Post # 1
A quick question — did you all meet your hair & makeup artist prior to booking him/her/them? The person I’m considering lives outside my city (and as a city dweller, I don’t have a car), so I only have her website and correspondance to rely upon when booking her. So far, I’ve met all of my other vendors in person, so I’m a bit hesitant to book someone (and send her a hefty deposit by check) without having some concrete idea of who she is! Any one else book a similar vendor without meeting them, or is this a bad idea? (I’m leaning towards bad idea…)
Post # 3
I met my hair & makeup artists because I did a trial with both of them. I wouldn’t have booked them without doing a trial, since I’ve never used them for hair/makeup previously.
Post # 4
I have to agree, make up’s one of those things you just have to try on unless you’ve used them before. I would try and see if they can meet you at your apartment. Or find a friend or family to give you a ride out there. I would be very hesitant in booking one without a trial of sorts.
Post # 5
A friend of mine in Boston didn’t meet her MUA. They spoke on the phone and she just showed up to the hotel. She did the bride’s makeup and the BM’s and family and did a gorgeous, professional job with no problems. In fact, I didn’t realize that people typically do makeup trials until I started reading these boards.
If you’re not meeting her (him?), ask for references, try to get a sense of her over the phone (does she listen well? do you think she ‘gets’ where you’re coming from and what you want?) and look closely at the pics on her website (if she has one). If you like what you see and what she says and she has good references it seems pretty safe to book her.
Post # 6
You’re all so helpful, thank you! I was planning on doing the trial after booking her, since we’re 6 months out from the wedding with plenty of time… and since I didn’t even realize that I could do a trial before booking her officially! That’s great to know.
@jadeblue: do you know the MUA that your Boston friend used, by any chance? I’d certainly take a recommendation!
Thanks again everyone!
Post # 7
@ BostonBrideToBe: I’ll ask my friend for her contact info. Stay tuned…
Post # 8
I met my MUA at a bridal expo. She was really warm and friendly and we chatted for a while – she’s also engaged! As my trial, she came to our apartment the day of my engagement party and did my make-up. Everyone was wow’ed. I can’t wait to she what she cooks up for the wedding!
Post # 9
I would do a trial first just to be on the safe side. Maybe she can come to you for a trial? I would try it, especially since a lot of things depend on their style of doing things and how well they listen to what clients want.
Post # 10
yes definitely meet the artist. Even if it’s not a trial.
I’m not trying to say that most artist are unreliable or scary or anything! It’s just I’ve heard stories about artist flaking on the wedding day.
Whatever you do, sign a contract, put a deposit, and hold your artist liable, and be liable to your artist.