Benefits of Having a Hair & Makeup Trial Before Your Wedding

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Benefits of Having a Hair & Makeup Trial Before Your Wedding

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Many brides ask, “Do I need a hair & makeup trial before my wedding?”

In the following blog I answer this and all your trial questions.

Do I need a trial?

We highly recommend a trial. As trial is an opportunity to meet your artists and see all your inspiration come to life to make sure it suits you. Just because you love a romantic up-do style on someone else or a bronzer smoky eye on instagram doesn’t mean you will love it on yourself. Sometimes you only need little adjustments to love your look and that is why a trial is a great opportunity to try on your hair and makeup look and see if you want to change anything to make it perfect for you. It also gives us the opportunity to test out the right products for you and make changes if needed.

If you are having your hair out then you need a trial so we can assess if your hair holds and if extensions are required to achieve your look and longevity. Most hair out styles require extensions both for longevity and volume.

Who doesn’t need a trial?

If you live inter state we can arrange a zoom consult instead for you. If you have had your chosen look done before and know it works for you then you don’t need a trial. Instead you will need to email us your hair and makeup inspiration before the wedding if you are not having a trial so that we can be prepared.

If you live overseas or don’t have time for a trial, Gemma is more than happy to have a zoom chat to discuss your look and ideas.

What happens at the trial?

  • We get to know you.
  • We give you a thorough consult and go through your inspiration images so we can create your dream look, unique to you and your style.
  • We take photos of the finished look so that we can replicate it for the wedding and for you to look over later.
  • We see how well everything lasts and if we need to make any small adjustments for the day.

How much is a trial?

2023 pricing:

Hair and makeup trial: $360 (plus GST if with Gem, Jen, Gladis & Niki)

Hair only or makeup only: $190 (plus GST if with Gem, Jen, Gladis & Niki)

You can pay on the day, cash, osko or credit card (2.2% surcharge).

How long is a trial?

Please allow up to 3 hours for the hair and makeup trial together.

Who does the trial?

Your trial is with the same artists as your wedding day.

Unless there are unforeseen circumstances such as illness. This is one of the reasons we recommend you to have your trial within 6 weeks of the wedding and not one year in advance to decrease the likelihood of needing to change your artist incase something unexpected occurs such as pregnancy.

When should I have a trial?

We recommend around 4-6 weeks before the wedding.

This means it’s fresh in all our minds for the wedding day. Additionally, you will have all of your outfit finalised as we like you to bring along all of your accessories (veil and hair accessories).

Having the trial 4-6 weeks ahead of your wedding also gives you time for a hair cut if your hair style requires it.

We will email you 4 months before your wedding to organise a trial.

On what days can I book a trial?

Each artist has different availability but generally most of our team are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays for trials.

Fridays – Sundays we are busy with weddings and Mondays our artists have a day off so trials are not available Fridays-Mondays.

What time of day should I have a trial?

Trials need to be during day light hours. We offer two sessions per day generally at 9.30am or 1pm

This is literally so we can see properly and see how it photographs as your wedding photographer uses mainly natural light for the wedding. This also gives you the opportunity to wear your look for a while and see how it settles and wears.


Where is the trial?

This is dependent on your artist. You will travel to your artists home studio.

We will let you know the location when you book your trial. We have artists home studios in Beverly Hills, Darlinghurst, Croydon Park and Peakhurst.

How to prepare for a trial?

  • Research styles and preferences of hair and makeup to help us to be clear about your goals.
  • Your hair needs to be clean and dry.
  • Make sure you have your hair cut according to the style you like (for example, if you want face-framing layers).
  • Exfoliate and moisturise your skin.
  • If possible do not wear makeup to the trial.
  • If you get your brows or face waxed, please try to do this more than 5 days before if possible. Sometimes this can cause breakouts and makeup might not stick as well to freshly waxed skin.
  • If you are having a spray tan for your wedding, try to get one for your trial as well. This is not essential, but your skin tone does effect what tones we use and so to see the exact look we need the same skin tone for both.

What should I bring?

  • Your accessories (earrings, hair accessories and veil); this helps us make sure the whole look comes together.
  • Photos of your dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses and a mood board of your wedding style (if you have one).
  • Photos of hair and makeup inspiration (this can be what you do and don’t like).

Do I need to bring hair extensions?

Many of our up-dos don’t require extensions; most down-styles do.

We will analyse your hair and style at the trial to see whether you need them. If you would like glam waves then you will need extensions.

We can colour match you for extensions at the trial and give you our discount code for Zala hair extensions.

If you do have your own extensions you can bring these to the trial.

How do I book a trial?

We will email you 4 months before your wedding to organise a trial, so please reply as soon as possible to that email to book a trial as we do book out.