(Closed) How soon did you book a hair stylist/do a hair trial?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

Ok I know this is not going to help but I’m going to tell you my experience. 

I was all gung ho on having everything booked early and have it all set up and paid for.

11 months before the wedding – I had a hair trial last December and I hated it. I did not like the 4 styles she did (and was given inspiration pics) and it fell down 20 minutes after leaving (while still in the car). Trying to grow my hair out I gave it more time. 

6 months before the wedding I tried a different hair/make up artist and it was ok. I was not thrilled but I thought I might as well just do my own. I felt bad because I really wanted to gift both our moms with hair and makeup. But they knew none the wiser, so I was going to do my own. 

1 month ago, my SIL to be asked if I had someone and I told her my situation. She said a good friend of hers does hair and makeup and would like to gift me a trial with her, if I wanted to try it, then if I wanted her for day of, she would help with part of the cost. 

So…3rd trial and I loved it. I’m sooo glad that I had the other 2 (although I hated I wasted my money on those as they are not cheap), but glad I knew what I wanted and liked and she was so much fun!

My wedding is 2 weeks away now and I can’t wait to actually have hair and makeup done and be able to gift it to our moms and spend time with them alone before. 

My vote is do the trial maybe Jan/Feb. IF she should have someone interested in that date before that, just ask her kindly if she can let you know. I know the second one I went to said she would do that for me. Doesn’t hurt to ask. 

Post # 4
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

Yeah that’s pretty standard..first to sign a contract and put down $ gets the date. 


Definitely try it and see if she nails it, you get a good vibe from her and so on. That’s pretty cheap for a trial. That way it gives you time if you don’t like it, too. 

If you are having engagement pics, maybe coordinate your appt with that day or something else special. 

Post # 6
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I “booked” my stylist immediately once I knew the date. I put it in quotes because she has been cutting my hair for a long time now and is someone I consider a friend so she didn’t want to do any contracts or deposits. She just said she was free and would be there. That was probably 8 months ahead of my wedding and she recommended doing a trial 1-2 months before.

Then she fell through about 3 months away, and was sweet enough to refer me to her friend but her prices were way too much for me so back to the drawing board. I booked someone new the month before my wedding, and had a trial about 3 weeks out. My wedding was semi destination at 2 hours away so that was the only time I could make it. I was extremely happy with everything.

All that to say, put down the deposit if you like her work so your date is secure. You can always try a few looks during your trial so I would bring her a variety and just have one now. If you end up doubting it the closer you get to the wedding, then have a second one. I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

AdaLee:  My wedding is in a popular month, and some MUAs I contacted were already booked for my date (8/8), so I ended up booking my makeup/hair stylist 10 months prior to my wedding (signed contract and put a deposit down). We also scheduled a trial 5 months prior to the wedding date because I know as I do more research, I’ll probably run into a bunch of styles I like better than now.

I booked my her because she had really good reviews from others, and she was super sweet and patient with me (40 mins phone call & 30+ emails about skincare, different makeup, and time schedules), and FLEXIBLE! 

I would suggest making sure you like the person before you contract her 😉

Post # 8
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The gal I go to for hair does wedding hair, so when I went to get a cut/color in July… we chatted about my engagement and she asked if she could do my hair. She works at her own salon with 2 other gals… so it was like a private party when we went the morning of the wedding. She just wrote the date down in her calendar that day.

I had my hair trial 2 weeks before my wedding, and knew that I just wanted it half-up and be able to put a veil in it somewhere and not mess everything up. I never had to put a deposit down.

I had a friend who called around for both hair and make-up (and not sure why she didn’t just go to her stylist since she does wedding hair), but she ended up just wearing it down like she does eery day – mainly because she didn’t like what they did, but also because I don’t think she was used to seeing herself that way.

Post # 9
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The hair stylist for my wedding is the person I go to on a regular basis, and I basically booked him as soon as the Fiance and I settled on a date. However, I didn’t book him for a hair trial until last month, which is when the bridesmaids and I locked in the date for the bachelorette party. I figured that I might as well do the hair and make-up trials then to really test if it will hold up. The bachelorette party is three weeks before the wedding though so if the style needs work, I have time to see him again. I didn’t have to put down a deposit since I’m a regular client of his.

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