Today’s real wedding sees us head across to North Wales for the gorgeous wedding of Alaw...
We’re so excited to welcome back resident Bridal Hair and Beauty expert Jenn Edwards back to the Blog this afternoon! Today Jenn is giving us her top tips for working with a hair and beauty artist on your big day. As an award winning artist with a growing team, Jenn is perfect to give you the low-down on picking the best of the best! I’ll pass you over to Jenn for all the essential details…
Recommendations from friends and family are great and will give you a good head start of where to look, however ensure that you look at their portfolio. Read the customer reviews; follow their social media pages to see real images from real weddings.
Stay clear of those offering promotions and special offers. The good artists are busy and don’t have the need to run offers.
A decent and reputable hair and makeup artist will charge anything from £180 to £280 for hair and makeup on the day. They will usually have a minimum-booking fee in place too. If somebody is charging less the chances are the quality of their work and products that they are using are not as high end.
A good hair and makeup artist will need between forty minutes and an hour per person for hair and makeup. If an artist says they can complete eight people in two hours then you know that the quality of their work isn’t going to be great…. After all you want your hair and makeup to last from early morning right into the evening and even better if it’s still hanging on in there early hours of the next morning!
Any reputable hair and makeup artist will encourage a trial before your wedding day. It is essential to ensure they have the time to create the best possible style bespoke to you.
Support from mums, sisters and bridesmaids on your trial is great, however avoid to many opinions as it can end up being confusing for both the bride and the hair and makeup artist.
Avoid another myth that the later on you have your hair styled and makeup applied the longer it will last. 1-2 hours in the morning wont make any difference at all and your lip colour can be topped up just before you leave. Don’t be temped to put yourself last in line. The final 1-2 hours before you leave for your ceremony is when the pace really picks up. People around you are no longer sat relaxing with a glass of fizz and are, instead, buzzing around conscious that there’s not long left to complete all the little details and get completely ready. It doesn’t matter how easy going and organized you think you, and everyone in your bridal party, are. It’s very hard not to feel the pressure mounting and you really don’t want to be in the hair or makeup chair at this point.
Jenn is multi award-winning wedding hair and makeup artist based in Sheffield. She’s Queen Bee when it comes to boho hair styling, soft waves, braids and festival looks and, although she insists that less is more when it comes to makeup, her kit barely fits in her car.