Post # 1
I am trying to decide on a hair stylist and I found someone whose work looks great. I contacted her and she asked if I would like to set up a trial – but my wedding is not until June 2015. It seems way too early to me and I’m sure I’ll change my mind a million times and would rather have a clearer vision of what I want when I do a trial. She said she totally understands and that I can put a $50 deposit down to hold the date otherwise another bride can take it. I know this is the norm, but I’m not sure what to do.
Do I just pay the $50 deposit and risk losing it if I don’t like how it comes out? That total would be $95 including the trial. But doing 2 trials (1 now, 1 later) seems like a waste of money too – but might be a good option in case I don’t like the first one? I honestly don’t know how fast hair stylists might book up since June is a popular month. I feel like it could go either way. Just looking for some advice! How soon did you all book your hair stylist or when do you plan on it?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
Ok I know this is not going to help but I’m going to tell you my experience.
I was all gung ho on having everything booked early and have it all set up and paid for.
11 months before the wedding – I had a hair trial last December and I hated it. I did not like the 4 styles she did (and was given inspiration pics) and it fell down 20 minutes after leaving (while still in the car). Trying to grow my hair out I gave it more time.
6 months before the wedding I tried a different hair/make up artist and it was ok. I was not thrilled but I thought I might as well just do my own. I felt bad because I really wanted to gift both our moms with hair and makeup. But they knew none the wiser, so I was going to do my own.
1 month ago, my SIL to be asked if I had someone and I told her my situation. She said a good friend of hers does hair and makeup and would like to gift me a trial with her, if I wanted to try it, then if I wanted her for day of, she would help with part of the cost.
So…3rd trial and I loved it. I’m sooo glad that I had the other 2 (although I hated I wasted my money on those as they are not cheap), but glad I knew what I wanted and liked and she was so much fun!
My wedding is 2 weeks away now and I can’t wait to actually have hair and makeup done and be able to gift it to our moms and spend time with them alone before.
My vote is do the trial maybe Jan/Feb. IF she should have someone interested in that date before that, just ask her kindly if she can let you know. I know the second one I went to said she would do that for me. Doesn’t hurt to ask.
Post # 3
Hmm I replied last night but I’m not seeing my post so lets try again.
MrsTtoB: thank you for your response ! I sound very similar to you in that I want to get as much done as possible beforehand. and I’m picky too so that doesn’t help. Here is what she wrote to me when I asked about not doing a contract before a trial : If I haven’t had a trial yet for a bride and she does not want to commit before the trial and another bride asked about the date I will definitely let you know and give you first chance ….but I do have to go with whoever is willing to commit first with a contract.
I’m not sure I understand that first sentence. She’s saying she will let me know beforehand as long as a different bride doesn’t sign and pay before the trial ?
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
Yeah that’s pretty standard..first to sign a contract and put down $ gets the date.
Definitely try it and see if she nails it, you get a good vibe from her and so on. That’s pretty cheap for a trial. That way it gives you time if you don’t like it, too.
If you are having engagement pics, maybe coordinate your appt with that day or something else special.
Post # 5
MrsTtoB: so you think I should have a trial now and then another one later if needed ? Idk why this is stressing me out lol
Post # 6
I “booked” my stylist immediately once I knew the date. I put it in quotes because she has been cutting my hair for a long time now and is someone I consider a friend so she didn’t want to do any contracts or deposits. She just said she was free and would be there. That was probably 8 months ahead of my wedding and she recommended doing a trial 1-2 months before.
Then she fell through about 3 months away, and was sweet enough to refer me to her friend but her prices were way too much for me so back to the drawing board. I booked someone new the month before my wedding, and had a trial about 3 weeks out. My wedding was semi destination at 2 hours away so that was the only time I could make it. I was extremely happy with everything.
All that to say, put down the deposit if you like her work so your date is secure. You can always try a few looks during your trial so I would bring her a variety and just have one now. If you end up doubting it the closer you get to the wedding, then have a second one. I don’t think that’ll be a problem.
Post # 7
AdaLee: My wedding is in a popular month, and some MUAs I contacted were already booked for my date (8/8), so I ended up booking my makeup/hair stylist 10 months prior to my wedding (signed contract and put a deposit down). We also scheduled a trial 5 months prior to the wedding date because I know as I do more research, I’ll probably run into a bunch of styles I like better than now.
I booked my her because she had really good reviews from others, and she was super sweet and patient with me (40 mins phone call & 30+ emails about skincare, different makeup, and time schedules), and FLEXIBLE!
I would suggest making sure you like the person before you contract her 😉
Post # 8
The gal I go to for hair does wedding hair, so when I went to get a cut/color in July… we chatted about my engagement and she asked if she could do my hair. She works at her own salon with 2 other gals… so it was like a private party when we went the morning of the wedding. She just wrote the date down in her calendar that day.
I had my hair trial 2 weeks before my wedding, and knew that I just wanted it half-up and be able to put a veil in it somewhere and not mess everything up. I never had to put a deposit down.
I had a friend who called around for both hair and make-up (and not sure why she didn’t just go to her stylist since she does wedding hair), but she ended up just wearing it down like she does eery day – mainly because she didn’t like what they did, but also because I don’t think she was used to seeing herself that way.
Post # 9
The hair stylist for my wedding is the person I go to on a regular basis, and I basically booked him as soon as the FI and I settled on a date. However, I didn’t book him for a hair trial until last month, which is when the bridesmaids and I locked in the date for the bachelorette party. I figured that I might as well do the hair and make-up trials then to really test if it will hold up. The bachelorette party is three weeks before the wedding though so if the style needs work, I have time to see him again. I didn’t have to put down a deposit since I’m a regular client of his.
Post # 10
Thanks for all of your replies. Sounds like a lot of you use your regular stylist! I actually just started going to someone new; I’ve never found a stylist who does my hair the way I want it! She did a great job but I don’t think she does wedding hair. though. I think maybe I’ll put the deposit down now and schedule a trial closer to the wedding. That way the date is being held and I won’t have to worry about it.