Everything You Need To Know About A Pre-Wedding Trial

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When you’ve been in the wedding industry long enough, sometimes you forget that not everyone is aware of what things mean. A perfect example is  when wedding professionals use “MOB” as an acronym. To us, it’s simple, it means “Mother Of The Bride”, but to non-wedding professionals, it’s like speaking Latin. As a beauty concierge, I myself sometimes fall prey to the folly that everyone knows what I am talking about, particularly when it comes to hair and makeup styles, types of makeup, airbrush or not, etc. One of the most recent things I was asked by a bride, was not “how much a trial costs”, rather “what is a pre-wedding trial?”. Well, allow me to enlighten!

Pre-wedding hair and makeup trial

What is a Pre-Wedding Trial?

Also known as a preview, a pre-wedding trial, is a an opportunity for a bride to be, to test out a particular hair and makeup artist for her wedding day and make sure it’s the right fit. A trial / preview is optional, and is often done for peace of mind.  You get to try out different styles and make sure that you like the hair and makeup look for your wedding day. It’s also an opportunity to make sure you get along with the artist. This is super important for your wedding day and the getting ready vibe.

What Does a Pre-Wedding Trial Entail?

When considering whether to do a pre-wedding trial, you want to consider the time and cost involved (though as a beauty concierge, I highly recommend one).

  • Get to try out a few different hair and makeup styles (usually 2-3 looks/adjustments).
  • Acts as a pre-wedding consultation so you don’t feel stressed on your wedding day.
  • Determines if the hair and makeup artist is the right fit for your wedding day.
  • For hair and makeup, a trial is usually 2-2.5 hours, so you can try different looks and not feel stressed.

A trial, 90% of the time, is a separate cost from the wedding day, as the artist is spending a few hours with you, often traveling to your home, and is dedicating the time to making sure you are happy with the final look.

Pre-wedding hair and makeup trial

Is a Trial Worth The Cost?

In my professional opinion and experience, 100% it’s worth it. Yes it’s a separate cost, but you are paying for peace of mind on your wedding day. You don’t need to worry about whether or not the artist will do a good job. I’ve had too many horror stories of brides booking someone without knowing anything about the hair and makeup artist (except their Instagram) or having someone verify their experience and quality of work. You definitely get what you pay for, and on your wedding day, when you are having professional photos taken, the quality of your hair and makeup is paramount. So trust me when I say, a pre-wedding trial is worth the extra cost. Especially to confirm it’s the right fit (or it’s not).



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