“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” Nicole Krauss
ROSIE says: “Hi all, it’s coming into wedding/formal season again and I’d like to have a little chat about bridal hair and makeup. As I am a senior hair stylist and makeup artist, what I am discussing is my personal thoughts and suggestions that can be a guideline for those not sure or haven’t a clue where to start!”.
Appointments. Congratulations! You are engaged! What next you may ask?
Now recently a beautiful best friend of mine asked me to be her bridesmaid and I gleefully accepted. She often asks for my opinion as I loved the process of organizing my wedding. I would suggest that after you get engaged when you start looking at booking venues etc, that you pick your hairdresser and makeup artist and book them at least a year in advance. I have had people ask me to pencil in 2 years in advance, which is not uncommon if your hairdresser is very popular. Book and pay your deposit.
Quotes. This subject I find difficult as often it is hard to give a quote when people don’t know what they want. Asking for a price is good to set ballpark figures for budget but if I give quotes when I don’t know what exact hair and makeup style you are after then the price can vary. So I suggest, make a scrap book up of styles that you like, even if it’s only a picture of how the hair is parted or a certain eye makeup is catching your fancy and get it together for when you arrange your quote.
Once you have picked who is in your wedding, you can give details what type of hair your hairdresser will deal with whether short/long, thick/fine, curly or straight and also what kind of makeup and coverage you are wanting whether it’s natural or a full coverage look.
This will give you a more accurate quote and will avoid any surprising extra expenses.
Travel. I often offer the option for travel as for most brides/formal hair and makeup people like to get ready at home or where they are staying. Sometimes it may not be ideal if you don’t have your wedding near the salon your stylist works from. It makes it a more relaxing environment. Often people choose this option and while it may be good I would suggest that if you have access to a large area to work from with powerpoints, a front mirror and good lighting it often is very helpful. Often I have travelled and had to work out of tiny bathrooms with not much room to move at all or dark rooms with no natural light for makeup.
Colour. If you are planning to have a major change to your hair colour. Think turning black hair to blonde for the wedding as an example (cringe!), start thinking of it very early! A lot of brides also choose to grow their hair for their wedding. The average rate or speed of hair growth is about 1.25 centimetres or 0.5 inches per month, or about 15 centimetres or 6 inches per year. So if you have a pixie cut and expect it to be at your booty in a year think again! Remember getting your perfect hair colour may take up to a year also. Have in mind what you plan to do and speak to your hairdresser about realistic options.
Enjoy planning your special event! At the end of the day it’s all about you and what you want is the most important thing! Do NOT do something just to please someone else, as you’ll regret it immensely. Bridesmaids in my opinion should be supportive and helpful in making the decision of what they get to wear or have their hair and makeup. Your bride chooses it because in her mind that’s her perfect setting and put yourself in her shoes. Don’t be a drama queen and give your girl what she wants. You only get married once (or twice, maybe three times for some!).
I am hoping reading this has been helpful for those looking into arranging their formal event. It makes my job easier and helps you get exactly what you want/need. Ensure you shop around and find the perfect person for you. Have trials and speak up if there is something that isn’t working for you, this will save any disappointment on the day making it stress free – or at least minimal! Head over to my personal Instagram page @rv_hairdressing and have a look at my work. If I have done your hair or makeup give me a shout out or tag me in your events or pictures – I love seeing my work shine!
Much love, Rosie XO