I’m Getting Married. To Trial Or Not To Trial? Hair + Makeup Version

 In Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized, Weddings

If you’re reading this, you are probably at that stage of wanting to book a hair and makeup team for your wedding. Or you already have, but are unsure of the next steps. Either way, we’re here for you. I mean that’s what a beauty concierge service does! We handle all of the beauty planning for you (including setting up trials) so you can just enjoy the rest of your engagement. So the question is, to trial or not to trial?

To trial or not to trial?

If you are new to the wedding scene, you probably aren’t aware that you can get a trial or preview of hair and makeup prior to your wedding day. Smart right? That way, you can test out a few different styles, see if the rapport is good with the artist and make sure they do the job you want them to do. Trials are not necessary, but HIGHLY encouraged! Do you want to stress about what hairstyle you are going to have or how your makeup will look on your wedding day? Didn’t think so.

Verdict: Do a trial (if you can). 

If you happen to be doing a destination wedding, a trial may not be possible, but in this instance, having a beauty planner is essential, as we handle all of that stress and make sure that the artists selected for you are the right fit. Again, so you don’t have to stress about anything.

I want to do a trial, now what?

So you decided to do a trial, but now are unsure of what to expect at this point. For our clients, we send them a little checklist prior to their trial so they have an idea of what to keep in mind.

First and foremost, trials are not complimentary (typically). Even if you decide not to book that artist, they still spent a good chunk of time with you and that is worth something. Think about it in your job. If someone asked you to dedicate at least 2 hours of your time and product into something and then decided not to pay you, how would you feel?

Keep in mind, trials are typically not the full cost of what it would be for hair and/or makeup on your wedding day. If you plan on doing a trial, try to book one with an artist at least 2-3 months in advance. 6 months is ideal, as the artist may book up for your wedding day if it’s during prime wedding season and you want to make sure you get them.

I’ve booked a trial, what should I know?

At this point, there are a few things to keep in mind going into your trial.

  • Come with dry hair (at least one day), as your hair will hold the style better.
  • The trial should take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours, as you are trying different styles/looks.
  • Don’t be afraid to say what you like or don’t like. Be honest! The artists will not be offended, they want to make sure you are happy and this is the time to figure that out.
  • Take pictures afterward, so you can see what the makeup looks like on film. For photography, makeup might be a little heavier, so be prepared, but doesn’t necessarily mean you will look like a clown.
  • Enjoy it!! This is the time to have fun and try different styles, so have fun!

Also, if you can plan to have your hair and/or makeup trial done the day of your engagement photos, do it. This will kill two birds with one stone and you can see how the hair and makeup will look in professional photos (like on your wedding day).

After your trial

So after your trial, if you liked the hair and makeup artist, this is not the time to delay. Chances are they will book up for your wedding day, so be sure to book them within a week or so of doing the trial. Be sure to give a deposit. If there is no deposit, you are not secured for your wedding day. I’ve heard horror stories and actually fixed them for other people when this happened. Don’t let this be you.

So there you have it! Everything to expect for a hair and makeup trial! Though the most important part is to enjoy the experience, wedding planning should be fun, so don’t forget that.

If you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help any way that we can 🙂




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  • Alecia

    Very informative! I’m getting married in September and hadn’t even thought that I should be doing a trial run if Hair and makeup this early. Thanks for sharing!

    • Katelyn McCullough

      You are so welcome! So glad you got some value out of it!

      Yes you should definitely think of doing a trial now, since the artists you might want could get booked up quickly. If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out! xoxo

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