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 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 offer our expert advice for your bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.
How much is a trial?
Hair and makeup trial: $320 (plus GST if with Gem)
Hair only or makeup only: $160 (plus GST if with Gem)
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 with the same artist/artists as your wedding if your trial is within 6 weeks of the wedding date. Outside of this time period we do our best to ensure your trial is with the same artist but please be aware that sometimes life gets in the way (with unexpected events such as illness) which is one of the many reasons why we recommend having a trial within 6 weeks of the 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-5pm.
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.