusting reviews and booking before a trial? Or having a trial then booking and not talking to them for months? Or any other options lol
I have never thought of it like this.... I have already booked my hair & makeup artist (back in May actually) and we are not doing a trial until January.. I guess this is one of this issues that some brides run into when they have to schedule multiple trials. The person I booked actual did my makeup for a friends wedding that I was in and I loved it.
Honestly, you could schedule the a trial whenever you want. I would assume that the artist would be willing to work with you and understand where you are coming from seeing as they deal with many brides!
I did two trials prior to booking. One cost $100 for hair & makeup, I traveled to her salon. I wasn't a fan of either, so I kept looking. The second was $80 for both and she came to my house. I LOVED both and booked her on the spot! I'm so happy I did another and didn't go with the first one. I plan on doing another trial closer to the wedding, after I've found my dress & veil & accessories. So the whole process cost me extra, but it was far in advance and worth it to me. I booked the two women off their reviews, pictures, and cost. I booked my HAMU 13 months out.
I didn't find any that didn't do trials. Lots didn't do free trials (obviously) if they weren't booked, but they just treated trials like a regular hair & makeup appointment for one person. I'm in Denver and contacted around 20 women who all did trials far in advance.
My mua doesn’t book appointments more than 6mos in advance for weddings. She comes highly recommended & I also stalked her work. I used her for my engagement pics as a “pre-trial run”, so when it comes to book her for my wedding I can focus on the actual wedding look. My coordinator also made a recommendation who I had as a backup. When choosing, I wanted to focus on that person’s style of makeup..hadn’t I liked her my process would’ve been the same probably..to just book someone when I needed them & go from there lol
I booked my HMUA without first having a trial. Things book fast around me, especially for reasonably priced hair and makeup for weddings, so I didn’t want to wait to book. My HMUA also advised me to schedule my trial no more than 2 months before the wedding because my skin and hair will be closest to what it will be on my wedding day. I could’ve scheduled an earlier trial to test her out, but that would’ve been an extra $200 that I just didn’t have and then would’ve still needed/wanted to have a trial closer to the wedding probably. The girl I hired is reputable and I’ve seen plenty of photos of her wedding work so I’m not worried I made the wrong decision by booking without a trial first.
I found one that does HMU trials, day of, and mani pedi for $320 and they were on the preferred vendor list, i’m Just not sure how soon to book them because I don’t have the funds to book it just yet unless you don’t do a deposit?
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