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Working With Your Planner: Beauty Teams

In my last post, I mentioned that there are multiple ways that your wedding can end up off schedule. One of the biggest culprits is hair and makeup, so I wanted to provide some tips and tricks to avoid this common strain on the wedding day schedule.



To Couples: you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day, and this includes getting your hair and makeup done properly. Here are some things to consider when booking your grooming services:

  • Style: you want to look like the best version of you on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. Find a stylist who will enhance your looks. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t normally wear makeup, you may feel more comfortable finding a natural makeup artist. However, if you’re typically glammed up for outings, find a artist who will give you the full glam look you’re accustomed to.

  • Time: I’m going to say this and hope to avoid any hate mail. While not universally true (there are limited exceptions in my experience), one of the places where time seems to disappear is while sitting in the stylist’s chair. Delays from hair and makeup will cost you: getting ready pictures, missing cocktail hour, having a rush job on hair and/or makeup are all ways that you can miss out if you don’t have a professional (and conscientious) artist for your wedding. When you book your beauty team, please check reviews for anyone who has mentioned timing (and not just style) if it is an artist you are unfamiliar with. And please get a trial and get a real estimate of how much time it will take to get you prepped for wedding day!

  • All-Day Services/Cost: Have you considered having your stylist stay all day? It may or may not be ideal for you, but I’d suggest asking if it’s an option and weighing the pros and cons. I know a lot of people worry about the costs for these services but having a professional team providing these needed services is only a minor expense compared to everything else on wedding day. Your pictures will come out better if you have professional assistance with these services as well.

  • Headcount: If you have a large wedding party, you may want to consider the number of artists that will be provided on the day of the wedding. This is another way that you can lose time if the number of stylists isn’t sufficient for the number of services being provided. Also be aware that you’ll have to have the bridal party prepped for start times. You’re asking the artist to be on time, but if there is no one sitting in their chair, you will end up delaying your day or missing out on photos.

To Beauty Teams:

  • Please be honest with yourself and your couples about how much time you need to finish styling a client. When we create a timeline, we’re taking your word for it, and this isn’t the time to be optimistic about what you need! Overestimating the amount of time needed is better than underestimating in this case.

  • Your art is beautiful, and I love it! However, please keep in mind that everyone is here for a reason. If you are taking more than your allotted time, you are in essence wasting the day (and money) for your clients. It means no fun getting ready pictures and possibly a delayed start time on the reception. We want them to look great, but we also want them at the wedding!

  • Stylist headcount is something you can manage. Please discuss with your planner and your clients what you need to get the job done expertly and efficiently. If you need to add a stylist, be prepared to do so.

All eyes will be on the happy couple and grooming services can provide an excellent way for people to look and feel their best. I provide my couples with referrals for teams that will not only make you look great but also keep you on time. Schedule a consultation today to discuss how I can get you set up for fun!

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