Post # 1
So, our wedding location is about a 3.5 hour drive from where we live, and we’re only planning on going over there one more time before the big day. It looks like I won’t be able to sneak in a hair/makeup trial before the wedding, and I’m just going to have to hope for the best the day of.
Does anyone have any horror stories to share of this working out very badly?? Should I just bring a lot of pictures, opt for something simple, and hope for the best? And bring a sense of humor and a bottle of wine?
Post # 3
Goodness. Speaking as someone whose first hair trial was so bad that she cried, I would really, really recommend trying to have it done beforehand, even if you have to make a special trip.
Post # 4
I was one of the lucky ones that loved my trial and could have done without one but am very happy that I had it for my peace of mind.
If you really absolutely cannot schedule a trial beforehand, make sure you schedule plenty of time the day of, just in case she has to redo or fix anything. Be extremely vocal about what you want and don’t want and speak up along the way if you think she’s going on the wrong path – crazy colors, bad hair, etc. Don’t let her leave until you are satisfied with the way you look.
Also, does she have a portfolio of styles she’s done before? Go through it and see if there is a style you love and want her to emulate exactly. In my opinion, it’s easier to have a stylist recreate a work she has done before, versus having her create a style that she may have never done before and have no idea how to do.
Have you considered doing it yourself or asking a trusted friend to help you, at least with the makeup part? You can always go to a dept store makeup counter artist to guide you and give you tips on what to buy and how to apply it.
Post # 5
I agree about giving yourself lots of time to fix and adjust I don’t know from personal experiece, but imagine the dissapointment if the results aren’t what you imagined and it’s time to get to the wedding!
See if you can find other brides who used your hair/makeup stylists and get their take on the intuition and talent of your vendors and if they’d be confident without a trial.
If you can possibly get there, though, I will. Peace of mind and a perfect outcome is worth some time/money!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
I actually didn’t have a hair/makeup trial beforehand. I didn’t have time to squeeze one in before the wedding and I felt confident in my person’s work based on the number of photographs I’d seen. I think it really depends on how comfortable you feel with the person and whether you are genuinely sure that you and the artist are on the same page in terms of the look you want.
Post # 7
I’m in the same boat as you! We went to where our wedding is and I had a HORRIBLE trial! I mean this lady was clueless! I said "I want a bunch of curls pinned low in the back" and showed her multiple pictures and she literally tristed my hair and pinned it flat to my head. Then proceeded to try other styles completly off base of what I wanted and using no hair spray or curling iron and hair pins, not bobby pins She kept saying "oh well on the actual day I will use that stuff." Finally, my mom and I left and told her we would be in touch. Now I have to call her and tell her "no thank you." Luckily, my photographer suggested someone and I have been talking with her and she seems great.
I would suggest, if you can, do a trial. Good luck to you (and me!)
Post # 8
If you really can’t make it up for a hair trial (which I think you should realllly try to do to avoid any pre-wedding stress) why don’t you go to your local hairdresser and have him/her practice some do’s on you? You can pay close attention to what they do and take lots of pictures.
My venue is 3 hrs away and I have a feeling I may need more than one trial (I pretty much end up hating every updo I get!) so I am going to have my hairdresser play around a few times with my hair before I head up for my actual trial.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I think it may work out okay. I booked people based on Weddingbee recs (and did some blog stalking to see how it turned out!). Maybe I’ll go boring and classic and stick to a chignon. Wait — it’s not boring. It’s Timeless Elegance! If they manage to screw that one up, I can keep it covered with a veil all day 😉
If only I had some talented maids, but they all insisted they needed to go to the salon because they stink at hair (I’m the same way — I might blowdry if I have a visit with an Emperor or something, but…). I think I’m the only one of us who even wears makeup on a daily basis (and mine always rubs off, and I stink when it comes to eyeshadow…)
Maybe I could sneak in a trial the day before the wedding… and maybe get some mileage out of it at the rehersal. Would it look silly to have the same hairstyle/makeup two days in a row?
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I think you should totally squeeze in the hair/makeup trial the day before. But then I think you should take down your hair for the rehearsal. Having a fab professional hair-do is all part of the ‘wow’ factor of the day, and you’ll feel more special on the wedding day if you haven’t already shown half your guests (and your FI!) your hair the day before. I’m purposed going to wear my hair down and flatironed for the rehearsal, because on the wedding day it’ll be half up with lots of big waves. A total change! Good luck with everything 🙂
Post # 12
You will not regret doing a trial but you might regret not doing one. I had to go to few make-up artists before I found the right one.