Benefits of Having a Hair & Makeup Trial Before Your Wedding

      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.

      Having a trial with us can help make your day run more smoothly.

      Do I need a trial?

      It depends! If you are not used to having your hair and makeup done or haven’t worn your chosen look before then yes, you should have a trial.

      If you have questions and would like our advice on hair and makeup then we recommend a trial.

      A trial is an opportunity to meet us 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 dramatic smoky eye doesn’t mean you will love it on yourself.

       

      Who doesn’t need a trial?

      If you are used to getting your hair and makeup done, and already know what look you are after then you don’t need a trial.

      Our artists are highly skilled and can create any look without needing a trial run.

      You will need to email us your hair and makeup inspiration before the wedding if you are not having a trial.

      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 each other!
      • 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 finalise if we need to make any adjustments for the big day.
      • We offer our expert advice for your bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

       

      How much is a trial?

      Hair and makeup trial: $320

      Hair only or makeup only: $160

      You can pay on the day, cash or credit card (2% surcharge).

       

      How long is a trial?

      Please allow up to 3 hours.

      Generally it is an hour and a quarter for hair, an hour and a quarter for makeup, but we schedule these an hour and a half apart to allow time for set up and so we aren’t rushed.

       

      Who does the trial?

      Your trial is always with the same artist/artists as your wedding.

       

      When should I have a trial?

      We recommend around 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 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 so we will let you know your artists’ availability when you book your trial.

      Our trials are always Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-6pm.

      Fridays and Saturdays we are busy with weddings and Sundays our artists deserve a day off to spend with their families!

       

      What time of day should I have a trial?

      Trials need to be during day light hours.

      This is literally so we can see properly and see how it photographs. 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 makeup artist’s home and the hair stylist will meet you there.

      We will let you know the location when you book your trial.

       

      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.

      We can colour match and order hair extensions for you if you need them, so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.

      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.

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      Having a hair and makeup trial before your wedding provides a range of benefits for you and your preparation for your big day. 

      Your hair and makeup trial a.k.a rehearsal is an opportunity to wear your look and decide if you would like any changes for the big day.  Most importantly It’s one more great excuse to get pampered and meet us meet us in person  before the day. Only the bride needs a trial, but any other members of the bridal party are welcome to book a trial.

      Having a trial will also give you a chance to see all your inspiration come to life and make sure it suits you and provides the look you were hoping for. 

      Just because you love a romantic updo style on someone else or a dramatic smokey eye doesn’t mean you will love it on yourself.  You can even share a few inspiration ideas with your stylist beforehand, this will allow you and your stylist to come together to create the perfect look for you. 

      Our stylist will also suggest what will work best with your hair texture and skin tone.  Your hair and makeup artist will also discuss the difference between everyday makeup vs wedding day and photo ready makeup. 

      We are known for more natural makeup looks as opposed to very heavy, thick  looks but we will work with you to create whatever look you like. We will help you create  the best  version of yourself, not a completely different person, so you can  recognise yourself in your photos and love what you see! 

      What happens at the hair and makeup rehearsal?

      First and foremost, we get to know you. We talk through your ideas and inspiration for your wedding day. This includes details about the dress, and the overall theme for the day.  

      We seek to understand your personal style and then offer our expert advice so that we can work together to bring your vision to life and create a unique look designed to compliment you and your theme. We take photos of the finished look so that we can replicate it for the wedding and so that you can look over them later.

      How do I prepare for the trial?

      When you book your wedding with us you receive lots of useful wedding and beauty tips monthly starting six months before your wedding to get you excited and help you prepare for the best day ever. 

      For now, do some research as to style and preferences. Bring along photos of what you do and don’t like helps us to be clear about our goals. Also bring photos of your dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses and a mood board of your wedding style, if you have one. Finally, please bring your veil or accessories with you if you have them.

      When are hair and makeup trials done?

      We recommend you have your rehearsal around 1 to 2 months before the wedding. This means you have all of your outfit finalised as we like you to bring along all of your hair accessories and veil. 

      This also ensures it’s fresh in all our minds for the wedding day. Having the trial close to the wedding date ensures you only need the one trial, whereas when the trial is done a year in advance it is likely that you will choose a different style closer to the date as bridal trends change.

      Hair and makeup trials provide a great opportunity to lay out all your expectations with your stylist and even receive some advice for your bridesmaid’s hair and makeup as well. 

      After the trial you can update us about any changes you’d like to make and let us know how everything went so we can work out if we need to make any changes. We want to make sure you look gorgeous from the first look to the last dance!

      Contact us today if you want to discuss your inspiration for your up coming wedding, we are happy to tell you about our service and provide you with any information that will help your big day be better!