Post # 1
I started researching hair and makeup artists for my wedding next year and have found that some artists are already booked. My wedding is nearly a year away, is it too early to book a makeup artist? Has anyone based soley on recommendations without first doing a trial?
Post # 3
I booked mine almost a year in advance and did it without a trial first. I didn’t have a trial until three days before the wedding. It was a salon, so I figured if it didn’t work out they could find me someone else.
Post # 4
Maybe 3 months out I started makeup artist looking. I walked into a Clinique counter, loved it so much, I just decided to go with it! My hair stylist i already knew i’d have since as soon as i got engaged my SIL said she’d do our wedding party’s hair (she’s a stylist…)
It doesn’t hurt to look around and try makeup and see what works best for your skin though! if the Superfit hadn’t been so fabulous I could have been mad-dashing to find a good foundation w/ 3 months to go!
Post # 5
I went for my trial about 3 months out. I don’t think that all makeup artists book that far in advance. We had enough time, the makeup artist was pretty rushed on my wedding and had to come early in the morning but because the makeup was done so well, it lasted until my evening wedding without any problems.
Post # 6
I just got my apt. set … a week ago or so and I’m a month away! I know that if I waited one week longer he probably would be completely booked. I think a month is enough time.
I also let them know that I’m getting married but still deciding etc. and if anyone requests that date to let me know! (before I booked like right when I was engaged)
Post # 7
I think it depends on where you live. In a big city like San Francisco 6-8 months out isn’t unusual to book a hair/makeup person. I’m in NYC and 7 months out and I just booked my hair/makeup artist. The reasonably priced well recommended people book up anywhere from 6-8 months in advance here – sometimes even a year out!
It never hurts to book early if you like the person- plus, this way I’m locking in 2009 rates for my 2010 wedding!
Post # 8
I agree with AprilBride10- if you find someone you like, go ahead and book them now. I would definitely at least start looking, especially since you live in a big city. I waited too long, IMO, (a couple months before the wedding). I was THRILLED with the person I did book, but had no idea how quickly those dates can fill up, and ended up with not much choice in the matter.
Post # 9
WOW. I honestly did not even think about it until 7 weeks or so before my wedding, it just completely slipped my mind, surprisingly. Luckily, my BMs brought it up or who knows what would have happened. My salon was still available 6 girls so I was lucky.
Post # 10
I booked mine about two-three months out…without a trial. Found her through a recommendation of my venue. I had my trial yesterday, and I’m not thrilled…
So if you’ve found someone that you know you like, BOOK THEM! No matter how far out…
Post # 11
I booked my appts. 4 – 5 months in advance. When it got closer to the date, the shop had to change my dates because their staff had shifted.
Post # 12
A good friend is also a make up artist. I booked her 11 months before my wedding because I love her work and wanted to make sure she wasn’t booked on that day. She books up fast.
I’m not quite as concerned about hair (I want a pretty simple up do). I figure I’ll book that 5-6 months out.
Post # 13
Thank you for your input ladies! The makeup artist I want to book costs quite a bit so I’m not sure if I should hold out and continue my search for a cheaper alternative and risk losing securing her services or just suck it and book her. I’m leaning toward booking her.. it’s my big day, gotta look pretty right?