Post # 1
Any bees who planned/are planning weddings from afar (or destination weddings) have advice on how to find someone to do hair/makeup?
I was thinking of asking my photographer for referrals… any ideas?
Post # 3
@oneyearout: Definitely use weddingwire.com! I found all my vendors through that website and I was so so happy with everyone. Where are you getting married?
Post # 4
@oneyearout: I would definetly ask one of your vendors for their referrals. I am having a destination wedding and asked the manager of the hotel where we are having our meal who he recommended as he has been so helpful with everything. If not I would have asked our photographer, its just a much better way than looking through a directory in my opinion.
Post # 5
@purplepie45: Thanks! We’re getting married in the Bay Area.
@tails: Thanks for the advice… our hotel coordinator has been helpful too, so she might be another good resource here.
Post # 6
@oneyearout: I did a quick search bay area – hair & make up – sorted by highest rated and this was the result!
definitely seems worth checking out!
Post # 7
@purplepie45: omg that’s so sweet of you to research this for me!! Will DEFINITELY look at her stuff. Thanks!
Post # 8
@oneyearout: I asked my photographer and the resort for referrals. I also posted ont he DW board here on the bee and got referrals as well. Funny thing everyone was telling me the same salon! Once I got the name I went to their site and saw all of their work and I was sold!
Post # 9
This is where the Internet can be your friend… lots of possible resources you can check:
- Here on WBee (either the LOCAL Boards or the REVIEWS Section)
- Yelp Reviews
- Angie’s List
- TripAdvisor Forums (good for Destination Weddings)
- Or the website from the individual providers (search first… Town & Service = San Francisco Hair Dressers)
Or lastly referrals from the Wedding Professionals (Wedding Planner – DOC – Photographer – Venue if it is a Destination Hotel) you are already using… they probably have seen a lot of other Brides and who they use.
I used a combo of elements to find my Hair & Make Up service in my Destination…
Got recommendations from my Officiant (they actually had some links on their Website)… and then TripAdvisor for more recommendations (liked that I was able to chat with a large assortment of people who lived in the town / area) as well as Yelp for actual reviews.
In the end I was very satisfied with the services I used…
Hope this helps,
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Post # 11
Wedding Wire, My Wedding and also by doing a local search and looking at the work you actually like! Referrals are great but take into consideration your everyday look and the look you want for your wedding. Ratings help but ratings are often paid for on huge sites. Think with your eyes and not peer pressure.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Ask for recommendations and then do a trial. Great idea to ask the photographer! I didn’t think of that.
Post # 13
@Christy42213: Thanks! Both the photographer and the wedding coordinator from the hotel gave me some names, and I’ve started to look through websites. Definitely helpful, since some of the recommendations definitely look more my style than others. One of them also suggested a local blow dry bar, if not for the wedding party, then for family and guests!
Post # 14
I booked my hair stylist for our Michigan wedding from Australia. Our wedding hasn’t happened yet so I can’t speak for the results, but here is what I did:
– I did tons of research (wedding wire, wedding bee, theknot, ask on facebook for recs, etc) until I got to a short list
– I emailed everyone on my short list to see if they were available on our date
– When I had a handful of stylists that could do it on our date, I sent them a picture of my hair and described it (I have fine, thin hair) and asked them to send me a few pics of girls with similiar hair that they had styled for weddings. They all obliged and it was SUPER helpful!
– Then I picked my favorite one and booked asap!
If you’re only flying in to the destination just before the wedding (which I am doing), you probably won’t have time for a proper trial, ie you’re not going to have time to find an alternative in a few days if you end up hating her. But we are still doing a practice run, just so she can get used to my hair and we can agree on a style.