Post # 1
I have an idea of who I’d want to use. However, I’m not ready for a hair trial, so I don’t know first-hand how I’ll want to look. Is it premature for me to book her before I even see her work on me? The only thing I can go by is the pictures on her blog and the high number of positive reviews brides have given her. I’m throwing this question out there bc I don’t want her to book my date.
Any suggestions or advice?
Post # 3
I booked about 3 months out – I wanted to make sure that I could get the one I wanted, but was also concerned about the economy and worried that if I booked too soon, she could have been out of business, etc.
Post # 4
I booked both my hairstylist and MUA without doing a trial. I know it was risky, but I was very impressed with both of their work and I’d read great reveiws on both of them as well.
I should also add that I’m generally the person is very happy with any professional make-up application or hairstyle, so if you are that way too, then it’s probably ok to book without the trial. If your pickier than I am, I’d definitely do a trial first.
Post # 5
Supposedly May to September is the peak bridal ‘season’ so chances of your artist and hair stylist being booked for your date if you don’t secure your date with a deposit and contract is lower if it’s not during the ‘season. But if your month is popular in your area (it depends on weather, where you live, etc – I would say in LA or warmer climates where the Fall is a much more comofrtable temperature to get married in for the couple and the guest) then perhaps you should make your move and book the MUA/Hairstylist soon. Usually vendors recommend 6 months advance to prevent conflicts in schedules!
However another thing to keep in mind is, unless the MUA/Hair only does bridal, many MUA/Hair have other jobs like events, photo shoots, film/print, etc. and a job is a job, so she or he will not be able to reschedule their current appointment to accomodate you if they already have bookings!
Post # 6
I booked my hair stylist and makeup artist in January because I really wanted to make sure I got someone that I liked. It was nice because we did a meet and greet before I actually put a deposit down to hold the date. We spent an hour discussing my thoughts on how I wanted to look, my concerns and she took meticulous notes about me and my bridesmaids which I really liked. By the end of the of the meeting I felt really comfortable leaving a deposit with both the hair stylist and the MUA. My trial will be some time in August.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. I made a call to the MUA, and she IS booked for my date in October!! However, I am meeting someone on her team next Wednesday to see if it’s a right fit. I just didn’t know if it was standard to meet and discuss my needs without booking a hair trial.
Post # 8
That stinks that the mua you wanted is booked. I really hope the other team member works out for you!
I think its pretty common for people to book (make a deposit/contract) with stylists prior to the trial run. Stylists that work on weddings tend to book up fast and far in advance. I think most people tend to rely on reviews, photos and resume´ of the stylist when choosing who they want to book.
Best wishes and I hope everything turns out wonderfully!