Here are a few tips and tidbits we think every bride should know…
Preparing for the Wedding Day…
Communicate with your girls early about what they can expect to pay for their hair and makeup. This helps in case they’d like to start saving for this beauty splurge!
Is gratuity expected? Like any service industry, your beauty artists greatly appreciate gratuity if you love your look! How much? There is no mandatory amount, but think of it like your hairdresser or favorite massage therapist- typical gratuity amount varies between 15-25% of service total.
When creating the timeline for your big day… always check with your photographer regarding your “ready time,” as they decide what time to start taking pictures. (we request this info at time of booking so that we plan our day accordingly.
Who creates the schedule for my bridal party’s hair and makeup? We do! Once we know how many services and the ready time, we take it from there! We will send you a schedule to review and confirm prior to the day of. We do ask that you tell the bridal party to arrive at least 30 min prior to their appointment time.
When searching for pictures of hair and makeup looks you envision for your wedding day style… look for photos of models that share the same physical characteristics you have. i.e. If you have blonde hair; find styles with blonde hair. If you are brunette, search for pictures of models with brunette hair.
How far in advance should you meet with your artist for a trial run? We recommend at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding. This way your hair is pretty much the length it will be on the day of and we can get an idea of the look. But also, if we decide to meet again to try another style; there is plenty of time to do so.
Have a favorite lipstick? Bring it to your trial run. If you don’t, we will recommend a color and we definitely suggest buying one from your favorite store for touch-ups after the ceremony and during the reception!
Should you get a haircut the week of your wedding? Not recommended! Definitely do not try out a new style weeks before your wedding. If you want bangs for your wedding but you’ve never had bangs; meet with your stylist a few months before. Hair goes in to shock sometimes after a fresh cut…so just get a trim at least 2 weeks to 10 days before the big day!
Do you need extensions? It really depends on the style you are trying to achieve and your natural hair. Best way to determine this is to set up a consultation 2-4 months before your wedding with one of our artists.
What type of extensions do we prefer? There are many types of extensions; our favorite to work with are Clip-In Extensions made of 100% human hair. These can be colored, cut and styled just as natural hair can be. We prefer the clip-ins so that we can place them exactly where they are needed to achieve the desired style. These type of extensions range in price, depending on length and amount needed. Usually you can expect to pay $100-$250 for the extensions. But the beauty of clip-ins is that you can use these forever!
Should you go to the tanning bed or get a spray tan the day before your wedding? We are definitely advocates for spray or airbrush tanning rather than the tanning bed, 🙂 but recommend not trying it out for the first time a week or 2 before your wedding. Unless you have a salon you frequent and you are confident in the results.
Should you get facial waxing the week of your wedding? This is another one of those “if you’ve never done it before…” We recommend having your waxing done 7-10 days before your wedding and letting us take care of any “strays” on the day of.
Should you get a facial treatment the week of your wedding/trial run? No, we do not recommend facials within 7 days of makeup application, however an exfoliation treatment is very helpful about 5 days before.
We know you want to walk around the quarter or uptown once you get to New Orleans…be sure and wear sunscreen!! We’ve covered more awkward tan lines than we can count…but they can never be completely covered so sunscreen is the way to go!
We recommend carrying your wedding dress, bridesmaids dress or wedding outfit ON the plane with you! If your luggage gets lost; it is easier to find a new pair of shoes than desperately hunting down your dress!!
The big day has arrived!!
- Moisturize that morning
- It is an old wives tale about needing “dirty hair” to make an updo last. If you prefer to have clean hair; go for it! There are plenty of styling aids that help us “dirty up” your hair.
- Do we prefer dry hair or wet hair? DRY definitely! This cuts back on styling time and helps us stay on schedule.
- What if you want a blow-out? A blow-out consists of styling the hair with a round brush and leaving the hair down after it is dry. So this means, if you want a blow-out; there is not an updo or half-up do with it. (If there are any blow-outs in your bridal party we must know this ahead of time so we allot enough time).
- Do you need to “style” your hair before we arrive? Nope, that’s our job 🙂 Do not worry about flat ironing or straightening your hair before we arrive; it actually makes it tougher on us!
Hand over the phone…to your maid of honor or bridesmaid that is! One of the most stressful things for a bride on the day of is the last minute calls or texts from friends, family or even vendors. Pick someone you trust and let them deal with it! That way you can sit back, relax and be pampered without interruption!! Savor the last moments of calmness…because when the dress goes on; it’s show time!
Do you have any questions that are not addressed here or do you have any advice or tips for brides…email them to Jessica@justfaceitbeauty.com