When you are establishing your wedding day glam squad, you are going to want to make sure you have a team that you can trust to execute your vision flawlessly. On top of that, you’ll want a makeup artist and hairstylist that you get along with and feel comfortable around. You want to look and feel your best on your big day, so you’ll want to be surrounded by people who will make that happen! If you are on the lookout for your perfect professional beauty team for your wedding day, ask potential candidates these questions to help you find your perfect match.
What is your rate? Are there extra charges not included in this rate?
Be sure to get a quote when you are first talking to makeup artists and hairstylists. You’ll want to make sure they fit in your budget, and it’ll help you compare prices to other professionals in your area. You’ll also want to see if there are any additional charges that might apply to you, such as travel rates or trial run fees (more on that below).
Do you offer trial runs prior to the wedding? Is this included in your rate?
Most makeup artists and hairstylists will offer trial runs before the wedding. This is essential because it will allow you to actually see the work they plan to do. It will also give you an idea of how long they take to complete your look, as well as how well they listen to your ideas and concerns. Assuming they do offer trial runs, ask if this is included in their rate, or if it costs and additional fee.
Do you offer re-trials if I change my mind? Is there a fee attached to this?
You might end up not loving the beauty look after your trial, or you might come up with an idea that better suits your overall look later down the line. Ask if they offer re-trials to test out new looks and if there is an additional charge.
Will you work on location, or do I need to come to your studio the day of the wedding?
Typically, wedding makeup artists and hairstylists travel to the location of the wedding so that they can help you get ready at the venue (or wherever you are preparing for the big day). However, some may only offer their services in-studio. Make sure you know this information so that you can plan accordingly.
Are you available on my date? Do you have any other commitments on my wedding date before or after the time frame I would need?
Of course, it is essential that they are available on your wedding day if you want to hire them! It isn’t necessarily a bad thing if they are booked for other events on the day of your wedding, but you’ll want to make sure they have adequate time to create your look (and not feel rushed).
What types of products and brands do you use?
You might have sensitive skin that doesn’t work well with certain brands, or prefer to use products that don’t use certain ingredients. If there are some makeup or hair products you know don’t work well for you, you’ll want to check into what products are in their kit. If they exclusively use brands and products that might cause an issue, you may need to look at other candidates.
How would I need to prepare before the trial and before the wedding? Is there anything I need to bring?
Makeup artists and hairstylists may have certain preparation requirements that will help them do their best work. This might include prepping your skin with a certain moisturizer or washing your hair the night before the trial and wedding. They also may ask you to bring some of your own products. See what their expectations would be for you.
Are you available to do the beauty looks for my bridesmaids and family members as well?
If you are planning on having your bridesmaids and/or family members get their makeup and hair done professionally, you’ll want to make sure your beauty team actually has the time to do so. Check in to see if they are able to do it themselves, or if they have team members they can bring on to take care of everyone else. Of course, you’ll also need to see what the rate would be for these additional looks.
Do you have a backup professional in case you run into an emergency on the day of my wedding?
You’ll want to make sure your beauty professionals have a plan B in case something holds them back from being able to work with you on your big day. If they do have a backup professional (which is highly recommended), ask to get their contact info so that you can speak with them as well.
Do you have references I can call?
It’s always a good idea to check in with former clients to see if they were actually happy with the services delivered. Your potential makeup artist and hairstylist should have a list of people on hand for you to call.
If you are a bride in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you to connect with wedding beauty professionals in Georgia and the Southeast. You will also have the chance to meet with wedding vendors of all talents who can help bring your vision to life!