Ahhh, hair and make-up! You’d think with my job I’d be a fan of hair and make-up, but nope, not the case. I’d honestly be a happy camper if I could come to work every day sans make-up and hair in a ponytail. I know, I know….wishful thinking.
Luckily, our wedding planners, Simcha Lourie and Alix-Ann O’Brien of Simcha’s Events, have excellent advice when it comes to hair and make-up on wedding day. They say the trend is to have a professional wedding hair and make-up team come to you….as in do everything at the hotel or house where the bride and her wedding party are getting ready. It’s more relaxing, much quieter, and more time-efficient than going to a salon. Since they’ll be spending a lot of time with you on your wedding day, it’s important to feel comfortable with this “traveling team”. Not to mention, they’ll be in some of your wedding pictures.
Simcha and Alix-Ann suggest getting a hair and make-up trial about two months prior to your wedding. Make sure to bring your veil or any other hairpiece you’ll be wearing.
Figuring out whether to cover the costs for your bridesmaids can be stressful. Simcha says remember there is no set expectation. Just be transparent from the beginning about who is paying.
As for tips, it’s appropriate to do between 18% and 20% of the total cost of your services. And feel free to pay in advance. Anything you can do to save yourself time on your wedding day is key.
I’m a huge fan of Emily Miller of Emily Miller Hair and Make-Up. To say she’s talented would be an understatement. Emily’s amazing. I appreciate her passion for her work and her knowledge of the industry. I highly suggest checking out her website, especially the pictures of her work and her list of clients. Impressive! And yes, I’m happy to say I’m one of Emily’s clients.