Hi, kids! Long time, no see! Sorry about that, I was just busy getting married. Everyone tells you that the day you wed is going to be a zany one and you’ll be running around like a chicken with your head cut off and boy, was it ever- good thing someone else was in charge of my hair and makeup!
So, first things first: INSIDER’S TIP! Book your hair and make up appointments for the big day at least two months in advance. If you’re looking for some folks to come to your venue/hotel room/sister in law’s house to bedazzle you and your maids, I would book even further in advance. Typically an “at home” sesh is going to run you a bit more than getting dolled up in the salon, but it’s totally worth it. It takes that zany level that I was speaking of down about twelve notches.
A lot of ladies opt for a trial up-do, just to make sure that the hairstyle that you’ve been dreaming about 4-Ever is suitable for you and makes sense with the rest of your ensemble. It’s a great idea, especially if the stylist who will be prettying you up for the nuptials isn’t your normal gal or guy! It will put you both at ease and on the same page.
I have a mop consisting of natural curls that like to fight to keep their usual curl pattern, so I was extremely fortunate to have an old pal and veteran hairdresser in charge of my locks on the big day. She and I were inspired by Portia de Rossi on the cover of Bust Magazine and that was the plan discussed for several months.
Fast forward to the actual day of the wedding: Chicago, 95 degrees, 100% humidity and a pretty good chance it would rain. Did this mean I would have to sacrifice my dream hair or chance that my curls would stay tamed? In the end, I went for the blow out and potentially smooth locks and thanks to Carrie’s expertise and a quick pin up post ceremony, I was good to go. You might not have the good fortune of having your stylist as a guest at your wedding as I did, so if you’re doing something drastic that weather might not allow to hold up, it’s good to have a Plan B just in case.
My Plan B ended up being my party change hair do and I sure am glad we discussed it before hand. Remember the zaniness? It got kicked up hard core style once the reception started so having my hairs in place ahead of time was a huge stress relief. Did I mention the make up, yet? Well, it was AWESOME! It was a touch dramamtic and totally unlike anything I would ever be able to do on myself which was completely the point. Better yet, it didn’t budge all night! I made sure to purchase my own lip color ahead of time so I would have it handy for touch ups anytime I might need one in the evening, which ended up only being once thanks to this little magic stick.
A make up trial is also something to consider scheduling if you’re at all unsure of how you want your face to represent on your big day- it will narrow things down for you. A great idea is to schedule it for the day of your bachelorette party so that you can take advantage of the fancy facade!
The happiest bride is the one who is best prepared. Trial appointment(s)? Check! Lip color? Check! Nerves? Goodbye to you!
Til next time!
Getting hitched? Give VAIN a call at 206.441.3441 downtown to book an appointment for a trial or consultation with one of our special occasion stylists or make up artists!
Photo credit: Type A Images // Hair and Make Up: Carrie Lilligan and Trisha Vallone of Sine Qua Non Salon– Chicago, IL