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Weekends are for Weddings: Hair and Makeup Trial

Weekends are for weddings!  If you’re like me, with 9 weddings each year, the weekends are, quite literally, for weddings (attending them, that is).  Also if you’re like me, the weekend is a time to think about planning your own wedding.  Lots of people carve out a certain time each week for  to wedding planning (Wedding Wednesday seems to be very popular).  It ensures the wedding doesn’t take over their whole lives; however, I find that confining wedding planning to a specific time is too pressure-filled and bicker-prone.   I plan my wedding when inspiration strikes.  Weekends, in particular, offer the time to let my mind roam and plan my own wedding in a stress-free environment.  In this series, I’ll take you through some of my major planning steps – hopefully this will help you plan your own wedding!


My Mom kinda scoffed at the idea of a hair and makeup trial.  In her mind, you pick someone to do your hair and makeup based on price and word of mouth and just kind of assume it will go well on the day of the wedding.  At first, I agreed – I’ve had professional hair and makeup done for various weddings as a bridesmaid (when you don’t have a trial) and I had never been disappointed.  But then one of my friends actually decided against a makeup artist after her trial.  Seeing that it is quite possible to dislike a vendor, I decided maybe a trial wasn’t so unnecessary after all.

Now that I’ve had my trial, I am so happy I did it.  Not because I discovered I disliked them (at $150 minimum, you go into trial hoping you don’t have to keep looking), but because I very clearly needed that time to work out my wedding look.  You need the opportunity to play around with styles so that on the day of the wedding you’re not still trying to figure out how you want to do your hair.  Because you’ll know what you’re doing, you’ll be able to stick to your day-of timeline and since you’ll already know you like their work, your stress levels will be low.

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Decisions decisions

That said, there are ways to get the most out of your hair and makeup trial:

  1. Start with the most basic question: hair up or down?  At least know that much since they’re drastically different looks and will alter the course of the appointment.
  2. The most important thing is to go into your trial armed with inspiration.
    • Save pictures of hair and makeup looks you like.  It will help your stylist get a sense of your personality and will be able to tell you if it will work with your hair length/texture or skin type.  I created a Pinterest board and it was definitely a help.
    • HOT TIP: Don’t forget to bring a picture of your dress; it can help define the look.  If your dress has a boho vibe, you might go with loose curls, a flower crown, and a nude lip.  A ball gown may lend itself to a smoky eye and top knot, while a glam mermaid silhouette might be more red lip + chignon.
  3. Think about the accessories.
    • Are you wearing a veil?  If so, do you intend for that veil to cover your face at all?
    • Are you interested in putting combs or other bedazzled hairpieces in there?
    • Are you interested in extensions?  I know a lot of girls who wear their hair down and use clip in extensions for fullness (vs. length) – definitely something to consider and introduce at your trial.
  4. Be ready to play around.
    • Some of your ideas may not work.  I was really excited to try a winged (cat eye) eyeliner style.  Turns out that is NOT a good look for me.  Thanks to the trial, I know.  If I had learned that on the hormonal day of my wedding, with no backup idea in mind, I probably would have freaked out.  When that didn’t work, we cleaned it off and tested out something that suits me much better.
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Not exactly the final look, but pretty close!

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