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We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
If you are tying the knot sometime soon, you've probably started plotting out your hair and makeup looks for your wedding day. Although you've probably already found a few stylists and makeup artists whose work you admire, there are some key questions to ask before making any commitments. We've compiled a list of must-asks for your beauty professionals—browse our guide and don't be afraid to ask, ask, ask before booking an appointment!
Your beauty professionals should absolutely agree to a trial appointment before your wedding. The trial should take place at least a couple of months before the big day in case you don't work well together and you need to find a different hairstylist or makeup artist. Ask your professionals if they're willing to test out more than one look at the trial run, and find out when you will be expected to pay a deposit.
Perhaps you wouldn't mind having your hair and makeup done at a salon on your wedding day, but for many brides, it's preferable to have the professionals come to you. If you're staying in a hotel with all of your bridesmaids, for example, ask your hairstylist and makeup artist if they're willing to work at your location on the day of your wedding.
To help hairstylists and makeup artists get a sense of the wedding style you want to achieve, ask if they'd like to see your Lover.ly bundles or pin boards before they begin plotting out your beauty look.
You may fall in love with a hair or makeup look you've never seen before just a month before your wedding. Ask your stylists if they're open to doing re-trials if you change your mind and note whether or not they charge a fee.
If you've already picked out your big-day accessories, you'll want to bring them to your trials to find out how they fit in with your beauty look. Ask your hairstylist if they will show you how to attach and remove your veil or tiara at your trial. If you plan to purchase a headpiece but don't have it yet, ask your hairstylist if they have accessories you can borrow to get an idea of the overall look.
Your hairstylist may want you to have freshly washed hair; your makeup artist may want you to prime or moisturize your skin, or may want you to come fresh-faced. Be sure you find out what kind of preparation you need to do before your trial run and before your wedding, as they sometimes differ.
If you have sensitive skin, super curly hair, or any other beauty quirks that require a skilled professional, mention them to your hairstylist or makeup artist before booking a trial run. You’ll want to work with someone who knows their way around your hair or skin type.
If your professionals are coming to you on the big day and will have to pay for parking, transportation, or other costs, find out if you are required to reimburse them or if there are any other easy to overlook you need to know about.
It happens: Professionals of all kinds can fall ill or face family emergencies that prevent them from being able to fulfill their roles on your big day. Ask your hairstylist and makeup artist if they have contingencies plans should an emergency arise; if they have backup artists who will fill in, ask to meet them before the wedding.
It's perfectly fine for your beauty professionals to have other weddings or events to attend on your big day, but it's a good idea to have a sense of their schedules to ensure that they have enough time to complete your hair and makeup.
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