Updated: Mar 30
When you've narrowed down your choice of wedding hair and makeup professionals, you can begin inquiring about their services. Some brides may find this process disheartening and overwhelming if they are unprepared. To prevent the stress of back-and-forth communication with several vendors, here are five questions you should have addressed before contacting potential bridal artists.
What is the location where services will be rendered?
Determining where you and your wedding party will be getting ready is an important detail. Are you getting ready in a hotel? In an AirBnB? In your childhood home ? If your vendor is too far away from the location you choose, they may be unable to travel to your location. If you have to travel to them, it may not be feasible and may add stress to your wedding day or disrupt your day's itinerary. Having a location in mind before contacting bridal artists might help you weed out those who are unable to accommodate the travel.
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Estimated number of hair and makeup services needed?
When you initially contact potential vendors, the more information you provide, the better. This includes how many hair and makeup services they should expect to provide. This data should be given in your first inquiry for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is that your vendor wants to know if they will have enough artists and resources to perform quality services on your wedding day. Regardless of how large or small your wedding party is, there are behind the scenes logistical planning that your bridal beauty artist is doing. Providing as accurate of a number as you can during your initial inquiry can save you both lots of headaches!
What kind of style are you looking for?
What do you prefer: natural, or glam? What kind of appearance do you want for your wedding? The vendor(s) you contact will want to ensure that they can provide the look you are looking for. Some artists specialize in a single style, while others collaborate with other artists who specialize in different styles and techniques to broaden their services. Understanding exactly what you want from the start will establish a clear expectation for the bridal artist.
What time will beauty services need to be finished?
This information offers everyone a better idea of how the day will unfold. Everyone will fall behind schedule if hair and makeup are not informed of the timeline. Another thing to consider is that this may affect your price. That sounds crazy, but bear with me. Imagine you have a 10 a.m. ceremony and an 8-person bridal party for hair and makeup. Everyone, even the stylist, is getting up early. This may incur an early morning fee, so keep that in mind when scheduling your ceremony. This also serves as a reminder that if you choose to have an early ceremony, you will ALL need to wake up early and that it will be a LONG day!
What is your budget?
Let’s be honest, talking about a budget may be your least favorite part of wedding planning. But it’s also one of the most important topics of conversation. Talking about your budget doesn’t necessarily mean a yes or no answer to the question of whether you can afford a vendor. Most vendors are willing to find a solution that will work for both them and your budget.
Any other important information?
There may be other details you find important for your potential bridal beauty artist to know. For example, if you have a skin allergy, you should inform the vendor when you first inquire about their services. They will need to make sure they can accommodate your allergy. Another example would be if you or someone in your bridal party receiving hair and makeup services has a disability that the artists should be aware of. Any information that will help your bridal beauty artist give you the best quality service they can provide is important!
About Beauty and the Blush on location hair and makeup
Beauty and the Blush is a team of talented hair and makeup artists that specialize in luxury hair styling and flawless application for bridal, engagement, sweet 16, quinceñera, baby shower, and other events. We serve the areas of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. The majority of our services are on-location, which means we travel to you!
Our belief is that every woman should feel glamorous and beautiful, and our biggest priority in our work is to create a fresh, radiant appearance utilizing the "Less is More" approach. Enhancing each face by bringing out the natural beauty, while still making our clients look and feel like themselves. Photo by: Mike Zawadzki Photography