A wedding can be a huge undertaking. So much effort is put into this wonderful day. Every couple wants all guests to have a great time. It's only natural to do so.
How much thought have you put into capturing and preserving those beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime memories for you and your family?
I'm pretty sure you have your photographer/videographer for your wedding or maybe you are in the final stages of deciding who your photographer/videographer will be.
Often times, makeup and hair are an afterthought, yet they are just as important as having the right photographer/videographer for your day.
Do you have your hair and makeup team in place?
If not, here are some tips for you as you are planning for your big day:
1. Remember the "small" things.
"Small things are actually big things when it comes to the details of a wedding."
Memory preservation will be key in the days to come. Why? The memories will be all that you have left of your wedding day. I've heard brides being warned about how fast the day goes and it's so completely true. All of the planning and decisions that you've probably spent several months working on have now come down to these few hours. Time flies!
Memory preservation is vital when telling your wedding day story. These memories must be preserved well and look great. Start looking for a professional wedding photographer/videographer (if you haven't already) and a professional makeup/hair team. The two are important keys in creating stunning, lasting images. The right photographer captures the "essence" of who you are in a still photo. You need to "come alive" in the image. This is something to keep in mind when choosing your wedding vendor team. The right makeup artist/hair team will capture your beauty in a way that translates beautifully in person, photography and video.
This is also the day and age of "instant" photography, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and it's VERY likely that there will be images of you posted on social media platforms from your excited wedding guests. Why not look your best in every image?
2. Waiting until the last minute may cost you. Start planning early.
"Starting to plan sooner rather than later will help you in the long run."
You may have to do quite a bit of research to find the right photographer and beauty expert for your needs and goals. One size does not fit all. I can not tell you the stories and horrible experiences some of my clients have shared with me. Thankfully, many of them found professionals in time for their weddings because they did not give up in their quest to find the right person for the job.
The other day, as a matter of fact, I had someone tell me that she was looking for another artist because her first one wasn't quite able to provide the look she wanted. I would suggest to any bride that she finds and gets exactly what she wants on her day because 'do-overs' aren't an option. It is wise to consider working with vendors (including photographers, event planners, catering services, etc.) who understand your personality and vision. This, too, may take some time, giving your another reason to start planning early. You can go to bridal shows (which are great) for ideas. Also, don't forget "word of mouth" as an option. Word of mouth has been around a long time and still has a strong success rate.
3. Tips on finding an artist.
"The hard part for many brides is knowing what to look for and where to start."
As stated earlier in this post, you will want to start as early as you can. When you meet with a potential artist to hire for your wedding, expect a consultation. A consultation is a trial run of makeup. It allows you to experience what your makeup will be like the day of the wedding. Many artists do charge a fee for consults while some do not. Be sure to ask. Also, when the consulation is taking place, you want to take note of how you feel. Was the bridal makeup artist able to make your vision come to life? Were you able to get an idea of what you would look like on your wedding day?
On the day of your consultation, it's a good idea to have photos (on your phone, iPad/tablet or pulled from a magazine). Many times, brides look to celebrities. I like to use the makeup ads in magazines (and other ads as well). They tend to have beautiful makeup but may get overlooked because the first idea that pops into people's heads is celebrities. There's nothing wrong with that, at all. It's just good to have other options. Ask for what you want, no matter how 'silly' you may think it sounds using photos as a guide. Keep in mind that photos of other people are just that: other people. Keep an open mind through your consult so that your day can be your day and stay true to the vision you have for it. Own it and have fun with it!
4. Go with your gut.
This one doesn't really need a lot of explanation. Trust your gut. Doing a little homework is a must. Know what you want or what you don't want so that as those things come to you, you can check them off of your proverbial list. Knowing what you want or don't want helps you make clearer choices. Preparation is everything. Going with my gut has never failed me yet.