Post # 1
I can’t tell you how many weddings i have been in where the bride said that her hair didn’t look like it had in the trial. I refuse to pay for a trial. I’m going to hire people I trust and have them fix it the day of if it’s not exactly how I like it.
Post # 3
@AirForceWife78: They might be a waste of money, but I think I’ll at least do a hair trial as I am one of those girls incapable of doing anything with my own hair and I’ll need an idea of what I will and will not like. I can’t even do a simple half-updo (updo? is that a word?) on my own.
Somehow, someway, I am certain my Mom is to blame for this shortcoming. =)-
Post # 4
Oh yeah, I can’t do crap with my hair either! It’s just seems that so many brides say their hair and make up did not end up coming out on their wedding day like it did at the trial anyway, so in my eyes, why bother with a trial?
Post # 5
i completely agree, why pay someone a whole bunch of money for no reason….i will get make up done by my sister and the hair we’ll see, but yes AirForceWife78 i agree with you.
Post # 6
im doing my own make up because I always hate make up done by other ppl even if they are professionals and even in pro pics my makeup looks good to me at least! Hair im not sure, no trial for me but Im hoping to have one of my sorority sisters do it and she will work with me!
Post # 7
FI’s mum will be doing my hair, she used to be a hairdresser. I’m sure we’ll play around heaps before the big day. Make-up I’ll get a trial, though yes they are a waste of money, trials should be free imo!
Post # 8
A lot of packages I’ve seen include the trial in the cost, so it’s essentially “free”. I do think a lot of wedding related costs are a waste of money, though, but that’s really a relative thing. I won’t pay for hair or make up because I always hate how professionals do it (I’ve had both done a few times) and honestly I think I do a better job myself.
Post # 9
I’m paying for my make-up trial but my hair trial is free because I am going to my regular hairdresser and she will be doing everyone’s hair day of.
Post # 10
I’m doing my own makeup but I’m getting my hair done. I won’t need a trial though because I saw what I want in her portfolio and I know she’ll do a great job 🙂
Post # 11
I found my trial and my pro day-of hair and makeup to be well worth the money. It was so nice to sit back, relax, know how it was all going to look, and feel gorgeous the entire day. MUAs also know the correct way to apply makeup so it looks great both in person AND in photos- which is actually hard to do and really important on your wedding day. It also literally lasted all day without a single touch-up because pros know how to get that stuff to stay put.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
My hair and makeup artist included the trial in her overall price. $75 for the whole shebang, and she came to me, both for the trial and on wedding day. With a price that low for so much, I wasn’t going to opt-out of the trial! And aside from little changes we discussed and the fact that I changed what sort of hairstyle I wanted, everything looked EXACTLY the same as the trial on my wedding day.
Post # 13
If my hair & makeup ladies hadn’t offered to do the trials for free, I probably would have skipped them too! I *may* have done a hair trial, but I really trusted my stylist so I’m not sure I would have actually spent money on it.
Post # 14
MUAs also know the correct way to apply makeup so it looks great both in person AND in photos- which is actually hard to do and really important on your wedding day.
That’s why I have decided to go with the trial and the professional. I want the photos to look spectacular too.
Post # 15
We paid for my hair and MU trials and it was SO worth it. I have very, very thick, coarse, curly hair (which was waist length at the time) and my hair stylist needed that extra practice to figure out how to deal with it. My hair didn’t look like my trial on my wedding day, it looked better. The trial also gave us a chance to nail down the exact shades of makeup I wanted and for us to really talk about exactly what I needed from her.
I would do it again.
Post # 16
It depends. If I were going with someone I’d never used before for hair, I’d definitely do a trial, especially since my hair is long and very difficult to work with. If I had a stylist I’d used for years and was just going to them for the wedding day hair, I’d probably forgo the trial if it cost extra as long as I knew this person was comfortable working with my hair.
“Fixing it on the day of” is not really a viable option unless you’re willing to be ready like hours and hours in advance- they’d have to build that time into the schedule and if it’s really a disaster, they might not be able to fix it.
As for makeup, I’m springing for a pro, and I’ll probably do one trial just to be on the safe side. I want to see how the makeup photographs, so after the trial I’m going to have a friend snap some shots of me to make sure I don’t look clowny or under-done in non-pro photos.